When I make carbonara, I usually first crisp the bacon and drain on paper towels. Then I drain off some of the fat, saute chopped onion and sometimes peas. Cook and drain the pasta, returning it to the pot. Add one lightly beaten egg, mix it up til its cooked in, add the onion and pea mixture, and some warmed chicken broth. When I serve it, I have more chicken broth on the table, the bacon to crumble on top and parmesan cheese to sprinkle on. Sometimes I don't add an egg, and just use the chicken broth and I think its still good---I like it better than cream, and it's so good to dunk Italian bread in!
If you like rice and pasta, consider making salads with one of those as a base---tiny orzo pasta, spirals, elbows, thin angel hair, whatever. I like to do some greens, cook and cool some angel hair pasta, then toss with a mixture of honey, mustard, mayo and lemon juice and add cooked chicken, sliced peppers, mandarin orange segments, nuts, cucumbers. I love chicken salad with cranberries or raisins and pecans and I use a little mayo and mix it with light sour cream so its not so globby.
Orzo, black olives, feta, cucumber and tomato is yummy too. Rachael Ray has a cheeseburger salad (foodnetwork.com) that's lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and little mini cheeseburgers. You could do something like that maybe with leftover meatloaf or burgers.
I accept paypal, check or money order, but I make it clear in my "message to buyer" that their item will be shipped only after I have received the check/MO and it has cleared. This way, I don't risk the chance of getting shorted and sending out an item prematurely. It does prolong the transaction a bit, but since most people use Paypal (I've only had one person use a MO), I don't mind it once in awhile.
I have sometimes noticed some confusion about Paypal, too, where a buyer interprets the Paypal logo alongside the credit card logos as "oh, I can either pay via paypal OR give you my credit card info." I find that explaining to the buyer that Paypal is a safe third party for buyers and sellers to use and stressing that the big plus is mediation if a transaction goes awry and that as a seller, I never have access to your credit card information helps smooth any potential leeriness about using it.
This site, in addition to its free sweater pattern generator has an alphabetical database of stitch patterns from all different sources--cables, knit and purl patterns and lace patterns. Oh! There's also a translation page with common phrases in knitting patterns in a variety of languages.
oh, pretty! I've become obsessed with lace knitting of late myself, not that I am getting very much done with Christmas present knitting, but this is gorgeous and makes me miss my lace knitting even more--I love dark yarns in lace!