Ah, days off….they’re usually so relaxing, aren’t they?
Sometimes they sure aren’t, but that’s ok. It happens that days off can beccome busier than you expect. Like this past weekend for me.
Saturday I ran by the gallery early to do a little printing. While I know I started my day of rest on the wrong note (running into work) I’ve got a new client that I’d really like to make happy on the first go round. Nothing like getting prints done ahead of time for a client.
By the time I finished off the prints Ian had popped into the gallery. And right behind him were several customers. And several more customers. So I stuck around for a little, meeted and greeted, and enjoyed a busy day.
Finally the morning melted into afternoon and I had to go. Lunch was on my mind, and preparation of the Airstream for the pending trip. I headed home and got some food together.
Mere moments into my meal my phone rang with Ian’s ring tone. A few customers who’d asked about custom printing had returned with a portable drive. They wanted to look through their photos with me and pick 3 images to enlarge and make gallery wraps out of. Of course, lunch was cut short. Small business = take every customer that needs your service. Pretty simple equation.
After wrapping up with the customers it was near closing time. So I lingered in the gallery. Resizing the new client’s images, then prepping them for print on canvas. By the time I’d finished up it was time to close.
Sunday was a reserved day. Small relaxing stuff around town, shopping, and reorganizing the Airstream for travel.
I know I mention reorganizing often before a trip. What’s to arrange you might ask? The Airstream is a small space. You’re right, but if you’re a full timer who’s settled into a location you allow your possessions to “spread out.” There’s a “travel” location for many items, and packing them back where they belong, or finding new homes for those items does take time. Let’s not forget, my trailer is bursting with books at this point!
Sadira and I had made plans to do some short fun thing for the day. I decided on a trip to Wolf Creek to see a waterfall. We were to depart at 11:00 a.m. Unfortunately her mom took a spill, and she had to go check on her. I figured I’d drive into town and meet her at the gallery.
When I arrived at the gallery Ian let me know the new clients had called. They wanted to change an image. Boy am I glad I didn’t print them last night! I called and arranged to meet them mid-day after my hike. Sadira showed up shortly after the call, and asked about getting food before the walk. No trouble.
Of course, you get delayed at times. During our early lunch Ian called. He was trying to process a sale on my register system (a customer was purchasing one of my prints) and he’d never done it before. So, one more ride by the gallery. 🙂
Finally we did make it to Wolf Creek. It was a nice day, there was lots of snow, and of course, the water fall.
So much for a weekend off and away. No worries, I’ll be in Borrego in just a few days. I’ll step back then.