Category Archives: Work-Related

Photo an Hour: Traffic Control

Standard

Hey, internet! I’m back! I spent all last week in West Virginia for work, and I totally let my blog go. I did, however, do some exercises to help  me find my niche and really focus my blog, and make some more changes since I’m all sorts of fickle. More on that later. Today I’d like to give you a little peek into my life, or more specifically, what I do at work through the creative lens of a photo-an-hour. Here we go!

8:00am  I’ve been standing here for an hour already, and I just had this great idea to take these pictures. This is my taper. It’s called a taper because it is the line that indicates one lane tapering into another. It’s a pretty easy concept, but I’ve seen some terrible looking tapers in my day.

9:00am It’s time for a bathroom break! Since I’m out on a country road in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t any public bathrooms around, and I couldn’t get a ride to the Porta-John, so I managed to climb down this very steep hill and hide in the tall grass.

10:00am I’ve been moved up the road a few hundred feet, and now I’m overlooking this cute little cottage. Later in the day I would be able to move closer and discover that it’s a garden shed.

11:00am The weather was very nice on Friday, but very sunny and very hot. Around this time there was a slight breeze I managed to capture.

12:00pm Tiger lilies.

1:00pm This is my Rite in the Rain Waterproof Notebook. I originally wrote this blog post in this little notebook, and it is amazing. The pages themselves are waterproof as well, which is 100% necessary. I once got sprayed by one of the water trucks on site with a thick black notebook in my pocket, full of tons of notes and ideas and doodles. My notebook was completely destroyed, and I was absolutely pissed. It will never happen again.

2:00pm There were at least 3 dogs on this road that just roamed free. All of them were very friendly and it was so much fun to watch them run around and play with each other and chase deer. On this day I tried so hard to get a good picture of the two that were playing near me all day, but they would never sit still for long enough, so this was the best I could do.

3:00pm I’ve been moved again, and I’m in a cozy little spot with a patch of black raspberries so close I can pick them. Too bad they’re not ripe yet.

4:00pm Oh, and this is my lovely mountain view from the little stretch of road I’m on with the raspberries. While it’s very nice, I wished I were in a less open area with a lot more shade.

Well, there you have it! By 5:00 my phone battery was dead, and by 6 I was on my way back to the hotel. I was pretty far from the actual road work that day, so it was all rather boring and I didn’t manage to get any shots of the equipment. Also, I wouldn’t have enjoyed being caught by the inspector or foreman while snapping photos. Mostly, when I’m out flagging I’m spending a lot of time alone, looking at the little things in nature and enjoying my time outside. It’s nice to have time to myself to cherish the great outdoors, and I hope you have the chance to do the same. Have a great week!

Advertisements

Social Networking and New Toys

Standard

Hey, internet! Today was an incredible day for several reasons.

  1. Exactly one month ago today, Shubette Handmade joined Facebook!
  2. Brad and I got our Jeep Liberty back!
  3. Brad and I got our first paychecks for flagging this season!
  4. Paychecks mean craft supplies. ;)

I’d like to discuss these things individually and in more detail.

1.a. That’s right! Shubette Handmade has a Facebook fanpage! I’ve been signed up for exactly one month, and I finally got around to blogging about it. So if you’re on Facebook, look me up at facebook.com/ShubetteHandmade.

1.b. While I’ve got you thinking about social networking, I also think it’s time to discuss finding me in parts of the internet outside of the blogosphere. As of right now, I’m on so many internet platforms that I can’t even count them! For real though, I just haven’t tried to yet. I’ll do it as I write this post – bonus points if you join me!

pinterest.com/shubette – I’m pretty much obsessed with Pinterest and the organization of ideas and inspiration it provides. I’m constantly working to categorize everything just right and expanding to new boards and planning new projects. It’s a continuous stream of creativity for me.

@shubette on Instagram – While I’d heard of Instagram and seen a few pictures here and there uploaded just so, I just decided to give it a chance this week with my android phone, and it immediately became my new addiction, my new little “toy”. If you’re on Instagram too, give me a follow!

@shubette on twitter – I’ve had my account with twitter for quite some time, but I’m not the type to access it everyday. Until Instagram, which will post my pictures for me. :D

etsy.com/shubette – with a recently updated profile! Just saying.

If all else fails, you can connect with me via email at shubette.etsy@gmail.com and somehow that connects me to my Google+ page. That’s 5 or 6, depending on how many times Google counts, but excluding blogging platforms. Are you still with me?

2. This car gave us hell. We were on our way home from work one day and all the sudden the transmission went. We were on a pretty busy road, and I had to hurry to put my boots back on, get out of the car, and push. Luckily there was a gas station right where we had our little problem, so we didn’t have to push it very far. We also managed to luck out because the nearest Jeep dealership to our almost-accident was 10 miles away, and it happened to be one of only two places that didn’t charge us much at all because it just so happens that this certain Jeep dealership was essentially owned by the same company that sold us ours and we had just 2000 miles left on our warranty, exactly, to the mile. We also got a new rear suspension because there was a safety recall on ours. If you have an ’04-’05 Jeep Liberty and live in a cold weather area, take it to your nearest dealership and get that fixed up. Read more about it here.

3. A job is a job. Money is great!

4. I bought some materials to make new things to sell! You’ll be seeing something fancy in my etsy shop really soon! I also got the chance to visit a consignment shop nearby and got a blazer that I have been vying for since I first saw it there last winter. I was struck by luck not only in finding it still there, but by the chance that I was paying with my card and had to make a purchase of at least ten dollars, which enabled me to get an awesome new-outfit-matching pair of shoes! (Yes, there’s a picture of them on my Instagram…) You can expect to hear more about this haul in the very near future, and the great little store in which I scored it.

Bonus picture: Brad and me in a photobooth, taken months and months ago. All in all, I’m glad I got to share what’s been going on lately, and if you want to find me elsewhere on the internet, now you know where to look! I look forward to seeing you on  the other side! Thanks for reading.

What I Packed

Standard

Hello, internet! It’s that time again that I’ve been whisked away for work. If you’re as absent-minded as me, every time you plan to be out of town for a little while, your brain panics and starts yelling “WHAT SHOULD I BRING?” So, here’s a list to my future self and anybody else who’s curious about what a little lady packs when she’s leaving for a construction job.

For this sort of a trip, I need to have about a week’s worth of clothing, and I need to put fashion completely out of my mind. My job requires me to be prepared to withstand all weather situations, usually for 8-12 hours per shift, so I’ve picked these items based on comfort and layerability. Continue reading for the full list.

Read the rest of this entry