Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
But today was literally the last straw. I left my house at 1:15pm to catch the 265 SMART bus east into Detroit, where I got off at the corner of Warren and Southfield. From there, I normally catch the 46, headed north, to get to Wayne County Community College in time to make my 3:30pm class. Yes, I like to get there early. BUT, that's not the only reason I leave for school so early.
On a normal basis, the 46 headed north is at least 8 minutes late. Sometimes, it's been 15-20 minutes late. All too often, a scheduled stop goes by, passes with no bus. The next bus comes, it's standard 8 minutes late. This doesn't just happen today. I pretty much bank on it happening.
So, what DID happen today? I got to my stop at 1:45pm. There were two women and an infant who had been waiting at the stop for 15 minutes. The 1:46pm bus never showed up. Neither did the 2:23pm. Or the 3:03pm. Or the 3:43pm. Or the 4:23pm. That's FIVE SCHEDULED STOPS THAT NEVER HAPPENED.
I checked the DDOT site, and while there is a note about extra stops during the mid-afternoon to pick up students from Cody High (which is a GREAT thing, btw), nothing about completely skipping the stop at Warren and Southfield.
I depend on your bus to get me to school. Note, I didn't say on time. I just depend on your bus to get me there. I leave early to get there, not depending on your drivers to be on time, because it's my responsibility to be on time, not yours. I DO expect them to show up to the stop.
I'm publishing this. I am going to write letters to as many officials who have anything to do with DDOT as possible. I have the phone numbers to call and bug officials who deal with DDOT.
This is me venting my frustration, but this won't be the only thing I do.
*to my regular readers: Sorry for the rant. I'll be back to regular craftiness soon!!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Because I have the day off of school. It's not that I don't like it. I'm loving it so far. But, let me level with you.
You've seen photos of me. I am fat. Without a car, I'm riding Metro Detroit's AMAZING(ly horrible) bus system. I walk a mile to the bus stop, get on, get off to catch my transfer and wait 50 minutes, walk ¼ miles after getting to my last stop, and THEN walk around construction to get to class.
Don't get me wrong. Many people walk. I...I hate it. I was never a runner. I used to fake run a lap at track practice in h.s. (I threw shot and disc. The hell did I need to run for? I wasn't being chased by something that wanted to eat me.) So, let's go with "I'm lazy". That and cupcakes also explain why I'm fat. I own it.
My thighs hurt. My back hurts, and both feet have blisters. I can't WAIT until tomorrow.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
The last 6 months have been really hard for us. And, right now, they've led to where we are now.
We are officially homeless. That's not to say that we're living on the streets. Galen and I are staying at my mother-in-law's house, and Joe has stayed with a few friends. Our only problem right now is that I start school Tuesday. If I don't go, I don't get my financial aide. If I don't get that...well, we have nowhere. And I am at least a 20 minute drive from the nearest bus stop, with no car.
I would like to think the fiasco this past April wasn't as big of a player as it was, but...I lost $1000 right off the bat. When our income is $1200 per month, that's one month behind. Not to mention refunding roughly $750 in orders, and sending $300 worth of replacements. And we've never really caught up.
At this point, I don't know what to do. So, right now, I'm asking for help.
But, not without the prospect of giving back.
I have yarn. I have hooks. I can still offer something.
So, here's the deal. I am going to work today on updating my store. Everything will be 25% off, still with free shipping.
Please, if you can't help, pass this post on to someone who can. If you would like to donate, without buying, you can send via paypal to email@example.com. I will probably still send you thank you presents.
I don't ask for me. I'm asking for him.
I have made a coupon code, which saves me time, and lets me get to making things that have been ordered today. Win-win ;)
on Big Cartel and StoreEnvy, the coupon code is GALEN and you get 25% off.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
I have ALMOST re-written the cosplay beanie pattern, and redid things to make it more sturdy. I like it a lot better.
I am working on this:
It's coming along well. I'm at the hood. I've been working on it basically when Galen goes down for a nap. Which has been maybe 30 minutes lately :/ I envy moms on twitter and facebook who have kids that nap for hours. One day, I hope to have one of those. My kids probably won't do that until they hit the age where they're expected to, ya know, DO THINGS around the house.
For now, I think I need a Pepsi. And to do a little more packing. And make some dinner for the little tyke. :)
Friday, August 5, 2011
Here's a conglomeration of my 3D, photography, and, well, one ink drawing (ok, doodle).
If you're into making sigtags, I do have a small collection up at MTA, and, once things get back to normal, I'll have more there ;)
I also have more than one store for my crochet goods.
You know my bigcartel store:
But, I also have one at Storenvy
And I put my patterns up on Ravelry:
I put them there for 2 reasons...one, they take care of everything, including hosting. 2, it's WAY easier to keep track of what you have, and 3, YOU CAN REDOWNLOAD THEM IF YOU LOSE YOUR ORIGINAL FILE INSTEAD OF EMAILING ME. Not that I don't enjoy talking to people via email. I do. I love you all. From a customer's perspective, I HATE having to get in touch with a designer to ask for a new copy because I lost it, or they advertise that they updated the pattern. Ravelry takes care of ALL of that, and it's in one place. It's a no-brainer for me, and ALL of my patterns will be uploaded there.
Anyway, so, there's that. I am back to pattern writing, and store updating. And waiting for the Phineas and Ferb movie to come on tonight.