bye Harvey

Sometimes I think it takes a big catastrophe to see the bigger picture.  Bagging up as much as I can to donate, my city is so great with the amount of help we are giving each other.  We are all personally hurt from Harvey, but we can’t just stand still and watch.  I’m just ready for my city of over 6 million to not be a ghost town any longer, yesterday we pumped out over 100 gallons of water out of our garage, im ready to pull flooring out and replace everything that needs to be replaced.  I’m so glad the sun is out, a new day has begun and hopefully we can begin to put this all behind us as we will be displaced for some time.

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wild winter, warm coffee, minds gone, do you love me?

I had one of my best thrift hauls yet to date today!  Finally after two months of searching for the elusive lululemon, I found that omega sign and scooped it up!  I found a pair of mens lululemon, and that one pair should pay for my entire haul.  I also found patagonia and tons of anthropologie/urban outfitters brands.  Gah liquid gold I tell you, can’t wait to get it up in the store.  Tomorrow I have jury duty, I’d normally ignore the letter but this one was scary and said that I missed the last one, and if I missed this one I would be fined.  Nobody has time for that, so I plan on taking the light rail downtown tomorrow at the crack of dawn.  Yay for being an adult, kind of.  I really hope I don’t get picked tomorrow, and I plan on bringing tons of reading material.  I went to go get Chinese food for lunch today and the cookies fortune said something about working on my work out routine needless to say, I worked out hardcore tonight.  I am drenched in sweat, as if I just came out of the shower drenched, did 15 minutes of the stair stepper, 20 mins of the elliptical, and 25 on the bike.  We also did thighs, and abs, and arms, boom!  My cat just bullied me out of my yogurt, she is literally putting her paw in the container and licking said paw…what a weird girl she is.

Adulting so hard today

So, I’m a great big scaredy cat, I hate awkward situations, and everything is pretty much an awkward situation for me, but…

Today, I actually went to a photography class all by my lonesome.  Levy Park is hosting a photography class the first and third Thursday of every month, and I decided it was crucial to my business to go and learn to be a better photographer.  Well, my insomnia has been at an all time high the last couple of nights, and I woke up a bit late, and traffic was a bit terrible, so I was a little late.  Well, like 22 minutes late.  So that made me even more nervous but, like a champ I sucked it up and went up to a lady with a camera and asked her if I was in the right spot.  Long story short, the instructor had an English speaking group and a Spanish speaking group so she kind of split her time between the two and I had missed the English part.  But, she pointed me to the direction of the instructor and the instructor told me she would catch me up, and do you know that the class only lasted an hour and a half, I was almost a half hour late, and she stayed an hour and a half past her time to help me learn some things.  I will definitely go again, the instructor was very knowledgable and I had fun experimenting with lines and such.IMG_3964.JPGIMG_3967.JPGIMG_3984.JPG These are three of the pictures she complimented me on, while she finished up with the two groups, she asked me if I had time to stay and I have nothing but time, so she sent me off to take pictures on my own and then kind of talked me through the pictures I took.  My biggest complaint I have about my pictures are that they look too flat to me, playing with the lines and such, gave a better feel to my pictures, even I was able to notice.  While I was taking pictures on my own, I heard my name turned around and there was the lady that I babysit for and the youngest boy…such a small world!

Second big accomplishment of the day *insert drumroll please*  I actually signed up to take my Concealed Handgun License class!  Like 5 years ago, my Grandpa bought me a gun, right after the end of the abusive ex, and right before I moved into the house by myself.  I wanted one, just for protection because of those two reasons and he bought me one with the promise that I would go get my CHL.  I never had the guts to, but my uncle signed up to take his class this weekend and told me I should too, so I actually called (I hate talking on the phone) and asked questions and reserved a spot BOOM!  Taking care of business (everyday)  I am on top of my game today, I feel grrr-eat!

On top of everything, I hadn’t had a sale since Tuesday, and I sold something today for 28.99 that I paid 3.50 for.  Boom!  Hopefully I can continue perfecting the art of photography, and actually find my style.  My pictures on my store are not that great to be honest, and I want my product to move, so that is what I would like to work on.  One more pic I took today, have a great weekend dear readers!IMG_3955.JPG

Ebay, Easter, and Eternity.

