Saturday, August 30, 2008

if it wasn't attached


Ugh. My head. Three weeks of bronchitis left me ill-prepared for alcohol consumption. The Toad show was AWESOME! I think. I wish I could remember more of it. I know I manned (womaned?) the merch booth most of the night. It was like old times! My daughter got her shirt signed by all the band members - two of whom she's known for a while now. She and I got to watch a bit of the show from the stage, off to the side, which was really nice. Not a bad deal for her first real concert! I just wish I didn't have a hangover today. *sigh* I love Toad.
I carved a new stamp yesterday - see?
And..yeah, that's about my aching brain can conjure up for today.
Over and out.

Friday, August 29, 2008

today's feature

I was featured in another Etsy artist's blog!! How cool, that's a first for me. Here's the link: click here
And in other news, I just woke up and I'm SO tired! But it's Friday, we'll be seeing Toad tonight, and all is right with the world.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

maybe, just maybe


I think I juuuuuust might be getting better! I'm definitely not as fatigued today. Not coughing nearly as much. Hmmm..yep, I think it's finally happening! Just in time, because this upcoming weekend is going to be action-packed. Friday night we're going to the Toad the Wet Sprocket (my absolute favorite band - and friends of ours, long story...) show. I'm bringing my daughter, it'll be her first real concert. She's a long time Toad fan, and has seen Glen Phillips perform several times, but hasn't seen Toad live yet. She's in for a treat. Then Saturday night is a wine and cheese get-together at a friend's house. Last but not least, we have a barbecue to go to on Sunday. So yeah, I'm getting better just in time. Hopefully the weekend won't send me into a relapse!

I had four sales in my Etsy shop today, yay! After posting the umbrella stamp in my blog yesterday, I carved the goldfish pictured today. I think it's my new favorite carving. I really like it for some reason. :) Anyway, the umbrella and the fish sold, as well as a mailbox stamp and another Dewey the Corgi stamp. He's popular! He's actually a real dog, one of our three dogs, and the stamp really doesn't do him justice. It does look like him, but it's hard to convey that much cuteness in a stamp. Hehehe.

Okay, I've orders to fill, back to work!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

save it for a rainy day


Still hanging out, waiting for the bronchitis to depart. Any day now, please. Meanwhile, carved a new stamp today. This was a fun one - I posted a thread on Etsy asking stampers what kinds of stamps they'd like to see, things they can't find, stuff like that. I got lots of suggestions, which is inspiring. I started with one that sounded fun - an umbrella. So, there ya have it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

the best medicine



In an effort to distract myself from this apparently incurable scourge (yep, still sick), I spent the day carving. The "sacred eyeball" stamp is just a design I doodle sometimes. The logo stamp was a custom request from an Etsy member. I'm kind of pleased with how it/they came out. I notice that when I'm working on a carving, I temporarily forget that I'm sick. Not a bad deal.

On the dog training front, I had a weird revisit yesterday. It's funny, all day I was hoping the client would cancel because I was feeling so bad. There was NO WAY I was going to cancel on her because I'd had to last week thanks to this same stupid bronchitis. So I dragged myself out of the house and made my way over there. When she opened the door, the look on her face was priceless. It went from confusion, to realization, to utter horror in the space of about 15 seconds. Then she clapped her hand over her eyes and said "Oh. My. GOD. I'm SO sorry! I totally forgot you were coming, I am SO sick!!!". I just started laughing. There was nothing else I could do. My head was too stuffed up and throbby to elicit any other emotion, and I told her it was no problem, I totally understood. Cause I do!!!

She was actually leaving just then to go to the doctor, she seems to have the same thing I do. I wound up staying and working with her dogs, she trusted me to lock up the house when I was finished. It turned out to be a good thing I went because two things happened; 1.) her dogs walked perfectly for me, making me sure they're capable of being trained and are just pulling one over on her and 2.) one of her neighbors actually called me because she saw my car there (it's all decked out with my company logo) and wanted to meet me. I went to her house and have probably landed another boot camp gig, so it was good that I got out of the house.

Okay, time to go out and ship off some orders!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

what comes after Z?

Four days ago I broke down and called my doctor. I was prescribed the fabulous "Zpack", zithromyicin, which is a kick-ass antibiotic. I took it for three days, as prescribed. I am still sick. I want my copayment back!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

and time flu by...


Oh my God, y'all. WHY AM I STILL SICK??? Please shoot me. With penicillin. On a happier note, I carved a new stamp and posted it yesterday, and it sold the same day! And I was apparently in a treasury (back to school!) that made the front page (on Etsy) today!! I missed it, but the author of the treasury sent me a screenshot, which was awesome! And I'm apparently not too ill for exclamation points! Seriously, though, this flu thing is sucking. And I'm not sure if I'm hallucinating, but right now on TV there is some show called "Oobi". It SEEMS like a kid's show, but it rhymes with "boobie" and it's ten o-clock. It's got to be the flu, it can't be real.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

everything's coming up roses


Just finished carving one of my favorite stamps to fill an order. It's funny - I've been carving stamps for over 12 years, but only recently thought to sell them. Something I noticed is that now when I'm re-carving a stamp, my mind wanders back to whatever was going on in my life when I carved the original. It's like my hands remember things.

I have been SICK the past few days. Felt a sore throat coming on sometime Thursday evening, and by that night I was miserable. By Friday I was totally laid out, couldn't do anything but lie around that day and Saturday. Sunday was a bit better but still not great, and I had a couple dog training revisits to do. That sort of set me back, because yesterday I was feeling weak again. Today I still don't feel all that great, and I have another revisit this evening. *sigh* I hardly ever get sick, this was the first time in quite a while. I think it was bronchitis, because it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. Bleh! I'm glad I'm not one of those people who catch everything that's going around, because I hate this!!!

Okay, back to carving....

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

let it fall


It's cool and foggy outside today. This summer has been, for the most part, a lot cooler than last summer was. This is a good thing since we don't have air conditioning - last summer was AWFUL! I used to get really sad around mid-August, sorry to see summer go, not looking forward to the colder months ahead. Now I find myself looking forward to Fall. To the warm, crazy winds. To burning incense and having a fire in the fireplace. To big harvest moons, Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos.

Since today feels a bit like fall, I carved a couple of oak leaves in anticipation of the turning season.

And yes, I do realize that because I wrote this, the weather will promptly slide into a heatwave of gargantuan proportions.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I can see clearly now...


Welp, I did it! The Lasik went perfectly, and was actually sort of fun. I even got to watch the guy before me have his done - they have a monitor outside the operating room and you can watch the whole thing. Realllly weird, but cool! The procedure itself was quick, about 20 minutes, with very little discomfort. They warned me that my eyes would be pretty irritated the rest of the night - burning and itching, but it wasn't bad at all. They felt a little dry and gritty, but that was about it. I had a couple glasses of wine and went to bed. In the morning, I woke up thinking I'd falled asleep with my contacts in. My eyes felt really dry, like they used to if I accidently slept with my contacts in. And I could see the clock across the room....and then I realized "Holy crap, I can see the clock across the room and it's NOT because I fell asleep with my contacts in!!!!!". My post-op visit that morning showed my vision to be better than 20/20, somewhere between 20/18 and 20/15. And it could still improve from there. I am SO happy that I did this!! It's amazing not having to get up and shove contacts in my eyes every morning. It's amazing not having to stick my finger in one of my eyes and adjust my contact (they were always sliding around when I blinked, or getting stuck to one part of my eyeball..lovely). It's....it's just amazing!

About Me

Hippieville, CA, United States
This is the story of life after losing the "real" job and the house, trying to find the middle ground between making a living and actually living.