A marriage, lots of work and other unexpected things that happened in the last 6 weeks

You haven’t heard anything in the last weeks from me but here I am. Many things came together in the last weeks that kept me from blogging. Often I was only home for two hours a day and for sleeping at night. Not enough time to blog anything…

So I thought hey, why not wait until the time-consuming phase is over and then blog again? That’s now. Well, we had a lot of work in the last weeks due to the marriage of a befriended couple that we know from the dancing staff. It was their wish to let us participate with some dance interludes. This was of course partly unknown to the couple. They only wanted us to participate in only one but we had planned even more which they were not aware of. As you can imagine leaving home after work just for dance training two or three times a week is time-consuming. The schedule for every day of the week was planned, when to leave, when to practise and so on. We did everything outside and this here permitted again since several weeks.

Help! DaVinci Resolve ….

After the marriage I found out that my main PC was not crashing anymore after choosing Windows 10. For more than 1 year the problem occured that the system forgot its graphic drivers with every new start. This gave me the opportunity to improve my skills in video cutting since I got DaVinci Resolve last year but have not been able to test it ever since. Within a week I had watched a course with the most important features and used it almost immediately. After doing so from Monday – Friday I was away on Saturdays so that only the Sunday was left for filming activities and cutting which was in fact not very much. At least I wanted to have a little rest from my weekly work.

That’s why I’m a little bit late in these weeks to blog anything new. My parcel with some donated dolls came. I have a few new Barbie dolls, really Vintage from the early years. I’ve been searching for some for a while now. On the literally hottest Friday evening of this year I find the time to finish this post.

What happened in the last 14 days?

Is is possible that I really wrote nothing in the last 14 days? Yes, it is. It’s not because I was bored by Corona. Nope, that’s not the thing. I used my time. After getting some new impressions of how Pinterest and reddit work, I tried it myself with interesting results.

I also did a course in interior design that was very inspiring. My PC got new usb 3.0 ports for better access to my external hard disc with all the video stuff on it. It really needs its own external hard disk because it’s so much stuff to store. My PC came with several usb 2.0 ports but they are bit slow for copying big data. A sweet little 16 Barbie found her way to me. I used the Friday before Easter to clean my bike. Since we have no reliable public transportation at the moment and you need a way to get to the office at least once a week I needed to clean my bike which was very dirty after 3 years. Shame on me but my time is limited. Now the bike is clean again. My first couple of peanuts also showed some green. They grow very fast. It’s interesting to observe them while doing so.

We had brilliant weather in the last 3 weeks, almost no rain and used it on our little balcony. I tried Netflix to get some deeper insights in the toy worlds of the past. Quite interesting to learn about MLP, Hello Kitty, He-Man, Transformers and so on from “The toys that made us“. Hopefully there will be more new episode later this year. From the impressions there I developed lots of new ideas for new videos. I think I used the time very well. I hope you don’t mind when I use this blog a little bit to tell about what happens to me during this crisis.

How Corona has a positive effect on creativity

I haven’t expected it but I have the time to write a second blog article this week. I told last Monday that everything was very new, very insecure in Home Office for me. The strange this is that my boss found not the time to call me on Monday and Wednesday and I’m waiting to start my work again but the PCs in our office are shut down. So again time to wait. I don’t like to sit just in the corner and do nothing. Instead I try to use as much time as possible for my own projects.

Here’s what I’ve done this week with the unexpected time

I continued to read one of my books, did watch a lot of videos not all about topics I want to improve my skills in but I used some of my time to learn new things, to get better in things. I also found some time to do short videos sequences for new videos projects on youtube. I did some pics for my Instagram account. New ideas came into my mind this week and not only one but a lot of them. A bunch of colorful post it stripes are everywhere in my apartment at the moment.

That’s one of the pics I did in this week. I also cleaned my apartment during the time, removed the dust, cleaned the kitchen, did the laundry (almost time to do it again) but the worst thing is you never know how much time you have to do the private stuff.

In a way this week was very crazy but who says it’s prohibited to waste time? We only a limited access to it. You know me. I try to do the best out of every situation.

Home office here I come

Monday morning, I’m at home waiting for the remote access to my office computer and nothing happens. The dream of a good Monday morning, right? Nobody is answering the phone in the office and I’m almost waiting for one hour now, installed everything but nothing happens. It’s eerie somehow. I want to work but I can’t.

On Friday I read by accident that the bus traffic is highly limited from today on. Of course I told my boss about the problem. He wants to solve it today but until now no sign of him. It’s a situation I really don’t like because I’m a workoholic and I don’t like to do nothing.

So I’m really surprised how my first day in home office will be.

What’s going on behind the scenes?

Well, I have not posted the most fancy videos in the last time. That’s right but I’m working, working, working to present you more interesting and longer videos in the next weeks. Don’t worry, everything will be fine.

I’m still alive, still working at several new projects at the same time with less time after closing time than ever before, using my weekend just to cut videos. At the moment while lots of businesses are closing down I do overtime so that I can go home Friday noon. I like the perspective very much. Not bad, huh?

Schedule?

Yep, I have plans what to do with the time. Some of the time will go into videography, some in other things I have to do. One thing that really encourages my mind is that we have almost Thursday here and the weekend is not far away. I have enough tasks at work and I’m happy that I’m not yet forced to do home office. Don’t be afraid the crazy Barbie collector is soon back with new videos and crazy ideas.

