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Diversification and Keeping Busy


Phix's Curiosity: what sparks my interest

Watch this space to see what's sparked my interest this week.  A random grab bag of delights!

Apparently this week, being busy is what has kept my interest. Started out by helping a friend update her passwords, clean up her website, and set up a new website after she decided to stop working with the guy she was paying monthly to help keep her site current... Or "current" - there were quite a few things requiring updates when I got to it, certainly nothing had been done "monthly". 

Work is always busy - changes ahoy, like you do in the enterprise world. I think it brings quite a bit of welcome opportunity with it, and I'm curious to see what it brings. 

And just generally, after things feeling sort of stuck for a while, they are now starting to move and I think it will be getting busier before it slows down. Which is great for the curious, as there will be all sorts of new things to explore. :)  

Medusa's Garden

When you need every one and everything around you to just stop.

That said - when things get really busy - it's important to take some time out to breathe and just be too.  Right now it's looking like my rest and relaxation will be good, but not tending so much to my introvert.  Which means I need to get a little more serious than I have been lately about carving out time to meditate, to set aside external obligations in order to tend to internal obligations. Now - to also take my own advice!  

Ariadne's Yarn: playing with threads

What I'm up to with fiber and possibly how mythology and stories all tie together.

I am part way through a scarf.  I have reached the point where a row... is a *commitment*.  Knitters know what I mean by that.  I'm one of those knitters who, when I'm adding/decreasing, needs to count each row to verify I added/decreased the right number of stitches and when I get above about 50, I find I have to count a couple of times.  

Are there any numbers or sets of numbers you miss?  For whatever reason, I often start getting mixed up around the high 70s - sometimes I forget the 80s entirely... I think my brain just gets bored of counting and loses interest.  Someday maybe it will figure out that I'm going to count until I get a reasonable semblance of what I was trying to get to... 

In other news, I plied the ounce of silk hankies I'd been spinning. I used a spindle to spin it up and... Sometimes I have good intentions to ply on the spindle too, especially if I'm doing a Navajo ply (triple ply by creating continuous loops), but... just.  Give me a wheel to ply. 


Mythic Librarian: the art of arranging a life 

Thoughts on ontology and ways to organize a life.

In terms of arranging a life, I've been thinking about the need to evaluate and re-evaluate and take new approaches on things.  It's easy sometimes to get trapped in a cycle of working with the same people, in the same way, for years.  This leads to a comfort in approach, but also familiarity that doesn't lend itself well to 'beginner's mind'. 

There is something to be said for diversification. As Heinlein said, "Specialization is for insects." We should be able to do many things - work across many circles - have many interests. It keeps ones' practices fresh, and also helps keep perspective on what's going on elsewhere.   

With love, and structure, and organization, and curiosity - may Ariadne's ball of yarn guide you through the labyrinth safely until next time!


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