I opened up a store on ebay finally, siftingsisters.  I have about 60 listings listed, hopefully nothing will be a problem while I am at Disney in two weeks but we shall see.  Exciting!  Moving forward into the land of unknown, and I can dig it.  I went sourcing today, and only bought three items.  I have a lot to list! I had my first return today, and though I do not offer returns, the lady was so nice with her email, I decided to make an exception plus, I think I could sell it for a bit more than what she paid when I relist it. Today I went and got my haircut finally, seems like it has been growing super fast since having left retail, but what do I know.  Today I was able to do 14 crunches in the air…so cool!  When I first started, I could hardly hold myself up!

I didn’t realize I am “working” Wednesday, so it seems I will have to miss my new member class, but I’m going to try and reschedule or something.  I am so looking forward to Easter Sunday, because I am going to be taking my Goddaughter (unofficially) to church Sunday!  I am going to buy her a new dress and hat and all that jazz because my Mom used to do that for me when I was little, and I think she will really enjoy that.  The last year or so has been really hard on her and her mom and it is just going to be a really special day.

I need to work on sleeping better, it seems as though my insomnia has come back.  Tomorrow I plan on getting started on making Minnie Mouse ears for my sister, if they turn out well, I will post on here.  Going to try to dabble a bit in new things since I have a bit more free time on my hands.  Have a great week dear readers!  Don’t forget the significance of this week, and if you would like KSBJ, the christian radio station here in Houston, is offering up real time texts during Holy Week.  If you want in on this, just text EASTER17 to 51555.  This is the third year I’ve done this, and it’s really neat, and really makes you feel a bit of the giant impact this week has on us as Christians.  Last year, it inspired me to write a poem.  A terrible thing happened, so that we would know we are so loved and so forgiven.  He is risen!

Insert random song lyric here, I can’t think of one

What a crazy last couple of days.  I babysat for the two boys I have been watching for a few years now, and goodness gracious I’m a little on the exhausted side!  The boys are 6 and soon to be 3, and I had to get them through two days of their normal routine.  I’m not a parent yet, maybe one day, so I have to admit that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to get two youngsters ready and off to school.

I am an insomniac, not by any means a morning person, and I have been up at 5 am the last two days, but honestly just to hear the pitter patter of little feet in the morning, was just the sweetest little thing to wake up to.

Sending them off to school, I had some free time so I decided to source.  I went a little crazy, and spent over 2 hours in Goodwill, and leaving the store with a bag full of neat finds.  I’m still new to the ebay game, but I am hoping to at least double my money invested.  Today I stopped at another Goodwill as well as Value Village, and I think that I am done sourcing for awhile.  I can’t keep up when it comes to listing, and I don’t want to have a ton of inventory.  So, tomorrow I am off and I plan on getting some sort of organization to what I am doing here.   I’ve had a lot of good flips, and I am hoping for some more as well!  At this point, I have 31 listings posted, and 2 that are for sure selling, my goal is to have at least 50 tomorrow if not more.  Ebay allows me up to 100 listings at a time, so maybe that will be a goal in the near future.

I ran into my friend at the mall the other day that I hadn’t seen in almost a year, it has got me thinking, time is to short to be upset, to hold grudges, to not talk to someone that means a lot to you because life keeps moving.  That distance keeps growing until you don’t even know that person anymore.  I’m going to try to make more of an effort going forward.  I’m kind of tired of being mad at the world you know?  But, at the same time I think you kind of have to know when it’s not worth even trying to fix that distance, know what I mean?  I’m learning, however slowly that might be.

Tomorrow I start classes to join a new church, I am both excited and nervous about this because I’m shy, but I know it’ll be alright.  My parents and grandparents along with other family members were all married at this church so that is kind of cool.  Also Bible Study is tomorrow, so I think I will maybe go for a walk during the few hours in between the two.  I know there is a pretty decent coffee place nearby, a few places to source, but remember how I said I wasn’t going to source for awhile…I’m not going to source for awhile…I’M NOT.

