Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What the heck is wrong with me?

Lately I'm constantly fatigued. I get out of bed and I'm already tired again. I always feel like I could just drop off to sleep. I hate this!!

Today I had a revisit with a client whose dog attacks people when they enter the gate in her back yard. She boards horses for people, so the boarders need to be able to come in to be with their horses. She attacked and bit one of the regular boarders recently, so we had her come over to work with us. The session went really well, we were able to have the boarder come in the gate with no incident, walk down to the stable and go back out the gate, over and over. It went really well, which is a relief. I'm too tired today for stressful training sessions!!

The new dog has been a major challenge for us. She's attacked our dogs dozens of times. The attacks are diminishing in number every day, and so far there haven't been injuries because we're there to break it up. Still, it's stressful and irritating and is throwing our whole pack off balance. We're working hard with her, and I hope we can train her out of this. *sigh* It's hard.

I'm supposed to be heading out to the grocery store right now, but I don't want to!!! I hate grocery shopping. Hate it!! And I'm so tired I just really really really don't want to do anything. I just got done carving a stamp to fill an order, and that's about all I can manage to do.

Alrighty, not much else to say today. :)

Monday, September 29, 2008

...and how was YOUR day?

I'll bet that the following sentence will NOT describe anyone else's day today; I spent the entire afternoon tattooing my sister-in-law's nipples. Am I right? Did I have a completely unique day? Maybe not, there are a lot of people in the world, but just maybe!

She and I are going to open a permanent cosmetics business together, and right now we're both learning. One procedure that's often done is areola reconstruction - women who have had a mastectomy and reconstruction need the color added to their areola for a more natural look. So I practice on my sis-in-law today because hers are really pale and she's always hated that. It was an experience, let me tell ya. Harder than I thought it would be, but a very good learning opportunity.

That's the only creative thing I did today, so I'm sure you understand why there's no picture accompanying this post!

Friday, September 26, 2008

All you zombies


About to leave for a revisit with one of my dog training clients. On the way home I will be picking up a corgi puppy that another of my clients can't keep. The dog keeps attacking her chihuahuas, so she needs a new home. So what does the idiotic dog trainer with three dogs she already can't afford (that's me by the way) do? Decides to take the dog!! I couldn't help it, she's SO cute!!!! I already have two corgis, they are my absolute favorite dog breed...so here we are. I actually have a couple friends who might want to take her, but otherwise we'll be keeping her. I'm insane. The best part is that when my mom visits from Florida in a couple weeks, we'll have our (possibly) four dogs, plus two clients' dogs that I'll be boarding, and possibly one other friend's dog I agreed to watch while they went on vacation. Ahahahahahahah!!!! Definitely insane.

Carved a new stamp yesterday. It cannot be stored near brains.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

customs


I'm sick again. This is just baffling! I just got over bronchitis, what? A month ago, tops? Now I've got a throat infection!!! I'm back on antibiotics again and I feel awful!! This is so not like me, I just don't usually get sick. To have it happen again this soon, and bad enough to need antibiotics is really weird. And annoying.

Sick or not, I had to work today and the job was in Ojai. That's close to an hour away from here, so I wasn't thrilled. Luckily it was an easy training session - small dogs, very nice owner. Now I'm home filling some Etsy orders. Sales have picked up a bit over the past few days - most of them have been custom requests, which is really fun! The picture I posted today is a custom request for a Frida Kahlo sugar skull and a sacred heart. The sacred heart is actually my "sacred eyeball" stamp, minus the eyeball.

Eh, I can't come up with anything interesting to say. I'm sweaty and feverish, and need to continue carving. I was just taking a little break here. Back to the carving board...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

not so swell


Well, I'm happy to report that I'm not nearly as grotesque today as I expected to be. Yay!! Not much swelling at all, just the impression that I'm VERY heavy-handed in my lipstick application. That's the thing about getting your lips tattooed - the color always looks REALLY dark at first, but more than half of it disappears when they heal. So you go around looking like a freakish tart for a few days, only to wind up with relatively lightly stained lips to show for it. *sigh*

I carved a new stamp yesterday (pictured here). It's actually part of a drawing I did for a return address stamp. I liked the swallow so much that I carved it by itself. I'll probably still do the return address stamp - the same swallow carrying a scrolled banner with the address on it.

We have FIVE dogs in the house right now. Three are ours, two belong to dog training clients, we're boarding them for a few days. Five dogs. I'm tired. Sadly, the dogs belonging to my clients are far better behaved than OUR dogs. At least I know my training skills work when it matters - when people are paying for it!

