Yesterday was my first day of work from home. Everything went well, I was able to connect to the network, do some training, install some software, handle things that happened in the office, and even field calls from co-workers. I felt very accomplished, and worked through the time that I would have been driving. The one drawback was the gigantic pain in my back at the end of the day.
People who have visited the tower know that I enjoy backless chairs. I used to sit on a Rubbermaid tub full of fabric scraps and yarn. I upgraded to an ottoman with three inches of foam on the top. It obviously isn’t made from the correct foam, because it obviously didn’t keep up with my support needs.
So today is a day for putting things together! I bought a computer chair, some shelves for extending the life of our garden plants, and some parts to finish up the elephant/Chinese dragon for Conway ArtsFest.
Here is my TODO pile:
For the elephant, I’ve got to connect the ears to the head. The body is a long piece of fabric. That’s got to be assembled, and I purchased irrigation tubing to create hoops under the fabric. I am going to use this hoop tutorial to create the hoops. The instructions suggest 1 or 3/4 inch tubing, but Lowe’s and Home Depot only had 1/2 inch tubing. At Lowe’s I met a really friendly guy working there with a sort of notorious Confederate General/KKK Grand Dragon name. We talked about how I got to the south and how I’m liking it. I told him I loved the growing season and the football, but I could do without the dry counties. He proceeded to apologize for the roots of his name (white supremacy, confederate generals), and everything responsible for making Faulkner, Conway, and Cleburne counties dry counties. He was intrigued about using hula hoop instructions on irrigation tubing, and he was super friendly!
This week, I used fabric stiffener on the elephant head. The product I used had an embarrassing name.
Right now I’m trying to figure out how the head will be worn by a real person (probably me). The options below show the head with and without my arms inside of it. I’m also trying to figure out how to get some trunk mobility, and in a dream last night I had an excellent idea about water noodles! The noodle should take care of the weird kink in the nasal bridge.
Ok, off to get things done!