Me and my sweety.

We’re back!

It seems like I have been gone for years from my beloved blog but it’s only been about 6 months.  In those 6 months I’ve finished at least two sewing projects and half of the scarf I am knitting for my husband, gone to NOLA/Gulf Wars and returned, had my laptop die, purchased a new one, started a new job, competed in the CrossFit Open for the first time, and completely replaced the plumbing in our house.

It’s been pretty crazy to say the least.

But I’m back now.

Things are still pretty crazy but I am going to be posting at least once a week and I will be starting with some of the things I just listed to catch all of you up on what’s been going on in my life.

It feels good to be back!

After a rather unusually quite May and June spent working mostly on top secret projects (that I still can’t discuss yet) suddenly projects are bursting forth and plans are coming to fruition.

  • Awesome happening 1) My fabric and bits for Dragon*Con 2014 costumes are here!
  • Awesome happening 2) My cool new books have arrived!
  • Awesome happening 3) Top Secret Project #1 is coming along beautifully and I’ve learned a ton.  Tutorials to follow unveiling!
  • Awesome happening 4) The first major step of Top Secret Project #2 is finished an on it’s way to me!  I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Stay tuned!

I will refrain from singing although my inner Disney Princess is greatly saddened that she has to hold back.

There’s a reason why every article I have ever written on project management (in the SCA and out) includes the advice that you need to pad your timelines because you never know when chaos will strike.  The mid-May deadline on the project that I was working was pushed back.  Although I didn’t know it at the time this was a lucky break because I had a project mishap at the worst possible time (really, these things never happen at times when we can fix them easily) and I got so frustrated I just had to walk away.

Never forget to add in your Just-Step-Away-From-The-Machine time when you are planning your projects.  It will save your sanity.

But while it is all working out for the best in the end it has meant that I’ve needed to rearrange some of my other project timelines and reevaluate my Dragon*Con project list.  A big part of project management is the management of multiple priorities and multiple concurrent timelines.  Yet another reason why it is so important to pad your timelines.  External and internal factors will affect your timelines and changing timelines affect priorities.  You have to be able to manage that and shift your task schedule (or the task schedules you have delegated) in order to accommodate that.

So that’s were I am.  I had to walk away from my project for a bit but now I’m back at it.  I did manage to fix the mishap pretty easily; sometimes all you need is a little distance.  Now I’m reevaluating some timelines and project priorities but in the end All’s Well That Ends Well as The Bard says.

The last month has been a complete and total whirl wind.  When we last left our intrepid heroin she was in Atlanta for a work conference.  Braving the flight home, she landed safely on February 28th, her birthday, and was immediately whisked off for birthday sushi by her loving and amazing husband who showered her with shoes, kisses, and a new Trashy Diva Trixie dress.  The next morning it was off to Como, NC with the puppy dogs to spend a birthday weekend with family and to enjoy the first mom-made birthday cake she’d had in 1517 years.

The next week was spend furiously working and packing in preparation for a week in New Orleans and Gulf Wars.  She ate, she drank, she shopped.  And she spend Wednesday and Friday at Gulf Wars fencing.

It…was…EPIC.

Now she has returned returned, relaxed and rejuvenated and ready to tackle more sewing projects, several house projects, an article for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d.