I am still up and it’s 2:10am. I just figured it’s a Saturday tomorrow (or rather, it’s already Saturday) which means no work to worry about, so I might as well make the most of the fact that I don’t have to wake up early to get ready for another day in Manhattan. I have been trying to back up my USB keys and I’m trying to slowly write my files on the laptop to CDs. Tons of pictures, scrapbook files and layouts and what have you. It has happened to me at least once already that the hard drive decided it was going to just quit on me and I lost a ton of stuff which has made me wary of leaving only one copy in one specific drive. Not a wise use of data space, I know. But hey, I take a lot of pictures and while I do delete the undesirable and bad copies, I end up keeping quite a lot.
I almost dozed off at 10pm but I got my second wind shortly after. The space heater is keeping me company in this cold, cold night. I wanted to go outside to take a picture of the “wolf moon” (the brightest moon of the year reportedly) but it’s literally freezing outside. I already did my share of snapping away earlier at Bryant Park, and the memory of the freezing cold hasn’t quite left me yet. Lesson learned: too cold a night to indulge in my hobby.
I was tempted to just postpone what I have been doing for tomorrow, but it didn’t take me long to remember I won’t have the same luxury of time as it’s different when I’m busy preparing meals and taking care of my boys when they are up. We’re hoping to do some errands but I am not too optimistic because again, it’s freezing outside.
I do have to make a trip to the post office because I’ve made another sale at my Etsy shop. I have a feeling I underestimated shipping costs and I will just have to carry the difference with my second customer being from the UK. I am not complaining. A sale is a sale. This whole Etsy thing is a learning experience for me. No matter how prepared I think I am, (boxes designed and ready for assembly — check. Packaging embellishment — check. Shipping tag — check..) there are still little things like the thank you note to slip into the package which I had to layout and print this afternoon. (Note to self: print extra thank you notes, assemble more boxes, prepare a box that will not be as bulky.)
Photographs have been a major focus of late, though. I am still thinking of how I can possible make some money out of the pictures I’ve been taking and have taken. It’s all brainstorming for now because my hands have been busy with the plyers and tools to come up with more goods for my GothamChick store. But I’ve been experimenting with settings as I try to make the most of the lighting in Bryant Park which might change sometime soon. There’s a luminosity that is just breathtaking if you stop to look at this unique tapestry from a distance. I also wanted to capture the ice forming at my favorite Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain. I wouldn’t be surprised if I will find it encased with an odd shaped ice mold on Monday again.
Time to hit the sack. The pictures can wait. I need to snuggle up to the little boy — holding him and drinking in his scent is the best aromatherapy that brings me to la-la land and into a deep and restful sleep.
The memories will be there tomorrow when I continue with my mission to save them for posterity.