Things I’m looking forward to, now that spring is here

With the warmer weather feeling like it’s finally going to stick around, I’m finally allowing myself to look forward to a couple of my favorite warm weather activities: scooter riding and (don’t laugh too hard) live-action roleplaying outside.

I did manage to get a couple scooter rides in last week, mostly commuting to and from work, and oh, it was lovely to ride again after a long winter (and a very short riding season last year, given that I only got Mia back in mid-August). I can’t wait to ride some more this week.

The next full session of the live-action roleplaying game in in isn’t until May, but that doesn’t stop me from getting excited about it now. I mean, come on, it’s pretty much what happens when you combine Gen Con with summer camp, which are both things I love.

Not to mention that with the longer days and warmer temperatures, it seems that my seasonal depression has finally packed up and left. Thank goodness.

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Work work work

I’m back into one of those phases where it feels like work’s swallowing up my whole life. And honestly, I don’t really mind it too much, except when I get home at the end of the day and don’t have enough brain power to do all that much besides watch TV and pester the cats.

I feel like I have a weird relationship with my job – weird in that I really, really, really love what I do, and honestly don’t see myself going anywhere else. I don’t know why it feels weird, liking my job as much as I do, but it does. I’ve got some friends who are stuck in jobs they hate, and others who are in jobs they’re okay with but aren’t perfect. And then there’s me, who once cranked out a training video at 8 pm on a weeknight, because a friend of mine who also happens to be a faculty member needed a video that would show his students how to use Kaltura CaptureSpace. And I had fun doing it.

Yes, I did work-type stuff, on a work night, for fun.

I feel like I should feel like a weirdo for that. But honestly? I enjoyed the heck out of it.  It was a fun challenge, trying to get a video put together on a short deadline. And it turned out well enough that I got the OK to put IT Training branding on it and put it up with our other video training.

I like it when other departments reach out to me for help with projects, whether it’s to assist with some video editing or to lend my voice talent to an animation project. I like it when instructors I’ve taught special requests for ask for me specifically because I’ve done a good job for them in the past. I like when people come up to me at tabling events and say “Hey, you’re the HTML lady!” because they’ve gone through our Canvas courses.

I play around in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for fun. I ended up in the Information Science grad program back in 2012 because I wanted to learn more things that I could then teach here. I volunteer to help teach people things like Photoshop, or Illustrator, or Adobe Character Animator, because I enjoy it. I helped a friend with her HTML and CSS course a couple years ago because I enjoyed helping her troubleshoot code. I like helping people learn how to use technology. I always have.

My job is a huge part of my identity, much like my little green scooter and the fact that I’ve almost always got a yarn project on me.

Sometimes I worry that it’s too much a part of my identity, though, like being Beth from IT Training is all I am.

Is that a bad thing, though?

Catching up

I’ve done a heck of a job of keeping up with posting here after spring break, haven’t I? (And yes, that was sarcastic.)

Life is back to the usual cycle of work, home, cat snuggles, sleep. I will say, though, Stardew Valley has been a good distraction. It’s been so very long since I’ve found myself this engrossed in a video game – I’ve put over 30 hours into the game since it came out for Android maybe ten days ago.

I’m trying to be a little more social, even if it’s just talking to people at the office more and posting stuff on Twitter. I need to actually spend time with people, and get out of this self-imposed hermitude I’ve gotten myself into.

Back to work

Well, today was a day – that’s the best way I can think of to describe it. On the plus side, my new work computer arrived today!

I can now use both my monitors again (the Surface Pro I was using could barely handle one of them), and can do video development at my desk again! Which makes me happy.

On the minus side, my office building was dealing with “drainage issues”, which resulted in the cafe being closed and the lobby smelling like a farm – and not in a pleasant way. I had to figure out other lunch plans on short notice, and I feel bad for everyone who had to directly deal with that mess. It was so bad that they had to close all the bathrooms in the other wing of the building. Yuck.

After work, I pretty much flopped and played a bunch of video games like the slacker I am, heheh. So, yeah – it was a day.

Spring break, day nine (the end)

I got to end my spring break with an extra special treat today: a scooter ride.

