Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Good Morning from Boise, here is your news:

It's time for an update! It's been a few days since I blogged, but I don't really have that much to talk about.

My Scentsy open house came and went. I got some great orders and am just waiting for a few more payments so I can put them all in. I got my debit card from the bank yesterday, so I'm good to go for everyone that gave me a check. I learned some new things about Scentsy that left me feeling really disappointed. Before I signed up, I asked all sorts of questions about my commitment to Scentsy and what would happen if I couldn't make that commitment. I understood that I only had to sell $150 in product in a three month period. If I couldn't, then I simply went inactive but I got to keep my kit. Sounded easy enough. Turns out that's not quite it. It's no $150 in three months. In three months, I have to have one month with a minmum of $150 in sales. I can't spread the $150 out among the 3 months. Also, if I got inactive, it's not as simple as just going inactive if I want to sign up again. Should I go inactive and then mabye get some interest from customers, well too bad. I have to wait 6 months before signing up again AND I have to buy my kit again.

Sigh. If I can just get some parties booked, I think I'll be okay. At the very least, I'm good to go on sales until December, when my 3 months starts over again. Bottom line is that I sort of feel lied to and I really hate that feeling. I thought I asked all the right questions to get the answers I needed, but I guess I didn't. Buyer beware, as they say.

In other news that's not about me - Connor's (my nephew) dog got attacked by another dog on Sunday and got pretty badly injured. Thankfully they caught it in the act and were able to get Sparky to the vet quickly and she's going to be okay. I guess the owners of the other dog weren't that concerned about it which makes me very angry. You need to be a responsible pet owner. If you have a dog that has viscious tendancies, you need to make sure it's contained. What if that had been Emma instead of Sparky? I'm just glad that everyone is okay.

Nick's work schedule is changing on Monday. He'll go back to M-F 8:00 - 4:30. He'll be more rushed on school nights to get home, get dinner and get back to class, but I think overall it's better. he'll get more quality sleep.

Well, that's all for now. I hope you guys are having a fantastic day!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Open House: Total Drag

Well, the weekend is almost over. All that's left on the agenda is to head over to my parents later this evening to dinner and Packer football watching. I had the Open House for my launch party this weekend it was a total bust. Not one single neighbor showed up.

Saturday I had it from 12:00 to 2:00. My mom came over and stayed for the whole thing - she ordered and she called her friend Elaine who came over and ordered some things. My sponsor and her family came over as week to lend moral support and fill in the missing gaps from my inventory. Later that evening my sister in law come over with the girls and ordered some stuff.

Sunday was just me & Nick on our own. We set out my open house sign again (I got a generic black and white one from Fred's and wrote "Scentsy" on it and tied some purple and green balloons to it) and for about an hour we locked the pets up and left the front door open, hoping it would draw more people in. Well, it didn't. And kitty was being a pest - he was unhappy at being locked up. So, we closed the door and let the pets out. Nothing. Not one single person. I had snacks. I had drinks. I was going to give out a door prize and was offering incentives to anyone that booked & hosted a party.

I have to say that I really didn't expect anyone to come and my expectations were fully met. I can't say that I'm not disappointed by it - I really had hoped that curiosity would bring some people by, if not to order to spy on my house. Oh well.

It wasn't a total bust as my family pulled through and I did get some really great orders. If I don't find some new customers soon, I'm going to suck my family dry. The problem is that I just don't know that many people here. Besides family, the people I know are mostly work (and there aren't that many of them) and they're all busy during the weekends. I may try another open house during the week - I won't send out any advance notice, if Nick & I are at home, not doing anything anyway, I might just get out my stuff and put out my sign.

So, send your good thoughts my way and hopefully I'll build up some confidence and start approaching strangers. I know I'll get told no, which I'm totally not looking forward to, but if I don't even try I'll never get told "yes"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Like a duck in puddle

IT'S RAINING! SWEET REFRESHING CLEANSING RAIN! It hasn't rained here in 50 days. 50 DAYS. That makes me sad.

I am a bit bummed that it decided to rain on the day of my Scentsy open house. I hope this doesn't stop people from coming! I've so convinced myself that no one is coming I'm not even the slightest bit worried or nervous about today. How can I be nervous when no one will be here? :-) We'll see!

