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February 19, 2012 / lynnettedobberpuhl

New Things

In No Particular Order:
This is a T-shirt I bought after subscribing to Walk Off The Earth’s videos on Youtube. You, too, could own a WOTE T-shirt, featuring either the WOTE logo or Beard Guy. I liked both the shirts, but I found the Beard Guy shirt cool AND amusing, and with me, amusing usually wins. If you DO buy a t-shirt, consider the size carefully. I am wearing a large and I am kind of nervous about whether it will still fit after a wash. Normally I wear a medium (unless my linebacker shoulders require a large.) With this, I should have gone extra-large. I can’t help but suspect it fits me oddly because I am old, which makes no sense, but irrational is something I do. It is almost my niche. Related Post: Two Things

Here is a coffee cabinet my husband made. I KNOW! Mr. Wordtabulous has amazing skills and he is unbelievably crafty with wood. You would cry bitter tears of jealousy if you saw all the wonderful things in our home that he has made. No,  they are not for sale. Sorry! But I really like having a place to store all my coffee and tea paraphernalia, not to mention the coffeemaker and my Capresso kettle with the broke-ass lid. :-(.

Here, get a closer look at the cabinet top. Yes, yes, amazing, I KNOW! Hey, I picked out the knobs, and consulted on the design, so don’t go thinking I don’t do anything around here.

I didn’t include a picture, but I did get a chunk of ceiling plaster in my eye today, so not everything I have gotten recently has been fun and amazing. I was moving a board in the workshop (helping make bookcases, because I contribute) and I smacked it into the ceiling. Looking up as the dust and chunks fell down was not my smartest move, but I believe I got all the detritus out without scratching my cornea. So all’s well that ends well.

The biggest thing I got lately was a job. After nearly four years of being an at-home mom and focusing on the writing I am back to working part-time, this time as an admin (a first for me) at a marketing agency.  I work with very cool, smart and creative women in a beautiful space close to my home. I get some interesting opportunities to learn and be involved in events, a paycheck and some structure that I discovered can be helpful for prompting me toward efficiency. Hopefully my gifts will be an asset to the agency. I am having a very challenging time acclimating to 20-25 hours disappearing from my weekly discretionary time.  Also, dang, I’m tired. My goal is to not give anything up, so I am still writing lifestyle articles for local magazines, and blogging, obviously. I continue reading for State Services for the Blind, but on weekends now, and I will keep up with my Tour de Cure for American Diabetes Association activities and still teach Sunday school. I also help out at the desk once a week at my fitness temple, BRX. The working out has ebbed a little; I only got one class in last week, but as I adjust to my new schedule, I hope that will improve. I am also still doing all the at-home stuff, but more lethargically.

My main concern is whether I will be able to continue with the big projects: finding an agent for Hollywood University and finishing the revisions on Sleepers. I wasn’t making the progress I wanted on them when I wasn’t working outside the home, so I decided that it wasn’t time that was the problem. The enemy lies within. I am sabotaging myself. My last new thing to report will hopefully help me with that. I have joined a newly formed writers group here in town. We are creating individual goals and pledging accountability to each other and ourselves, modeling our structure on the writings of Rosanne Bane www.BaneOfYourResistance.com.

So, that’s what’s new here. What’s new in your life?

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  1. Dienna / Feb 19 2012 7:41 pm

    The cabinet looks great! Sorry about the plaster in your eye though…ouch. Hope you’re okay.

    I can understand the struggle with sitting down to write. It’s really about setting a time to do it and setting a goal, and sticking to that goal. It’s not that easy though and takes discipline.

    Congratulations on the new job! Along with that, it sounds like you have a pretty busy and fulfilling schedule.

    • lynnettedobberpuhl / Feb 20 2012 9:44 am

      I struggle with discipline, particularly in the areas that I care about the most. For instance writing, and keeping track of my kid’s school progress. Both scare the heck out of me and my brain copes by overloading my schedule and developing black holes that consume memory and motivation. And that, Dr. Dienna, sounds like a therapeutic breakthrough to me! Thanks for the consult and for reading (and my eye is fine!)

  2. Mich / Feb 20 2012 11:11 am

    Congrats on the job! I bet they’ll have you doing writing for them before you know it (if they’re truly as smart as you say!). Love!

  3. crubin / Feb 20 2012 12:09 pm

    Congrats on the new job! Hopefully you will find time for your other passions. I guess if they are truly passions, you will 🙂

  4. Kelly Thompson / Feb 21 2012 10:53 pm

    I wondered what the deal was with the bearded guy. I feel honored to own a piece of Mr. Wordtabulous’ amazing work…#7 of the original wooden bowls. Bummer on the ceiling plaster; you do have some issues with ceilings, don’t you?!?

    • lynnettedobberpuhl / Feb 22 2012 9:03 am

      Come to think of it, I do have an issue with ceilings. That’s weird. You are very observant, and well-deserving of a wooden bowl as well as many other blessings.

  5. thebruce / Mar 15 2012 10:58 am

    Just saw you got a Beard Guy shirt — care to submit a pic to http://beardguyd.tumblr.com ? 🙂

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