Thursday, January 11, 2007

Back to Normal

Many thanks to the folks at Bloglines who took the time to comment on my previous post. As it turns out, I didn't actually have to do anything. The list showed back up on my blog without any intervention from me. And the list at Bloglines itself is working just fine as well. It just seemed to be a temporary hiccup of sorts. All is back to normal now! :)

I'm still working on PIG and the LHN series, but I have gotten somewhat sidetracked from my stitching recently. You see, I am trying to get a bit of a business started. Really, it's just an extension of my hobbies, but I'm planning to sell, so I guess that makes it a business. LOL I'm working on soaps and jewelry at the moment, but I reserve the right to change my mind later. ;)

Lately the focus is soap, as I try to come up with just the right recipe. I'm already pretty close! Next will come scents. Any suggestions?

My first batch turned out quite nicely. It's honeysuckle scented. No color was added, because I wanted to see what the 'natural' color would be. I rather like it! I'm doing very small batches, until I get it just right. This one made 12 bars-- three of each one shown here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bloglines issues?

I track all of the blogs that I read through Bloglines. Admittedly, I haven't been reading blogs in quite a while-- not since I took 4 1/2 months off of work. I'm back at work, and into my regular routine again, so I was looking forward to catching up with everyone. But, much to my dismay, all of my subscriptions seem to have disappeared from Bloglines. I checked my blog to see what was listed there, and sure enough "Blogs I Read" is empty. It was all there yesterday!! I'm hoping that this is just a temporary Bloglines glitch. Otherwise I will have to attempt to recreate the lengthy lists of blogs that I follow.

So, to all of my fellow bloggers-- I miss reading your sites and will try to start commenting again regularly, just as soon as I find all of you again.

In the meantime, I returned to work on Monday. As of today, I am only partially set up to do my job. The office has moved to a new location. I knew this before I left and was not the least bit happy about the move. In fact, I was pretty close to leaving my job over it. I chose to take an extended leave of absence instead. In hindsight, I'm glad I did. As it turns out, the commute really isn't any worse (I hate admitting that!) and the office itself is better than what I left.

What I am not happy about is getting up in the mornings. I had gotten used to sleeping in until 9 or so in the morning, and 5:30 a.m. comes awfully early. I also wasn't thrilled about wearing "grown-up" clothes again. My work shoes had dust on them. I keep telling myself that it's good to have a routine, but I'm not yet convinced.