Aaagh, I've been so terrible about blogging lately that I'm probably just talking to myself at this point.
Between work, volunteer work, reading lots and lots of books, being in a new band, and trying to remain a good friend/wife/sister/pet owner, I'm finding myself with a lot less time for composing coherent blog posts. Thus, I'll be inflicting another less-than-coherent post on you.
At work, I'm on a week of rotation with our Innovation Lab. That means that I've been grouped with three other people from different parts of the company and, aided by two of our techie bretheren, tasked with coming up with a technology-based solution to a client need.
In addition, we're also being taught some basic technical skills. One day at lunchtime we learned to use an Arduino and a breadboard to make LEDs blink.
It turns out that my ability to follow directions is questionable, but I got it to work after a little correction and then managed to add a second LED and get it to flash at a different rate than the first one. Today blinking lights, tomorrow the world. Or something.
I got a cool shot of the building across the street from my office while I was heading home the other day. It's a map company and they had a guy handpainting their new sign onto the brick:
On the volunteer front, my husband are having great success with improving the foster cat, Tinkerbell. She's gotten to where she greets us at the door when we come into the studio and she has a lot to say.
If it weren't for the huge menagerie we have downstairs, we'd be tempted to keep her. I hope she finds a good home soon because I don't think she'd be happy back at a pet store.
The band is coming along nicely. We have more than three sets' worth of material selected. It seems likely that we'll have everything polished and ready to play out by early spring. (Keith - I think I've gotten the band to agree to do a Slade song, by way of Quiet Riot.)
On the reading front, I've made it to the fifth book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. They're quite a bit more romance-y than my usual fare, but I like the historical fiction aspect and the fact that they involve time travel adds an extra dash of interest.
I took a little break in between books four and five to read Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story. It was the first biography of his that I've read and although I found it interesting, a lot of it felt awfully speculative. I also wished that the biographer hadn't brushed off all of the books that followed "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" because I was a fan of the entire series, not just the first book.
And that's what I've been doing with my time lately. How are things with you?