Sunday, May 27, 2007

Earrings for Sale!

Thought I'd post pictures of some of my earrings, since they're helping me get to the opera and pay for singing lessons. (If I can stop buying beads on ebay, that is...)

Here they are:

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

This and That

Saw Barbiere again in the movies with Shannon. It was her first opera, I think. She really enjoyed it. How can you not? I was still blown away by Juan Diego Florez. The entire cast was excellent. I got home after 10 and had trouble sleeping. More evidence that opera is keeping me awake? The music was still going through my head when I woke up this morning.

Sold a 4 pairs of earrings at work this week for a total of $87. I have an appointment to show my earrings at the spa next week. I'm pretty sure she's going to take some of my earrings on consignment so hopefully not only will the opera be "financed," but so will my voice lessons.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Opera Fund

So it begins. I'm going to see Romeo et Juliet on December 12 at the Met. Perhaps I already posted about it... I can't remember right now. It'll cost upwards of $200 for the ticket, transportation, food etc. In order to assuage any guilt I may have at spending $200 for one night's entertainment, I have established a mental "opera fund." I started with a weight-loss challenge with the moms' club. Six of us each paid $25. We weighed in every week for 8 weeks, gave each other tips for diet and exercise and generally supported one-another in our weight-loss endeavor. The person who lost the largest % of her body weight would win all the money. I knew I had an advantage because I started out smaller than all the other women in the challenge. I ended up losing 11 lbs in 8 weeks, which came to about 8% of my body weight, and I won the challenge! That $125 is a great chunk to start off with! Plus as an added bonus I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, although for some reason my pre-preg clothes don't all fit... which leads to my next opera-related expense: A new outfit to wear! So I'm going into high gear selling earrings. I'm going to a local spa next week to show them what I have. Hopefully they'll sell my earrings on consignment. I'm also selling off lots of vintage jewelry, beads and findings on Ebay. Once I reach $200 profit I'll close my mental account.