Thursday, July 24, 2008

Update on Demand and Be Warned It's Gross

One of my fans wants me to update.
But my dear fan, I have nothing to say.
Shall I write about floors?
It bores me today. My mind is elsewhere.

I could tell you about my vomiting incident at Lido's (Chinese restaurant) yesterday WHILE I was having lunch with some work clients. Oh god, it was terrible.

The silver lining is that I went to the bathroom to do said puking. I did not do it in front of any diners.

I puked a lot...then I had to clean up the mess that didn't make it into the commode. Another silver lining is that no one came into the bathroom while I was um...engaged. If they had, customers in the restaurant would have heard me because the flipping door to the women's restroom pracitcally opens on the dining room.

Note to restauranteurs: Please place bathroom doors far from the view of dining room. No one wants to hear or, for the love of God, see what's going on in there.

After I cleaned myself up, I calmly walked back to the dining room. I don't know if the women I was lunching with knew what had happened, but they acted like they didn't and so our conversation about free lance video production resumed. I did not eat a bit of my lunch, but had it boxed up. I couldn't wait until the time came when I could leave that restaurant. When it did, I slowly walked to my car and drove home.

Note: When you're nauseous and the sun is boiling hot, driving home seems to take forever.

Needless to say, I did make it. I crawled to my bed, called my boss and then I stared at the ceiling for like...3 hours straight. I didn't want to watch TV...I couldn't concentrate on anything but the nausea. I HATE that feeling. I can bear any pain except that. By 5pm I was wishing that I could repeat what had happened in the restaurant, but that relief wouldn't come until 7pm.


Yes, Numero Uno Fan, you were downstairs eating when that happened. BWAHAHA!!!

My daughter made me a get well card and my boyfriend's granddaughter made me a beautiful get well flower. I kept both by my face on the bed, so I could see them. Can you say AWWW?? I was really touched. My daughter stayed with me for a bit, forcing me to turn on the TV to distract me from myself, so I watched whatever was on and then around 9:30...fell into blessed sleep.

Today...I feel better...not 100%. My body aches and my head still hurts a bit, but the nausea is gone and for that...I am eternally grateful.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Starting Job 3

We started our third job this morning. I snapped some "before" photos of the rooms we'll be doing just as the crews were getting started.

Dust is everywhere. *cough* Must see about dustless sanding system. *choke*

This is a small, two story house who's owners, for some inexplicable reason, decided to paint over the wood floors in their upstairs hallway, and two bedrooms.

Here is one of those rooms. It will take extra sanding to remove the paint, so I had to charge more per sq ft for sanding in these areas.

Here is one other view of the downstairs living/dining area we'll be doing. I like the french doors. It's a very cute house.

I won't post exterior shots of the houses we work on for the sake of privacy.

This job is going to take us about 5 or 6 days. I'll be sure to get "after" photos before we turn it over to the owners.

I love starting new jobs!

PS: The contractor who hired us for this job (our second with his company) told me that the homeowners for first job we did for his company loved their floors and he gave them my card because they're interested in having us do more work on their home. This was a very nice older couple who has had a horrible 2008. Their son was found dead in a field in March, leaving them to care for his 8 year old daughter and then, as if that weren't bad enough, on the morning of their son's funeral the couple's house caught fire! Luckily the home only suffered smoke damage, but it was enough to force them to move out until insurance could set things right. Our floor work in their house was part of that insurance restoration. I hope things get better for them.

Okay...that was sort of depressing.
I think my work here is done.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Comparing Profits

I've been gone for a bit. My dad had some medical stuff going on, so I flew to Raleigh to see if I could help out.

Now to get back in the groove of my daytime job and my new bizziness.

I got my third job scheduled before I left. Crews start today. This is repeat business from the contractor that gave me my second

I am looking at my profit margin on my second job vs. the profit margin on my first job and I'm not a happy camper. The difference in those two jobs is that on the first job I only subcontracted with one crew. On the second job I subbed with two different crews.

I'm going to have to sit down and pull this apart because by the time I take worker's comp and liability insurance premium out, my profit will dwindle by about another 200 bucks. UGH!!! be fair, the profit on the first job was high and it was a big job...with a larger price tag. So...maybe this is normal. I'll still have to tally up the numbers.

In fact...I'm gonna go do that right now.

EDIT!!!: I paid out MORE for labor on the second job than I did for my first job and the first job had more square footage!!!!! Grrrrrr....

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Movie Intermission

I actually got to go see a movie last night!!! I'm astounded and even more impressive is the fact that it was a new release. Typically, if I ever DO get to see a movie in theaters, I'm the last one to see it, but this time...I was one of the first.

Will Smith's summer offering, "Hancock", showed in OKC the day before it's nationwide opening day.

Hancock is a drunken, rude and messy superhero who has no idea who he is or where he came from.

I thought the film was great, but keep in mind I love Will Smith movies...Men in Black, Independence Day, I Am Legend...I just think he's fun to watch. Hancock is no exception except for one difficulty in the storyline. It involves co-star Charlize Theron. The entire attempt to explain Hancock's history along with her function in the film didn't really hold water. I thought it was a weak...well, really a high-schoolish attempt to explain something. Poor job. but it isn't a deal breaker.

I even posted my review on yahoo movie reviews...or whatever it is they call their page for user reviews. After doing my movie review duty (yeah, I'm a nerd) I was curious to see what the critics thought. OH...they hated it! So sad...critics have no sense of fun. They probably hated fairy tales as children, but I was inwardly pleased to see that they also hated the same plot flaw that I did.

Guess if I ever lose my day job I can hook up with Roger Ebert, sit in dark theaters and judge, belittle and criticize to my heart's content.

Go see Hancock if you like fun movies and let me know if the scene in the prison cracked you up as much as it did me...some of the critics thought it was extremely low brow humor. Guess that's why I liked it so much.