So, wow, this week was crazy.
The paperwork thing continued, as well as wall-to-wall meetings.
Anyway, Thursday night we discover that my drain pipe has once again gotten blocked, flooding a bit of my basement. If you forgot, this what was happened the first time around:
So I figure the root has made its way back into our pipe. Awesome. I call Roto in the morning and they say they can get someone out right away. They can't quote a price--the rep will come out and take a look, and quote me a price, and I can say yes or no, and it's free if I say no.
Okay. Only problem is, nobody's home at my house to deal with the guy but me, and I'm working from 9am on. I have a meeting at 10am. I tell my dad, and he says he can come by and deal with the guy.
The guy shows up early though, so I'm forced to go deal with him. I leave my computer on so it'll let me know if I get any Teams invites. I let the other tester know I can't make the meeting, and we reschedule it for later.
The roto guy tells me it's gonna cost $689 for him to run the thing to clean the pipe. I'm like, holy fucking shit that's expensive. Back in 2016 it was like $500, which I thought was crazy expensive. I got no choice, so I say go ahead.
He runs it, and sure enough, starts hauling out roots. He clears the whole thing and leaves, says a camera guy will come by shortly to scope it and make sure it's clear. My dad shows up by then, so I'm back and forth from my computer to the camera guy when he shows. He runs the camera, and this time does something different from last guy--he finds the hole in my pipe, marks it, and then we go outside with some device that finds where it is in my yard. It's like 3 feet out from the front hedge of my house.
Then he gives me the options. Cheapest is a descale--basically they just go through and scrape the pipe hardcore. That costs $3K. Yeah.
Next is a patch. They insert some sort of heavy duty patch that will completely seal the pipe and make sure the root "is never a problem again". (this is what he tells me) But then the quote says it's guaranteed for a year. That's not "never". This would cost $9K. I shit you not.
Best case is to spend $10K, and they'll dig up my yard, cut out the bad pipe and replace it with good pipe, and we "never have to worry about it again". That's guaranteed for 5 years. I think we have different ideas of what NEVER means.
None of these are gonna happen. Hell, our roof has been leaking pretty bad into our attic, so that we now have some lines in our ceiling. THAT is what I'd spend $10K on if I had $10K lying around. Next on the list is new windows, because I'm not joking--two of my windows are held up with wood. I did it nicely so you can't tell from outside, but still. The top panes just fell down, because these windows are fucking 30 years old.
Now that I'm making some dough though, this stuff is a possibility of doing.
Anyway, finished Friday--worked a little later since I wasn't around the whole time, though I don't think anybody noticed. I'd guess that I was probably supposed to take paid time off during that, but nobody's told me shit about that, and I DID work an extra hour Thursday(the other tester met me for an hour from 5pm-6:10 to show me some of the work environments).
Then today--Saturday--I had an auction. I was hoping it wouldn't run that long, but I got there to set up at 9:45am, and the auction lasted until 8pm. Keep in mind that I can't eat any real food from 11am until it ends. (I munch on peanuts and candy)
So this was a roughly 55 hour work week.
On top of all that, I have to come home and finalize all the shit with my book coming out Tuesday. I had to make an ad for that horror app that's like FB. I don't wanna name it cuz I don't wanna end up in searches, but it rhymes with Flasher. They do very cheap advertising, so I figured I'd try it once.
Then HWA puts any members new stuff up for free in their New Works From Members section, but they require a landing page that they can direct people to, not the actual page listing. So I had to go make one of those real quick, which is this:
Took me like 30 minutes, cuz I had to make those graphics the right size. I have no idea how it looks on most browsers, but it looks fine on both of mine. Prolly won't load on mobile devices, but neither will my main site. I ain't fucking with mobile formatting, I don't have the time.
Then back to my A-zon dash to publish the print version. I settled on glossy. The poll of everyone I know was solidly split. Most people were like "I like BOTH of them, so can't choose."
Know how I finally decided? I held both of them out wide and asked my dog which one she liked. She went to the glossy, so I said fuck it, good enough.
Not enough stuff? Turns out I sold some eBay shit this week, now I gotta pack that up and get ready to mail it.
Holy fuck, where'd my free time go?
Someone should make me these cupcakes.