mostly complaining October 25, 2012
The other day I had to renew about thirty items in my etsy shop at a charge of twenty cents an item. When an item is listed on etsy it costs twenty cents, and that item will then be listed for six months or until it sells. Believe me, having to renew thirty items because they did not sell in six months didn’t put a big grin on my face. What it made me do was change my prices… again… for the umpteenth time. The only plus is that I discovered Betsi Lite which is a free app that permits bulk edits to etsy listings. What a time saver! Without it a person has to go into each item listing to edit it, and that burns away time like nothing if there are a multitude of items that need to be edited.
I am hoping and praying that November and December will be extremely successful selling months for me, because those are the top two shopping months of the year. I want to be able to keep adding items to my shop, and I’d love to keep expanding on my merchandise, but I simply cannot do that when nothing is selling. I believe I have 107 items stocked right now, and I significantly dropped prices in the hopes that perhaps etsy’s suggested pricing method isn’t always correct. Yeah, I’d like to be able to use a simple formula to figure out my etsy prices, but if no product is moving maybe that formula isn’t always reliable. At this point I feel that I’ve done everything correctly that is recommended for new shop owners to do, and I can’t help feeling like something just isn’t clicking. So now I have retreated to my room all in a fluster and feeling that everything that I have done I have failed at. Triple sigh.
This blog is going to be nothing but complaints complaints complaints. On to my next one.
I’ve been thinking about throwing away my scale for the last several months, and today I have decided to get rid of it and get another one. The only reason that I’ve not smashed it with a hammer or thrown it out is because it was a more expensive scale, and the stupid thing is only a year and a half old. However, the readings go apeshit so frequently that I am now of the opinion that I need to cut my losses. I picked it because I thought it was kind of pretty, and figured that a more expensive one would work better and last longer. No such luck. It’s a clear glass scale with silver in the corners, and can tell a person all sorts of info like muscle mass and bone density and blah blah blah. What it can’t do is give clear readings anymore. Sometimes I step onto it and it gives me a number that is about ten pounds under my last reading. Although I’d love to believe the number I know it isn’t true. So I will get off and step back on and then the number will swing to five pounds over my last weigh in. It’ll read a different number each time I step on, and sometimes, eventually, whatever is making the scale crazy will stop and it will settle on a number that is most likely true. If this happens I will get off and get on again several times to confirm it, and if the number stays the same three times I will record it. Sillyness! Today it told me that I weigh several pounds more than I did yesterday, which is flat out impossible, because I record my calorie intake every fricken day. I’m not starting my period or anything either. It’s the last straw. The readings bounced around and bounced around until I gave up on the thing, and decided that I’ll just buy a cheap one that isn’t digital and doesn’t require batteries.
Grrrr. There is one week left in the month, and I’ve been kicking ass on making it to my goal of 205.8, so seeing a number jump up three pounds overnight for no reason whatsoever really got me riled. Each scale is slightly different though, so I’m hoping that purchasing a new one won’t throw my numbers off too much. Quadruple sigh.
One non complaint in this blog- I finally found my soft tape measure the other day. I had guessed in a previous blog that my waist was at least an inch smaller, and guess what? It is two and a half inches smaller! That’s a huge difference for a 6.4 pound loss, don’t you think? It is visibly noticeable though, and that’s for sure. My boyfriend comments about my shrinking waistline pretty frequently, so at least visually things are going my way in spite of the irritation of a malfunctioning scale.
I worked out for forty five minutes to an hour every day for about two and a half weeks straight, and I believe that is what is mostly responsible for the waistline shrinkage. For the last two and a half weeks I have been having trouble sleeping at night again (damn it) and haven’t been getting up as early. I’ve been feeling groggy a lot and skipping the workouts, and opting to take walks instead. Walking is great, but I don’t see fast results with it, so today I am going to force myself to start up aerobics again.
Someday I will no longer have to think about how much weight I’ve got to lose. That will be a good day.