Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Winners, Whining, and Whiplash

Cathy Pegau is generously awarding copies of Rulebreaker to both Misty and Jen B. Congratulations! She'll be in touch to make sure you get your prize.

This week has been so up and down. Monday started off fine, with the kids off to the first day of school. But then...
  • You know how my iPod got stolen and I replaced the battery in my old iPod Photo? Yeah, well, it died. So I burned a few podcasts to CD. That wouldn't last long, as I don't have that many CDs and they're only CD-Rs, but it would gave me a few days of listening during my commute. Right?

  • Wrong. The CD player in my car stopped working. Right about the time...
  • That I hit the road closure on the main road between the town where I live and the town where I work. I was half an hour late looking for a way around, because they didn't set up any detour signs.

  • Then my eyes went wonky. I had to keep blinking at my monitor at work to shift my contacts, but they kept sliding out of focus.

  • My work plan failed. Interruptions, problems, stuff I couldn't finish because I had to chase down people to ask questions, and help out in other departments because things got so busy.
Between working late, running the kids to and from the doctor (around the road closure) and soccer practice, followed by client work that had to be done, I was wiped out and couldn't write.  

Tuesday was so much better by comparison. First, the CDs worked in my car! We had a decent detour in the morning, and the road was open by evening. Work was much smoother and productive. I had to work the morning shift and the evening shift, so in between I worked on Heavy Metal on my laptop. And Tuesdays are slow, so I got client editing done before I left.

But then I got home, with more soccer-practice-running-around and kids needing me for homework and dinner-making. Then I had half a dozen projects to edit, but lost e-mail access so I couldn't do those until today. Today was a longer day at work than it was supposed to be (due to training a new person), MORE chauffeuring, and more dinner-making. (Why do we have to eat, huh?)

So here I am, nearly 9:00 p.m., with hours of client work ahead of me. I must work on both Heavy Metal and TBWNN tonight, too.

I'm thinking all-nighter.


Cathy in AK said...

Fire up the coffee pot! Good luck, Natalie, and thanks so so much for having me over : )

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Oooh, mocha! I may just go make one! :)

Thanks for being here, Cathy!

Gwen Hernandez said...

Natalie, I think I got whiplash just reading about it! I hope the week calms down.

And I have to ask why you're blogging when you have so much to do! Except that I'd probably do the same thing because I have to "talk" about it first. ;-)


Natalie J. Damschroder said...

That's a really good question, Gwen, and an equally good answer. LOL

I had to post Cathy's winners, so I just rambled on a bit. Now I'm being productive! :)

Karen C said...

And have the allergies decided to give you a break yet??

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I'm lucky, Karen, that's one thing I don't have to suffer through!