Tuesday…the best day of the week.
November 5, 2013
Why, do you ask, is Tuesday the best day of the week?
Because it is not Monday. Tuesday used to be and always was my day off. The day I caught up on programming, ate whatever I wanted, took a long leisurely run, and cleaned the house with blaringly loud music.
Now that kids have been introduced into my days, I still try to do something lovely fun and meaninglessly all to myself every Tuesday. I will make myself a fancy coffee, indulge in utter nonsense online, and require my children to go to their rooms early to read.
And why wouldn’t the best day of the week have songs sung about it by some of my favorite artists.
1. “ It’s 4:30 A.M. on a Tuesday
It doesn’t get much worse than this
In beds in little rooms in buildings in the middle
of these lives which are completely meaningless
Help me stay awake, I’m falling.. ” Counting Crows, Perfect Blue Buildings (One of my favorite haunting Counting Crows songs.)
2. ”Tuesday afternoon,
I’m just beginning to see, now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me, chasing the clouds away.
Something, calls to me,
The trees are drawing me near, I’ve got to find out why?
Those gentle voices I hear, explain it all with a sigh.
I’m looking at myself reflections of my mind,
It’s just the kind of day to leave myself behind.
So gently swaying through the fairyland of love,
If you’ll just come with me you’ll see the beauty of
Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon.
Those gentle voices I hear, explain it all with a sigh.” Moody Blues, Tuesday Afternoon. (Had to share the whole song. The Moody Blues albums fill my heart with haunting memories of days lost.)
3. “Tuesday, the first day I met you, throwing stars that I
Once caught, I gave you something. Left a piece of myself
In your room. You never knew. One stupid angel, all wings
And all heart and all weighed down. Spilled my eyes out,
Left a piece of my self in your room. I gave you
Something. I trusted you, but no more. We believe these
Things until they fall away, I know.” Tuesday, Miracle of 86. (I’ve never heard this until now, and it seems to fit well with my other Tuesday songs.)
4. On A Tuesday in Amsterdam is another from Adam and the Counting Crows.
“Come back to me” Is repeated over and over. It’s sad, but I am including it in the list because the day I purchased the CD with this song and listened to it in its entirety while driving around with my eldest little, 4 years at the time, she shouted “Turn this off! How can anyone be so so SAD! I wish that person would just go back and make him stop!” Hilarity! And sorry, but you might have figured out, I love the Counting Crows, and I am sure they also love Tuesdays.
5. “Tuesday’s gone with the wind
My baby’s gone, gone with the wind
And I don’t know where I’m going
I just want to be left alone
When this train ends, well I’ll try again
I’m leaving my woman at home
My baby’s gone” Metallica, Tuesday’s Gone.
This is why I love Tuesdays.
Thank you, RR Dice
Nanowrimo and Nanoblogmo
November 5, 2013
Yes, it’s finally here! My favorite month full of procrastination!
But not this year! This year will be different! Mostly because I have the new and trusty ADHA diagnosis that I should have received years ago! And I have the new found benefit of meds which calm the inner crazies considerably.
So last year, my results were fairly predictable. I went into Nov 1 with an outline and a feeling of being overly prepared. I had a plan (lol). I wrote and wrote and hit about 20,000 words, when I then took a weekend (writing) trip to AZ to visit my best childhood friend. I exasperatedly told my best friend about my great accomplishment (writing 20,000 words) and my plans and she did the worst thing you could possibly imagine……she supported me! She was ecstatic for me and offered to read it or send it off to an editing friend for me when I was finished! She always knew I was a writer & had been waiting for me to one day just sit down & write.
God forbid someone actually support me! This was not something I was accustomed to receive, ummm, ever. Mostly because my husband can’t support something intangible. I understand, I get it. And mostly because my Mother also knows I never finish anything. I have great large humongous dreams that are never achieved. I have enormous plans that have always come up short and caused me great strife my entire life. Hello, ADD?
So, my Goal for this year is a little different than last years.
I have many plot and story ideas in my notebook/ file folder…..this is not the issue.
The main issue for me is FINISHING!!!
Finishing a book. Writing until the very last word and typing THE END!
This is my Goal. And the best part about the story I started last year is that it has a definite beginning & a definite ending. (Some of the story ideas I have written down have neither.)
I am not saying that the story I am working on is the next Pride & Prejudice, Great Expectations, Harry Potter, Sleepless in Seattle, Pet Cemetary or Twilight. (You get what I’m saying right, but I didn’t want to leave anyone out.)
But….. it will begin, plot, character development, rising/falling action, resolution and Ending will all appear!
Yay!! So I better get to work. I hope to add one of those tracking deallies on my sidebar, but I am still new to this blogging thing and I am still figuring out how those are added.
