My Sister & Me is Open!

My Sister & Me, Lake Geneva, WI

This week I took two days off of work to help my mom in her and my aunt’s store My Sister & Me in Lake Geneva, WI. Seems funny to take vacation days to go work, but it never feels like work. My primary responsibilities are to keep my mom company and research some of the store’s antique and vintage inventory.

My Sister & Me Christmas TreeLast month, My Sister & Me celebrated their one year anniversary and I couldn’t be more proud. The store looks amazing and it’s filled with such a wide variety of things that I would be surprised if anyone could walk through that door without finding something that attracts their interest.

Frankly it’s tough to even walk across their wrap-around porch without this turn of the century doctor’s buggy drawing customers in for a photo-op.

One of my favorite parts of the store is the sweeping staircase especially now that they’ve decorated for Christmas! Isn’t this little tree adorable? It instantly made me feel festive.Old Keys, Pocketwatches and Ink Wells

They’re open year-round but since winter is Lake Geneva’s slow season, they have also been listing items on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MySisterandMeLLC

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Everything is coming up Amy

It’s finally happened! After a year and four months of looking I finally have a job! As I see it now this job couldn’t be more perfect. Every day I’m busy and I have already gotten to see some of my work out there for the customers to see. My co-workers all seem great and every one is very friendly. All I want to do is work very hard for my team and I don’t mind staying late. It probably helps that my new job is so close to home!
Unfortunately, all this working has taken me away from my crochet projects. This wouldn’t be so bad but I’ve completely forgotten how to do one of the patterns and am going to have to look up a bunch of stuff before going back to it… I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to work on projects at lunch like my last job. Right now I pass the time playing on my phone or reading a book. Most people eat out or at their desks. I need the time away from my desk in the middle of the day and I need to save as much money as possible so eating mostly alone in the break room will have to work for now.
Recently I got a great deal on a Kindle Fire which is what I’m currently using to compose this post. It’s fun and kind of weird. I really like how I don’t have to pick up my finger to type a word and its cool how accurate it is at trying to guess what I’m trying to type even when my swipes aren’t that precise.
I know this post is super random but I wanted to post an update of what’s been going on. Soon things will even out and I’ll have more time to stop and smell the roses.

A Turtle’s Greatest Accomplishment

Today while filling out an online application for a job I came across an interesting request. In addition to the typical name, resume and cover letter sections the application also asked me to write up a quick little story. The writing prompt told me to write in 300 words or less about a turtle’s greatest accomplishment from the perspective of the turtle. This seemed a little silly but since I enjoy whimsy I indulged it. The following is what I wrote:

One day I was walking through the tall grasses near my pond when I noticed some small rocks. As I continued to investigate I suddenly came upon a smooth black asphalt road. As I turned away from the road something caught my eye. Slinking down the middle of the street was the biggest, fattest worm I had ever seen in my life. I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet and my stomach was growling, pulling me towards the juicy worm.  I knew it would be dangerous but it had been awhile since my family and I had such a delicious meal so I took my first step onto the road. I listened carefully for any cars and looked both ways to be sure I would be safe and then I took another step and then another until I had reached the giant worm. I grabbed the worm carefully but firmly in my mouth and turned back across the road. Then, like my slow and steady ancestors before me I won the prize and was back in the safety of the grass. I was very proud of myself to be able to procure a tasty meal that my family needed and do it safely.

S’Mores

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Waiting For My Hair To Process

Client: I’m sorry my hair looks bad, women always know when your hair looks bad

Stylist: Yeah, well they don’t expect an apology!

Client: Maybe they should!

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Punny Jokes

So, my dad told me a punny joke the other day and it made me giggle so I had to tell my friend:

Me: How much does it cost for a pirate to get his ears pierced?

Lauren: Fairly certain it was free and everyone had an infection

…these are my friends, I chose them myself…

By the way the punchline is “a buccaneer”

Girls and Power Tools

My cousin Emily wanted to do a fun garden project that she found on Pinterest that links to the blog Home Stories A to Z. Here’s the finished product:

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Looks cute huh?! I came over to help and we realized that the rebar that is the backbone of the project was too long and the ground was too hard to push it down any deeper.

After texting her boyfriend who was at work, we found out that he has a tool we could use to cut the rebar in their closet and encouraged us that we could easily cut the bar ourselves. My first thought was, “We’re gonna need a lot of band-aids…”

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After some instruction and finally figuring out how to keep the saw blade in the slot (which kept flying out) we gradually sawed our way through the rebar.

