Monday, December 29, 2003

very sleepy

cold/flu meds make me woozy.

just checking in here to say I'm alive and really ok...just dopey. :)

wish there was a starbucks in my driveway...might walk there for chai latte.

watching tune disney w/ harrison who is also on cold meds. we're some bunch!

longing to make beads...... (this is a big deal! I really WANT to make beads again!)


Friday, December 26, 2003

this is my journal and this is just me talking to me....


this has been a public service announcement from me to me.

I am frustrated with my sales on e-bay. I have a big ego which is easily squashed on a place like e-bay. I know I'm being stupid, but I just feel bummed when my auctions get no bids. This is one reason that I have problems with e-bay. It's so hard not to take things personally. It's not like I consider the beads I'm selling ART (oooh it's the A word!). It's just the want to be the best part of my personality that makes it difficult sometimes to sell my work.

I am sick today and thus am looking at the computer too much. I need to not be so consumed with this and just go.

so I'm going.

Thursday, December 25, 2003

and another thing....

I think my e-mails to my e-mail list are getting lost in the universe. I have not heard from my "regulars" and that's even just to say "hi".

I miss my friends!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to my missing Friends!
I wish me a Merry Christmas

I wish me a Merry Christmas

I wish me a Merry Christmas

and a happy New Year!

it was a wonderful Christmas (still is). My Christmas wishes are all fulfilled!

Starbucks under my tree! :)

and a monkey too.

(this is a totally inside joke and no one understands the monkey thing but a few people and maybe those who heard the lyrics to the Barenaked Ladies song which mentions "everybody wants a monkey")

Merry Merry Me

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

2 days till Christmas!

went swimming

no weights

worked on storefront - lots of new bead bundles

bummed that things aren't going nuts sales wise...why do I expect it?

no coffee - tea instead

not finished shopping

lots of cleaning to make house baby-friendly for my neice on Christmas eve

off to do errands

Friday, December 19, 2003


School gets out today for the holidays...

My daytime freedom ends....sniff sniff....for 2 weeks or so....sniff sniff...

I love my Children and I also love them while they're at school.

It's not the's the days between the holidays where 'mom, what can i do?' sets in...children being bored while I work is NOT fun.

I'm already getting stressed and it hasn't even happened...

On other not stressing news....

Rob is actually interviewing for a job on Monday...a real job not a temp job.

And in other non-stressing news...

I'm selling beads again...Hooray!

And finally.....

This morning the scale said I had lost 35 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(it will change tomorrow, but for now I'll celebrate today's truth)

I swam 700 yards yesterday and am off to the pool now. I would like to be invisible by Spring. :)

drinking starbucks - 2%, Decaf, 1/2 the mocha mocha. No pastries, yet lots of gift cards....from the person who loves the world...Merry Merry Caffinated Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

It's Wednesday...and I'm now being shipping and receiving of the many hats of a small business with one person...I am shipping/receiving/accounts payable/accounts receivable/purchasing agent/designer/head of production/web development/IT manager/caterer(I bring in Starbucks right?)/Custodian (barely)/head of research and development/bookkeeper/personnel department/sales...boy I could continue, but it's overwhelming me already looking at everything I need to do!

I have not had starbucks...need it!

music today: Elementary School christmas programs.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

oh yeah...

This is not a journal post, but is an announcement out there to outerspace...

Sylvie the Sylvie who is not me....I don't have your e-mail address! Help?
I'm back
I'm back
I'm back.

I have to say that it is a rush to be selling beads again. It's that whole Sally Field "they like me" thing again. You do your work on your own and have no idea what people think unless you're in a class situation or if you sell your work publicly.

I am really wanting to make beads again (it's still been a while), but I absolutely need to get my studio up and ready after it's been moved to a different location in the basement.

So....until then, I'm living off of previously made bead stock.

My letter to Santa...

Dear Santa,

Because I wouldn't expect any human to pay attention to my greedy list and as my children recently told me "Santa can bring you anything you ask for...he has lots of money"...

I would like to ask you to consider bringing me the following...

A weekend at a Ritz Carlton, preferably in a beautiful city...all expenses paid including room service, transportation and a that I can bead in peace for a few days.

A new really nice firm feather/down pillow (I own a ton of pillows, but I love them and always want more) could include this with the Ritz Carlton visit by letting me keep one of theirs.

A big kahuna Starbucks gift card.