Wow I was all prepared and sit down and write a blog. Turns out I really have nothing to blog about! It's raining! That's it! That's my great gigantic news!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Well, we've been at my parents house since last week. They've on some fabulous vacation back east and we stayed over at their house to watch the dogs. While I don't necessarily mind their house - it's comfortable, they have TV, food, internet, etc - it's not MY house. It's not my comfort, my TV, my food, my internet, my etc. I'm glad to be home. They get in tonight fairly late but will be walking into a beautifully clean house.

My mom's been feeling under the weather lately - having some health issues that she's working on fixing, but are leaving her without much energy. She asked that if I clean her house while she was gone, she'd give me $50. Mom. If you're reading this (which i highly doubt) I cleaned WAY more than $50 worth. I scrubbed that house top to bottom. Vacuumed every room. Dusted every room - even the tops of the door/window frames and the lights - scrubbed every room. Did laundry. Put fresh linens on their bed. Mopped the floors. Cleaned inside the microwave. Their house looks migh-t-fine. Now if only some one would come over here and do the same for me! Actually, it's not that bad. No one's been in it for a week, so it stayed pretty good. The office needs some work - since I've started this little business venture (OH it's been a few posts since I mentioned SCENTSY!!!! ha ha) I need the office organized and stuff so I can find what I'm looking for.

I really hope that I have a good turn out for my open house. I'm going to rapidly suck my family dry if I don't find any new customers. I just wish I were a better salesperson. I had a perfect opportunity to get a new customer on the hook when I went in to Banner Bank to open my Scentsy checking account. The gal said she'd heard of it and smelled it, thought it smelled nice but didn't have it. That was my opening. I should have offered her a catalog and told her about my open house. All I said (like a dang idiot) was "oh, I love it. It's so easy to use" uh...der. Of course it's easy to use, you simpleton. It's a freaking candle warmer. Sigh.

I keep having this stupid vision of all my neighbors, banding together and throwing my flyers back at me - yelling at me for putting litter on their door. Or of my HOA to come to me and say that it's against our bylaws to solicit in the neighborhood. I made sure not to leave a flyer on any door that had a "no solicitation" sign.

Anyway, I seem to have gotten WAY off topic. So, I'm back and home and blissful to be here. I had my 2nd appointment with the eye doctor today. He says my whatever it is seems to be healing well and prescribed me an eye drop steroid to take on top of my other stuff I'm doing and he'll see me again on Friday. If everything looks good on Friday, then he'll maybe push out the next appointment. He wants to make sure it all heals properly and doesn't scar. I DON'T WANT IT TO SCAR, EITHER! That sounds frightening!!!!

Well, that's the news Beesley for now. Edit that - that's the news Sarah for now. I only got to see Nick for about 5 minutes yesterday. For those of you that might read this blog more for updates on him than me, he's doing well. He's tired from the schedule - he's at class until 10:30 and then has to get home and settled for bed and then be up getting ready for work by 5:00. It's hard and I do what I can to make it easy for him, but honestly there isn't a lot I can do. The stuff he's doing at school is WAY beyond me. I do help him with his lit stuff. :-)

Okay, really I'm done now. Off to veg on MY couch! YAY!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Feeling Discontent

Okay so I don't remember if I posted the changes that happened at work, so I apologize in advance if any of this is repeat news.

As you may remember from previous posts, things were kinda sucky at work. There was another gal at work that unfortunately wasn't pulling her weight and therefore the majority of the work landed on my desk. Finally, it got to the point where it was glaringly obvious that she wasn't working out (well, to everyone BUT her and for that I do feel bad) and she was let go. So now it's just me doing all the work. There used to be a gal that worked here when I first started and she left to go back to underwriting. She hinted at me a few months ago that she was unhappy in her new job - I think she was putting out feelers to see if my boss was interested in hiring her back. I guess the answer was NO and we just went on.

I would be freaking ECSTATIC if she came back. I liked her. She knows what she's doing. I could LEARN from her. She knows our system and our customers. I want nothing more than to walk in my bosses office and saying, "look, I don't really know what I'm doing. I feel like I haven't learned ANYTHING since Brenda left, and in fact, taken several steps backwards. I'm unhappy with the way things are going because I feel STUPID every day and I'm NOT stupid. If you don't hire her, I'm leaving, okay?"

