I Sell on eBay Because “Real Jobs” Suck

I’ve been selling stuff on eBay since the late 1990’s. My very first sale was an item my brother brought over. He wondered if it would sell on eBay. I had no idea but 5 minutes later I was ready to list everything I owned and see what happened. I always do this. I never start small and work my way up – it’s all or nothing! If I remember correctly the item my brother brought over was an old tin bullet box and ended up selling for about $45. I was hooked. I haven’t sold consistently since then, more an on and off source of income, depending on what other things were going on in my life.

For the last year I’ve been a consistent eBay seller. I sell clothing for the most part, because I can source them cheap and  they are easy to list and research. There are drawbacks to selling clothing but it’s working for me, for now. There are times where I feel unmotivated or beat down but I think its important to keep on, keepin’ on! For instance, this last week I had several items being returned – forcing me to refund $150. I wanted to quit, it was so disheartening. However, until I get that $2000 grocery bill under control, I need to make that money. I know I always have the option of getting a “real job” but that is a last resort for me.

I was an employee for many years. It had many benefits. Excellent health insurance, 401K, profit sharing, sick time, vacation time, work relationships, and lets not forget the break room food! However, I got a taste of being self employed and nothing will ever be the same. No one can tell me when to work, how long or how hard anymore. I won’t miss my kids first day of school because someone with seniority over me already requested that day off. I no longer get the office illnesses that seem to spread like wildfire during the flu-season. I used to be on 2 prescription medications for anxiety, and now I’m not. I have the time to work on myself and do things that make me feel good. There may be a day I need to get another job, but that day is not today and for that I am grateful.

 

**My eBay store can be found HERE

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Moving to The Dalles, Oregon: A Beginners Guide

Unlike me, you may have carefully thought out your move to another city. You may have prepared ahead of time and thought of all the details. Me? I found myself swimming in a sea of waves, desperately trying to grasp anything that would help me to stay afloat.

First, if you have any health issues, schedule an appointment to establish ASAP. Do not wait. Even if you are 100% healthy, still establish with a provider in the area. Myself, I didn’t do this and could not be seen for the life of me, as I hadn’t “established” with a primary care provider yet. I got a simple sinus infection and because I couldn’t be seen, ended up with a fat ER bill. I should also mention that I called every health care provider in the area and most establishing appointments go out 6-8 weeks. A few places even quoted me 4+ months. I’m not sure if there is inadequate healthcare services here or what, but this is not normal from where I came from.

This is a small town and therefore you have less choices for things you want to see, do and buy. It’s the sacrifice you make for living in a beautiful, affordable, mostly friendly town. There are many things I have on my must-have list that I simply cannot find in The Dalles, or if I do find it, its quite a bit more expensive. Amazon and Vitacost (order using this link and get a FREE $5 to spend at Vitacost) are my best friends! I order a lot of my must have’s from these 2 companies. About once a month I place an Amazon order for one of their pantry boxes. I have a large family so I like stocking up on the things we use regularly and having it delivered to my front door. The price is pretty comparable to shopping here in town.

Along those same lines, don’t think you’re going to be able to buy clothing here. You MIGHT be able to, just don’t count on it. Currently, the options are JC Pennys (closing down), Fred Meyer, Maurice’s and a few thrift stores. I need more choices and not because I’m picky! I’m an odd shaped woman and it usually takes me trying on multiple brands of something before I find the perfect fit. Too bad I can’t just call in a pants order to the factory. “I’ll take jeans with a size 10 waist, size 16 ass and size 12 thighs, OK thanks!”. Needless to say, clothing shopping for myself has been unsuccessful in this town. I did find a few cute things at Maurice’s, but I wasn’t happy with the price or the quality. The charge a lot for clothing that’s similar to the quality of Forever21 (AKA junk/shit/disposable clothing). For clothing, I’ve found a trip to Portland a necessity. Luckily, I don’t buy new clothing very often.

