I know it's because I have a lot of ideas and I routinely bite off more than I can chew! Not really, I just get distracted, or bored, or whatever lame excuse I have for Putting Things Off. Well today I polished off a couple of projects, and of course, I can see at least three that are half done. Nope, make that 4. Grr. Five. And that's just what came to mind when I thought about for 15 seconds.
Those dissertation revisions are still hanging over my head. I have to convince myself IT IS WORTH IT to revise it and submit it. It's a lot easier to resolve to succeed in the alternate career path I've chosen. More on that later. Statements about WHY it is worth it to publish one's dissertation are welcome!
Here are a couple of easy things I've finished.
A pen or office gadget holder, made out of toilet paper tubes and paper I had left over from a previous project. I listed one on etsy and got lots of praise for it. Rather than selling it, I ended up trading it for a neat silver wrapped pendant that I can wear with almost everything. I plan on listing this one soon, along with another like it that I made with Japanese paper. [Listed now].
I also got a hair brained idea to make felt monkey face ornaments. I've seen some inspiring felted ornaments on etsy but didn't want to duplicate other people's ornaments so I thought - monkeys! I doubt many people would want to hang a monkey face on their "holiday" tree, especially a freaky looking one like this species, a golden snub-nosed langur, so I may end up making something else to sell.
I am at least going to make a couple more so my niece and nephew can have one from their Primate Doc Aunt.
I don't know who in my family started the tradition of getting an ornament every year, but I have a Christmas ornament from each year I've been alive, give or take some years during college and grad school, and each is dated. I think it's a neat tradition.
This year is the first Christmas we'll be spending in our home so we decided to get a tree. Although, I do think Mr. Monkey looks quite nice hanging from the umbrella tree in my office.
We got a permit from the Forest Service and will go up this weekend to get our tree. We've got snowshoes, warm clothes, and gear to enjoy hot chocolate when we're done. I think Mr. Field Notes friend from work will video the experience and post it. I am sure we will have quite a story.
Her Royal Newfiness The Thundering Herd Dog will come with us. She looks like a bear so I'm going to outfit her with a hunter's orange jacket. We bought the fabric today. I don't have a pattern, but Max got a hand-me-down jacket from his cousin Charlotte so I've got something to work off. Mr. Field Notes wanted some Desert Storm style camo for the inside, but I want to make this thing reversible and I don't want my "kid" wearing camo. Really, I didn't want both sides to be fleece. It'll be brown corduroy on the inside. It was on sale 50% off, and is dark so her hair will be less noticeable when it coats it.
I'll post pictures when she's ready to model it. For now, you'll just have to be tided over by these two adorable pup pics: