All in a day’s work

Well here’s a little anecdote.

This guy, a builder, asks me to make him a website. We talk, and I’m trying to figure out why he needs a website. He has more jobs than he can handle, he says, and he would really like to cut back a bit. His client base consists almost entirely of repeat customers and word of mouth referrals. His clients are not particularly internet-savvy and no one is complaining that he’s hard to find, or suggesting that he needs a website. The builder himself is not a wannabe webmaster. In fact, he is clueless about computers — he gave me copy written in pencil on notebook paper, and was totally stymied by my request that he email me a file. He has absolutely no interest in learning how to maintain and update his own site.

Okaaaaay… So, I’m scratching my head over this one. Yes, I want the job, but it seems kind of pointless for me to go to all this trouble and him to pay all this money, for a website he clearly does not need.

And then he says, oh so casually, by the way, I also have some fishing pictures I’d like to put up on the site. He starts talking about fishing. He goes down to the Florida Keys every year, he has a house down there, and a boat, and his life’s passion is deep sea fishing.

Now I must admit my first reaction was ewwwwww! I think fishing is so gross. Bait? *shudder* Fish flopping around *shudder* on the end of a hook *shudder*? I don’t even like to eat fish. *shudder* I never buy it, *shudder* and I would never in a million years go fishing for it. *shudder*

But as this guy continues to talk about his grand passion, and starts showing me his pictures, well my goodness if his enthusiasm isn’t contagious. Pretty soon my adrenaline is pumping hard. He shows me a photo of the top half of a barracuda (!) hanging from a hook. The bottom half is missing because as they were pulling it into the boat a passing shark grabbed onto the other end, there was a tug of war, and the fisherman was left with just the top, with bloody guts dangling. And I’m all excited about this!!!

Of course this man needs a website!!!

Off the wagon

Yes indeed I fell off the wagon, and I figured something out about the daily post. It’s not enough to have endless ideas for topics and the chutzpah it takes to hit the publish button day after day. You also have to have the hours available. It’s that simple. There’s only so much a person can fit into one day.

I didn’t even realize that at first. For pretty much the entire month of January, work was very slow. It shouldn’t have been; it was slow because my work was caught behind a log jam of a colleague who wasn’t doing his part. And then the jam cleared and bam! I’ve been swamped swamped swamped ever since. Swamped, and a bit anxious about all the more work that needs to be done between now and Memorial Day, between now and the end of August, between now and basically forever. While I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs and waiting for stuff to happen it was oh so easy to churn out a post a day! Hell, I probably could’ve done two! But now… now? I can barely manage one a week.

I have missed this! I’ve missed the writing, I’ve missed visiting my fellow daily post-ers — thank you all, so much, for the sweet comments while I was gone! — and I’ve missed the whole buzz surrounding this endeavor.

I’m going to try to climb back up on this here wagon. I’m not ready to take that badge off my sidebar quite yet.

Snips & Snails

And puppy dog tails. Yeah, that pretty much sums up my 7yo son. He’s a boisterous noisy little whirlwind of activity who never seems to slow down for a second. He has a big heart and he means well, but he’s still very rough around the edges.

I don’t know why, but I had this crazy idea that he should learn to play the violin. I mean seriously, what was I thinking? Banging on a drum would be much more up his alley. The idea of this rambunctious little guy handling anything as delicate as a violin, let alone learning to play it? Oh ha ha ha!

He’s doing quite well with it, actually. He has a very musical ear, he’s a natural-born performer, and the physical aspects of playing the violin have come pretty easily to him. But where he tends to fall flat (sorry) is in the area of musical expression. See, he has his own ideas about how things should sound. For example, this Bach Minuet that his teacher says is supposed to sound “elegant”? Well this evening he told me he made up a story to go with it.

“Okay, here are the knights at their home base,” he says, and plays the opening section of the piece. “They’re calm and happy.” Plays some more. “Okay, pretty soon a battle is going to start.” Wades into the second half of the piece. “The battle is getting bigger.” Deeper into the second half. “And now the battle is over!” Finishes off the song with a flourish.

This is a minuet! A stately 17th-century dance. And the kiddo is picturing knights in battle???

Tired, but happy

Well I had a very productive day. I spent much of it up to my elbows in InDesign, creating marketing materials for some upcoming events. O InDesign! Thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.

A mushy sentimental blog post

Soooooo, I was thinking it would be nice to write a contemplative wrap-up kind of thing to celebrate the fact that I actually did write 31 posts during the month of January.

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I have no trouble thinking up topics to write about. I mean, geez, just look around. There are topics everywhere! But you know what, I do find it extremely challenging to write about my own inner life: my thoughts, experiences, hopes, dreams, frustrations, struggles, that kind of thing. My Meyer-Briggs type is INTJ, from which you might infer (correctly) that 1) I am a very private person who 2) is not particularly in touch with her feelings. That venting post from the other day? Strange as it may seem, that was very tough for me to write.

But guess what. Going through the (for me, difficult) process of figuring out why I was so annoyed with this situation at work, realizing that one of the reasons my buttons were being pushed was because I have a similar problem at home, etc., helped me to clarify some issues. I ended up having really good talks with several of my colleagues and as a result we are all able to move forward on this project with new energy. Yay! I’m not sure I could have accomplished this (at least, not as efficiently) if I hadn’t written that blog post.

Thank you, postaday.

And thank you, my dear readers. I am humbled and grateful to have you here. Because of this work situation I’ve not been able to respond to comments and check up on my subscriptions as frequently as I would like, but I’m looking forward to catching up very soon.