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!