Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Miscellaneous

Gainfully Employed:

I've fallen behind on my quilting and quilt blogging ~ again.  But I have a good excuse.  Really.  I've been job hunting, and it finally paid off.  I am now a medical instructor at Wright Career College.  I begin teaching on Tuesday.

Wright Career College is not your traditional college.  It's geared to accommodate working people.  As such there is no summer break, which enables people to get their education in the shortest time possible.  And classes are scheduled just three days per week ~ Tues, Wed, Thurs with both morning and evening sessions available for students.  For instructors, they are long days.  I will teach from 9:30AM-2:30PM and from 5:30PM-10:30PM.  In the 3 hour break between 2:30PM and 5:30PM, I'll get an hour break for lunch and then have time to do grading and class preparation.  Those three days will net me 36 hours, and is all I am required to do.  If I want a full 40, I have the option of coming in on Mondays and / or Fridays to do class preparation, staff meetings, tutoring, etc.   This will work out great because it ought to allow me at least a three day weekend if I manage my time right.  I'm glad to have one day off during the week to be able to deal with whatever business tasks come along.

The employment was especially good news having come on the heels of being rear-ended in the snow on Monday and my mom having her purse snatched on Tuesday.


I'm always a bit regretful about throwing away the nifty sized, plastic Folgers containers.  But I had an inspiration recently.  This one now serves as a desktop trashcan for all of the miscellaneous bits of thread and fabric that seem to quickly multiply during the quilting process.

I used to keep a trash can on the floor next to my sewing chair, but there were two problems with it.  The first was that if it was close enough to be useful, it was in my way.  So I'd move it.  Then it was never where I needed it to be. Secondly, even if the trashcan is close by, a puff of air sends threads everywhere but in the can.  (Nothing like a trashcan surrounded by bits of thread.)  With this little can right next to my machine, there are no misses.

Lovebug ~ Just Because I Can:


  1. Good idea on the trash can, mine on the floor also catches anything I knock off the desktop, so what am I missing that might be thrown away?
    It's good news on the new job, Michelle! I hope it works out well for you, it sure sounds ideal ~

  2. Yay, on the employment! Also, good use of the Folger's can, and I LOVE that you did NOT gussy it up with a quilted cover or something frou-frou!

  3. Congratulations on the job! That sounds like a great position.

    Love your resourcefulness with the perfect repurposed trash can!

    xo -E

  4. Great repurposing! I use an empty kleenex box (the upright kind) for the same purpose - and when it's full I can either dump it out, or throw it away!! Plus they come in such pretty designs.....

  5. Congratulations on the job Michelle! That's great news. Long days but extra days off. I'm all for that. I used to work 12 hour days so I got 7 days a fortnight off. It was utter bliss.

  6. Congratulations on the new job and having at least one day off a week will be very nice!
    I have a small container that sits next to my machine too.

  7. Congrats on the job! Wonderful! May I ask what you are going to teach? All my thread ends and fabric pieces go on the floor - I can't be organized with everything - lol!
    Happy quilting!

  8. Congratulations on the job! Sounds like a fun job indeed. Let's hope you have eager students!
    I also have the trashcan issue. Maybe I should follow your example and get something small for on the table instead of next to it.
    Lovebug is just to cute for words :)

  9. Congrats on your new job! That is great in these times.
    so sorry about you and your mom. that is the pitts. Hope your mom and you were hurt.
    Take care.

  10. Congratulations on your job, that is wonderful news! I'm so happy for you! Good idea about the container as well, I think I need one of those at every work station. My boys could use them by their computers as well, they practice their free throws but never hit the basket, lol.

  11. Your new job sounds like it will be perfect for you. So glad you got good news to counteract the bad. That is an adorable picture of Lovebug. She is so photogenic.


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