July 2006

25. July, 2006 - Inconceivable!

Two days in a row? Well, I guess that’s what happens when I wake up before 4am and don’t feel like heading to work just yet.

Which is kind of odd. Yesterday was an interrupted day at work, as the roof workers drove a screw into one of the main power conduits that supplies a half-dozen offices at work, including mine. In spite of that, I still managed to have a good day, finishing up a feature that I spent all last week working on. And because of the heavy rain here yesterday afternoon and evening, they won’t be working this morning, so I should get in there and get more work done while the office is relatively quiet.

Or I could be plowing through the 150 emails in my inbox. If you’re waiting on a reply from me, sorry. I’m more than a little behind on email. But instead of doing something more “productive,” I’m taking a few minutes to post a little something here.

24. July, 2006 - something

One thing I’ve noticed about doing less-frequent updates around here is that when I do try to write something, even if it’s a simple I’m still alive post, it’s more difficult. The creative juices have been stagnating, more than flowing, and it’s tough to get them moving again.

The worst part is that there’s actually been a fair amount of what I believe the scientists call “crap” going on around here lately, and at least one of my half-dozen readers would probably like to hear about it, but I just don’t have the urge to put any of it down here in words. There’s a short example below, and let’s just say that it’s fairly typical of how things have been going. Things work out in the end, but like eating a bean burrito with Guatamalan Insanity Pepper sauce, it’s more likely due to some inevitable physical process than any intelligent action on my part.

16. July, 2006 - catching up

Well, it’s been a pretty good weekend. I think everything is in order for that website a client has been wanting for a while. Got a good man on the job. We’ll see how they like the results tomorrow morning, but I’m no longer worrying about getting it done (or rather, worrying about not having it done). I also finished typing up my vacation notes (link below). I still need to pay the bills that accumulated last week, but since I’m in a webby kind of groove, I figured I’d update here as well.

And that’s about it for the weekend. It was pretty darned hot outside. Or so I hear. I spent the whole time inside with my air conditioning. A couple movies were watched. I made a little progress in the history book I’ve been reading since getting back from Austria (not related, it was just next in the queue), and I did a load of dishes and a few other minor domestic tasks. No trip to mom’s. No Saints games. No nothing outside the house. And it was an excellent weekend. I wish I had more like this. Or that this weekend had a few more days in it.

12. July, 2006 - not today - I have a headache

I’d meant to update earlier in the week, but at work they’ve been putting a new roof on the building, and part of that process is moving hot tar around right next to where the air-intake for the ventilation system is. As a result, I’ve come home from work with a big headache both days so far this week, and Monday I felt worse about driving than I do after most evenings at the bar.

So anyway, I’m later than I’d hoped with the update. And I still haven’t finished uploading the vacation photos from Austria. But I’m still chugging along, and when I finish typing this, I’ll be adding a few more photos. And possibly this weekend I’ll get around to writing some text to go with them. Just don’t hold your breath.

4. July, 2006 - a good weekend, with punctuation

Well, it’s been a pretty darned good weekend. I got all the tasks I’d set before myself done except for the website for the client from last year. Plus I even showed up to work and put in a half-day yesterday. And the website’ll get done. Just Not Quite Yet. I figure after an eight-month delay by the client, if it takes me an extra week or two to finish it off, that’s probably not the end of the world. Or if they don’t like the delay, they can give the job to someone else. Maybe not the most business-savvy attitude, but I don’t think I ever claimed to have that… I feel a little bad about not getting the site done, but that’s well tempered by the day I had today.

I started off this morning with a visit to Mom. She had a lunchtime barbecue to go to, so I was up early, and out early, dropping off the bottle of brandy that will last her and her roommate the next couple weeks of (prescribed by the doctor, donchaknow) evening cocktails. Then it was home for lunch and to mow the lawn, followed by a nap while I watered the new sod that was looking a little dry and sad. When I woke up two hours later, the sod was soaked, and it was time to water the garden and the sod in the back yard. Pretty exciting, eh? Well, with that out of the way, I continued with the busy day, eating dinner, and then spent the evening out on my new (well, new-ish) patio, surrounded by my freshly-mown-lawn, with a six-pack of beer, and a newish Dortmunder book (which was, as usual, excellent — kudos to Don Westlake yet again), while watching the neighbors come, go, and set off various bits of fireworks in the alley.

At the moment, I’m feeling pretty darned mellow. Today was more relaxing than the entire time I spent on vacation, and I actually felt like powering up the computer to type this before calling it a day. Tomorrow it’s back to the grind, but for now, I’m a pretty darned happy camper. I hope your independence day was as fruitful and independent as mine. Seeya when I have something more to say.

2. July, 2006 - blessed weekend

Well, it’s time to update again. I’ve been trying to catch up on a number of things around home this weekend, and “blogging” has made it to the top of the list.

And it’s been a pretty long list this weekend. I really wish I had more time-off at work so I could take tomorrow off and continue to plow through all the various things I need to do, but that’s not in the cards. The biggest item is a customer that I hadn’t heard from since last October, who’s finally gotten all the things to me that I need to finish putting together a website for them. They contacted me again just before I left on vacation, and I told them that there was no way I was going to be able to get things done before July 4th (which of course meant a half-dozen phone messages when I returned from vacation). Well, that deadline is approaching, and I need to start putting the pieces together so I can finally invoice that work. It might actually make the difference between a profit and a loss on the business for 2006.

Speaking of which, if you (or someone you know) is reasonably clued about Dreamweaver, and is looking for a bit of freelance work, please contact me. I won’t have a lot of work to spread around, but I need a part time designer/web mechanic to take care of things now and again, and all my current contacts for that sort of thing don’t have the free time. People say the economy is still slow, but I’ve had enough trouble finding help for various jobs that I’m convinced it’s in pretty good shape.

And that’s going to do it for now. I’ve decided that I’m going to try and continue blogging at least weekly (rather than weakly) through the rest of the summer. That might be too ambitious of a plan, but it just might be workable. I think it’s worth trying, at least.

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