March 12th, 2017


Another tale of woe

Whew, this last weekend has been intense. So Thursday was not great, but really it wasn't all that bad. Just a series we don't particularly enjoy and some really bad news that I guess shouldn't affect us that much (talk about your first world problems). Friday was also not great. The plan was to just work as much as we could and hopefully finish Kigurumi Guardians (that's its real title now) before my dentist appointment, and then get the rest of the weekend off!

Thursday night had other ideas. I heard a dripping sound, and since money hasn't exactly been something we've had in abundance lately, I wanted to find it and see if I could put a stop to it before our water bills got too high. But all the faucets were dry. This was not promising. Reluctantly, I checked the water heater. I couldn't find where the water was coming from, but the dripping was definitely louder and the floor was wet. Well, shoot.

So the next morning, instead of getting an early start on work, we went to the office to report the leak. And since the mailman was at the mailboxes, we couldn't check to see if maybe we'd gotten a paycheck. That's right; we've been suffering from "someday my check will come" syndrome again. And it's been really bad this time. Like, really bad. Had to pay the rent with a credit card bad. And you may be thinking, "And you were complaining about a stupid nighttime show?" and you would be quite reasonable in that thinking. In fact, I was wondering about it myself. I figured the difference is that I have faith that this trial of broke-ness will not last, but Fantasmic! will likely be gone forever. But don't worry; I did get pretty broken up about our lack of money when we did manage to check the mail and there still wasn't a check. It was getting to be an issue because we were just about out of food (after having macaroni and cheese for the last four days straight) and our internet provider was getting rather impatient with us.

So we emailed our editor about a late payment, and since it was super duper late, he went ahead and asked accounts payable when that was going to be a thing, and they March 17. And I was like, "Perfect, that's two days before the lady at our internet provider said they'd have to cut us off." But it still leaves us without food for a week.

That's when we were getting desperate and blew off work for a little while, while we opened Monopoly game tickets from our grocery store to see if we won a million dollars, or at least a $25 grocery gift card. Spoiler alert: we didn't. By then I was ready to just hide forever, but our workload wasn't getting any lighter, so reluctantly we went to work. Fortunately we really like Kigurumi Guardians. (There was also the option of refusing to do any work until we get paid, but that seemed counterproductive, because those deadlines weren't going to move just because we were broke for a while. The public wants its manga on the release date!)

Also fortunately, maintenance came and started fixing that leak. Apparently it wasn't the water heater leaking; it was the pipe in the ceiling above it. So they had to go into the attic. But they fixed it without too much trouble, and! as an added bonus, they literally made our lives a little bit brighter by replacing the fluorescent kitchen light that had been out for at least two years. (Our floor plan is such that we can see well enough in the kitchen by using the dining area light.)

With all that going on, of course we didn't finish work before my dentist appointment. We also weren't on a proper eating schedule, which was made worse by the fact that we couldn't stop by Joe's for some Italian Ice like we usually do on the way home from the dentist. (Remember, we had no money.) So we came home and had an early dinner of, once again, mac and cheese, and then we called Mom and asked her to standby in case we needed $25 to buy groceries for the weekend. It was kind of funny, because Steve was all, "Why not ask for more? We know you're good for the loan," and we were like, "Because we're not really asking for a loan..." But before we could explain that properly (we weren't 100% rational at that point), Mom said she didn't want to talk about it anymore, I'm not going to loan you anything have a gift of money and buy yourselves some food for goodness sakes. And she gave us significantly more money than we asked for, for which we are very grateful.

...And also feeling a little guilty for asking prematurely, because when we checked the mail the next day, we found payments for not one but two books! Huzzah! So the story has a happy ending, although we are nowhere near out of the woods yet.

So then we didn't update LJ yesterday because we were busy finishing up Kigurumi Guardians, which is now ready to be turned in tomorrow.

But more importantly than all of that! We finally posted the last batch of photos from our trip to Japan last last January. Check them out! This is a very important batch, because it has all our pictures from the Noragami cafe!

Today I'm very thankful for Mom and Steve's kindness in giving us money, getting a payment, catching a blue Meowth, Anubis being in Thor's story, and having food again.