A thousand words

I like to take photos but I am by no means a photographer. I’ve never invested the time to learn about apertures, white balance, or shutter speeds – but I like photos and so I joined a May photo challenge on craftsy.com. It’s one of those “take a photo every day for a month” things with a list of daily topics.
The first three days were “up close”, “from afar”, and “handcrafted”. I really had to think on that last one, because my immediate thought was to take a pic of my knitting! But since the whole point is to make me think differently about taking pictures, I went with a couple of old wooden boats. Here are my first three pics: 

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The 4th was “moon” and I wasn’t able to find anything… It was cloudy and no other inspiration struck – so I’m going to keep my eye out and fill that one in later.  Today was “sun”, and on my morning commute there was a beautiful sunbreak that I was able to capture from the train.

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Take two

On to the second neon sock!

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WIP Wednesday

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Onwards to the toe!

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The project cha cha

The yellow “Inlay” socks that I recently pulled from hibernation are no more. I got a couple more chart repeats done and then tried one on — only to discover that I ought to have checked the fit sooner because they are about an inch too narrow in circumference. Ah, well. Such is gauge denial knitting.
So, today I’m working on the neon sock I started on Saturday. It’s eye catching!

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Almost as eye catching as the boots on a young woman I saw this morning.

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All work and no play

It’s been crazy busy at work. Insanely, unflinchingly, unrelentingly busy. The kind of busy where I add more items to my To-Do list every day than I get to cross off, and I’m not just days behind on things, I’m months behind. We are actively hiring several people, but it takes time – time nobody has, time I cannot afford to devote to resume screening and interviewing because I have this gigantic To-Do list looming over me.

But I set that aside and I place ads and meet with recruiters and wade through hundreds of applicants because it’s an important task; it’s a task that will eventually make the workload more bearable for me and everyone else on staff. Human Resources is just one hat I wear, but for the past couple of months that hat has been firmly on my head and my others are gathering dust but not entirely on the shelf – because I still have to get payroll submitted, pay consultants, send out invoices, harass CenturyLink to fix our internet, keep an eye on project budgets, get contracts out the door, meet with the electrician about adding another workstation, get financials to the owners, and troubleshoot a million things for the staff.

We hired one person last week, brought in a temp for another position to bridge a gap. An offer is on the table for another, and next week I bring back two applicants for second interviews. We are making progress, which is the only thing that keeps me from going batshit crazy when I add another page to my To-Do list. I think it’s four or five pages long now. I’m afraid to count.

All this to say, I think that explains my weekends recently. I have no desire to tackle a large project. I don’t want to make any decisions, choose anything, or figure out what is for dinner.

And so, this weekend I put buttons on knitting projects that were otherwise completed. I finished two pairs of pajamas that were mostly sewn. These small accomplishments felt huge. I finished something! I finished several things! If I had a To-Do list at home, I could have struck several things from it. I even finished a Christmas present that I started three years ago, a pillow cover (I still need to buy the pillow, but that can wait).

I cherish my weekends. It’s my time to decompress, to NOT think about work. Tackling the finishing touches on these projects made me feel like maybe I am capable of getting stuff done (despite my To-Do list at work). I studiously ignored my email, even the one from my boss. Instead, I allowed myself to relax, to unwind, to knock some things out of my WIP basket.

And starting that sock at last night’s Rat City Roller Girls game? Just plain fun. :)

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WIP Wednesday

Inlay socks, from knitty.com. I started these years ago, and they’ve been hibernating for no good reason other than the stitch pattern is fiddly. I pulled them from the bin this morning and figured I’d give them a little attention.

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The devil is in the details

It’s Monday. I’m having a bad hair day, I left the house this morning without putting my wedding ring back on (had taken it off to clean some pans), we had a new employee start this morning and I do all the HR, I lost a button off my blouse, I was still working on my first cup of coffee at 11 am, and we had a phone provider switch-over at 5 pm that didn’t go as planned and for which I am the sacrificial lamb point person. Maybe I’m not in the best mindset to screen resumes. Or maybe, I’m in the perfect mindset.

We have a few positions that we are hiring for at the office, and one of them is our most central: the administrative assistant. This person supports our entire staff and is the go-to for everything. As such, they must be practically perfect in every way – which includes written communication. I have zero tolerance for typos on a resume for an admin assistant. Misplaced commas? Random capitalization of common words? Inconsistent tenses? Wonky bullet formatting? Inappropriate comma usage? Not a chance.

I got one resume where the applicant only capitalized her first name. Another claimed to be an “expert” in MS Word, and yet the indents and line spacing on her resume wandered like a two year-old in a toy store. One referenced an online source we did not place the ad at, another left a previous company name in her form letter introduction, and countless people applied for a job for which they have absolutely no experience or qualifications for.  After reading a hundred resumes, I came up with 6 that passed muster. Let’s hope at least one passes the in-person interview this week.

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