Thursday, January 29, 2009

How I organize my jewelry making process

So I was talking with some friends on a jewelry forum about how we organize our time in order to have lives AND make jewelry. It is hard. Here is what I posted as my response (with the addition of visuals):

I have come to accept that I will not find the "perfect" time (or circumstances) in which to create.

Sure, in an ideal world, I'm sitting at my work table with a cup of coffee and a sleeping dog at my feet while the kids are in school. But the reality is, the dog usually wants a walk, the kids need rides to hockey, my office job takes up about 10 hours out of every day, and coffee is usually drunk on the way to somewhere.

If I wait for ideal conditions, nothing gets designed, created, photo'd, or listed.

The only alternative is to do everything in "bits and pieces". The living room coffee table is my work bench. From there, I can get up and stir whatever's on the stove, watch tv with my kids, and continue to be part of the family in general while still working.

As I make each piece, I write on a piece of already printed-out paper how much the materials cost. This paper will follow the item into a ziploc bag. This is an accounting of the cost of the item, based on the materials used. This is infinitely easier if you have labels on each box or bag of components with the price per piece.

My sheet looks like this (before):


And here's an example of the paper that went into a bag with a necklace I made the other night (after):


I have a lot of "works in progress". But once a piece is completed, I put it in a box on the bookcase (in the same living room). Once a week (or so... you CAN'T make strict schedules without feeling like a loser 'cause you can't stick to them), I set up my photo stuff and shoot everything in that box.

Then I take the items over to the computer (with a good light) and edit the photos. Yes, I take the jewelry with me because I'm anal about getting the best representation I can when I show my listings.

From there, I write info about each piece (on paper already printed with the questions):

Lampwork Artist _______________________
PC Artist _______________________
Artist Location ____________________
Main bead size ________________________
Total Materials Cost _______________
Size _________________
Approx time to make _______________


Now I can remove the materials cost sheet and replace with this one. I'll refer to it to make my listing.

Next is listing. So now all these creations are in the second box (already photographed, ready for listing). I have all the info I need on the papers with each piece so I can list on the road if I have to (meaning, with my son's laptop while at a hockey practice).

I use a WORD template and all the info I need to put into the listing is highlighted, so I just go and fill in the highlighted areas and copy and past the template into wherever I'm listing (eBay, ArtFire, my site, etc).

Once listed, the creation goes into a third box (photo'd, listed, waiting to be sold and shipped) where they'll stay until they're sold.

Bottom line for me is that there is no perfect time... squeeze tasks in where and when you can. I have certain projects that are more mobile than other ones. If I take my kids to a hockey practice, I'll grab a WIP (work in progress) that is just wire-wrapping because those are more transportable. (And having people watch you work in a public area will get them interested in what you sell.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today was busy as heck... but the evening is early

Work was a real bear, but it's over now and I'm at home with the kids. Since I did so much today, I feel like it's later than it is. Strange to think it's only 6pm.


New Torching Forum

There's a new discussion forum for lampwork and jewelry fans. I joined, but didn't even have time to look around yet.


ArtFire

The SRAJD Members Guild is taking some time out of my day, but I really like it. Some nice people and fabulous jewelry. I hope more people start feeling comfortable enough to post.


Mini Beady Jam

Four of us are supposed to get together this weekend to eat, socialize, share new creations, and discuss the Bay Area chapter and an upcoming get-together.


Creating

Okay, I was keeping this posting short 'cause I am missing creating. Want to get over there (the coffee table) and get to it. Look for some upcoming lampwork creations... sorting my bead collection reminded me of all the awesome beads sitting in the dark screaming to be made into jewelry.


So... talk to you tomorrow (lots of info coming up tomorrow!).

Monday, January 26, 2009

Oh look, it’s 12:15am… and I have to go to work in the morning.

I decided, however, that laying in bed and not sleeping was sort of useless. If I’m gonna be awake, I may as well make good use of my time.

