On Saturday we rode our bikes down to the farmer’s market in downtown Las Cruces. It was nice; spouse and I haven’t been able to ride in so long because it’s been raining so much. I do not weather changes in routine very well. It is very disorienting. Speaking of, today has been a weird day and I’m having trouble focusing on work because my routine for the day has been disrupted. I probably won’t do a business related post today and instead, will just catch up with you. I hope that is okay.
This morning I rode my bike down to the college (a half hour’s ride) to sign up for a class at the community college for Adobe In-Design to help with book layout and hopefully online tutorial page layout. Not knowing how to lay things out is a big reason I don’t put out more tutorials whether on the web or in hard copy. The trip down was a big waste of time -and sweat- but I did ride the irrigation ditches all the way back so that was nice. It was a waste of time because I went to the wrong campus. The wrong campus. Ten miles in the wrong direction. And me, with no car. I thought I’d attend the first class (today at 10:00 am) to see if I liked the ambiance. As it is, the class is full. Still worse, I haven’t even done the paperwork to get admitted. I just want to audit, who cares about the grade? Maybe someone will drop the class and I can get in. I could also use a class in illustration but I think they’re using Macs. In the end, I don’t know what I’ll do or if I can even hack it. Not brain wise but stimulation-wise and change in routine. I was very overwhelmed at the school and was just prime for a melt down. It was a strange place, I didn’t know where anything was, I couldn’t find a place to lock up and little things like that really bother me. I guess it’s a good thing I rode the bike, hopefully I got rid of some of that.
Speaking of reasons for being overwhelmed, today is my Re-Birthday. Seven years ago today, I was diagnosed with autism. It was the most significant event of my life. I don’t write about it very often because I get a lot of negative reaction from ignorant people. Either they treat me like I’m retarded or they treat me as though I were mentally ill. Still others think they’re being supportive in discussing treatment options with me, as though I’d want to be cured. As I said, I don’t write about it much. If I do, sales usually take a nosedive. I think people fear it because they don’t understand it or they think it’s weird. If that’s you, let me assure you we’re not nuts. Crazy yes, but not nuts. We’re not retarded either, autism is correlated with genius rather than retardation. I just have a different brain flavor from you and too much social contact wears me down. I’m socially inept. In writing, I sound much more harshly than I intend.
I’m totally bummed. I ripped my pants. And my outfit matches (no small feat). I was going to ride home to change them because I have to go to the post office later and then I thought, “hey, I can fix them here”. Whadda concept. I know I’m not the only person out there who hasn’t turned on a sewing machine in a while. Still, if I fixed them, that’d totally ruin my record. I don’t do repairs unless I’m shamed into it. The other thing is, are they even worth it? These were used when I got them 3 years ago. These tore because the fabric has worn away. I think these pants are history. Bummer, these were my favorites even tho they didn’t have pockets. I tell you, for a woman with a scrawny butt, I sure do rip out the butts of a lot of pants.
I am also distracted because my husband and I have had our first spat (we married August 5 of last year). We do not quarrel. He is tired of having conversations that involve going off on eight different rabbit trails in order to discuss the topic at hand. See? It’s not just you who have that problem or have that problem with me. Ostensibly, the topic of this post is the trip we took to the farmer’s market. At this rate, maybe that will be farmer’s market part two.
Oh, I have to tell you this news. I’m going to run a marathon. I am not looking forward to it. I am not athletic. I quit smoking 65 days ago and figured running was an upgraded habit to replace it with. Yes, I quit smoking. I think there are enough non-smokers in the industry these days that they won’t kick me out of the business. Anyway, the marathon thing is kind of cool. I signed up with this group called Team in Training. They will coach you through running a marathon -free!- and in exchange, you have to raise funds for charity (leukemia research). You sign up by the event and each event costs different. The one I’m signed up for is the P.F.Chang Rock n Roll marathon in Phoenix this January. By the way, the Team in Training thing is nationwide and in Canada too. They will also train you to cycle a century (bike 100 miles) or a triathlon. My husband and I are planning to do the 100 mile America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride next June in Lake Tahoe but I have to get through this event first. Depending on interest, it may be possible to meet up with some of you in Phoenix but that’ll be very hard for me because I have trouble being around a lot of people and having to talk to them or be the center of attention. Maybe I can get up the gumption to do it if people would agree to donate a certain amount. I see that as win-win. It’s all tax deductible.
If you want to be trained to enter this marathon, it’s not too late. My training starts Sept 2nd. If I lived in someplace up north like Minnesota or Michigan, I’d sign up for this in a heart beat. You’ll get to go to Arizona in the dead of winter and your expenses are included in the amount you raise for charity so it’s like a free trip. With a car wreck. A free trip and an appointment with the equivalent of a car wreck. I don’t look forward to the running 26 miles part. I haven’t run in years and even when I did, I was slow. As I said, I’m not athletic. I was always picked last for teams. It only occurred to me to do this because I quit smoking. Please encourage me by donating to sponsor my trip. On my personal blog, (don’t traipse over there yet, there’s exactly one entry) I will be announcing the names of everyone who donates. Miracle has already donated $100. This lady named Linda D (from Dallas) who I gave about 45 minutes of free consulting time, said she was going to donate but she hasn’t. I contacted her twice too. The deal was free consulting for a donation. She didn’t follow through. I will be mentioning this to the person to whom I referred her. Always meet your commitments. Word gets out.
Oh and speaking of me going places, I’ll be going to Germany next March/April for 3 weeks. One of the places I want to visit is in Karlsruhe, it is supposedly the best patternmaking school in the world. Maybe I’ll visit the Burda people. They’re just outside of Stuttgart.
Anyway, way back like I said at the beginning of this post, we went to the farmer’s market on Saturday. You knew I’d get around to the topic at hand eventually, no? Actually not. I’m out of time for today. I don’t have time because I have to go home to change my pants because I have to be presentable at the post office. The fabric of these pants is too thin to repair and it’s not worth it. If I post now, I’ll have just enough time to get home, change my pants (my socks and shoes won’t match anymore, darn), come back to the office, prepare orders and go shipping. I’ll tell you more tomorrow.
How was your weekend? Anyone else in school or signed up for a marathon?