Wednesday, March 29, 2006


I hate being sick!

Ya, so the exercise thing was going great up until this morning. Simply put, I've got the flu or some such thing. All I know is I feel like crap, yet here I am at work (working hard, no hardly working). I'm hopped up on Dristan, so at least my nose is no longer dripping like a faucet with a cracked washer. I just couldn't drag my ass out on the path today. Everything aches. Feet, legs, knees, name it, it hurts!

I blame 'Norbert'. Norbert is the young guy who works here on the weekends. He's a nice kid. Dedicated to the point that he came in to work on Saturday after being in bed all week with the flu. He looked like crap. Frog-belly white, dark circles under his eyes, and ten scarcely affordable pounds lighter than he was the week before....hmm...sounds like so many fashion models out there. Heroine chic, donchaknow.

We were working away together, and the whole time I'm thinking 'I am SO going to get sick'. He left for home at the end of the day, but I got stuck here an hour after closing, due to some freak who pulled up while I was outside locking the door. In all honesty, I was already leaving about half an hour or so late because of some friends who I haven't seen in a long time who brought some work in. The time flew by as we chatted, but I finally had to kick them out because I was meeting my family to celebrate my parents' 55th anniversary.

Like I said, I had all the lights turned off, the alarm was set, and I was out front with my key in the lock, and up drives some woman who starts crying the blues about needing us to mat some pictures for some fundraiser or other. We get hit up for this a lot. So, being the sucker I am, I unlock the door, disarm the alarm and let her in. Like I said, we get a lot of people coming in looking to have us frame pieces for fund-raisers, so we wind up doing the work pretty much for our cost. She put the pieces on the counter, I selected the mats to suit them, measured them up and gave her the greatly reduced price. Time spent already was about 15-20 minutes because she just kept giving me details about the group and people I've never heard of. Give me a break already! When she was told the price (about $30. each) she nearly fainted.

"Can't you do any better on the price?" (I just love that one)
"Actually, that is already greatly reduced."
"Oh my God, we can't afford to spend that kind of money. We just wanted to make them look a bit better so people might bid on them. We won't make that money back on them."

I explained to her that in all likelihood people will bid more for a matted piece than they would for a non-matted piece, but she didn't think so. She was thinking that a mat might be $5.00 or so. Ya, it's called bristol board. I told her that we only use acid-free preservation matboard and backing, but she just didn't get it. She packed up her pictures and headed out.

You know, if I had just made some shopkeeper re-open his place of business for me, I sure as hell wouldn't be bitching and moaning about the price of something.

At this point, it was just after 5:00 (closing time is 4:00), and I had to rush home and meet my family at this dinner theatre place at 6:15. Not a big problem, except that this place we were going to is about an hour's drive from my house and it would still take me 10 or 15 minutes to get home from work.

I flew! I got home around 5:20, ran inside, washed my face - no time to change, I looked acceptable. Got The Squeeze and I into the car and sped like a madman to the show. Got there at about 6:10! Thank God for the lack of police funding! The first thing I did when we got in that door was head to the bar for a drink. I needed it.

The show and dinner was good, but I didn't have any one-on-one time (or one-on-two time) with the folks, so I still haven't told them about the baby. Soon...I promise.

Sunday came and went. Monday I had an oil change booked, so I started reading "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote while I waited. Damn good book! Grabbed lunch at this neat little Indian buffet place, and then I was off to drop a pile of money.

I'm pretty sure I'm one of the last people on the planet, but I finally bought an iPod. I got the 4GB Nano which holds about 1,000 songs, and right after I bought it I wondered if I should have bought one of the larger iPods with a 30 or 60GB memory. I figured 1,000 songs ain't bad! 15,000 is much more though! I'm sure it will do. I brought it home, installed the software, and about two hours later (sheesh!) I was recording music and ready to hit the path. It sure does help keep your pace up. I did some updating of music files on Monday night and updated the iPod, so things are much better organized.

Tuesday morning I was rockin' on that path! And it almost makes it acceptable to be anti-social when you have earbuds hanging down your face. I worked up quite a sweat, and I noticed my nose was running a lot...and my throat was sore. The beginning of the end. Last night I felt even worse. Muscles ached, head pounded, voice going...ya, this isn't good at all. Luckily The Squeeze had picked up some Dristan, so I took a couple around 9:30 last night. I tossed and turned, coughing, sneezing, blowing my nose and drowning in my own ick. Got up around 12:30, took more Dristan and back to bed. Finally got to sleep, but when I got up this morning I felt like crap.

That brings me to here. I don't want to be here at work feeling like this. Hopefully I won't have a lot of people come in today so I can actually get some work done. I'm falling behind. Yesterday was so busy. So many people bringing stuff in. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about having business, but it's feast or famine in this business. It seems everyone brings their stuff in at the same time. I'm booking work for completion 3 weeks down the road. Normally it's less than 2 weeks, but that's the way it goes.

I guess I should stop procrastinating, sign off here and get back to work. So much to do, so little time.

First off, Alka-Seltzer Nighttime Cold & Cough works like a charm. It's the only thing I've found that dries me up to the point where I can sleep.

For Pete's sake, she was bitching about $30??? Some people just don't have a clue. You need a back door, so you can lock up and then sneak out the back way. ;-)

I still don't have an iPod, but yes, music definitely helps keep the pace up!

What color blanket do you want? When do I need to have it done again? ARGH!! So much to do, so little time! ;-0
OK, I'll grab some of that on my way home because I was up coughing all night. I feel bad for The Squeeze.

Yep, there's a lot of cheapskates out there...and they all find me. The Squeeze likes to say "if clues were shoes she'd be barefoot". Unfortunately, our back door is triple barrel bolted from the inside, so I have no option. :o(

I'm feeling like a lazy slug now because I haven't walked for 3 days in a row. Hopefully I'll feel more up to in over the weekend. You simply HAVE to get an iPod! I resisted for a long time, but it is amazing. Now I just have to work my way through my CD collection and copy the songs I want to keep on it. That could take a few weeks.

You are too kind. You SO don't have to make a blanket. As of yet, the sex of the baby is still unknown...unless Weezie knows and hasn't told me yet, but I doubt it. Oh my God! She's due in about 3 months! I really gotta tell the folks soon.
I know I don't have to!!! Of course, then you'd have to explain who this strange person in Michigan is who is mailing stuff to you. ;-)

Did the Alka-Seltzer work for you? I hope so. Colds suck canal water!!!

I have to get a new computer before an iPod makes any sense. My home computer is the biggest POS in the world.'re too much. I told The Squeeze that you've offered to make a blanket for the baby, and he looked at me suspiciously and said "And who is this person again?".

It appears that Alka-Seltzer NC&C isn't available up here. :o(
Oh well...I think this thing is getting better now...still have a cough and I'm a bit congested, but I believe the worst is over. The Squeeze is still feeling rough.
I've been blowing my nose so much that I've got a coldsore looking thing between my nose and mouth. You know...that thing with the divot in the middle :o)

Ya, I suppose you would get a lot more use out of a new computer than and iPod. I've been copying songs from my CD collection onto the computer every chance I get so I can download them onto the iPod. I've just begun the E's. Yes, I'm anal and I arrange all my CDs alphabetically.
LOL that the Squeeze is suspicious about a girl!!! ;-)

I'll include some Alka-Seltzer NC&C in the package once I get the blanket done (or started for that matter).

I have some nice white-ish yarn with flecks of pastels throughout it. It's pretty. That way it doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl and it's washable.
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