Various happenings.

So, I can’t believe it’s already Friday*! This week passed quickly; it’s been a combination of fun going out and fun staying in, so I’m happy. I like a healthy combination of the two.

On Monday I decided to pull out my sewing machine after over two years of it lying dormant in my office/craft room. (The last time I used it was back in December 2007, when I was still living in my house in South Bend. I can’t believe it’s been so long!) After seeing a couple knitted things Tiffany made over the weekend, I decided I wanted to get back into practice with sewing!

I worried that my machine wouldn’t work. I keep my machine in a little sewing cabinet, and it has moved with me three times within the past two years. It moved with me when I moved from my house to Stef’s house in June of 2008; I actually kept the cabinet in the backseat of my car for a few weeks before I finally hauled it out by myself one afternoon. It also survived my move from Stef’s house to my apartment in South Bend, then the move from South Bend to New Hampshire last May. So, understandably, I feared that my machine would need repairs I could not afford.

Thankfully, I was wrong! I set it up, threaded the machine (SO PROUD of myself for remembering how to do this!), and decided to practice by sewing a few bits of fabric together. I decided to make one of the tote bags that Tiffany made over the weekend out of this fabric. I got as far as sewing together the outside and the lining before I ran out of time Monday, and I haven’t been able to pick it up since due to being either busy or sick the last couple days. (More on that later.) So, I’m psyched.

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I had a great evening on Tuesday; I drove down to Cambridge after work for an informal Drupal social meetup with Ryan Price from the DrupalEasy Podcast, who happened to be in town for a few days and wanted to scope out the Drupal scene in Boston. A few of us met up at the Stata Center at MIT, then proceeded to enjoy a delicious dinner and a couple beers at the Cambridge Brewing Company. Afterward we explored the MIT Media Lab and got to take a look at the new expansion, and ended the fun with a few drinks from one of the bars at the Liberty Hotel (aka one of the coolest bars ever; the hotel used to be a jail! How can that not be awesome?) I love getting down to Boston every so often to see the city and go to new places, and this night was no exception.

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The rest of the week had its ups and downs. On Wednesday, I did dinner and knitting with Gretchen in downtown Portsmouth (major up, of course), and Thursday I stayed in after feeling sick to my stomach earlier in the day (aand, major down). I actually ended up staying home from work on Friday due to said stomach sickness, but by Friday night I started feeling better. Thankfully. I’m still not sure what caused the mystery illness, but I’m feeling 100% now.

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I’ll have to write about my weekend in another post; I attended Wordcamp Boston yesterday and I want to talk more about the differences I’ve observed between the Boston WordPress community and the Boston Drupal community. Granted, any differences I write will be skewed because I’ve attended far more Drupal events than WordPress ones, though I worked with WordPress for many, many years prior to switching to Drupal 9 months ago. Maybe it won’t be so skewed after all. Stay tuned for my Wordcamp post!