I think Emily’s final product is just as good as the one on Pinterest! Course now she has to work on getting the bottom of the top pot calked so she can use it as a bird bath…

My Sister & Me in Lake Geneva

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For as long as I can remember my mom has been daydreaming about opening her own store. Although the type of store has varied over the years the goal has always been the same.

Now that dream is on the verge of coming true in the form of a vintage goods and gifts store called My Sister & Me!

My Sister & Me will live in a turn-of-the-century home in what is called the Maple Park Historical District in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Currently the home is in the final stages of restoration and will resemble what it probably looked like when it was built.

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I’ve always admired Lake Geneva and even in this financial climate the town’s small businesses have done well enough to remain open. Plus, with the variety of events and activities that Lake Geneva holds year round there is always a considerable amount of people shopping; even in the winter.

On Father’s Day I wandered around the lake a bit while my dad was helping work on the house. There is a really wonderful path that wraps around the entire lake and actually cuts through some of the million dollar properties. All they ask is that you are courteous to the homeowners and keep on the path.

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Crochet Catnip Cupcakes

A good friend of mine moved into her first apartment and decided to decorate each room with a theme.

She didn’t go overboard like they do on those home makeover TV shows but all of the rooms have accents that highlight the theme.

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In her kitchen the theme is cupcakes. Since it’s an apartment she didn’t want to do a lot of painting so the color of the kitchen is a generic white and the accents like cupcake cookie jars and hand towels make up a bulk of the theme for now.

While helping her shop for different ways to improve her kitchen appearance I’ve also become obsessed with cupcakes. In addition to trying all of the local cupcake bakeries and food trucks in the area we’ve even made gourmet style rum cupcakes from scratch which were delicious, although due to some frosting complications weren’t very pretty.

Cupcake Baking

Then we both came across a crochet pattern for cupcakes! Not only are they adorable but the pattern is FREE and can be found on Ravelry at Quick Cupcake.

Since I was making her a blanket anyway, I took a quick break from it and using some of her yarn I worked one up for her. While I was working on it, her cat S’mores became excited about the yarn twisting between my fingers and I realized how fun it would be to stuff the cupcake with catnip and make it a cat toy! He really enjoyed it!

S'mores playing with his cupcake

I plan on making a few more like it to match the blanket but I also want to make a few with some bead sprinkles or buttons. The pattern is super easy to follow and it doesn’t take long to finish, I really recommend it.

Hey Politicians

Hey politicians (specifically the ones that never held the office they’re running for before). I don’t care what you’re GOING to do if you get elected. Sure that’s lovely and I do want that message to be somewhere in your speeches but you should keep it brief and at the end. Instead how about you tell us all about what you’ve done to earn the position you’re running for.

In my experience, when someone around me wants a promotion they have to do the job to get the job. They have to prove that they’re capable of doing the tasks required. Usually that comes from either taking on parts of the new job under supervision or it comes from work experience similar to the new job.

In most cases, the person running for the President of the United States (POTUS) has never done the job before. Job experience as POTUS has to be learned on the job and we should decide who our POTUS is going to be based on similar job work experience.

If a candidate says, “I’m going to balance the budget” shouldn’t they be able to show us all of the instances in which they’ve helped balance a government budget? Please stop saying because the person currently holding the position hasn’t balanced the budget that you can do better by doing something completely different. Maybe they’re on the right path and they just need more time. Maybe there are limitations and obstacles in their way that you’ll never learn about until you have the job.

I watched a program called The President’s Book of Secrets. I’m a little skeptical of the whole program and it’s probably a bunch of crap, speculation and fantasy but it made me consider one very likely idea. To keep our country and every individual in it safe there is a great deal of information that is kept from nearly everyone. In the first few days in office the POTUS is briefed on the things only a few privileged know. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if at the end the new POTUS realizes that at least one of his campaign promises would never happen during his term. I can’t help but think it’s possible that broken promises former Presidents made were entirely out of their control. It’s not that they’re terrible leaders; they just weren’t given all of facts first.

Candidates should stop listing things they promise to achieve just to get elected. To me they sound like a high school candidate for president of student council promising to bring celebrities to the school, make lunch period longer and ban homework on Fridays! These things are never going to happen but they sound like fun so kids vote for them anyway. What’s scary is that they never grow out of voting in this way.

As politicians, you know that people get voted into office because they’re the popular choice. You know that eloquent speeches and exciting promises attract voters but nobody would hire me if I walked into an interview and told them how they’ve screwed up their company and how I could make it better if I put a free coffee machine in the break room. So why do we “hire” presidential candidates who do just that? All I’m asking is that you downplay promises you may not be able to keep and focus on all the reasons why you’re qualified for the job. That’s what people really need to know.

Thank you for sticking through my rant until the end. Your reward, this picture of a puppy: