sorry i haven’t posted here in like a week. i went back to “work” on monday (running my zine distro) & i felt really miserable, & after a couple of days of suffering, i decided to close up shop. i announced the closure on thursday afternoon (on the distro website & zine-related places around the internet), fully expecting that it would take the better part of 2010 to actually shut everything down. jared even bought me a digital postage scale (something i have been wanting for ten years) because we both figured i’d be running a home-based mail order business for another year, at least.
but this afternoon, 72 hours after i announced that i was closing, the last zine sold. i am stunned. i had literally thousands of zines for sale & they’re all gone. now i have about seven crates & a boxes stuffed with orders that need to be packed into envelopes & taken to the post office. keeping up with the constant influx of orders (they were coming in pretty much every ten minutes for the last three days) has been overwhelming & i haven’t had time to do anything else. seriously, i didn’t even brush my teeth or prepare my own meals yesterday. (thank goodness jared is still on break from school.) yesterday i started pulling zines for all the orders i’d gotten–just pulling them, not addressing envelopes or packing boxes. it took SEVEN hours just to pull everything. & another three hours today.
but now all that’s left is packaging everything up & taking it to the post office. i still anticipate that this process will take a week or two, but then i will have my life back! & that means 2010 is going to be AWESOME because i can do WHATEVER I WANT. so far, i am looking forward to: watching “dexter” with jared. playing a millionty-eleven games of simpsons monopoly. making lots of homemade pizzas. making fascinators (those little hats with feathers & jewels & stuff on them, attached to hair clips). taking lots of walks & exploring lawrence more. re-reading all the babysitters club books in chronological order. “frasier” re-runs (don’t judge me). the new seasons of “project runway” & “america’s next top model”. writing in my journal. finding a new treatment plan for my arthritis. it’s going to be pretty sweet.
before i sign off to get a jump on that whole “doing whatever i want” thing, i will say that i spent all day on friday laying on a tattoo table, bored out of my mind, alternately staring at some broken fresco tiles on a ceiling & a really disturbing poster for the band tool. but i walked away with this:
there were times when i thought maybe the tattoo artist was just torturing me & not actually tattooing me. i have a lot of tattoos, but this one hurt the most. but it was also totally worthwhile. those pterodactyls are stunning! & i love the looks on their faces, like they are malicious & bloodthirsty, but totally psyched about it.
hopefully tomorrow i will continue: the aughts: decade in review: the xyerraing: retrospective 2010: pajama jammy jam. now i’m off to do things like, shower. wash dishes. scavenge for dinner.