Beads!

One last post for the year: between my Intro to Fusing and my Squares and Rectangles I took another class at Aquila Glass School: Intro to Beadmaking. It’s a 2 hour class using Bullseye glass in rods to create beads. I had a lot of fun doing it, and it sparked an interest in torchworking beads.

Regretfully, I only have one photograph of the beads I made that’s clear, and since it’s late, I’m not going to try and get another one.  So here it is:

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2013 Goal

If you’ve read here before, then you’ll know I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, because I don’t think they work. By February, March at the latest, I’ve abandoned all of mine. I don’t know if other people are better at it than I am, I don’t really ask.

Pet and I were talking about finances this year, which got me thinking about saving money. I was not very good with that this year, and next year needs to be better. I made more money this year than I ever have with the company, and while it’s still not great money, a bigger portion of it needs to be saved.

But I’m bad at that.

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Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas, but I Shopped Anyway

I’ve never been a huge fan of the “Most wonderful time of the year.” I think it largely has to do with the idea that everyone’s supposed to be kind and nice, and all you get are people who are angry, greedy, and willing to trample someone in WalMart to get that $30 television.

My family also has a problem with this time of the year being difficult. We’ve had some family drama go down a couple years in a row right before Christmas, and a family member died on Christmas about 10 years ago.

That’s not to say I don’t like some parts of the season. I love yo give gifts, and I try hard to make sure what I give people is something they’d like. And I think that I’ve found most of my Christmas items, finally.

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Can We Get a Do-Over On This Week?

This week? Has not been a very good week, for me personally, or for most of the United States. I call for a do-over for the week, without sickness or hardship, or tragedy.

The Clackamas Town Center shooting hits close to home, I work a mile from there. I actually worked in the mall in high school, as a temporary employee at Nordstrom’s. Growing up, I worked at the Dairy Queen that’s in the same block.

And I had considered going to the mall that day. I wanted to get a couple Christmas presents, but I discarded the idea pretty quickly. I decided it would be better to wait until after payday. I’m glad I waited, because I would have been in the center of the mall, where it all went down, if I had gone.

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Our Anniversary Vacation – Part 7

So, parts 5 and 6 detailed the first 6 rooms in Chihuly’s Garden and Glass museum in Seattle, Washington, where my partner of 8 years, Pet, and I spent our 8th anniversary. I either have way too many photos to share, or I talk too much, because this wasn’t supposed to be 3 parts to detail the inside of the musuem. Oh well.

Part 1 – King Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center
Part 2 – The rest of the exhibit
Part 3 – The Butterfly House at the Pacific Science Center
Part 4 – Lunch and Chief Seattle
Part 5 – Chuhuly Garden & Glass first 4 rooms
Part 6 – Mille Fiori & Float/Ikebana Boat rooms

Orange Chandelier

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Our Anniversary Vacation – Part 5

So, when I left off almost 2 months ago, Pet and I had just left the Seattle Glass Blowing Studio, and were headed back to the Pacific Science Center. Instead of going back to the Science Center, we went into a different building, thinking it was part of the Science Center.

Part 1 – King Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center
Part 2 – The rest of the exhibit
Part 3 – The Butterfly House at the Pacific Science Center
Part 4 – Lunch and Chief Seattle

There was a neat, modern glass building that I didn’t remember being there the last time we’d come to Seattle, which was 4 years earlier. We didn’t think much of it until we stepped inside. It didn’t look like the science museum, and all we initially saw was a ticket counter in front of us, and a gift shop to one side. So we went to the gift shop to ask what the museum was.

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Want Something for Free? (Or, Pay it Forward 2012)

This year in January, there was this thing that went around, called Pay if Forward 2012. Many of my friends posted it, and there were variations, but this is pretty much what it said:

Pay It Forward 2012: I will make something handmade for the first five people who comment on my status, AND who will, in turn, post this as their status. * The rules are it has to be handmade by you, and can be as complicated or as simple as you want, it can even just be a cup of coffee.

I had dutifully signed up on someone’s Facebook, but I never posted mine. I had planned on doing what I’m doing now: making a blog post, and then have people sign up under it. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make, since this was before I was doing glass.

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The End Result of NaNoWriMo

So, I started NaNoWriMo in November, looks like November 3 if you check my user page. I did not win Nano this year, which is a bummer.

But, I did manage 18,388 words. That’s more than I’ve written this year. That’s more than I wrote for my Novel last year.

It’s progress.

If I’m ever going to write a novel, revise it, and try and get it published, I need to do the first step: write.

And I did. Not a lot, and it’s crap, but it’s the first step.

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