I'm 30 hours in to a 36 page magazine that needed a 2 day turnaround time. Sleep? Total is about 8 hours over the last few days. I'm tired, Rockstarred out and wanting to just lay on the couch and watch something on Netflix. I have about 8 more hours to go before final approval and upload – and in case you are asking, no I don't do this very often but when someone needs help I cannot say no. I hired an intern, a house cleaner and had Chinese food delivered. I'm also living off of trail mix and thank goodness I'm dating a foodie because when this is all over that means some RR and good food is soon to come.
I'm tired – like really, really tired. Things don't make sense and if me and the other designer working on this pull it off I think that it will be a friendship for life and 10 years down the road we will be saying – remember that one time we delivered a 36 page magazine in 2 days? We sleep in shifts and have successully learned how to work 24 hours a day between the 2 of us.
I had friend kidnap me last night for a few hours – have some dinner and socialize myself. I believe her exact words were "you need to get out of this condo" – which she successfully did and it turned in to a disaster. Going to an Irish pub for dinner where I know that all I will be downing is a can of Red Bull was probably not the best idea.
2 guys gave up their seats at the bar to allow us to sit down only for me to be told that if he'd known I wasn't going to be drinking he wouldn't have given up his seat. So kind. We ordered and ate our sad bar food and I was talked in to giving the BF 2 hours to dance and socialize myself. Music wasn't all that great and while she kept her back to me socializing at the bar with the bartenders I stood there by myself as more emails poured in about the magazine and needing me.
I told her I was like a doctor at the moment – on call and I needed to go. I polished off my Rockstar and told her bye. By 11pm I was driving on the highway tired and wondering why I had even done that. I always know how those nights are going to go – bored around drunk people and being ignored by my friend while she looks for a guy. Everytime I tell myself no more, I do it again. Oh well, she means well.
I designed on the magazine until about 2:30am and finally took my sheets out of the dryer and made my bed. I couldn't bear the tought of sleeping on my matress with just my comforter for another night and fell asleep watching another episode of Dead Like Me. The day started again at 7:30am and I finished what I hadn't the night before.
I spent my Sunday designing on the magazine again and the other designer and I are totally fried. I took a long walk with my dog through downtown to just clear my head and get some fresh air. When did the weather get nice again?
I'm back on again – final changes coming and then upload to the printer. We pulled it off – pretty wild in my opinion. 36 page magazine in 2 days, I can check that off my bucket list. This blog has taken me all day to write – every time I got going I had an interruption and needed to get someting else done. At some point I will get some Zzzz's – one thing's for sure, this is my year for us to grow big – I feel like this was my test to see if I could handle it, and I did. Now that the test is over, the real growth can begin.
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Phoenix Graphic Designer