It’s the freedom I’ll miss…

August 18, 2010

I can’t believe summer’s nearly over.

It surely has been ridiculously hot enough outside, but I still feel as though I haven’t done all of the normal summer stuff.

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Here’s what I have done:

1. gone swimming

2. got sun burnt

3. went to Cedar Point

4. went to the lake

5.  ate ice cream

6. ate bbq ribs

7. ate funnel cake

8. ate grilled cookout food (Let’s just put this all under a general “food” label…)

9. went to garage sales

10. attended an outdoor art/music festival (Warehouse District street festival –tried to go the the Feast in Little Italy, too, but we showed up about 3 hours too early when booths were still setting up…)

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Things I have not done:

1. couldn’t make it to the family reunion

2. gone to the county fair/seen farm animals

3. attended a wedding/graduation party/work party, etc.

4. caught lightning bugs (though one could argue that someone my age should not be still catching bugs..)

5. gone to a farmer’s market (well, I have gone to the West Side Market, but I’m thinking an outdoorsey-type market)

6. had a drink (Not necessarily a pre-requisite for summer festivities, but I’m really surprised that I’ve really had no occasion to take in a beer or margarita served up by a cabana boy by the pool…)

7. been outside late at night (Besides leaving work…  We don’t have a deck/porch area conducive to just ‘hanging out’ outside.  Thinking about it now, though, I am very surprised that I haven’t been outside much at night. Maybe we should take in a drive-in movie..)

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So besides not doing the things on the second list, I’ve been spending a lot of time craftin’ it up.  If you happen to follow my Facebook, you may have seen some pictures that I posted of my glasses necklaces, as well as some new button designs that I have listed on Etsy.

I’ve been trying to develop my crafts more and since my last posting, I’ve made contact with a few other venues.  Still nothing set in stone, but it looks promising.

Otherwise, I’m still looking for that perfect awesome job.  Had an interview today which went pretty well, but let’s try not to jinx it…

OH! And here’s a really exciting blog that I was introduced to today.. Basically, the writer modifies a new thrift store dress each day to make an entirely new outfit. And she’s doing it on a budget of $1 per day! Check it out:

http://newdressaday.wordpress.com/

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I know it don’t thrill you, I hope it don’t kill you…

July 22, 2010

So tomorrow’s the start of my new work schedule.  1:30PM – 10:30PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays off.

I’ve known about this shift change for about a month, and I have not been looking forward to it at all. Not only do I have two of the lamest days off, but I also lose my super-awesome supervisor. One of the only good things is that I’ll get a slight increase in my pay since my shift ends after 8:30 at night.

My plan/hope was to find a new position by this time, but at this point I don’t think it’s really going to happen. (Anyone want to hire me in the next 16 hours??)

So I guess I’ll just suck it up and deal with it.

I know things could be worse, but I’m really hoping to get back into a more normal schedule soon. Especially so I can sign up for more craft shows, which tend to happen primarily on Saturdays.

As it stands now, it seems as though I’ll need to pick my favorites and just take off those days. But it would be a lot easier if I had Saturdays off to begin with (*hint hint* employer…)

I’ve also been working on trying to get some of my jewelry work in shops.  Some places have expressed interest, but so far no definite arrangements have been made

Still, I’m trying to create some new work STAT so that I’ll be prepared if someone wants to carry my work.

You can see some updates on my Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/autumnsantics

I’ll try to get some more pictures posted once I get a routine going again.


Sew awesome! (har har har…)

June 21, 2010

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve included any pictures, so here  is what I’ve been working on lately:

I used to sew more when I was growing up, but haven’t done it so much in the past few years.

I’ve been seeing it a lot lately online and in magazines, though, so had been wanting to give it a try again. I had to buy a couple of supplies like an embroidery hoop, but for the most part I still had everything I needed to start up again.  Including fabric from the days when I collected thrift-store-striped-polyester-old-lady-button-down-pocket-t- shirts.

Manda let me take a gander at her new sewing books (from the Sublime Stitching family) for some inspiration, but I ended up finding the image for my first project online.

This time around I’m also learning some actual stitches vs. simply outlining everything with dotted-line stitches.  It still needs some work, but I’m excited with the results so far.

I’ll be sure to post some better pics once I’m actually done.


Welcome to the Working Week…

June 12, 2010

Today was the first day of my regular schedule, 9AM-6PM, Wednesday through Sunday.

So even though it really does feel like a Friday, I still have to go to work for 2 more days before I get a break.

On the plus side, I’ll finally be getting back into a routine after going through a few shift changes in the past couple of weeks (8:30-5:30 and 10-7).

The downside is that last weekend really was the last weekend that I’ll be having for a while (unless circumstances change).

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Last Friday Ryan and I made our way to “downtown” Bedford to check out the rib fest sponsored by the local Kiwanis club or something.  They had some children’s games like a moonbounce, some live bands (including a small troupe of bagpipers), crappy booths advertising Bathfitters, and quite a few food booths.

We ended up getting rib samplers from 4 different vendors and had our own taste tests.  Then we topped it off with some funnel cake and watched the bands for a little while.

Then on Saturday, Jackie and I had our arts/crafts booth across the street from the West Side Market.

She was selling some framed paintings and photographs that ended up getting a lot of attention from passers-by.  Some seemed pretty interested in her work, while others… well, others (particularly creepy old guys) just wanted to…uh… enjoy Jackie’s company.

One guy even came back later in the morning and brought over four necklaces that he purchased from another vendor.  He said we would have to choose which ones we wanted amongst ourselves and then left again… Jackie said if he really wanted to support the arts he should have just bought something from us.

