Progress and Projects

The day has begun, finally. I’m starting to see orange tinted light peek up over the horizon. I’ve been up for a couple of hours – writing. Nothing cohesive, or even useful – yet – just setting out some words and stacking them, turning them, seeing what they will turn into. It’s good to get up early – before the light. I always feel like I’ve accomplished more if I get it done before everyone else is awake. I’m accomplishing so much these past couple of days, and with at least two pretty big projects that need to be finished before the first week in January, the progress is welcome!

I accepted a part time position as Campaign Coordinator for the Plains Art Museum starting January 3. This will be in addition to my Realtor work. As Downtown Dad says, real estate is the best part time job I’ve ever had. I’m still not used to the commissioned aspect of sales though, and I am fiscally very happy to fill in 20 hours a week by doing something that I’ll actually get paid for!

I also volunteered to sew costumes for the Middle School play. I got my first project last week. Four fish costumes. It’s embarrassing how excited I am about this project! I cleared off two tables in the ‘craft room’ part of the basement and dragged out the sewing machine that Tessie brought home from grandma’s last summer. After setting it up and reading the booklet – I realized this isn’t some cast off sewing machine – this is a fancy schmancy Pfaff! It does embroidery, and fancy stitches! It has extra feet for things like button holes and zippers! It has adjustable tensions and needle heights! It does everything but cut out the material for you – which is what I spent the better part of yesterday doing.

The other project looming over my head is a Prospecting Contest that I, as part of the Education Committee came up with. Darn my creativity :). It’s a really cool idea though; we are comparing modern day prospecting for clients to the 1849ers prospecting for gold. OK, so growing up in California, gold rush history is ingrained in my psyche… not so much for these upper Midwesterners. Turns out I needed to write a skit giving a background of the California gold rush while explaining the relationship between a grungy old gold miner and a modern day Realtor. I did it though, and if I do say so myself – it’s brilliant! I still have to make a couple of the props before our meeting tomorrow, but I think that’s doable!

So, now that the sun has asserted its presence and the rest of the family will be rising, I should get on to accomplishing other tasks. In addition to the rest of the tasks, I am still determined to write and BLOG! I’m not putting any horrible ‘resolution’ type demands on it, but my aim is to get to it every day. Hopefully it will become easier, and more habit than horrible.

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