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9 July 2005

Dear Doctor X:

I wanted to apologize for my lack of productivity lately.  I probably could have produced more this past week, but there were some extenuating circumstances.

Monday, of course, was a holiday.  And nobody works on a holiday--right? We actually came home from Santa Barbara on Monday (I forgot to tell you I was going out of town--sorry!) and I could have worked on Tuesday, but most people would be traveling home on Tuesday and I figured I could take a day to relax before starting work, even though I had such a backlog from what I didn't do last week, because surely you wouldn't be expecting to pick up any work form me until Wednesday.  (Does it help to know that I felt a twinge of guilt when I heard your car in the driveway when you stopped by to check the "out" box to see if there was any work for you to pick up?)

Wednesday there was that printer problem.  Of course I could have continued to transcribe even after I knew I couldn't print, knowing that I would be able to print it eventually, when I had the car back again and could get out to buy a printer, but somehow I felt I had a logical "out" and did other things.  (After all, I hadn't played Text Twist in days.)

Thursday I bought a printer, but I had to set it up before I could work again.  No matter that it only took about 10 minutes to set up once I set about doing it.  I figured the note letting you know I was off to buy a printer would hold you for a day and you wouldn't really be expecting any work from me, since technology is not your strong suit and you wouldn't have a clue how long it would take to get a printer set up.

I really intended to work diligently all day today, but first there was the morning spent working with Ashley on the SPCA calendar.  I volunteered to help her and as we began putting pictures into the calendar format on PhotoShop, somehow the time just slipped away and before I knew it, it was noon.

And then there was Eddie.

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Ashley has been fostering Eddie, but her dog started attacking him and it was clear he needed another foster home until his newly chosen family picks him up next week. 

Eddie, who is now 8 months old, is a famous dog around here.  Someone smashed his head in and left him in the "night drop" at the Animal Shelter some time ago.  He had to undergo extensive surgery to repair the 2"-3" hole in his head, and the SPCA has been soliciting funds to pay his vet bills.  They weren't sure he would make it at first, but he's OK now.  He's still learning to trust people again, and needs a home where someone is around most of the time, so I said that I'd dogsit for him.  He's a real love, but of course I had to spend time getting him and Sheila used to each other and making sure Eddie doesn't decide to mark his territory on my Pergo.

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Things finally calmed down and I was all ready to work, but then I remembered that I had to review a Shakespeare show tonight and you know me and Shakespeare--it's not my forte.  I also woke up at 3 a.m. this morning and couldn't get back to sleep.  I knew that if I was going to be able to review this show without nodding off, I desperately needed a nap, so I took a break from transcription to try and get a little sleep (though "napping" with a dog who thinks he has to be a lap dog is not always the easiest thing to do, I discovered.  Well--I "rested" anyway.).

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Eddie gathered all the toys he could find--and my slipper
and put them in my recliner.

Fortunately, the show was great.  One actress did scenes from all 38 Shakespeare plays, on the request of members of the audience.  She was pretty amazing.  And when I came home, I had to write the review, so I couldn't put in a bit of time sticking in some transcription before Jay Leno's monologue.  And of course by the time the monologue was finished, I was ready to get some sleep.

But I promise that tomorrow things will settle down, I won't have a show to do, Eddie will be broken in, and I will really, really work hard.

Unless some other distraction comes along, that is.


Your flaky transcriptionist.


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