Have you ever had a day that felt like it would never end? That was today. Like a good mother (hey, I can fake it) I brought the sick child to the office with me, where she spent the day lying on the sofa, coughing and being pathetic. The dogs (who come to work with me regularly and ought to be used to it by now) decided that today was a good day to try and eat the UPS man, while I fended phone calls from people trying to a) sell me packing tape, b) sell me shipping services, or c) clean our offices. Not a single call from anyone who wanted to give me money... not that I'm really complaining. Maybe, someday, if I can get the corporate checking account to balance, or the production schedule to level out a little, or hammer out answers to the 4756 urgent emails sporting their little red flags in my inbox, I'd be willing to listen to someone explain the relative virtues of their packing tape versus the stuff I've been buying for five years. This was not that day.
Today was the day when I spilled my chai on my chair, then had to clean it up while simultaneously fending off the dogs (Who wanted to help. Really.) and answering the phone ("No, we don't need any packing tape. Seriously."). Add 20 minutes of wiping, scrubbing, and pulling sticky napkins out of the dog's mouth.
Today was the day when my eldest daughter texts me from work requesting creamy-cheesy-chicken enchiladas for dinner, and I respond "Yes" (Because I am a soft-hearted, indulgent kind of mother. And an idiot.) so then I follow it with "If you clean the kitchen"... at least I don't have to do the dishes, right? Add a shopping trip and two hours of cooking to the list.
Today was the day I finally sent the email to the insurance company that our rep has been requesting for a week... only to find he is out of the office until the week after the form is due. Add 30-minutes of searching for someone else to handle the forms.
Today was the day I received an email from one of our customers asking about a change we had made... about which I had composed a press release, then failed to send it. I am planning to crown myself the queen of procrastination, but I keep putting it off.
Today was the day my inbox was filled with orders (Yay!)... all due on the same day. Add an hour of re-scheduling production so they aren't working 24/7 and no one wants to kill me. (It didn't really take an hour, but there were calls to answer, a sick child to feed, and the dogs versus the aforementioned UPS man.)
All in all, the day was not terrible, just very, very long. I was reasonably productive at work, the sick child perked up as soon as we got home and there was no chance of school, the enchiladas were amazing (the quadruple batch I made so we could have leftovers is nearly gone), and at the end of it all... here I am, with time to talk to you.
Today's free kit piece can be combined to create a two-page spread. I have included a page from our adventure scrapbook as an example.
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