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Making a comeback 
7th-Nov-2014 04:54 pm
We're making a comeback today! Sort of. While editing our My Little Monster script, we made it to the point in our script that we were hoping to make it to on Wednesday. (Obviously not hoping badly enough to stay home from Wednesdays with Walt, but that's beside the point.)

It's hard, because there's more to our lack of getting paid than just "they haven't processed our invoices yet," which means we have to take action, and since the other parties involved are on the East Coast and there's a time zone thing, we want to get it done earlier so we can get back to them, and that means doing it before getting to work. So we do what we can, which so far has mostly ended in mild frustration, and by that point we don't want to work anymore. So it's really hard to push ourselves, which is especially difficult because one of the main sources of frustration lately is that we don't feel like we're getting anything done.

As for why we need to take action on payment things. We got a check from one of our clients several months ago, and we deposited it...and then our bank took the money back. We figured it was just a bounced check, probably a fluke, and we let it go. Then there was a problem of actually not getting paid for something, so we thought maybe there's more to this and we decided to talk to our client about the problem and see what was going on. Well, the recent missed payment was just an "oops, forgot to process the invoice," and theoretically that has been taken care of and we should be getting a check (say it with me) any day now.

As for the first check...well, that gets to be a mystery. Our client has it on recorded that we deposited the check and the money left their account, never to return. Our personal bank records have no indication of any such check existing, but they do have a record of the money leaving our account. Upon calling the bank for information, I learned that there was some kind of a problem with the check, and they sent a letter at the time they took the money back, explaining what the problem was. And that's where not actually reading our mail from the bank comes back to bite me.

We can't get the money back until we figure out why it left, and this morning I called the bank to see if they could send me another copy of that letter. The guy I talked to sent it to their research department, who should be getting back to us in the next five business days. The funny thing about it is that this is the client that currently owes us the smallest amount of money.

After dealing with that, we were in no state of mind to do any kind of work, but the only thing for it was to shake it off and work anyway. So we did, and afterward we were feeling a lot better! Except for the fact that we wanted to have this translation turned in by now. But it was fun, and we listened to Kingdom Hearts music. My Little Monster is really hard sometimes, but when we manage to solve the problems that pop up, we end up with dialogue that we think is pretty darn good.

In the meantime, Page is dealing with her latest flea treatment with a lot more poise than last time, poor girl.

We also went to the grocery store, despite our lack of money, because you can only go so long before you have to buy more toilet paper. We also bought ourselves a pizza for dinner tonight, because we really needed a pick-me-up, and we've had macaroni and cheese for dinner three nights out of the last four. (The other night was Wednesday, when we got home kind of late and decided Halloween snacks would suffice and were a heck of a lot less effort.)

Today I'm thankful for having more paper products, having a pizza to look forward to for dinner, making not terrible progress on My Little Monster, getting to sleep in tomorrow, and Page not shunning us after we gave her a flea treatment.
8th-Nov-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about the check/payment and slowly/forgotten processed invoices. I'm glad one was straightened out and I'm hoping the other will be soon as well. All these would put anyone in not-wanting-to-work mood.
Good luck with the flea treatment.
8th-Nov-2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
9th-Nov-2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yay, you got your check!! (as of next post.) That's some relief :) I had a missed invoice a few weeks back as well... but the issue with your check's money mysteriously disappearing into the void is very strange!! I hope your bank's research department gets back to you on the sooner side of Five Business Days.

As for not reading your mail... tsk, tsk! :) Do you get monthly bank statements in the mail, and that's why you would ignore mail that's from your bank? if so, maybe switching to electronic/paperless statements would help you prioritize other mailing your bank sends out?

Poor Page!! Was there a reoccurrence or are you just following a monthly treatment plan to make sure they don't come back? Hope this helps her (and you)!
10th-Nov-2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Yup! Now we just need to get all the others... (Although, for tax purposes, we're not entirely opposed to the idea of some of them waiting until January.)

I know, right? We do get paper and electronic bank statements, as well as notifications about special offers and things (still from the bank). It's just a lesson to pay more attention in the future.

I think it was a reoccurrence...that happened because we did not follow the monthly treatment plan. Also it may have had to do with our washing the treatment off after 24 hours last time. (The label says do not bath the cat within 24 hours after application, so we figured after that it should be fine, right? and Page was so miserable we couldn't bear to leave it on her any longer.) This time, she was considerably less miserable (though still a little miserable), so she had more energy to fight us when we started to rinse her off. We didn't get all of it, which I think is a win-win, because she seems to be doing even better since the attempted rinse, but she's still got some of the treatment on her, which hopefully means it's still doing its job.
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