Sunday, June 26, 2011

New Orleans

Earlier this year I had the chance to travel to New Orleans! What an amazing place, with awesome architecture and even more awesome food. I definitely recommend going if you've never been. 

Supposedly Marie Laveau's tomb, although they didn't really know...

I loved the brick work and the old advertising on this building. 

The iron work in this town is simply amazing.

It seems that Jesus saves more than souls these days. The recession has hit everybody pretty hard I guess...

I would love to have a tomb like this when I go.

A little weird, but interesting none the less...

I loved New Orleans and I can't wait to go back, if even just for the food.

Adventures in ebaying!

Not long ago I decided to quit my lucrative job at Target to pursue the even more lucrative ebay business.

Well, that may not be exactly the way things worked out. You see, after working as a sales associate and busting my butt for a full year, I found that my job was extremely lacking, thankless, and that I hated the general shopping  public more than ever. Oh, and the $.17 raise didn't help either, even after glowing reviews. They even had the gall to tell me that we were all lucky just to be getting raises! Well, thank you recession, and thank you to the multi-million dollar conglomeration who thought that $.17 was actually a raise. More of an insult really...

But, I digress. So, after a couple more months doing soul rotting work, I finally threw in the towel. Why you ask? Why the hell not, I ask. I liked the people I worked with sure, but I've never been so close to strangling someone than when I worked there. Work retail sometime, you'd understand too. However, I did become a more considerate shopper. Apparently the women's underwear bin seemed to be a perfectly good place to stick a copy of The Sorcerer's Stone to someone.

So, with no job to suck my soul away and give me measly wages in return, what was a girl to do? Why start my own ebay business! Now, I don't really make much money doing it, I actually probably made more working at Target. But, I had something that I hadn't found in a long time: Something I actually loved to do. I picked a category that I was reasonably knowledgeable about, started small, and viola!

It's not always easy of course. I still get rude customers sure, but the pluses outweigh all of the negatives. I am my own boss, I set my own schedule, I am in control, to some degree, of the success of the venture. Could I be doing better with it? Sure, if I put more effort into it I suppose. Not that I don't try hard and do my best to please customers.

 There was definitely a learning curve, but you learn as you go, and to me that's the best way to learn; just jump in a get those feet wet, I say! Hell, even after almost a year at it, I'm still learning. Was it as successful as I thought it would be? Yes and no. I make surprisingly more money than I thought I would, but I'm no self made millionaire...yet. I'm still looking for a full time job,  but even if I do land the coveted job in this recession, I'll probably still keep ebaying. It's a great way to earn some extra cash and it helps support my hobby of thrifting! And that's a win-win in my book.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I like...

My closet doors to be open. I don't really know why, but they need to be open. If they're closed, I open them. If they're open just a little bit, I open them wider.

Maybe it stems from a childhood fear of the boogie-man, or perhaps I like looking at my shoes. Just cant figure it out. But one thing's for sure, non of my future closets will have doors on them!

Trip to St. Ausustine

Taken on St. Augustine beach. 
St. Austine is a beautiful town full of history. Definitely worth a visit.

Taken at the Old Spanish Fort


I finally joined the blogging community! Now I just have to figure out what to say... I'm sure the world doesn't need my input, but I'll give it anyways! Be prepared world! (Not really, I figured I should psych myself up.)