Where Have I Been? Don't Ask
But I've been teetering on the edge of sanity for the last two weeks due to overwork (14- to 18-hour days including weekends--you know, the kind of hours the Japanese sometimes die from) and external pressures, and yesterday I reached the breaking point until I remembered my mother saying as I grew up, "Do the best you can, that's all anyone can ever expect of you." Ah, the wisdom of our mothers! So I'm doing the best I can, nothing more and nothing less.
In addition to the work mess last week, I had a missing relative. We couldn't find my only relative who lives within 2200 miles of me (everyone else is, obviously, far out of state). I began to call around to hospitals in several states, thinking I might find him. Nothing. I decided to call the police and they got back to me that he was in a hospital in South Jersey for the last 10 days with kidney problems. Whew! Not the greatest news, but he was still with us. I spoke to him and hope to see him soon.
Then add to the stress my spending 5 hours of research for a stranger on the Internet who announced on his web site that he and others are going to make a rather risky trip in dangerous waters near me, and I passed on what I believed to be good info to him anonymously, only to have him respond: "I'm five steps ahead of you, pal. What kind of fool do you take me for?" Hmmm. Snotty. Five hours of reseach wasted on a moron. I was actually going to TELL him what sort of fool I thought he was, but didn't have the energy or inclination to deal with him any more. Idiot.
Then another blogger lifted a meme (which I'm happy for her to take--I "borrow" memes all the time), but left a post on HER site saying that the best thing about my blog was the list of links on the right. Another snotty blogger. :) They're everywhere. Lucky us.
So add it all together:
14-18 hrs work/7 days x 2 weeks + 5 hours wasted research + 1 uncalled-for blogger slam = need for a blogging break
But I'm still doing the best I can, nothing more, nothing less. And if the idiot who didn't appreciate the research, and the ungrateful wench who lifted the meme and then insulted me don't like it, well ... here, have some killer potatoes. Clog your arteries a little.
I'm back for a while. I'm sorry I didn't keep in touch, and I hope you can forgive me.
Next Wednesday's Zedstock will involve costumes that you all must wear to be let in. I'll give you more details as we go! We'll have another great Zedstock day!