Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Be Brave and Have Courage!


I love this quote! I used to watch this movie with my sister-in-law Pam a lot and it was our last movie we watched together!  So this post is dedicated to Pam! Sorry, everyone, there is not much more I can say about this because if you knew her you would understand she was beyond amazing.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Dreams or Nightmares... Parents Edition


If that quote wasn't the truth.  You see I am what you would call a very dark dreamer.  I remember my dreams for a while after I wake and I write them down till I start to forget. Which seriously some of the best stories come from what you dreamt in the past.  But lately, my dreams have been even darker than usual. As most know I am a writer and I normally lean towards ghost and monsters in my writing. Even my own personal drawings in the book's lean toward the darker mythical side.  But seriously I think my dreams have been in overdrive lately. I decided to read up on what dreams are supposed to mean and according to quite a few articles, it's my fears for the future playing out in my dreams... Only if my dreams knew the half of it.

That's where I have a problem.  Why? Because the other night I was watching a video game playthrough with my daughter and later that night I dreamt I was fighting off the characters of said game with dual handed swords while searching for something that even though I could not remember once I woke up in my dream it had a purpose.  I hate animatronics they sit on the same level as clowns or mannequins.  I worked retail for eleven plus years and I hated being around mannequins alone.  As a joke, I used to have an old coworker leave mannequins in my old stockroom/ office to scare me. Let me tell you at seven in the morning when you had only had your first sip of coffee they heard me scream all the way across the store. Also, I hated being around angel statues as well! Thanks, Dr. WHO.

But back to the dreams.  I will admit I worry about the future. I mean I have a husband that is doing everything in his power to take a future from my kids and I.  I mean he is putting our home in foreclosure to spite me.  I am pretty much selling a ton of my home stuff on the crazy store to get a car so I have reliable transportation so not only I can get to and from a job but get my kids to where they need to be.  I worry a ton but I also have faith that I can make things work out.

But as of late, these dreams are seriously bothering me.  I mean these dreams go from sugar and sweet to full-fledged battles to where I come out covered in blood or wake up before I take a fatal hit.  The worst thing is that I will have bruise marks on me when I wake up.  Which is not odd for me because as everyone knows I am also a huge clutz.  Don't believe me, I stopped in a store to get a money order came out trip over my own two feet and fractured my ankle.  I am a clutz. So does anyone else dream so vividly that it breaks the normal bounds of what a dream is supposed to be? Or am I just a complete freak? Has anyone else ever had this issue or have any insight on this?



Monday, July 16, 2018

Looking For A JOB

So let me make this clear to start I lost my job on January 30th of this year. Why did I lose my job you may ask? Well because I was full time and the company restructured to get rid of us hard working full timers.  Which sucks too because I followed policy and rules and was a cheerleader for the company.  I was such a cheerleader I cheered myself right out the door. I was Lucky I got a small severance and some unemployment. But here it is July 16th and I still have not found a job. Yes, I am being critical of finding a good job because guess what I worked for a huge corporation before and my soul got sucked from me. No, I am not being funny I am being serious.  The company I worked for previously for going on just over eleven years did not believe in a work-life balance.  Well, let me rephrase that unless you were someone who kissed the managements booty you were not given or allowed to have a work-life balance. Now I can freelance which I am setting everything up for and other stuff from home but seriously this has become super depressing. 

Now have I interviewed for jobs yes of course. Did I ask all the important questions?  I sure did! Did I answer all the questions the way I was supposed to? Yup!  I actually overheard one of the managers say to another well if she couldn't keep her job with $#@%& then why would we want her here.  This is after I explained why I was let go from my previous job due to restructuring and they got rid of a bunch of us full-timers.  Another interviewer actually insinuated that I might be a tad too old for the job. Are you serious I am almost 41 years old that is not old, is it? 

So I have put in a ton of applications and have scoured the job sites.  Then the other day I was playing around on Pinterest and came across a post that said work from home. I read the post and believe me it was a long one, but it gave me hope.  I went to the search bar and put in work from home and lo and behold there were over 250 posts with information on companies looking for remote workers for almost any field I could qualify for.  In three hours I had submitted fifteen applications and had emails back from three companies.  I would love to work from home and save a commute or for me the Uber.  I was happy to see that all my options hadn't been gone through and I saved close to 100 articles from Pinterest and have about 75 left to go through but the sites and resources I have gotten have been amazing and I am feeling hope in this job search lets just hope it pans out!

So if you think you can do any of the following type work from home and good luck!
-data entry
-transcription
-customer service
-sales
-teaching English
-tutoring
-teaching other languages
and much more!

I will also make it easier for you with a link to my Pinterest Board with the articles I have been applying from!  If you are looking for a job happy job hunting I know we will both get one soon!

Blessings and Love,
Angie

Me too! Lol

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Brief Interlude!

