I haven't updated in awhile, just taking some time to figure it all out. I've updated my resume. Got all the research and details together so when I'm asked about my experience, I can just rattle it off. It's amazing just how much you forget (especially at this age). Just yesterday, I finally sat down to file for unemployment and applied for my first job! Just after hitting "apply" and "search" two GOOD jobs in my neighborhood popped up...so I submitted my first application. And, it's something I think I would really like. Cross your fingers. I might just have some marketable skills...
With all this time on my hands, I find that there are many, many things I've been wanting/meaning to do and just haven't had the time. First sacrifice we made was to let our housekeeper go. That was painful. Seriously, I have not had to clean house for as long as I can remember. Bill and I tackled the cleaning together. We started at the top. I was armed with a dust cloth & Lemon Pledge; Bill came behind me with the vaccum. Can I just say, that we were awesome? I'll bet our house has not been cleaned like this for quite some time. Hmmm...I wonder if I'll think that after the have-to-do-it-myself newness wears off. Oh, and the dirty clothes hamper is just about empty.
Besides the gory house upkeep, I decided I would like to catch up on many other "some-day" projects.
This first project was to finally get up on our walls a sampling of our Paris trip. Just three of the 1,000+ gorgeous photos just sitting on my computer. Three of the best.
Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus 3.0. The photos were sized to a perfect 12x12 canvas, turned to black & white, and sharpened for dramatic contrast. The titles were added with already-installed fonts from my computer. The Eiffel Tower print has a white vintage frame added for interest around the edges. I saved each of these as a high-quality .jpg file and uploaded them for one-hour processing at Costco (for just $2.99 per print, since I now watch every penny). The frames are also 12x12 that I had in my scrapbook stash (each bought with a 30% off coupon @ Archiver's, as I have always been frugal). I am still blown away by today's technology and the great things that can be made with a simple photo.
See, I had pre-planned this project...but just never got a round 'tuit!