Thursday, April 28, 2005

Saying yes

This has been the most incredibly busy month that I can remember. It's not over yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've had three freelance web design projects go live this month, plus the usual small updates. I've been working at work all day, then going home and working a couple of hours at night, plus working several hours on the weekends. It will be good for the bank account, of course, but I would prefer to be just a little less busy. I try never to turn down or discourage business, because that just always seems like a bad idea.

For instance, I have a policy of always picking up money that I see in the street, even if it's just a penny, because if the universe is going to offer you rewards, you shouldn't refuse them. When you start saying "no" to money, even if it's just a penny dropped in the street, then, in my view, you're closing yourself off from larger rewards. I don't know, that's probably silly, but it seems to me to be a good policy.

That's not to say that I've never turned down business. I can remember a couple of times when, for whatever reason, an offered job just didn't seem right to me, and I declined. But for the most part, I try not to say no, because to me it just seems to set a bad precedent.

Anyway, once the third site goes live this weekend, I'll link to them.

Being so busy this month has kind of worked out well, though, actually, because Bob has been out of town a lot. I feel guilty about spending so much time on the computer when he's home, and I'm also more easily distracted.

He was gone last weekend, fishing with his friends at the lake, and this weekend he's at Disney World with his dad. I'm not completely sure what prompted the trip, I think it was just the cheap airfare, basically. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing.

They left this morning, and will come back on Monday. I'm off tomorrow--it's my company's fourth anniversary on May 1, so we're closing on Friday--so I've got a nice, long weekend ahead of me. I plan to go out and see my parents on Sunday, but that's really the only plan I have so far. Probably go to the nursery, and the library, and a few things like that. And if it's warm enough, plant some flowers, maybe. I bought some geraniums last weekend, but it's been too cold to put them out. The Farmer's Almanac said the last frost was a few days ago, but I'm not sure whether to trust it or not.

Bob just called and said it was about 85 degrees in Florida. Sounds perfect. He's called me several times today--I told him to please call me a LOT, so I can live vicariously through him. He called me from the tram, and from the train, and while they were watching the parade, and just now, while he was waiting in line to ride Space Mountain. Oh, and once from the airport here, and twice from the airport in Orlando--once to let me know they arrived safely, and once to tell me that he'd lost his paperwork with all the confirmation numbers and things.

I don't think any of it was really necessary, but I'm obsessive about being sure I have copies of the hotel confirmation and rental confirmation and airline e-ticket confirmation. I had given him copies of everything, but at some point, probably when he was giving his dad his boarding pass (which we had printed out at home at midnight last night), he lost track of it. I imagine he was panic-stricken for a moment--I would have been--but it's probably not a bad thing, really, to prove that all of that is basically unnecessary.

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3 comments:

Liora said...

Just as long as you don't get run over by a car while you're picking up a penny in the street! Seriously, I'm the same way. I've gotten to where I say some little prayer like "thank you for always providing for me" when I pick up a coin.

misty said...

i drive sam nuts because i believe something similar about pennies on the street - only the whole luck thing. I ALWAYS pick up ones that areheads up for luck and then if they're heads down, i leave them, but turn them over "to pass along the luck." i figure there are some things in this world that you just can't take for granted. :)

Disney World! I'm so jealous! I've been wanting to go SO BAD. *sigh* Sometime this summer hopefully . . . .

Willa said...

I like both of those ideas very much. When I pick up a coin, I usually cast my eyes upward and say, "Thank you!" Just like when I'm driving on ice and successfully avoid an accident, or catch the glass vase just as it's falling, or get good news when I was expecting bad -- you just can't take good fortune for granted, and you should never say "no" to the universe. or God, or the angels, or whatever it is that's holding us up.