2013-10-05

Doin' it for myself



It's been a stupid day.

I used my mom's car while she was on vacation, and when I was gonna fill up
the tank before returning it, I couldn't find the release button for the gas tank lid.
Myself and the gas station attendant spend 10 minutes scouring the car
before I remembered the manual and got it working. By then, I was running late.

We returned the car and drove on to pick some stuff up at my store
- only to realize that I had left my keys in the door of my parents house.
The round-trip added 45 minutes to an already hunger-struck plan.
Because of that, we decided to get burgers at a drive-through.
Then when we got home we noticed that they had screwed up our order...

Some of this (like forgetting the keys in the door) I blame on the fact
that I have been working 6 days a week the last few weeks.
I know that might not sound like much to some, but when you're
clinically depressed, working a full time job is hard enough as it is.

To top this off, I presented my Halloween plan for our town in front of
a shop-keepers meeting of 20 people the day before yesterday,
and realized that no-one was going to help me with the arrangements.
Everyone seems to love the idea, but getting help is apparently difficult.
The "single-handedly" thing is proving to be more true than expected...

Luckily, my mom's back home now, and she is usually up for helping out.
The main attractions are a Trick-or-Treating round and a pumpkin carving contest,
and by the looks of things, the two of us will have to pull off most of it on our own.

Aside from all this stupidness I am totally looking forward to
hosting Halloween in an otherwise very quiet and boring little town,
and I feel like I have most of it under control. I posted the fliers today,
and I hope many people will participate in the fun!




 



30 kommentarer:

  1. Thursday morning I dropped my daughter off at work, drove back to the apartment, & promptly locked the keys in the car while it was running. Had to walk back 6 city blocks (on bum knees) to go get her copy. *sigh* Hope your Halloween party-time goes well :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Definitely sigh-worthy! But what are burn knees?

      Radera
  2. Don't think of it as doing it singlehandedly. Think of yourself as the Halloween Fairy. You are the Pumpkin Queen!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Hah! I am the Pumpkin Queen! I love it.

      Radera
    2. I have severe to moderate Osteoarthritis (OA), which is the most common form of knee arthritis. OA is usually a slowly progressive degenerative disease in which the joint cartilage gradually wears away. Within the next year, I anticipate having my left knee replaced (sooner if I can get my medical to swing it).

      Radera
    3. That sounds painful and horrible, I'm sorry.

      Radera
  3. Everyone has those days, the ones where nothing goes right. I applaud you for surviving. Sometimes people are shy (or lazy) to volunteer because they don't really know what they'll have to do. But you can light a fire under them by figuring out exactly what you need, and talking to them one by one until you have a taker. After you get one to volunteer some time, and you mention to others, "Mr. So-and-so is doing this," then the rest begin to fall in line. Don't be afraid to put them on the spot and try to get what you want. Good luck! :-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. This is a good idea, I might just do that: Look at exactly what tasks I need help with and delegate.

      Radera
  4. Haha, so true - everybody wants to participate in the fun, but nobody wants to do any of the work! Still, I know you'll pull it off and it will be stupendous, Ms. Misantropia. Is the party going to be on Hallowe'en day or are you having it earlier? Have you figured out your costume yet (I probably shouldn't mention that, in case you haven't and that's adding to your stress)... :o)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It's going to be on the 31st, and I have made it easy on myself - I'm going to be the devil :) I sewed a great red cape a few years ago, for a Red Ridinghood costume, I had some glowing horns lying around (who doesn't?) and I bought a cheap plastic trident yesterday.

      Radera
  5. I'm sorry you had a bad day, and that stinks that everyone intends to enjoy the festivities without helping.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, but I think part of it is probably my fault, for taking charge and acting like everything is under control... :)

      Radera
  6. Aaaw, I'm so sorry to hear about your day, frankly, it could easily be one of mine, that's how clumsy I usually am...anyway, I believe it's even more frustrating now, that you have a lot to do, but just try to relax. Think of it like an opportunity to do it all your own way and give it your best shot, so the day of the event, you can enjoy the fruits of your work and feel much more proud of yourself...which will actually help your self - esteem as well...! ;) I hope it made sense, it's so goddamn' early....:D

    SvaraRadera
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    1. That's just it - I'm never clumsy or forgetful usually. But I'm just on total overload right now. I hope you're right, and when the day comes I will feel 10 feet tall :)

      Radera
  7. Looks like you had quite the day. Don't worry, we've all done things like that. Your not alone. I know that things will all work out and you will get plenty of help and things will get done the way you want it to.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thanks, you are quite the optimist! :)

      Radera
  8. I'm very impressed that you're organizing Halloween for your town. Hopefully you can get some rest soon :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. After a whole month of craziness now I embark on the busiest time of the year in the store, so I don't really expect any serious rest until after Christmas...

      Radera
  9. I hope some people step forward and help you with the Halloween plans.

    SvaraRadera
  10. Such days sometimes happen, but I hope today is better than yesterday :)
    I wish that someone would still help you out to organize all Halloween fun! Come on, there might be people wanting to do it but needing a command :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. True, and I will look over the list to see if I can delegate some tasks.

      Radera
  11. fy sjutton vilka slöfockar. Du kommer med en massa ideér och förslag till att göra något kul för stan och så vill ingen göra något förutom åka snålskjuts på ditt företagande :(, fyy skäms!
    Du har typiska stressymptom, jag hoppas verkligen att du kan få tid för vila efter Halloween. Ta hand om dig.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Ja det är de, och nu när flyern redan är utskickad poppar plötsligt fler in och vill vara med - när de har haft över 1 månad på sig att anmäla sig!

      Radera
  12. I'd be up for helping you out if I lived closer!

    Your Halloween plans do sound quite perfect.

    Hopefully the rest of the year will run more smoothly for you.

    I think you're coping marvellously with your depression, just keep doing what you're doing, happiness always finds a way of getting in eventually.

    I hope your week has had a good start : )

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    1. Oh, thank you for all those encouraging words, Yvonne! I certainly wish from time to time that my blog friends did live closer. But I'm not sure if constantly keeping so busy I can't even think straight is the way to go.. :)

      Radera
  13. Oh you truly ARE the Pumpkin Queen!
    I know it's tough, but everyone will remember you for it, and perhaps it'll draw a ton of attention to your shop. If it is not too much to ask, I do hope you take tons of pictures of the event-- it sounds like it will be wonderful.

    I'm hoping that this comment finds you relatively well since this post!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Actually, just a few minutes ago one of my store neighbors, the owner of a computer and printing shop, came in to the store with a giant poster version of the flier I sent out on the weekend, and told me he would print more for free! Wooot!

      Radera
  14. Vad tråkiga folk ska vara :( jag tror dina ideér är superkul!

    SvaraRadera

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