Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Online Auctions Are Now Hiring

I am dying to get out of gray cubicles and away from power-hungry supervisors. After a lot of soul-searching, researching, pricing, and weighing the pros and cons I have finally decided to take control of my life and my career. I am going to go into business by myself by selling on ebay full-time. For most people that may sound like I have my head in the clouds, but as with ANY business, you get what you put in.

I have personally already met a few people who have made a career off of being big ebay sellers. One person I know made $50K in one year, another one made $11K the first year and $16K the second year. If I can just make that $16K a year that would be enough to live the way I am now if not a little better. But don't think these career ebay sellers got that money easy. It takes a LOT of hard work, dedication, and motivation to get to the point where I can quit my job but I am willing to try it out. For now though, I plan to do it part-time to not only get used to the system of selling but also because I can't quit this job until dh and I move to New Jersey next fall. The reason is because I am the one who carries our insurance and if I quit we won't be insured.

I plan to sell Plus-sized Women's clothing. Mostly shirts, sweaters, skirts, and dresses for now. My long-term goal is to get into children's clothes and maybe extend the plus-sized women's line to pants, jeans, undergarments, and other things.

I have spent countless hours reading the ebay message boards for sellers, pricing items I need to get started, and checking out the competition's auctions to get a good idea of pricing, layout, shipping rules, ect. On Saturday dh and I are hoping to take some money and go shopping for things I need to get organized such as a file cabinet, shipping materials, notebooks for bookkeeping, ect. I also need to open another checking account to be used solely for ebay transactions.

As for the products, I already have an armful of clothing from my own closet to start off with. Once those are sold, I will start going to my local thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment stores to get some more products. Hopefully I can make enough money selling used clothes so that I can find a wholeseller and start selling new clothes! But one baby step at a time.

posted at 7:23 AM


Sunday, December 26, 2004

The above picture is a shot of dh and I on our way back home on Christmas Day...Look no snow!!

Christmas has come and gone without any major incidents to report, I am proud to say. Dh and I drove 1.5 hours to my parents house where we opened presents, played board games and drank Merlot and eggnog (not together), and had a feast of roasted goose, gravy, rice, and corn. It was nice. My dh got a digital camera from my mom which means now we each have our own! Yipppeeee! He has a Canon PowerShot A400 3.2 Mega Pixels. His camera also came with a photo printer so we can now print photos from our cameras and from the computer and internet! Yay!!! I've already printed a pic of myself which came out very well thank you.

Here is my list of gifts I recieved:

$50 from my dad (It is usually $100 but this season is tight for everyone)
A pink sweater from my sister
A red sweater, a burned mixed cd, and a necklace/bracelet combo from my mom
And that digital camera my dh and I bought a week or two ago.

I am feeling as if I am forgetting something but if I remember I'll add it later.

Overall a very Merry Christmas!

Oh and for any naughty kids this year: Naughty Boys' eBay Auction

posted at 12:05 PM


Thursday, December 23, 2004

Deck The Halls With Bounced Checks, FAA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA

So I screwed up and now my husband is mad at me.

I forgot to transfer money from my savings to my checking to clear some checks and I just realized that my acct is now –$24. So I transferred the money from savings but it was only enough to clear the negative for the fee so now I need $22.84 to clear another check that will be going through soon. Now it is a waiting game with fingers crossed hoping that the check doesn't go through until after I get my Christmas money from my parents on Saturday.

How the hell can I forget to transfer money? Well I was stressing about work, the holidays, ect so shoot me. I mean, it is not the end of the world and the checked that caused me that fee was paid by my bank. It's just now we might be bouncing another check which will cause me more fees unless we get money in there before it goes through.

I feel terrible and if this doesn't ruin my holidays I don't know what will.

Can someone please pass me the Rum and Eggnog? The whole thing please, I need to drown some sorrows.

UPDATE: Well it all worked out! I was able to take some money off my credit card to deposit into my bank before that last check goes through. *whew* That was a close one!

I still need that rum and eggnog please. I need to celebrate and relax.

posted at 7:01 AM


Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Yeah I'm On A Diet...A Diet Of Cookies, Cakes, and Candies!

Well it is official! The holidays are upon us, god of money help us. Trying to actually stick to a diet during the holidays is like asking a diver to dive wearing a faux fur coat, combat boots, and Flava Flav's big clock necklace on top of his normal diving gear.

I mean my willpower is close to zero on the best of days, now I am buried under good tidings given by friends, family and co-workers. God bless them all!!

This is not a complaint on the gifts I've been getting this week because anyone who knows me knows how much I LOOOOOOOOOVE sweets! I just need to learn to eat them all in moderation.

So far I have received: A large tupperware container of the best homemade cookies in the known world, a bottle of Merlot, a small sandwich bag filled with homemade cookies, a coffee cup filled with strawberry candies, a 2 pound tin of those Royal Dansk Danish Butter cookies (see picture above), and our family's tradition of getting fruitcake from Collin Street Bakery so I have a medium sized tin of that.

