Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Taking a Step Back

I have decided that I won't delete this blog entirely, but I won't be posting to it in the near future, either. I've often wondered how many true readers I have. In my post yesterday I mentioned that I was at a crossroads and asked for comments or suggestions. LOL, I guess I got my answer because as of now, I still have no comments. That's okay, I never started this for anyone else, but for me.

I have already taken unsubscribed from the StampingTop50.com counter, and will be doing the same with the stamping.toplisted.net counter after I post this entry.

To those of you who have actually kept up with me here, I appreciate you and your support!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

At a Crossroads....

I don't know what to do. I haven't picked up a stamp in over a month, and I honestly don't see myself doing it anytime soon. I'm trying to be realistic with myself - my life when I am working fulltime and running two pre-teen/teenagers around for their sports and events doesn't leave much time for me. Once S is home, although the load will be easier on me, I then spend time with him too so again, no time for me. This is the way life has been and I don't see anything changing it in the foreseeable future.

So herein lies my crossroads. Why do I have this "stamping" blog if I'm not stamping? Do I change the name and make it center more about me and my life and drop in the occasional card if and when I get the time to stamp? Or do I completely give up the blog - do I really need and/or want to put my life out there on the line?

My answer to the latter question is no. I don't really want to put my whole life out there on the line anymore, nor do I believe it's anything everyone wants to read. I came very close earlier today to deleting all my counters and telling everyone to take off their links to me.... I haven't come to that yet, but I don't think it's too far away.

LOL, I'm so torn. I know the easy answer..... your input gladly accepted and appreciated!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A *very* Good Day!!!

LOL, no, I didn't get a chance to stamp but it's still been a great day!!

I got a job! Yay!! I start Wednesday. It is the smaller firm that I interviewed with last week that is close to the house. The offered, I counter-offered, and they accepted! Can't wait to start and have a stead income.... which leads me to my next subject....

OMG!! I am sooooooo in trouble and if you're a Stampin' Up! lover, you will be too! I thought the Spring mini last year was the best one yet, but this one is right there with it - Stampin' Up! does it again! The ribbons, the new tag punch, the die cuts, the kits, new papers, and of course - the stamps! The catty will start being delivered to customers mid-November and items in it will be available December 1 - February 28. Start saving your pennies (dollars!!) now!

Thank you for your continued support throughout my job search. There were many a day that I was down and dejected and was able to come to my SCS and bloggin' buddies for support. I appreciate you all very much.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Soon! I promise!!

I *PROMISE* to upload some pics this weekend - but first I have a *huge* favor to ask! Please say a little prayer, think good thoughts, whatever you do - that I will get favorable results today on my job interview. Yes, I am still searching for a permanent full time job, and I think I have finally found the match. I went on a first interview on Tuesday, and just finished with a second interview today. The firm is small - 5 attorneys - and soooooo close to my house I literally have a 10-15 minute drive. They are looking to fill this immediately so I should hear something back today. I hear I am the only one they called back for a second interview so it looks promising.

Thanks for your help, and thanks for coming back every day even though I don't have any new stampin stuff up. I really appreciate your support!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Off to the Fair

I have been settling down into the working mom roll. I *still* haven't had a chance to stamp although I get to stamp on my business cards this morning... at least it's stamping but *not* what I want to do!

I am on my way to the Carmel Mountain Ranch Fall Festival today to try to drum up some business. We're not selling anything handmade - we're promoting our businesses.

I still haven't done any parties since moving here and am at the moment my own best customer. LOL, I *really* don't mind having to buy stuff to stay active *grin* but with the changes to the demonstrator reimbursement plan that were made in July, I don't know if I will ever make money off of my downline again unless things change. I am hoping that going to the Festival today will start that change.

As for the job front. The 3rd interview went okay, I still don't know anything definite with them. I went to another firm that had a part time position I really wanted but they didn't want me. The firm I am temping with has asked if I would like to work with them full time. We are going to discuss things tomorrow. I would really love to put the uncertainty to rest!

I'll check in later tonight after the Fair!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Life Happens

Wow, I now realize why I enjoyed my summer of stamping so much - when I'm working and the kids are in school, I have no time to myself. I haven't had a chance to stamp in over two weeks and I'm dyin here! After I enter this blog, I'm heading to Michael's and JoAnn's. I have been eyeing the Marvy Uchida scallop punches with envy for a while now and just hadn't bought them because I couldn't justify spending the money. Now that I'm working I'm going to give myself a gift and I'm hoping to be able to use that gift later today!!

Speaking of work - I made it through the first week at my new job as a temp. I like the firm and the people, but they really don't have a lot of work for me to do. This is supposed to be a three to five week assignment, with no opportunity for a permanent position. HOWEVER!!! I have two - yup, two!!! interviews on Tuesday for permanent positions. One is with the original firm I interviewed with over a month ago - this will be the third time I will have interviewed with them - third time's the charm, right? I am also interviewing with a different firm for a secretarial/word processor position with the lead attorney in the firm. The appealing part about this position is that it's only part time. I have been told it would be around 30 hours a week. LOL, is this the "feast or famine" deal? Am I going to go from having nothing to being in a temp position and getting two offers? I would love to be able to hear from both of them that they are interested and that I get to choose between the two.

Got the wheels put on the truck - I love the look!

S says I "done good" and that it looks great. See below for the "before" picture.

OK, I'm outta here - I'm goin shoppin!