Yes, I’m in disbelief that we’re halfway done with 2008. It’s a little bit of a wake-up call because when we started this whole biz thing in March, I took comfort in the fact that the end of the year seemed so far away and we had a bit of time to float this year and try to make it work. Now it seems like the end of the year is within reach and I’ve found myself pulling out the calculator for the first time in months, seeing how much longer we can last, budget wise, at the rate we’re going. I guess I’m feeling like the pressure is on, even though I’m constantly reminding myself that we’ve already accomplished so much in a short amount of time since we started selling cookies 2 months ago. But it’s hard to look at the big picture when kids are involved and there are immediate needs to be met. You can’t just wing it anymore and skip out on health insurance or live cheaply on noodle soups everyday like you did when you were younger. Yes, somewhere along the way we became responsible adults with a mortgage and insurance payments.
We may hit a bit of a slow season for cookies during the summer, but we anticipated that as our products seem so much more fitting for cooler days and hot tea and chocolate. Still, I’m expecting a really busy summer as I start on this massive and fairly high-profile, freelance project that will take up quite a bit of time and mental energy. We just worked on the production schedule yesterday and it’s so weird to have your whole Summer and Fall laid out week by week in front of you. Doesn’t seem conducive to spontaneous trips to the beach or days spent lazily picnicking on the grass, but I will try. So even though I am grateful for the busy work schedule as it’s the best thing for our family, I am a bit sad at the loss of free time that I imagined would be spent drawing, spending time with the kids outside, and practicing my icing flowers.