I had a wonderful weekend learning new skills and meeting kindred spirits. Oh, and doing novel research.
I have lots of crazy notions that I love to explore. As much as I enjoy learning new skills, I'm not big on watching videos as a first line of knowledge. I prefer to read about it, try it, and only if it goes so terribly wrong that I couldn't figure it out on my own do… Continue reading Hill of Beans
Right after I had success on my second attempt at making paneer cheese, I used my momentum and placed my Amazon order for rennet - the ingredient needed for making the harder, melting cheeses. It arrived right away and sat in my fridge until I was ready. During our rainy weekend a couple months ago, my courage… Continue reading Intermediate Cheesy Courage
It's been a long time since I've entered the confessional to spill my potentially embarrassing and highly inconsequential secrets. I love stating the obvious as if it is a revelation to the world. Shortly before leaving my last job (which happened to be in the automotive industry), I asked one of my coworkers if he… Continue reading Another Confessional
When I took my driving test at age 19, I was completely shocked that I passed on the first try. At the end of our route, I looked at my evaluator, bracing myself for the worst. "You passed. Excellent job! I'll go inside. Park the car and meet me in there." I waited until she was inside… Continue reading Driving Late Bloomer
How can a lifelong football fan not look at the game schedule before signing up for a class? I guess this time happened because I signed up before the season started and who suspects a game on a Thursday night? So instead of watching my team lose their second game in five days, I was… Continue reading New Skill
In the past, I've mentioned how I've been so busy I can barely breathe, much less plan. My life recently changed. I'm now in a new job with traditional hours. The effect on me was immediate. Now every week I have two days off in a row - Saturday AND Sunday. It feels like a vacation every… Continue reading Life Changing
I was on my third leg of back to back to back trips when I contemplated what skill I wanted to learn next. Somehow my beyond tired brain immediately thought back to a recent Mother Earth News issue - I was going to teach myself to make cheese! What initially drew my interest was how easy… Continue reading Cheesy Adventure
For seven years I worked at a company that was very good to me. They kept me on when financially they should have laid me off. They encouraged (and paid for) me to learn new skills. They highly valued my abilities and told me so frequently. Even when I spent 1 ½ years thinking that every day was… Continue reading No Regrets
Shortly after I wrote my birthday tribute to Hillary and mentioned how she was fearless and seemed to be immune to what random passersby think, I heard the following quotation: "The 18/40/60 Rule: When you’re 18, you worry about what everybody is thinking of you; when you’re 40, you don’t give a darn what anybody… Continue reading Who is thinking of you?