Thank you for baring with me. (=
P.S. The title also says “NanoBlogmo” you say? Well, I am also trying to Blog everyday in November. Can’t you tell by the insipid nonsense I keep adding to this internet address which has no rhyme, reason, need I say…gasp.. theme. I am trying to find a theme by doing instead of wishing. Happy Tuesday, the best day of the week.
Short Sale Process Sucks!!
November 4, 2013
We are still going through the short sale process.
Oct 29 marked the beginning of the 3rd month.
I was going along this morning, smile on my face. Making great progress on my Ebay goals; had already shipped weekend purchases who paid. Getting ready to take photos and proceed to writing my Nanowrimo contribution for today and BAM!!! The dreaded phone call from our realtor…who is also the buyer’s realtor. Don’t get me started on that one today.
And my balloon is deflated.
My husband has checked out of the short sale process.
The loan is in his name.
He will not call the lender. He will not call the realtor. He will not answer the phone when the lender calls.
He has completely checked out.
I finally got him to “finish” the taxes from 2012. Yes, I know it’s November. Yes, we did file an extension to have them postmarked by Oct 15. Have I mentioned my husband has checked out of this process.
The lender will not speak to me, does not have permission to speak to me, and at this time, my husband will still not give me permission to speak with the lender.
Currently the 700th document the lender has requested to approve us for this short sale is the 2012 taxes.
I really think the lender is just waiting for us to give up, sign over the house, and then they will come after us for the difference in our loan amount and the final sale price! BLAHH!!! And that will equal Bankruptcy.
Wow, I was hoping that typing about this would help me feel better, like it has in the past, but today for some reason I only feel worse.
Much much worse. I feel even more like a failure.
I keep remembering what our realtor said about the people who would like to buy our house “They don’t need to sell their current house to qualify to purchase your house.” Thank you so much for that big “F**k U”, throw our current state right back in our faces.
And the funniest part, well not really funny, most ironic part about this WHOLE situation is that when WE bought that house, we didn’t need to sell our former house to qualify for our loan either. We had a great lucrative business! And things were going merrily! But, life changed drastically for us.
So, will this Short Sale process ever be over? It is not likely.
But I will keep you posted.
My advice, pay cash for your house? Maybe.
Definitely don’t buy more house then you can afford.
This Short Sale process has not only been hard on my husband & I’s relationship, but us as a family unit. Our family unit is currently limping a busy highway just waiting to get flattened by an 18 wheeler.
My heart is in my stomach, dread, defeat, depression.
I Quit. And I would like to crawl into the dungeon and disappear with my favorite book Pride & Prejudice…..
But, once again, I have 4 littles and giving up is not an option.
Especially since the youngest 3 year old-potty-training little who just had running pooh all over in her pants, crawled into my lap singing “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and gave her Mommy a big “lip” kiss (=
Now let’s get those pictures taken, those pages of my newest book project written, and finish updating this blog.
Thank you, RR Dice
November 2, 2013
Here are my current November goals pertaining to ebay & writing.
What are your November goals?
Happy Daylight- lose an hour wish we lived in AZ because they don’t participate in this madness-savings day!
[Update: Yes, ummm, I am quite delusional and nuts (continue you on reading to find admission of not ingesting meds) In the fall we gain an hour. Duh! And yes, AZ just stays exactly the same. Yes, still jealous.
P.S. Did you notice the funky stain on my Goals Note that I couldn't replicate even if I tried? Yep, that's what happens when a notecard falls from the ledge above into a sink full of sudsy water where my coffee press is soaking. Oh, & shockingly enough, I didn't drop it or return it to the ledge where I found this stain dried on my Goals when the soaking of the coffee press was ceasing. Mr Nobody did it again. ]
I could say more but I didn’t take my meds today & this uneventfulness has to be enough for today so no one has to try to understand my run on sentences (:
Thanks. RR Dice
Change is the only constant
November 1, 2013
Our life seems to be always changing. Tumultuous change. We can’t control it, or can we? Maybe we can’t control it but minimize it.
I try to keep things in our life as consistent as I possibly can, but one big force is constantly working against us.
He is the one whose name shall not be said (Yes, like Voltamor.)
The only thing that I can depend on currently as I write these words is me and the fact that I will never give up. No matter what the forces throw at me….I will never give up . I will work harder, smarter, faster, stronger. I have 4 Littles whose love is always present and never changing. They look to me to offer the same never changing love & support. I can’t just throw in the towel, sleep until noon, stay up until the crack of dawn watching YouTube videos or playing computer games. These 4 Littles look to me everyday to awake them from their slumber, fill their tummies with something and send them off to school. They look to me to provide a roof over their heads. Support their dreams. I can’t just give up and let them down.