A ventilation system installed in my studio (I'll pay for it, but I need a genie to come and poof it into place...elves would also work I guess...but they're a bit short to do the ceiling stuff)

Diamonds - or cubic zirconia that looks real :) - a bracelet set in platinum/white gold if necessary Santa Baby.

A monkey...because according to a song (I think it's Bare Naked Ladies) "everyone wants a monkey"

Someone to remove the wallpaper in my kitchen so that I can make it green instead of terra cotta which looks like my parents and not me.

I am sure you'll think of some other fun little things to fit in a Christmas Stocking such as baubles, bath products, cute girlie stuff, etc.

I think you can handle all of these Santa...if the Genie can't show up, maybe you can come on one of your days off after Christmas to install the ventillation system.

I've been mostly good this year, but if you have room in your sleigh, please bring me a new attitude too...sometimes I need it.

Merry Christmas Santa!


Thursday, December 11, 2003

Life goes on after a wonderful class with Michael Barley...

I had a fantastic time on Monday and Tuesday taking a class with Michael Barley. He is a wonderful wonderful instructor and I learned a TON. I always enjoy taking classes with people whose style is SO different from mine. I can't wait to actually get a chance to use this new info I garnished from the class.

It made me really want to get back into the GLASS studio...not just the studio, but the GLASS studio.

It's cold here and my fingers are missing the keys because they are so cold! brrrrrrrrr (I'm sure people in the north would be laughing at me for being such a wuss about the cold here)

In other back to life...I finished the class and then my kids began getting sicker and sicker. The flu has hit our house HARD. Hopefully I continue as caretaker and not patient. Grif is very very sick and we were on a quest for tamiflu (sp?) after the doc prescribed it...everyone is out. Finally found it and it's miles away. Felt like I was on a quest for the Holy Grail Flu Medicine. It's worth it because he's really really sick. :(

I'm off to be mom..

Sunday, December 07, 2003

This is really quick, but a big big entry...

The Clothesline Sweater is IN the Storefront!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I haven't had time to finish the announcement to e-mail or to put the overalls/jeans OR to even put it on my website...but it's in the storefront in all 9 colors!!!!!!!!!!!

woo hoooooooo!!!!

This is a huge accomplishment... you go Sylvie!

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

just a quick update.

am totally stressed out due to absolutely no real reason. I have lots on my plate, but none of them like deadlines I've had in the past. Hmmmmmm is it just Christmas stress????? Is it husband-unemployment stress???? who knows. I am just stressed.

I am taking Michael Barley's class next week which I have wanted to take FOREVER, even begging him to teach 2 years ago when he wasn't teaching. Now I have the chance....

BUT (you knew there would be a but...)

I haven't made beads since JUNE! Yes, you read it right...JUNE! I'm really intimidated now about the class. Will have to have some quicky beadmaking time this weekend just as a warm up. Otherwise I'll have class-anticipation-anxiety in addition to the nameless stress.

On a positive note. I did NOT gain weight over Thanksgiving!!! Hooray! I ate really really sinfully yummy food at Disney and didn't feel guilty about it. I'm glad the scales didn't punish me though. Hooray.

Am feeling like a noodle right now after long swimming session. I am just gaining the endurance to really swim laps. I am taking lessons so that my stroke HELPS me get somewhere rather than keeps me from getting there. There are just too many things to think of at one time while swimming. It's like making beads I guess....hopefully it will seem more natural at some point. I like that it's a good workout but not hot and sweaty like the treadmill.

off to work.
no starbucks today.
did indulge in Chik fil a tea.

I am thinking of my Christmas list....will begin giving hints here later (knowing that my Mom will read them) and maybe like Oprah's favorite things it will bring retailers everywhere bonus sales due to my plug here. hee hee

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

back from Thanksgiving at Disney

got to see fireworks that were incredible

won at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin...422,000 (if you know the ride, you know I did DARN well!)

got to see 2 parades...I love parades and fireworks

rode 2 roller coasters (would like to have ridden 4)

played "you can be a millionaire" 3 times. Sat next to a woman who was a "professional" and had won enough prizes at the game at Disney last year to have to file a separate form on her taxes! I no longer will worry about my Disney habit...she comes many times (not sure how many) a year or something like that...spends most of it playing the game.

Survived family just fine

am home working and having playground stuff for kids installed. Hooray!

Have not weighed since I got home yesterday...pretty sure I gained. I can swim 6 laps at the pool, though and that makes me proud and hopeful of working off any holiday weight!

off to bead stuff...