Happy May Day!

Whether you plan to dance around a Maypole or to, as this poster politely invites viewers, conspire and strike, I hope you enjoy it.

I posted this one last year, when I was feeling like one of the “precarious of the world,” but I don’t feel that way any more.

In fact, last night it struck me that I actually feel quite normal, for some value of normal that includes being really busy.

The time when I could finish up all my work for the week and wait to see what new assignments I had for the next week is gone. I just have work, like everyone else, and it can’t all be finished, so I do what I can and stop when my computer tells me the week is over on Friday evening.

I’m passing this information along to the portion of my brain that is in charge of my taking care of myself, with some hope that the word will also get to the part in charge of getting the essential unbillable work done. I’ll let you know if this works.

This is the view from my window while I work.

By next week it should be a mass of roses. Right now there are half a dozen white irises rather than one. It’s quite nice.

Today is the last day of class. I’ll see these students once more, for the final, and I’ll start up again on the 25th.

My online class isn’t ending so much as vaguely petering out. They still keep asking me to open assignments from earlier in the term. I don’t know quite what to do about it, but I know I’m going to do something different next time I teach an online class, in the fall.

I did get around to making some soap last night, going with nice stormy colors in honor of the current weather.

So it is the anniversary of the official closing of the store where I worked. I had worked there for a really long time. This time last year I was applying for a full time teaching position at the college where I now teach part time, and doing my first contract work for The Computer Guy.

If I were going to offer advice to unemployed persons, I’d say to apply to lots of jobs. #2 son just got a summer job as a gymnastics coach, which he got not by applying to lots of jobs but by applying to one job for which he was extremely well qualified and indeed the perfect choice. But most of my family has been jobhunting this year, and I think quantity and quality together are the ticket.

If I were going to offer advice to people hoping to support themselves on a freelance basis, I’d say choose something you’re good at, get yourself a really good website and some supportive helpers, and work hard.

There. What kind of dull, generic advice is that?

Fortunately, no one is actually asking for this advice, so I don’t have to worry about the quality of the advice.