Here's an update on the blanket I've been making. It's going pretty slow. I think I started this about a month ago. It's been a slow process, but I really like how it's turning out. I started working on the last color this weekend, but I made a mistake, and had to take out 2 rows, I was a little upset, but it's all fixed and I think I have the pattern down.
I need to hurry up and finish this... winter will be here before I know it...
I was planning on getting a lot done today, then something unexpected happened. I went to make an appointment with my obgyn, only to find out they are no longer accepting my health insurance. :( So I spent a couple of hours this morning searching for a new obgyn. After a half a dozen phone calls, I have found one. The only criteria I had was that I wanted a female, and they had to take my insurance. I'm not sure that was the right thing to do, but I had to find a doc asap, my yearly exam is due, so with that, I made the appointment. I was only excepting this part of my to-do list would take 5 mins, instead it took 2-3 hours. Hopefully this appointment goes well....
After all of that, I don't feel like doing much. I'm still nervous/anixious about the whole thing. I hate going to the doctor, espiceially this doctor. At least with my old doctor I new what to expect, now I have no idea.
I guess this is better, I really dislike my current obgyn. He was a little mean, and made me feel bad about myself. He even made me cry once.
Sorry for the "way to personal" blog post. Just need to get it off my chest so I can get some crocheting done. Let's see if this helps.
I finished up another set of my famous red, yellow and blue hippos! They will make an appearance to my shop tomorrow!
Today I started working on the pink elephant. I guess it's more of a fuchsia color. Anyway I'm about half done with the body! I should be able to finish it up tonight. If I can pull myself away from the computer that is... :)
I'm sure I have posted these pictures before, but these are my favorite pics of my cats. The tan/buff colored cat is Chester. He's very playful, and loves to run, he will be your friend for life if you dangle a piece of sting in front of him. The multi colored cat is Ruby. She loves to sleep, purr, she will love you forever if you pet her, beg for treats, and on occasion, chase Chester around the house.
I love my cats.
Just for fun, I added a new poll. Don't forget to vote! My other poll closed yesterday (What color Elephant should I make next?). There was no official winner. It was a tie between Pink and Yellow. I guess I will have to make them both!!!
This week I've been working on a pros and cons list. It was a little harder than I thought. So here is what I have come up with.
Quitting my job:
* Regular Sleeping Schedule * More time for my Etsy Shop * Flexible Schedule * No more Zombie Shifts! (9pm-5am) * More time to Crochet * All Holidays Off * Spend more time with Family and Friends * More time to Read * 8 hours of sleep every night * Save money on gas / wear and tear on my car * No more working on Black Fridays * Less Stress
* Boredom / loneliness * Less social interaction * no employee discount * no yearly income (making less money on Etsy... right now :) )
So there you have it. I'm not sure how to word the last con. Right now, I'm making more at my part-time job than I am on Etsy. But that could change. Or not. I'm not looking to make a lot of money, just a profit. Or just enough money to buy more yarn! :) I'm not expecting my Etsy shop to replace my part time job. I just want to have fun with it.
Here's a list of some alternative activities I could do:
* Work/Volunteer at the library * Take Art classes (Pottery, Painting, Photography, etc.) * Join Curves * Learn to cook more homemade meals * Start painting and drawing again * Read more * Learn to sew * Do other hobbies: Cross stitch and Knit
I have more Pros than Cons, but I'm not sure some of the pros can really be called pros. And this list looks nice, but will I really stick with it?
I'm thinking of leaving in December now, instead of November. I want to leave on a good note. Black Friday is coming up, and I don't want them to be mad at me for leaving before then. So I will stick it out and work one more black Friday shift. I'm not sure when my last week will be, but I know I will leave before Christmas.
I sold another item! The Gray Elephant!! It went to Canada!!!
So I finally made another gray elephant on Sunday. I finished it start to finish in one day. I was really pleased with myself. So I listed it back in my Etsy shop yesterday around 2:30pm and it sold around 5:30!!! WOW!!! I think that's been the shortest listing ever!!! Hooray!!!
So it looks like I will have to make another gray elephant soon!! I'm still in the process of making a giraffe, and next a turtle. Then I will get back to making the elephants!! I have a lot of work to do!!
Don't forget to vote on the next elephant color!! Pink is in the lead right now!!!
So I've been keeping myself busy these last couple weeks. Items in my shop are selling like crazy! And I'm not complaining! My list of things to make keeps growing and growing everyday. I'm trying to get my shop stocked up for the holiday seasons.
But today I'm taking a break from all the Christmas and Halloween fun. I just started crocheting a giraffe. He's pretty cute! I have his head and body done. I'm hoping to finish him today or tomorrow and put him in the shop this week.
Here is an example of my elephant, this one is grey.
I'm also thinking about making different color elephants. Colors I was thinking about are: Pink Yellow White Green Red Blue
Please vote!!! Poll is listed at the top of my blog!!
I'm a little bored at the moment. Still groggy from working last night. I should be crocheting, but my right wrist is bothering me. It started hurting last night. I pretty much wore the wrist support all night. :( So I'm taking a little break., and I'm hoping and I get back to crocheting tomorrow, or this weekend.
So I'm really thinking about quitting my job. I only work 2 days a week. It's mostly to "get out of the house once in a while" type of job. I work 9p-5am Thursdays and Fridays (It was Fridays and Saturdays). I'm finding it hard to sleep, and my body doesn't like the wacky schedule. There are 2 co-workers that work with me, and they are awesome people. One of them is moving to Arkansas in December. I really work well with these people. They're fun to hang out with too. I'm afraid if I quit, I will never see them again, or talk with them. I'm mostly staying there for these two people.
I just feel like I need to move on, and doing something else. Start a new chapter in my life. Maybe it's just the mid-life crisis talking. But I need to do something different.
I could always focus more on my Etsy shop. I really enjoy Etsy. People there are so nice. I don't make enough money on Etsy as I do with my retail job, but with my husband's income, I think we would be just fine.
And then there's the issue of being alone. I'm not sure if I can handle staying at home all the time. But I stay home by myself on my days off, and I don't have a problem. But I'm afraid that once I quit, I will reget it. But maybe I won't.
I'm thinking that my last day will be on the 14th, or 20th of Novemeber. I've been thinking about it a lot these past few months. Maybe I should sit down and write out a pros and cons list. Maybe that would help.
I just don't know what to do...
Well, Sorry for this depressing blog post. I just have a lot on my mind right now, and I'm just trying to gather my thoughts and figure things out.
Yippee!!! It's was a wonderful day yesterday!! I didn't have to work last night, Justin took me out to a movie and dinner, MSU beat U of M, and I sold 4 items!!!! All 4 items are going to Kentucky! My second returning customer!!! Woot! Woot!!
Today should be a good day too. Going to see a friend, then going to see my parents. Not a lot of crocheting going on today, but tomorrow I will be crocheting up a storm!!