Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter Holiday Retreating

I have tried over the past 25 years to reserve Christmas and New Year's Day weeks as a vacation of sorts. It has been, many years, a time for serious considerations, pre-planning and catching up on end-of-year work. When I was doing academic style editing, it was also a time during which graduate students were doing the same, and I finally resorted to not reading email and turning off my business telephone in order to carve out my time. (This year, I should be doing that, because I am unbelievably behind on financial record keeping. But I'm not.)

On the last day of November, shortly after Thanksgiving gathering and birthday dinner, I contracted bronchitis, again, which laid me flat for the better part of three weeks. I am near the end of my second week of not taking any more medications, and I'm doing well, aside from a persistent cough and profound fatigue. My next task is to figure out how much and how long I can exercise to get back on track, again.

I am, however, finding tensions vanishing. I'm finally out from under an underlying stress I might not have been aware of for a long time. Eliminating my volunteer work, as much as I hated doing so, has been the final (so far) transition from external pressures that I have needed for so long but could not reach.

I needed to relax. Surely I can learn how to do so also in the midst of chaos and rioting! If I have to depend on nothing's irritating me, these quiet spaces will be transitory.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Transition in progress

I've gone ahead and taken down the three domains of which I spoke previously; I have not managed to set up email forwarding.  Not sure if/when/how I will handle the old email addresses. In the meanwhile, you can contact me at firstname at lastname dot net

Saturday, December 13, 2014

In Transition

Things are changing. I have canceled my web hosting for the lizbennefeld.net account at POWWEB (about whom I have no complaints whatsoever); domain name and hosting are to end shortly after the first of the year.  Also sitting on that site are the other domains that I used in part to promote my writing, editing and photo art activities. While those three domains (Quiet Spaces, Postcard Art and The Written Word) will be disappearing at least for a while, and possibly until they expire two to three years from now, the email addresses for those domains are going away. 

I quit doing the academic work in 2009, and I started handing off the job search work in 2012. Due to the changing needs of my final business client in August of 2014 (30 years, pretty close to the day, from when I left corporate to start my own business), I am fully retired from freelance work. (I'm not counting my photo art or creative writing as freelance, but as part-time hobbies, these days.)

Still contactable through this Gmail account (quietspaces). Would love to hear from former clients, classmates and friends!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quarterly Check-In with Flowers

I seem to have made it through the worst of the allergy season, although my eyesight is suffering. Today I got out and took some photographs that I like very much. We've been too close to frost already, and I am surprised that the flax is still hanging in there on the cool, sunny days. We have Wild Flax, Thistle and Dandelion flowers, today. The temperature is almost 60 °F. One doesn't know whether turn on the heating or the cooling system.









Sunday, June 15, 2014

Spring Health and Related Updates

The final retirement process, begun in late summer of 2012, is sticking. In April of this year, I put my volunteer work on hold, also, and am making progress on the health/breathing thing. My sleep patterns are finally pulling back into some semblance of order; since the summer of 2011, I had been sleeping in 1.5 to 3-hour naps. Now, the dog wakes me up when it's time for breakfast, and I can go back to sleep and finish out the "night".  I am feeling much more physically grounded, my calf muscles are starting to relax, I am not napping all the time (although I still take a nap in the middle of the day), and my feet and legs have quit tingling.

The change that started when I started using a nebulizer instead of an inhaler, that is, reducing the need for a dose of albuterol from morning and evening to once every one to five days, has resulted from concentrating on the (not quite) anemia. I've been taking an iron supplement (and a 4-hour OTC antihistamine tablet) when I wake up. Not quite effusive, yet, but I have started writing, again, to a few friends. And thinking. One must not discount the effects of adding thinking to the processes.

I have begun continued the compartmentalization process, which actually has helped with my writing. When a come to something I want to write down, I have a specific space (blog, web page) in which to write it. Because the writing is for me, rather than for someone else. Writing has always played an important part in my thinking process. Becoming ill from the fumes given off by paper and ink, even when it's not all paper and all inks, is behind quite a few changes in my life. A slow-growing cataract in one eye hasn't helped much. At least I have an ebook library in place, begun in the 1990s. The photography hasn't been affected, as far as I know; I don't look at or work with a photo for hours at a stretch, so it doesn't contribute to the eye strain.

I had thought to address the changes in web site domains and uses, but I think I'll address breakfast, now, instead.

Liz


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mile Marker

The business web site for The Written Word, my freelance editing/writing/consulting work, has gone away as of this past week. I first started working freelance during the summer of 1984, considering it to be a temporary thing until I was ready to get back into corporate IT work. I never did come across another job that I thought I would prefer over trying to make a go of the freelance work. When I got online, I used my AT&T Worldnet web site for business and then registered a domain name and contracted for web hosting with Arjay Enterprises (webnamesource and webnamehost). (Good host, reasonable prices, catering to individuals, writers, students, and such.)

I've got another hosting service where I have stuck my hobby domains in the interim; impersonal but efficient, and I know how to handle what I need. The web is so much in flux that I have not settled on what I might want to do next. My photography/photo art has an artistic focus, rather than a business focus, even though I had it as a business for a few years, and I do still sell some cards and wall art from RedBubble.com. I plan to hang onto the domain until my trade name registration runs out, transitioning the folks I still do layout and editing for to no longer paying me under the trade name before that deadline. Yes, there are a few friends I've been doing work for almost forever, so those threads are still there. One, at least, has been retired for a while, and the others are likely to have done so before then.

I am curious to see what comes next.