Ah, Monday. So good to me. It’s all I hoped it would be.
But I have to tell you, even though I know you don’t care, I had a tough weekend. First, Friday was a hard day at work. I had a lot of hard things come my way, some of which had to be handled immediately. It wasn’t easy. I had to involve another person or two and get myself some information, do research, pass it on to a salesman so he could pass it on to the customer, etc. Then I noticed a page of the system I’m supposed to be support doesn’t work anymore, as of the end of last year. The rollover of the calendar year messed up a couple of things, all because the code isn’t self-maintaining. Since the guy before me didn’t annotate the code he wrote, I have no idea what it is or how to fix it. I have to talk to him. Then, a Microsoft Excel macro one of my co-workers needs to update a big sales order broke. It hangs on a loop and won’t progress. I don’t know what to do about that one either, but I’m expected to fix it.
By the time five o’clock rolled around on Friday, I felt like I’d been beat with both ugly and stupid sticks. Not good. But nothing got better.
Saturday I notice a red spot on a patch of ice under where our car was parked the night before. Looks like the transmission fluid. Leaking? Even a small leak is a big problem. So… here we go. The other shoe might be dropping.
Saturday night I realize I haven’t looked at the proofs I’m supposed to proofread for my tech book. I quickly open the email and pull the first chapter up (they’re in PDF format pending the arrival of the paper copies). What do I find? A ton of needless, stupid, harmful wording changes. Changes which shouldn’t have been made at all (like changing “which” to “that” or inserting the word “that” where it doesn’t belong), adding cliches and catch-phrases like “in fact”, “at all”, etc., and finally, globally replacing the word “Internet” – properly capitalized, which is also the publisher’s standard for all their books – to “internet”, lowercase, including in the title of Microsoft’s browser software Internet Explorer.
Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased. I didn’t even finish the first few pages when I dashed off an email to the editor I’m working with and told her I didn’t know how we would fix this, it shouldn’t have had ANY wording changes without my approval, etc., and that I wasn’t sure we’d make the February 25 deadline she says we have. I’ll see what her response is tomorrow, I’m sure, but if I have to get the Editor-in-Chief involved, then I will. I will NOT have my name on this POS as it is right now. Uh-uh. Pay me what you owe me and put the name of the copy editor who’s a wannabe author on it. Not mine.
Then right before bed on Saturday, I notice my brand, spanking-new computer’s little power supply is putting out a VERY high-pitched whine. OMG. OMFG. I can’t win. What am I supposed to do about this?
Lord God the other shoe is dropping, isn’t it? Things have been so awesome for so long – since last July! – how could they stay that way? For me, especially? Yeah, feels like the second shoe’s a-comin’.
On another, unrelated note, tonight is slated to be the first night of my new exercise routine. I’m frightened. It’s been so long since I last worked out I don’t know how I’m going to do it. I have an at-home-use program (DVDs), but still. Still. Lord I’m frightened. Frightened of the amount of work and effort and energy this is going to require, of the soreness that WILL follow no matter how “easy” I take it, of the money I spent on it being wasted because I can’t do it… of a lot of silly things. I still need to press “PLAY” though. I need to do something and this is what I’m committing to. I’m also asking Fal to take Before shots and to measure me. (No, you don’t get to see the pics.) If I have the success some of the other people using these DVDs have, I might post the After pics, though. We’ll see.
As I write this, it’s Sunday, and I have no idea what today’s disaster will be. I have to get these proofs back so I won’t be around much this week I suspect. But I’ll see you all on the other side of this crap and let you know how it turned out.
Say a prayer if you do that. Especially about the work stuff.
See ya soon,
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