I know I know I said I wouldn't be gone again and really I am not... No, seriously I am finishing stocking THE CRAZY STORE!  I am on hour I think 9 of working through the stock and box 17.  I have to get the store finished by the end of this weekend so I can have a Christmas in July sale followed by the dreaded back to school sale and pop up!

In all seriousness though thank you all for the kind messages that ask if I am okay? Because yes I am doing much much better than I have in the last few weeks.  My older two teens are out and about with their boyfriends/friends. My youngest has been hanging out with her friends as well and my boy has been playing on Fortnite none stop since yesterdays season switch up happened. Btw thank you epic games now if you would add the game to the android some of us would be very thankful. 

Anyway, everyone, I am working on more of a post for later on but I must return to the stock of my store and move my bum.  You know because being on a porch with 95-degree weather is fun.

Much love and blessings to all,

Angie

This is me right now!
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The hills are alive, with th-...oh wait.. those aren't hills. That's just my homework.

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Pinterest Guide To Christmas In July!

If you haven't figured it out by now I am a Christmas enthusiast... ok let's just get it right I am obsessed with Christmas!  So when it comes to Christmas in July why don't we celebrate shall we? Besides we have good ole Pinterest to help guide us along! So shall we have some fun? Remember to click on the pictures to visit these awesome pins on Pinterest!

*Disclaimer I DO Not own these Pins so go show some pin love to the people that do!*

DRINKS!

There are so many fun ways to have a great time with or without adult beverages and here are a few pins to check out for when it comes to drinks!

Photo 16 of 42: Christmas in July / Birthday "Christmas in July" | Catch My Party
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Christmas in July Birthday Party Ideas | Photo 18 of 42 | Catch My Party
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Frozen hot chocolate bar! This is a great idea for a party. And yummy, too. Merry Christmas in July!
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FUN CRAFTS

Families normally make little crafty things during the winter for Christmas so why not do it during the summer as well?

Making beachy glass ornaments for a Christmas in July themed Birthday Party!  Filled with sand, sea shells, beach glass and glitter
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FOOD!

Because seriously what is the holidays or celebrating the holidays without food!


How to Make a Watermelon Snowman.  Filled with fruit salad of melon balls & blueberries.  Fun for Christmas or a Christmas in July celebration.
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a. party style: xmas in july :: veggie tray
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Christmas Tree Veggie Tray- I made one last year but must not have pinned it. Don't want to forget to make it though!
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Christmas in July
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Then there are links upon links with tons of great ideas and here are a few links that I actually liked with lists:
Christmas in July - Only 175 Days until Christmas! Start planning NOW for the best Christmas Holiday ever! Homemade Christmas Gifts, Recipes, Crafts and more! Click on the Photo for Christmas Inspiration!
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30 Christmas in July Party Ideas
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Christmas in July tips, tricks, recipes, crafts and ideas!
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90+ Recipes for Christmas in July | www.somethingswanky.com
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As with Christmas in July and as with normal Christmas follow the biggest holiday rule ever and that is having fun with it and enjoy yourself.  As for myself and everyone here at Mycrazylifeagain.com its crafting time!

Blessings and Love to you all,

Angie





Christmas In July!


I was asked the question, "Do you know why people and companies celebrate Christmas in July?" To be honest Christmas in July has always intrigued me and I thought it was for a few reasons and after doing a little research I come to find out I was not too far off on some of what I thought I knew. However, I was also wrong about some of what I knew as well. So let me fill you in on a few of the reasons that popped repeatedly when I was researching.

The first reason actually has to do with the real Christmas. See for us crafters who like making a bunch of homemade Christmas gifts July is our six-month warning if you have a bunch to make. This time of year if you go into certain crafting stores such as Joannes, Micheals and Hobby Lobby you can find sections that have some select Christmas stuff out already. Especially in the fabric and yarn sections you can see that there are holiday prints and colors starting to make an appearance. Also yes besides my gift store I have I do indeed have Christmas gifts started for this year myself.  But personally for  myself I also have started getting emails about up and coming holiday shows.

Another reason that I never thought of was that most families have reunions or vacations over the summer so for some it makes sense to have a Christmas Celebration when they can get off of work instead of the winter months where depending on their job they can't travel to go see family.   If you have family all over the country it makes sense that you are having a summer Christmas when people are more able to travel.

Then there is a huge retail push in July!  Yes it does exsist even though retailers will say no it doesnt. My twelve years retail taught me this.  In July is when most retailers put out merchandise that they did not want to take a big hit on mark down wise.  It is usually held back clearance from the previous years Christmas and the company is now marking it down to move it to get a better price for it. Or they are a getting ready for inventory or back to school so things are getting pushed from the stockrooms to get sold ASAP.

Now, the most controversial reason is the religous aspect as many believe Jesus was born in the summer instead of winter. Historically speaking it makes sense but I am not here to cause a debate. 

But really does it matter? For this girl right now its CHRISTMAS IN JULY! Does anyone else have any good knowledge on why? Yes? No? Stay tuned in the following post to see what you can do to make your Christmas in July rock!