I’m a little slow catching onto trends. Like the totally awesome neato thing where you make your own gifs and then share them with the internet. So I’m catching up for lost time.
Here is a gif about Olive’s favorite TV show GIRLS. It’s not exactly age appropriate but she’s far from forming memories, so we’ll just continue to watch Hannah Horvath trot around Brooklyn nakedly.
And here’s one about mustaches. Olive has no interest in facial hair…but I do. Along with the rest of the internet.
Many more gifs to come because they’re like so much fun.
With a name like Olive the girl needed her own custom stationery. And if you give a kid their own custom stationery they’re gonna also ask for their own custom stamp. Naturally.
My mom is the craftiest of all crafty grandmas. Every time I see her she’s showing off some new art project she’s dreamed up in her craft room. I’m in love with the OliveGrams she made for us a few weeks ago.
Together they’re perfect and I can’t wait to send OliveGrams to all our favorite people.
Alex bought me a way cute necklace that got delivered today to our front doorstep. I asked what the occasion was and he told me how proud he was of me for the job I’m doing raising Olive and for all the work I’ve done trying to get our photog business off the ground.
Most days I just feel like I’m not doing enough. Well I should say…not doing enough of the right stuff. Life is all about making decisions. And in this case I’m wondering if I’m making the right decisions on how I should spend my time each day I’m home.
Should I spend my time emailing this guy about this gig that doesn’t pay well but could offer some good business exposer?
Should I spend my time designing another flyer that I can pass out to people that are more than likely just throwing it away. THEY BETTER AT LEAST RECYCLE IT.
How do I small business?
When I was in art school I took an oil painting class. I loved it. Most of it at least, one time I was cleaning my glass palette with a razor blade that my professor handed me with one instruction, “Don’t cut yourself.” You can guess what happened next…oh the horror.
I loved getting into the groove of a painting, I just hated all the setup and cleanup. And I really hated sitting in my dorm room, clear on the other side of campus, wondering if I should go into the studio to work on whatever painting it was I was working on that week. Odds are I’d be able to finish it in time if I didn’t go in on the weekends to make little dabs here and little dobs there. But the point was it made me feel better to go in and go through the process of being a good student and being a better painter.
That’s kind of how I feel these days with this whole small business thang. Even if I go and sit at my computer and send off emails that probably won’t get responded to and design flyers and headers and business cards that probably won’t make that much of a difference it feels good just to be there, sitting there trying to make something happen. Rather than sitting on the sofa with Olive dreaming up epic to do lists.
Oh the thinking of the to do lists.
How do I small business?
Every time we pick up Olive these days we feel our backs slowly breaking. This kid, she be gaining weight STEADILY. Which is great.
Things that weigh just as much as Olive:
1) A bag of bricks
2) A cubic yard of wet cement
3) An apartment
She’s currently rounding out her first week of solid foods. We were going to wait until she was 6 months old but we instead made it to 5.5 months. Ya see, we’d be drinking things and eating things and she’d start yelling and reaching for whatever it was. She totally let us know she was ready. The first time she ate rice cereal she ate it like she had been eating it her entire life.
Like a boss.
Since being laid off I’ve been enormously happy and relieved. I’m no longer sitting at a desk wasting my time at a job that I am thoroughly bored at. I also have a boss now that I LOVE LOVE LOVE. Her name is Olive and she’s currently propped up in her bumbo with leopard footy pajamas and a binky with a purple cat on it.
My days aren’t nearly as scheduled as they were a mere month ago. They consist of naps (sometimes for both me and Olive), me checking my email, Olive crying that she’s bored, Saci letting me know that she too is bored, and just hopefully doing some of the stuff that is required to get a small business off the ground.
I’m not making huge paychecks right now. BUT I’m making like ginormous happiness paychecks that I cash in on daily and everybody around me is probably a wee bit happier because of that too. Also, it’s spring in Austin and I have a happy baby girl who now eats solids.
photo credit goes to first time parents Chris and Subina Garyet. That’s me and Olive enjoying their new bundle Ashni!!
A handful of weeks ago I was browsing etsy.com, the reason my wallet is skinnier and my home is prettier, and came across Leonora’s adorable shop (Yellow Heart Art). Everything she makes is just all the cuteness x ten and well, I couldn’t leave without asking her if she was up for creating a custom stamp for Lil Miss Olive. I’d had the idea for awhile that all of Olive’s mail, the kid is single handedly keeping USPS in the black, would have a stamp on the back that read “From Olive Us.”
Thankfully, Leonora quickly turned into my favorite etsy shop owner to ever live and quickly turned around an adorable, custom stamp just for Olive.