I’m not doing the resolution thing today because I make resolutions all year long. But one day before Christmas, my co-workers and I were discussing the toxic atmosphere that has formed in our workplace, with people making huge problems out of little ones and being disrespectful and rude and making assumptions that aren’t true and then talking about those assumptions with other people who don’t know what the truth is and anger at the whole situation…ah jeez. I need to stop thinking about this. Back to my point, a friend and co-worker of mine suggested that as a group we need to hit the reset button.

So that’s my theme for the year. RESET. I recall the best piece of advice I ever got in therapy, which was nearly worth the price of the session: Concentrate on what you can control, and let what you can’t control go. I can’t force others to hit the reset button, but I don’t have to participate in the drama. I’m hitting my reset button and moving forward with a clean slate. The next few months at work are my busiest of the year, and I ain’t got time for that shit.

Here’s what I look forward to in the coming year.

On January 11, classes begin and I am exploring the idea of getting a Masters in Library and Information Studies degree by taking the first core class through a non-degree program UNCG offers called Visions. I have registered for an online seminar in virtual communities during the second summer session. After taking these two classes I’ll make a decision whether to apply for the MLIS. The pluses are that it will cost me next to nothing because UNCG pays for three courses per year as part of my employee benefits. I won’t have to take the GRE because I already have a graduate degree. All classes are offered online or in the evenings, so I won’t have to worry about taking classes during work hours like I did with my studio art degree. The biggest plus, however, is that I have considered this for a long time because I am genuinely interested in the subject. The con is that the job market is saturated, and I’m not interested in working in K-12 schools. However, I’ll be close enough to retirement by the time I finish that maybe I’ll be able to get a part-time job OR maybe I’ll get lucky and find the career of my dreams in special collections and rare books. You can’t achieve the dream unless you try. So I don’t see that I have anything to lose.

In mid-February Susanne and I are going to take a three day bookbinding workshop with one of my favorite artists, Dan Essig. This will be the fourth class I’ve taken with Dan and Susanne’s first. Pocosin Arts is on the North Carolina coast on the Scuppernong River near the Albemarle Sound and Susanne has friends that are going to put us up for free. By mid-February I’m sure that I will appreciate a creative break from work.

We haven’t settled the dates and exact plans yet, but Sandy and I are taking a long vacation in May to explore the Pacific Northwest. Mostly Oregon, but Sandy is talking about a few other ideas. We have reserved Pam’s cabin for her May tapestry retreat so that hopefully I’ll get to see some of the Divines again, and I want Sandy to experience the specialness of the place on the cliff overlooking the Pacific. We’ll rent a car and drive down the coast and see Crater Lake National Park and drive back up and spend a day or two in Portland, OR NOT. Who knows. We might fly to Chicago and then take Amtrak to Portland. The only parts I know for sure is that we have a credit with Southwest Airlines to spend before June 1 and we are staying at Pam’s cabin for one weekend.

After May, other than the online class, who knows. Convergence is in Milwaukee in early August, and I’ve considered going even though I wasn’t able to get into the tapestry workshop I wanted. I’m going to submit a small format tapestry to the ATA unjuried show there, but I don’t have to be there – they will send me a catalog of the show.

There is a Tapestry Weavers South tapestry retreat on a Georgia sea island in October. I planned to go when the date was set in September, but then they moved the date to a time that is busy for me at work. This was a real disappointment because I was very excited about it and I hoped to have Pam fly out here and drive to the retreat with her. Oh well, that is ten months away. Who knows what might happen before then.

Okay, back to weaving Cathedral!