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Monday, May 21, 2012
So...for a minute there it looked like I was going to start posting regularly and even put some effort into the writing. *insert gameshow buzzer sound here* Yeah....I don't know who I was trying to kid. I will never be anything but sporadic at best. It's in my DNA.
Hmmm...things that have gone on lately: we had a big vendor show, Conejo Valley Days, which is our city's big annual carnival/craft fair. We didn't do well. At all. The only reason we made a profit at all was because we didn't have to pay the full vendor fee thanks to having good friends in the right places. It was a good experience, though. Learning to set up our booth, talk to living, breathing customers (as opposed to our usual online ones), toughing out long hours four days in a row, and meeting some really great people..so no major complaints.
I completed the April 30/30 hooping challenge (hooping 30 minutes a day for 30 days in a row) and Jim completed it with me! I'm so proud of him, it's difficult for someone who's USED to hooping a lot, it's ridiculously hard for someone who isn't, and he hung in there.
The printing business is picking up slowly...but things are scary. Jim's unemployment benefits will run out soon and we'll need for him to take over the printing side of things as his Real Job and be able to actually make enough money to live on. We're not quite there yet, the rent here is high..and yeah. *GULP* We shall see. We're flying, as always, by the seats of our respective pants. I'm sure just about everyone thinks we're insane, but we're determined to make this work somehow.
We went to Renaissance Faire twice over the past month - it's an annual pilgrimage for us, and we had a blast. We've had to cut back on a LOT of the things we used to do, but Faire is one of those things we just can't give up. We've got another vendor event coming up - this one is more hoop related, so hopefully I'll sell a bunch of hoops and make gobs of money. We also get to bring our other merchandise, though..so we'll see how that does at this particular venue. If nothing else, it's an excuse to hoop with a bunch of kids and have lots of fun. OH, TOAD SHOWS!!! We'll be working the merch booth for two Toad shows in San Diego and one in Agoura Hills. Can't wait to see those guys again!!
Um....yeah, I wish I had something poignant and observant to say, but it's just not happening right now. (wait..does it ever happen??)
I watched the eclipse last night - Jim was out working on a film project, so I was alone. I sat on the sidewalk, snapped a bunch of pictures, tried to resist looking at it directly (with marginal success..) and enjoyed the eerie light and shadows. Maybe I'm just imagining it, but the peculiar and rare juxtaposition of moon and sun left me feeling oddly balanced and content. Why does it always take peculiar, rare conditions to produce that feeling in me? Another DNA quirk is all I can figure.