We didn't quite make it through the October Gauntlet, but we did get an extension on one of the titles we had to translate, so technically we managed to meet all our deadlines. November is looking a little less scary, but I'm so worried that things are going to pounce on us later on. So the bottom line is, for now the pressure is off a little, but don't let your guard down! At any rate, there's going to be a lot less stress about finishing our next assignment by the end of the week, and that's really the important thing. I mean, ideally we will finish it by the end of the week, because we still have stuff to do after that. That's the hard part about getting deadline extensions--ultimately it means we have less time to do whatever comes next. But I think we had enough wiggle room in November that we should be okay as long as we don't slack off too much.
In the meantime, our nextdoor neighbors have moved out, and as of today, we have officially inherited the responsibility of taking care of the neighborhood cats. There's only about twelve of them. (That's not an exaggeration.) But now that we have sole responsibility for them, we don't have to worry too much about whether or not it would be okay to do certain things, like have a friend on standby so we can capture them and take them to the vet. I don't know what we're going to do with them, actually. We haven't had a lot of time to figure that out. For now, we're just going to make sure they don't starve. The neighbors let us have the cat house and giant umbrella, so shelter's not an issue.
And now I'm realizing just how sleepy I am. I know we have to not slack off too much, but since we have a little more leeway, we are going to sleep in a little tomorrow.
Today I'm thankful for mostly finishing the gauntlet, having supplies with which to care for the neighborhood cats, the super yummy Freschetta we had for dinner, making some headway on that monstrous cake we took home on Sunday (it was decorated to look like a monster), and it being bedtime very soon.