Tuesday, April 25, 2017

There Has Been Knitting!

I spent yesterday doing more house prepping, but I get tired and have to take breaks, which I normally spend job-hunting, but I have decided to take a break from that abuse and instead:
worked on the Begonia Swirl shawl.  It's down to just the last 10 rows, but they are LONG rows.  Still, a lot more satisfying than the job hunt.  I did sort of receive an update on the charity that stood me up for an interview, though not from the actual charity, of course, even after I had followed up with the regional manager about what had happened.  I'm using Indeed.com, and the website updated me that the position is no longer available on the charity's website.  This is how low things have gotten--the biggest courtesy I've received lately is from an automatic search engine.  It's so nice to be valued.

I think we'll be ready to list the house by the end of the week, which will be such a relief--although I guess then we have to deal with total strangers wandering through our house, so that might actually be even worse in some ways.  I see a LOT of long walks in my future.

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Life Lessons Learned:

1.  Given the right set of circumstances, one can starch the daylights out of carpet with water-soluble stabilizer and a tipped over water glass
 2.  Never decide to sell one's house in the middle of a sewing project:
3.  When you have packed your yarn stash away in a storage pod, the Knitting Gods will try to help you restore balance:
 4.  Look for the parts to rehang closet doors BEFORE you pack everything away, or have a spouse who is a really good guesser in hardware stores:
5. Even with most of my stuff packed away, my sewing room is STILL messier than any of the ones on Pinterest:
6.   There's a certain amount of tragedy in having a newly-cleaned and organized sewing room but no time to play in it:
7.  Some people might feel bad about finding fabric they don't remember.  My first thought, of course, was "Yippee!"
 8. Getting a house ready to sell can make one so thoroughly sick of the house that one will no longer be at all sad about selling.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Are You Sitting Down?

Yesterday I went to a quilt show and didn't buy ANYTHING.  Not even a pattern.  I don't think I was running a fever, but I didn't actually check.  If I hadn't been on a fabric-buying ban I might have bought something, but then again, it was so overwhelming that it might have been hard to decide on anything--we skipped the booths that had mostly fabric because it was just an overload.  THERE'S something I never thought I'd say.

Friday, April 21, 2017

And A Week Later....

If any of you were thinking that by now I would have heard something from national charity #3, you would be wrong.  It was even a charity I have given money to in the past, but THAT certainly won't be happening again.


Monday, April 17, 2017

The Pod People Are Coming!

Our pod is filled and the Pod people will be out to pick it up this afternoon.  They'll store it in climate-controlled storage until we're ready for it again, then they'll bring it to our new location and we reverse the whole process.  Whew!

During all this, of course, I'm still searching for a job because getting our house ready to sell just isn't ENOUGH fun by itself.  I can't remember where we left off with the charity recruiter saga, but as I have an update, let's recap:

  •  National charity #1:   Kept setting appointments either without confirming times with the other parties, or which the other people completely disregarded anyway
  • National charity #2:  Assured me in no uncertain terms that the particular position we were discussing required NO fundraising of any kind--which I found out to be untrue in the in-person interview, right after I said I was tired of fundraising
  • And last week's cake-taker, national charity #3:  Called on Thursday to set an appointment for a phone screen the following day, then completely blew off the interview with no follow-up at all.  
That's correct--no follow up at ALL, even though she clearly had my email and phone number, and I actually called back on the number she called me at to leave a voicemail message finally.  But no response at all, and as the recruiter is on the east coast, it isn't like they haven't been open for several hours already.  Now I remember why I left working for national charities AND generally don't give them money. 

I had an in-person interview last week with a company I liked, but for a job that would have probably bored me to tears and been a nightmare for my hip, and while I was a bit shocked when they didn't invite me back for a second interview, I could understand completely and think it's for the best.  While part of me is just wanting to find A job, the more intelligent part of me is holding out for a job I really want--or at least could enjoy.  And not having to go through an inept recruiter would be a HUGE bonus...........:)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

639 Days!

It's now been 1 year (and a leap year at that) and 9 months since I last bought yarn!
And I have to say that my desire to buy yarn, fabric, or books has been greatly diminished by our packing adventures, although if anyone were hoping I'd be learning any great lessons about buying craft supplies, yarn and fabric in sweater bags has been REALLY helpful packing our storage pod, so I think it's sort of rewarded me more than anything else. Oops.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I AM DONATING YARN!

Alright, to be fair, it isn't a LOT of yarn and I didn't actually remember having it, but I'm donating it nonetheless, and as it's bulky yarn, it actually DOES free up some space.  AND that is another 5 yards of costume satin sitting there beside it.  I may not have much crafting time this year, but at least the stash is shrinking a little. 

It turns out that filling a pod storage container is like a giant game of Tetris.  Because it's going to move, things have to be securely stacked and tied down and they can't shift around, so today my project is to pack some smaller boxes because we need some filler.  I think it might work better if we were storing more furniture, but we really don't have that much furniture.  My parents have so thoroughly overcrowded every room they have with furniture that I've always tended the other direction.  We've decided to store most of our bookshelves to stabilize our boxes in the pod, but we could have skipped that.  Originally I hadn't planned to remove photographs from the wall, but our realtor said he has actually had people looking at a home who looked at a wall with pictures and honestly asked him, "Where would we put OUR pictures?"  Bless his heart--he was able to tell them that he thought the owners were planning to take their pictures with them without laughing, but I guess it's best that we remove them as one never knows, apparently. This is why, even with a background in sales, I have never once been tempted to sell real estate.  I don't think I could answer questions like that with a straight face.  :)