On the topic of "where the hell have I been" I finally managed to sort through all of my trip photos and put them in an album. Writing and all. A feat I still haven't completed since my last big trip, three and a half years ago (oops). I probably still wouldn't have it finished if it weren't for the Christmas deadline and the fact I had a coupon code for 25% off. And I'm cheap.
But that last one's beside the point.
The point is I finished it! Despite wanting to delete the damn thing after spending 17 hours on it in a 24 hour period... and regardless of the fact I accidentally chose a 12x12" format when my other books are 11x13". *sigh* Yes, the important thing to remember is it's finished. I submitted it last week. And then proceeded to log into their website, at bare minimum (and, sadly, this is not an exaggeration), 8 times a day to see if the status had changed from 'in production' to 'shipped'. It's been a long 7 days.
So today I gave up the dream of it arriving before Christmas. I told myself that I didn't have to check it because, surely, they'd have an automated system that sends an email notification, complete with tracking number, the moment the status changed. I'm in IT after all, I know how these things work.
So I didn't check it all day. Except for that one time this morning. And another time on my lunch break.
But just now? One last time? Just to make sure it hadn't changed... I checked it.
AND IT'S SHIPPED!!!!
I can't wait to see it. All 358 pages of it (don't judge... a lot of the photos are a full page). And the two hours spent photoshopping the cover?!? Totally worth it!