Conundrum — Blog or Facebook??? — and Chaos

8 Feb

Okay, so for the past 2 years I have put off getting onto Facebook. I mean, the last thing I need is to try to keep up with one more thing these days, right?

But last Wednesday, admist the chaos that seems to be our constant state of existence these days (which is odd, because my life seems oddly monotonous, but oh well…) I decided to bite the bullet and get onto Facebook. It’s so addictive I can’t believe it! I found so many people I used to know and it seems so much easier than email to keep up with people. So, everything in my life has suffered this week because of a little social networking.

I know it’s just a matter of time, though, before it just becomes an easy routine and the newness of it wears off.

The chaos part is that we finally found out this week about Doug’s job. I could totally rant and rave about injustice (the kiss-ups in his office and the people who do little or nothing of course are remaining) but Doug has officially been (or will be) laid off. I was so sad and upset but we are lucky that Doug has a lot of contacts here in LA, a while remaining on his contract, and a really good separation package.

The good thing was that to keep things cool in the office, Doug got the rest of the week off. One of our favorite things to do on days off — especially when it rains — is to go to used bookstores. I had spied one in Covina, a town a few miles to the east of us, The Book Shop. They had a really nice selection of books and were reasonably priced. I found a really neat book on taaniko, which is a Maori-style of weaving that doesn’t use a loom. I can’t wait to read it and try this technique and will hopefully post more since there isn’t much on the web about it.

We also found a really cute little yarn shop in Azusa called All About Yarn. They have a nice selection of South American yarns (kinda like Malabrigo but less expensive). It was very cozy, and the co-owner, Pilar, was super friendly. I love how they had a mix of affordable yarns (for those of us on serious yarn budgets this year) and more expensive yarns. They had a lot of brands I hadn’t heard of, which is refreshing. This would be a great stop for westsiders if you are going to the Renaissance Fair or LA County fair — it’s pretty much right on the way.

Hopefully the next few weeks things will settle down a little. Job-hunting is never fun, but Doug seems really excited to dive into the fray and I’ve been looking for more freelance work in addition to my job grading English tests on-line.

5 Responses to “Conundrum — Blog or Facebook??? — and Chaos”

  1. White Hot Magik February 8, 2009 at 2:03 am #

    I enjoy FB and have certainly neglected my blog over it. I started blogging to get a connection with people outside of email because that was more than most family and friend wanted to keep up with. I was lonely at home with the kids all day. I think the stage you are in right now at home was one of the hardest for me. Busy yet mundane.
    Glad you guys are taking the job loss pretty well. Look forward to seeing the yarn crafts. I am not sure if I will ever learn to knit, probably not motivated enough

  2. Veronika February 8, 2009 at 3:56 am #

    Thanks for mentioning our little yarn shop so lovingly in your blog. I am Veronika – the other half of All About Yarn. (Co-owner)

    http://whatlifehastooffer.blogspot.com

  3. Elisabeth February 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    I will definitely have to look for you on Facebook! I hate the news about Doug’s job — Kathy told me last week that they were starting the meetings about jobs, and Carl forwarded me and email from Bob Paz that he got laid off too. Makes me so mad the way they handle things there!
    Also, when I am in town I would be happy to go with you to this yarn shop, it sounds good.
    Elis.

  4. Mia February 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    That sucks about the job. But maybe it will work out better in the long run.

    And while i have page on Facebook, I have just never gotten sucked into it. Maybe that is because I was on MySpace before it got overran. I prefer blogging.

    And I will curious as to how the weaving goes.

  5. geckogrrl February 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Thanks for your supportive comments. I’ll let you know about the weaving, Mia (probably will take a while, Alex is not as good about yarn stuff as your nephew yet!).

    Veronika, I really do like your shop. It was such a nice place!

    See ya soon, Elisabeth!

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