Thank you all for the good wishes.
I powered out yesterday and got a lot done, including bringing all the current websites up to whatever point I could get them to and sending the bits off to whoever was supposed to do the next bit. I blogged for everyone I blog for, twittered (though of course I have to keep doing that; my girls tell me it’s normally done from one’s phone anyway), and got all my invoices out.
Instead, I think it looks as though I’ve matted the pale bit on the main, dark sheet. However, I have gotten the whole thing lined up everywhere, so I just turned it in.
I sent it to my two best designers soliciting their opinions on whether there was any little thing I could do to improve it before turning it in, and both gave me suggestions about how to make the text look better — line height, and making it darker on the sidebar, and padding, which I still haven’t mastered. Neither told me the secret of even columns, but I figure the next time I’ll be able to get that. It turned out pretty well overall.
This was an online course, but I got to know a couple of my fellow students a bit and have plans to meet for coffee.
Everything is packed for my trip, and I just have to go around and blog for everyone before I go.