Garage to Studio

Garage to Studio

The past week and a half I’ve been emptying the garage to turn it into a true studio to work in. This was prompted by a trip to Ikea. I took a before picture: And that led me to notice how awful the place looked… even not counting the mess of stuff everywhere. I made my plans for the space and drew it out in Sketchup. Of course we ended up buying different things than planned, so I drew it again. (The kayaks are in the back yard now but hopefully will be brought inside.) Then somehow I decided maybe I should paint the garage. And maybe fix the floor too? Through some research I decided on epoxy paint for the floor. I ordered some Supercoat from Sam’s Club. Now I had to get serious about emptying the place. I freecycled some things right...

4 Months Away

So it’s been over 4 months now since I quit my job. Regrets? Not yet! The business is going really well. I’ve engraved lots of iPads and need to do an exact count at some point but would estimate 100-150 or more. iPad cases are catching on lately too. For a brief period of time I thought I might be going back to being an employee because I was offered a potential project at UVa with a fantastic supervisor and team. It was a really tough decision since I really wasn’t looking for work. False alarm though. The project didn’t change as expected and I wouldn’t have been interested even if they wanted me. Typical government BS… they had to have an answer immediately and then didn’t decide anything for over a month. ...

A year ago…

A year ago I was feeling pretty comfortable with my first CI. I’d survived the summer band concerts and was taking a class in Houston to prepare for the PE Exam. I remember the class being the first environment where I thought two CIs would help a lot. A large room, a sound system, ventilation system noises, and an unfamiliar teacher writing notes on the board. I got through it fine, but I’ve always gotten through school fine, even with a profound bilateral hearing loss and just hearing aids. Two CIs has been amazing though. When one of my batteries dies it takes me a few minutes to get used to just one again and I have to focus harder to hear. With two I’ve been able to eat in noisy restaurants with groups of people. I’m usually not...

Survey

This was posted on one of the mailing lists I receive. If you are 18-65 and late deafened (hearing loss age 12 or later; or majority of loss age 12 or later) this is for you! My name is Jill Meyer and I am a doctoral student at the University of Missouri. I am currently working on my dissertation which includes a survey on how coping affects individuals who have late deafness. All information collected is anonymous. We will raffle off 6 VISA gift cards ($50) for participation. The on-line survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CVD7SG9 Please participate soon and feel free to pass to others. Thanks! Jill Meyer Research Associate Jill.Meyer@mimh.edu

Tagxedo Word Clouds

Tagxedo Word Clouds

I’ve been having fun playing with a site called Tagxedo (that’s like Tuxedo but with Tag). It’s similar to Wordle but has more features, like you can choose the shape you want your word cloud to appear in. This one is a list of all the songs that the saxophone ensemble I play with has performed. (click to embiggen)

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