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Holding Pattern

I am STILL waiting for the cover artwork for my book. I hate to press because yeah, you can’t really hurry art, and I’m getting it essentially for “free”. By the same token, it’s been a month and I haven’t seen so much as a prototype, and I am trading my editing for the work – so not really free.

I’ve set myself a deadline of the 10th, a week from today. If I don’t have the artwork by then, I’m going to bite the bullet and create my own. It’s not like I can’t do it, I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to. Now that my friend has done the preliminary sketches (she’s told me that much anyway) I am especially loath to do the deed. I told her I wanted to submit by the 10th, for a lot of reasons. She insisted it was doable. Considering she promised me two weeks ago that it would be done by the end of the week, I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude with Plan B on the back burner.

At least if I have to go there, I can rent the latest version of Photoshop. Adobe does a monthly fee for their software now, instead of requiring you to splash out $800 in a single, painful chunk for a bundled package that’s obsolete a few months later. If I want the entire suite it would run me something like $50 a month to rent it: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, yada yada. For Photoshop alone, which is all I really want or need, I can do $19.99 for long as I need it, then let the subscription lapse when I don’t. If I were doing graphics all the time that might get pricey, but I don’t foresee needing it for more than a month. Or better yet, I think we still have the CD for CS3. I don’t care if it’s an older version, long as I can do the things I want to do with it. (I can.)

Still crossing my fingers that I’ll get the promotion I want at work, soon. I know that there are a few key people in my corner for the promotion, and God knows we need more people in the position. There’s prep work to get it flying. We’re also introducing a LOT of new products that my group is beta-testing as we go, which is time consuming but plays into the direction I want to take, anyway, so there ya go. I don’t know what it will do to my work days and hours. I might end up swearing as I drive through rush-hour traffic. If that’s the case, so be it.

G and I had a little come-to-Jesus talk about the situation with the furniture. Yes, we need to be careful about where we’re getting anything we bring into the house, but that doesn’t have to mean used items are off the proverbial table. I think it’s foolish to drive 180 miles round-trip, give or take, just so we can go see something that we may still not get because it doesn’t meet G’s approval. My body convinced me to just say no to the travel on that scale.

G’s pickier than I am, and that’s fine with me. His criteria is that it has to be something comfortable for both of us. He has his specific ideas about appearance, too, but the biggest concern is whether or not we can handle sitting on this stuff for the foreseeable future. That’s a pretty reasonable rule, but it doesn’t have to be new to qualify. He has caviar taste. We have a fish sticks budget.

We still do our weekend yard-sale runs. We can afford only this because G spends about a third to half of the budget buying things he can sell – which in turn funds the following week’s trip. The past several weeks, there have been community yard sales all over the area. Some of them are awesome, with great deals. Others are full of overpriced dreck throughout the entire area. At times we’ll catch people at the tail end of their sale and they shove every leftover to the curb to be picked up by anyone who wants it. We’ve stocked up on a lot of kitsch, clothing and other things that way for our own upcoming yard sale. If it’s free and in good condition, it’s yard sale fodder!

We’re going to sell the rocking chair we don’t use. It still looks good and it’s sturdy, but it is simply too big for us. Matter of fact, we’re getting rid of a few big-ticket items (in yard sale terms, anyway) we don’t need, this time around. I have a vacation day scheduled for the 22nd and we’re doing our yard sale that day. We talked about it; we’re going to take the proceeds and add a little to it, and go get the living room furniture we want. At least a sofa, preferably a chaise lounge too, if we can find one that works. Or a sectional, which would do it all.

More hurry up and wait.

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