Sick to my belly

My stomach is in like 85 billion knots over my first day of grad school today... and what's worse is it doesn't start until 4:00, so it's felt like a pretty anticlimatic morning.


Everything will be fine. Everything will be fine. Everything will be fine.

Can I have a midlife crisis at 23?

Pretty please?

My dad decided it was time to move on from his 8-year-old Lexus, and he bought a new car yesterday... an 08 Chrysler Sebring hardtop convertible. Now I'm not much for status symbols, but that is a NICE car. Any time I can afford a midlife crisis, I think I'd like to have one just like his. :)

stuff and things

So I worked hard this morning, and all day yesterday, and this afternoon I decided to be bummy. I watched Ellen DeGeneres, and I've decided that she and I should be best friends.

On a different but equally inane note, I dig the sorting hat application on facebook. Most of my friends, it appears, are Gryffindors with quite a few Ravenclaws, and a Hufflepuff or two... but no Slytherins. I knew I had a knack for choosing friends! I am most definitely a Hufflepuff... Intelligence, bravery, and ambition are all important to me, and I feel like I do possess some amount of those qualities, but I definitely value loyalty most of all... even though Luna rocks the casbah... and such things

Ummmmmm what else...

Oh, when I was in high school, I spent hours and hours and hours covering the door to my bathroom with patterned papers ripped from magazines. It looked cool, and it definitely ran its course, but it's time to make my room look like Jennie-in-her-20s rather than teenage-Jennie, so the ripped papers came down, as did my guitar chords poster (I haven't really played since high school anyhow) and a few other things. Instead I put up my gramma's 3D art and a couple of skyline paintings I picked up in London and NYC when I spent summers there. I think house-sitting for Vanessa's family and sleeping in her bedroom has made me realize that while her room has grown up, mine has stayed the same... probably because I thought living here was going to be a lot more temporary than it looks like it's going to be.

But ah well, c'est la vie.

And that rhymes... I'm a poet and I didn't even realize that that was the case although it sat there right in front of my eyes, staring me in the face... dammit, I was trying not to rhyme!!

Ok, obviously I'm now procrastinating so I'm going to go walk Vanessa's dog, and then we're going to see On Your Toes tonight at the Reprise theatre. I know nothing about it. Should be good fun.


Odds & ends

Holy freakin crap... it's $10,000 for 100,000 banner ads on TheKnot.com. So much for advertising with the nation's biggest wedding website!!

I picked up the readers for my human development class yesterday... I think I'm really going to enjoy that class. A lot of it is articles about different periods of a person's life, but parts of it are childrens' activities, like "Everyone looks for different things in their friends. Each apple has a word in it. Color the ones that are traits you look for in a friend red. Color the rest of the apples green." Squee.

Grad school is going to be good fun.

Holy cow, squee for progress

Come 1:00 AM, I have now finished the baby sample book. And the wedding sample book has been done for two weeks or more. Bar Mitzvah samples are 90% done and after I make the 1.5 left, I just have to scan them, price them, toss them on the website, and then spend eighteen thousand hours putting them in a gorgeous arrangement in a sample book like I did with baby stuff tonight. :)

Also, kicking ads into high gear. A variety of Craigslist cities are seeing a smattering of Cards by Jennie ads every day, and so is Facebook Marketplace. I'm also connected with a site called TwoLeftHands.net that helps engaged couples to locate vendors... thanks to agreeing to write them a referral for a potential high-profile vendor, I've now been granted a complimentary upgrade to a gold membership, which means that for the same $5/month I was paying before, I get a bunch of leads, some business management tools, and, best of all, my graphic ad on their site.

And then of course, the cold calling. Thanks to planning the Humane Society's silent auction, I am oh so very fabulous at cold calling. But I'm amazed at how good the response is to my calls, actually... I'm so used to being hung up on, because with the silent auction I was asking people for stuff... when I'm offering to give them a referral percentage kickback for displaying my business cards, they're my best friends all of a sudden. Today I called adoption agencies and baby supply stores... I have 6 places that want cards, one that wants a flyer, and another who asked me to send them an e-mail with more info.

Plus my mom, who works with new parents (and also sometimes pregnant women), has asked me to create something to hang in her office. So yay.

Awesomeness... stuff is going well.

And for those of you who still haven't had the chance to check out my website, please do... I'd love to hear your feedback:


Cards by Jennie - happy things and thorough annoyances

Happy things... all my wedding samples and baby samples are done, and I only have to make one more Bar Mitzvah sample, scan 'em all and get 'em on the site. Hopefully I'll be able to do parties/events in the next 10 days, and then all I have left to do once grad school starts are announcements and holiday cards... kind of a pain, I was hoping to be done with samples by the beginning of grad school, but really weddings, babies, and Bar Mitzvahs are going to be my big sellers anyway, with parties (probably mostly Sweet 16s) tied with graduation announcements as a distant fourth. So all the important stuff will be done and I can start making calls, affiliating myself with maternity shops, wedding planners, synagogues and churches, etc. Good stuff.

Also, I made my first print ad today, and hopefully it will be posted on Two Left Hands, a site I've been using for leads. Here it is:

Not half bad for someone with next to no graphic design skills...

The only thing about my business right now that really pisses me off is someone has started to flag my ads on Craigslist. Yes, I post a lot of ads, but all to different cities, so it's not like I'm flooding one Craigslist board... it has to be competitors, flagging away other invitation making folks so that they can get ahead. I would NEVER play that dirty, and it really bothers me that anyone would. I feel like my products and my work speak for themselves, and if I felt like I had to get rid of other advertisers to get ahead, I think I would reevaluate the quality of my products.


And breathing again...

Woot for free ad website things

Dear Facebook Marketplace,

I owe you an apology. When first you emerged, I wrote you off as a cheap imitation of Craigslist, but have since been misproven. I have devoted hours of hard work to posting ads on Craigslist, not only in Los Angeles, but in ten different cities every day. I have had very feeble results. You, on the other hand, have proven immensely superior, and have had a much higher prospects to posts yield.

Thanks for everything!

Best Regards,



Dear Craigslist,

I appreciate that you are free, but I think we may need to start seeing other people. Due to your high popularity, I find myself competing with hundreds of other invitation businesses. I know that my invitations are of high quality, but it's just hard to compete with more established businesses that have the ability to hire professional website designers and whatnot.

I shall continue an acquaintanceship with you, but you ought to know that I intend to seek additional sources for my ads.

I wish you the best, and feel no ill will towards you.

Best Regards,


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Giggles is a sleepy clown...

...a sleepy clown who has to do a four-hour store promotion gig in the middle of nowhere, a city called Maywood.