Do you ever keep track of all the things you do during the day? I've often thought I should just carry a notebook around with me so I could write down everything, and then maybe I'd see where the time goes. I don't believe I'm getting my full 24 hours. Some of them are lost, like that sock that never quite makes it out of the dryer. I'm missing a sock, too.
Today I had one big plan. Take pictures of the beadweaving I have finished and sitting on my dining room table, waiting to be photographed and listed in my Etsy shop.
I knew I'd have a couple of interruptions during the day because we had to take one of the vehicles in to the dealer for a checkup. That pesky little light that indicates "something" is wrong has been on for four days. The vehicle seems to be running okay, but you just can't ignore that "something is wrong" light and feel good about it.
So here's the day:
7:00am... Wake up, shower, get dressed. Grab book, water, wallet, etc., for short road trip.
8:15am... Take vehicle to dealership. This requires that both my husband and I go, since we'll leave one vehicle at the dealership and use the other for the rest of the day.
8:45am... Drive to restaurant and have breakfast. We split one breakfast. They have HUGE helpings.
10:00am... Go to Wal-Mart. Supposedly the trip to Wal-Mart is to pick up a new blender (ours is acting up), but there's an ulterior motive. My husband wants to look at "stuff" related to the new pellet gun he bought a few days ago. He needs a case, cleaning equipment, maybe more pellets. He is NOT a speedy shopper. I choose the blender, browse through several other departments, and find him still looking at pellet gun stuff. We finally leave, carrying the blender, some bread and eggs, and a bunch of pellet gun stuff.
11:30am... Drive back home.
11:45am... Check email and respond to everything needing an answer.
12:00pm... Prepare to take pictures. (See? I told you this was in the plan.) This involves getting out the hand models and busts I want to use for the photos, and then gathering up some different papers and fabrics to use as backgrounds.
12:05pm... Husband requests cappuccino. I have to make it because he hasn't learned all the steps involved.
12:20pm... Back to picture taking. Haul all the stuff outside that was gathered before, and pile it on the table. (Oh yeah. I've found the best place to take photos is on the table at the end of our deck. It's under a roof, so it's sheltered from weather, and it gets a good amount of light without being in direct sun.)
12:25pm... Arrange necklace on small pillar for photography. Prepare to take pictures. WHAT THE HECK?!?! Look who's decided to get into the picture.
12:30pm... Well, I can't very well squash him, and I do have my camera in hand. He finally crawls away, and I'm able to take some pictures of a necklace I want to list.
The only problem is that I don't particularly like the pictures.
12:40pm... Husband requests another cappuccino. Here I go again.
12:50pm... Back outside for more pictures. This time I manage to get enough pictures of my Raspberry Lemonade bracelet to be able to list it in my Etsy shop.
1:10pm... Edit pictures, compose listing. Done!
1:15pm... Check email again and respond.
1:25pm... Get packages ready to be put out in the mailbox for pickup this afternoon.
1:45pm... Work on some Etsy orders for tags and cards.
2:00pm... Answer doorbell and politely decline to purchase beef from the truck parked in the driveway. I don't care if it does say "Fresh Beef" on the side of the truck.
2:05pm... Back outside for more pictures. I'm told that my standing on the deck taking pictures is dangerous, as there is pellet gun practice underway. Back inside. (You just don't argue with a man holding a pellet gun.)
2:15pm... Spend a little time working on a custom bracelet order.
3:15pm... Dealership phones to say they can't figure out the cause for the warning light. They've replaced the spark plugs (at our request) and will have the vehicle ready for pickup shortly.
3:20pm... Straighten up the dining room and living room. Stand with hands on hips and look around both rooms, realizing that they're still not all that "straight," but it'll do for now.
3:30pm... Drive to dealership to pick up vehicle. Give dealership $264. Blech. Talk with mechanic, who says he has no idea why the light was on. He reset the light (turned it off), and he suggests that we drive the vehicle and see what happens. If the light comes back on, they'll check it again (and of course, we'll have to pay them again for this service). If the light comes on and blinks, we have a big problem. Yippee.
3:45pm... Drive to Mexican restaurant for dinner. Consume lots of chips and salsa before the main course of carne asada. Yum!
5:15pm... Drive back home.
5:20pm... Check the lighting. It's too late in the day to get good pictures. Drat.
5:25pm... Listen to the sound of pellets hitting the target in the back yard.
5:30pm... Give up on any hope of getting more pictures taken today.
Well. That's enough of that. I didn't really keep track. Because that would have been kind of insane, don't you think? So the times you see are merely estimates. They're pretty accurate though.
Maybe I'll get some pictures tomorrow. I'll have to get out there and claim my spot before the Pellet Gun King gets started again.
Now it's late, and although I'd love to be able to stay awake long enough to snag a treasury (some are going to be expiring, and I think there will be an opening), it's just not gonna happen.