I plan to still eat in moderation and to not over do it but whether I stay within my alloted Weight Watcher's points per day remains to be seen.


Fat and Happy in the Mid-West

posted at 8:14 AM


Monday, December 20, 2004


There is a particular co-worker of mine who most, including me, describe as odd. There is nothing tangible about her oddness, it is just her personality and the things she says. She always seems to be fishing for information from people about their personal lives whether for gossiping purposes or just because she is curious.

I've managed to stay away from her but there are times when she likes to go fishing in my personal lake of life. Most of the time when we are communicating it is her going on and on and on about her own personal life without any egging on by me. I just sit there saying "Hmmm hmmm" and "wow" and "That's cool" through her endless stories which she tends to repeat parts of over and over throughout the day to me.

But every now and then she will actually ask me questions about my life. When she does, she gets this really weird smug look on her face. I can't figure out that look for the life of me. I mean, it is a smug look but it doesn't make sense for her to be smug in this situation. It is not as if she is gloating or bragging. She is asking me personal questions and listening for my answer. Why the smug look?

I try to give her general answers as much as I can because I really don't want her in my business. She has not yet asked me too personal of a question that would require a "That is really none of your business" reply from me so I think she knows where not to tread.

I thought I was the only person that got a weird vibe from her but I have discovered from casual conversations with some friends that they too feel the same way about her.

Needless to say, we all try to keep our distance lest one of us gets burned. I do know her as a gossiper but for fear of there being something more, we all just like to stay to ourselves and away from her.

Ya gotta love co-workers.

posted at 12:26 PM


Saturday, December 18, 2004

Christmas Came Early!

While doing Christmas shopping for our friends and family we decided to go ahead and buy our Christmas gift too! Since this year's funds are kinda tight we decided to just buy one expensive gift for the both of us. So we decided we needed a digital camera more than anything else.

Our first trip was to Walmart. The had the cutest little Olympus camera with 3.1 pixels but unlucky for us, they were all sold out. There was no other camera in our price-range that we wanted so we left and went to Target. Target's selection of digital cameras was so dismal it isn't even worth mentioning here. Best Buy was our next store choice. They had lots to choose from but they were ALL out of our price range. It was ridiculous. So we took our very sore feet to Sears. Their selection is very nice but again the prices were a little up there, but unlike Best Buy there was at least a couple of cameras that were in our price range. The first three were out of stock but the guy let us see a Samsung that was about $20 out of our price range. He felt bad that we were not having any luck with finding a good camera so he offered to take $20 off the price so that we could afford it!

We are now the proud owners of the Samsung Digimax 430. A 4.0 mega pixel digital camera that came with a fairly nice memory card.

Here is the pic of the box that I took with the camera:

posted at 5:54 PM


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

How evil are you?

posted at 6:08 PM


Monday, December 13, 2004

Party For The Skinny

Surprisingly, I had a very fun time at my company's Christmas party this year! I think my being tipsy had something to do with it.

The theme was Casino Night where you played table games and slot machines for fun money to be used in an auction for prizes at the end of the night. There was also a room with a DJ for some crazy dancing.

My dh, a couple of friends and I played Let It Ride all night long. It was really fun. It helped that our dealer was so cool.

I hadn't danced in like 4 years, but I danced to 3 or 4 songs in a row at the end of the night. I got 30 min of cardio in without having to go to the gym that night! My legs are still a little achy. I went to the gym tonight and my legs were screaming for mercy when I got on the Natural Runner. Just a side effect from my night of wild fun and dancing no doubt.

That leads me to my next subject:

I re-started my private weight-loss blog but I am thinking about making it public. Let me sleep on it and see how I feel about it later. Right now I really wanna make it public for two reasons, accountability and inspiration for others. But there is one reason that is leading me to want to keep it private: Accountability. When I slack on exercise the world will know it and that makes me feel a little self-conscious. But if I do choose to make it public, I will post a link here and in other places. I want to also add pics once I get my digital camera but I am really liking the anonymity that I have tried to keep all this time. If I do post fat to skinny pics it might just be from my neck down. I don't know. Lemme sleep on all of this.

posted at 7:35 PM


Thursday, December 09, 2004

Exercising My Right To Make Christmas Gifts This Year

I did it. I re-joined the fitness gym I was a member of. For a quick background:

My dh and I were members of a gym for a couple of years, but my dh noticed that I would only go like twice a month and sometimes not even that. So to save us some money, we decided to not renew my membership but to keep his going.

I bought a $500 Fitness Quest Gazelle which I used a lot and continue to use but only every now and then. Watching several programs like The Biggest Loser and shows on Fit TV got me to realize that I need more than just one workout machine to make losing this 45 pounds easier.

