Sunday, July 30, 2006
"You are just a sweet person. When a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, you are happy to offer yours with a box of tissues as well. Once in awhile, you wish you could be a little more dramatic but then sensibility sets back in and you know that you are perfect the way you are."
:) see that? "perfect!" how lovely!! (tee hee!)
especially now that i've seen "the corporation" twice (if you have not seen this, you must watch it!), i watched it quite awhile ago, i have been utterly convicted to avoid all those big box shops as much as i possibly can. not that i shopped at the gap and old navy and whatnot a lot before, because i'd much rather wear something vintage or thrifted/recycled or all cute and hip and sewn up by an indie designer, however; i have ceased to support those businesses AT ALL - and i've even found myself 'preaching' to my other girlfriends about avoiding them, $12.99 sale or not!!! i absolutely cannot justify anything made by those companies that is coming out of el salvador, and pakistan, and china. nope. not gonna do it anymore. so let me tell you this - what i will do, is buy those things at thrift stores (because they are recycled and i did not buy them first) and there is such an *overabundance* of clothing and merchandise at thrift stores; it's almost (well, not almost, it is!) appalling to buy all your things new. (well let me rephrase, hello, i like new, clean panties and bras just like the rest of us!)
i have purchased over the last few weeks, garments from the gap, j crew, free people, h&m, forever 21, american eagle, levi's, keds, lee, deisel, victoria's secret (jammie pants folks), luella, lucky brand, and many, many cute-as-can-be vintage shirts and skirts and other great goodies (fabric! trim! baby clothes for the girlfriends!) at our local thrift stores. nothing more than $6.50 a piece - nothing! most are in the couple dollar range...now, i'll have lots of weeding to do out of my own closet when i get back to SF, but ya know what? i'll put them out in my hallway and someone will scoop them up and they will be recycled again - and i love that. so peeps, go shop those thrift stores and do a little boycotting! help the planet! help those underpaid workers! be a responsible citizen! (speech done now!)
today i am on my way up to my grandparents (now my parents) cabin. it's about 2 hours away and on a lake; nothing fancy schmancy - it's a down and dirty cabin with a wood stove for heating; although there are flushable toilets! just for the day - we'll take my nephew and let my parents doggies run crazy and if we are lucky, pick ticks off of us when we get back! (ugh) but, with no camera, i'm not going to be able to show you the pretty view off the point or the turtles sunning themselves or the fishing pier at the bottom of our little hill - or the rad old old old cemetary that used to scare the bejeezus out of us when we took our midnight ghostie walks when we were little! but maybe you can just visualize it all on your own!
have a great sunday yourselves and i hope to have some sort of recording device soon to show some of my world again. (maybe i'll try to get my parents camera, but lord knows, i don't know how to work it!)
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
beep beep, be-beep-beep: & here is the latest news in:
one - it looks like we aren't going to have this update done until next week. ::sigh:: the mister is going back to SF all weekend for a quick shoot and he doesn't have loads of time right now to be correcting and sizing my photos. (besides the fact we just spent an hour and a half fixing up some real nice photos for ads i'm going to be in this coming fall/winter holiday season - eeep! yes i did say "holiday" in july)...
and two - it looks like my crappy camera that someone picked up for me (found) that i was starting to use for some of this blogging (read: the good pics are with the mister's camera, the bad pics are with my piece of doo-doo camera)...well, it looks like it just bit the dust after the mister put someone else's card into it..."system error 10" when i open it up. ::double sigh::
i'm going now...i'm a mopey moped. and i even had a coupla thrifty scores to share; but not now with no dang camera...poo.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
we *still* haven't downloaded the new product pictures. i have to rely on that lovely man of mine to help me and he's been super sooooper busy...so...i can only nag so much! patience *is* a virtue...(that's my little mantra a lot in life!) he's been teaching at a university this summer and will be in the fall as well, out here in virginia (which means yes, if you deduced that we'll be separated for about 5 months, you are right - but we just aren't talking or thinking about that too much now...shhh...i'll be mopey soon enough).