Then I had a brilliant idea… who would be awake at this time to vie for eBay auctions against me? Certainly not as many people as there would be at 1pm in the afternoon, eh? So I head over to eBay and look up lampwork beads in the U.S. category and sort the auctions by “ending first”.

Wanna see what I saw?

http://srajewelry.com/transfer/ebayUSbeads.jpg

Make sure you look at this closely… Hong Kong? What part of the U.S. is that? Or… were these beads made by U.S. lampworkers and then imported to Hong Kong to be sold from there? Yeah, that makes sense.

Why does eBay allow this? They want the money… or they’re just too big for their britches? Well, if they’re getting so much money for all the schlock listings, they can hire more people to weed this crap out. ARGH! It’s stuff like this that is driving sellers and buyers away from eBay… in droves!

Oh well… just beating a dead horse.

I’ve also given up on Etsy (but don’t get me wrong… I know both eBay AND Etsy work great for some people still). My next hope is ArtFire. So far, so good (if admin communication is a gauge). I also need to check out 1000-something or other.

Hmph! Bear decided if I wasn’t using my bed, he would.

Went back to eBay and counted… of the first 37 listings that are about to end, 36 were from Hong Kong (yes, still in the U.S. lampwork category). The remaining listing was from Canada. Close, but still no cigar. Phft. Whatever. It’s a dumb category anyway. I always said it should be middleman sales versus SRA sales. I wonder if there were “annealed” and “non-annealed” categories, what the truth to lies ratio would be.

Then there are those pictures that… I’m guessing are supposed to be “artsy”. Shrug. It’s a super-cropped, super close up of… something that you don’t know what it is unless you click on the auction. I’m all for close-up shots, especially for the gallery photo, but if all I see is a red square, I’m probably not going to be intrigued enough to click on the link.

Of course, then there are those whose gallery photo is a distance shot, so that you can’t tell at all what the item is and you feel really, really old trying to squint hard enough to make it out (without having to click on the auction to get the answer).

No, I’m not cranky. I’m just scrolling down through the eBay listings and calling them like I see them.

Oh, and none of this means I haven’t done all the things I’m mentioning as criticism of others. Far from it. If there’s a mistake to be made on eBay, I’m sure I’ve done it. All, except photographing my beads while naked without realizing my au natural bod shows just fine in the reflection of whatever is it I just took a picture of. So think of this less as snarky and more as helpful.

Disks seem to be very popular in the lampworking world at the moment. China better get a move on if they want to jump on that bandwagon. That and shards.

Oh, and something else I was going to mention. I’m really tired of buying beads that are NOT the same color or hue as what the seller showed me on the computer. And don’t give me the “monitors may vary” spiel. Okay, that MAY be the case and it may not, I don’t know. But if (and I could name five well known names right now!) so-and-so is selling beads online, they owe it to their public to get a monitor that doesn’t make the beads look so washed out on their own computers that they add a TON of saturation to the colors of their beads. ‘Cause guess what? On MY computer then, it looks like a set of brightly colored beads… and when I get them, I have to then cross you off my list of people I’ll ever buy beads from again. C’mon peeps… at least TRY.

Oh, one thing I’ve noticed… heh… when I rant a little bit, a ton of people come out of the woodwork telling me they could tell I was talking about them. Uh…. No. But if they THINK my rant was about them, maybe they should look at their listings or whatever. They obviously believe with some part of themselves that what I said applied to them.

I once did a blog muse, or maybe it was a forum posting… I don’t remember, about copying. And a person actually got totally up in my face about how she knew I was talking about her and blah blah blah. I couldn’t stop laughing. My rant was NOT about her and if she’d have asked me (civilly), I would have told her precisely how I felt about her jewelry, which was that she embodies the idea of being inspired b others without downright copying them. I can usually tell when someone makes something that was inspired by a piece of mine (we’re not THAT big a community) and I’m flattered. But this person obviously felt guilty about getting ideas from other people’s jewelry. Well, duh… where else ya gonna get ideas from? We should embrace inspiration from others. Flat out copying or being TOO similar to another’s trademark invention… now that’s a no-no (in Laura’s world… mind you all this is merely one person’s opinion… I am not any wiser or any more ignorant than any other jewelry maker… we all have opinions… and sometimes they even change).

