Late, late, late last night as I was trying my best to finish a project (I now have 23 hours to finish it), I realized that my poor beagle had chewed a spot on his tail down to the skin. It was red and raw and he wasn’t stopping the chewing for nothing. I also realized that this is what happens when you don’t pay attenion. This is flea season. My dog (dogs actually, I have 3) all have fleas. It was the middle of the night, what could I do? I had to stop him from continuing to bite that spot. So I applied an antibiotic cream, put a band-aid on the spot then wrapped it in duct tape (duck tape to some) so the band-aid wouldn’t fall off. Let’s just say that my beagle did not like this. I’m certain I saw this on MacGyver once. I had to be a frigging genius. Not long after that I went to bed. It’s not good to write when you think stuff like putting duct tape on your dog’s tail is an impressive feat.
The point of this story is that I still don’t pay attention to certain things–like me. I know, I know. We’ve talked about this before. This is a new year. I was gonna lose weight. Blah, blah, blah. It’s the end of May, and it hasn’t happened yet. Life gets in the way! The year isn’t over–I’ll do better!!!! I swear!
Since the hours are ticking down and I MUST finish this project, I’ll keep this fairly short. By 7 am tomorrow I’ll be on my way north to New York City. I’ve picked out a couple of professional looking outfits to wear to BEA (Book Expo America) where I’ll be signing books for the first time in my career. While in NYC I’ll have lunch with my Harlequin editor, Denise, and breakfast with my agent, Kim. I’ll wear the make-up and the nice outfits my daughter helped me pick out. BUT- I’ll still be FAT since I haven’t paid attention to my New Year’s resolution to take better care of myself. Do you think that there will be certain folks who will avoid coming to my table at BEA or that my editor or agent will look at me differently because I haven’t bothered to stay in shape? Really, should I consider getting in shape part of the business plan? I wonder if a passing hunter would look at my beagle with his duct-taped tail and think, “Glad that mutt’s not mine.”
Do you believe that the way you look and your general, overall well-being is important when it comes to the job? Not doing the job necessarily but getting the part–or in this case the contract?