I'm planning to use this section to highlight various aspects of my life and times. But, to start with, here's my resume.
If you're curious, here's a picture of me, although it was taken 5 years ago. It's the only one of me I have, and the only substantive change is that I now wear glasses full time and my hair has grown half-way down my back.
People usually use their "biography" pages to tell about their likes and dislikes and what they do with their spare time. Unfortunately, I have little to no spare time, as I spend half of each week helping to care for my mother, who is disabled.
In addition to taking care of my mom, I also have a "side business." I make and sell jewelry made from semiprecious gem beads and silver. My business is named River Road Studios, and one of my goals for 2001 is to buy a digital camera and set up a little e-commerce store front. I started River Road with the idea of building it up as a second income for my retirement which hopefully will be a mere 6 years hence.
Any residual spare time is occupied by maintaining this site <*grin*>, journaling, writing (see also, my flash fiction page, and submit a piece of your own if you're so inclined), drawing (I recently attended a class on Adobe Illustrator and I hope to be able to put up more artwork soon!), sleeping (not enough!) and trying to see at least one movie a month...sometimes that's REALLY difficult! I also do extracurricular work-related projects, such as my involvement with the NYS Information Technology Access Coalition (NYSITAC) and my work with the Interdepartmental Committee on Electronic Data Processing (ICEDP).
Last year, my mom had a kidney transplant and when she was released from the hospital, I moved in with her to help out for a while until she could resume living on her own. In addition to the transplant, my mom's legally blind, an insulin dependent diabetic and has severe osteoporosis from all her years on dialysis.
Neither my mom nor I have cable TV, and that means I only get six television channels. But my mother only gets 3. Needless to say, I needed to find a way to fill the empty hours.
After seeing the X-Men movie this summer, I began to read the comic books to get some of the back story ... and was quickly hooked on comic books! I'd forgotten how much fun they were. The themes presented in these comic books are big ones, mostly dealing with human nature. I particularly liked the character of Wolverine, and in reading up on him, grew fascinated with some of the nuances of his storyline. I may, at some point, try to write a story using that character, if I can convince Marvel to let me do it.
A couple of people (mostly friends) have asked how I spend my time, and it occurred to me that maybe the easiest way of explaining it would be to put up a weekly schedule:
|12 a.m. - 6 a.m.||Sleep||Sleep||Sleep||Sleep||Sleep||Sleep||Sleep|
|6 a.m. - 8 a.m.||Wake, prepare for the day, commute.||Wake, prepare for the day, commute.||Wake, prepare for the day, commute.||Wake, prepare for the day, commute.||Wake, prepare for the day, commute.||Wake, prepare for the day, commute.||Sleep|
|8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Mom's House||Work||Work||Work||Work||Work||Housework, attend to personal affairs|
|4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Grocery shopping for Mom||Commute to Mom's||Work||Commute to Mom's||Work||Work||Personal affairs or nap|
|6 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Mom's house||Mom's house (preparing the week's meds)||Work, maintain web site, watch television, read||Mom's house (managing finances)||Work, maintain web site, watch television, read||Work, maintain web site, watch television, read||Laundry, watch television|
|11 p.m. - 12 a.m.||Home from Mom's house||Home from Mom's house||Watch TV, read||Home from Mom's house||Watch TV, read||Watch TV, read||Watch TV, read|