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One of my sorority sisters started up a Mary Kay business franchise a few months back.  I find this kind of funny, because we are dealing with a woman who got permanent eyeliner tattooed because she couldn't be bothered to fuck around with makeup.  But she likes it and is at least making enough money to fund her lifelong passion of stalking Duran Duran and Neil Gaiman.  More power to her.

[Interesting side note:  Gaiman wrote a "rock and roll" biography of the band back in the 80s and says it is the worst thing he has ever written.  And yet, somehow, Chrissie has managed to get him AND the entire band to sign her copies.  All three of them.  There are days I don't like her very much]

Well, apparently she has these goals she has to meet to get to the next level, which involves getting people to watch a video and do a quick phone call with her and her pimp...er, boss...er, whatever.

Bitch suckered me in with free lip gloss.  Damnit.  I really don't wear makeup any more, but I am a sucker for lipgloss.  So I watched the video and, damn, they are convincing.  It's a good thing that I am allergic to strong, capable businesswomen who give their god all the credit for their success and hard work.  Otherwise, that Kool-aid sounded *really* good.

The phone call this afternoon should be interesting.  I already told Chrissie straight up that I am not joining and just doing this to help her meet her goals.  She's fine with that.  She giggled a bit and said that it kind of feels like we're getting away with something.

it seems she's just sipping the Kool-aid.  Not flat out chugging it.

This is not meant as an insult to my friends who do Mary Kay (or Jamberry or Avon or, or, or).  Heck, I might even try something like that (this is not an invitation, y'all.  Please don't) if I could a) find something I believe in and b) didn't have an undercurrent of religion at its base.  Kent suggested last night that I need to come up with something along the same business model that would appeal to all of us "godless heathens" (his words) out there.

Interesting thought.  I might have to kick that around for a while.  See what happens.  Maybe I'll come up with something brilliant and make my fortune, because I damn sure didn't win the lottery last night.  ;)

However, it was still a pretty good night.  Kent came home and wanted to make pasta with the non-bug-y semolina (yeah.  I know.  The man spends 9.5 hours a day in a restaurant and this is what he wants to do in his off hours).  I got annoyed because I was already making cornflake crusted chicken strips.  We ended up compromising that the pasta would have a quick primavera sauce and be served on the side.  Not my first choice, but...eh.  And we had veggies that need used.

Then I realized that it was getting dangerously close to Jeopardy time.  We conferred, and I called Pete and asked if he wanted to have dinner after the show.

Impromptu dinner party!

I ended up doing the sauce and decided it needed a little bit of the wine that I'd bought for the chili Kent's making on Saturday.  It worked lovely, AND we had the rest of it with dinner. (And I get to buy another bottle of wine.  MUHAHAH!)

Pete was over the moon.  And I have to say, it was a pretty fine meal, if a little strange.  He ended up using the extra primavera sauce to dip the chicken in, which was BRILLIANT.  Kent's pasta was fucking PERFECT.  And, hey, I'm no slouch in the kitchen.  Everyone was stuffed and happy.

Pete fled the minute Kent asked me what time L&O: SVU was on (poor guy HATES the show.  I won't watch it in front of him, but I *did* really want to see it.  And the three of us hanging out until 10 pm on a school night is probably a bad idea).  But he asked for some of my chicken to take with him, so I felt good sending him home with lunch or dinner for today.  I packed up the leftover pasta for Kent to take for lunch today (he's taking it to work to show off, I just know it).  While we were trying to get the kitchen set to something like rights, it hit me.

We had an impromptu dinner party.  With homemade pasta.  And wine.  ON A WEDNESDAY!

Holy crow, y'all.  That's pretty spiffy.  Obviously, this won't happen every week, but it's cool to think that we can do this on the fly.

It's gonna be even better when we get that pizza stone.  We've already talked about a make your own pizza night.

Kent's ff league costs more to buy in, so 6th place garnered him money that he also turned into an amazon gift certificate.  He got a ravioli attachment for the pasta machine (the press just wasn't working.  Now I get to play with it, and I have PLANS!) and a pizza stone.

Next, I want a stand mixer.  Since Kent and I have had to scrap the DC honeymoon plans (thanks a lot, Vinnie.  The man covers everyone's vacations and can't get a week in the middle of fucking FEBRUARY?), I think I might suggest using part of the money we've saved for that.

And the really cool purple flame decals.  He doesn't need to know that part until it happens.  I bet he'll be so distracted that I'm not asking for the model that comes in pink that he will totally miss it when I order the decals.

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dadi
Jan. 7th, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ahaha I have a cousin who is a mary kay pro and bugs everybody with how fantastic that stuff is. We are all avoiding her like the plague. Multi levelarketing
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 12th, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
In all fairness, Chrissie just asks if anyone wants to do X that she needs to help her along. There's no pressure.

I still can't believe she's in this, because she wears makeup about as much as I do. But if she's making a little extra cash on the side and I get free lip gloss every few months, I can't be mad at that. :)
siduri
Jan. 7th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
Love my pizza stone. Enjoy!
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 12th, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
Even better: Kent's sister got him this AMAZING book on making pizza ('American Pie'by Peter Reinhart) for Giftmas. She didn't even know he was getting a pizza stone; she'd just seen me mention that he was wanting to learn how to make bread and the bread making book by the same author wasn't in stock at the bookshop.

