Tuesday, August 15, 2006

here is a typical day in my life at MR...

so you want to start your own scrapbooking biz? are you ready for the hours?

let me just quickly run through my day with you...

8:00 - 9:00 am get up, spend some quality time with noah, check the 40 emails i got overnight

9:00 - 10:00 am get ready and do some quick laundry, get noah ready to go to my friend's house (diapers? check. milk? check. change of clothes? check. pacifier? check. blanket? check), start responding to emails, check in with J about things to follow up on today.

10:00 am - 12 noon emails, invoices, work on items for next show, talk to the w/h, check voicemail messages, pay bills, fulfill some donation requests, IM with deb

12 noon - 12:15 pm wolf down lunch while checking on order status, answer the phones or out checking on arrivals at the warehouse

12:15 - 3 pm continue to work on orders, pay bills (electricity, storage, w/h, phone, printer ink, etc), check on arrival of merchandise and return calls.

3 pm - 4 pm get orders ready for the next day, respond to the other 50 emails we have. work on newsletter, drop off pkgs /letters at the post office (oh yeah wait in line for that too).

4 pm - 6 pm pick noah up from friend's house, play with him, feed him, burp him, change him. have him sit with me at my home office (and in the fall, we will sneak out for walks when it isn't HOT) - think about what is for dinner. start dinner or beg to go out to eat... might also get a nap if we stayed up late like this:

6 pm - 7 pm - eat and chill time

7 pm - 9 pm - family time with david and noah along with IMing deb on issues or get a quick run in

9 pm - 11 pm - hang out with noah and david. convince noah he needs an earlier bedtime

11 pm - 1 am - work on invoices, orders, issues, etc. try to blog before going to bed. chat with customers / distributors in different time zones. think if i forgot to shower or not (lol).

then there is sleep!

and that is the glamourous life of MR! LOL! but you know what, i wouldn't trade it for anything! i enjoy it. and on those rare occasions i can sneak away, i love to use what we make to create something. like this:


At 8/16/2006 08:21:00 AM, Blogger Vee said...

awe....i love the book!
girl you are swamped!
love the napping pic

At 8/16/2006 09:38:00 AM, Blogger patti said...

Caroline I'm tired just thinking of how busy of a day you have!! Wow and you pull it off with such a great attitude! It definitely shows how much you love what you do!! And that photo of you and Noah actually brought tears welling up in my eyes. So beautiful!!! That belongs in a magazine somewhere! love your mini album too! Looks beautiful!

At 8/16/2006 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

Love the photo of you 2 napping! And the awesome album! That's why I have a 7 to 4 job. ;)

At 8/16/2006 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Katrina said...

oh man...that photo of you and Noah is beautiful!!! Get some rest, you sure are one busy girl!!

At 8/16/2006 12:13:00 PM, Blogger Heather M. said...

Sheesh, girl! You must be exhausted! You are so busy! Kudos to you for all the hard work you do and for creating such an incredible company. Keep up the hard work!
Love that photo of you and Noah!

At 8/16/2006 01:43:00 PM, Blogger Carmen said...

If you didn't love it, you wouldn't do it!

At 8/16/2006 03:09:00 PM, Blogger scrapologie said...

Love the photo of the two of you. And I understand about the long hours and the long days. I could change a few words here and there and you'd be describing my day to a tee. Hang in there. You are an amazing, enormously strong person obviously. And your company is succeeding because of that!

At 8/16/2006 06:43:00 PM, Blogger CathyG said...

I had to really laugh at the part from 9 - 11PM when you try to convince Noah he needs an earlier bedtime. GET READY. I have a Noah who is now almost 16 years old. When he was an infant like your Noah he was a night owl. He is STILL a night owl. I am convinced that he will never change. I've tried everything. He stays up late and enjoys sleeping in late. He is a bear to wake up for school. But "Noah's" are precious and I wouldn't trade him or his bedtime habits for the world!! Enjoy your "little" Noah because in the blink of an eye he will be a "big" Noah like mine. :)

At 8/16/2006 10:57:00 PM, Blogger Joanna Bolick said...

Shoooooo - it doesn't sound to me like there's time for sleep! Love that photo of you two napping, though!

At 8/22/2006 12:32:00 AM, Blogger Sue said...

Wow! You continue to amaze me, girlie!
Love that sweet, sweet photo of you and Noah!

At 8/28/2006 12:28:00 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Hi Caroline,

I just came across this post on your blog and I can completely relate (as I work away like mad on our new catalog - that customers are WAITING on!)

Love your products. Love your little album. Congrats on your baby. Keep up the great work!

Linda (A Muse)


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