flotation device

March 30, 2009 |  Category:   art + design life the biz


Remember back in December during the height of Holiday!Cookie!Madness! when I was so swamped with work and holiday orders that I had to break down my day into units? It’s time again. At some point in our no-work weekend it became apparent that we were in for a busy week, but as Sunday ran into Monday, it was clear that things were getting more hectic than we had anticipated. A couple of emails and phone calls from clients and retailers and suddenly we’re feeling like we’re back in the Holiday!Cookie!Madness! days. How do things get so out of control this fast? This reminds me of when I was in college when I wrote a piece called Flotation Device for prepared piano and electric bass (which, incidently, had Mark on bass during performances). The piece was about exactly this: feeling overwhelmed to the point of drowning. I’m just going to consider the unit breakdown method my flotation device. It worked well for me then and it’ll have to work for me now.

I’ll be juggling 4 different client projects in the next 3 weeks and beyond because you know, sometimes the freelance universe mocks my attempts to try and finesse a manageable and civilized work schedule. It will be challenging as 2 of these projects will require a whole look and feel development and client approval process. I’ve juggled multiple projects before, even once while 8 months pregnant, so I know it’s possible. On the biz side, I can sense that Mark is getting stressed as he is up to his ears in wholesale and online orders. There are a lot of audible sighs coming from the other room. Such is life. We’ll get through this. We always do.

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  • unha March 30, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    all good things to worry about. xoxo

  • Sarah March 31, 2009 at 9:08 am

    You’ll get through it. Just remember to take time to breathe. Oh, and having too much work is better stress than no work at all…. : )

  • Gabriel March 31, 2009 at 10:23 am

    at least the weather is getting better (as long as you don’t have springtime hay fever allergies!) just remember when you’re working like crazy indoors to take a 5 minute break and go outside to the roof (preferably) or sidewalk – breathe in some fresh air and get sunshine direct into your eyes.

  • Tumus March 31, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    It’s also okay to say no sometimes 🙂 I hope you don’t mind orders. Give Mark a pat on the back I know he works hard to make things so delicious.

  • pb&j April 2, 2009 at 1:18 am

    if you are ever in over your head and need a hand, i’m a pastry cook and willing to help