Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thinking of dogs makes everything better.

Work is CRAZY right now. Last week was kind of a light week, with us still setting up and getting used to our home offices, and people still remembering that I was working for them, you know? But now they have the memo loud and clear and we have two huge deliverables due this Friday. And you know, being the editor, I get the stuff at the very end, after everyone else has pushed it to the very last minute getting the actual writing done.

And I get that, you know? I do. But it does mean that at the end of the process I am crunched and crazy whenever a deadline nears, because I am the last stop before delivery, and while that's happening I can't take on any unexpected work. I started early and ended late yesterday and the day before that and I expect more of the same today. I kept thinking that yesterday would be the last day but oh, it wasn't, because there is more and more and more of this, always more components, charts and figures and appendices and on and on and on. I went to bed last night straight after finishing up the most crucial piece, and my eyes were totally red and oh, I was so tired.

But after today it really WILL be done, because it HAS to be done because there is just no more time, and running into hard deadlines like that, as scary as it is when you're mired in the middle of it, well, I kind of like it because it means that there is an end in sight, and it is clear and finite and THERE. And I like that.

And it's very convenient that today is the last day of this, because tomorrow is dog interview day! I cannot even believe that in approximately 24 hours we might be bringing home a dog, our own dog, my first dog since I left home at age 17. We could watch the American Idol wild card show with her! We can go hiking with her this weekend! All these things we normally do in the course of our day-to-day lives... well, she'll be there!

Even if it doesn't work out with one of the prison program dogs (though I really hope it does, especially as we both have a very strong adoration for one of the dogs in particular that we're going to meet tomorrow, and in fact have already started referring to our future dog by her name, and yes I know that we're jumping the gun a bit but OMG I LOVE HER), at least after tomorrow we'll know and then can go right away to one of the great shelters in the Denver area. We won't have to wait around anymore, is what I mean, because there won't be anything we're holding out for.

But OOOO I hope it works out. The thought of that dog tomorrow is REALLY helping me get through today. And just imagine how much more the dog will help when she's actually nearby while I'm working! It will be wonderful and I'm relaxing just thinking about it.

22 comments:

  1. I am crossing my fingers that everything doggie related works out tomorrow!!!! Awwww =) It's very exciting!

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  2. As I started reading this post, I kept thinking, "But, tomorrow is dog day, so isn't it better to get these work shenanigans out of the way today?!?" Clearly, you have dogs on the brain, too. Can't wait to hear how tomorrow goes!

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  3. Yay for Dog Day! Do you already have names picked out?

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  4. Dogs DO make everything better. Everything.

    Good luck with your dog, and good luck with your massive project. I'm in the same boat as you, and I love knowing that something has to be out of the office by a certain time because as that time gets closer, I can start snapping at people, "No more changes!"

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  5. At my old job, we had an entire graphics department for all of our reports that went out, and the dept included a technical editor too. I always felt bad for the department, because their workloads were always really uneven, and they practically lived at the office on Thursdays and Fridays - Fridays always seemed like the deadline for reports.

    Just 1 more day until doggie time!

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  6. Yeah for dogs!! If the prison dog thing doesn't work out, I suggest the Denver Dumb Friends League on Quebec. They're great. I used to volunteer there when I lived in Denver. Good luck!!

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  7. Dogs really do make everything better. They do!

    I love/hate editing positions for all those reasons. I miss it.

    I must like pain.

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  8. Thinking about dog day tomorrow just made my day feel better. I'm so excited for you that you would think I were getting a dog too!

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  9. It's weird how you are a million miles away, yet still doing the exact same thing. I'm looking forward to your doggy news tomorrow.

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  10. good luck!! i hope it goes exactly the way you want :-)

    it's so odd for me to hear people this excited for dogs. i mean, i like dogs OK enough, but OY, so not interested in having one and walking one and training one. sort of like babies - i like handing them back to their owners for all the unpleasant parts ;-)

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  11. Dogs are some of the nicest people I know. They are good companions and great friends, but the best thing about dogs is how good of friends we are to them : )
    HappyDogNyc.com

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  12. How exciting!! The anticipation of a new pet is fantastic! :)

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  13. You are really just too cute. Haha. I can't wait either!

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  14. You're a brave, brave woman. I've never had a job where deadlines were especially important, but I like the IDEA (don't kick me for saying that). I think the stress (evidently positive stress, according to many magazines) created by that sort of thing just keeps life interesting. But keep in mind I'm blathering on with no real experience here.

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  15. Oh man, working at home is going to be the BEST when you have a dog. Because there's not much worse (okay, okay, there's LOTS worse, but stick with me) than having to leave your brand-new, ready-to-bond-and-dying-for-attention dog at HOME for 10 hours while you trudge off to work.

    But now? You can bond AND work, all at the same time!

    When you get your dog. I hope it goes well tomorrow.

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  16. I hope tomorrow is Dog Day too!

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  17. Aw, we got a dog about three months ago (I'd never had one before) and I love her so much. One of the best parts is that she gets me out walking so much more than I normally would too!

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  18. I can't wait to see the dog you bring home!

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