Well it is a month to go before I turn *mumble* Eeek! Ack! How on earth did this happen to me? Remember the party is on the 4th, not on my birthday.
(About 600m of variegated purple laceweight with the odd smidge of plum and black)
I've been doing a little thinking whilst knitting and dyeing yarn and spinning and gardening and generally futzing around.
(Same laceweight, all ball(s)ed up)
I spent 8.5 years in the insurance industry. It was a job and it ended up paying well. The grief associated with it was not worth it though. So I moved on, and here I am without an income.
(yarn dyed in the ball to get a gradient. This one had a black base with blue added for some interest)
Now I have to find work. But I'd like to do some more study. More, I hear you ask! But you've already got a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, a honours degree in science and a PhD.
(The same as previous, only in ball form that shows the gradient from blue/black through to grey)
Yep, I do. But they won't necessarily get me the sort of work I want to do.
(Peeve has snaffled these already)
I will blame Nathan's report for Merredin for starting me on this path. I have not been using my brain for plenty long enough. It is a fine brain, or it used to be (I call it Mr Brain - students of psychology can probably make a lot out of me calling various body parts Mr: Mr Fingies, Mr Brain, Mr Knee...). I had to go do reserach for the report and find out about things. Some of it I got totally backwards, some of it was spot on - depends on the quality of the research material. Garbage in, garbage out.
(I particularly like the way the sun appears to be glowing from the dunny vent pipe)
So I want a part time job that lets me study a bit and get a different sort of job.
What do I want to study?
Sustainability. A big word with a lot of implications. I would like to look at natural resource management, carbon dioxide abatement, permaculture, something that has a chance of helping maintain our natural environment and reverse the damage our activities are doing. I've been watching "Two Men in a Tinnie," which looks at the terrible state of the Murray Darling (particularly the Darling River), all induced by the way we use/misuse water. I've been watching the news and reading the newspaper. I watched Al Gore talk on a local interview program. Just like we are reaching a crisis point with terrorism, we are reaching the point of no return for our environment. We have to do something, so I am starting with me.
Will I stop driving across town on occasion? Nope. The way things are set up, I have to drive if I want to get to places without having to catch two trains and a couple of buses/trams. I'll just be careful with the way I use water, the amount of driving I do and the way I use resources.
(That really is a bird there. Tawny frogmouths pretend to be tree stumps during the day. At night they hunt small prey such as mice and bugglies. Their flight is soundless - you don't hear their wingbeats.)
BTW, the scarf is coming along nicely. I decided to add an extra couple of panels to it so that I use up as much of the yarn I spun as possible. Knitting it makes my hands burn and my head reel so I will be glad to see the end of it.
(And America? Do away with guns - they seem to be used far too often to hurt people. The news tonight here led with the shootings of those poor little Amish girls - what did they do to harm that man? He had 600 rounds with him! 600! What on earth was he planning to do? And that is the third school shooting in the US in what one or two weeks? Guns don't make places safer.)
Pictures today are courtesy of a trip to check out Braeside Park (possible site of a mumblieth birthday picnic), a dry cool change (grump) and some recent dyeing. Let me know if you want to bags anything.