Hello, lovely readers. I'm sure you're used to, by now, me flitting in to apologize for my incredibly irregular posts and then have nothing new ever. I am a little disappointed, but sometimes life wins.
I thought I'd fill you all in on some of the things that have kept me from blogging (and my internet life in general), without being TMI and not sounding like a whiny brat. Here goes nothin'.
In the last year and a half, I:
-moved four times (five next week)
-added an additional teaching licensure and 25+ credit hours to my already insane 146 hour minimum for my teaching degree. However, I will be both a history/geography/government and ESL/ENL/EAL teacher by this time next year.
-lost my beloved grandpa
-lost my childhood home and my parents split, and been separated from my dog
-began a job I usually enjoy, but lately it's been more stress than fun
-have not managed to stop biting my nails or lose a single pound, nor paid a single dime to my student loans yet
-on a good note, found my lovely boyfriend, and we've been together for that whole year and a half
I took 15 credits spread out over this summer. I'm supposed to be completing one last unit plan for my summer session right now, and starting tomorrow I'll have a two week break from classes. My counter starts another presale for GWP on Monday, and gift runs through the first two weeks of fall classes, a whopping 21 credits.
As I said, I'm moving again next week, and hopefully that will work out to be my best situation yet (some of you are familiar with some of my roommate stories). I hopefully will carve out time to perfect my organization, as I finally will have space all to myself and not be shoved in my bedroom. I'm sure I'll be asking for suggestions!
I'm going back and forth with the "purge bug". I know I'm hanging onto some of my makeup items, despite not using them/having dupes/not wearing much makeup in general lately. On the other hand, I have a drawer full of products that I meant to either swatch or reswatch/photograph that I won't get rid of yet. Also, I like my stuff. Moving so frequently encourages me getting rid of things, but my inner hoarder is holding on tight. I'm sure that will right itself as things settle down a bit. I wouldn't call my last blogsale a huge success, so I may or may not try one again.
I do want to keep up, or I guess restart, the blog. I will have great natural light at my new place, so I won't have to take a bag of products, plus wipes, camera, camera cord, white paper background, and paperweights outside to some public flat surface to get decent pictures. I am kind of bummed about the quality of all the pictures on the site, as I've usually been making due with a point-and-shoot and outdoor light. Given time (and, to be honest, enough traffic/interest) I'd retake them all. I do have an impulse problem when it comes to waiting to photograph things before using; the Revlon balm stains, for example, were all tested before I could make time to go take clean, crisp product shots a la Temptalia or Cafe Makeup. I hope that my impatience and "homespun" photos adds to the feel that I was going for here--I'm just a broke as sin, college student twentysomething excited to share what I can. I don't have exclusives; anything I've tried to post about product/collection launches would have been posted so woefully late I didn't dare anymore; anything I do have in advance is the brand I work for, and let's be honest, you all would know if I had the scoop on one brand and not any other. I'm not my brand's blogger (they have someone much more "famous" for that) and to be fair, if I was posting only about exclusives from the site I would like to be paid a little more, please.
So, I guess this was the State of the Tanky. Hopefully I can get back in the swing of things and catch up. I'm not kidding about that drawer full of products I justified "for the blog" and never posted. As always, I really appreciate the support you've all given me, before, now, and in the future.
How are you all doing, friends?