So this past Monday I signed back onto my old gym. I am happy to report that I have gone twice this week for 1.5 hours the first time and 1 hour this last time. That is a big difference to my 15 min work out 3-4 days a week on my Gazelle at home!

I plan to use my Gazelle on those nights I can't make it to the gym and on that occasional weekend that I want to do a quick workout without the hassel of driving to the gym.

Also, I have been drinking my 64 ounces of water every day and I have tried to cut my meal portion size. I also don't snack too much and when I do snack I eat something like popcorn or Sunchips.

A side note that has nothing to do with exercise: I decided for financial reasons this year to make Christmas gifts for friends and family. I won't say what for fear that one or a couple of them are secretly reading my blog. But when the holidays are over, I will try to remember to post the project on here. It isn't a seasonal gift, it is something that can be given to someone all year long for birthdays, anniversaries, ect. So I will post the actual instructions on how to make it after the holidays. Hint: I got it from the Hobby Lobby website. Well aren't I Miss Martha Stewart this year? (The Martha of the 80's people, not the fallen "angel" sitting in prison right now)

posted at 6:11 AM


Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I Want It Eventually, Sometime, Soon, No...I Want It NOW!!!

I am so impatient. I want everything done, said and given now and not later. I really need to work on that. Patience is a virtue, I know, but easier said than done. Things I want now and not later:

My goal weight


To buy some things for the house and myself

For it to be Friday already

To be able to start packing now while I am excited with the idea

To move out of our place now because our new neighbors are shall I say, odd.

And a host of other things that take time but I want it NOW!

May I hurry up and see the path of patience open up for me. *hee hee*

posted at 11:43 AM


Friday, December 03, 2004

Scott Peterson, May All Your Days Be Spent In Solitary Confinement, A-Hole.

I hate it when I dream about current events. I like dreaming as a way of escapism. I can't escape when I dream about something I see on the news. I might as well be awake watching CNN in that case.

Last night I had a very weird dream that I was in a house with Scott Peterson. He was packing suitcases and boxes and he told me that his lawyer asked him to get his things together because we are moving. I was scared because here I am alone with Scott Peterson, the murderer of his own wife and child.

As he was packing he was also flirting with me and asking me if I wanted to marry him someday. I tried explaining to him that I am already married but I was so intimidated by him, I couldn't seem to get the words out. So I hinted him by telling him about my honeymoon to Vegas. That didn't seem to faze him any.

Then he asked me to get his gun from the closet. I told him that I didn't think he should take his gun because if he got caught with a firearm being a convicted felon, that would only get him more time in jail. The reality was, I just didn't want him shooting ME with it. He's already killed once, who is to say I don't piss him off and he decides to kill me? I just didn't want to make it easier for him.

He got really really mad at me and shouted that once we got married "things would change" with how I acted. At that point I looked at the clock and realized my parents were coming over in exactly 30 min. So if I could stall him for that long, I would be okay. I could just leave with them. But if he finished packing before my parents got there, I would have to go with him and then who knows what would become of me. So I helped him pack verrrrrrrry slowly. I tried making small talk in order to distract him.

The next thing I know, the clock showed that 30 min had passed and lo and behold, my parents pulled up to the drive way! I was so excited that I met them outside. I knew at that point I was ok. Then I woke up!

I'm telling you, I REALLY need to stop watching so much news. And as a side note: While I am generally against capital punishment, I sorta wish Peterson gets it then gets it overturned in a couple of years and finally spends the rest of his sick life in solitary confinement. I just want him to suffer with the thought that he is on death row for a few years, then before they are able to actually kill him, I want him to get a stay of execution but life in prison without parole.

23 hours a day in a jail cell with no contact with any other humans except a select few seems worse than death to me. That is why I want him to suffer that way instead of being able to take the "easy" way out with execution. I am sure Laci suffered more in her death than he would if the state takes his life. Because of that, he would do worse by being confined to a cell 23 hours a day for the rest of his life. Sick asshole.

Now on to Mark Hacking...

posted at 6:58 AM


Thursday, December 02, 2004

Strangle Me With My Shoelaces

I love the new boots I bought the other week, but the damned shoelaces keep coming undone. I tie them as tight as I can, going as far as cutting off the circulation to my ankles, and still they come untied after no more than four walking steps. What the hell?

Today is especially annoying because I have to dress up for work today (we are having special visitors to our office) so I am wearing a dress. When my boots come untied you can see it. Whereas on a regular day I am wearing pants so when the laces come undone you can't tell as much.

Maybe I just won't walk around too much today.

posted at 5:05 AM


Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Naughty or Nice?

There are 24 more days until Christmas! My favorite holiday of the year. I am still up in the air about what to buy for my parents. I have some ideas, but I won't know exactly what I will get for them until closer to Christmas. I need to send my sister and her family some gifts, but since money is going to be tight this year, I need to find a gift that will suit everyone in the family. They have two young children, so I am not sure how I will think of something the whole family will enjoy that isn't expensive. Any ideas?

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