My intention is not to make this a negative post about The Dalles. I love it here. I never want to leave. It’s more to make you’re transition smoother than it was for me. In an effort to keep things running smoothly in your life, call the cable and internet provider AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOUR NEW ADDRESS. Set up an appointment for the day you move. I know you probably have a lot of other stuff going on, but you will not regret setting aside a few moments to let the technician inside to do their thing. Cable install technicians are apparently super busy in this area and if you don’t plan ahead it may be weeks before you are able to get service. I was without internet and cable TV for nearly a month when I moved here. I could live without Cable TV but since I didn’t have internet I was without Netflix, YouTube and all the things I love.

Lastly, join some groups! Meetup.com is a neat place to explore local groups of people that meet up locally. It’s easy to move to a new place and become isolated if you don’t get out there and make some friends! Of course, if you have a job, you can meet people there also. For me, I am a mom that works from home and that made it a bit harder for me to meet people. There is a great Facebook group called The Dalles Happening that I get lots of local information from. I don’t usually chime in much but I like to read the posts and get a feel for whats going on. As a newbie, I didn’t really ‘get’ the local jokes. For instance, locals always say something about a Walmart or Olive Garden will be opening up – I thought this was real at first and got super excited. Well, come to find out, it’s just this ongoing joke. I don’t care about Walmart but I’d love a good, familiar place to eat!

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Sometimes You Take a Leap of Faith

I’ve always been in awe of individuals who take major life changes, and just decide to “see what happens”. I’m not wired that way. I like to know exactly what is going to happen, step by step. I probably have each step written down on a college ruled piece of paper, with a small box preceding each line, ready for me to check each task off.  Once all the tasks are checked off, life may resume. I’ve always been this way – until I wasn’t.

Last July (so, about 9 months ago) my family sold our house in Portland, Oregon and took a leap of faith by moving to The Dalles, Oregon. Honestly, its only about a 1.5 hour drive / 80 miles away, but at times it feels like we moved to another planet. Everything that made our world turn was in Portland, and I just knew the commute would be just fine. Ha! We lasted 4 months before quitting / selling our business and going full boar with This Gorge Life.

I’m happy here. I have everything I need, my dream house, a few new friends and a bit of extra time on my hands (hence this blog). I have lots of things I want to write about including:

  • Moving to The Gorge / The Dalles – a Beginners Guide
  • Low Carb Lifestyle
  • Gardening Attempts
  • My Standard Poodle
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Healthy Eating
  • Selling on eBay

I should probably mention that I have a potty-mouth, big time! I grew up with a potty-mouth mom, its in my genetics. Talk to you soon!

 

 

 

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What Do Zucchini Noodles Taste Like & How Do I Make Them?

I’m 35 years old and had never stuck any sort of zucchini in my mouth. The idea of it grossed me out. I was positive that zucchini must taste exactly like butternut squash – which was created by Satan himself. It wasn’t until I was wondering through Whole Foods, wasting some time, and noticed a sample booth. I meandered over there and grabbed a sample cup. It was marinara sauce over zucchini noodles. I was feeling adventurous and decided to give it a small taste. To my enormous surprise, the zucchini  noodles tasted EXACTLY like pasta. When you think about it, pasta is sort of a no-taste food. It takes on whatever flavor you add to it, which could be sauce or seasonings. So, the only difference I noticed from regular spaghetti was that the noodles were a bit firmer than pasta.

Many grocery stores are starting to carry pre-made trays of zucchini noodles, AKA Zoodles, but you will be paying for the convenience of having them pre-made for you. Myself, I decided to try making them at home and purchased OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer from Amazon. It was one of the cheaper options, but OXO is known for its long-lasting, high quality products so I purchased it. While this product may not be ideal for making large batches of zoodles, it was perfect for about 3 servings.

Tips:

  • Choose small firm zucchinis to spiralize. The larger zucchinis have more water and therefore your noodles may be mushier than you’d like.
  • If your noodles seem to have a lot of moisture to them, dry them in the oven about 10 minutes on a low heat to dry them out some.
  • The spiralizer will leave you with noodles that are super long! Every 5 or 6 turns, cut the noodle off to keep them in reasonable lengths to work with.

What would posses a person to give up pasta for zucchini noodles? Health! Zucchinis have a considerably less carbs and are a great source of vitamins and dietary fiber. It’s an easy diet substitute that can have noticeable effects on your waistline and weight.

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