Well that's a showstopper of a title, isn't it? Sets the tone for this post, no? Woke up at 2:30 a.m. Michael did not turn down the heat before he went to bed and it got too hot and stuffy for me. Of course, running through the back of any of my consciences is the fact that I have another plant to do for inventory. My plant is mostly done; just need some accountables. Both plants are due tomorrow. I will go in early and stay late to get the second plant done today. Always loads of stress for me because I feel if our numbers are bad, it is my fault. I'm the one they come to for answers. I just report them and I can't make the equipment and gauges better. Don't have that kind of power.
So? After I practice my harp, I will toddle off to work. I imagine I will be there by 5 or 5:30 and goodness knows what time I will leave tonight.
Every plant location will be audited by KPMG during end of year inventory. Yippee skippee. As if I don't stress enough.
Fatigue is my middle name.
My Christmas cards were delivered yesterday and they look fabulous to my eyes. Made my painting look kind of cool on the whole. Color me happy. I addressed all the ones I took from my phone book last night and need Michael to get a couple of addresses from his mom. I still need to get some addresses from my work (two only) and then gather up all the addresses I have from my artist blogging buddies. I saved any emails I received with addresses and I think I actually added a couple of addresses to my contact list from last year. They will all definitely go out by Saturday. And I will have darned close to 40 or 45 cards left over. Don't know what I'll do with 'em but I'll have them. If I'm making my own cards, I won't want to repeat them so they become useless. Anyway, this is year 2 of making my own cards. I saw that someone had their cards printed by Zazzle so I will try to take a look at them for next year, assuming I remember. Last year I used Kinkos; this year I used VistaPrint. I'm not sure if one looks better than the other, but I am leaning a bit more toward the VistaPrint quality. Only bad thing was that I had to order a minimum of 100 (hence, the big leftovers).
One of my nearest goals is to make a short video of the harp practicing for you. I have several songs written by my instructor (no lyrics) that I just love playing. Bear in mind that they are not even close (as I play them) to what you would expect to hear from a harpist, such as chamber music or beautiful classical music. Watch YouTube videos of harpers and harpists (harpers play lever harps or folk or Celtic harps; harpists play pedal harps) and you will know what I mean. Anyway, I will make myself sit down and figure out how to share a video. And try to edit out any mistakes. LOL
So overwhelmed with work right now that I can't even think as much about art as I tend to do. I did think of something I am of a mind to paint though. Will just have to find some copyright free images to work from since I've never seen these in person.
So besides work, the other misery is that I have a sense of a developing sinus infection. Beginnings of a sore throat. I have swollen glands (or I'm oddly misshapen; probably the latter). Headaches. Face feels like I want to jam a needle into certain spots and pull out whatever is causing it to feel clogged up. Every few years it seems I get a nasty infection like this and it always seems to come at Christmas time. I've missed at least two Christmases with Michael's family since we married 11 years ago due to being home with a high fever. One year they almost put me in the hospital but they were able to bring the fever down in the doc's office. The doc had said if he couldn't get it down, off I was to go. Imagine a big fat old lady in her ratty shorts and t-shirt that she sleeps in, wrapped in a blanket and wearing flip flops to the doc's office. Completely unable to sit up even and toppled sideways in a waiting room chair. That has been me with these nasty infections. Hoping it doesn't go there. Force of will.
So back to the harp. Did I mention that I will pick up my lessons again after the holidays? I'm so secretly glad it didn't sell. I'm getting back into the groove of practicing and it is starting to come back to me; I had feared it wouldn't after my rocky restart.
I guess I can't put it off any longer. Practice then work. Yay.