Monday, January 16, 2006

* New items available over at Monkey Do Collective. Featured is the newest addition to our line of iPod holders...Nano Sleeves!

I've been using mine (the Mulberry Striped sleeve) for a week now and I love it. It's so cuuuuute! And hardly anyone else will have the same one. Jenny should have made a prototype for the Shuffle before giving one to her nephew for Christmas. Also in the works is a sleeve for the Mini.

Anyone have an iPod mini we can borrow?...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

:::.... A friend of mine called to tell me they are hiring at the art supply store where she works. Although I don't plan on applying, her phone call did a world of good...Especially since Jenny was standing there listening to the message with me.

It reminded me of two things. a) I never want to go back to a retail job and b) I've lost my way and I need to find it again.

Knowing my sales on ebay would slow to almost nothing with the holidays over, I was in no hurry to get back to my old routine of snapping photos and writing descriptions. Taking a part time job sounds like a good idea. And considering that I owe someone important a few hundred dollars, it sounds like a great idea. Except that I will go to work there and be stuck in the same exact place I was in three years ago. Working for someone else at a dead end job with the GENERAL PUBLIC*. Add the fact my friend is one of the managers there and I wouldn't feel right taking a job knowing I had no intention of hanging around.

The timing was perfect. Jenny had a renewed interest in our website and I realized that the "holidays" aren't even close to being over. There's Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter and all the Birthdays in between. We've got work to do! And the proverbial creative juices came bursting forth with the force of a tidal wave into our living room. Ideas were pouring out of me quicker than I could jot them down. I was shaking them out of my sleeve. After a quick run to the crafts store, Jenny had began sewing and within an hour or two had a prototype for what will hopefully be our biggest seller. She is truly amazing and talented.

This all of course, is just fueling my fantasy. The one where I finance my education with our website and my ebay sales. One day I may emerge from my pipe dream penniless and alone. But for now, I will learn to work both sides of my brain to attain this goal. Wish me luck and please, my dear readers, do not hesitate to leave me any words of advice or wisdom. I could use the help.

*Idiots. All of them.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

:::.... I am going to write about an experience I had today so that what happened to me will not happen to you or anyone you know.

Today I checked my Yahoo account (which I use exclusively for ebay transactions) to find an email from PayPal. The subject line read: Payment Received To electronewage@hotmail.com. I thought to myself, I didn't send payment to anyone. I opened the email which informed me that a payment of $370 was sent for an "iPod 60G - Like New!" Apparently through ebay.

What the fuck!!!? Did I accidentally bid on and win a 60 gig iPod? I had bid on an iPod case a week before. Shit, shit, shit! No I didn't... Somebody has hacked into my PayPal account!

I quickly went into panic mode. My heart was pounding. I scanned the rest of the email and just before opening a new window to log into PayPal, I found a link that would take me straight to the claims page of PayPal. I clicked on it and quickly began filling in the blanks provided to dispute the purchase. I stopped typing at the box asking for my pin number. At that moment a gigantic red flag went up. Why would they ask for my pin? I looked up at the URL which included the more obvious, "my-paypal account" in it.

Oh shit!...Why am I sitting here frantically re-entering data they already have? I closed the browser and got offline. I was shocked at how authentic the email and website looked and distraught over how close I had come to handing over my senstive account information. When I called my bank they said since I didn't actually send the information by hitting 'OK' or 'submit' I should be perfectly fine. Paypal had a totally different opinion and advised me to close my bank account and change my password at once. Apparently it is possible for the thieves to monitor your keystrokes and put together the information without you actually sending it.

I can't believe I fell for this. I'm the one always lecturing my mother to watch out for these things. Everyone knows that institutions will not contact you to verify your information periodically for no apparant reason, but this was different. It was meant to play on your emotions. Alarm, anger, and confusion so that you act quickly and irrationally. And it worked. Sort of.

Be warned. They're getting smarter everyday.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

* Extensive list of haunted places in Texas. The buzzer on the dryer went off a few feet away while I was browsing the list and I almost peed my pants!

* Six Flags Astroworld will begin a 3-day public auction Friday, January 6. It will include such items as machinery, tools, equipment, rides, memorabilia, etc.
"Several buildings on site are packed with everything and anything connected to AstroWorld: old amusement ride signs, garbage bins filled with rubber boots — dried mud still clinging to some — wooden picnic tables, boxes of employee uniforms, industrial sewing machines, more than three dozen 25-inch color TVs, golf carts, disco balls, air compressors, garden hoses, bakery display cases and — what every home needs — a waist-high double ketchup dispenser on wheels."

I think I might be interested in the waist-high double ketchup dispenser, but I don't think it would fit in my car. And I'm positive Jenny wouldn't let me try. Regardless, we may just pack up a few notebooks and cameras and head on over Saturday.

* Think twice before getting drunk and raising hell on an airplane.

Monday, January 02, 2006

*Here is a funny (and pathetic) thread consisting almost entirely of comments by really stupid kids who are clueless on how to work and care for their iPod Nanos. The first fifteen or twenty are by recent iPod Mini purchasers (back in September) complaining about the Nano's release. Scroll down a bit to read about how easily the Nano gets scratched after being stowed in a jeans pocket all day (with no case.) As you read, be sure to note how many times the same ridiculous question of how to delete songs from the Nano is asked, and answered...And still asked again and again and again. It's staggering.

Actual reader comment:
argh!!!! i got the ipod nano 2day and my sister stepped on the earphones with high heels on and one of them came apart and i cant fix it!!! stupid nano. and the book says the warranty doesn't cover accident!

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