Life Update and Things to Come!!

Hello!

I thought I’d do a life update since it has been a while since my last one. Lots of things have been going on and have kept me occupied outside of the creative world.

Work:

The past couple of weeks at work have been long…long, long, long. I worked from a Wednesday to the following Thursday (yesterday) without a day off….usually 7-8 hour days…whew! I survived off of naps and a very long sleep today. Most people probably think working at a Target Starbucks isn’t that complicated…guess again! For the past few months, I’ve been working on AST training (advanced store training), which is 40 hours of training in addition to what I already have to do. I finally got signed off by our district manager!! Excited! My team lead has been promoted to another area of the store, so I’m currently running the area. I’ve got to go through interviews to make the transition official, but I’m almost a Starbucks team lead! With this comes a lot more responsibility–“with great power comes great responsibility.” HAHAHA I had to insert that…I couldn’t help it πŸ˜› Here are some outtakes from my work life from the past couple of weeks.

Side Cap I Built

Side Cap I BuiltΒ 

Weekly Ongoing Duties

Weekly Ongoing DutiesΒ 

All my junk

All my junk

If that’s not enough insight into my job, I have two more for you all—what the back of my car currently looks like and the current state of my shoes. Prepare….for you are about to be horrified!

The back of my car...can you guess where I work?

The back of my car…can you guess where I work?Β 

My car doesn’t normally stay in this state…I just get home and go in because I’m too tired to do anything else. I usually only see it when I go to the store and make a mental note that I need to clean out the car. Well, that note gets erased as you can tell.

My sad syrup covered shoes

My sad syrup covered shoesΒ 

That mess on my shoes is flan syrup that leaked out of the trash bag that I was in the process of changing. No real way to clean them. I’m sure there are more things on there…coffee grounds, mocha, etc.

I really like my job and enjoy working with the people there even though it does get complicated at times.

Life & Home:

I’m loving our “new” old home. Plenty of space and it’s nice and quiet. We’ve still got a lot of things that need to be done to the house, but we’re taking it a little at a time. So far we’ve been getting things to maintain the outside, so not much has been done inside. We’ve got a little garden going…the weeds are a force to be reckoned with, but we have a garden no less. I’ve got some peas growing in a planter close to the house. These are finally producing pea pods and some are almost ready to be picked!

New Pea Plants

New Pea Plants

First Pea Pod

First Pea PodΒ 

I planted these from seeds, so it’s been fun to see the process of them growing. Glad that I’m slowly getting a greener thumb! I killed a cactus if that tells you anything.

I’ve also had a project in the works for the past month or so…probably more like two months now. My boyfriend and I are huge fans of the show “Rehab Addict.” It’s a show about a single mom who restores old houses to what they once were. In one of the episodes, she used an old door as a headboard. We looked at each other and knew what the other was thinking–“We need to do that (we don’t have a frame or headboard for our king size bed)!” So after about a good 24 hours (more but I stopped counting) of sanding and scraping, one side of the door is finished and part of the other side.

Transformation: Door to Headboard

Transformation: Door to HeadboardΒ 

I think there were over 10 layers of paint, polyurethane, and stain on this door. Let me tell you, it is a job..not anywhere as easy as I was expecting! After I finish the other side, I’m going to stain and polyurethane this sucker, mount it, and place it behind the mattress. I’ll post it on here after I get it completed.

Last, but definitely not least, I FINALLY have my cat, CoCo with me again!!!! I’ve missed her so much! At first, I thought she was having trouble adjusting, but she is doing well and has found her perfect hiding spot. She has also displayed some skills I didn’t know she had…like climbing up and down a ladder you lean against a house. She’s always surprising me. I love her even if she’s a cross-eyed crazy sometimes!

CoCo

CoCo

Future Things:

I’m sure you all would have rather me addressed this first instead of the life updates, but this is how it turned out as I was typing..haha. I’m going to add a new weekly post!!! Finally, right!?!? What I have chosen to do is to change the direction of the blog a bit from one focused mainly on jewelry to more of a lifestyle blog. I’ve felt a little cramped staying in only one little area. It’s like my crafting in general–I want to do a little of everything. Same thing here–I’m building on what I already have going. So without any more of my ramblings, I’m going to introduce a Recipe of the Week post…probably on Friday, but I haven’t decided fully, so make sure you stay tuned for the changes! Feel free to like and share as many times as you like–I want to get everything out there and give my tidbits to everyone who wants them!

Until next time,Β 

-M

 

 

 

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It’s Been a Rough Few Days…

Do you ever get that feeling of, “oh no, not again…I can’t get sick?” Well, I had that feeling when it was close to time for me to get off work this past Saturday. I felt the need to go blow my nose and BAM! I knew I was sick. That was when that feeling hit me. Crap.

If you’ve read my first post or my about me section, you know I work at a Target Starbucks (I also do sales floor work when I get scheduled). Imagine beginning to get sick and that’s the area you primarily work. Not good, right? Nope it’s definitely not. Fortunately I did have Sunday off, but I really got sick on Monday and have been battling this cold/sinus/allergy combo since then. The past two days were ones that had me getting up at around 6:30 A.M. to be at work for a nice 8.5 hours. No rest for the weary.

I’m sure a lot of people would ask why I was going to work doing the job I do when I’m sick. Well, you want the short answer? Here it is: If I don’t go into work, I don’t get paid. It’s also not a stomach virus. It makes the day difficult to get through when you’re feeling miserable and sneaking into the back room to go blow your nose or cough something up. (Sorry for the details, but I know you’ve all experienced the same symptoms at some point or another). Not all people have salaried jobs. Not all people have understanding management (My manager is great, btw). Not all people can afford to miss a day of work. I’m one of those who can’t afford to miss a day because I have bills to pay, and my current pay rate isn’t at the point where I can miss a day and still survive. Always be understanding of this when you run into someone in retail or at a restaurant that’s stopped up–we have to be there because that’s how we survive and continue to pay our bills.

I’m slightly getting better now after having taken Sudafed and guaifenesin regularly (every 4 hours) and blowing my nose almost constantly. Hopefully, the progress continues, and I get over this mess soon…I’m tired of being friends with these:

Puffs Tissue

I’ve done some creating, but I’ve got to get the pictures uploaded and listed on Etsy. I’ll share them with you soon!

Until next time,Β 

-M

See I Told Ya So…

I told you all I suck at keeping a blog…haha. I'll have to say though that I didn't wait over a month to add anything new…I guess it's a definite improvement. I don't have a lot for this post, just a check in to make sure I get on here and also so you all don't think I've dropped off the face of the Earth.

It's been a busy weekend, so I've not been very creative…actually I couldn't be since we weren't home. We went to a going away party for one of my boyfriend's friends. Good party, just sad because of the circumstances. I did have some time to locate a few supplies, however. I've got a few ideas, so I'm hope to get around to that on one of my days off this week!

Until next time,

-M