Monday, December 06, 2010

New direction in life....

Lately I have been considering changing direction in my blogging endeavors. I obviously have not been quilting for the last two years. With school and work I find I have no time for quilting. I also have no energy left for the creative process that is needed in quilting. My interest lately is in financial literacy or financial counseling. Actually I think this is an area that I have been refining for the last 5 years. It goes back to my banking days. They wanted me to encourage others to take out home equity loans and all I could think about is how that went against my views on debt. What I would rather do is teach others how to get and stay out of debt. Doing this locally would be great but talk about a scary endeavor!  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Another Year has flown by!

I can't believe a year has flown by!  I have been busy with work and school. Oh and ballroom dancing with my hubby!  We have been having fun with that since last summer. We don't look like those Dancing with the Stars folks but we are having fun. Gives us something to do together.  I have about a year left of school for my bachelor's degree. I am very glad I made the decision to pursue the Business Adminstration degree at Northwestern College. It looks like it was the best decision for me.

Well just wanted to post something really quickly. Maybe my New Years resolution should be to get back into blogging. Lately it has been on my mind that I would like to pursue Financial counseling. So maybe in my quest to continue learning more about making, saving and giving money I can share some of my tips with whoever wants to read about it! I have will to ponder on that some.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Laptop home already!

Well I got my laptop home already. They were quick! Had it one day and the repair was done that same day and sent back out Fedex that same day. It is nice not to have to sit in the office to surf the web anymore. Been studying taxes as I will be an AARP Tax Aide this tax season. Had to take a test and don't know yet if I have passed or not. Not too worried about it as I have been doing my own taxes for over 25 years now and am pretty comfortable with them at this point.

Well trying to decide if a nap would be good on this lazy Sunday afternoon or if I want to pick up some knitting and start another baby sweater. Such decisions!

Tuesday I head over to Northwestern College for orientation and to finish registering for the Spring 2010 semester. I am going to work on my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and will be starting back up on March 15th. It is the last 2 years of my bachelor's degree and I will be done by December 2011.  Was debating the social work degree and this Business Administration degree and decided the BA degree works better for my family situation in the long run. I would like to utilize these skills within the non-profit sector but I will wait and see what happens in the future. Everything can change in such a short time I am keeping open to all possibilities.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Crafty at last.....

Well I have no motivation to get started quilting...yet. But I have been knitting instead. I have several pieces on various needles but these two sweaters were finished over the extra time off over the holidays. This first one, blue and pink is one that will be donated. Not positive which organization will end up getting it but it will go to a good cause at some point.

This second one was knitted with my new niece or nephew in mind. At the time I was not sure whether she was a girl or a boy but now that she was born on Jan. 1st we know she is a girl! This was actually the very first sweater that I have ever knitted. I have knitted many hats and prayer shawls but never a sweater before. I tend to knit tightly so it is probably smaller than it is suppose to be. I am knitting another colorful sweater and it may end up being larger as I used larger needles than the pattern called for (so far I think I should have gone even larger as it still looks pretty small). I don't even know where that sweater will be going, I am just enjoying the process immensly.

This weekend I will be starting my training for doing volunteer tax preparation so I may have to back off on the knitting for a bit to concentrate on that. Since school ended though I feel like I have tons of time to do not much of anything. It has been great!!!

My laptop computer needs some repairs and I have only about 12 days left on the warranty, so I am sending it in and will be without it for about 2-3 weeks. I realize how spoiled I have gotten being able to use the laptop in the living room instead of at a desk in an office chair. I do that all day at my job!