Project Time…

… or the post that goes on forever with lots of pictures.

I got a call on my resume last week and as I returned her call, my thoughts wailed, “I’m not ready to go back to work yet!!” It was an internal position at a headhunter firm, and during the course of the conversation she affirmed my resume was excellent. Which made me feel good, because I had been feeling quite insecure — I redesigned it quite a bit and I wondered if I’d done the right thing. While sadly the position wasn’t a good fit for either of us, we ended up laughing together over a few things while on the phone. It was exactly what I needed to feel a little uplifted and encouraged that day.

Which started me thinking about temp jobs… when I did temp work before, although it was hell on the nerves (repeated First Day of School syndrome) I loved it. If I do temping, it would give me some time to heal emotionally without the commitment required for a full-time job. Plus, you never know where you’ll end up… it could be in a really cool company.

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In the meantime, in addition to getting my resume out there, I’ve done some other stuff here at home. First off, I finished the scanning project of my Aunt Edith’s pictures. Actually, I had finished it before, three or four years ago, but then I spilled milk in the hard drive where they were stored electronically and had to borrow the real pictures back and haven’t had the time, until now, to re-finish the project.

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Also, something that’s been bugging me for awhile is my rolltop desk. I love my rolltop desk, but my biggest complaint is that I’ve not had anywhere to put things that I need to work on. I’ve tried various things, putting things here, or there, or off to the side, or up there, but it just doesn’t work and I haven’t had the time to figure out a real solution.

Well, I finally did. I didn’t think before demolition to take “before” pictures, so I had to re-create them. See this section right there is dead space.

It’s a cubby hole designed to hold one of these types of power supplies.

So I pulled off the surrounding wood, and the platform under it, all of which was very time consuming because I had to be careful that I didn’t scratch or mar the finished surface of the desk. But now I have a place where I can layer my work.

On the other side of the desk, over here, was this thing which can rotate around.

As large as it is, though, it’s not very practical because it has a partition in the middle… so you can’t put a folder in it, or anything really, except knick knack stuff. Clutter. That bugs me. It’s designed to fit perfectly in that space right there in the corner.

So I pulled it out and now have room for folders and files and stuff. Much more usable. Except I have no idea what to do with the knick knack shack, so it’s sitting on the floor next to my desk.

Oh, and all the cool magnets that I bought for work? I went to Home Depot and bought a small piece of sheet metal and stuck it to the back of my roll top desk and then stuck my magnets on it. I was going to paint the sheet metal black, but the silver color has kind of grown on me. Plus it has an added bonus of reflecting the light from the room, which brightens up what often times is a darker area.
Before…

After…

As you can see, I also sorted through the boxes I brought home from work and the fun decorations I had bought for my cubicle and moved them into my home desk now and I’m quite pleased with myself. It was therapeutic, as well as rewarding.

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And… the other thing I did, at Vince‘s suggestion, was to order this little box.

Tony pulled the hard drive from my laptop that died last week and put it in there, essentially making it an external hard drive. From there, I was able to plug it into my working laptop and backup the information that was contained on the old hard drive… all for $9.99. A much more reasonable price than the $400-$500 quoted at Best Buy.

Industrious me… now, what I would love to do is find or make a coaster to put my drinks on, with a houndstooth or scroll type pattern, which would match the rest of my desk stuff. Ideas, anyone?

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8 responses to “Project Time…

  1. Caryl

    Your desk looks really great. And glad the little box worked too. πŸ™‚

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    Aww, thanks. πŸ™‚
    I am so glad, too. I have good friends. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. hehe

    ~Jammie J.

  2. grrrace

    you sure have been a busy little bee! πŸ™‚

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    I have! I can’t wait to see you on Wednesday! πŸ™‚

    ~Jammie J.

  3. noonie

    coaster… scan the pattern off your folders and print a page of it, then buy a blank coaster… they sell them at craft shops for kids to make for mum etc…. and put the pattern in…

    or cross stitch one… pattern will be on line…

    Personally, I’d go with option one. Quicker and when you get bored you can change out the picture in the coaster

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    I like Option 1. Maybe I’ll go check at Michael’s (our local craft shop). I’m sure they have something there… good idea!

    ~Jammie J.

  4. I do my best to hook up my homies. Speaking of which, I’ll get that package out to you in the mail this week some time.

    I have a crystal coaster on my roll top desk for my drinks. Classy and functional at the same time.

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    You’re a good homey, that’s fo sho. πŸ™‚ I really appreciate you!
    I like crystal, too… hmmmm, but I really, really like these patterns I have. I’m leaning toward trying to find a “picture” coaster that I can put my pattern into…

    ~Jammie J.

  5. Don’t get too settled in there, you should be pulling all that stuff back out for your new desk at the new job soon.
    It’s cooling down – oinly 93 today – but the pool is still warm and ready for you. Anytime.

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    HA! That’s my strategy… to get settled in, because you just know that’s when I’ll find another job. But they way I’ve got it figured, I have to wait at least 90 days before moving into the new job, so I have time to get settled. πŸ™‚

    I’ve been swimming (willingly) in the chillier pool here. That one is at 78 (brrrr), but at least I have it to myself. Your 93 degree pool sure sounds tempting. πŸ™‚

    ~Jammie J.

  6. You and Tony are so smart to know how to do that with your LapTop Hard Drive….And everything else that you did with your Home Office Space….FANTASTIC!
    I really understand your need to heal emotionally…and it sounds like a good plan to do Temp work, meanwhile….! Good luck with that my dear….!
    Sometimes a break from what one has been doing for a good while…..It gives you a chance to re-group and rest up in a way…..!

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    Smart or desperate! πŸ™‚ Thank you. πŸ™‚
    Well, and I was thinking with the temp work I can take a pay cut and it won’t reflect badly on my “career” wages, you know? It will let me hold on until companies are hiring again… I dunno. That factored in my thoughts, too.

    ~Jammie J.

  7. grrrace

    Yay! Tomorrow! πŸ™‚

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    Ohhh, I’m gonna have to get up EARLY! hehe πŸ™‚

    ~Jammie J.

  8. daydreambetty

    Oh my, what a long list of projects!!

    Temping does sound like a good idea.

    I like that rolltop desk, but I don’t think it’d be good for me. It’ll just give me plenty of places to hide stuff in, and I have enough clutter.

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    Those are just the projects I wrote about, I’ve many more that I didn’t write about!

    Now I’m scared to go register to temp because I know they’ll call me! I think I really need to retire. hehe

    I love this rolltop desk. It’s huge and represents a lot to me emotionally. A story for another day. But yeah, the clutter… it’s an issue.
    ~Jammie J.