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Oh goodness finally an update!

Well, well, where does the time go? And how to start up again after standing still for so long? Here we go!

In December I moved back into my mom’s house and my divorce became official on Valentine’s Day. It was a bitter holiday for sure! Flash, my wonderful (and now only) dog, did bring me two dead birds as his Valentine’s gifts. They were precious to him, so I guess I should be thankful! 🙂 Dogs are great!

What else? Let’s see… I thought signing up for was a great idea, but it was instead way too much way too fast! So I’m on invisible and waiting the paid six months out. If you are thinking about it though, I have nothing but good things to say about the site and most of the people I met; it was just way too soon for me. Maybe some other time!

So between tax season, dating, and my growing dog walking and pet sitting company (Lucky Mutts), I’ve never been busier. I haven’t even had time to make more than two cigar boxes in the last six months! But life is returning to a new normal and I’m enjoying it. I’m much more active than before (imagine a dog walker being more active!), I’ve lost 25 pounds because my eating habits are so much better and I’m reconnecting with friends and making new ones too. I’ve discovered that I absolutely love dancing and have been trying to get in as much as possible, even if I’m a tad terrible! I’m also much more social than I remember ever being, which has been a fun growth for me. And I’m pretty much trying anything new anyone throws at me. It’s a good time for growth all around!

Anyway, as things settle more, I will be posting regularly again and getting my butt in gear with the cigar boxes too. I look forward to reconnecting with everyone! Have a sunny and barktastic day!

Sunny view from my new space


Yay! Life after tax season!

I feel like I can get back to life as normal now that the tax season is done. I completed about 160 returns which definitely isn’t so bad for someone’s first year. And I gained a lot of information for my micro-accounting business which should be open within a year or two. I plan on going back to H&R Block next season, so if you need your taxes done, you know where to go!

Business for Lucky Mutts has been wonderfully steady the last few months which has allowed me many thoughts about how to expand the business. I just started a new advertising campaign for Lucky Mutts. And am working on actually getting my policies down on paper in order to hire my first employee.

Also, my crafts and writing are picking up again. And thank goodness – my creativity was getting bored from four months of taxes and forms and schedules! 🙂

My running has also greatly benefited from two things, one being the consistent clients and the second is the running group that I’ve been running with for the past few months. Reno Running and Fitness is a local company providing training plans for everything from 5ks to marathons and tons of support! Their website is check them out! It’s always a great idea to support our local businesses. Anyway, because of the increased mileage and also some speed (thank you Abby, my fastest client!), I’ve signed up for two upcoming 10ks and now have been accepted into the San Francisco 1/2 marathon thrown by Nike.

First 10k is this upcoming Sunday, May 2nd and is the Reno Rockin’ River run. Goes through some of my favorite parts of town, along the Truckee river, so I’m excited! The second is the Moms on the Run which takes place on May 9th and benefits local women with cancer. A cause close to my heart.

So not much rest in between the races and I hope that I’m ready for them! The Nike 1/2 marathon in San Francisco takes place Oct 17th so I have plenty of time to comfortably increase my mileage (by about double!).

I hope the world treats you all fairly and the sun shines continuously! Have a barktastic day!

Interesting and hectic week!

What a week! I started classes at the community college here in Reno, three years after finishing my French degree with UNR. It’s not the most useful degree, but I completely enjoyed getting it! Last October, I started working part time with H&R Block since the economy is quite slow here in town. I found out that I quite enjoy taxes! Ack!? Me? Enjoy something so dry as taxes? But yes it’s true! So I signed up for bookkeeping and payroll classes this semester.

Have you ever seen that Community comedy show on NBC? I thought I might be the Pearce (the old guy played by Chevy Chase who is just completely out of it and “uncool”) of the class since I feel so old to be taking a class again. Turns out no, I’m not the Pearce, and I’m definitely not the oldest. And, oh my goodness! There is a Pearce in the class! It’s not a guy, but rather an older woman. Before the class starts, when the instructor left the room, the woman turns to the rest of the class and says, “He’s a really easy grader, and a lot of fun too,” she pauses, “I failed his class last semester.” If he’s such an easy grader, how did she fail? Not that I’m worried, but wow, what a statement to lead the semester off with. Anyway, the classes so far are pretty easy, and I’m already done with the homework even though it’s not due until Sunday. It’s weird, I guess I’ve  grown up and lost some of my procrastinating tendencies. And I’m also sitting with proper posture while typing this…. Wow… I’m officially a grown-up I think!

Also exciting, at H&R Block, the tax season is officially starting the first peak which is the next two weeks. So I’m happily busy-busy-busy when I’m there.

And!! I had my first craft sale on Etsy yesterday! YAY! I love crafting and spend most of my (little) free time crafting away, so I was excited to list my stuff for sale. It had been a little over a month and no sale, I was a little disheartened but wasn’t really expecting to sell anything either. And then, bam! I sold the upcycled cigar box turned jewelry or storage box to someone all the way in sunny (or freezing?) Florida. Here are some pictures:

Upcycled Cigar Box

Neat-o graphic on interior of lid

Finished fabric interior (I love this pattern!)

I’m still learning how to take the best pictures, but have learned a ton by lurking in the Etsy forums and taking everyone’s advice. Here’s some pictures from the item I listed today, my Pewter and Pearl Earrings:

Pewter Pearl Earrings

I made an identical pair for myself and love them!

Pewter Pearl Earrings

I love the variation in the color of the pearls

So you can see that I’m getting better at taking pictures! If you want to check out my Etsy shop, here’s the link and for these earrings in particular

And then, the sad news of the week is about Muttley. She’s been getting worse and worse after exercising and I was worried it was hip dysplasia, it’s not, but she has dysplasia and arthritis in her knees and she’s only four! So she’s on a couple of maintenance supplements and has rimadyl if she needs it. She seems more comfortable already and it’s helped knowing where exactly she’s experiencing pain. And I no longer feel guilty about making her sit pretty (kind of like begging) since it’s not her hips that are the problem! hehe…

So with all of this going on I’m barely finding time to sleep! And of course  my clients from Lucky Mutts are keeping me going everyday. Even if I don’t particularly want to jog today! 🙂