Yeah, I’m glad THIS item is in U.S. lampwork…
http://cgi.ebay.com/8mm-Smart-Blue-Agate-Loose-beads-15_W0QQitemZ370148220038QQihZ024QQcategoryZ4643QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

This listing is wrong on so many levels.

Who is BUYING these Hong Kong lampwork beads? Are there really enough “newbs” in jewelry making that they still don’t know… or is it that there’s really a market for it because some people wanna just make jewelry that may not last long and won’t be too expensive to the buyer?
Oh dear… just found some overly vibrant boro beads. I’m bidding on them. Why? Ask the knights why they were trying to find the Holy Grail. You know it’s not out there, yet something in your human spirit still hopes.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rehashing (or maybe it's just reiterating) some thoughts on Spiritual Beliefs

I’m freezing. This is really unusual. I’m guessing it’s a combination of the weather change and my fluctuating hormones.


Revisiting an Old Muse

Was giving more thought to the idea of spiritual beliefs. I didn’t come up with anything new… I’m just still on the same page as before regarding how I feel about the following: If you found out (at the end of your life) that during your life whatever it was you believed in spiritually was completely wrong, would you regret certain ways in which you lived?

Example… let’s say your religious beliefs had to do with chastity, monogamy, same-sex relationships, vows of silence, poverty/materialism, sensual pleasures, harsh or humiliating punishments, praying, isolation, being kind or a humanitarian, doing hail Mary’s, meditating, fasting, birth control, etc…

Anyway, say you found out, at the end, that what you believed in was wrong. Would you regret having lived your life in a certain way because of your religious beliefs?

It seems to me that ideally, your response to this awareness would be: “No problem. I lived precisely how I wanted to even if what I had believed in turns out now to be complete fallacy.”

Do you know what I mean? I want to live in such a way that it doesn’t matter to me WHAT the end entails. I want to be happy and do no harm. I’d like to do a few other things too, but the two biggest ones are those.

So when I think about something that may have to do with my current spiritual beliefs, I ask myself, “If this spiritual belief changes or dissolves, will I still be happy with the choice I’m making now regarding how to live?”… I want the answer to be “yes”.


Where My Time Went Today

After coming back from Gabe’s game at Bridgepointe (they tied… a real shocker, I know), I spent time on ArtFire, taking care of Guild stuff. I also organized some of my lampwork.

It’s 9:30pm and Bear’s snoring away. I guess that means it’s too late to take him out for a last walk around the block. D’oh! Oh well, hope he lasts until morning.

And… I guess I’d better get ready for bed too. Oh hey… Bear’s sleeping in my bed. Hmph!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Addictions... always a bad thing?

I am addicted to Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and the National Geographic Channel.



ArtFire


I finally hit a glitch today. I emailed admin. Will let you know when and how they respond.


New (non-jewelry) Listing

Oh, listed something new today. It’s a little Excel file that I’ve been using to calculate ideas for wholesale and retail pricing. I may add to it later, too.

Jewelry Pricing Formula Calculator - 7 Scenarios - Easy to Use


Supernatural

Sorry I left this until the end of the day… now I have to go watch Supernatural. Yes, have to. Mmmmm…


Coming Soon…

Tomorrow I’ll try to catch you up on the latest Monica news (health and future career options) and some of our new jewelry listings.

TTYL!

Monday, January 19, 2009

I think when I'm mad I get cranky.

I know, that's rocket science, huh? But I can be cranky for other reasons too (like if I'm hungry or tired or PMS, etc).


Art Fire

I joined, but reserve judgment (will comment after a few months).


Lampwork Etc.

Big hoo-ha in the bathroom today. Feels very reminiscent of other forums I've been a part of (and seen the demise of).

As far as ME and my opinion of LE goes, I have totally felt trashed in there from time to time… but my memory is so stinkin' rotten that I can NEVER remember who dissed me so I can't hold a grudge. Heh

So the next day I just go in and post again as though nothing ever happened.


