I know that having this goal has been driving me to make my Saturdays productive and worthwhile. I sort of want to add a “Count my…” for each day of the week.
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I did a follow-up workshop for the participants of the fidget apron workshop who were unable to complete the aprons during the first workshop. What did I learn?
1. It works out much better if you have a 1-1 sewing machine/participant ratio. Especially with beginning sewing learners.
2. I like teaching children much more than teaching adults.
3. I’m really lucky to have such a great boyfriend. He came and did the setup and breakdown both times without even flinching. I really appreciated that.
I did nothing but work on some videos for parents of children with Autism spectrum disorders for a solid week. I barely bathed and didn’t eat much, well, I must have eaten enough because I didn’t lose weight. but then I didn’t move much, so it all worked out. So the closest to the final draft of the 7 video’s is done. I had to write the whole narration and did photos and animations. I even wrote a whole video about teaching turn taking because the source material was sort of sparse.
It’s done for now and I’m taking a break from it this week except for some small documentation of the section links. One thing has become clear to me on this project though, I don’t like proofreading. I like production.
We had 16 participants sign up for the workshop and 10 people on the waiting list. I tried to plan as much as possible ahead of time but it still went less than expected. We were a little short on table room so folks were not really able to keep organized. I had put together a floor plan and a step by step guide with all of the steps and photos, but of course nobody looked at it. I should have stopped everyone every once in a while and explained each step but I got flustered.
People still liked it and we scheduled a follow up to finish. I think that it was just too much for a one day workshop. Also, I didn’t think about how people wouldn’t understand that they could fold the fabric to cut 2 of the same parts or that putting something on the fold meant something.
Our teen volunteers were fantastic and they ended up actually finishing projects. But people were really interested in giving the aprons to the seniors with Alzheimer’s, so that was encouraging. I’m grateful that people are so giving.
I did the last pass of shopping for the sewing workshop. Originally I thought that the library would purchase the materials but it ended up that I bought the supplies. There were lots of donations of zippers and fabrics and ribbons. So I ran around and got the very last of what I needed.
One of our friends had a visiting relative that wanted to do some window shopping. We walked around in downtown Los Gatos and had lunch and visited with each other. She’s so mellow and easy going and it was nice to hang out with her. I took a photo of a hat that had been decorated for Halloween. It was great weather too.
I drove up to SF and filmed one of the users of our product for a marketing video. He’s an inspiring person because he just has the greatest sense of humor ever and is very clever. He loves our product and was as thrilled about promoting it as he was about being a movie star. Any day I get to spend with him is fantastic.
Then we went to dinner with a big group of couples at someone’s house that had not had a group over to their new house. It was sort of a long awaited housewarming party without the tour. We took them nested ceramic hedgehog measuring cups as a gift, along with gluten free scone baking mix. I had been there before because the wife and I like to hike and garden together.
I took the ingredients for alcohol free fruit punch. I mixed up French lemonade, real organic ginger ale, some fruit nectar thing, pomegranate juice and some cut up lemons and oranges from our garden with ice. That went over really well with us non-drinkers until we all cracked and started adding red wine to make it into adhoc sangria. We rarely have punch at these things, so I think I may have started something.
It was a great evening, not too cold, and we watched the moon come up from the back porch. At the very end, we all went into the living room and watched the end of the Detroit vs Red Sox game.
I started the day by volunteering at this great non-profit that recycles designer fabrics that would normally get thrown into the landfill. They collect almost an entire truckload each week and then you just go there and collect up a bag and make a donation. I helped people look for colors as well as kept the piles straight.
In the afternoon, my boyfriend and I went up to San Francisco to pick up our google glasses. We got into the developer program. It was pretty fun to see how they are being presented and to consider what we will do with them. Came away with a couple of photos and a feeling of being in on something way early.
I went camping with friends at a county park that is remarkably close to where we live. I was in a really bad mood all week due to the political issues and was super grouchy and pretty tired. I was determined not to allow anyone to keep me from resting as has happened on other camping trips with this group.
So I took my mending. I sat next to the fire and mended for several hours. It was OK though, because 1. they had a fire going when we got there and everyone was sitting there anyway 2. most of them were resting too!
We had planned to go up for 2 days but I was still working on the video documentation and I was too grouchy to go anyway. The plan was to take turns cooking, so we were going to cook on the night we ended up going anyway. It turned out that we weren’t sure who was going to end up coming, so I didn’t go shopping. Then after about 24 hours of waiting for the other person who was coordinating the trip to call me, she called to let me know that she was at the store. So she bought part of the supplies. That meant that I had to take everything else and tools up to the campsite to prepare it rather than doing it at home in the kitchen. More grouchy. But I did it. The food was a hit.
So I got to sleep in a tent at least one night this year. I didn’t stress over putting it up and just let my boyfriend do it himself. I have learned that we do things different ways, so its best to walk away.
I also don’t pack the car with him. I think of packing as a tetris game. He stuffs whatever is at hand into spaces. When it was time to leave, I packed the car back up in a really logical way that used half of the space.
I do feel better.
I worked my butt off for 3 extra unpaid days on a consulting gig to keep my own arbitrary schedule, just to maintain my professional appearance. I did about 40 unpaid hours over 3 days but I’m glad I did it.
I did the first, though messy, drafts of 6 training videos for parents of children with autism. I pulled together video clips and wrote the narration based on the manual and my own knowledge of preschoolers.
The thing that makes it fun for me is that I get to do them any way I want, so I decided to use pictures of toys to illustrate some of the concepts and also as video section markers. I had to order some especially for the project and I’ve been to the local toy stores many times.
Originally I had planned to put all the art work development on at the end but I just couldn’t resist doing it up front. That sort of distracted me from keeping my writing schedule. So in reality, I just got myself a couple of weeks ahead of schedule by catching up or keeping up.
In the mean time, the folks that were suppose to review what I was doing and help write still haven’t had a chance to even look at it. But even though it wasn’t in the original plan, the director of the center decided to have the SLP, OT and a behaviorist contribute to it because I was able to create more than she realized I could do. Yay. Their contributions will be really helpful.