Pretty nifty, huh?
siduri
Jan. 12th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
Perfection. You all will have fun!
ladyvox
Jan. 7th, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
We recently got a Magimix which I love but if I'm honest I'd love a proper stand mixer too. The magimx is awesome for chopping and cutting and also mixing but I like to get better with baking and it seems that for batter and what not a proper mixer is easier to use. No way I'm going to be able to convince the hubs tho ;)

I'm sorry you have had to scrap your honeymoon plans- I know the feeling :(
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 12th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
Kent wants to learn to make bread, so that's my primary argument. :)

I'm a bit disappointed about the honeymoon plans, but I also had a thought that Washington DC might be more pleasant to walk around sometime other than February. He *did* get our anniversary off, so that will be nice.
twissie
Jan. 7th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
My mum has done the Tupperware thing for god knows how many years, and it's forever turned me off the "become a sales person for us~~~!" type of scheme. Sure, the home parties can be fun with cake and good company, but then comes the commitment and the... plastic. :/

Haha, congrats on the successful dinner party :) I have quite a way to go to be able to pull of something like that.
grlicnotgmblin
Jan. 7th, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
Your dinner sounds delicious! Corn flake crusted chicken?! YUM!!!

I got a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer in the Aqua color a few years ago. I didn't realize how wonderful it would end up being. Makes like so much easier! The mixer itself, the attachments, all of it. It's fantastic! The pink one is awesome and would look great with the decals! ;) It's well worth the investment!
davesmusictank
Jan. 7th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
I avoid these kind of multilevel marketing people at all costs!
twicet
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:54 am (UTC)
I did the Mary kay thing once about thirty years ago, never again. I got calls for a year after, until I finally said I would report her if she called again.
promiseoftin
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
I don't care how bad that Gaiman Duran Duran book is-- now that I know it exists, I must read it!
blue_eye
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
I did Mary Kay about 20 years ago.

I sucked a recruiting, so I just didn't bother. I didn't make money, because we were encouraged to keep inventory so that when we did skin care classes, we would have the product there and make the sale.

I had quite a few customers (some people sought me out as they had lost their MK consultant) because I did the whole bridal show circuit and belonged to business networking groups. I stopped because I worked full time and did MK on nights and weekends...never had time to myself. I never bugged friends though...if they were interested, they let me know, and some of them were.

The "director's challenge" is a way to lure people in, but I could never do it. Their scripts were too corny.

Now I'm a personal use consultant. The reason why I did it was to help a friend hit her directorship. I have sold a few products to people who have asked me. I'll also post a FB message before I order so if people who want to place can.

I don't think Avon is religious centered. I love their catalogs!
zyzyly
Jan. 8th, 2016 03:53 am (UTC)
My first wife was way into Mary Kay for a while. She even had the car. The problem is in order to be successful, you have to keep signing people up to sell for you, and they have to do the same. One of her friends ended up going bankrupt after charging all sorts of products to make her goals.

but I always liked the moisturizer. :)
notodette
Jan. 8th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
Wait, are you going to sell it, or just buy some of it?

It's too late here for me to figure this out on my own!
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 12th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to a sales pitch, politely saying no, and getting my free lipgloss. Chrissie already knows that.

She's the most unlikely MK consultant. She has no problem with the fact that I'm not going to drink the Koolaid. I'm helping her. I'm getting a free lipgloss. Everyone is happy.
communitybee
Jan. 8th, 2016 10:12 am (UTC)
I got suckered into MK with a glamour opportunity.... I thought they were talking about glamour shots. I was so rely maitaken. I sold for a few years and it was really big in our area, because everyone was either a MK lady or someone's customer... It sucked and I was thankful to God when my director quit.
belleweather
Jan. 8th, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
I used to know Neil Gaiman a bit when he was just another nerdy guy on the SF/F circuit in Minneapolis. He always ended up in front of me in line at the bookstore and would take 45 minutes chatting with the staff when I just wanted to buy the latest Poppy Z Brite and get out, damnit. It's so weird that he's like, a pop-culture GOD now.
1_rhiannon_1
Jan. 8th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
Purple flame decals are practically required!!
zimon66
Jan. 9th, 2016 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm getting visions of Peggy Hill and the cooking utensils scam XD

Netflix's F is for Family; there's a sub-plot about Tupperware knock-off butter-dishes.
sullen_hearts
Jan. 9th, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC)
Your impromptu dinner party sounds fun!
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 12th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
I hope to have more in the coming year. It was SO much fun!
dreamchaser
Jan. 10th, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
I have added you if that's OK - we have quite a few mutual friends.

I want a stand mixer, too!
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 12th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
Of course. Nice to meet you!
millysdaughter
Jan. 12th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
Mary kay makes me itch.
Literally
Jamberry, however -- I adore
Tupperware as well, but I have no more space to put any new Tupperware products.
I do not, however, like to sell crap
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