Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 - 6:47 p.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Dog Drool and Overcharges
OK ok, I think last night I didn't get an entry done. Nope. Early in the evening I thought, oh I should work, not make an entry. And then late at night I thought, oh I should sleep, not make an entry.
So to avoid the same situation today, early in the evening I am thinking, oh, I should make an entry. So there.
And let me tell you, I am an ambitious person yes I am. uhuh. I have ambitions to get rid of these blasted scale insects that have ALMOST disappeared over the summer but have not. Remember the momentous battles with them last winter, and the subsequent dispairing? Ah, well, now that I have discovered that adding baking soda to the water and Murphy's Oil Soap, and can just SPRAY it on instead of scrubbing every leaf one by one, top and bottom, I have ambition. yes, I SHALL overcome. Last night it was not quite freezing yet (compared to the night before where there was sleet changing into snow... though no accumulation of white this year yet). So I lugged ALL of them tropical plants outside one by one and sprayed them and lugged them back in. It was drippy and wet and they were heavy and dropping leaves everywhere, but I saw two or five of them darn scale insects and that was enough for me. Get em early, be merciless. Yeah.
I have cut down the ambition a weeee bit now I am less stressed about money... having taken on the women on New Year's magazine picture, and all them adult ed pics (I still have a shitload of those to do the finals on, as I have sent in the sketches and am awaiting the comments for changes)... AND *Ding*Ding*Ding*Ding*!!! ... the South Korean people have okayed the sample sketches of a several pages of their characters and settings and are sending me a contract in the mail. If the contract is not shit as hell, then I will sign it and have work from January to May. YAY! it will be like a base salary and then hopefully I will have time to do other work concurrently. IT will be SUCH a relief.
But as a result I have turned down yet more of them adult ed language illustrations. I have to do the finals for the last batch as well as the two dog books before Jan 7. So I am learning to be just ridiculously ambitious instead of stupidly ridiculously ambitious. yup. Good move eh!
Other things happening today: I got my Visa bill with an new addition this month of $1600 when I thought I only spent $300 all month. AHHHH... it says I spent $!300 on ONE fedex shipment. Wow eh.
Now you know that it costs $1300 to send 150kg to Boston. Wow. That's a lot of money. And you also know that people use zero common sense... you have to check "lbs" or "kgs" in the area to indicate metric or imperial measure eh. And since everything I send is grams not kgs (my scale is metric) I write things like 150g or 72g or 368g for weight, and check the "kgs" thing. Apparently that leads some employee to misread 150g as 150kg, even though it is worth $5 cdn, is documents, and fits in a Fedex envelope (9"x 12") uhuh.
150 kg fits in a nine by twelve quarter inch thick envelope. Imagine your surprise picking up THAT bugger! Not even lead ways that much for a small piece. Some new sort of heavier than heavy metal I suppose.
$1300 mistake. One would think that the dinglebrain's head would click someplace instead of going "oh she shouldve not written it in grams but rather as 0.15 kg"... apparently that is what I am supposed to write. Weirdly enough since the instructions on the envelope itself say "can hold up to 270grams" rather than "up to 0.27 kg".
Be careful filling out your forms. AND be VERY attentive when reading your statements and bills. Dang. If that had been $75 overcharge instead of $1300 I wouldn't have noticed. dang.
Ok, my borscht is going beep beep cuz it has been warm in the microwave for ages now, and I must plop in some sour cream and toast some toast, and then eat and walk doggies and work and maybe work out and ya know, stuff like that.
Ok, bye. tah
Hmmm. well that grams vs kilograms thing. Yeah, I've been dying to know that.
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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