I have exciting news- this is my 100th post! This means since May of last year I have written a post about every 5 days. So far there have been 8,700 hits and 233 comments. I wish there were even more comments, but am thoroughly grateful for the ones I’ve gotten! Thanks everyone. The blog has turned into one of my favorite hobbies. I love it! (by the way, I should have my rightwingchickie guest blog ready tomorrow or Saturday. Just doing some final edits. I am so excited!).
This week has been a fun week. It has gone by quickly starting with getting our home, the Sammy, ready for the long term tennants. This was quite the task with cleaning, gardening, moving furniture and more. The new tenants came on Tuesday and are thrilled (not that there was any doubt!). Now I have 2 vacation rentals and 2 long-term rentals. In addition, today I got a call from a friend of my dad’s wanting me to find tenants for his long-term rental. The business is growing so fast I can hardly keep up with it, but I am grateful to be busy. As long as I can continue to work independently and be my own boss then I am happy. Even with all the stresses and the never-ending work, the idea of going back to a regular job makes me nauseated. I hope it never happens.
Once Tuesday was over (and the long days getting the house ready) I got to work Wednesday on my events calendar for Grabber warmers. I have a booth and a warm team van I take to events all around Utah, and I had to get the calendar ready for my supervisor to approve. It has been next to impossible to get this calendar ready by the end of the August (so I missed it by 3 days, it counts), but somehow I squeezed it in and it is done! Isn’t it the best feeling when a project is finished? Especially one you doubted your ability to complete? It is the best!
With all this work you might wonder if I had any fun this week. Fortunately last month I planned a long overdue Mary Kay party with my friend Laura South. She had been encouraging me to host a party for a year or more and finally I found the time to do it on Wednesday. After my recent debacles with enrichment parties (see Thoroughly Uncool) I wondered if anyone would come- particularly after several last minute cancellations. I was seriously worried it would be me, Laura and my friend Suzanna. To my surprise and delight the turn-out was great. My friend Rachel H. brought 3 of her friends! This in a addition to Suzanna, Melany, Anna and Becca. Including Laura and myself we had 10 people. My only regret is I was so busy hosting I forgot to take a picture! The food was good, the make up was fun and we all got great prices on good quality make-up. I will definitely consider throwing another party. Is it terrible to feel a little popular after such a party? That is how I felt yesterday. It was a nice feeling after a summer consumed with work (since Hawaii at least).
Today I took some time off wrote my article for right chicks, attended voice lessons with Anna (so excited!), and then had a lovely dinner with my great friend Angie Powell Barratt. She recently got married and this was my first time to her house. It is a charming house built in 1901 they are restoring bit-by-bit (so much cuter than some bland new house). We talked the night away and it was a lovely evening. I turned my phone on silent and just enjoyed myself. Sometimes the best thing is eating a good meal with a lovely friend.
My last comment is on the movie 500 days of summer. Maybe it is because I feel like there has been 500 days this summer, but I loved it. There are so few movies which feel authentically creative- too many are sequels or rip-offs of earlier, better movies. The plot is about a young couple (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel) that have a 500 day relationship. In a very creative way the story jumps around from one moment to another showing day 5, 301, 499 and back to 1 etc. It takes a bunch of creative risks including non-linear storytelling, over-the-top narration, a large musical number, sketch drawing on the whole screen, dual panels with different story-lines, and more. The acting was good, writing funny, and the music was cool. It does have a few objectionable things and probably earns its PG-13, but for adults it is wonderful.
One small thing I appreciated about the movie is its non-cliche ending. The characters are not in a storybook relationship, but they still learn much from each other. They are even unlikable in whole sections of the movie- particularly Deschanel (her character is named Summer, hence 500 days of Summer). In real life most people have a series of teaching relationships before meeting the right person. This movie shows the process of becoming the right person for someone else through a relationship. It is an unexpected and interesting movie on so many levels- characters, plot, sets, style and more. It is also the kind of movie that is better in the theaters. You will appreciate the creative touches more on the big screen. I hope you all like it. Let me know what you think!