we watched "ammores perros" (i might not have spelled that right) -- last night and can i just tell you, i was not that impressed; i was super frustrated watching it and ultimately, rather depressed. now, many people recommended this movie and it received lots of accolades...so...what exactly did i miss? normally, art/independant films are mostly what i watch, but this one just did not do it for me...
i also drug out my gocco yesterday that i bought from a friend and realized there were really no directions with it; thus prompting a meandering search over the internet for good directions. i belong to a yahoo site for gocco fans but, i'm such a visual learner that i need directions that i can see, not read. so i'm trying to dig up the readymade issue #12 which is supposed to have good visual pictures in it. as soon as i do that, then i'm off experimenting with gocco world!
the agenda today looks like this: make and drink yummy tea. maybe have a coddled egg and an english muffin. check mail, check blogs, check stat counter - drop off the mister to teach and hit a coupla thrift stores. make some sort of yummy dinner (veggie pizza with not too much cheese or tofu tacos with fresh black bean and tomato salsa...hmmm...) and then try to get down to business with the sprout studio site. we'll see how it goes!
have a great day!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
we shot loads of stuff today; just in before the rain is supposed to come! birdies, necklaces, bracelets, rings, hairpins, o my!
expect a nice sprout studio update forthcoming in the next coupla days; we gotta do color correcting and tweaking first - then posting and description writing. do folks that not own a small business have any idea how much work goes into updating? at least for us it is; maybe we are super meticulous. i've seen sites that are *not* housing meticulous owners behind them for sure...however, there are some sites that rock out and i know they spend lots of time making their site look gooooood.
which, tangent time, makes me crazy when i hear sniveling comments about how expensive handmade goods are. these people have utterly no concept of the time, energy, and effort put lovingly forth into most handmade items. so once again peeps, support those indie companies! (steps off mini soapbox to go make garden tomato sandwich - yum.) (feeling somewhat better; probiotices and calcium carbonate in the mix trying to level the intestine playing field...we'll see how it goes)
Friday, July 21, 2006
but to hold you over until then...sprout studio goodies are coming, promise!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
*my summer bike came back painted; with a bell, safety lamp, and red spoke decorations
*all the comments from you sweetest gals wishing me better health! -- ya'll have no idea how lovely those wishes were making me feel; thank you so very much. the online community can be so amazing!
*emailed information on my stinky ibs from some of you (thank you lb!)
*this post i love from mati rose's blog about living life...
*my momma sending me health articles from dr. weil on the importance of acidopholus/probiotics while taking antibiotics (the mr. got them, i'm taking them, thanks momma!)
*i got all my packages together despite feeling not so up to par still. (yes, followed by a hug nappie) (does codeine wig anyone else out - it makes me feel crazy loopy...)
*being able to sit on the pier last night and watch the sunset, the baby heron's feed, the muskrat's do their muskrat thang, and seeing the jellies again; this time floating back out with the tide.
*watching a big ole lady spider, whom we affectionately named mirabella, spin an entire web last night; amazing.
*having the luxury of sleeping in until 10am knowing i don't need to be anywhere or do anything but heal myself. that is so comforting to know.
so thank you to everyone for helping me get better!
(& c from maine - those are my fave flip flops *evah*! i love those reefs - good to hear from you - email me sometime soon. i want to hear more about your house!)
