My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #291: Ready to Launch

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-21-2011 11:55 AM 4086 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’re down to the final day here – and not a moment too soon. I think if I had any more time to think, prepare or plan I would drive myself crazy. I haven’t been in crazy state of mind though. Quite the opposite. I have been quite calm and happy. I even took some time out to play a bit of Scrabble on my Facebook.

Yesterday my site was down for almost the entire day. I first noticed when I tried to post my blog on it early in the morning. (I copy this blog to it every morning). I was going to log into customer support, but I soon discovered that not only was it my site that was down, but the entire host company that I couldn’t get to. Somehow this made me feel better. It wasn’t “just me.”

As I checked throughout the day, I had a minute or so of fear. What if the company which hosted my site went under? After all, in this economic climate, you hear about stuff like that happening all the time. If they were to go under, would they even notify us about it, or would they just pull the plug and be gone? Hummm. . . .

After several hours of checking, around 2pm I saw a different error when I tried to access their site. I found comfort in that because it at least meant that they were working on it. In another few hours, I tried their home page again and not all the elements, but half of them were working. I knew that things would be OK. By 7pm or so, things were back up and running and everything worked fine.

Now a couple of months ago, I would have probably been really bothered by this. I would have spent the day trying to figure out what was wrong and worrying. Yesterday however I just ‘let it go’ and waited until it got fixed. Am I finally learning? Perhaps . .

I sorted and rearranged everything that will be going with me and made my list for the customs people, if needed. I know that may sound like I am going overboard, but in my travels back and forth across the border, I have learned that you need to be ready for the unexpected. Most of the time, the agents are friendly and don’t say a word to you besides “have a nice stay.” But occasionally you get someone who has to know every single thing you are carrying with you down to the last stick of gum in your purse. It took me all of ten minutes to type up a list of what was in each box and although I may not even need it, if I do it will make things much simpler.

Today I am going to spend the day tidying up and burning some music to take with. I did most of the cleaning yesterday, as well as the laundry so there is really nothing for me to do besides this last minute stuff. I have to pack my clothes, but that has never been an issue with me. I never really saw the reasoning behind laboring about what to bring. I am glad it is a woodworking show because everyone dresses pretty casual. Casual works well for me, as it is the story of my life. I may bring one outfit that is a bit dressier, but then I think that I won’t really be needing that either. Even when I am in Chicago, there isn’t anyone that I will be seeing that will be dressing up too much. I don’t think we will be at any formal dinners or things of that sort either.

I am going to try to post as regularly as I can, but things may be off schedule for the next few weeks as you can imagine. Most importantly, I am going to try to keep a good record with pictures and upload them to my Picasa albums as much as possible. I was thinking of taking some videos of the show with my camera, but I am not sure as to how it will come out and the uploading time may inhibit me from doing so. I don’t know what type of connections I will be on. At the very least, I will try to dump my day’s pictures onto the hard drive of my laptop to deal with later on. That will give me a clean slate each day as far as my camera goes and keep things manageable.

I want to apologize now for the soon-to-be atrocious typing that I will certainly be imposing on you in the next couple of weeks. I really do despise that keyboard from the laptop and I found I have great difficulty with it. I am certain that if I gain any new readers, they will surely think that i am illiterate. I am bringing a USB cordless mouse so I don’t have to deal with that tiny pad on the laptop. That is another thing I have trouble managin There are some things I just never want to learn.

So with that all said, I suppose I am ready. This will be a wonderful adventure and I know it will be the experience of a lifetime for me.

Let the fun begin!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 02:31 PM

Morning Sheila, I’m up early(for me) as I’m getting my roof shingles replaced today. We are wishing you a very safe and fun trip with lots of new knowledge gained. I am saying that today instead of tomorrow so you can read this and have the blessings from us. We will be praying that everything goes smoothly for you and that if any “glitches” should occur, that they are minor and perhaps memorable? Take care and drive safely and may the “NUTS” on the road be elsewheres from you!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 03:30 PM

Thanks so much, Erwin! I will certainly do my best to update everyone. I am sure I will have a lot to show! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 03:40 PM

Hi Sheila;

I wish for you a very happy, safe and successful trip.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 10:11 PM

it seems to me you are ready to launch with a big burn out of smoke from the tires … LOL

and I understand you wery well using a cordless mouse on the laptop :-)
you ainĀ“t the only one that think those pads is something the devil has invented while the
big mand had turned his head away for a second :-)

have a safe trip

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 10:35 PM

I can’t wait to hear all your adventures from the trip!! Have a great time!

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 01:58 AM

Hi Sheila.

Break a leg!


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 02:51 AM

have a wonderful

it’s not just a wood show

it’s family
and life


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 03-22-2011 03:12 AM

Have fun and don’t worry about nothin”!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 03-22-2011 04:17 AM

Good Luck, Sheila!!!! I’m sure everything will be just fine.

And, once you get used to a laptop, you’ll get used to the keyboard. I’d be lost without my wireless mouse. The multiple USB portable port is a nice accessory, also. If you have WORD, or even e-mail, you can type your blog there and make use of their spell-checker, and then copy and paste to your blog….unless you’ve already thought of that.

Have fun—don’t forget that.


-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#10 posted 03-22-2011 10:26 AM

I thought you had to have a cordless mouse with a laptop. Oooooh! That’s what that rectangular looking pad thingy does? I thought that was only for a weird game they installed on my computer called “chase the link while cursing the computer”.
I used to burn CDs for my vehicle like you mentioned. Then I would leave the house only to later find that the song I really would like to hear at the moment isn’t burned on any of the disks I brought. My lovely wife got me an MP3 player for Christmas that hold I think 16 gigabytes of music. Now I have most of my music with me at all times. She tried, but couldn’t find one with enough capacity to hold all my music. 16 gigs is still a lot though.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 03-22-2011 10:39 AM

Thank you all so much! I know it will be a great time! I am ready to go soon and promise to keep you all with me on my trails. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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