Thursday, November 17, 2005


I've had a couple of good days this week--over 4K yesterday and 3K today, so I'm feeling pretty good about my chances of winning Nano at this time. I have nine writing days left, which requires an average of 2390 per day to make the grade. All things being equal, this should be doable. There's always the *option* of working evenings or weekends, but my plan is to do without if possible. Jim will be home this weekend, and we all know how rarely his days off land over a weekend, so I'm not planning anything else when he's home. Then, he mentioned that he has two floaters he has to take before the end of November, or lose them, so he's chosen to ditch his next pair of night shifts. They were due to land on the following weekend, so that means an extra weekend with him this month. Yay!!

This year, for the seventh year in a row, I'm making calendars for my family. A few years ago my mother clued in that it would be great if she paid for them, and it becomes her Christmas gift to her kids and grandkids. It works well for me, because I had sometimes waited quite awhile for some of the checks to drift in. Now I get a lump sum at the beginning, and go ink shopping from there. Seventeen calendars uses about two color cartridges and two blacks, so it's fairly significant. My mom has 11 grandkids and 11 great-grandkids, and this year's calendar is all about the little ones, one page each, with the twelfth page showing a photo of my sisters' reunion in August. Last year I had no end of trouble with my new printer, but it seems to be behaving fairly well this year. I've just got a few more pages to finish printing, and then I can take a lunch hour to do the binding at a local graphic arts shop that a friend of mine owns. Maybe tomorrow? Then all the hangy holes get punched (by hand!) and they go in the mail. Two of them have to go overseas, so I'm hoping to hit the mail by Monday at the latest.

That's about all that's new in my little world. How's yours?


Jean said...

YOu're doing great. I hope things go smoothly with your calendars this year. I remember what a hassle you had last year.

Maripat said...

Excellent work, Val! Cheers.