Yesterday Was Definitely a Monday
Yesterday was the most bizarre Monday I can remember. I knew I had to go to Templeton to process an order and take a shower, and I planned it for late afternoon so that I would be there when the sun hits me wrong through the window here. (Don't ask.) I did some work around here – cooking, laundry, social networking – in the morning and early afternoon. Then I loaded my computer and a bag with a change of clothes and a new bottle of body wash into the car and left.
After I had removed my purse and the bag from the car, I went back for my computer. It wasn't there. I couldn't believe I'd forgotten to bring it, and I couldn’t process the order without it. So I took my shower, grabbed the book that had been ordered, and packed up my credit card terminal and all its cables. I also brought home a few bubble envelopes for shipping, just in case someone should order a book I had here.
When I got home, I took my bag and the book out of the car, and saw the computer on the floor by the passenger seat, right where I had looked for it and where I always put in in transport. I had looked right at it and been sure it wasn't there, and then when I got home, there it was. I usually attribute these kinds of mysterious events to the work of leprechauns who steal things and then put them back. I've passed two eye exams this year.
When I got home, I hooked up the computer, processed the credit card, and then started to print the invoices and postage. This normally takes ten minutes to set up and print. But the printer didn't want to print. The computer interface said it was printing, the cables were all connected, and nothing was happening except that the yellow error light was on. Had to dig to find the printer manual to see what to do. I had already been through hell trying to let the computer know that it should print to the printer here instead of the one in Templeton. It decided to make up another version of the computer here among my printers and devices and then tried to print to the one it made up when the documents were supposedly printing in the real one. Virtual worlds are weird.
What finally worked was rebooting the printer. Rebooting the computer hadn't worked. Had I not found the printer manual I'd probably still be looking at that yellow light or the little men in white coats would be taking me away. It took me two hours to finally finish ten minutes worth of printing and paste the shipping label on.
This morning I got another order. Guess what! The books happened to be here. So although my printing set-up is awkward here, I was able to process the order and print and pack everything in about thirty minutes. I was so thankful I'd brought those bubble envelopes home. It's not Monday anymore. The rest of the day should be great – almost. I have to drop off the packages on the way to the dentist to get my permanent crown placed. Then I rush to my primary care physician for a complete physical (not so great). After that I need to go by Trader Joe's because I need more milk to go with all the chocolate ship cookies I'm eating to cope with the pressure.
How was your Monday? Can you top mine?
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