People I Want To Send a Note to and Stay In Contact With (updated on Mondays)

This list is here so I can add to it when I think of someone else and so I can remember who I've contacted already (which is no one so far).

BTW, this doesn't count people I see on a regular basis (obviously)
Newly added: Charlotte (local)
Amber VM (don't remember where she is)
Cathleen (in the eastern US somewhere)
Chris (in Iowa)
Connie (in Texas?)
Corinne (in southern California)
Erin
Faisal and family (local)
Joan (in Penryn)
Katherine (in Connecticut)
Lara (in Oregon)
Laura (in Texas)
Margo (up north)
Nancy (in southern California)
Natalie (in SF)
Patricia (in Colorado)
Person who made sent me that fab blue bracelet
Person who runs strokewear

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wanna Hear the HEIGHT of Ridiculousness?

Although I haven’t gotten around to blogging for a few days, I’ve been emailing the following few paragraphs to myself from computer to computer, hoping I’d find SOME TIME somewhere to get a blog post in. Ugh! Busy busy.


Busy with What?

Hm… Gabe’s off to socal again tomorrow… Mon’s got her usual appointments… I do those 40 minute walks with Bear each day… work’s been dreadful… took Gabe to Vacaville practice Tuesday… Mon has late practice tomorrow night… and other stuff…


Musing

What if all those times I thought I was "leaping" before I was "looking" or I was going into things too hastily without thinking things through, etc… what if those were times I was really just following my intuition?

Something to think about. Maybe I could quit chastising myself as too impetuous.


Weather

Woke up to "earthquake weather" (I think I wrote that on Monday). Actually, there's no such thing, but I've always got it in my head that if it's supposed to be a cold day, but instead it's warm and overcast and very windy… that's "earthquake weather". Shrug


Sale

Just listed a bunch of things in my eBay store at 50-75% off the regular price. Why? Because I like to show new things, not old things. I hope my regulars take advantage. And yes, I like to mix my sales up between the ProStore, eBay, and Etsy.

Here's an example of one of the starting prices (click the pic for details)…



Judith

How nice of you to comment in here and to mention this month’s issue of SRA Jewelry. If you think of it, I’d love to hear how your involvement with Project Linus goes. And thanks for the compliment on my jewelry… as sparse as it’s been lately. Eeee!


Nancy

Thanks for letting me know your blog site. I have a few places to go tomorrow (Chris’s site is one) and I’m definitely checking yours out. Yay!


Sign-Off

I’m thinking I’ll post the “people to keep in contact with” list once a week rather than every day.

So here’s some humor to leave you with. Which video did I show you last… the baby and the boxer? Okay, here’s another one…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ikm3o5hDks







I love this face (stalker kitty)…

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Going to watch Episode 1 of Season 4 of Lost... G'night!

Didn’t realize until right before bedtime that I hadn’t blogged yesterday. I still feel like I’m fighting off a virus or something. I guess that’s my cue to start taking some vitamin C.

I’m almost finished with another batch of bracelets for my favorite Texan. Yay!

Oh, started the tumbler yesterday. I have several batches to tumble so I need to get on with it.


Pain

I have to admit, my carpal tunnel has been KEEELING me. I’m guessing it was aggravated during the move… lifting boxes, etc.

I expect it to pass eventually, as usual.


Food


Tried something new tonight and LOVE it! It was from Trader Joe’s.


With it, I had some kalamata olives, naan, and a yogurt/dill sauce. Mmmmm…


A Really Fast Sign Off


I'm not even reiterating my "contact" list. I'm tired. Didn't do much today... would like to blame the thing that feels like an oncoming virus. Maybe I just needed a day of rest.

I'll probably feel more energetic tomorrow.

TTYL

Friday, January 9, 2009

Things I Learned This Week

When I want to read a book at the dog park, sit on the table top of the picnic table set because if you sit at the bench part, the first indication you’ll have that a large dog came up behind you and is peeing on the bench you’re sitting on is that your butt will suddenly feel warm. Ew!