Friday, September 19, 2008

that's just swell


Today is fixin' to be a comedy of bad timing. And yes, I said fixin'. Which means some small part of me is an eighty year old woman who lives deep in the Appalachians.
My sis-in-law and I are starting a permanent cosmetics business - and she's in training right now. Today I get to be her "model" for permanent lip color. Which means I'm letting someone with zero experience tattoo my lips. (Don't worry, I'm doing hers next!) I've had it done before, years ago, and it was a fiasco. That was mostly my fault, though. I was told by the woman who was going to do it that if I've ever had chicken pox, I carry the herpes virus. What that means is that even if I don't get cold sores (which I never had before), the procedure could bring them on. She told me to take a supplement called L-lysene for two weeks before the appointment. I ignored this, believing that because I've never had a cold sore, this would not be a problem. I. Was. Wrong. All the cold sores I've never had in my life arrived, all at once, on my lips the day after the appointment. It was absolutely hideous. I missed three days of work. The color didn't even stay because of the trauma. I wasted a ton of money.

So...yeah, I'll be letting my sis-in-law have at me today. BUT, this time I had my doctor give me a prescription for Zovirax, which I've been taking for the past few days and will continue to take for a few days afterward. The cold sores will not be an issue this time. I will, however, still have really swollen lips for a day or two. And as soon as she's finished with me today, I have to go to a client's house and pick up her dogs - I'm boarding them over the weekend. THIS should be fun. I did warn her, so at least she won't be completely surprised when I show up looking like an overly made-up duck. *sigh*

Etsy's still slow, but I've had a few sales. I posted a new stamp today - but I'm guessing it won't do all that well. It's not really mainstream...but we'll see. Can't hurt to put it out there. :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

arrrrrrrrrgh!


Going to the Pirate Festival in Ojai this weekend! I might even dress up, if I can find something pirate-ey in my closet (you'd be surprised at what's in there!). Etsy sales are still somewhat slow, although I did have a couple last night. I'm getting a bit busier with custom orders, though. Wait..those count as sales! Guess I'm not doing TOO badly. I just get bummed when days go by and nothing in my actual shop sells. I love doing custom stamps, though.

WOW...fascinating blog entry today, eh? I just got back from the gym and narrowly missed getting in a wreck on the way home. Some idiot decided to make a left turn from the NON left turn lane, cutting me (sitting in the actual left turn lane) off. Why? Why, stupid person, why? I HATE when people do things like that. And this was one of those intersections where the left turn lane is clearly indicated, there's a left turn arrow, and it's obvious that there's only one lane. To top it off, they didn't even give the little "Oops, sorry, I blew it" wave. So of course I did the "WTF are you DOING??" shrug/hand gesture, to no avail. I had to just stop short and hope the person behind me didn't hit me. *sigh* I truly truly TRULY hate inconsiderate drivers. Grrrrrrr. And I couldn't flip them off because my car is decalled with my dog training business and name (it's a franchise, so my car has to be all decked out), so I have to be careful about how I behave on the road.
Okay...time to get in the shower.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

is this thing on?


Sometimes I wonder if I'm just blogging into thin air. I've kept a more personal blog on a different site for many years now, and have regular readers. That site allows me to check my stats and see how many people read. I haven't figured out how to install some sort of stat counter on this blog, so I have no idea if anyone's out there. If you are, feel free to say hello! :)

I carved a new stamp yesterday - trying to gear up for Autumn and Halloween. I plan to make a few more Halloween stamps within the next couple days. I've been busy with dog training lately, but my Etsy sales have dropped dramatically. It's weird, even the views have dropped. There never seems to be any rhyme or reason to it. Maybe it will all make sense when I've been there a bit longer. I did make one sale today, but the buyer didn't pay.

Alrighty, time to go get some lunch.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

better days



Oops, see what happens? I start feeling better and stop paying attention to my blog! Actually, my dog training business has picked up quite a bit the past couples weeks, so I've been busy with that. I'm ALL for being busy, keep it coming!! I have managed to carve a couple new stamps, though, as you can see. My Etsy sales have dropped over the past few days. It's weird, last week and the week before, things were starting to roll, with a sale or two almost every day. Now it's come to grinding halt. I haven't changed anything, so I have no idea what the deal is. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to sales there. I hope they pick up again. One thing I need to do is start making some Halloween stuff, I'm sure people are looking for that right about now.
And right now I should be cleaning the house. My book club/reading group...whatever it's called, is meeting here tonight and the place is a mess!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

love is stronger than death..


New carving! This was custom request to be used on wedding invitations, what a cool idea. Oh, I was featured on another Etsy artist's blog today: click here to see, which made my day. :)
Hmm..rather short blog entry, I know, but today's a lazy day and that's all I've got!

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.