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Thursday, March 15, 2012

OK, so here’s the thing.
The scale is seriously messing with my head.
After the Bar Mitzvah festival of wine (and almost nothing else), I came home and weighed about 6/10ths of a pound more than I did when I left – about 170.7. Given all the booze and lack of exercise, this was not a surprise; actually, I’d thought it would be worse.
The next day, it pegged at 172.3.
I had spent a significant chunk of time exercising. I had beaten every single number for my targets for Monday.
I was feeling pretty discouraged.
The last two days, I’ve been busy with the jewelry stuff, and haven’t gotten a workout in. I’ve DONE stuff, but not really active stuff, other than walking around stores and parking lots, and I haven’t even hit my walking targets.
This morning? 169.1.
I seriously think it’s on drugs, or the scale equivalent. Bad batteries, or something. It’s just MEAN!
I try to take it with a grain of salt, I do. But it’s HARD. This week, it was like I was punished for behaving myself, and rewarded for doing nothing!

In other news....
I broke my promise to myself.
Said I wasn’t going to make any other purchases until I got the mailbox and tax ID; I failed.
I ordered a Dymo Labelmaker label printer.
On the one hand, this was a very responsible purchase. I can use it to help organize myself, and eventually make the Paypal postage labels I’m going to need.
On the other, I did NOT need to do this RIGHT NOW.
I’ve been lusting after it for months, and an e-mail from Amazon caught me at the right (wrong) time, and... I couldn’t resist.
Yes, I lust after office equipment. I’m an administrative assistant, what do you want for me? Not... y’know, LUST, lust, because that would be CREEPY. But I wanted it very much. They’re lovely, and useful. I have a slightly less sexy model on my office desk, and I use it all the time; it’s wonderfully convenient. I just... I just... I caved.
(I also bought Coach Nicole’s 28-Day Bootcamp during the same purchase, so hey – at least I spent some money on bettering my body as well as satisfying my escapist tendencies.)
It’s because I’m scared of the mailbox. I know it’s because I’m scared of the mailbox. You know it’s because I’m scared of the mailbox.
As long as I’m just buying toys and supplies, it’s all still fun and games, but as soon as I get the mailbox and the tax ID, it’s real, and that’s terrifying.
But the next $100 I have, MAILBOX.
In the meantime, PRODUCT.
I put on a pair of earrings this morning that I love. I get compliments on them every time I wear them. They’re earring jackets, which is what this whole sensitive-skin etsy store was supposed to be about. So... tonight, I’m going to make a few pairs of them (with different colors of wire, and different beads). Instead of trying to wrack my brain coming up with new designs, and accomplishing absolutely nothing, it seems to make a heck of a lot more sense to go with a pattern I KNOW is cool and that people like (it’s even been requested as a regular earring - as opposed to a jacket - before). It’s all well and good for me to be into the copper clay, and it’s FUN to try something new, but it takes time to perfect new things. The closer we get to the whole thing being real, the more I’m going to need actual PRODUCT; it seems to make a lot more sense to me to do something I already know I can do and do well (like these earrings, or the 3-stone ring), do several of it, and have those ready to go on the day.

I took some pictures of my stuff over the last couple of days, to use in promotion among other things. Some I like more than others. Here’s one:

And here’s my first attempt at the packaging, too:

And my package with the fiber blanket and burnisher, as well as 4 different colors of 4mm Swarovski pearls (peach, cream, white and copper) came yesterday. Tried out the burnisher, and WHOA. It made all of the raised bits on the Not-A-Cat SHINY! Not just shinier; SHINY! It was PRETTY! Well, as pretty as a cat with a deformed head, no tail and no feet can be. It was a pretty amoeba, anyway. And then I tried it on about two other pieces, and it did the same thing – it’s a VERY cool thing, and I am SO glad I ordered that!!!
I really want to play with the clay, but I’ve decided that a) I need to make wire work product first – like I said, for the time being, better to do something well than start something new and get stuck, and b) it’s really not SAFE for me to start the clay right now. My apartment is in TERRIBLE shape, and there’s really no space clear enough for me to want to work with wet clay, nor where I want to fire dry clay. I NEED to clean. BADLY. It’s gotten completely away from me. I have to clear space off the dining room table just to drop more crap on it. I don’t even want to talk about the tiny little desk I use to make jewelry on. When I made the copper earrings for the Bar Mitzvah, I did it on the couch, which I NEVER work on; I couldn’t face clearing off the desk.
So! Cleaning. That’s really high up on my list of umpteen-gazillion next steps, along with mailbox, product, taxes, and laundry. Oh, and groceries – I’m out of paper towels and I’ve got about one more squirt of toothpaste before I have to move onto travel-sized tubes that may or may not have expired.
Feeling more than a little overwhelmed. My own fault, I know, but... there it is. Feeling overwhelmed.

