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Hi Everybody,

There are so many of you that I haven\'t been in touch with for awhile... At this point it looks like journal posts will be my main way to stay in contact from now on. That being said, I can\'t believe how long it\'s been since I\'ve made a journal entry! Almost a month! I\'ll try to post more often.

My job is going very well. I\'m doing a lot more laser engraving than I thought I\'d be! I\'m doing okay with it, except that one of the lasers I have to run parts on sometimes aggravates my back. It\'s one of the oldest laser engravers in the shop, and it\'s hard to sit at. I think the people who designed it planned for someone to run it while standing up. My ornery back won\'t permit that. So my daughter tries to keep me off that one as much as she can.

It\'s really an "all hands on deck" sort of a job. You may have noticed that on my Profile, I now describe my occupation as "Homemaker, Office Administrator, Laser Engraver, etc. It\'s all true....lol It\'s the sort of job where you are constantly changing hats for whatever needs to be done! And I still have plenty to learn.

One thing that is really neat for me is that we have a shop cat! :D He\'s a grey-brown tabby with beautiful markings. He sleeps up at my desk most of the time-- because it used to be my daughter\'s desk. She still uses my desk sometimes, so for the time being, we are keeping his bed there.

It\'s great to be able to cuddle a kitty once in a while! I can\'t have a cat at my house because my husband is allergic to them. (Almost every time I come home from work, Katie, my smooth collie, sniffs me over very thoroughly. She knows all about the cat! lol)

Eventually I hope to upload a wallpaper of him. I\'ve had one "photo shoot" already, but haven\'t checked the pictures yet. He kept squinting when I used my flash. I have a feeling I\'ll need to be taking more pictures to get a good wall or two.

I am still working part time, but I\'ve actually been working about 25 hours a week rather than the 20 that I thought I\'d be. I don\'t work on weekends, but lately they\'ve also been busy.

Last weekend on Saturday, my family went to an all day Collie Picnic that we\'ve been going to for at least 18 years. It\'s put on by a Collie Rescue group and a Collie Club in my area. I\'ve always called it my 2nd Christmas. It\'s the one day of the year that I get to see all of the collies that I want to! We\'ve made great friends over the years. We all had a great time, and Katie loved visiting with her breeder. :)

Trying to cram everything that I used to do before I starting working into 25 less hours is not easy. I don\'t have as much time for DN now and I know many of you have noticed that. If you want to PM me, don\'t hesitate! I\'ll be glad to hear from you. I\'m pretty sure that I\'ve answered all of my PMs, and I\'ll keep doing so. (If I\'ve forgotten to answer any, give me a holler.)

One other thing. I know that some of you have become active on another wallpaper site, because several of you have invited me over to have a look around, and possibly join up. I\'ve been happy to do some exploring, but I need to stick with Desktop Nexus only. I have enough trouble keeping up on DN now without joining a 2nd wallpaper site. (Just ask Betsey Butler and a couple of other people who have been trying to get me to join Facebook for months... even before I started working, I felt I didn\'t have the time to spare.)

Thanks for inviting me over though. I\'m really glad that a bunch of you do have the time to be on two wallpaper sites. I am so glad that many of you are still active on DN, and that I\'ll be able to see you here sometimes. I am very thankful for that. :D

Till next time,

CollieSmile :)

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