He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. —Psalm 113:9

September 3, 2010

Whip It Good

I just had a client have to remind me that this is a holiday weekend when I tried to schedule a conference call for Monday. That might be sad, but not as sad as the fact that what's exciting me most about the prospect of an extended weekend is finally having time to clean my house. Not that I'm such a clean freak that putting the emphasis on the "labor" part of this particular holiday fills me with joy; but our house still hasn't recovered from our camping trip last month, and I can't even remember the last time I vacuumed the carpet. This house needs some serious whipping into shape, and it looks like I'll finally have time to do the whipping.

Of course, I shall have to do it all whilst wearing my new t-shirt.

And if I'm really feeling ambitious I might even tackle the mountain in the garage that represents two years' worth of backed up recycling -- the first step in converting the garage from a big space to throw the crap we don't want to deal with into an organized haven for craft supplies and camping gear. Party on!

This month is shaping up to be a pretty good one, work-wise. It never ceases to amaze me the way freelancing is always feast or famine. Never does it happen that one client needs something one week, and another the next, and so on so that I've got a steady stream of work and nobody's ever competing for my time. Instead it always happens that most -- if not all -- of them have major projects that need done all at the same time, or hardly anybody needs anything from me at all. Right now I'm looking at a feast of web design and VA work, so that's going to be keeping me busy for the next few weeks.

Gotta say I'm relieved, because as much as I appreciate that Demand Studios is there to get me through the famine times, it's definitely not my favorite gig, probably because it's the one that requires the most mentally taxing work for the least pay. After a long day of struggling to focus enough to research and write just a few articles, I'm always too mentally fried to do anything else. I'm feeling energized just thinking about having some truly creative work on my plate again. Even so, I'm going to try to keep doing at least a few DS articles a week, just to ensure I'll have a steady, if small, paycheck to buffer against the unsteady nature of freelance pay.

Somewhere in all this working and cleaning, I've got to be sure to get outside and enjoy this perfect fall-like weather we're having. This would, of course, be a lot easier if Matt would let me take the laptop out on the patio, but he's afraid I'll smash it to bits on the concrete and then we'll have to spend a big chunk of money to replace it. And he does have a point -- I do tend to be accident prone, and I wish I could say that I don't have a history of expensive accidents, but... well, let's just say I don't have solid ground on which to argue in favor of ever leaving the house with my laptop. So if I want to go out I guess I'll just have to leave the computer behind and, like, get some exercise or something. How novel!


Anonymous said...

Good luck with the clean out. I always feel better after it's finished, but I hate getting started.

And what's this exercise you speak of? I don't know this word. Oh and a good way to enjoy the outside without a laptop, a good book.

Jean Bauhaus said...

The good book part is a problem. I've got a stack of paperbacks waiting to be read, but none of them are appealing to me right now. I'm thinking about re-reading Scalzi's You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop To aCoffee Shop. It's got some good advice that might fire me up to start writing.

Stevie said...

I always enjoy your posts! So clever and funny.

This is a great weekend to clean the garage. That is always the last piece I take care of when the military moves us and it makes a huge difference for me in feeling organized. Makes things feel complete. Luv it!

I've gotta tell you, I'd love to take advantage of your fabulousness during down times. I probably have something I could use help with but haven't taken the time to delegate it yet. Please ping me if you are looking for a project. You are by far, the best!

Jean Bauhaus said...

@Stevie - Thanks! I will.

I didn't get around to the garage last weekend. I was thinking I'd tackle it tomorrow, but the weather's getting hot again, so it's probably not going to get done until we're properly into fall. But at least the parts of my house that company sees are presentable, which makes me feel much better.

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