Work. In a complete reversal from last year, things did not slow down after the first of the year. In fact, they ramped up and are continuing to do so. I am buried in paperwork and every day I'm getting further behind. The rules are changing almost daily, and our various customers are adding new requirements to our shipping protocals. The girl who left at the beginning of Novemeber, the one who had done the job for over 5 years, would not be able to step back into the position if she wanted to because so many things have changed in such a short amount of time. I'm really afraid that my boss is going to bring someone else in for me to train, to 'help' us, then kick me out because I'm not keeping up. My main responsibilities are the military shipments and the computer system that we use to submitt the paperwork to the government has been going up and down. Also, the government rep who has to sign off everything has been gone for the last three weeks. His backup has missed most of the last two weeks sick. So, the pile of paperwork is getting larger and I'm getting e-mails and phone calls wanting to know why things haven't shipped and it doesn't seem to matter that MOST of the problems are out of my control. *sigh* I've been working 10 to 12 hour days and was getting pretty burned out. In a fit of definance, one that my boss approved by the way, I took a week off. The mess was just as bad as I feared it would be when I got back, but at least I was rested.
Time off. Last Wednesday, the 28th, was my 27th wedding anniversary. I had already planned to take that day off anyway. I had also planned to take Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th off, but not for fun. I have been needing dental work done and had my wisdom teeth pulled on Monday. Due to a very bad experience as a child I am VERY dental phobic and had been putting this off as long as I could, but one had become inpacted and one was abcessed, so I had to have it done. I'll tell you this, Valium can be a good thing. My regular dentist perscribed 'ONE' pill for me to take before going to the oral surgeon. The pharmacist gave me a funny look when I turned in that perscription. I was so relaxed that I almost fell asleep in the waiting room. The surgeon did a good job of putting the IV in my hand, only took one poke, and I went under really quick. However, I did feel them pull the impacted tooth. The pain sensation came through very clearly. I was already starting to wake up when they took the IV out. The surgeon was surprised when I responed to something he said. Still, except for the pain during the extraction, I was totally pain free. Didn't need to take the pain meds they perscribed, didn't even need to take asprin. No swelling, no bleeding, nothing. I was lucky. Everyone at work had been telling me all of their horror stories about wisdom teeth removal and I had really been dreading it.
So, you are saying, you said you took a week off and so far you have only accounted for three days. What about Thrusday and Friday? I did something I haven't done for a very long time. I drove to Laughlin and stayed at a casino. It's a little over a hour closer to my home than Las Vegas, and the rooms are a lot cheaper. Week nights are $19, Friday and Saturday $45. I didn't go to gamble, if I wanted to do that I'd just go to the casino here in Tucson, I went to get away from everything. Of course I did gamble some, I mean what's the point of going to a casino if you don't, it just wasn't my main reason for going there. I took a couple of books and my laptop. Good thing, TV sucks there. Anyway I slept in, took long walks along the river, and generally rested up. I wrote one small story and finished the next chapter of Somewhere In Time. And, by the way, I hit a jackpot. $600. Woo Hoo!!
Other things. We had been a one car family since that jackass ran the stop sign and totaled our other car, so even though I wanted to spend it on other things, our tax refund went to getting another car. I wanted to get a new one, even though it would mean payments. Hubby talked me out of it. We found a very nice 2000 Ford Escort that we could pay cash for. It took every cent of the tax refund, and both our paychecks for that week, but it was ours, free and clear. Really nice car, got fantastic mileage on the Laughlin trip, has a CD player, so I'm happy.
But I had really, really, REALLY, wanted a new laptop. Mine was 5 years old, and I got it used then. So, just of the hell of it, I went on the Dell web site and applied for a credit line. They approved. I ordered myself a new laptop. 15" screen, all the bells and whistles. I love it. And the payments are a whole lot less than car payments would have been, so I figure I'm out ahead. Used some of the Laughlin jackpot to go to Best Buy and get a new printer.
So that's what's happened in the last couple of days, that in reality have been a couple of months. I really don't intend to stay away so long, Maybe I can keep connected again now.