Tuesday, February 07, 2006


I work for myself and like a lot of self employed folk it is either feast or famine. This month it is feasting galore so I am really busy this week. But at this rate I will be even busier next week doing the work I should have done this week.
I am not one of those people who can wake up and sit directly at a computer. I must be coaxed to my desk, like a nervous filly needs to be coaxed into a horse box.
This morning I got up, dithered about, had a few coffees, sat down at desk, checked interweb, answered emails and, eventually, opened the file I'm working on.
I reared up and fled desk almost immediately.
Okay then, steady, steady, bring her round again.
So I put on a wash, made the bed, had another coffee, watched some TV3(whispered) made a slice of toast, fed cats, checked watch. EEK!
Right Lads, you have her!
And so to work.
Just run her in! You! Stand there at the side, don't let her step off it.
I sat down again. I put on Life and Art, Callas would calm my frazzled self.
Easy girl easy now...
I eased my fingers towards the keyboard and paused, poised, breathing shallow, eyebrows furrowed...I scrolled up. There! I could feel it, my feeble brain was bending to the yolk of work. Strains of Bellini wafted through the cool air "Cas....ta Diva, che inargenti..."
She has her feet on the boards, throw a rope behind her there!
I rolled my neck, focused, rested the tips of my fingers on the keys -steady now- I took a deep breath.
Right lads you have her. Quick, roll up the back of the trailer.
The phone!
STEP BACK LADS! She's coming out!!!
I stomp off and answer it. Some chirpy broad from phone company wants to know if I am happy with my service and do I have broadband...
I say I am very happy, I don't make a lot of calls and I have broadband. She persists with questions. I remain polite, but half way through her third attempt to sell me something I rip the phone free from the wall and...
...canter off across the fields, the ropes swinging form my head collar. Free! Even if only for another few minutes. Oh I can see responsibility running after me, shaking a bucket of feed in its treacherous hand and I know I will allow myself to be caught, but not right now.


Blogger Mynah Bird said...

The mind always makes excuses to put off the day of reckoning. If only people would pay you for writing your blog.

10:25 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Too true Mynah, I do this kinda nonsense all the time, mostly because I work better under pressure, even if it is self-imposed.

10:34 a.m.  
Blogger Foot Eater said...

I too am a sprinter rather than a long-distance runner when it comes to work and deadlines. Bit of a problem, this, when there's a particularly tricky stuffing to do.

11:49 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I know Footie, but what are we to do about it?
As long as I've known myself I have been exactly the same way, homework done last minute on a sunday evening, study for exams crammed days before.
I thrive on that sense of mild panic.

12:56 p.m.  
Blogger Dr Maroon said...

Reading your post, I think you need the services of a lantern jawed horse whisperer, maybe with a good doctorate in thermodynamics.

I'm still thinking.

2:07 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Maroon, if you look like anyone in the above post I may take you up on that offer. Ever since my sister got here my sex life has gone down the tubes. I may have to venture out to score soon.

2:27 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

How can you possibly sit down to write when you know that someone might have added a new post, or a witty comment to a thread you've been following?

There are times that I fear I may eventually end up having to remove myself from blogger completely if I can't find some way of disciplining myself.

3:52 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It is a very vicious circle Kim, to be sure. I hardly did a tap of work this morning, luckily my Anxious Nancy vibe kicked in for the afternoon.

5:44 p.m.  
Blogger the anti-barney said...

We're all in the same horns of a dilemma without a paddle.Theres going to have to be changes.
B.t.w.,are we related by blood or Marriage?

8:16 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Marriage. Okay, marriage, no more sodding relatives.

8:46 p.m.  
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