Sunday, May 9, 2010

No rest for the weary

Why does sleep, or the lack of it, persist on being a theme when one starts a business?

I stayed up until 2:00 am, but could not get to sleep until 3. Which means I had 4 hours of worried and restless sleep prior to our market. For me, 4 hours of sleep is totally insufficient. I arrived with my car packed full of planted blossoms. Jessica arrived shortly after. I looked at my crafting sister and said, "Guess what, I pulled a 'Jessica' last night and stayed up until 2:00 in the morning, crafting." For those who don't know a 'Jessica' is when one exists on a minimum amount of sleep or less. Jessica is one to pull a 'Jessica', quite often. Anyway, she looks at me and says, "Oh yeah, well last night I pulled a 'Winston Churchill.' " Hmm, what is that? Well, Jessica says it means she slept a total of 20 minutes! Oh this is going to be a very interesting day. Anastasia pulling 'A Jessica' and Jessica pulling 'A Winston Churchill'.

Amazingly our energy stuck with us throughout the day as customers, old and new, came and went. No one seemed be aware that between us we were operating on just 4 hours and 20 minutes of total sleep. We talked, sold stuff, wrapped gifts and had a great time.

After the customers left and the doors closed, Jessica and I sat and visited. We talked about all we learned that day, things we need to improve upon and our next market. We are so appreciative of Adam, for braving the cold and rain to set up sandwich boards, to David for getting us sandwiches when we were sleepy and starving, to Zozo for operating the cash register, to Bloom Bake Shop for bringing over cupcakes, to all those who braved the cold and rain to visit our shop and to our artsy crafters who brought their amazing treasures.

By the way, According to David, my dear crafting sister didn't actually pull 'A Winston Churchill'. Apparently, Mr. Churchill was known for taking SEVERAL 20 minute naps throughout the day, not just existing for the day on 20 minutes of sleep. Luckily he didn't tell her this until our market was well under say. That way we could both believe in the fallacy, hey if Winston Churchill could do it, so can we!

We hope to see everyone at our next craft market on May 22. The theme: Mother Earth/Father Time. More details to come.....after a tremendous amount of recovering sleep.

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