Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Not yet December... already stressed. And apparently, that's the way I like it.

Because were it not for the insane level with which I require all things this season, I could probably get through the season without a care in the world. But my gifts have to evoke tears of joys, decorations must feed the soul, Christmas cards must arrive no later than Dec. 1st, handwritten with a special message for the reader alone, embossed with a gold seal, and scented like a Christmas tree. OK, maybe not scented.

This year I've added to the mix my part time position at the school (which I did not have last year), the start-up of my new venture "Two Fancy Fishes", and a bout of bronchitis that still has me hacking up a lung two weeks later.

Don't forget the calendar of party invitations to accept, holiday events and pageants to attend, school fundraising galas to support, maybe some sleeping... just if I can fit it in. This in addition to the regular schedule. Add the fact that every time I start a project, I run out of something I need and you can see my head implode. Oh, look at that, I'm out of tape.

Now, if I could just ratchet down the level with which I feel the need to "do" this holiday season, maybe I wouldn't be loosing my hair. (Uh-oh, note to self, I need to make a hair appointment.) I mean some people throw a few decorations up and call it a day (without stringing a single light). Some people buy the first thing they see and give it to you in the bag it came in (without a hand tied satin bow). Some people don't host parties, don't bring anything homemade to the parties they attend, don't send Christmas cards, don't watch Christmas specials with their kids while having hot cocoa, don't do much of anything... and are not sick to their stomachs right now.

Whew! I need some Tums.

Off to get dressed for the "Garden of Lights" at the Botanical Gardens. It's tradition and I really do love it.

Would I rather be watching TV on this particularly cold night? Yes, but that's not how I do things.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Day To Give Thanks

My favorite quote above all others is "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

But for this one day, let's assume that the early settlers and the native americans got along. That there was only peace, and generosity, and community, and cooperation, and compassion, and love and trust of your fellow man... be they white or tan.

Imagine if you will, a politically correct, children's Disney-fied version of the Thanksgiving feast.

Ahhh... lovely.

Now hold that feeling of warmth and hope and joy till you feel yourself actually glowing with gratefulness. That's the day of giving thanks. That's Thanksgiving.
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On this day I thankful for:

being overweight because it means I have more than enough food.

the cough in my chest and the meds given to me by my doctor because I am still well enough to be productive, have access to advanced medical care, and am covered by insurance.

my husband, my daughter, my dog, and the ups and downs of our daily lives which we navigate together.

my family, my friends who while being the thrust of many a ranting, are still my biggest advocates.

my life. Not too big, not too small, just right for me.

me. I'm still growing and there is always room for improvement, but I like myself. I have much to offer those around me and I look forward to another year being me ;-)
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May this Thanksgiving Day find you grateful for all that is in your life, the good and the bad. For it is only from working to change the bad to good, the process and the result, that there can be real gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving Day! We are blessed indeed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Grand Opening

And we're off.

It's our Grand Opening weekend at Two Fancy Fishes. Check us out on Facebook.
Yeah! And thank you.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Show Me The Money

I hated the movie "Jerry Maguire". I'm not a huge fan of Tom Cruise but that's not the reason I hated it so much. What I hated and continue to hate (I'm not even going to try to come up with another word because "hate" fits so well) are the endless quotes from this horrible movie that have worked there way into our everyday speech.

"Show me the money."
"You complete me."
"You had me at "hello"."

Ugh! I hate the sentiment of these quotes, the copy-catting of these quotes, and the fact that after 14 years even I'm using lousy lines from this lousy movie.

Whew! Got that out of my system. Now onto the point of this post...
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I'm looking for cash. But I'm not looking for a job. I need to discover a way to generate income without changing my schedule.

I love being a stay at home mom. I think it's important at nearly every phase of my daughter's development. This is not meant as a judgement on mothers who work, by need or design, but as a point of reference; I can't do too many major things at once and motherhood plus job would turn me into a mental patient. I'm sure of it.

Now, in order to bring some money in (I'm looking at private school in 3 years, not to mention Christmas in a little over 30 days) but still be available for drop-off, pick-up, and all the after school stuff, I need to work from home. It's the only way. Or at least the only way I can think of.

I've taken huge steps in saving money (curbing spending on all fronts from shopping to heating) but making money still alludes me. I still work at my daughter's school 2 hours a day and that is a nice little monetary bonus to the bottom line. But I can do better.

Retail is in my blood - the buying for sure but more importantly the selling. I host yard sales, sell my daughter's things at consignment shops and on ebay, started an Etsy page for the art work she and I create (that I no longer have the room for). But in all cases, I'm losing money. Either, I can't sell it for more than $1, or I'm giving 50% back to the store, or I'm paying fees on things that didn't sell. Time to reel all these ventures into one. I've started a Facebook store and I've no doubt it will take off. [Check me out at Two Fancy Fishes]

First up, work from home when I want. Second, no start up fees, in fact, no cost at all until I start purchasing for sale (which won't be for some time since I have so much). Thirdly, no advertising just word of mouth. What better place to use the old "and they told friends, and they told friends, and so on, and so on" then on Facebook.

We'll see how it goes. I just put it up yesterday. Other FB stores that do that same thing seem to do very well. Wish me luck.

Now, if I could just get paid to do laundry and go grocery shopping, we'd be rolling in it ;-)