Monday, October 08, 2007

Edits, Edits and House Keys, Oh My!

The past few days have been interesting, to say the least.

I received edits last Thursday night, so I dug in right away. These edits are for my longest book to date (109K) so I knew it was going to be a big job. Friday morning, I get Final Line Edits from my other publishing company. I have until Monday to get it all done because my sister is coming to visit.

At the crack of dawn on Friday morning, I'm at my computer working away. Just after eleven, I push away from my desk, groaning because I'm so stiff from sitting. I decided that I want to walk to the mall for lunch. I figured the fresh air and the walk would clear the cobwebs from my brain and loosen the stiff muscles. Plus, I could grab a bite for lunch and get back to work as soon as I got home.

Hubby and I set off. It's a fifteen minute walk, and we're there quickly. We have a wonderful lunch and hubby decides he's going to take himself to a movie, which is fine by me. I'm going to be working all afternoon.

I walk home at a brisk pace, eager to get back to work. At this point, I should mention that the apartment building where I live just got the security doors fixed after about six years of being broken. I get to the door of my apartment building, open my purse...NO KEYS!

That's impossible. I always have my keys. ALWAYS.

Now, you'd think I could just buzz the building superintendent and have him let me in my apartment. Did I mention that they fixed the front door of the building, but they didn't bother with the intercom system yet. The front door is locked but you can't buzz anyone from the porch. Plus, the superintendent who has worked there for 35 years quit and left the week before. I don't even know who is in charge at the moment.

So, I turn around and head back to the mall and the movie theatre. Luckily, hubby and I go to so many movies they know us there. The guy on the door tells me what theatre my hubby is in and lets me go in. The movie has started and it's one of those dark suspense films. I COULDN'T SEE A HAND IN FRONT OF MY FACE.

But hubby and I are predicatable and always sit in the same seats. I stumble into the theatre and slide into the chair next to my hubby, almost upending his drink in the process. He's shocked to say the least.

I get out my sorry tale, get his keys and stumble back out of the theatre and head home. By this time I'm sweating because it's a warm sunny day and I've made this stupid walk several times. But thankfully I get home with no further troubles and settle in to work. For some unknown reason, my keys are sitting on top of the stereo speaker in the living room. Go figure!

In spite of the drama, I finished the first round of edits on the really long book and the Final Line Edits for the other book. It's now Monday morning, and my sister should be here sometime this afternoon. All I have to do now is clean house! So, I'm off to scrub the toilet, dust, vacuum, and swiffer the place.

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all the Canadians out there!

To everyone in the USA, have a wonderful Columbus Day holiday.


Christine d'Abo said...

LOL NJ, this sounds like something I'd do. I get so paranoid about my keys now, I have to check to see if I have them ten times before I leave.

Glad to hear you got your edits done and that it all worked out in the end. :)

Tempest Knight said...

*rofl* Sorry, I know it's not funny. I did something worst. I left the keys inside my car, and it was on. Ugh!

charleneteglia said...

Happy Thanksgiving, NJ! ARGH on the keys. Congrats on getting all those edits worked through and turned around! Hope you have fun with your sister.

N.J.Walters said...

I always check my keys, Christine. That's why this was so crazy. LOL

It was funny, Tempest, just not at the moment when I was dumping everything in my purse on the front step of the building. *g*

Thanks, Charli! I'll always remember doing edits for this book. LOL

Titania Ladley said...

Heehee, too funny. Sure does suck, but look at the bright side... You got in your week's worth of excercise all in one day. LOL! Congrats on getting your edits done. That's such a good feeling, isn't it? Hope the house cleaning (ugh, you poor thing) is going well. Have a great week! :D


N.J.Walters said...

I certainly felt like I had my week's worth of exercise, Titania. LOL

It was good to get the edits done. And now the housecleaning is done too. Life is good!