The other thing I learned is that when I have caffeinated tea before bed, I am much more aware that the upstairs neighbors not only stay up late but don’t tread lightly. Ugh!


TV

Watching “In the Womb: Dogs” followed by the “Cat” episode. Such interesting things to learn.

Also watched the Sharks beat the Oilers (only the 10th time they’ve beat the Oilers on Edmonton’s ice).


Copying

Yep… I’m gonna talk about the “c” word. Mon and I watched a movie this week that I wasn’t enthralled with. It wasn’t horrible… it was mediocre. But what got me was one main point. At the end of the movie (which was “Bridge to Terabithia”, btw), the boy had taken on one characteristic of his friend. This characteristic wasn’t his norm, but some part of him admired it in his friend. When he then displayed the characteristic at the end of the movie, he felt good. He’d taken on something he admired in another.

We do this throughout our lives… seeing things in other people or in books or maybe even in movies… things we admire. Things that make a big impression on us, usually. And then we try it out ourselves.

Let me try to think of things I have taken on… Last year I read a lot of Tao books and Wayne Dyer. Certain things in those books really went “BAM” in my brain. It’s almost 10pm, though, so I can’t think of any specifics at the moment. But when I do, I’ll mention them.

Anyway, I was thinking of jewelry making (as merely one example) as an analogy to the above sentiment. When a jewelry maker sees something they like (whether it be another jewelry design or something in nature, etc), they may feel the urge to try it out themselves and add the technique to their own repertoire. Do I see this as a problem? No. Because the usual way to go about this is that you put your own personal “spin” on the idea. Oh, at first you might do an exact copy, just to get the technique down pat. But eventually, it’s much more fun, fulfilling, and artistic to be INFLUENCED by the other person’s technique (or characteristic) and do it your own way.

Bottom line, I think copying is good. It’s a way to try things out and see what fits us as an individual. Then we take what works and evolve it.


Nancy

Thanks for the URL… I’ll check it out tomorrow after the hockey games!


Chris

Love your tiger stripe canes! I’m cane inept… but will be interested to see what YOU make with them. I’ll also go back and look at previous entries in your blog (here at home your blog comes up right away for me… yay!... probably just the dang firewall at the office… hmph!).


A Bit of Humor then I’m Outta Here until next time











I’m too tired to trying embedding again, so just click on this one… sorry…

Cute Video


People I Want To Send a Note to and Stay In Contact With

I'm going to keep this list on here so I can both add to it when I think of someone else and so I can remember who I've contacted already (which is no one so far).

BTW, this doesn't count people I see on a regular basis (obviously)
Amber VM (don't remember where she is)
Cathleen (in the eastern US somewhere)
Chris (in Iowa)
Connie (in Texas?)
Corinne (in southern California)
Erin
Faisal and family (local)
Joan (in Penryn)
Katherine (in Connecticut)
Lara (in Oregon)
Laura (in Texas)
Margo (up north)
Nancy (in southern California)
Natalie (in SF)
Patricia (in Colorado)
Person who made sent me that fab blue bracelet
Person who runs strokewear

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Poor Sad Oakland

I'm tired of hearing helicopters. I have NO problem with the peaceful protesters. I do have a problem with the small groups of add-ins who feel the need to vandalize and otherwise become violent. I think it puts a bad light on the original intent of the protesters and takes away from their cause. The current situation in Oakland is bad for everyone involved. It's tragic and sad and frustrating.

BART headquarters (where this morning's meeting is) is the building next to mine so the helicopters are a constant overhead and the police cars are in force on the ground.

Ah, they just sent out a notice evacuating our building.


SRAJD Forum


I updated the threads. It's a bit more organized now. I figured it was the least I could do now that there are over 300 members.


Solitude

I'll be alone at the apartment again. Haven't been alone since the Christmas weekend, but had just moved in at that time so wasn't set up to y'know… relax and just do stuff I wanted… like make jewelry.