Ross got her to start with a gallon of ethanol-free gas, and I rode her down to the office and back since I think one of the roads to my usual short scooter ride destination (Cascades Park, on the north side of Bloomington) is under construction. It was a nice ride, despite it being a little chilly out. While riding, I discovered her horn is just about dead – all it does is wheeze – so I bought her a new one. Should be able to just swap out the dead one for the new one, and here’s hoping that this time I don’t end up with stinkbugs nesting in it again.

Aside from a ride, today was spent putting away laundry, playing Stardew Valley, and relaxing – which was nice.

All in all, this was a good spring break.

Spring break, day eight

Oof.

I think I might have overdone it yesterday with the socializing. I had no energy to do much of anything today besides play Stardew Valley on my phone.

Although I did manage to scrape together enough energy to drag Mia out of the garage, inflate her tires, and try and start her. Note the “try” – she didn’t actually start. Ross is going to take a look at her tomorrow – hopefully it’s something simple, like needing new spark plugs or something.

I realized I need to get my scooter muscles back – I almost couldn’t get Mia back up the steep hill that is our driveway. I used to be able to drag her around without a problem – driving a car has made me soft, I guess.

I should probably try to get some sleep. I have to go back to being a mostly responsible adult tomorrow, and take care of all the housework I neglected over the past few days. Bleh.

Spring break, day six

Today I learned that apparently I can’t run the toaster, the electric kettle, and the dishwasher all at the same time. I also learned where the breaker for the dishwasher is! (It’s in the breaker box in the garage. Our house is weird and has two breaker boxes.) I mean, it’s not like I ran them all at the same time intentionally – Ross was trying to be efficient and started the dishwasher before he left for work, and I just wanted breakfast. 😆

Today’s weather made driving… interesting. Went to J and Kasi’s again today, and the trip out to Lake Lemon was very wet. The trip home… oof. I had to get out of my car and move some downed branches that were across the road at one point, and as soon as I got back in Lapis and put her into drive, another branch fell – right in front of the car. If I’d started driving any sooner, it would have landed on my windshield. After that, the rest of the trip involved a game of “dodge the downed tree branches”, while dealing with being batted around by the wind. I made it home in one piece, but gosh that was a stressful trip.

At least I got to play some Stardew Valley on my phone and Chromebook, since it’s finally rolling out to Android! Somehow it’s even easier to play on a touchscreen than it is on the computer. There goes all my free time, haha.

Spring break, day five

Today I learned you can’t swap sewing machine feet between a Husqvarna Viking and a Janome New Home 2212. I also learned that if my sewing machine goes somewhere, my sewing box really needs to go with it. Long story short: I got to sew a skirt using my quilt piecing foot, because I forgot my sewing box at home (spent the day at J and Kasi’s) and couldn’t use any of the feet from Kasi’s sewing machine. Oops.

The skirt still went together well – just need to add elastic for the waist and then stitch up the last seam. I really like how it’s coming out so far, even with it being a simple skirt. It’ll definitely be finished tomorrow.

I also finished up season 6 of RWBY, read a book, crocheted a lot, and enjoyed the warm weather. Seriously, it hit 70 degrees in Bloomington today – I drove around with my car windows open in the afternoon. If I’d had the energy when I got home, I’d have taken the scooter out for a brief ride. Tomorrow’s weather is going to be a little less pleasant, and then it’s going to cool off again, so I think Mia will have to wait in the garage for a few more days until the weather gets better.

Spring break, day four

Today was nice. I managed to sleep in past 6:30 am for the first time in a while, which was a treat – then again, I didn’t manage to fall asleep until nearly midnight, so it’s not like I got extra sleep. (But who really cares about how much sleep I get, aside from me?)

Today J came over and we hung out for the day – watched some RWBY in the morning, played Magic: The Gathering and Elder Scrolls Online in the afternoon. I’m starting to get the hang of both games, although I’m way better at ESO than I am at Magic. (I lost both games of Magic we played, while I managed to level up twice in ESO!) Then Ross and I watched some more Battlestar Galactica this evening, and now here I am!

I’m finally starting to feel a little more relaxed. I haven’t even checked my work email once since break started, although I was tempted to at one point today. I’m going to let myself sleep in again tomorrow (well, if my brain lets me, anyway), and maybe spend some time working on costumes for Kishar.

I need to remember to take time off more often, heh, instead of working so hard and then taking time off in one huge lump.