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09 April 2006 @ 09:40 pm
So, I've gone ahead and taken the big plunge...  
...I registered my business with the Hawaii DCCA. Thank you all so much for your comments on my potential business name in my post below, I ended up using "Actual Reality Designs" - it may not be the name that reflects my personality the most, but for $60 and a bunch of paperwork, it's all mine. ;) I also registered a domain name and signed up to be a hosting re-seller... LOTS of money left me this morning, but hopefully it'll all be a good investment.

In wonderful news, my co-worker was finally able to make head-way with her last web designer and he FINALLY gave her the info to change her DNS information. So I spent the weekend migrating the new site over there and making sure there were no bugs in the form, etc. Thankfully it was finally able to go live today! :D I'm SO happy since it's been in the works for months and it feels like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and I know it's a HUGE weight lifted off of my co-worker's shoulders too. :)

And that web design business book? Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find it this weekend. :( Thankfully I was able to find another copy of it at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, so I expect the old one to turn up anytime now. ;) The book is wonderful for anti-business minded people like me. If it were up to me, I'd do everything for free, but I know that I can't and still survive. :P

Speaking of Saturday, Mark & I spent a wonderful morning at the mall. After all the computer work I've been doing lately, it was nice to actually get out of the house and do normal "weekend" things. :) We ended up in Shirokiya and Mark stood in line for nearly an hour to get the special Okonomiyaki that they were selling there at the Hiroshima fair. For those who don't know, it's basically a Japanese pizza with noodles, meat, cabbage, egg, and this really interesting (almost katsu-ish) sauce. Because they rarely sell it, the line for it is usually SO long that sometimes it makes no sense to stand there and wait. Mark was determined to get one, though - and he LOVED it. :)

Well, I'd better run - I have more web-related things to do before the weekend is over. Hope you all had a nice one! :)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Carecareleswhisper on April 10th, 2006 08:17 am (UTC)
YAY!!! That is so awesome, Sheri. :) Anyone that comes to you will sure find a wonderful person to work with! :D *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks so much for all your support, Carrie! :D Big *HUGS* to you!!
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
It is pretty interesting, Mark loves it. :) But then again, Mark is into all things Japanese. :)

The weekend went by SO fast, I tell ya! I need another one! ;)
Smitha: happysmittenbyu on April 10th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
oh congratulations!! how exciting!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Smitha!! I'm very excited!! :) Time to put the ol' Jaycee book project writing to work. :D
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on April 10th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Holy cow but you've had a busy busy weekend! I think you need a day off to recover & just veg on the sofa with fuzzy dog. :)

I've never had Okonomiyaki -- I've never heard of it either. I'd certainly be game for it.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Vegging on the sofa with the fuzzy dog sounds wonderful! :) It's a shame that weekends weren't three days long, I think I could really use the extra day. :)

I think you'd really like Okonomiyaki. :) The best part about it is that in the authentic ones you can choose whatever you want to put in it. :) I really need to make a trip back to Japan just so I can eat! :D
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: Coach K Rulesmslauren2930 on April 10th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
that is so very awesome for you. :) it will definitely be worth the investment, I'm sure. and you're totally making me feel like a slacker in comparison.... but in a good way. it's about time I got off my duff and started that GMAT studying for b-school. there's nothing like the inspiration of others to kick-start me.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, Lauren! I really love web design and even though I know I have so much more to learn about the business, I'm excited. :) Best wishes on your GMAT. :)
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on April 10th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is awesome! Congratulations! Now, you will actually be able to do what you love and get paid for it, because you do it very well. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura! :) It's been so long since I actually got excited about anything "work related" - this hardly feels like work at all! :)
_tropicalheart on April 10th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I never tried Japanese pizza before, but, I must say that Japanese foods are awesome! I love their chicken :)

Hurray for your new website business! I'm so excitedddd! :D Maybe someday when I make a CD and get famous, you can make one for me? heheeeee! :P

Happy Monday!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
I just LOVE Japanese food!! SO many great dishes... I really need to go back to Japan for a visit... if for nothing else, a food tour! :D

Thanks so much all your encouragement, Kristen!! I'm very excited about it because it's something I really LOVE doing. :) And woo hoo!! When your first CD comes out and you're incredibly famous I'll be begging you to let me do your website! :D

Hope you have a nice week!! Big *HUGS*
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on April 10th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Viva Okonomiyaki! I love them!

It's great that you got started your business and it's so official! Good luck!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
Haha!! I knew if anyone on my friends' list knew what it was, it would be you! :D There was really only one kind at Shirokiya, but I'd love to try some different ones too!

Thanks so much!! Hopefully everything will work out for the business - I'm very excited and pretty frightened about it all at the same time. :p
singnycsingnyc on April 10th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm happy to hear your web design stuff is really picking up!! I really like the name you chose too! I'm not very computer oriented so I give you a lot of credit! Heehee
Sheri: Jesse L. Martin - Rent the movie *SIGH*shutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! Hopefully things work out with the business. :) On the definite plus side - it's something that I really LOVE doing so it barely feels like work at all. :) And thanks for the comment about my business name - it's a little too Rent-ish, but it's growing on me. :D
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on April 10th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear those great news. :) I wish you not only good luck with your business but fun, too. And I hope you will show us your works.

The Japanese pizza looks delicious and the way how you prepare it sounds interesting to me - I never did it this way at a restaurant. And now ... I'm hungry again. ;)

Hope you had a nice day, Sheri. Big *hugs* to you! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! I really do love what I do so that's a definite plus - it hardly feels like work at all. :)

And the Okonomiyaki is very interesting and reading about it yesterday made me want to take a trip to Japan just so I could eat great food! :)

Hope your week is going well, Sabine! Only three more days!! :D Big *HUGS* to you!!
Blancheblanche on April 10th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Good for you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks so much!! It's exciting and scary all at the same time. :D
karen: new york citywakedistracted on April 10th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
Great news - congratulations! And I'm so glad to hear that everything got sorted out with your co-worker's site!

Glad you had a good time at the mall...I feel hungry now, though! :D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks so much Karen!! You've been incredibly supportive throughout all of this! Big *HUGS* to you! :) I'm SO glad that my co-worker was able work things out with the person who did her old site too - he wasn't really too helpful to her. :(

Hope you have a great week, Karen! *HUGS*
karmastyxkarmastyx on April 11th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
Wow Sheri that's sooooo great! I'm very excited for you.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura!! It's so exciting, yet scary all at the same time!! :)