Saturday, February 26, 2011

a serendipitious day

gratuitous sheep/getty images

this little tale requires a bit of setup, so hang on with me... it's a good one.

a few weeks ago we had a big staff meeting at work where the amount of a much-anticipated profit sharing check was announced. that in itself was a huge deal because not long ago our company had to right itself after a soap-operatic fall from grace. anyway, i was pretty giddy upon finding out we would ALL be getting a handsome $1000+ check in just one week.... my mind was racing in anticipation of what goodies i could acquire while my practical side was telling me to use it for bills and other non-exciting expenses.

what i kept coming back to was my business – and how i really, really need some tools to make my work easier. a few weeks ago i was completely fixated on getting a new digital camera. i talked to my photo mentor and fabulous coworker about my yearnings and she said that while a new camera would be awesome, maybe i could make better photos with the camera i already have. she told me to really dig into manual mode, tinker with the settings and then polish everything up in photoshop. ok, i felt a little dejected, thinking that i didn't have the skills or smarts for a fancy camera like that. but i took her advice and i do think i am getting much better shots. here are a few taken today by a north window. no photoshop on these, just wanted to see what i could get straight out of the camera.

bulky-weight handspun, rovings dyed by carol at www.thesheepshedstudio.com

 hand painted brown sheep lamb's pride, convo me on etsy if interested in either. i can set up a listing for you.
so i was pretty happy with how these turned out. i need to work on the color of the second one, it's not quite green enough.

now, back to my epic tale.... the day after we got the news about the big check, i had to visit my friend J. to pick up some clothes for a freelance photo styling job. as we were chatting, i was having fun playing with one of her new computer toys.  i confided that our home computer setup was getting kind of antiquated and some software i picked up recently couldn't even run on it because the family mac didn't have the intel processor and i wasn't sure i wanted to load it onto DH's work mac. she suggested i just use the cash for a new laptop. me? splurge like that for my fledgling little craft+print design+ photo styling biz? yeah, maybe. but that's a lot of money.

i spent a couple days mulling it over and it wasn't too hard to justify the expense. last night i made an appointment with one of the business specialists at the MOA apple store because i knew from a good source that they give a token 5% discount for business folk. i was pretty jazzed about that. so this morning we got to the apple store before the mall opened and picked out exactly what i wanted.


and now the fail. the massive, stupid fail. THE APPLE STORE WAS OUT OF LAPTOPS. BEFORE THE STORE WAS EVEN OPEN. um, what? dude said he would call the southdale store so they could set one aside for us. grrrrrr. well, let's just bite the bullet and drive through another snowstorm to another mall and get the damn thing. so we get there, find the store, (us east-siders don't hang with the swells in edina too much) approach yet another dude in blue and he iphone-s one of his buddies in the back room about my mac. i was feeling a little impatient but still cool, after all i was getting a deal.

out comes a woman who looks a teeny bit familiar, but not totally. she introduces herself as a friend of J. (the pal who talked me into this computer biz in the first place). and says she can do me one better than the five percent. she's gonna give me her friends and family discount for 15% off!  SWEET FANCY MOSES! i was so excited i grabbed this poor woman's shoulders and started jumping up and down like a cheerleader (see below). turns out, J. and apple lady had lunch yesterday and they discussed my possible purchase. so it was just a fortuitous twist of fate that brought me to southdale, where M. was working, who graciously helped me save some major cash. it was awesome how it worked out!! thanks to J. and M!










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