Blizzard 2016 eBay Shoveling

Blizzard of 2016 Crushed my Expectations

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You may have heard that there was blizzard of 30+”. I had big plans for the time I’d be stuck inside. I thought I would get some free time. Boy, was I wrong.

Instead, I ended up doing a bunch of things that weren’t what I had planned, and I’m trying to come to terms with the feeling of disappointment.

Blizzard 2016 eBay Shoveling

That nostalgic “Let it Snow” feeling goes away quickly when the totals are in feet instead of an inch or two. Damn blizzard.

What I wanted to Do

  • TONS of eBay listings – get through those piles!

I’m struggling to keep up with my Beeminder goal. This is a combination of lower sales (post-holiday doldrums) and not listing a lot.

  • Get ahead on blog posts

0 written. My routine is to have two posts a week (Monday, Thursday).


    • Clean up the house

    For anyone who has small children, you know about the fight with entropy. Stuff just expands into the empty space you have around the house. Even if you put it back away every night. I’m looking at you, toys! Stay in your damn toy box for once!

    • Get in a workout

    I feel like I’m not in the best shape. Even if my weight isn’t very far off from my goal, I haven’t been lifting at all. I swear that I can feel my muscles just slowly atrophying and turning over to fat.

    What I Actually Did

    • Shoveling.

    Lots of it. This blizzard packed a punch. I didn’t get a traditional workout, but I did get to shovel! I also wiped out and bashed my knee on the ground. That was the point that I knew that I needed to have a beer if I was going to finish up the shoveling. The snow was a convenient cooler.

    • Lack of sleep – combination of crazy kids and the crazy snow.

    I tried to stay ahead of it and shovel when there was 6″ or less on the ground. I hate dealing with huge amounts of snow. The neighbor had drifting that was over 6″ between their car and their staircase. That would stress me out! So I was out there at midnight and 5 AM. And 730 AM. And 1130 AM. And 230 pm. And 430 pm. And the snow finally let up. The weather channel said we would be getting 2+” per hour. This was completely true.

    • Sophia the First expert

    Sophia, Clover, Amber, and James are all my best friends now. My 3 year old daughter loves this show. And she made me watch one episode multiple times over the weekend. I guess this is how my parents felt when I wanted to watch the same dumb Kids’ Sing-A-Long VHS tape over and over again. At least Netflix doesn’t make me rewind!

    • Finished the 14 book Wheel of Time series.

    The last book A Memory of Light had a really fast paced ending. Totally worth the months of reading! I may have also started the prequel last night… 😉 I’m just not ready to be done with this world yet.

    • House got cleaned

    This one was mostly my wife since I was out shoveling all day. I helped a bit with vacuuming and general tidying. It feels so much more relaxing with less clutter around.

    Lack of Listing = Lack of sales

    I sold two things over the weekend and packed hose up. I photographed a bit, but I didn’t get through any new piles, or list a lot.

    And this is the time to be listing. The winter months are time to get through the crap that you ought over the summer. I’ve been good so far this month and have avoided any new purchases. I’m still not making enough headway on what I already have, or at least I don’t feel like I am.

    I dream of the day that I’m able to go out thrifting, bring the bag in, and list that bag right away. Instead, I’m like someone who’s in a ton of debt and trying to just stay afloat. My backlog is large and as it feels more oppressive, I’m debating about how to handle it.

    I’ve put plans in place before, but they haven’t seemed to be effective enough. I may have to do something drastic!

    Blizzard of Gratitude

    Let’s try to look at all of this in a grateful way. Even though I haven’t listed a lot, I’m still making money, and I’m saving up towards catastrophic appliance failure while saving a lot of my regular income. I need to keep things in perspective here. Selling on eBay is hard, but it’s also a luxury.

    It’s letting my wife and I save towards retirement while improving our house.

    Even though I’m a bit overwhelmed in the moment, I’m going to try to into my routine here now that we’ve dug ourselves out. The snow covered driveway is just like an eBay pile. I have to just start one shovel/item at a time.

    Did you get walloped by the snow? Did it affect your eBay plans/routines?

    Image Credit: smilla4

    P.S. I refuse to call a storm by a name that it was given by the weather channel. This is dumb. Saying Winter Storm John has no meaning. When I say “Blizzard of 2016” it doesn’t only tell us what happened (blizzard – snow storm with high winds) but it also tells us when it happened. So much more useful. Screw you J*nas.

