Day 16 - At around the half-way point, it bears mentioning that most of us wrimos have other obligations beside simply hitting that elusive word count. What else do you have going on in your life (work, school, children, neurotic pets, etc.), and just how much are you shafting it to win NaNo?
Didn’t I discuss something like this before? No? Yes? No? Yes? Question? Do you have a question? Yes? No? You don’t have a question?
I can’t say I’m really ‘shafting’ anything, it’s more like shifting.
November is such a bad month for me to be doing this, not only do I have the $85 I have to get to keep the cars, and the $20 to get my cats food, but I have an added $40 this month for my SmugMug account. At $2-$3 an hour, that’s a shit load of work guys & dolls. Not only that I had wanted to save up $100 to get mom a Christmas present (a TomTom, used, but just barely by a friend of mine) but that’s not happening for a while, which sucks because the voice on our GPS just went out, and she’s so old I can’t update her maps online anymore.
Besides the money there is also the house. Our heater hasn’t worked in 2 years. We don’t have the money to fix it. So it get’s fucking cold in this house. My fingers, toes and nose all get frozen when I sit at the computer too long, and not to sound old, but my joints start to get cold and achy as well. My back and knees have already started to act up and we’re at the beginning stages of winter.
Then, we have the house cleaning. Mom doesn’t make the kids do their chores at all. Then she complains when the house isn’t clean. It’s a never ending bitching cycle around here guys. One of the reasons I’d like her out of my hair, or you know, to grow some lady balls and make her kids do their chores. So while everyone is doing that, I’m cleaning as well. Or, doing my best. Their idea of cleaning is just wiping it down and done! They don’t scrub, or clean it completely, and they have to redo it. And you know how I hate redoing things, so I fucking do it right the first time, even if it does take me a couple more minutes then it really should.
THEN, should be the last one. Thanksgiving. We switch off between my Grandma’s and my Aunts, last year my Aunt had it so this year it’s gma’s turn. Which means our house has to be completely clean as well. She expects her daughter and 2 other grandkids to sleep in the dogs bedroom, one pee stained futon. Which means they’ll all end up at our house (or a hotel or driving 5-6 hours back home after dinner). But most likely they’ll at least come over to the house just to see any changes we made. My aunt redid our room last year, it’s so pretty now, at least when it’s clean, but I did put up some pictures in there, and did a couple other things so she’ll want to see those. Then we just got done painting the boys room so she’d like to see that as well.
Look at this, I probably wrote my whole 750 words here. Fuck.
I’m off, an hour and a half of writing then I’ll pass out on the couch. Sleeping pills should be here by the 22nd or so.