Week of 11/13-11/19/2016
Sunday: LAST farmer's market of the season! The weather is just about perfect, which means we have gone 26 weeks without one drop of rain this season. Unprecedented! Sales are good because I'm pushing the "stock up now for the winter" angle. Soap doesn't go bad in a few months, you know. While vending, my roller derby people start ordering on our GroupMe, because we have a game tonight, and can I bring soap? Yes. And face lotion? Yes, of course. And more soap for me? Yes.
I check my email, and we also have an online order, so I pack that up while vending, to make sure I don't run out of those things.
Great day all told, come home, unload, pack up online order into mailer. Rest a bit, then get ready for our roller derby bout. Find the uniform, eat the food. Go to the skate center, set up the track in an instant, gear up, play for half a bout, then gear down because of ankle pain again.
That's it. I'm taking the rest of the season off. I stay to coach the second half of the game, and we tear down, and that's it. Home. Bed.
Monday: Rouse myself somehow and get to work. Work all day, and FINALLY I can come home at a decent hour. Rest. Eat dinner. Walk the dog. Remind child to shower before bed. Change her sheets because teenager. Ugh! Go to bed around 8pm. Delightful!
Tuesday: Difficult to get up today. Am I sleep deprived?
BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA ::breathes:: HAAAAHAHAHAHAAAAAA
After school, drive to title company for husband to sign one paper and collect the check. Yes! Deposit the check while I'm in my car in the parking lot. Once again, I say THE BEST technological invention EVER is mobile check deposit for banks. Seriously, this is the best thing ever. Who enjoys going to the bank?
Nobody, that's who.
So I get the mobile deposit ready to go, and it tells me that the amount of the check exceeds the mobile deposit allowable about. WELL OF COURSE IT DOES.
Immediately change plans and go straight to the bank to deposit the check. And OF COURSE it won't be available right away. I have to pay my friend for the car I "bought" from her! Hello? Like they care.
The do not care.
Go to Whole Foods and buy some snacks. Come home. Have dinner. Husband has purchased pint jars for my upcoming craft show. Start making craft show "to make" list in my head. Go to bed.
Wednesday: Get up, go to work, happy that the check is deposited and worried that my friend can't cash the check I wrote for the car. Text friend to tell her when the monies will be available. She is unfazed -- "I'm not surprised. I thought that would be the case." SO GLAD she's my friend. Work all day, come home, rest, eat dinner, walk the dog. Or did I walk then dog and THEN eat dinner? I don't remember. Either way, it's supposed to snow tomorrow so we'd better get this walk in. Start planning for Skillshare classes, realize that it's still holiday craft show season, laugh at myself, and continue making the craft list. Husband is making all the soap this week, so we will be fully stocked. So grateful for him. So grateful I hired him!
Thursday: Up and at 'em, wearing correct clothing. Drive to work, oblivious that I don't have a snow scraper in the new car yet (FORESHADOWING!). Work, look outside around 10:30am to see if it has started raining like they said. They said it was supposed to rain starting around 10am and turning to snow around 5pm.
IT IS A BLIZZARD.
How long have I lived here? How long? ::rolls eyes at self::
Finish work, then pack it up and go outside. Luckily, my friend parked next to me does have a scraper and volunteers to clear my car of snow. THANK YOU LOVELY FRIEND. Drive to the store to pick up a cheese and cracker platter for tomorrow after school--daughter has her cast party. Come home afterward, eat, then head off to a high school showcase night, where my daughter might attend.
At the end of the showcase night, my daughter stomps her foot and says, " I HAVE TO GO TO THIS SCHOOL NEXT YEAR!" Um....okay? I agree, as it's a tremendous school, and all told, seems quite safe and has everything she wants to do. Easy decision.
Go home, collapse.
Friday: Finally, Friday. Drive the Jeep to school because the new car has only front-wheel drive. Roads are either completely dry or packed with ice -- at last, a good decision with the car. Work all day, children are lunatics because it's right before break, somehow make it through, finish the work I needed to finish, and head home.
HOO-RAY, I am on break.
IMMEDIATELY start working on products to make, starting with the easiest, bath salts. For these holiday shows, I'm offering Himalayan pink salts inside my usual salt mix, with added pink rose petals (dried) and a rose essential oil blend (see below). Package those up, and then quit for the night.
Saturday: Get up, eat a little, and go to the gym. IT'S BEEN A MINUTE. I am fighting some plantar fasciitis in my left ankle, and I inform the trainer that I have to modify my workouts, which of course, she supports. Work out, feel great. Come home, eat a little more, and cruise the Internet/check my email. While on Facebook, one of the people working for the craft show I'm doing next week texts me, saying she saw the photo of the Himalayan pink salt I put on Instagram, and do I have a photo of the finished product, so she can promote it with a gift collection she's putting out on social media for the show?
YES OF COURSE I DO!
While making products, ALWAYS take a few photos of the process and the finished product, for social media. YOUR PRO TIP OF THE DAY!
I send her the photo of the finished product, and I see it later on that day in their social media! I share that post, and then decide to make about triple the amount of those salts for the show. I do have another show on Dec. 3, in case I don't sell out. But I probably will--I sold out of every promotional item I made last year.
Rouse family, get them ready, and head out for a family fun day--we are going to see Trans Siberian Orchestra! ALL the lasers, ALL the lights, ALL the fire, and amazing proficiency with instruments. If you need a spectacle and a distraction, I recommend it. Wow.
After the show, go out to eat at a favorite middle-Eastern restaurant, then home, and I collapse in bed at 8:30pm. Glorious sleep! Tomorrow--BIG production day!
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Who writes this?
Hi, I'm Amy Kalinchuk. I am an author, publisher, crafter, entrepreneur, roller derby skater, wife, mom, and friend. I try to be organized and maintain an air of enviable breezy elegance. I do not always succeed. But crafting? I can do that. And small business. I can do that, too. So can you! No, seriously, you can do this! I'll show you.