But I won't. I know me. I talk a good talk. I speak good game. I'm a chicken on the inside with a fabulous imagination and will conjure up these great, dramatic scenes in which I pour out my heart - end up getting a raise, a bonus AND a car and my old coworker back and there will be blue birds and songs of happiness throughout the land.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Well, I did it.

This morning Nick and I got up a little early and headed over to our house (I can't remember if I posted this already but we're staying @ mom & dad's this week while they're out of town). I made these cute little flyers announcing my open house to pass out to my neighbors. I went to Google maps and counted the houses in our neighborhood (our sub-division is on either side of Chateau) and printed out my flyers yesterday. Nick & I decided to hand them out this morning, with the hope that most people would be at church. I was PETRIFIED that some one would "catch" me leaving a flyer on their door....why did I sign up for this again? I'm NOT a salesperson and I'm NOT outgoing. Sigh.

Anyway, we walked around and I taped all my flyers to the doors. Apparently I WAY miscounted, as I only had enough for the houses on my side of Chateau (over 50), so I didn't bother printing more for the other side. I gave Nick reports at each house - they had their door open! I could hear them inside! There was a little boy at the window and I heard him say "mommy, there's a girl at the door!"

As we walked back around, I was surprised by house many flyers were already taken down from the doors. I think a majority were still up, but I really didn't expect that many to already be gone. I hope I get a good turn out at my open house. Thankfully it's just for two hours each day, so I won't be waiting for too long.

I've found a clone recipe for the Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf so I'm going to make that (the recipe I found makes 3 loaves) and I'll have some cookies. I also thought I'd buy a couple flavors of the mini-soda's and some mini-waters. I'm planning on doing a door prize and I'm offering a gift to anyone that books (and hosts) a party. I HOPE I get enough interest to make my sales goal for the first three months. Keeping my fingers crossed!

In other news - my eye is looking and feeling a lot better already. Hopefully the healing process won't end up being as long as the doctor originally anticipated.

well, that's my update for today! Off to watch the Packers game! GO PACK GO!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Eye Got Troubles....whoa-oh

So, I have an ouchie on my eye. Wedesday, I got up like normal, put in my contacts with my morning routine jazz and headed off to work. All day, it kept feeling like something was in my eye - I took my contact out, rinsed my eye, rinsed my contact and put it back in. Nothing felt better. I was at work and didn't really have a way to deal with it, so I ignored it best I could. That night when I got home, I threw my contacts away. It still felt like something was in my eye the rest of the evening.

Thursday I wore my glasses as my eye was still red and burning. I assumed it was because I had irritated it so much the day before. Now, I don't know how many of you know this, but my glasses are actually broken. The screw came out of the hinge on one side and the hole is apparently stripped as we can't get a new screw back in. I can wear them if I jam the two ends together, but it doesn't hold for long and eventually the stem falls off. I wrapped some tape around it yesterday and it isn't toooo noticeable and seems to be working fairly well.

So, Friday comes along and my eye is still red, watery and burning. I wore the glasses again and headed out to work. Susan yelled at me and told me to go to the doctor. I told her I would go into WalMart (where I normally have my exams and order contacts/glasses) after work and see if the doctor was on duty and could see me. If not, I would make an appointment. Amy came in to work and asked me about my eye. I told her it was no better and she MADE me call the eye doctor, while she was there and could make sure I did it. *roll eyes* She's such a mom. She gave me the number for the Eye Associates. I called them, but they didn't have any doctors on duty and he receptionist said I should probably have this looked at today and gave me the number for their on call doctor. I called that number and they tried to fit me in, but he was just booked. They set up an appointment for me with one of his associates out in Nampa.

I drove out to Nampa (my second trip there!) and am very grateful that Amy insisted I go right then. I have either a corneal infection or a corneal ulcer. Apparently it's difficult to diagnose, so we're treating it like it's a corneal ulcer. I'm to throw away the contacts (which I already did) and my case. i was given some drops, on Friday I had to use them once every 15 minutes for the first hour and then once an hour for the next two days. On Sunday I change to once every 2 hours and this will continue until I see the doctor again on Tuesday. I was also given Bacitracin (which has the consistency of Neosporin) that I put into my eye at bedtime. That's kinda yucky. I don't care for that at ALL.

So, I guess I'm going to see the doctor a total of 4 or 5 times before this is all clear. I'm forbidden to wear my contacts until he says otherwise, so I guess I'll be investing in some super glue to hold the stem on more firmly. It's super geeky with the tape.

