Week of 11/20 - 11/26/2016
Sunday: Sleep in until 5:30am. Glorious. Today is BIG PRODUCTION day, so I take my time and remind myself that working at 7am for no reason is stupid. Drink coffee, eat a little, update last week's blog. Wash my face, brush my teeth, get dressed and get started working. Start with bath fizzies, because the way I make them, they have to sit for about 8 hours before they will "pop out" of the mold without crumbling to bits and enraging me. I put them in 1-inch square ice cube trays, and really pack them in. I only make these twice per year, because they are a pain in the ass.
After this, I set myself to the task of deep-cleaning the kitchen. Full dishwasher! Hand-wash all the rest! Clean the countertop small appliances! Rearrange things! Get madder and madder while my family sleeps in and I am working!
I should not be mad. We have this whole week off from school, and all the soap is made, so my husband's work is done for now, so it's on me. Fine.
After cleaning all the things, I go shopping. Eat a little bit, then to Michael's. Score! Cute little chalkboard things for signs! Then to Target -- two new buckets for hauling soap, because the lids on a couple of mine are broken. Then to Walmart (I hate it but sometimes I have to suck it up) for pint sized glass jars, and incidentally some fresh rosemary because they have it.
Come home, husband and child are up and are helping with house cleaning. Start bottling liquid soap, using labels already printed. Bottle it up, clean them off, label them, and into the bucket.
Around 6pm, I unload the bath fizzies onto a paper-towel lined tray, and put that up.
That's two things for the day. If I do this every day until I die, I'll catch up.
Monday: Up at 5:30am. Let dog out, have coffee, find workout clothes. Drive to the gym, work out, feel great. Come home, have breakfast, chat with a friend, chat with my dad who is in town, and is it okay if he comes over in the afternoon instead of the morning?
YES! Thank goodness. This gives me time to work! Run to the store for distilled water for lotions. Come home, make bath fizzies again, then make and package up some lavender rosemary bath salts for the show. Clean up, make plan for tomorrow: bath fizzies, then lotion. Today, I have to go to my wax appointment, then pick up some essential oil at the soap supply, and then dad comes over and we will hang out and I will put him to work wrapping baker's twine around all the jar things while my daughter stamps the tags for them. I like to put "To: From:" tags on all the gift-type items, as it seems to help with ease of purchase.
Dad comes over to visit. I end up wrapping the jars while we visit. After he leaves, we have some dinner, I unmold the fizzies from this morning, and then I'm done, and I go to bed.
Tuesday: Up at 4:30am. Force myself to stay in bed until 5am. Get up, let the dog out, make oatmeal for the chickens because it's cold and snowy and I ran out of chicken feed. They will love it. Have some coffee and oatmeal and decide to get the lotion making done.
6:30am. Making lotion. THIS IS NOW MY LIFE.
Finish making the lotion, cannot find the blank labels, as my husband has rearranged the desk area and now the labels are gone and what am I going to do omg. Leave him a note. Get ready, go to my guru appointment in Boulder.
Appointment is very painful, yet helpful, as I anticipated. Maybe this ankle will actually heal, now.
Come home, update blog, get started on bath fizzies for the day. Finish that, Dad comes over to visit, and I set him to the task of spiffing up my shelves. He touches up the edges with a chalk paint pen, and then I take other pens and decorate the shelf edges. They look amazing. My husband shakes his head and rolls his eyes the whole time. He thinks I always go too far.
Check email, and lo and behold, we have another private label order, for right away, if we can do it, and can we do it? 4 batches of salt bars? We were JUST talking about this yesterday, and here she is with an order. We need to talk about her more often.
Wednesday: Up at 5:45am, let the dog out, have some coffee, and get ready for the gym. Go to the gym, work out, feel great. Get a coffee at the drive-thru on the way home. Make some breakfast, and all of a sudden my family is up? And moving? They have been sleeping until noon lately, so this is surprising. I make breakfast for all of us, and then I get moving
I have two online orders to pack and deliver, because they are a) both local and b) both got free shipping because they were over $50 and c) one of them is relatively close to my friend who is giving me her stepladder for my display this weekend.
Packed up, and off I go.
First delivery is easy--I've delivered here before. Check the milk box, but it's full, so I put the order on the porch under the mail slot.
Second delivery, I have to drive for. Find it easily with gps, and drop that off on the front stoop. Onward to the ladder. I chat with my friend for a little bit, about local shows and how some organizers do not care about vendors at all, etc. The show I have this weekend is run by amazing people who love the vendors, so I'm glad I'm not involved in the other show we discussed.
