Wow, so my last post was on May 17th, eh?
Well, I'm not going to apologize or feel bad about that, 'cause you know what? I started this blog for fun and I'll be damned if I'm going to start treating like a chore.
Having said that, I can still fill you in on what has been going on, right?
Work. Work has been going on.
In October/November of last year, the company I work for (I run a small department that deals with drafting/facilities management of a 65-store retail company) decided to purchase and renovate a 100+ year-old building (former potato warehouse built in a post and beam style) as a new head office. It is located in the oldest part of the city (on the harbour waterfront) and it is a heritage building. Yours truly was in charge of the design and drafting, I managed the consultants, I wrote the specifications, I administered the contract, I managed the contractor, I tendered out the furniture contract and I also organized/managed the physical move itself (for 30+ employees).
Phew. No wonder I wasn't blogging.
Some photos during the last weeks of construction (I don't have any before shots on this computer, but trust me when I say that it was AWFUL - picture cheap wood panelling and glass block and country blue walls with floral wallpaper borders...*shudder*):
I'm finally starting to reclaim (my mind and) my life. It's kind of scary to me how easy it is to get wrapped up in these projects - I hate that aspect of my work. It feels like I gave birth to this stupid building and I really wish there was a way for me to do what I do without feeling so personal about it... Oh well, that's a discussion for another time, perhaps.
So, what else happened? Well, my awesome fantastic OMG cross-Canada road trip didn't. It got cancelled. Two days before I was scheduled to fly to Ottawa and meet my mom, she had to pull the plug. It's a long, dramatic, epic tale of woe and I was totally heartbroken so I'm not going to get into it again. I flew to Ottawa anyway, to visit with my mom (for Canada Day long weekend...*shudder*), and came back a few days later. She eventually made her way to Winnipeg and just left there last week for Kamloops. I think she's settled in there, now (note to self: call mother to verify survival of journey).
On the home front, I've been visiting the farmer's market religiously this summer (we have been experiencing a drought, but the farmers are hanging in there) and have made a few new acquaintances that are pretty inspiring. We are ruminating some ideas for a new project together, which we may execute this fall/winter, so that's exciting.
The Mill has been holding some classes, which I've managed to miss (I was unaware of the first, away on my mini-trip for the second and apparently totally confused for the third), but hope to make the last one - the one on lace knitting. I already know how to knit lace, but hey, what kind of self-respecting knitter passes up the chance to learn more about knitting? What kind, I ask you?
And of course, there has been lots of knitting. I think I can safely say that I have officially evolved into one of THOSE knitters - you know, the ones who knit everyday and see no issue with knitting at parties and barbecues? Yup, that's me now.
(Photo documentation of said knitting to follow.)