Well, that's my update for now. :-)

Friday, September 5, 2008


Okay, last blog about Scentsy...I hope. So, it's official. I'm a Scentsy Consultant. Check out my site: www.scentsy.com/beesley.

Here's a little bit about it:
Scentsy is a leadless, wickless, flameless and smokeless fragrance system. It uses a 25-watt bulb to melt the different waxes slowly, to maximize the fragrance. Since there's no flame, soot or wick, it's very safe and easy to use.

I'm taking advantage that you're my family and that if you're already a Scentsy lover, you'll start ordering from ME
now. :-) No pressure, though. None all (ORDER FROM ME OR I'LL NEVER TALK TO YOU AGAIN). For those of you that live by me, I'm having an open house on 09/20 from 12:00 to 2:00 and 09/21 from 2:00 to 4:00. You should come. I'll give you free stuff if you book and host a party.

**For all my friends out of state - I know you can't attend my party but check out my website anyway! Scentsy will ship to you!!**

**GUYS - this product makes AWESOME gifts for wives, moms, daughters...you name it!!**

Anyway, that's my news. I hope you guys will start ordering from me & stop by the open house if you can.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Friends & Scentsy

Well, the last few days my friend Susan was visiting me from Ohio. It was great to see her and hang out. I wish we had a little more to offer as far as things to do in Idaho...the whole time she was here, I kept thinking of all the really great things I could have shown her in Seattle...the harbor tour, the aquarium, a Mariners game, Pike Place Market, Mt Rainier, Ocean Shores, the casinos, the Underground Tour, etc....

She arrived on Thursday and we went out to lunch at the Ram. Then we hung out on my deck for a few hours and chatted until Nick got home. That night we had dinner at Joe's Crab Shack. After dinner we headed over to Kyme's house to get the run down on Scentsy - we're both pretty excited to get it going (more on that below)!

Friday we had lunch at Rembrandt's and then a pedicure at Two Rivers Salon & Spa, followed by shopping at the mall - a true girls day. We met Nick for dinner at Famous Daves. After that, we got all girlied up and went dancing. We headed over to Hannah's but that was LAME, so we ditched that and went to Cowgirls in Kuna where we danced (and drank) the night away.

Saturday we both woke up with lovely headaches. For some unknown reason we thought it would be a great idea to drive up to Bogus Basin. Yeah...twisty, windy roads on a hangover? NOT SMART. We did get some nice pictures. Ha ha. Saturday evening we headed up to Crouch for the Starlight Mountain Theatre. I don't know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't plastic lawn chairs. :-) The play was okay, we saw Let's Murder Marsha. They apparently only had 2 weeks to rehearse and I have to say that it showed. I might go back, but I won't "upgrade" to the "expensive" seats and I hope to see something that they've prepared a little better for.

Sunday was a total day of driving. We headed down to Shoshone Falls - that is so amazing. I'd never been before and well worth the drive. On the way back, we stopped off at Hagerman to view some "fossils." I use that term LOOSELY. We saw a sign that showed where fossils were found...so we went off on an adventure to get up close to a windmill - Susan had never seen them before and was quite taken with them. haha. Another side trip on the way back was in Bruneau to see the sand dunes. THAT was cool. Nick & Susan climbed to the top of one, but I wussed out.

Monday we went to the zoo. Again, I use that term loosly. It's a nice zoo, but very, very small. after the zoo, we kind of played it loose - just hanging out at home, playing games, grilling out and watching movies. It was nice to just relax.

On Tuesday Susan left, so we spent most of Tuesday getting her ready to go. I had such a great time! I wish she didn't live in Ohio. That's too far away. Oh, and for those of you that weren't sure, Ohio is NOT in Pennsylvania, like the Taco Bell girl thought.

Anyway - I'm starting up my Scentsy business soon! I'm going to host an open house the weekend of the 20th. I'm considering hosting it both the 20th and 21st, for a few hours each day. Once I have firm times and dates, I'll post again. I hope you guys can all stop by at some point and I'll be having a fun little incentive if you book a party. :-)

Well, I hope this blog update finds you all fit & happy. I can't believe it's already September! I'm starting to decorate my house for fall - is it too soon?

Oh, ps, check back in a day or two. I'm going to update my blog w/ pics, but I can't while I'm at work. :-)

Luv ya,