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Not having an official job is not all that bad really. Except everyday feels like the weekend and you have to keep asking what day it really is. Plus I can sleep late now. I said when this started that I didn't want to get used to not working. But it's really not been like that. Now I just fill my days up with all sorts of things I've wanted to get done for a long time. Like making lots of jewelry and painting my studio. I filed my first claim for unemployment yesterday too. $350 per week. I think it's kind of stupid to apply for it since I'm getting paid full severance but the unemployment people really seemed to want to give it to me. I think I'll use it to buy my new DSLR. On that front, I went down to the local professional camera store yesterday and looked at what they had in stock. The Olympus is out of the runniing now and the think the Canon is too. It's a choice between the Nikon (yes Eric, the one you could kill a person with) and the Pentax. One of the biggest reasons for this choice is I already have a good supply of lenses that will fit both cameras. So when I get my next paycheck on Friday, I'll put one on layaway and let my next unemployment check pay it off.

I had my interview with McGraw-Hill in Burr Ridge on Thursday. It went very, very, VERY well. I interviewed for two positions. They took me to lunch. I clicked really well with all the people I talked to. Behind closed doors we even talked about those juicy illegal questions they are no allowed to ask me. actually I volunteered the info and it seemed to help. I wouldn't have to cut my hair if I worked there and I'd get Friday's off every week. Plus I keep my seniority and my 4 weeks of vacation. I asked for $54,000 a year. We'll see if they can match that. Then I'd have to find housing close enough to commute. Probably the area from Joliet to Tinley Park. Maybe I'll really luck out and find a farm house out in the boonies. I should hear before Christmas on this and I would likely start in mid January. If I get the job, This would be my new office Keep your fingers crossed.

Deb and I spent the weekend making Jewelry to send out to the gallery in NM. I sent it out on Monday. I'm feeling so much more creative since my trip to Oz. Deb was kicking butt on the bracelets. Of course an order of new materials helped but she was cranking out all sorts of pretty things like this and this

I was trying to use up some pendants and older beads I'd had for awhile and I think I came up with some nice designs. This Celtic themed piece with this lovely little sterling silver dragon.

I'd gotten these dyed green fossil beads and ceramic beads in AZ some time back and they just sort of came together.

I've been trying to figure out what to do with these candy colored flourite beads for awhile and they just really needed to go together with this pendant I got when aronal and I were in Chicago last year at the Celtic retailers thingymabob.

And then there was this strand of graduated turquoise heishe I got from eBay this summer that went well with a large turquoise egg plus some red coral I got from NM a few years back.

So all that went out on Monday. Today we have been making things for a gallery here in illinois.

Monday night I was at the farm and got ready to go into town only to discover we were in the midst of a snow fog. Owing to conditions only a science teacher in NC (I'm baiting him here) would understand, the snow essentially evaporates faster than it can melt and ends up as 100% humidity or fog. Now I've seen some pea soup fogs before but this was so bad, I could actually see the road better by turning off my headlights and just driving with my parking lights. 2.5 miles into town took almost 10 minutes. It was worse on the way back and persisited into yesterday. In the daylight I was able to get some nice shots of it as if filled up this little valley. It was clinging to the ditches and low lying areas. Visibility was down to just a few hundred feet even though the sun shone brightly above it. This farm was only 1/4 mile away from me. In places the fog was even thicker. Strange but pretty too.

Peace,

Wander

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nessachan
Dec. 14th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Your jewelry is very pretty!

And that snowfog looks awesome, though I can't say I'd want to drive in it. =)
wander
Dec. 14th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
During the day it was just in the low lying areas so it wasn't so bad. Had I known it was that bad at night though, I wouldn't have driven. Thanks for the compliment on the jewelry.

W
brotherskeeper1
Dec. 14th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Good luck with the outcome of your interview.

I hate driving in fog like you showed here. I've seen it to where you can't see more than 20' ahead if that. It's scary.

Thanks for sharing your photos/
(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Luckily from the house to town, the worst that would happen is you would drive off the road into a plowed field or ditch.

W
tomyris_beat
Dec. 16th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
Touching base
Wander, The word on the jobs sounds good! Glad you had a good trip. Tomyris
wander
Dec. 17th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Touching base
Yeah thanks love. I'm sending you guys a package. Don't know if it will get to you in time for the holidays or not.

Wander
tomyris_beat
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
Re: Touching base
Hey, something weird. I dreamed of HAPPY Alligators last night. Any idea what that means. Tomyris_beat
wander
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Re: Touching base
Maternal protection
Connection to the earth mother
Protection from manipulation
Understanding deceit
Revenge through patience
Initiation
Understanding weather
Access to ancient knowledge

Which one seems to fit your current situation?

Wander
(Anonymous)
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
tomyris_beat
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
Re: Touching base
Interesting...definitely
Protection from manipulation and connection to the earth mother. Maybe a dab of access to ancient knowledge. COOL. I woke up from this dream happy and laughing because the Alligators were laughing and happy is was a little surreal, but cool. tomyris-beat
wander
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Touching base
Funny how the universe talks to us isn't it?

W
tomyris_beat
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Listening
I am working hard at listening better. All part of the journey right. Any news on jobs yet? tomyris
wander
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
Re: Listening
I got an offer today from McGraw-Hill. I felt the salary offer was a bit low so I asked for a bit more and am waiting to hear. You guys would probably think even what I asked for was a bit low but it's good for our industry and the cost of living where I would be going. If I get the job, I'd be starting January 16.

The hardest part about listening is not letting your logical brain kick in and tell you that what you are hearing is your imagination.

Wander
tomyris_beat
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: Listening
Money is all about living at a level that you are comfortable with....not what the Jone's are doing. Working at a job that you enjoy is priceless.

It's not my imagination...it's not my imagination....it's not my imagination....
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