Monday, 11 July 2011

Sick bed bother

Argh! Last week wasn’t the smoothest ever – the weekend led in with a sick Catnipper, then family visits meant I took a couple of days holiday with a return to work that perfectly co-incided with me catching whatever terrifyingly virulent flu-bug the Catnipper had just recovered from.

You may have noticed that this added up to a week of almost no tweeting and absolutely no blogging. But the upshot of me taking holiday and getting sick isn’t just a quiet patch on the social media front. It’s a hiatus of all things Catnip.

As Catnip’s only employee I have an amazing amount of freedom and responsibility (I don’t think you really get one without the other). Most of what I love about my job arises from this freedom, but the downside is that because it’s about how much work I put in to keep things running, if something gets in the way of me doing my job, then there’s no one else there to fill in.

So this means there’s no one to do simple things like…

  • Change my Out of Office to say that I’m DYING of flu
  • Answer the phone
  • Send polite apologies to people who are chasing me for something I said I’d get done that week
  • Find those uber-urgent files needed for a key presentation TOMORROW
  • Tell a poor author that OF COURSE I can have a chat with them next week
  • Reply to an agent saying I’ll read that submission/approve those terms/sign that contract as soon as I can see straight
  • Chase a printer on books that were due to be delivered YESTERDAY

Basically, there’s no one there to be polite or to fire-fight and by the time I’m back at the desk, people are starting to get annoyed/let down by my radio silence.

At least here I can say I’m sorry that I missed y’all and that I wished I’d not had such a stupidly rubbish week that my weekend was too busy for me to check in to the rather awesome ABBA lit fest… or write any proper blog posts.

Now, there are some emails with my name on (and a red exclamation mark).


  1. awww no! I hope you are feeling much better now and there aren't too many people who are angry at you!!

  2. If you even have time to read this - a virtual (flu-free) hug. If I was there I could at least have come and answered the 'phone for you! (Always supposing they understand English from Downunder.)