I started the week with several meetings with website clients. In this business, it seems everything is quiet for a long while, then suddenly everyone wants something at the same time. Mid-week, another client started the day with a request that he represented as urgent and necessary. It had to do with configuring some content on new website software his company had bought (not on my recommendation). After spending the whole day on the project, he decided just before quitting time that the project was a "huge waste of time", and never mind.
Meanwhile, this week, I started in learning some new technology of my own. For a while, and for reasons I hope to write about elsewhere soon, I've been meaning to move beyond my current specialization in WordPress. Up to now, I've dabbled. It's time to really put in the effort.
Concurrently, we've been looking forward to my parents' visit this weekend. It's the first of 2, possibly 3, consecutive weekends with visitors from far away. As such, it provided our excuse for the semi-annual house cleaning. On their arrival last night, the garbage disposal clogged. A massive clog, such that even the toilet plunger wouldn't clear it. I ended up disconnecting all the plumbing under the sink. I cought most of the water behind the clog in a pot, but still ended up with water all over the floor. So, as it turned out, Grandma came all the way from Ohio to mop the kitchen floor. (Best laid plans, they say.)
What's amazing about house cleaning, or at least seemed so to me this week, is how fast things get re-messed. I guess the garbage disposal is the prime example. But there are other signs. A day after dusting, there is more dust. An hour after vacuuming, there are pet hair balls floating down the front hall again. A floor mopped in the morning has muddy tracks on it in the afternoon.
It's as if the purpose of life is to increase the universe's entropy. (And, actually, the laws of thermodynamics say that this is exactly the case.) But it makes having company difficult, as it requires contravening the intensions of the universe.
Seriously, the house is much nicer when it is clean, company or not. And it's good to see people you haven't seen in a while. Also, even when clients decide what you've been doing is a waste of time, they still have to pay you for the time you spent — and then you can buy yourself a beer.
So life is good.