The past week or so I’ve been trying to move my email, bookmarks, etc. onto our new computer. (Our old one predated 9/11 if you can believe it.) It really hasn’t been fun. In fact, it’s kept me off the computer more than usual because I know that I have to do things with it that I don’t want to. Things that involve switching the monitor and internet connection back and forth between the two machines. It’s almost all resolved, but it has just been a big pain. Pair that with not feeling well, awesome weather, and getting a door replaced yesterday, and you see how I’ve been a bit negligent to my online family.
But the computer is one of the most important tools that I use. Yes, in my case I don’t use it to actually make anything, but I do need it to order supplies, look for inspiration, stay connected to all of you guys, do research on galleries, shows and workshop locations, etc. etc. etc. It’s definitely not as rewarding as when I use my hammers, but it still is very necessary to my business.
Today I was reminded that Ebay is a great tool resource when I was bemoaning my lack of awesome stakes like we had in college (Thanks, Laurie!) When I checked it out briefly (I had to figure out the right search terms “blacksmith stake”) there was a huge variety of mushroom, raising, and other forming stakes. And they were so shiny! I kept coming across a “football” stake that is shaped like a football, but I’m not sure what it is really supposed to be used for. Maybe creating faux Super Bowl trophies? (Seriously, it just looks like some kind of spoon stake.)
But I digress. Computer good, internet good. Ebay good. Now back to setting up all my new programs…