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
i wake up on saturday ready to do the market and eat my banana and oatmeal and then start to feel sicky. now, i have recently been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) - sometimes i think this is way too much info for anyone to want to know while reading a blog so i haven't shared this on here. well, now i'm gonna. sorry if it is tmi but...here ya go. it affects my business and while this is my semi-quasi business and personal blog - here ya have it. so i start to get sick (as in in the bathroom a whole bunch - sorry...) and i crawl into bed with lots of immodium. i gather at this point when i start to get sick i self perpetuate this and get stressed that i'm getting sick...and then get more sick b/c stress excacerbates it...i'm definitely in need of some techniques to calm myself down b/c i hate how i feel when i get like this. and it lays me out for a good part of the day normally. so i'm in bed, and worried about the show and maybe not doing the show and worry worry worry, stress stress stress, i feel like poo. so, god bless that man, my husband goes and does the whole show for me. sets up, sells, breaks down, the whole nine yards. (my uncle went and helped out too for a while.) so i didn't get to meet up with and of the richmond crew that was there, or my friends charles and ileana with india*romeo. now i'm feeling mopey and we decide to head back to virginia that night since we don't have a/c in the bus and god knows we seem to be having a heat wave in most of the country.
bringing me to sunday. still feeling off but not terrible - so i decide to continue with plans to meet up with a friend at a bbq she is having and my parents go with me. start to feel worse mid day. really start to feel bad by the evening. go home to parents and crash hard core for 2 hours of sleep with the bad stomach crampies and nausea. ick. my momma takes me home after trying to take care of me (your always a momma even to your 32 yr. old daughter eh?!) and i fall into bed and continue to feel like total sh*!. my mister comes home with maalox and i down that and crash out. i still have an earache from that cold i told you about 2 weeks ago - so still can't hear, ear hurts, belly hurts, intestines hurt, chest hurts from coughing, nose hurts from blowing...you get the picture. bad news bears baby. monday i wake up, more immodium, trying not to cry, off to the ER the mister takes me. spend allllllllllllllllllllllllllll day in the ER. people that came in after me are going before me. i still feel like crying. i'm trying to slump over in a chair b/c there is no where to lay down. sad pitiful jenifer. they finally call me in and i give them my spiel - so i get an antibiotic and the 'keep fluids in me' lecture and some codeine for the cough. but nothing for the IBS. it's a hot potato - no one knows how to deal with this. anyways, home i go. crash again and now it's tuesday. still in bubble land and cannot hear but at least my belly is starting to feel better; enough so that i can actually lay here and post in my blog. so that was a long story no? so my postings might be a little errant this week as i'll be in and out of the land of the living! hope everyone else is fairing better than moi.
Friday, July 14, 2006
also, i'll be down in ole carolina for the rock and shop market this weekend and probably won't post in the next day or two! wish me luck at the show!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
another thrift run today with a friend; no scores for me - but my girlfriend has 2 kiddos and scored major cute clothing for them - and that's always fun too!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
the gang here in norfolk, all our friends from when we went to school here, decided to do this revolving house project deal where they all pitch in on each other's projects and get them done! we were included, however, we don't live here and thus, have no house projects! so we went to eat popsicles and hang out with the kiddos and do some kung fu fighting with the broomsticks instead...! what a better time to be had! (& i didn't have to scrape nary a paint chip from anything!)
Monday, July 10, 2006
on the agenda for today: finish my new business cards! maybe i'll post the mock up later if we get there!
still not feeling so hot, but i threw down the gauntlet yesterday and went to the drug store for nasal spray, nighttime theraflu, daytime sudafed, more tissues, more cough drops and advil. i'm tired of this. i want to better now! and even though i hate how those drugs make me feel and i normally avoid them as much as i can, i have to hear! and i'm living in a fish bowl...so on the drugs i go...
Sunday, July 09, 2006
and yes, i know the photos are overexposed; i'm a crafty artsy girl, i never claimed to be a world class photographer!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
|The Keys to Your Heart|
You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.
In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.
You'd like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful... that you'll never change.
You would be forced to break up with someone who was insecure and in constant need of reassurance.
Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.
Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.
You think of marriage as something that will confine you. You are afraid of marriage.
In this moment, you think of love as something you don't need. You just feel like flirting around and playing right now.
what a bunch of contradictions eh?!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
...& it's raining out... ;(
sniffles all around...