It seems unfair that it's Monday already, especially since I'm booked into a solid block of meetings from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today (so far). I guess that's what happens when you ask for more work to do!
From Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, all my time was taken up with my community service organization's regional conference. I was in charge of the hospitality suite at the hotel, so I expended a lot of effort getting soft drinks, beer and wine hauled into place and iced down.
I used the sink as a cooler for the sodas and the bathtub as a cooler for the beer and bottled water. I made many trips down the hall to the ice machine to get loads of ice. Empty, clean kitty litter buckets make great ice-fetching pails!
Our hospitality suite was across the hall from a similar suite occupied by a group of Shriners. I don't think anyone staying on that floor got much sleep on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, the club needed to borrow my sound system for a singing group, so my husband and I loaded four big speakers (each weighing more than 50 pounds), an amp, a mixing board and a heavy bag full of cables into the Jeep during a thunderstorm at about 12:30 a.m. I slept for less than five hours, then drove to the hotel, unloaded the gear (with the help of a bellman, who got a $10 tip for his trouble), set it up, sat through the program, broke it back down and reloaded it into the Jeep by myself.
I helped break down the hospitality suite and load the leftover beer, wine and soda into another member's car and was home and unloading the Jeep (again, by myself) by about 11:00 a.m.
My husband was still asleep when I returned, so I took his Jeep to get an oil change. He's not very consistent about vehicle maintenance, so I try to do a few things to spruce up his car whenever I get my hands on it. I also filled it with gas, which cost more than $60. Aaaagh! That's a month's worth of gas for my car.
After a long wait at Jiffy Lube, during which I chatted up a fellow customer who is now a "friend" on my band's MySpace page, I took the Jeep home, had a quick lunch with the hubby and still made it to band practice by 2:00 p.m.
Practice ended around 6:00 p.m. After we put our gear away, I left and found a store that was still open, bought my niece two CDs for her sixth birthday (Kelly Clarkson and Evanescence) and drove about 25 minutes to give them to her. I was rewarded with a big piece of her birthday cake, a pint of Guinness and the chance to watch "The Sopranos" on their high-def TV (with my niece in another part of the house, in case you're wondering).
I made it home by 9:30 p.m., gave my husband a Lacuna Coil CD as a late birthday gift, did a little laundry and got to bed by 10:30 p.m.
If I can keep up that kind of efficiency all week long, I'll be a model employee. I'd better ice down some Red Bull to tilt the odds in my favor.