To my favorite, lovely people, my readers that still care about what ever it is that I have on my mind, thank you.  I hope you all have a great week.  Get after what you want, and make it happen.

 

 

Should my legs feel like jello, and other musings on leg day.

We are less than a month away from Disney, and we have been hitting the gym pretty hard these last few weeks.  Today though, was worse than usual because, we are finally doing the right sort of things.  Yesterday, this lady helped us figure out how to do the (stay with me here as I try to explain this instrument of torture) thing where you pull up your whole body with your arms…or as I like to call it the swing, swing, swing machine…All American Rejects reference there lol.  Anyway, we have been doing that properly now, and it works out your core, and I am currently dead, exhausted, sore etc.

Last week, we went up to the ranch and did a ton of work.  We burned for three days straight, and still have tons more to go.  On the way home, we stopped in Austin and did some sourcing, and again in Caldwell to visit with my aunt and uncle on their farm, and checked out the land we have up there to see if there are any cattle on it.  It was neat to see, as I haven’t seen it since I was a child.  Its been years since I’ve been to my aunt and uncles farm as well, and it was pretty peaceful.  Breeze and weather was amazing, even did a couple crazy jumps/climbs along the creek on the mule…yikes!  Pretty sure I’d flip the thing but nope!

Embarking upon my second full month of ebaying, and I’m still learning a lot, and still probably making mistakes, but if it keeps me from having to take a normal job, I’ll keep stumbling through the process of learning to run a successful business on the inter webs.  I only sold two things last week, and currently have 14 listings with no hits…it is what it is.  In the mean time, I’ll continue studying up on brands and markups and all of that good stuff.  The hunt is the funniest part, to tell you the truth.  Speaking of hunt, tomorrow is Rodeo DAY!!!  Still trying to find the perfect tickets but, I am psyched to see Blink-182 at the Rodeo…isn’t that some sort of oxymoron? LOL!

We just had my great grandmas chair that has been in my room reupholstered, and boy is it beautiful.

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Why I left the church

So today, I went to Bible Study at the church that I have been frequenting on and off for the better part of a year or so.  The study focused on why people, millenials for the most part, are leaving the church.  There isn’t one specific reason as to why I left, or why others may have left, but discussing this in a group setting, really had me thinking, why did I leave?

I grew up in the Brethren Church, It’s what the Czechs brought over, Jan Hus was our founder, that’s all I got…Anyway, my great grandma was the one that took my sister and I to church.  For the most part, that was the only church we attended.  Then, I got to be older and started working on Sundays, and kind of stopped going, I really stopped going once she passed away, and I really never went back.

So why did I stop? Work, boyfriend, busy, life, excuse after excuse to tell you the truth.  I wasn’t getting anything out of it anymore, sad to admit it but I wasn’t.  It seems to me that I grew distant from my faith, distant from the church and it has taken me a decade or so to even begin to revisit when I lost that want to attend and be a part of an organized religion.  My dad was really sick during my high school years/college years, perhaps that played a large part too?  I’ll never forget the church of my childhood, the congregation that was made up of the older generation where a lot of those members felt like grandparents and extended family, but at some point that all changed, and it’s hard to pinpoint why exactly I left…or why anyone leaves.

I have a tendency to be very shy, like on the verge of socially awkward in public situations, and that keeps me from going out and exploring on my own, more than I would like to admit.  When I don’t find myself comfortable in a situation, or a place, I either never attend, or I remove myself completely from the equation.  Perhaps that is the real reason I left, I didn’t feel comfortable anymore.  But, I am trying to teach myself to step out of that comfort zone of isolation, and not be so scared or shy to where I can’t experience new things, new churches and instead of asking myself why I left the church, or feeling ashamed or embarrassed about leaving, actively seek out a new place of worship.  Time and time again, I have been telling myself that this is what I am missing, the missing link if you will.  Tonight I felt really comfortable, and even spoke up, which again kind of a big deal for me.  I am challenging myself to go this Sunday, Mamaw or no Mamaw.  She is an excellent crutch, but I have to find my own way, and the vibes of this place are good.  I am excited to see where this particular path takes me.