Drive toward home, remember groceries, go to the grocery store. Ask myself why, WHY do I ALWAYS go to the store the day before Thanksgiving? WHY
Get white sugar and a couple of other things, not too long of a wait, head home. Unload the car, and all of a sudden I'm exhausted. I suppose working so hard eventually catches up--and I realize that I worked every day last week, and then every weekend day, and then Monday and Tuesday as well as today, so taking a nap is an okay thing to do.
So I do. For about 30 minutes.
And then it's time to make the last thing: sugar scrub. It takes me about an hour total to make it, put it in jars, and clean up.
And now, I relax. We have family movie night, and I fall asleep about 20 minutes before the end of the movie. Great day.
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving! So glad I got the production done before today, so I can take it easy. I make pies in the morning, then my brother and sister-in-law come over for a visit, and then I take them to my brother-in-law's house (where my husband and child have gone ahead) for a Thanksgiving feast.
So much feast. All the food. I had to walk it off right afterward.
Friday: Up and at 'em. My friend Ann and I always go Black Friday shopping, but for the past couple of years, it's been mostly for ourselves and not for gifts! I did get a couple of deals, but we mostly do this for some friendship time. My brother and sister-in-law came with us (they are visiting from out of town)! A fun morning.
After that, it's time for details! I got the money for the till, bottled and tagged all the bath fizzies, packed all the buckets, found the garland, got my outfit together, made myself a salad for lunch, got my snack bag ready, gave the chickens food and water and closed them up, showered, and collapsed in bed.
Saturday: IT'S SHOWTIME! Up at 5:15am, took care of the dog, put the lunch in my snack bag, remembered a fork (miracle!), brought extra water. Wash my face, put on makeup, get dressed. Load the car at 6:30am. Get husband up as he offered to bring the shelves that I painstakingly decorated earlier this week, so they don't get scuffed. He's thoughtful sometimes!
Drive to the show, arrive 5 minutes early to my load-in time, awesome. Unload the shelves, send hubby home. Unload the rest, park the car, then come back and haul the stuff in. PRO TIP: Get a Rock 'n' Roller. Just get one. That is not an affiliate link. I don't get any money from this recommendation, just the satisfaction of knowing that your crafty life will be easier because of it. It is worth every damn penny.
I digress. Haul it all in on my cart (except for the ladders, just carried them), and start setting up. It's only an 8x8 spot, so it's tight! I'm on a corner, and facing the door into the ballroom, so I decide to take the corner and have the tables out, instead of in. My hired assistant shows up 10 minutes before showtime, excellent.
And we're off.
OMG THIS SHOW IS MORE AWESOME EVERY YEAR! It was so busy, the entire time. I'm so glad I hired the assistant, because it meant we could both use the toilet as needed, and get some lunch and cram it in our pie holes, as needed! Totally worth it! Also, because I live my values, I paid her $15/hour.
WORTH IT! Great day with sales and fun times, as well.
Come home, get family, go out for dinner. Come home again, take a hot, hot bath, collapse in bed at 8pm.
What a week! One more day of the show tomorrow, as well!
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!
Week of 11/6-11/12/2016
Sunday: Farmer's market day -- good day with good sales, and shenanigans with my derby friend Dish, who live streamed some of our vending. We think we are hilarious. We are probably not.
Monday: Work. After work, it's time for the school play's dress rehearsal. Because my ankle is still giving my grief, I go to the gym instead of derby, because I can come right back, pick up the kid, and go home. Which I do.
Tuesday: More work, then another dress rehearsal. I occupy myself after school with more work, then getting a small amount of shopping done. Home late for the second day, dinner, bed.
Wednesday: Work. Have faculty meeting. After that, have meeting with title company to sign all the papers for a home refinance. After that, take kid to get something to eat, then come back and it's time for the school play. I help with hair and makeup for the play. The play happens. Home at 8:45pm.
Thursday: Work. After work, get food with child. Come back, hair and makeup for play. Play happens. Home at 8:45pm. I'm very glad this is the last night of these shenanigans because I can't take much more of this.
Friday: Come home, rest for a minute, then go to my friend Ann's house for dinner! Very nice! And, AND, I drive home with her car, Sparky! The home refinance was mostly to buy her car (and pay off a large credit card). Hooray for two cars fewer than 3 years old!
Saturday: Get up, have breakfast, and get ready to help coach at the Fall Down Mix Up roller derby tournament. I coach 5 bouts, lose my voice, and decide that's enough. Come home, pack the buckets, get ready for last farmer's market of the season tomorrow!
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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.