Everyone. Yes, you, too.
It’s been one of those days.
Wally seems to be just being naughty on purpose. Like, Randy reminds him for the 1000th time that bed is for laying in, not doing acrobatics, and three seconds later, he’s doing somersaults. What the hell?
The library was out of copies of InkDeath on CD, so I settled for another book narrated by Brendan Fraser (same author, though) only to discover when I got home that I had tapes, not CDs. Argh.
I have a customer who ordered something custom made over a year ago and still hasn’t paid for it. Last time I asked, she said she’d get it “next time.” This time, she says she no longer needs it, then she said she forgot about it, and then she said that it wasn’t made the way she wanted it. (which isn’t true, it’ s made exactly as she asked, and because it is made exactly as asked, it’s not really resaleable.)
And I’m stuck with a custom item that I can’t resell and have to pretty much just write off. grrrr. It’s been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. If she could have just fessed up a year ago, I could have had that shelf looking less sloppy all year.
What’s frustrating about this is that I think overwhelmingly people still don’t understand the difference between a small business and Target. OK, I can’t just take that as a tax deduction and move on. That’s 3 hours of my time, time when Genna was a newborn, that I’ll never get back. That’s $25 in materials and supplies that I’ll never get back. That’s money directly out of my pocket, and food out of my family’s mouths.
It’s frustrating on another level, too. I usually don’t make items from gift registries (which this was) until they are ordered. Because 9 times out of 10, it won’t be ordered. (Not because registries don’t work, but just because that’s my luck.) But this time, I did. Because the customer said “if nobody buys it, I’ll definitely be buying it” and like the sucker I am, I gave in. Sigh. I also don’t typically make ANYTHING custom until it’s been paid for, and custom items are not refundable after I’ve started work on them. Because my time is valuable and I will not allow it – or materials – to be wasted. (Because then I just have to raise prices for everyone, and it isn’t fair to saddle future customers with the debt of flaky past customers.)
So there’s that.
Then there’s – I’ve washed the sheets four times in the last 2 days. Tomorrow, the instant anyone’s eyes pop open, then are getting out of bed and they’re not getting back in until they’re half asleep again. What’s extra frustrating about this – besides the making the bed four times – is that washing the sheets is a job that takes most of the day. We have two blankets, a comforter, and three sheets (1 fitted, 2 flat), plus the mattress pad. That’s three washer loads and six dryer cycles.
I feel like all I’ve done for the last two days is wash sheets and yell at Wally. On the upside, I’ve filled a LOT of orders and our mail lady has started delivering our mail again, so said orders can actually be delivered. On the downside, this means that we’re also getting bills again.