For almost a year, work kept me from any creative persuits. About a year ago, arthritis settled in my knee but at first I figured it was yet another fibromyalgia thing, go me, and didn't have the time or energy to deal with it. The pain finally got so bad I had to quit my job at the end of March. I started the process of getting X-rays and MRIs, etc at the VA. But the biggest thing that helped the pain was to get off my feet. Not completely, I still walk. But work was killing me with pain. Jumped through hoops here with the VA here and was told I was not eligible for surgery. My general practitioner sent me to the VA in Albequerque for a second opinion and the surgeon there is willing to give me a knee replacement, whenever I am ready. My first application for disability has been denied.
In the meantime, I need a job where I don't stand all day. I enrolled in school at Vista College for Medical Information Systems. The VA is helping me pay for that with the VRAP program. Didn't find out I could get surgery until after I started school, so I need to finish school before getting surgery as there is an approximate recovery time of 6 months.
So the plan is, finish school, get the operation, recover, apply for my cert, and then get a job.
In the meantime, I finally joined the Amarillo Steampunk group and so far having fun with it. Putting together and planning outfits and my character has been fun. It has been an interesting challenge. I have RPed online off and on for years. But I have never played a character that I then would LARP in person.
Creatively....lately all I have been working on is costuming and baby stuff. Kelly's son and his wife just had a baby boy. I have one last little sweater to finish and I have finished my basic outfit for meetings. So I hope to do some character drawing soon.