My boss just came and talked to me for the first time in AGES, and asked me if I was OK; she wanted to apologize for the fact that the recent departure of our department’s Business Manager has meant an expansion of my duties. I said it was fine; actually, I’ve been enjoying it. And then I basically begged her for more work. So... we’ll see how that goes. From what she said, more work is en route; at the very least, there’s the initiative to make a cohesive whole of our published article electronic storage, which she just appointed me the chair of for our department. However, I just contacted the person who’s in charge of the program as a whole, and we don’t in fact have the actual PROGRAM yet, so... it’s going to be hunting for articles the old fashioned way, for the time being. Ah, well. I don’t even mind the checking and scanning at this point, at least it’s something to DO. It’ll probably mean you seeing less in-depth blogs from me, though. We’ll see.

Yeah, like I said... not much on the fitness front, lately. Life intrudes. I tried desperately to drag my carcass out of bed this morning for an AM workout, but since I’d only gone to bed at 11:45, that really wasn’t happening. Today, I WILL do something. I don’t know WHAT, but I WILL get some vigorous activity in.
Whoops! Those were today's numbers; that won't do!

And that’s going to do it for me today, folks. Hope the rest of the day treats you well!

*edit* By request - this is a photo of one of my earring jackets. This is not the traditional idea of earring jacket, though.

These are a little more like what most people will think of, regarding an earring jacket:

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  • JKM822
    They're shell - abalone, I think. Possibly paua. It's been a while since I bought them, and I don't really remember, but I think they're abalone.
    As for mine vs. the traditional... I agree! LOL! That's why I thought I might be able to get somewhere with them; they're not something you really see. Most people think of earring jackets as a thing you do for a diamond stud, or a pearl stud, to make it even more expensively lovely. But what if you're metal-challenged, like some of us? It's hard to find ATTRACTIVE nickel-free dangly jewelry; trust me, I've tried. And sometimes the nickel-free coatings come off, leaving you with a messy looking piece of cheap, mass-produced jewelry. That's not to say that can't happen with mine; the coating can come off the wires, too. But you'd have to be pretty mean to them.
    2560 days ago
    Ohhhh, thanks for the earring jacket lesson. emoticon I love yours! Far more interesting than the more standard ones in the link you shared. Yours are really beautiful. Are the teardrop beads freshwater pearl? Or shell of sort sort? I love them! I can see why you're getting so many compliments.
    2560 days ago
  • JKM822
    That's true; that's why they tell you to weigh yourself at the same time of day. Which I do - 2nd thing in the morning, just before my shower and breakfast. But sometimes... I dunno, I think it's actually the scale that's messed up! It just doesn't seem consistent enough. It's not WILDLY inaccurate; it's not telling me I weigh 212, or 140, or anything, but it jumps around the high 160s and low 170s pretty willy-nilly. I'm trying not to pay too much attention to it; I've got enough other stuff to worry about! But it can be a little discouraging.
    2560 days ago
    The scale can be evil. But, I read here on spark, that your weight fluctuates daily 2 pounds or more for no apparent, external reasons. Weighing yourself daily or multiple times a day is not a good reflection of your weight. Don't let the scale derail your get fit, lose weight efforts. I did and gained back all the weight and back at it losing it again, this time I am looking at success on and off the scale to gauge my progress. Do your best for today with food and exercises and try to do better tomorrow.

    Your products and packaging are beautiful! Very creative! emoticon emoticon
    2560 days ago
  • JKM822
    It's something you put over a stud post that makes the stud earring look different. Let me take a picture of the ones I'm wearing in a minute, & I'll show you. :-)
    Thanks, re: the packaging; I like it, too. :-) I'm a little concerned about how I'm going to actually ship them; I think I'm going to wrap the contents in tissue paper (even w/ the cotton inside, things are going to rattle around in there), then wrap the box in bubble wrap, then pack it in a bubble envelope. Hopefully they won't get totally squashed....
    2561 days ago
    I know what you mean about the head-trip scale responses! I have nothing to offer accept understanding though. emoticon

    I LOVE your packaging! So adorable. You can SO do this, girl! Get that freakin' mailbox!

    What is an earring jacket? I feel so clueless!
    2561 days ago
  • JKM822
    *hugs back*
    Thanks for the sympathy. I'll keep an eye out for that; if it's consistently true, at least I won't be surprised when it happens!
    2561 days ago
    I have noticed that when I overeat the next day my scale shows a loss. But the day after that the gain shows up. I am not sure why but I do know it has happened every single time. So I don't ignore it. I am sure there is a scientific biological reason for it but I have no clue.

    big hugs
    2561 days ago
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