Friday, December 31, 2010

Project 365

I've decided to take on a new project.

It will be my 365 Project - one photo per day for 365 days of 2011.  There's no specific theme or any guidelines to meet, other than to take and post one picture for every day of the year.

I'll be posting here and on my YelloCoyote Photography page on Facebook.

I'm hoping to gain some perspective about my photographs... I hope to learn some new techniques, and work to become a better photographer.  I hope to capture some interesting images.  But most importantly, I want to record the images as I go to better understand where I started from.

I'm excited to look back on this project this time next year to see my progress, and where I've been.  Both literally and figuratively.  

I hope others will join me on this endeavor... this journey.  It should be fun!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Santa was kind to Eugene this year...

Eugene got some stuff for Christmas... :mrgreen:

Gift #1 - Trasharoo!  This will really help with the Pastafari trip in Moab next May since everything is pack in/pack out.
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Gift #2-6 - a set of Moab rims with (almost) new Goodyear Wrangler MT's!
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Checking in...

... with nothing new to report.  Nothing at all. 

The job search has been a bust so far.  Well, not unless you include employment agency interviews that result in "we'll call you if we get something in that we think is suitable."  Fantastic.  Outside of that, I've been to no interviews for actual employers yet.  Not one.  I've had a couple of people in the agency-industry tell me to not get my hopes up for anything until after the first of the year.  Then there have been others that have told me that employment is up right now... but those people haven't sent me to any interviews yet.  So I'm crossing my fingers for 'after the first of the year' at this point.  It's something.

In my excessive amount of downtime, I've gotten holiday shopping finished.  I didn't allow myself to do as much as I typically would due to the job situation.  Most of what's purchased is for the kids in the family... and then a few things for the other special people in my life.  Hopefully it's enough.

I've been trying to be more open and available to people lately as well.  These last couple of months have resulted in too much self-alienation from people.  Too much self-pity. Too much depression.  I'm afraid of that path, as it would land me in a place in my life that I was in years and years ago... and I would consider the 'dark years' of my life.  So, instead I am making an valiant effort to combat those feelings.  I'm trying to reintroduce myself to the world.  To get out and share time with people I love - family and friends.  It's taking some effort... some people aren't entirely receptive to me, and seem to show me a bit of resistance.  I don't know if it's me, or if it's them.  Regardless, I will still continue to try... I don't want to be the one who won't put forth the effort.

I'm trying to be optimistic about travels for the upcoming year  With the lack of income on my behalf, I believe I'm reaching for something that isn't there.  But it's nice to have dreams, right?  The one event that I will do my best to make is the Pastafari event in Moab.  It's a week-long, non-supported expedition into the Maze District of Canyonlands.  All food, fuel, and camp gear must be brought for the whole week - no running to the convenient store if you forget something.  We'll have to create a makeshift toilet as well... and pack EVERYTHING in and out.  Makes for interesting packing, for sure.

Other than that, other travels of lesser priority would be to run the BA/BE Rally with Aaron.  I wouldn't participate in the 'race,' persay... but instead I would act as a marshal (marshals are the ones responsible for tallying points and and enforcing rules).  The other trip I'd like to make (that we missed this year) is East Coast Safari.  In previous years, this event has been in Oak Ridge, TN.  I think the idea is to plan for a different location for 2011.  I seem to be on a planning committee for this event, and I'll start doing my homework/research on these locations after the first part of the year.

Eugene is currently in 2wd mode only right now.  Fantastic with the winter here.  Let's hope I can drum up my skill of driving a rear-wheel drive vehicle again.  I haven't had to do that since the Ranger.  The jeep needs a new pinion bearing in the front differential.  The decision is whether or not to just replace that, or regear both front and rear differentials.  Regearing is a lot more money, but would be better for power reasons and better for bigger tires next spring.  We'll also be hashing this out after the first of the year as well.


If anyone has any pull with Santa Claus... tell him to bring me a good job for Christmas.  Seriously.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I've spent the past couple of days starting my search for a 'real job.'  I'm a little less than enthused... especially since the hope of a seasonal job out west. 

I haven't gotten any calls regarding any of the resumes I have sent around here.  Not one.  I occasionally get e-mails about jobs out west - even now.  How screwed up is that?

I do hope this string of luck changes... because I'm hugely bored at home, and really need something to do.  Preferably something that pays well.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

No dice on the Montana job...

But it was a fun trip.

Two flights out.  Two flights back.  Both with connecting flight in Denver.  Whatever desire I had for flying ahead of time has been entirely extinguished.  It'll be road-tripping for this gal for awhile now.  Not that I don't enjoy flying.  I was accustomed to direct flights.  But 4 flights in 3 days can be a killer, I've found.

Overall the trip was a good time.  Beautiful scenery to enjoy, and just enough free time to wander around some.  I didn't get to go as far as I would have liked because of the rental Toyota Corolla (it certainly wasn't the Jeep), but I still got to some places off the beaten path.

The job didn't work out for a few reasons.  The biggest issue was that my training as a therapist, and their training are at opposite ends of the spectrum.  I was taught to approach the technique in a far different way than they were.  This may be because the state of Montana was not a licensed state until just this past July... so up until then, any/all types of training were acceptable - even if it was poor training.  Because of all this, I didn't have the technique that they wanted... nor was I comfortable working in that kind of environment because it wasn't something I was familiar with.  There was no bitterness on either side - I was really appreciative for the opportunity to interview with them, and they were happy to have me there.

And it was kind of a fun way, albiet expensive, to kill 3 days.  :o)


Bozeman, MT airport
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Hwy 191 between Bozeman and Big Sky
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Stupid little rental car...
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Lone Mountain in Big Sky
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Mountain Village - Big Sky
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Soldiers Church in Big Sky
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Taken from forest service roads
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