Yesterday, I knew I was still recovering from the week of early shifts, but I'd slept a lot and I figured it wasn't much. I managed to get several things done that I'd put off, like paying my taxes and picking up a package waiting at the Post Office (a Pelikan green highlighter fountain pen -- I have a yellow one but their yellow ink is a little pale).
Got caught up on laundry -- the first casualty of weird shifts the laundry. I ordered a battery for my scooter and paper and ink for my color printer, and picked them up an hour later. Grilled a steak for supper, worked on critiques for my writer's group and hey, it was getting on towards ten p.m., time to think about sleeping. I knew I was getting a bit mentally fuzzy.
But first, what about a sign for the writer's group? We gave it a new name to reflect the reduced membership, and it lends itself well to visual representation.* I was looking at some writerly props and realized one of my better fountain pens was a little dry. No problem, I'd already grabbed a bottle of water to set on my nightstand. Open that up, dip in a fingertip, apply a drop of water to the nib, hey presto!
Set the water aside and went back to looking at props. Bumped something, kept looking, thinking--
Holy cow, what's that glugging sound? I hadn't put the lid back on the water bottle and I'd knocked it over! On my keyboard, the nice round-keys Azio retrokeyboard. Stood the bottle up, stood up, reached over my desktop computer and started groping at back of it to unplug the keyboard -- and failed to notice I had knocked the water bottle over again, this time on my desk. Water was running across the desktop and dripping onto the chairmat.
My computer sits on top of a small two-drawer gadget that holds envelopes, well above the desk, but the desktop is very cluttered with pens, gadgets and papers. I stood the bottle back up, turned the computer off at the power switch, grabbed the office roll of paper towel and started mopping. Eventually, I was able to wipe off the keyboard and turn it over on a mat of paper toweling; I got the desktop unloaded as best I could, and dried off mousepad, mouse, wrist rest.... I kept finding little pools and puddles.
I think I got it all. The Azio keyboard proved tricky to open up, so I dried it more and will let it set. After an hour's work, I was extremely ready for bed.
This morning, I had another check for water, got out a backup keyboard (Qwerkywriter S -- the latest version has a wired-connection mode), put the now dry mousepad, mouse and wrist rest back in place and started up the computer. Let's not tempt the Fates but at least I have got this far.
* I'd tell you, but it's a secret. As R. Buckminster Fuller said, "Never show unfinished work," and ours is as unfinished as cheap furniture.
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