Two weeks ago I went to "camp" to finish my work for the Level 1 certification, I was at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
I only made 1 Temari for my certification because several that I made during the course work were good enough that they qualified for submission.
So what does the submission require?
I have to submit a single Temari in each of the following 4 categories
Once the temari are made, then you have to prepare the photos for submission
Here are the 4 temari I am submitting; these are NOT the pictures that will be sent to the JTA as I have still have to take them.
After I prepare the images I then fill out the form, send in my money and in the spring everything is sent to the JTA for evaluation; and I wait until next summer when the results are sent back
Before I start telling you about the past two months at work, can you name this tune, shown above in c# code?? You will find the answer is at the bottom!
I have now been at the new job, new position, and new company for two months and it ls has flown by.
I am a Senior Software Developer on a project for the Air Force at the Lackland Air Force Base. I am on a team that is responsible for 3 different applications.
The application I am working on was developed 15+ years ago and the code base is (STILL) what was used 15+ years ago - CLASSIC ASP! This technology was in vogue back starting in 1996 and yes I worked with it, thankfully it was not Visual Basic 3, which I also know. Gosh, I am old!
The company has won a 5 year contract to TOTALLY UPGRADE this application, YIPPEE.
What I have been tasked with has been building out the application framework. So far I have accomplished the following:
Looking back over these two months I can tell you that I am really enjoying the work; I am busy every day, I am very challenged, and I am doing some cool development, my ideas and recommendations are listened to and as a team we work out a solution. Looking back at my time at Rush I am not saying that I hated it; I am saying that I was not fully engaged and not challenged for the work I was doing and I felt that my ideas and thoughts on how to improve things did not matter by upper management (my manager, Jesse, did but his hands were tied).
ANSWER: the tune is Bohemian Rhapsody, 'cause who doesn't like Bohemian Rhapsody, Bohemian Rhapsody, and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.
YES!! I have finished the lessons for the Level 1 certification. To be honest I am relieved as I have done 12 lessons in 5 months and I made 36 temari for the course work and another 5 for presents; that's a LOT of temari.
These two lessons are a prelude to the JTA Level 2 certification, which concentrates on the complex divisions; which is why for lesson 11 one learns to do a complex 8 division and lesson 12 teaches complex 10.
What did I learn in these two lessons
Here are the pictures from the lesson.
10 down, only 2 more to go and technically I am done with the lessons for the Level 1 certification. The final two lessons are the introduction to Level 2.
I actually finished this lesson over a week ago; I was busy with the day job, coming home late and leaving early that I did not get around to posting this. Lesson 10 was about the 3 ways that the threads from stitches can intersect with other stitching. There is:
Another Week, Another Lesson!!
I finished lesson 9 which was about stitching continuous designs - giong around the mari and across the obi and ending where you started, many times. This is called, in English, Merry Go Round.. This lesson only required me to stitch 4 temari, I did not stitch a bonus round this time as I was also working on a quilt since it was a 3-day weekend (Labor Day in the USA).
What I learned in this lesson:
I have decided that from now on, I will be blogging about Yubinuki over on my artist site - The Adventurous Smith. I have copied the existing posts about yubinuki over there and soon the tutorials will be posted there as well.
Yeah!! I finished lesson 8 which is about "Tri-Wings". This lesson only required me to stitch 2 temari but, as usual, I did a bonus round. I will be honest I was not enjoying stitching the 2 temari that were required, I thought they were rather blah; but when I started the bonus temari, I chose the colors and the positioning, I really liked the result; but I still think Tri-Wings are a bit boring.
What I learned in this lesson:
This past week I worked on lesson 7 - which was about advanced kiku (herringbone).
The 3 temari to be made were on large mari which were 30+ cm in circumference; so I spent the evenings, watching my favorite shows and winding all of them. The next day (I was home for a few days of vacation) marking and stitching. I also mixed up the colors a bit and I am very happy with the results.
Then there was the temari I did for what I call the bonus round - this is the fourth temari. This was a simple kiku but the two on each side are interwoven. I should have used a different color for the mari background but I did not have a color that matched, so I went with Ivory. I like the temari but with a light green or green/blue it would look better
What I learned this lesson
Here are the pictures!
Yesterday was my last day at my "current" job, Monday I start the "new" job.
I spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this past week working remotely and I use the term work very loosely; so I could use up my vaction time. Why? well the company, does not payout any vacation time that is on the books. They considered it a reward but not something that is earned but that is not why I left.
When I took the position, back in May of 2017, I knew the position was not going to make good use of my skill set but we wanted to leave California so I accepted the offer and we were able to move.
When I started the position, last May, I had a lot of applications to learn and how everything worked. Yet I was confident that I would be able to show off my skill set and would be able to take on upgrading/redesigning some of the applications that were over 10 years old; some just had really old technology others were poorly written.
After a year and several events that just boggled my mind, I came to realize that not only was that NOT going to happen; I realized the upper management does not see IT as a opportunity but a necessity and only funds and staff what they think is required to keep the systems up and running.
It was time for me to look for a new position.
I am not going to detail everything I said in my exit interviews but my manager and his manager did not disagree with my opinions. And so at 3:30 pm, I walked out the door of the building a drove away.
Monday, I will drive to San Antonio to begin a new chapter at the new company.
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich a.k.a. "the shop elf"- her hubby of 30 years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has two sewing machines, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of floss in many materials, and Mrs. King the dress dummy; two weaving looms, assorted knitting needles, tubs of yarn; lots of books; plus a plethora of geeky tech gadgets and more.