I brought them into this world with help from God above and someone else, but I am their Mother and must be strong.
So here I go again. I sometimes, like today, feel like I am on my own even though there is another name on our current lease.
Here I go again, like the words to that infamous Whitesnake song. Whitesnake, Whitesnake was the first Cassette tape I was purchased as a 7 year old child (yes, 7). It was purchased at Alco (of all places) by my Father. We listened to it on the cassette player in the red and brown van my parents drove in the 80′s. You know the Vans with shag carpet on all the walls and ceilings whose chairs swiveled 360 degrees. We loved that Van!
My Dad & I listened to Whitesnake on the way home while he drank from his can of Busch Light while driving on the freeway. He glanced at the names of the songs. We listened to most of the first side, listening to “Here I go again on my own” twice, maybe three times. And when we pulled into the driveway, he ejected the tape and placed it back into its plastic case. When he handed it to me and met my huge smiling eyes, I remember him holding my hand a little longer and saying “Only listen to the first side”. I was ecstatic. And I never ever considered to listen to the second side; he told me not to. I respected his words because he wanted to best for me.
So on this cold November morning, Here I go again.
Thank you, RR Dice
Profit in selling books on Amazon
October 15, 2013
My Personal Experience selling old and used books on Amazon
I have been selling new and used books on Amazon for 17 months now. I ship all books myself and have not tried FBA.
Currently today, Oct 15, 2013 we have 1664 books listed.
Our total deposited funds as of today: $2,531.98
Divide that over 17 months and we have an extra $148.94 every month.
At the beginning we had very few books listed, but now that our inventory is greater, we are seeing deposits totaling closer to $200 and $250 a month.
- Is selling books on Amazon and storing all this inventory worth it? I think that depends on who you are. 17 months ago when my family was trying to desperately keep our home, it did not make sense for me to get a job outside of the home and pay for additional childcare. This helped us a little bit every month and we had the space, 4000 monstrous square feet, to store the books.
- How long did it take for me to list all those books? No time at all really. I listed books when i was relaxing and watching television at night. My husband worked late, so I would work on Amazon when I got exhausted from doing eBay listings.
- What was the biggest mistake we made while selling books? Selling penny books and having to cancel orders. I still do not know why people sell penny books on Amazon. We have never profited off a penny book sale; we are usually out at least $0.50. Maybe bigger sellers get a great shipping discount because their company is so huge. It does help generate more feedback and sometimes I will include a penny book in my listings if it is new, but most of my inventory is higher end, rare, vintage books.
- Another mistake? Not being organized. At first I never alphabetized the books. Needle in a haystack daily searches through 1000 plus books cost me time and money in cancelled sales.
I still have a lot to learn and share about selling on Amazon. I will be happy to continue to share my experiences as a small Amazon seller with you. Here is another Amazon seller whom I have gleaned a great amount of knowledge from by following his blog and reading his books.Thank you.
Saving to Buy a House or starting over in 2013
October 15, 2013
Currently we are saving to buy a house. We are anxiously awaiting the response from our mortgage lender to see if we will finally be approved for the short sale of the home we were living in for the past 3 years. If you would like to read more about that go here.
We have made many changes in our life over the past three months while living in a rental house. But, our biggest goal over the next year is to save more of our income to buy a bigger then this house, but smaller than our short sale property.
Yesterday I opened a new eBay store under our old eBay user ID. I began selling on eBay in 2005 with my husband joining the venture shortly after….but that is a post for another day.
In August we began selling a Niche item in My eBay store. The store I built to 2918 feedback mostly by selling plush and clothes. The name of the store reflects me and my whole being. But, times change as is our entire existence at this moment. I ended all my listings and now my husband sells our niche item under that ID; sales have improved by eliminating the excess
junk treasures I had listed.
I reopened an eBay store under our other ID, which is lucky enough to have 1093 feedback. Why would anyone want to have two eBay stores you might ask?? Well, mostly because i can’t just feel OK with throwing out all this inventory.
Yes, they overlap, but editing was giving me a headache today.
Then there is also this in the Dungeon upstairs.
So a NEW Goal for 2013
- List or donate all excess
( crap, collectables,)treasures in our home.
- Save all the extra income for purchase of new home.
- List 10 to 25 items a day.
- Short and simple listings with high sell through rate!
Yesterday I got my store semi-set up. I was able to list 7 items and take many pictures before losing focus. Hopefully blogging about my listings will help keep me from hating eBay again before I reach my goals. Having a store max initially set at 150 free listings for the month seems like an attainable goal, especially since I am now focusing on selling instead of always having inventory available.
October 7, 2013
“While writing, carry a two-sided pencil; one side gets dull, turn it over and use the other point of view.”
~ Rebecca Rae