Friday, October 14, 2005

It's official. I'm a terrible blogger.

So shoot me. I haven't updated this blog in far, far too long. I was doing great for a while there, and then I got a job writing for a newspaper, and the last thing I wanted to do in my spare time was more writing, so I just stopped. I'm sure any of the readership I had (finally) built up has now given up checking my blog for updates. I hope that in time, I can build up a new readership. Maybe.

I think I've now hit a place where I can bring myself to start posting here again and writing for fun. So, for my first post in months, I will post this whiny -- and I hope slightly humorous, at least -- bit about why my day sucks.

People/entities that can bite me today:

1.) This cold I have had for THREE WEEKS. The sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, plugged up ears and waking up in the middle of the night with my mouth feeling like sandpaper all combine forces to make me want to scream. If it weren't for NyQuil and its wonderful cousin, DayQuil, I would have gone postal by now. I have probably singlehandedly, through my purchase of their products in recent weeks, raised their earnings expectations by 10%.

2.) The 30 candidates running for City Council or School Board in Westbrook and Gorham. I spent *hours* this week calling people, compiling a list of their email addresses, and emailing a survey for them to fill out of their positions on the current issues. This is free advertising for these candidates. Those hours I spent were apparently completely effing useless. Few people could open the survey, and of those who could, only THREE actually filled out the survey I sent. The rest sent me either a note saying "I can't open it" or their two page, rambling, poorly-edited, grammar nightmare election fliers. I don't have time to edit thirty of these cheesy missives, hence the (apparently un-openable) survey.

3.) Whoever decided to make Mac documents incompatible with PC documents. This probably means Bill Gates, but I don't really know. Whoever it is, they can BITE ME. I am so pissed that I spent hours this week preparing this survey and now no one can open it and I am now working on a VERY tight deadline and I now have about 52 emails in my inbox with snippy notes saying, "I can't open it." Also, if I resend it in another format, I am going to look like an idiot. *Sigh*

4.) My landlord. After the fiasco with the rain/flooding in my dining room last weekend, the whole cieling in that room needs to be replaced. Now, my landlord wants to come in tomorrow morning and put new drywall in. NOOOOO!!! I. Want. To. Sleep. In.

5.) My husband, with his obnoxious Netflix habit. The man is addicted. He has spent hours in the past two days filling up our queue with things like "John Cage, Live" and "Aguirre, Wrath of God." (blech.) These now occupy the first, I don't know, hundred movies on our queue, while my additions -- good movies like Pride and Prejudice and Gosford Park -- are at positions 143 and 144.

6.) The local CBS affiliate, for experiencing "technical difficulties" during the climax of last night's episode of Without a Trace. I was left to look at their logo for TWO MINUTES of the damn show, missing some key elements.

7.) The lady at the library yesterday who snipped at me because the copy of "Goodnight Nobody" I took out last week got damp when our roof leaked. It's not like it's unreadable or anything, the pages are just a little wavy now. She bitched about it so much, I finally gave up trying to smile and nod and apologize and just said, "Well, what do you want me to do about it?" She made me feel like an awful person for having my roof leak all over her precious library book. I'M SORRY! IF I HAD MY WAY, MY ROOF WOULDN'T HAVE LEAKED TO BEGIN WITH, LET ALONE ON YOUR PRECIOUS BOOK!!!!

The saving grace in all this is that it's Friday, it's Brett's payday so there's money to be had, we have (what I hope will be) a decent Netflix coming today, I might go to the mall tomorrow to escape the ceiling replacement, and the DayQuil seems to be working. Yahoo.