I missed Fortifying Friday! For good reasons, though.
Friday was extraordinarily busy. I met with my Job Coach for an hour. Then I did some shopping in preparation for my final project in my Graphic Design Fundamentals course. That took me to lunch time. Had food. Worked on my graphics homework for unit 3, which I still have to finish. Next, I drove my Sempai to my Sensei's house so they could share a cab to the airport. Then, I worked on editing my short story.
Having comments from an editor is a mix of frustration and elation. Some parts are confusing. Some are, "Damn, she's right," or "As if I did that!" And other parts are finding a way to make a change that works for the author, the story, and the editor. Hopefully, I'm accomplishing that. Yesterday, I was stuck on page 2 and feeling like things were hopeless. Today, I'm stuck on page 11. Most of the comments make sense and I agree in some way with them. Some changes I make exactly as suggested and others I don't because I have the whole story in my head and know what I'm trying to do.
I struggled a lot writing that story. It's mystery, which isn't my thing. Also, the words didn't want to come at the start. Hopefully, the next one goes smoother.
I also spent quite a lot of time on Friday working towards getting employed again. I'm connected with a recruiter now and will be getting a business number to work through them. I will be getting incorporated as that is how they do things. It took a lot of time to input residence information for a security clearance request. Hopefully, that all goes through and I'm with day job once again. I don't like worrying about food or shelter as you can probably understand.
I didn't get everything done. I wanted to relax a little more and play some videogames. I also need to finish the profile with the recruiter to get all of my experience logged into their system.
So today I made a lot of progress on the editing, but I needed a break. Despite that it has been pouring all day, I headed out to buy a bookshelf. Bookshelf acquired, I huddled with others in the Walmart entryway hoping the rain would cease or lighten enough to make an easy dash to the car. No such luck. I had forgotten exactly where I had parked. It was far enough away that my keys couldn't honk the horn. Well, I waited. I waited some more. It lightened a little and I made my move. Then it poured harder while I ran across the parking lot. I had put my hoodie over the bookcase to protect it. It slid further into the cart during the run. I reached the car and the rain was so fast by now, I tossed my car keys into the driver's seat. I proceeded to grab the bookcase and get it into the car. My grip was hampered by the hoodie on top of it, so that was chucked into the car too. I wrestled the shelf out of the cart and into the car. Then I grabbed the rest of my groceries and put them in the car too. I was going to bring the cart back, but I needed my keys to lock the car. Yes, even in the rain I try to be considerate with my carts. I carefully placed the cart so it wouldn't roll into any place it shouldn't then got into my car. I couldn't find my keys! I took a breath and searched around. Still, no keys. I began feeling about under the driver's seat, grabbed hold of one of the keychain cards, and rescued them from the dark underbelly of the seat. Relieved, I left the cart where it was and went home because the rain was even worse now. The bookshelf will stay in my car until the rain stops, which is *supposed* to be in an hour.
Time for dinner then graphics design homework. Dinner mostly doesn't require electricity, which is good because it's starting to storm.