Sunday, August 15, 2010

Insert something meaningful here...

hmm, this is subjectively meaningful though I guess everything is.

Just read on CNN (which I feel is getting closer and closer the the likes of Fox news every day) that the "Craigslist Killer" committed suicide!

I know this is quite a morbid subject but I have always been fascinated by serial killers. I am not sure if this guy can technically be classified as a serial killer but it seems that if he were not caught he would have continued and then would have most definitely fit the definition. I can't say that I feel sad about this man's suicide but I am empathetic for his family and friends. I don't really look at situations like this one with disgust or anger. I like to learn more about the person's upbringing, patterns, social/family life, etc. I am more interested than anything. Some may think that is weird but this is what I love.

I am a therapist though I don't work with adult offenders and needless to say I don't work with serial killers. But how cool would that be?!! Criminal profiling, forensic
So suicide huh? Some may say "good riddance" "it's a sign of guilt" or something of that nature. I think "I wonder what was going on in his head?". Was it guilt? Was it sadness? Or was it fear of punishment? I think depending on where he fell on the spectrum of personalities it could be one or all (or more) of those things.

A true narcissist wouldn't necessarily commit suicide if caught. Neither would a psychopath (aka sociopath). Not that it is out of the question, but based on my knowledge, I would say that would not be the first route for those types of people.
What I know of this story is that this man's behaviors were very unexpected to the people who knew and loved him. That indicates that there was a part of him that was able to function well interpersonally. So why did this other side win out?

That's what intrigues me. If we all have different parts to our whole selves then what determines which side(s) will dominate? The obvious answer is nature/nurture. Yeah, I agree but there are times when patterns of human behavior cannot always be explained nature/nurture. No, i'm not insinuating there is some mystical force behind this. I'm just trying to point out that human behavior is NOT a straight line and predicting/explaining what may or already has happened requires flexibility and an open mind.

Food for thought.

Gettin' back in the Grooooove

So the lull in my creative streak/etsy involvement may be dissipating. I spent the morning photographing and have listed two new (vintage) items so far today. Not too shabby considering my recent lackadaisical attitude about managing my shop. Let's hope this trend continues. Rather, let's hope this becomes a trend.

Ta Ta

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Town New Start

OK, it's not really a new town but this is the first time in oh...hold on, counting......12 or 13 years that I have lived here full-time and as an adult (most importantly). Working a temp job thanks to connections I have here but am eager to find permanent full-time work that will help me work toward licensure and re-gain some independence. I have a feeling it won't take long. Then again, I had that feeling in May and it has yet to happen.

Still not worried, maybe I should be but i'm not. The dog is tickled pink to be part of a pack even if it is temporarily.

Miss my hills and the great summer weather they hold. Sacrifices sacrifices. Still slightly frustrated with blogging and consciously avoiding it at times. Uh, ok, most of the time. But i'm here now so that counts and here is a pretty picture for your viewing pleasure. Took it on my second to last day in the mtns.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked the portions of this book that were narrated by the little boy. What an amazingly funny and charismatic character. I did not so much care for the chapters in between his narration in which other characters narrated. It was often hard to follow who was speaking, what they were speaking about, and how it related to the rest of the story. I could have done without those parts but really loved the main character's experiences. Very heartwarming and so sad at times. What a horrible time that was for the US and to hear an account from a character directly affected by 9-11 makes it impossible not to re-live what we all felt watching those events unfold.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

You know, I was all gung-ho about this blog thing in the recent past. I have put a lot of effort into making it pretty, posting stuff of interest that does not directly connect to my shop, and following other blogs. Alas, I am not getting much blog love (followers, comments, etc) and this is eating away at my motivation to keep the energy flowing to Yes, this is a little bit of a bitch session but I think it's allowed because I don't do it often, if ever, and am not targeting anyone, simply voicing personal frustration.

I'm also in the process of moving which has put a slow down on listings and finding items to list. Got some great vintage jewelry recently but left it at a family member's house I was visiting. I will get the jewelry back but not for a few weeks

June was by far my most successful month for sales and Etsy acknowledgments and it felt great. I am very thankful for that, guess it's hard to watch the momentum slow and not be able to get back up just yet.

Ok, guess that's it for now. Here's a pretty picture I took recently to erase the negativity I brought onto the page with the above words:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved this book. A continuation of great characters with some changes and some new faces. Cannot wait to read the third book. Heard there is a 4th manuscript in existence but the author's family is fighting over having it published. Sometimes I wish good series like this could go on forever. Guess that might take some of the fun out of it huh?

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Friday, July 2, 2010

I made it to the front page! Finally!

Dah~nah~nah~NAHHHHHHHH! One of my items finally made it to the front page! Hooty hoo! So happy and thankful :D

And...I have an interview next Wednesday, we'll see how it goes. I applied for new job today which I REALLY REALLY want to interview for~cross your fingers for me ☘☘

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Oh how THY wish THY had FRivolOUs $ to sPenD...

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Today= Hot, Sticky, Vintage Success!

Went vintage hunting today well AFTER I was ready to be home sitting in front of a fan with my feet up. Neither of the antique shops I visited today have air conditioner (hey, it's the mountains) and it was unbearable. I like to haggle when I vintage shop because, hello, i'm trying to make a profit here. So today, per usual, I attempted to talk down a couple of items I bought from one Boone antique dealer who will go unnamed. She seemed to be offended by my bargaining? Uhhh ma'am, if your prices are firm then just say so.

her: "Well you see, this belonged to my sister."
me: "Ok, so you're not willing to take that price for it?"
her: "You see these things are really hard to find."
me: "Ok, i'll pass"
her: "Well, you are buying several things. Ok, i'll do it for that price."
me: (thought bubble) Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

To top it off she doesn't even have regular business hours! She is open when she wants to be?! Come on lady, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Anywho, I found some fab finds like...vintage cheese graters that also hang dish towels, a couple of vintage tins, a vintage nautical clock that also keeps track of the tide, a wicked cool vintage ashtray with "Jerusalem" and an Isalei skyline on it, a barrel mug, and a pair of vintage baby s & p shakers. Wheeew!

All I wanted was a cool shower after all of that.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Upcoming Sale!

So i've decided that my new sale will be related to my shop hearts. I am currently @ 192 as I write this and once I reach 200 I will be offering 10% off of all purchases (not including shipping). Go 200 ♥s! I will give further details (length of sale) when the time comes.


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