    Comments 15

    1. When the snow takes longer to clear than it takes you to go to the gym, work out, and return, you know it’s a bad time. We (in NJ) got ~30 inches and that’s the most I’ve seen in a storm. Thankfully it’s compressed and melted down to about 1.5 feet.

      I’m in the middle of book 9 of WoT. I haven’t read much in a few months since I’ve been writing instead. I do intend to finish that series eventually. Seriously though, I’d be done already if he didn’t sit there writing ever possible detail of everything all the time.

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        Awesome. The books 6-9 are a little slow. I’m just glad I wasn’t reading them when they came out (cough cough Song of Ice and Fire – Feast for Crows was the WORST when you are jonesing for some new material). I’d say that the last three books really pick up the pace (probably due to the help of the new author).

    2. For me, just northwest of Boston, it was a “blizzard of gratitude” because it missed us. I have pics of last years unforgiving continuous storms on my computer desktop and I looked at them on the weekend of your storm and thanked my higher power because it missed us. We have been so lucky this year! It ain’t over yet though…fingers crossed…

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        The thing is that we don’t have the infrastructure to handle this volume of snow. It doesn’t happen often (last comparable was in 2010). So we freak out when it happens (rightly so). Roads were OK today although there were a lot that were just about 1.5 lanes wide.

    3. For us here in Pgh we only got 8 inches, but the road crews took FOREVER to take care of it. I had a planned vaca last week, so it was all good. We did a TON of house projects like demo-ing the basement and attempting to re-insulate the attic. Taking stuff out to the dumpster during a snowstorm isn’t all that fun, though.
      One of your last posts about organizing eBay stuff even inspired me to install some shelving in an unused closet and organize the office. However, in the re-organization, we misplaced an item that has been up for months and JUST sold.
      We also just got Top Rated Seller status, and now that we’re going to have to cancel this sale, it’s probably going to get taken away. Whomp Whomp.
      Writing a post for this week about all of that fun stuff that I also THOUGHT I was going to do on my mini-vacation and didn’t, as well as some surprises that I did accomplish.

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        Glad it’s not just me! For some reason I underestimate the good things and overestimate the bad!

    4. It’s beautiful but sure would not want to have to deal with that. Here in sunny So. Calif. we finally got some rain and a bit of snow in the mountains. Yippee! Mother Nature can sometimes be both beautiful and brutal all at the same time. I, too have been listing as much as I can and have seen an increase in my sales. So take advantage of this blizzard and list as much as you can. Soon it’ll be spring and garage sale season!

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        Whenever I’m listing consistently, the sales flow just as much. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m spending my free time keeping busy and listing instead of wondering where all the eBay sales are? Who knows!

    5. That is a LOT of snow!!! Shoveling is a total workout – I would count that for sure!! (the beer is just rehydrating, like water, ha!) Good luck on the listing, when I get overwhelmed with the piles that needing to be added I just try and do 2 at a time. Something gets done and quickly! Good luck!

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    6. My hats off to anyone who can juggle a full time job, children and ebay. And then a blizzard on top of it? You deserve that beer!

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    8. The snow sure does look beautiful in pics. I was hoping we’d get a lot of snow..but didn’t get much at all. But I’m lucky. I get to sit inside by the fire while my hubby and 3 sons are out shoveling. It’s good to have boys! LOL

      I’m impressed that you are on book 14 and still liking the series. When I read the Sookie Stackhouse books (True Blood was based on the books), I enjoyed probably the first 9 books, but was totally disappointed with the 10th..wasn’t good at all. I don’t even know if there were any after that.

      My hubby just finished 11.22.63 and absolutely loved it. I will probably get to it sooner or later, but I’ve been on more of a non-fiction kick recently! There’s just so much amazing and interesting non-fiction! 🙂

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        Yeah, books 7-9 were a little slow, but then it picked back up. I think it’s worse when your’e waiting for books to come out during a series.

        I’ve also wanted to read 11.22.63 especially after seeing a trailer for it.

        I always get leery about non-fiction. I’ve read a few that turned out to be complete crap in the “fact area”. Pretty disappointing!

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