Sunday, November 2, 2008

News Since The Move

I used to be so optimistic about keeping my blog updated. Now, after reflection, I have to conclude that was silliness on my part. The hardest part about running a business, for me, is putting my work online - the writing of descriptions, coding, taking pictures and editing them ... well, that's a ton of work, and - in the end - the blog always comes second to that. Plus, if you ask any of my friends (if they're still speaking to me) - I'm totally content with the twice-yearly update and don't e-mail much more than that. So an updated blog? Yeah, in retrospect, that might have been ambitious.

Since the move in April we've settled in and in what was, but probably shouldn't have been, a surprise - made a baby due next March. The first few months were horrible with near-constant nausea and being tired all of the time. It's been better for the past three weeks, with only mild nausea in the mornings. The positive view is that, being overweight and not needing to gain more weight than the actual baby/placenta/amniotic fluid, I've (successfully) gained less than 2 pounds so far. This Wednesday we had our second ultrasound and it appears that the fetus has boy parts.

I am now a substitute teacher for the Saint Paul school district (and still Wayzata and Minnetonka), and have learned a lot. My goal has always been to find a permanent job in an urban school, but I think I must have been really sheltered during my own urban schooling experiences. It's pretty rough out there, so I'm thankful that I stuck to subbing here before trying to get something permanent. The skills you need to be successful here are not what they teach you in "teacher college"!

On my off-days, now that I'm not nauseated and tired all of the time, I'm creating. Mostly silversmithing these days, particularly creating bezels and setting cabochons. It seems safer than lampworking because the glass rods all have metal content (especially the lead-laden COE 96 rods that I've been enamored with most recently), which become breathable when molten, and are probably not great for baby-growing. Thus, my lampworking efforts have been limited. I have continued teaching about six classes per two-month schedule at Sticks and Stones in Mankato, which has been great. The soldering classes seem to be the most popular and I've been teaching at least one weekend (two classes) of those per schedule.

For those of you on Facebook, I do have a profile there, and while I do intend to make posts here as regularly as I am capable, that might be the better option for more regular information.

Cheers all!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

An Open Letter of Begging

Phew. A busy day.

I reserved a 26’ UHaul today and picked up 52 boxes. The result of this maneuvering is that Saturday April 26th will be the day we’re moving the majority of our stuff. The truck is scheduled to get picked up in Minnetonka at 9am and to be dropped off in the same place at 5pm. Theoretically, we’re supposed to be able to fit 1500ft3 into this thing, so I’m optimistically hoping for a single trip … though, with the furniture, it may be a two-trip deal. Who’s good at Tetris? Even just coming for a little bit would be helpful. My cell phone number is 612-555-3755 and Sean’s is 612-555-7243 to inquire about our location at any point. (n.b. real numbers have been altered to protect the privacy of the innocent ... and of Sean and Julie).

Dan, before you even ask, yes we’ll have everything ready to go – neat piles of liftable and taped boxes just waiting in the garage. In fact, I’ll have my whole library and the spare bedroom closet packed a few hours from now. Stacey, I know the kids might be a challenge to manage and you may not want to come, but it would be cool to see you if you were just to be at my parent’s house. (Sean’s parents already said yes to a late spring horse expo, but Jordan might want to seal the deal ) If the 26th doesn’t work, we could also put you to work the weekend before (the weekend of the 19-20th) to help move boxes from the rooms into the garage (at least if we don’t have that done by then).

Steve and Crystal, I still don’t know if we’ll be able to move anything into the house at that point (we have permission to move everything to the garage. I’m waiting until after the middle of the month to ask neighbor Dan about the exact move-in date, if it can be before the 1st), but we’ll still have a place for you to stay if you want to stay over until Sunday. I’m just not sure which house it will be. Just let me know whenever you know if that might work for you so that I don’t (or do) pack the necessary things.

Oberlanders all, please don’t feel an obligation to come, but if you don’t have other plans - what an efficient way to see where we have been living and where we will be living … or, at least, one or the other!  (psssst …. Aunt Roseanne … yarn café is very nearby!)

We would, of course, feed you all tasty things for helping. Just imagine … sipping tasty, tasty lemonade under the shade of a very pretty yard tent after a day of good exercise, the smell of tasty meat on the grill, the soft sounds of Led Zeppelin in the background ... ah! Led Zeppelin! So, let me know what works, if anything, for you all. Finally, while I’m in shameless begging mode: I would also like to mention the new forum I added to my website, which you may enjoy seeing: I’m hoping to make it really robust with online shopping by Summer. It turns out, people I don’t know actually visit my site! Funny things those web stats.

I feel like a general. I hate that.
Julie (& Seaneo)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Moving to St. Paul

After a year and a half living in Plymouth, and several years in Minneapolis near the University before that, Sean and I will be moving back to St. Paul – next door to my parents in fact – at the end of April. We are excited about the move because, at last, we will be living in a house rather than an apartment or townhome with walls shared with others. We'll have a yard! Plus, and this is perhaps one of the biggest bonuses of this particular location, I'll be able to use my dad's glass studio (attached to my parent's garage) for my work. A studio! A heated studio! I'm so excited.

My dad has a glass studio because he is a stained glass artist. The stained glass seems to be more a mode of expression and challenge for him since he has almost never made something meant to suit the tastes of others. I think, partially because others were not immediately attracted to his manifestation of art and beauty and thus didn't buy a lot of his work, he got frustrated and now doesn't spend a lot of time in his shop … so we'll see how that works out when I arrive. Part of me wonders if he'll start working out there more just because he has company, and if so, to what degree he'll just let me focus on my work. Regardless, I am grateful for his generosity in allowing me space to work because, heaven knows, my full range of glass/metal/jewelry interests no longer makes working in the house practical, and the garage studio I use now is not heated making winter very unproductive.