The kids go to their dad's tonight and will be there until Monday. I'll see them Saturday and Sunday at their hockey games, but otherwise will be at home creating or going between the house and the apartment… and storage.

I do have to start getting my books over to half-price books and other stores.

A huge lot of legos will be going Sunday evening. Yay!

This week, Mon and I did work on some jewelry for Laura M, but I want to get s'more going before I ship the package out.


Nancy!

Yay… so glad you don't mind me saying I want to stay in touch with you. I've always found you to be such a gentle and compassionate soul. One of my favorite types of people to stay in contact with.

Now, how come I can't find your blog? There's so much about blogspot that I still need to figure out.


Today's Humor (compliments of YouTube and the other LB)

This, you HAVE to see but I couldn't get it embedded, so click on the link then click on the black triangle to play the video…

http://www.youtube.com/v/wMppUgSQNPU&hl=en&fs=1


Secrets of a Happy Marriage

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.

She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.

'When we were to be married,' she said, 'my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.'

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'

'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.'



People I Want To Send a Note to and Stay In Contact With

I'm going to keep this list on here so I can both add to it when I think of someone else and so I can remember who I've contacted already.

BTW, this doesn't count people I see on a regular basis (obviously)
Amber VM (don't remember where she is)
Cathleen (in the eastern US somewhere)
Chris (also don't remember where she is, but she's "crafty")
Connie (in Texas?)
Corinne in southern California
Erin
Faisal and family (local)
Joan in Penryn
Katherine (in Connecticut)
Lara in Oregon
Laura in Texas
Margo up north
Nancy in Vermont
Natalie in SF
Patricia in Colorado
Person who made sent me that fab blue bracelet
Person who runs strokewear


Sign Off
Okay, gotta go now… TTYL!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Absolutely nothing... I mean nothing... not worth entering...

I really need to learn to talk on my cell phone without pressing it against my face. I seem to put speakerphone on and mute things without intending to.


Walking

Well, if pain is any indication of use, my shins are getting the most exercise on our morning walks because they really hurt. But then, I've always had "sensitive" shins. I can't skate at all without getting burning shin splints. Maybe it has something to do with my flat feet. Shrug.


People I Want To Send a Note to and Stay In Contact With

I'm going to keep this list on here so I can both add to it when I think of someone else and so I can remember who I've contacted already.

BTW, this doesn't count people I see on a regular basis (obviously)
Amber VM (don't remember where she is)
Cathleen (in the eastern US somewhere)
Chris (also don't remember where she is, but she's "crafty")
Connie (in Texas?)
Corinne in southern California
Erin
Faisal and family (local)
Joan in Penryn
Katherine (in Connecticut)
Lara in Oregon
Laura in Texas
Margo up north
Nancy in Vermont
Natalie in SF
Patricia in Colorado
Person who made sent me that fab blue bracelet
Person who runs strokewear


Sign Off
Okay, gotta go now… TTYL!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

More on Somniloquy

So I told the kids about their latest entertainment for me... and Gabe said, "I thought I was saying: 'I'll get up when you leave my room.'." Yeah, 'cause that's exactly what "I'm waiting for the body to cross" sounds like. Mmm hm.

And Mon reminded me what I told her she said when she held her blanket up and announced there was a hole in it. The "it" was a boat. There's a hole in her boat.

BTW, Mon also laughs in her sleep… often.


Websites

I changed some stuff today. My main website is: www.ArtIsImportant.com From there, we can branch into more specific directions. I think that URL was birthed from one of my constant muses regarding: How can I spend so much of my life creating something non-essential (or seemingly non-essential).


Movies


Coraline comes out next month. Yay! Read that to Monica when she was younger.

Over the weekend Mon and I watched one of the mini-series versions of Jane Eyre. I always enjoy that movie.


Fast Food and Other Restaurants

I found this interesting. This site rates a couple of restaurants in regards to healthy menu options (or not).
http://www.menshealth.com/eatthis/Restaurant-Report-Card/


Catherine

Always love getting comments from you. Heh

BTW, I was perusing your Etsy store again and want to say congrats (although I'm not surprised in the least) on all the sales.

