All work and no play…

22 05 2009

Does anyone watch Seinfeld? I feel like it can really relate to me right now. Not the fact that their all high-strung and jewish. But, more specifically, George’s answering machine (sung to the tune of “Believe or Not (I’m walking on air)”:

Believe it or not, George, Isn’t at home

Please leave a message at the beep

I must be out or I’d pick up the phone

Where could I be???

Believe it or not I’m not home!

 
That is basically how I’ve felt the past month. Life has been, in short, a hectic crazy mess. I’ve been around as much as I could be, but considering how crazy everything has been I’ve barely had a chance to even keep up with my emails and comments, let alone respond. Let’s recap, shall we?

 

Home:

Ape and I are doing well. We sorted out the mess as best we could with my apartment situation. Fortuantely for us the manager knows the girl (she’s too immature to deem a lady or woman) who lives below me is certifiably insane. Not to mention she doesn’t pay her rent on time. Now we may be a nuisance with the dogs, but the reality is we’re good tenants, always willing to work WITH the manager, rather than fight him, and I ALWAYS pay rent on time (Who knows if its the Jew in me who refuses to pay a 50 dollar late fee or just something instilled on me by my parents. I’ll go with the first though considering I still have to pay my cell phone, elec and water bills. It’s not that I couldn’t, its just time flew by too quickly!! Woops!)

As for house hunting? I wish I had more to report but it’s been disappointment city. Either the area isn’t good, the place is too small, there is no yard, the rent is too high, or, what has driven me the craziest, the homes we fell in love with are dead ends (someone either rented them or we don’t get a return call). Who knew so many people out there were in the market for a liveable 1 to 2 bedroom starter home with a yard. Man! But thankfully, considering the manager has kind of left us alone for the past month, we’re able to keep looking and wait for the right home. Its been a bit of back and forth. I want to widen our search radius and he wants to stay as picky as we’ve been and just keep looking. My mentality is we aren’t BUYING yet, just renting, so we can loosen up with certain needs (mostly location), but he’s been pretty strict with that. Seeing as we still have time, I’m ok with that, but we’re really hoping for a July move in date so we need to get on it. We’ll spend Monday hunting and as soon as we find a place I’ll look into finding a subleaser.

 

We DID have one, but that fell through too. Not because of the person who WANTED to sublease but because of the rules. a) I can’t sublease for a partial lease. It has to be the full remainder of the lease or I have to buy out what is left and lose my deposit. Yea right! The point of the move is to make life easier and save money. Doing that, I would lose close to 3k. No way. No How. b) the subleaser emailed me begging for the apartment (it really is a great studio) and said he was trustworthy and would pay me directly and we wouldnt go through a sublease; but I don’t know this person. My rule of thumb? Don’t trust anyone with anything legally signed under my name unless it is a direct relative. I would have trouble trusting even a distant relative. It’s not that they aren’t trustworthy, but its my name and credit on the line. If something were to not get paid? I’d be screwed. c) AND now not to mention we are definitely NOT going to be out by June 1 so there was no point in even going over that with the kid. He emailed me asking and I never responded. I told him in the last email he needed to keep looking. He had about 3 weeks to do that and he can easily find something for his needs.

 

My parents also came to visit. Nothing to eventful there. Just an amazing weekend with my Mom and Dad. I cried a lot the day before the left and the day they did leave. I never realize how much I miss them until they are with me and then I’m a mess. I’m still learning how to be happy that something happened versus being sad that its over. But that will take time. My dad was even like, maybe we shouldn’t visit you until you’re more used to living so far away. I told him that was silly. I admitted that I used to bawl my eyes out for the first hour when I would drive back to college after visiting. And my parents knew how much I LOVED my school and where I was living at the time so I guess they now understand its just my attachment to them. I can be sublimely happy, but no matter where I am, I want them close by. Im old enough and strong enough to know that can’t always be and I’m completely ok with it. But Im sure i’ll be reverting back to my six-year-old self when leaving my parents, even when I’m in my 40s and 50s. It’s just how I am with them. I don’t think it’s a bad thing either. What’s wrong with loving your parents too much? Absolutely nothing 🙂