By the way I don’t like the Corona virus panic at all. Why don’t we keep calm and see what’s gonna happen? Keep calm and drink tea …

My goals for 2020, not just for Barbie dolls

I’m back for the moment. Yes, it’s the crazy Barbie collector again. This time I have no pics of new dolls at the moment because I found none in February. Sometimes this happens to a collectors and yes, it’s okay. It happens once or twice a year. So don’t worry. That’s no problems but it’s not that I haven’t tried to get some Barbie dolls. Call this real life. It’s okay with me but I used this month to find other little things for future works in February. Do you know where to buy these teeny tiny zippers and buttons Mattel used for Barbie clothes in the early days? I did not actually search for them but I found them in February.

I found out what else my goals are for 2020 beside the things I already told you. Maybe some of you have realized that I’m a lateral thinker. I question things if they don’t work out the way it want them to. I try to consider problems not just from one side but from all sides and then see solutions other people can’t or simply don’t want to see. It’s always been in my nature to try things out, see how they work, realize how I can change them or what can be done in a better way to improve them.

Combining hobby and professional work

This week was a very busy week at work and I was sitting in my bus to work when I saw it very clear. It’s not that my ride by bus is a very long one every day but the ray of sunlight I saw on Tuesday made it clear to me. I want to improve my skills, not just the ones to write here but also to do better videos, to cut better videos but also to gain more viewers so that I don’t have to fight with any stupid algorithms anymore. My plan?

I did it on Wednesday. I put my plan into reality and found a platform where can hopefully what I want. I’m very ambitious when it comes to learn something. The good thing is that I can not only use it for private stuff but also for my profession. I do all the Social Media stuff for my employer and he likes my ideas but I have to stick out from the mass to sell things. In my opinion from what I’ve learned and know so far little things make the difference but they are important. So what is better to combine areas of knowledge?

Delayed new videos …

Do you know the following situation? You plan to do something and then somebody or something crosses out your plan? Well, that’s what happened to my plans in the last weeks. I had it so often in the last weeks that I planned the new videos, wanted to start and realized something was missing. Last week I had the problem with an infrared thermometer that I forgot to order. I needed it to demonstrate a difference in temperatures… so what was better than to use a thermometer? No device I know so far … maybe you know one?

Efficient use of the weekend

Now that I have only the weekend for making videos I have to plan everything in advance because I feel often tired after work. My sinusitis is on its way to disappear but sometimes I still have problems to sleep the whole night…. very unpleasant I can tell you. Last weekend I visited a friend to get myself an advice for one of my next videos, related with the blue chunk I showed you in my ” New projects for 2020” video . For a very long time I postponed my idea because I started but I had no idea how to continue. I found a solution in the meantime but the material I need is not here at the moment. That’s what I have almost every week but nevertheless I can do phone calls from work and it helps me a lot because some contact persons have strange working hours and I can only reach them while I’m at work.

Ideas vs. time

Do you know the situation in which you think that you don’t have enough time? That’s what I have had for five weeks now. When I come home it’s not late but time is running away literally… I can’t describe it. The day is over faster than I ever thought. Maybe a better time management could solve the problem?

Unexpected breaks and parcels on my way home

This week my smartphone suddenly started new again and again like being captured in a boot loop. Not planned but it happened. So what else to do that to reboot and reinstall everything? Time left for videos? Nope… The next time consuming thing thing is that not every parcel can’t be delivered to my doorstep. We have some unreliable parcel services here that deliver only in the morning when nobody is at home (at least not when you are working) I really wish that not so many sellers would use these services just because they are cheap. I’d rather like to choose the parcel service with which it is delivered. Then you won’t have detours on your way home. What should I say? I need the stuff in the parcel for new videos. If you have any solutions for my time problems, please let me know. I don’t give up.

A new year and a new job

Believe it or not but I’m back from vacation. I took some weeks off and in my crazy Barbie world nothing happened. After one week back home I could start new things. For the first projects I needed some new devices that I had to win/order. These things of course needed several days to arrive. Some are not even here yet. I started to develop new ideas for new videos but they’re going to need longer than in the last years because I work now full time and not part time anymore. That’s good concerning the professional experience but you will have to wait longer for new videos.

Another change that will be on my channel is the background research. In my mind I do have ideas for more complex videos. I mean you probably have more than 3 videos or more to shoot for a project but you need all parts to understand what I’m talking about. Bigger projects came into my mind much earlier but you need the money to do such things. Please don’t forget that I don’t earn any money with my videos. I also plan to film in another location and I have to check the dates because not everybody is there any time you need him or her and I have to find appropriate solutions for these problems.

As you can probably think … I need a lot more time than I did need before. I have to bring everything together. That’s sometimes not easy. It’s feeling at the moment like I have many construction sites and nothing is going on very fast. I don’t like but I can’t change it at the moment. I have to wait for parcels and for the weekend until I can start to work for my private stuff … you know thinking about articles for my blog, thinking about new topics for videos, planning videos, getting the stuff I need for them, doing tests for videos and so on. A week is literally nothing at the moment in the home of Busy B from Germany.