I'm glad you see my point in keeping one list alive here in the blog. I feel even moreso lately that I'm forgetting things. I want to streamline my mind, just like I'm streamlining my life. And I also gmail myself with reminders of things.


Erin!

Great to see you (virtually speaking)!

Glad to hear you had fun with family for the holidays.

Wow, you're going to have 25 treatments? Eek! Is that once a week?

As far as getting together, we must keep trying because between your schedule and mine the opportunities will be few and far between. I had to take time off during the holidays in order to move so now I'm not getting days off for awhile. But don't give up on me!


Chris

I think I figured out that if I go to your site through FireFox (not IE), my computer doesn't crash (stupid computer). So I'm gonna go tomorrow and catch up on all I've been missing on your blog. Yay!


People I Want To Send a Note to and Stay In Contact With

I'm going to keep this list on here so I can both add to it when I think of someone else and so I can remember who I've contacted already.

BTW, this doesn't count people I see on a regular basis (obviously)
Newly Added: Patricia in Colorado
Newly Added: Faisal and family (local)
Margo up north
Laura in Texas
Connie (in Texas?)
Corinne in southern California
Cathleen (in the eastern US somewhere)
Katherine (in Connecticut)
Natalie in SF
Lara in Oregon
Joan in Penryn
Nancy in Vermont
Amber VM (don't remember where she is)
Chris (also don't remember where she is, but she's "crafty")
Erin
Person who made sent me that fab blue bracelet
Person who runs strokewear


Sign Off
Okay, gotta go now… TTYL!

Monday, January 5, 2009

I think I'm a dork

I have this file that I use to keep track of the bills I pay, and since I pay a lot of bills online I also have my acct numbers and passwords on this file. But I didn't want it to be obvious to anyone who might stumble across the file (yeah, 'cause so many people stumble across my personal files on my computer… sign). Anyway, I had the brilliant idea to disguise the passwords by changing them into a symbol-type font… which I did… and now I don't seem to be able to get them back to anything readable. ARGH!


Saving Money

I gave notice on my office parking space. That means I'm committing to walking a lot in the future. Ha ha ha! I gave Bear a good walk this morning, 34 blocks (but I guess "blocks" is a relative term… it was probably just shy of a mile… took us about 35 minutes with all the stops (lights, marking, poop).

Anyway, if I walk from home to the office, it's one and a third miles. If I walk from the kids' school to the office, it's almost two miles. I think I'll opt for the fist choice. And if I can convince the kids to take the bus to school, that would save me from having to drive them then come back home… but one thing at a time.


Hockey

Sigh… as any mother would, I hate seeing my children in pain… and unfortunately Gabe had some mental anguish this past weekend… having "the worst game" of his life and thus feeling like he's ruined the entire season for his team. There's no reasoning with him. I can't tell him it's a TEAM… you win and lose as a TEAM. I can't tell him ONE GAME isn't an entire season… it could be the game that changes the outcome of the season, but a season is the cumulative effort of many games.

Shrug… just a life thing he'll deal with… I just hate to see him hurting.


Somniloquy

Aka "Sleep Talking". I do it and both my kids do it. The other night, Monica sat straight up in bed and held her blanket out in front of her with both hands, proclaiming, "There's a hole in it." I asked, "There's a hole in what?" And her reply confirmed that she wasn't talking about her blanket in the slightest. I don't recall now what it was she said, but I knew she was dreaming.

Then this morning… man, I had a hard time walking Gabe up. And there he was with his eyes open telling me he can't go until the body goes across. WHAT?! I told him to wake up, but he insisted he WAS awake. So again, he's talking about "Demar" and saying he has to wait for the body to go across.


Life Isn't Always Fair

Yeah, those who know me well, know I believe in that. I particularly embrace the sentiment when someone whines about something not being fair and I'm tired of hearing them whine.