The puppy is doing GREAT. She had her first vaccinations yesterday and pooped out a million worms which was SUPER gross. She already took a dewormer and it was tapeworms so we just need to give all the dogs their flea medications asap to prevent it from happening again. If I get out early today like I think I will I get to go meet our new vet, which I would really LOVE to do. It’s hard. Ape has never had a dog like we do now (having to be the one to go to the vet, take care of the meds and vacs, etc) and so he doesn’t always know the questions we need to ask. Its not that hes not competent and its not that I don’t trust him to figure it out, I just have more experience. Like he knew we had to give flea meds but he had no idea that those meds are dependent on the weight of a dog and there is no way we can give to Layla what we give to Keeper and Fred. And he knows to get advantage but he doesn’t know to ask about adcantage OR advantage multi. AND he doesn’t know how to apply it so he doesn’t know to ask the vet how long before the puppy can play with the dogs because she can’t get it on her. And I can tell him to ask but he may or may not remember with everything else that goes on and it’s just easier to do it myself sometimes. Does that make me controlling? I hope not. Im not trying to be. I just like knowing whats up and like having the opportunity to ask for myself. So yea, I hope Im the one who gets to go today lol. Not to mention I want to know the person who is taking care of my dogs!!

She's full of smiles at seven weeks old (when the pic was taken). She is two months old this weekend. How time flies.

She's full of smiles at seven weeks old (when the pic was taken). She is two months old this weekend. How time flies.

OH and did I mention she’s smarter than we are? At five weeks she learned if she pushed her pen out of the kitchen and into the living room she could squeeze under it. She took that as an opportunity to redecorate my apartment with her poop. We figured, OK, no big deal, let’s get something heavy and use it as a weight so she can’t push it forward anymore. So we bought cinder blocks. It worked. For a week….At six weeks she learned how to literally CLIMB out of her pen as if she were climbing a ladder. Again, redecorated the apartment with poop. My little designer. She also ate one of my favorite books. Can’t say she doesn’t have good taste! I found page numbers in her poo that day too. But she is finally old enough to be crated so we’re crate training her now and she’s doing fantastic. No messes in her cage and she knows to go right to her pee pad to go potty. Still working on poop. She gets too excited to go, but we think with the deworming and her new diet we think we’ll have an easier go of it.

Work:

This is where life has been the most intense. For the past two weeks (maybe three?) I’ve been working my crazy butt off. Some days I work normal hours and it’s not AS insane but by the time I get home there is just so much to do.

 

I may or may not have mentioned I was working on a big project for my company. Well not HUGE but I was throwing my first event.  And then on top of it I had to take over someone else’s work until they found a replacement. So I’m doing my normal job, throwing the event and then doing someone else’s work on top of it. And I couldn’t say no to helping with the extra job. I really want a raise and will do anything I need to get it!

Not to mention the pressure that if it went well then we’d go national with the event. It basically had me working 10 hour days (13 hours the day of the event!), but the good news is it went REALLY well and we WILL be going national with it so yay! That went well. It was a major success, a bigger turn out than we expected AND the founder of the company came to the event and declared it a success so we’re happy with that.

 

I thought I’d have time to rest after the event but NOPE. We have to overhaul our art and make sure everything that is up has a release and create an all new playlist. Before I could start working on THAT though (easily a 2-3 week project) I had to quickly clean up one locations server because a Major TV station (not allowed to say) is holding a big event there and it will be documented. That means we had to be 100 percent sure the art on the screens was released to us and we had to make sure it would run without a hitch. Seems easy but its a long and slow process. The system we use runs at a snail pace when I do maintenance on it and there were a ton of little odds and ends I had to do to make sure it went through. I have been at work for minimum 9 hour days with very short lunch breaks (15 minutes and I eat at my desk so I work and eat… normally we’re allowed up to an hour). Last night? I was here till almost 8:30p.m. The last person to leave.  AND this mornign I was the first person in. Thankfully its a half day. I can use it if I make sure my project went through smoothely. If not? I’m stuck here fixing it. BLECH.

 

I wish I could say it was gonna ease up now but I know it isn’t. Perhaps the hours wont be as bad but work will be jsut as busy. I’ll be rehauling all of our playlists starting next week. That means taking all the old art down, reformatting it into a new layout and then basically doing what I’ve been doing the last few days but with hundreds more images and slides. FUN!

 

I will say though, I’ve realized I’ve been super stressed lately, not because I hate what I am doing but because I LIKE it and I actually care about the job I do. Not to mention I’m hoping my crazy hours and dedication earns me that raise! HAHA. I do love my job though. So I got that going for me.

 

I hope I’ll be able to be a bit more attentive soon. See if I can at least keep up with everyone and get my personal affairs back in order. Till then? Its all work and no play. But this Mich is definitely not a dull girl.

 

Till next time!

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