Thanks for all the great comments on the post below, pals. Really fascinating stuff from all you really fascinating minds. I continue to struggle with The Question, but am feeling my way around to better answers. One point that really stuck with me that someone said below is that it’s difficult to convey to people that it’s just as offensive to comment on a skinny person’s body as it would be if the person was larger. Yup.
These days I’m trying to make the conversation go like this:
Woman (always): “Why are you so skinny, being surrounded by all these chocolates??!! Do you ever EAT ANY? Is it TORTURE? YOU MUST HAVE SUCH AMAZING SELF-ESTEEM!”
Me, with a nice smile, eyes that strive to convey disappointment in the question itself, and polite and professional demeanor: “Ah, you know, all bodies are different. Now, which chocolates did you want in that assorted box?”
I’m not totally happy with it, but I’m happier with it than I am with “I never sit down” or “genetics,” both of which seem somehow, to me, to contribute to the very problem that makes me so crazy.
Anyway, let’s talk again soon around these parts, OK? How’s mid-September look for you?
I’m taking this week to force myself to set up better accounting practices–after using an Excel spreadsheet for my finances for years, I’m switching to something better. I tried Quickbooks and instantly hated it and don’t feel it’s right for my biz. What I want is a very very very simple accounting program that will provide me with lots of pretty color-coded charts and will only make me enter my incoming costs and my outgoing expenses. SIMPLE! None of this fancy crap with synching your bank account and invoices and fancy tax language and ahhhh shut the fuck up already, Quickbooks!
I’m thinking mint.com. Have any of you used it? Do you have other ideas? Is Quickbooks really as time-consuming and awful as the two hours I spent wrestling with it made it seem?
So then next week will be Chocolate of the Month week (spoiler alert: I’m working on something with eggplant!), then the week after that I’m going to be forcing myself to do serious publicity efforts like press releases and whatnot to drum up some Autumnal business for the shop.
I like the business level of the shop (=not overly crazy, thus allowing me to live a somewhat normal life!), but I suspect (and am counting on the new accounting program to confirm or, happily, tell me it ain’t so) that it needs to be busier in order to for me to pay down some bills faster and whatnot.
Overall though, things are pretty damn wonderful in my world and I adore the shop and my heart still pounds when I unlock the door every morning.
I also like this funny role I’ve fallen into of educating people about good food and chocolates and forcing them to pay more and think more about their food. I like taking the grubby packages of wild-foraged tea from Jason and repacking them in fancy bags and reselling them to hipsters. The tea is really great, too!
So let’s talk again when these few weeks of buckle-down work have calmed down.