Thursday, August 7, 2003

Aug 07 2003

[Church Steeple]

Well, I had every intention of posting yesterday – had a couple of paragraphs ready to go, in fact – when the internet went down at work, and stayed down until mid-afternoon. And at that point, I’d forgotten about updating the journal.

Yesterday was a frustrating day. A friend of mine has been out of town for a good chunk of the summer, and we’d arranged to meet for coffee (well, I’d drink tea) at a nearby Starbucks yesterday afternoon. I had to leave early to make it in time, and as the coffee shop hoved into view, my celphone vibrated. It was my friend. He couldn’t make it.

Arrrrrrg. This means we probably won’t see each other for another month. Worse, we were meeting so I could hire him as the first STUN Software employee (besides me). I’d practiced my explanation of STUN’s methodologies and my vision of a humane company. And that all went out the window with a single phone call.

I went to the Starbucks anyway, had myself an iced tea, and checked my e-mail. I then indulged in downloading a few things that I probably shouldn’t have, went home, and was almost completely unproductive.

Worse, this morning I checked my finances in preparation for being paid today, and discovered that my plan to pay off all my debts today have fallen through. The interest on my VISA card, undoubtedly plus a few very minor purchases, pushed the balance beyond this period’s pay check. Arrrg. This means I have to push out my financial plans, in terms of what I can afford to buy, another two weeks.

Meanwhile, I think I’ve managed to work myself into a stressed mess over this weekend. Saalon‘s coming down, and we’re going to Otakon, which is a double-whammy of responsibility for me. I’m making all the arrangements for Otakon – which are all made, really – and Saalon will be staying at my apartment Saturday night. It’s the first time I’ve had a friend over for a weekend.

Predictably, my sleep schedule has become all screwed up, as I have trouble going to sleep at night, then tend to oversleep the next morning. Blarg.

The funny thing about all this is that I’m not really doing all that much. All my Otakon preparations are complete except for packing, which will take about ten minutes. Saalon’s going to be an easy guest. So what am I worried about?

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