it's been just over a week since i posted last, and it's been a little bit hectic. i've been working on knitting several pairs of socks, trying to keep my allergies in check since they're back in full force since returning from spain, trying to find a job, and spending loads of time with the family. suffice to say that i've barely been in my house for more than sleeping and showering, so i've not made any progress on the photos from my trip. i have, however, started to put my travel journal in electronic format for future projects.
so now, an update: thanksgiving day was a nice holiday. dad drove a few hours to pick up grandma so she could spend the holiday with us. mom and i (mostly mom) made a huge dinner with turkey, ham, potatoes, squash, dressing, cranberry sauce, waldorf salad, and a green salad. we all had a good day and, as is customary for thanksgiving, we all ate too much. in the early evening we were all sitting around chatting when suddenly the electricity went out. usually, if a tree or something falls on the line, the electricity flickers, but this time it just went out directly. we were stuck in mid-conversation wondering where the candles were.
everything worked out for the best; we found candles, and later mom loaned me a flashlight to walk to my house. it wasn't too cold, so i just added an extra blanket to my bed and slept comfortably though i dreamed that the power was back on several times. it was surprising when i woke up to find it still pitch black in my house. in the morning i took my red tail boa out of his enclosure to the parents' house where there was still heat from their wood stove. i don't have a current photo of my snake, but he looks a lot like the third and fourth photos on the page linked above.
i've been trying to figure out how to buy my mom the new sewing machine she really needs. basically, i 25 family members were to give me 20 dollars each, i'd have enough money to buy mom her new machine. wish me luck on that, eh?
i'm still looking for work, and i've signed up for unemployment insurance to help to pay the bills in the meantime. i hate being on the dole, but it's one of those necessary things so i can keep up on bills and afford to drive to job interviews. my resumes are still available in english and spanish if anyone wants to look at them and hire me. i assure you, i'm highly qualified.