This November feels like a new beginning, so I'm going to try to begin blogging again by jumping in with both feet and committing to NaBloPoMo. I'm not sure how many times I've vowed to get back to blogging in the past 10 years, and I'm not sure why I think this time will be any different since I've always been a sporadic blogger at best. I want to write some essays for a change. And to write more creatively than I get to in my everyday working life (and not about software). I have lots that I want to try writing about. My interests are still widely varied, my job still takes me to fun places, and I'm still exploring our new hometown. So I'm back.
After the whirlwind of changes late last year—moving to California, settling into the same job but in an office after 8 years by myself, and hunting hunting hunting for a house—we're settling in to life in California. We closed on a house on October 23 and moved in on October 27. Technically, David moved in because I was traveling for work. In the past 9 or so years, I've become quite adept at abandoning him to deal with the movers packing and loading our stuff onto a big truck. Someday, I'll pay him back. Today, I'm thankful that he is willing to deal with that particular kind of chaos since I just can't, even when I am in town for it.
I feel like my creativity is slowly returning after spending over a year in hibernation because of all the changes all at once. I warmed up my knitting needles last month after several months of no knitting. I pulled out a spinning wheel and sampled yarn for a new project. I'm buying more clothes than I have in years, thinking about the image I present to the world, and trying to build a wardrobe that actually works for me right now in the life I'm leading right now.
Something is blocking by creativity, though. My new studio is not yet the creative haven I imagine it will be. There are boxes everywhere, the bookcase is still at the old house, one sewing machine is missing, and the wool is in space bags in boxes in the closet. But my desk and computer are moved in. My big challenge for November (in addition to blogging every day) will be to bring some order to this mess. If I unpack (or at least inventory and label) one box every day (that I'm home), I should have a clear space to create by the end of the month. The yarn and fiber in the closet will be December's project. Part of unpacking and inventorying must be purging. There is just too much stuff in my room, and I want to make enough space for a sewing workstation and ultimately a loom. As I unpack I will sort, catalog, and eliminate what I can. And I'm sure the project queue will grow even longer.