Well, today I get my share of the sentiment… USAA informed me that they doubt I'll recover the $6000 deductible I paid out when the neighbor's house flooded mine because I'd have to "prove the neighbor was negligent". What?!?! Yep… unless the neighbor (except there IS no neighbor… it's a foreclosure house so the bank owns it… and why aren't they legally responsible for having insurance on the house?)… so unless the owner of the house was "negligent", I can't say, "Hey, YOUR house flooded MY house… now pay me for the damages."

Hmph!


People I Want To Send a Note to and Stay In Contact With

I'm going to keep this list on here so I can both add to it when I think of someone else and so I can remember who I've contacted already.

BTW, this doesn't count people I see on a regular basis (obviously)
Margo up north
Laura in Texas
Connie (in Texas?)
Corinne in southern California
Cathleen (in the eastern US somewhere)
Katherine (in Connecticut?)
Natalie in SF
Lara in Oregon
Joan in Penryn
Nancy in Vermont
Amber VM (don't remember where she is)
Chris (also don't remember where she is, but she's "crafty")
Erin
Person who made sent me that fab blue bracelet
Person who runs strokewear


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Okay, gotta go now… TTYL!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday... yay! End of winter break... boo!

Hockey

Took Gabe to the airport today. He’s in San Diego now… first game is tonight at 7. He’ll be back Sunday afternoon.


Jewelry

I completed the framework of my new bracelet (the one I started over a month ago, but had to put away because of the move). I think it’s okay for a first try at this style. If I do more like this, hopefully they’ll get better too. Now I’m trying to find a gemstone to match the red of Alex’s bead. I wanted Ruby, but my Rubies seem to be more along the violet end of things. I’ll have another look tonight after dinner with Darisa.

BTW, I just bought some boro beads online and I hope the photos are fair representations. Some of you know I’ve spoken previously of boro beads NOT being represented accurately online. I’m very excited to see these…. Online they look fantastic!


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Mike will hate the following ('cause he doesn't like this show), but I thought this was funny:
"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar." Drew Carey

Sorry I didn’t really have anything interesting to say today. I was busy and I feel a little out of it. Well, at least there’s no hockey to get Mon to this weekend. She and I will be able to go to the house and clean up a bit.

We also have two more of our rental movies to watch.

TTYL!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

SRAJD and New Year's Resolutions

Couldn't get to any of my "want to stay in touch" cards today 'cause my spare time (slim as it usually is) was taken up with SRAJD applications. Thank goodness Alex found a couple of batches that I hadn't processed. Trying to get completely caught up before the New Year (and since today IS Jan 1st… you can tell I started writing this earlier… two days ago, to be precise… and am just now getting a chance to post it).


Apartment Update

Bear seems to be settling in better. I think that’s mostly because the kids are here now.


The Mellow Bead

Yep, we are officially closed. The physical group is still up because I thought we ought to copy some of the tutorials first. Reminder, though, that the good chattin’ can (and already does) continue on the SRAJD Forum.


Misc Info

If you receive an email regarding the 2009/2010 Princeton Premier Honors Edition Registry, it’s spam. Well, unless you want to pay for the honor of having your name printed in a book that no one will ever read, but it will be published (they can easily afford to publish a book when they make 10-100 times the needed publishing cost from all the people who want to see their name in print).

I still get people subscribing to my first attempt at a YouTube video. It’s a constant reminder I should make something more interesting one of these days.


Cathleen

Thanks for the New Year wishes and back at you. I totally look forward to no more flooded basements (or leaking living rooms, or sloping floors, or shifting porch steps, or stray dogs pooping on my lawn, or neighbors trapping my ferals and taking them to the SPCA, or gang-tagged houses next to mine, or … oh that’s enough).


Debbie

You’re so sweet! Thanks. Coincidentally (or serendipitously), I was cleaning out some email today and found an email from you entitled collaboration so I’m guessing that’s when we first THOUGHT of doing that… and it was dated back in 2005. Eek!


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Well, I’ve got stuff to put away now while we’re watching the outdoor game. Leaving you with some New Year cheer. Hope to see you again soon…





Mom… doesn’t this cat look just like Tennie?!