Let's start with the middle parts first.
The N block is a new project I'm frantically working on because.....
I have a NEW niece or nephew due in the beginning of February.
Yes, the most fabulous, smartest, cutest, wonderful, amazing niece ever is going to have a new baby brother or sister. [PS: I *may* be biased about my niece Mackenzie--just maybe] Hooray for being an aunt--again. I am so excited. I have the rest of the alphabet made already and am working on alternate blocks. Better hurry up. Babies wait for no quilters to finish projects.
I am only working at one job now. I resigned from my day job that I've had for the past 14 1/2 years and am now working full time at Starbucks. My last day at the office was January 4th and it was a long time coming, yet still a difficult decision. It was made easier by some major changes at work in the past six months and that's all I'll say about that. It was still hard to leave the job that I wanted to have when I was in graduate school. It used to be the perfect job for me, but the office changed and the job changed and working for state government sure has changed. I will miss the work and my coworkers but there are a lot of things I won't miss. And I love working at Starbucks. When I took a year and a half off from Starbucks, I missed it. I missed the customers and my coworkers and the company. So that is what I'm doing right now. Good thing I have PLENTY of fabric and projects to keep me busy because my fabric acquisition will be nil this year. But I'm already happier and my whole outlook is better so that's a big plus.
Future New Opportunities.
I'll be on the look out for these.
I'll end with some things I have learned in the past few months:
Sometimes the greatest feat of courage is getting out of bed in the morning (this was the case for much of 2011).
Sometimes knowing that other people believe in you is just as important as believing in yourself.
I have no tolerance for bullies.