More Drawing Coffee revisions

Spent this evening revising the Legal, Opinions, and Creative pages at Drawing Coffee.

In other news, didn’t have to wear my ankle brace today at work and didn’t have to take any NSAIDs, despite biking 50 minutes at the gym tonight. Also playing Song Summoner on my iPod while biking was pretty sweet.

Flours

I worked at the flower shop Thursday and Friday last week and have worked there Tuesday and today; I’ll be there through the remainder of the next two and a half weeks, more than likely. I’ve been learning to do the jobs of two people in about four days since they are both going on vacation. I’ll be taking customers and phone orders as well as maintaining flowers and plants in the store, making deliveries, and doing other in-store business–making cards, working with ribbon, wrapping and foiling things…the list goes on and on. Both days last week I was in from 10a – 5p. This week it’s been 11a – 5p, but since I’ll be taking over deliveries completely starting tomorrow, I’ll be in from 9a – 3p (hopefully, though it may be later depending upon the number of orders we get). Hopefully this explains the lack of updates, but to make up for it, I’m anticipating having some stories/thoughtful posts regarding things that have happened so far.

In the meantime, I’d also like to get back to working on a piece I am writing about origami lotuses. I also taught myself how to make cranes this week and re-learned butterflies. I bought a 300 pack of tiny origami sheets this weekend while I was in St. Louis and have been using it to assemble an army of tiny cranes to go with my tiny lotuses.

That is a lily in the back left there, it was hard as fuck to make

I tested my ankle again yesterday at the gym by biking for twenty-five minutes and doing a couple of sets of calf raises. It was a little irritated when I got home but was fine today at work, so it seems like things are getting better. I can’t wait to get back to running.

Lastly, remember that thing I said about sending me pictures? SEND ME SOME ALREADY.

A fusion of life and work

Woke up at a normal person time of morning, showered, and dashed off to the Springfield farmers’ market downtown. Much as I would have enjoyed hazelnut shortbread cookies, sweet focaccia (focaccia with powdered sugar and preserves/jam), or a massive cinnamon roll, I abstained. It was worth it to be out in the humidity just to smell the baskets of strawberries for sale. I sat in Andiamo to do some work, which meant e-mailing some people while listening to the rest of Morning Edition and deciding what I will need to do over the course of the year to get tech-savvy and marketable. I contacted someone from the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals today about possible learning opportunities for grant writing skills, though I am still somewhat unsure how I feel about it.

Got my haircut on Monday but decided today after giving it a chance that my bangs are not quite right; trying to see if I can get that fixed before the weekend.

Figured since I was already out and it was sunny and hot  and we weren’t going to get wiped off the face of the planet by torrential rain like the last two days, I would wash my car (though the rain at least had the courtesy to take care of the squirrel piss my car had been subjected to just prior to my neck getting pissed on as well). The pay-and-spray (ha) I go to usually is right down the street from an oil change place, so I took care of that too and felt pretty accomplished by the time I got home. Later on, it rained harder than it has the rest of the week and hailed on my car. At least I didn’t plant my wildflower seeds today–maybe Friday, since there is still a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms here tomorrow and that has meant guaranteed monsoons the last three days.

Lunch, tons of rain and flooding all over town, late getting to the gym. Lifted tons of weights today since my ankle pain came back with a vengeance shortly after lunch. Ibuprofen seems not to have any effect, so I’m sitting here with a back-size ice pack strapped to my leg while I write.

Also, I lucked into a part-time on-and-off job for the next few months. Jackie called me while I was on my way to get my oil changed and mentioned that she and her daughter are leaving to visit another of her daughters in California for a few weeks (which I knew, but I guess I didn’t put two and two together), so the flower shop where her daughter works would need a part-time assistant during that time. I’m supposed to be at the shop at 10am tomorrow for some on-the-job training.

Business stuff–I plan to start taking a lot more photos as writing starters. I’m also probably going to start asking a lot more questions of anyone reading about what kind of content you’d be interested in seeing from me. I know a lot of you take your own photos, also, and I would love to work some writing out for things you’ve photographed. If you’re comfortable sharing your pictures with me, I’d love to generate writing for them (particularly because I won’t know anything about them, where they are, why you took them–that is the whole point. Don’t tell me anything about them), and I will post them to Drawing Coffee as they are completed with full credit/reference to you as the photographer in whatever format you choose. If you would like to discuss this further/send me your damn photos already, I can be reached at chelsea dot fiddyment at gmail dot com. Quick note: I’d prefer they are not posed (or naked) photos of you, especially if I know you pretty well. Maybe someday I will write a story about all you lovelies, but for now, it’s just too distracting. Places/stuff/unknown (clothed; don’t violate their privacy!) people preferred.

Final question: if your favorite writer had a Twitter, what kinds of things would you want to read from them? Would you care? Why or why not? Talk amongst yourselves.

I hate titling banal things like this

Lots of baseball last weekend–the Cards picked up two wins against the Angels, both of which Suraj and I went to. Tower Grove Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning yielded the first mostly sweet strawberries of the season, which I could have eaten all at once instead of taking home. I stopped by Hartford Coffee Company again (where I wrote from the other weekend) to have lunch and do a little work. I don’t know how often they do it, but their lunch special on Saturday was from-scratch black bean burgers, and this was definitely the best one I’ve yet to eat. We also saw Iron Man 2 Saturday night.

My ankle has been feeling better for the most part, until this evening. I’m hoping to try out an upright cycle on Friday for a little while. I’ve been wearing a brace since last week to keep it compressed and icing it periodically, which I might do tonight despite not having gotten around much on it today.

I was able to find black sesame seeds in bulk at the local Indo-Pak grocery store on my way home from the gym on Monday evening, so today I made Japanese seven-spice blend from a recipe in my Bittman cookbook. It smells wonderful and was quite easy to make (aside from having to wash out my coffee grinder, which I, like a horrible person with no respect for my coffee, never do). I can’t wait to try it on tempeh and other things this week. I also bought amaranth at the farmers’ market along with the strawberries, so if I can finish the rice I have in the fridge, I will try cooking some of that this week. I’d like to use it to make pilaf. On another food note, caffeine withdrawal symptoms seem to have stopped, so I will take that as a sign I can start drinking coffee again.

If it ever stops raining, I might wash my disgusting car later this week and plant my wildflower seeds in my parents’ backyard.

Bullet points

Quick entry before internet curfew.

Hurt my ankle running. Tried working out on a cross-trainer for thirty minutes Monday, which didn’t make things worse but also didn’t make them any better. Bought a couple of braces (including an athletic one that I wore today while doing weights) and I’m trying to take it easy for at least the next week. No cardio. Ice once a day, though I may move that up to twice.

Caffeine withdrawal week going pretty well so far. Staying away from coffee; had some iced tea on Tuesday to help with my headache.

Eyes are feeling much better after feeling as though they were going to shrivel up inside my skull last weekend.

Graduation weekend in Urbana was a good time that I’m glad I stuck around for.

New layout here on What the Fidd, plus I’m working on a new one for Drawing Coffee. DC is kind of a mess right now, but you’re welcome to check it out while I work on it. Copyright pages were added to both blogs, and I’m thinking about business strategies as I read the Atlantic’s article on Google saving the news.

I’ve overstayed my internet welcome! More tomorrow.

What the hell

Hurt something in my right ankle. AWESOME.

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