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So we're back! Actually we've been back for now almost two weeks, which is basically how long it takes weaklings like us to recover. It's been a good two weeks, busy in a non-exciting but still sort of exciting way as we've gotten in a few shipments that we had actually hoped to receive in time for the show, and we're sorting through the remains of all our Scriptus bins, finding our routines again.
It's a real boost for our shop to have Scriptus, with all of the excitement and stationery chatter, and, especially at this time of year, right out of that we hit the ground running with looking at what stock we want or need to bring in for the holiday season. Our team, our whole community seems re-invigorated, and it's a lovely way to head into the busy season.In the vein of getting back to business, I've also been making a few small tweaks to my daily routine to see how I can manage my time a little better. My day is pretty broken up with dropping and picking up Caleb, and it sometimes feels like I only have an hour or two of time to do work (emails, photography, social media, blog) in-between taking care of humans. Jon sometimes vaguely tip toes around with "offhand" comments like hmmm wouldn't it be nice if we could take a photo of hmm you know this or that and put it on Instagram hmmm how many days has it been since "we" last posted let's take a look shall we hmmm? and I feel as though there are not enough hours in the day to get all the things done, usually while also holding a baby that needs her diaper changed. Over the years, though, Jon and I have gotten to know a few other small business owners, and so actually we have concrete proof that there are indeed enough hours for those who are organized enough. We sometimes see the ones who are doing it "solo" and wonder at all the projects and things they get done because here, Jon and I have the two of us and our pretty solid team, and it feels like we're always juggling so many balls. I'm also someone that sort of needs a little runway to get into "the zone" of getting things done, and I'm working on organizing myself so when I do have half an hour or an hour, I'm not wasting time wondering/wandering. Just today, I was trying to take some photos, but then I left something in the shop downstairs, and Caleb had brought my camera battery for some reason up to the third floor and luckily I saw him doing it out of the corner of my eye yesterday otherwise it would've been a crazy hunt for it, and I had no memory card in my camera, and I was trying to convince the baby she wasn't interested in all the things I was taking pictures of while I was scrounging up my supplies. But some of these small changes have proven promising, and I forge on. With the babies so young, each year is so different - from being at home to pre-school to kindergarten, from one to two - and I'm taking what I can and claiming them all as victories. Tomorrow will come soon enough. We've got lots ahead, a few small shipments, a few big ones, and I'm already looking forward to the smell of Christmas trees and hot apple cider. We've also got a few projects and plans for the next couple of weeks: refreshing the main shop now that we've been in there for a while and have started to figure out how we work in the new space, a new event in December, looking at bringing in a few new lines and products.
Stay tuned! And, of course, as the comments on our giveaway have shown us yet again how incredible this community is, thanks so much for all of the patience and support and grace and good humour you've always given us. Can't wait for what's ahead.*Literally, I could not have said it better myself.