finding the narrative

  • April 17, 2024

    The world must’ve heard me complaining yesterday because I got two rather nice compliments today. One happened during lunch when a student said that the library wouldn’t run without me and that she hopes I’m the librarian again next year. It’s nice to hear that, especially when you feel as though you’re not doing your…

  • April 16, 2024

    Every day, I’ll have multiple interactions, sort of, that’ll remind me that I am a nobody to somebody. It could be in the hallways at school when I’ll pass a colleague who doesn’t seem to notice me, looking straight ahead to the distant stairwell. It’ll definitely be while I’m on the road when someone willfully…

  • April 15, 2024

    I’ve accepted that the pencil boxes will require glue to hold them together. Either, the joints are too tight, making it too difficult to assemble, or they’re loose enough to fit together nicely, but won’t stay together. Glue fixes the second problem. The first one is not as easily overcome. I took some pictures of…

  • April 14, 2024

    I went to the shop this afternoon without much of a plan other than just wanting to go. In the morning, I worked on a design for another tea light lantern, but I had my mind set on going to the shop.

  • April 13, 2024

    These damn laser-cut pencil boxes are going to be the end of me. I must’ve spent another six or eight hours working on the design again today. I was hoping to work on another tea light lantern; something for Mother’s Day. These stupid pencil boxes just aren’t coming together the way I want them to.

  • April 12, 2024

    Getting traction on YouTube is not easy. I thought I was doing it right, and things were looking good in the fall of last year. Since December, growth, as measured in subscribers and watch minutes, has really slowed down. I’m not sure what to do.

  • April 11, 2024

    Hannah wanted to clean the litter boxes. Not just take out the waste but empty the boxes entirely and wash them. We’ve had a new box of litter in the trunk of the car since our last trip to Costco a few weeks ago. She needed it to refill the litter boxes.

  • April 10, 2024

    To help me reengage at work, I’ve decided to look for some small projects that I find interesting. I’m starting a new math unit this week so I thought it would be fun to make a proof for the Pythagorean theorem. It was fun. I started working on one with cardboard at work. It worked…

  • April 9, 2024

    I’m finding myself growing increasingly impatient, wanting things to get done, to make progress. I got angry with one of my classes today because only one person completed the homework. I find myself standing in the middle of the library just turning circles in the same spot, trying to figure out how things got so…

  • Sleek Bocote Capstone Pen

    This Bocote Capstone pen was nice to turn because of the smooth lines of the shape. The character of the wood speaks for itself so there’s no need to add any flair. In fact, that’d probably take away from the natural beauty. The simplicity of this pen, letting the wood shine, is its charm. Shopify:…

  • April 7, 2024

    Without question, I am overstimulated. My head is always buzzing and relaxing is difficult. All weekend I’ve been between my computer and laser cutter trying to get the dimensions of the damn pencil box correct. I thought I was getting closer, but I might be further away. I have to take a break from it.

  • April 6, 2024

    Half of one hundredth of a millimetre and it falls apart.