Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Miscellaneous--I'm Back!

After such a long absence, some of you may have forgotten who I am or what I do.  I wouldn't blame you.  I've been horribly negligent in both my blog-posting and blog-reading.  It's taken two moves (from Nevada to Kansas, and then Kansas to Texas) and some significant adjustment to regain my equilibrium.

New Job:

On April 10th, I began a new job--laboratory technologist, PRN.  (PRN: a Latin abbreviation meaning "as needed.")  I have been out of the lab for ten years.  Going back caused me a little trepidation.  Would I remember how to read a slide?  Draw blood?  I've found out that some things really are like riding a bike. 

My Enabler:

My cousin and I share a love of fabric.  She is a gifted crafter.  I have my love of quilting.  We're both hoping to learn to become experienced seamstresses.  A trip to the fabric store constitutes a barely controlled extravaganza of drooling admiring the wares.  Each of our stashes is more than adequate, and yet the normal desire to add to them is magnified when we're together.  A beautiful piece of fabric sets up an energetic imagining of all the creative possibilities.  We're both hoping to abide by the rule that we actually finish something before buying any more fabric or patterns, but it's going to be tough.  I'm predicting a creative month.

Need a New Blog Title:

When I moved from Nevada to Kansas and changed the title of my blog from The Desert Quilter to the Prairie Quilter, one of you (I can't remember who) suggested that I not include a geographic reference in the title of my blog in case I moved again.  I thought to myself, "Yeah right.  Moving is such a special kind of hell that I won't be doing that again soon."  Ironic, huh?  So now I'm mulling.  I'm also open to suggestions.


  1. Welcome back in blogland!!! We have missed you, but I am sure your break was worth it, and welcomed.
    Glad you are settled in, and have a job as well. Best of luck with that!
    Happy to know you are with another fabric lover! You will be a great inspiration to each other.
    About the new name...I have no idea, but when I do, I will let you know.
    Chat soon!

  2. Oh, I'm so glad to see you back!!! As far as suggestions, I did a thesaurus search on the word "mobile" and came up with nomadic, wandering, and itinerant. The thesaurus search on itinerant gave me "gypsy". So how about "The Gypsy Quilter"? Very romantic and mysterious sounding!

  3. It's good to see you back again, Michelle! :)

  4. I'm so stoked to see you back and blogging again after your hiatus! No name ideas at the moment, but I was thinking along the lines of the re-piecing of your life that has taken place in the past year. There have been a lot of changes for you. Anyway, if I am struck with inspiration, I'll be sure to pass it along.

  5. Let me add my own "I'm so glad you're back " comment to all the others .

    Sounds like lots has been going on in your corner of the world. It's so much fun to have an enabler!

    I love Sarah's idea of calling your blog the gypsy quilter...

  6. I love Sarah's idea too. So glad to see you're back in blogland, and pleased to hear all is well. Looking forward to hearing more from you soon.

  7. I took an instant liking to Sarah's suggestion, the Gypsy Quilter. After mulling all day, I'm going to go with it. :-)

  8. Welcome back, Michelle! I love Gypsy Quilter, I think it's perfect. Congrats on your new job!!!

  9. Yay! You're back!

    I was going to suggest 'the Lone-Star quilter' but Sarah beat me to it and your new blog name is great!

    Can't wait to hear about all your latest adventures and see what you've been quilting.

    xo -El


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