Anyway, I ended up running into a lot of folks that I know and had a really good time manning the booth until it started raining around 2 pm.

Both of us just tossed some stuff under the table hoping for the rain to pass, but we had no such luck.

By the time I went around the block to grab my car it had started pouring like crazy.  Both of us ended up getting totally soaked, and we each lost a little bit of merchandise to water damage.

Still, ended up having a pretty good day.  Not much happened in the sales department, but we did get to spend some time with old friends.

I wrapped up my weekend on Sunday by wiping down all of inventory that had gotten wet during the Craft Show Tsunami of 2010 and by doing chores like tons of dishes and laundry.

As for the rest of this week, it went by pretty fast.  Though it can be stressful, answering phones all day does make the time go faster.

Anyway, tonight I’m just planning on getting some reading done and otherwise relaxing.


Who wants a clean house??

May 22, 2010

I’ve been kind of worn out lately.

Not that there’s a ton of stuff happening, but sometimes I’ll just come home from work and spend the evening doing nothing.  Which isn’t a crime, but now I need to make up for a week full of house-neglect by taking care of some chores.  It doesn’t help that the weather’s been mostly gloomy for days now.

I think part of the problem is that it always takes me a little while to transition into something new.  I do have a sleep routine figured out, and even wake up before my alarm on most days, even Saturdays and Sundays.  Now I need to work on adding in some activities to each day so that I don’t pile up so much to do on the weekends.

I’d like to even “schedule in” some creative time as well.  I haven’t been doing a lot with my Etsy shop lately and kind of got disconnected from the craft world since I’ve been back at work.  (Didn’t help that my computer was stuck at the repair shop for a total of 9 or 10 days about a week ago…)

So my goal is to spend a couple of nights each week developing some new work to add to my shop.  I even have a craft show coming up on June 5!  My pal Jackie and I are planning to have a booth at the craft area of the West Side Market, which is good motivation to get my act together.

She’s planning on selling some of her ceramics pieces, paintings, and photography work, while I’ll have my usual jewelry set-up (and maybe even some of my own college artwork that I currently have in storage).  This might be a good opportunity to go through my stuff and eliminate some excess…


Day 15/20: Saturday, May 1

May 1, 2010

Yesterday I played a Wii for the first time ever!

There’s one in the break room at work and I ended up joining some guys in my training class in a friendly game of tennis during lunch.  It was a lot of fun, but they kept laughing at my enthusiasm… They would  simply flick their wrists to “hit” the “ball,” while I leapt across the room involuntarily shouting action words like “shu-SHAW!” and “fu-CHAW!”

Even started to work up a sweat…

Anyway, yesterday was also an important milestone in my employment.  I got a 98% on the final exam!

Well, to back-track a little, we spent the first week of “class” learning about the features and benefits of all of our wonderful products.  During the second and third weeks we dove into the basics of the billing system, and had to pass the “final” in order to keep our jobs (which I did — hooray!).

Training’s not over yet, though.  We still need to work on troubleshooting and phone technique, a process which will continue through the entire month of May.

So far so good, though.  I’m liking the folks that I work with and it’s been cool to keep a schedule like a real person.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how I would like to proceed with this blog.  My first instinct was to “count up” the days to continue the numbering theme I started when I lost my last job.  But as you may have noticed, it gets a little awkward because I’m not sure if I should count the weekends or not (hence today’s 15-slash-20).

You see, being unemployed is basically a lifestyle… it doesn’t break for the weekends because every day is a weekend.  So I made every day count (at least towards the count-up).

The only real difference between Saturdays, Sundays, and the remaining days end up being the television line-up.

So there isn’t that immense joy you get at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon when everyone in the office gets a little crazy and counts down to the start of the weekend.  Heck, at my old job no one felt like accomplishing much of anything after lunch on Fridays. And forget about paydays…

Anyway, I guess my point is that now I have weekends like a regular person.  So I think I’ll stop worrying about numbering my blog titles, ’cause that requires too much thought.

I considered starting an entirely new blog so that I could change the name/theme, but I’m still digging this one for now.  Plus, there won’t be any links to update or new URL’s to remember.  Though I can’t guarantee that I won’t be swept away by a spectacular idea in the future.

We’ll cross that bridge when we get there…


Day 179: Sunday, April 11

April 11, 2010

So today is my last day of unemployment.

Though yesterday Ryan and I had a wonderful time visiting with his relatives for his g-ma’s birthday, today was pretty uneventful.

I thought I was getting better, but it ends up that I’m still sick.  So is Ryan.

So today’s themes were basically “sleep” and “watching cartoons.”

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I feel as though I should reflect upon my experience as an unemployed citizen.

I thought it was going to be easier to keep myself interested in trying new things. But with time, it got easier to loaf and just hang out around the house.

It doesn’t take much to entertain me, so staying at home wasn’t always a big deal.  But sometimes I did like to just stay in my pajamas all day.

Sure, part of it was because of my financial situation.  I couldn’t exactly go skiing and hang gliding and do winery tours all the time.  But part of it was that I got a little anti-social.

For the most part, I think I avoided major problems like the depression that can come with unemployment.  And I did a pretty good job at managing my finances (paid all my bills early, even those pesky student loans).  Considering these factors, my situation could have been a lot worse.

Overall, I’m proud of some of my accomplishments such as building my website, finishing a few books, and trying some new recipes.  I also explored some new neighborhoods while seeking out garage sales and antique stores.  Could have done more with crafting, but that inspiration comes and goes.

Anyway, I’m mostly glad that this period is over.  Sometimes I end up getting more done when I have more to do.