Monday, October 10, 2011

My Book

Okay, the book is in the early stages right now, but we hope to have it in print by January. I am just excited. The book is in the voice of a dog and is three years of letters to his boy, my grandson. I will definitely be broadcasting the release far and wide as the end of this process draws near. I will blog about writing a book!

In the meantime I will blog about closer subject matter and he who provides so much inspiration .......

My hardworking husband always has an extra job on the back burner for our down time in the winter. He was working at the gas station at the end of the road here until the owner decided to subtract ride-offs from his meager paycheck. Ride-offs are those folks who decide to pump fuel into their tanks and simply ride off and not pay. The higher the cost of fuel, the more often it happens. So, when he confronted the man about the deduction, the man did not want to talk. He wanted to fight. Really. I tell you, you cannot make this stuff up! The man is known for his hot temper and rather colorful use of language. He who is a lover, not a fighter, simply drove away.

He has a new job. He takes calls to go out with the wrecker and tow or haul the wrecks in. This not only allows him to drive a big truck and play with equipment, but he gets to wear safety green and orange day-glo colors. He is kind of cute, I must say.

But ........ when the phone rings in the wee hours of the morning and he proceeds to talk to the dispatcher while still in our bedroom, not four feet from my head and then turns on every light in the house to find his clothes, he is not at all cute. I get up out of bed when I cannot sleep and quietly leave the room under cover of darkness so as not to disturb my mate. I only ask for that same consideration. I am a very light sleeper and once awake find it difficult to get back to sleep. I suppose he thinks it must be okay not to even try to be quiet, since I will wake up anyway.

He got a call around 4 this morning. I had already been up once to take the dogs out and find out why the cat was yowling. Of course, when I got up, I did not talk on the phone or turn on the lights and I made no unnecessary noises. I may have grunted when I heaved the fat dachshund back into bed. Did I cry out when I stubbed my toe on the fan that he insists on positioning right in the normal walking path? No, I did not. Did I throw the dog toy I stepped on against the wall and say a few choice words to the animal responsible? No, I did not. If I need some illumination, I turn the closet light, not the overhead light on. 

He got out of the bed while talking in a normal tone to the caller and left the room as he talked and turned on every light he encountered. The dogs thought it was great time for an excursion and stood waiting patiently at the end of the bed to be lowered to the floor. Two of them, anyway. One tried to push me out of the bed to overtake my warm spot and the puppy called Toni jumped in and out of the bed to let me know she was ready for some outside time. So, I got out of bed to accommodate the dogs and ran into him as he came back through the house turning on any lights he may have missed on the first pass. He was looking for some jeans. Not in the closet where they hang, but in a stack of folded laundry ..... or previously folded, I should say. So, I followed the man and directed him to clothes and turned out lights. When he left, he told me to go back to sleep. That helped a lot....... 

12 comments:

Kelly L said...

Crazy - whenever my husband talks on his phone - he is LOUD.. drives me insane - but thankfully - the phone does not ring at night and he leaves the house much earlier than I need to wake and usually he's pretty quite but if there was a phone involved... forget about it! Looking forward to hearing more about your book.
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SkippyMom said...

To bad the gas station can't be changed to pre pay. There is no such thing as a pump first station here anymore.

It is actually against the law to charge your husband for drive offs if it isn't a pre pay station.

Well, at least he has a fun tow truck job. Good for him, but not so much for you. I am a light sleeper too, but my husband is the opposite. He tries really hard not to wake me up because he knows how much I need the sleep. Maybe he who tows will figure it out when he comes home a few times and finds you sitting up in the middle of the night. Good luck!

Brian Miller said...

awww...sorry on the early wake up call...i get a few late night calls from clients...usually hospital runs...ugh...

so excited about your book!

Kathy G said...

You'll have him trained soon. In the meantime, suggest that he put his clothes in a pile before he goes to bed in case he has to leave in the middle of the night.

Looking forward to hearing more about the book!

Val Thevictorian said...

My husband talks so loud on the phone that I ask him why he doesn't just use tin cans and twine, and save us the phone bill.

Now I remember your book. I have a post set for Oct 25, when I am at parent conferences for the evening, that is in the voice of our new puppy, Juno. Hope nobody thinks I'm a Kathy-stalking plagiarist!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

excited about the book!

i get it with you on the "lights" and noise thing. when ron worked 2nd or 3rd shift, he was never quiet and always woke me up. now that he doesn't work, he still wakes me up every time he gets in or out of bed. of course, now i'm on full alert to make sure that he doesn't hurt himself.

Whitney Lee said...

That's exciting about the book!

My husband sleeps like the dead and can fall back asleep with no problem. Half the time he doesn't even know I've had to get up with one of the kids unless I tell him the next day. I, on the other hand, wake up at most everything. Like you, I have trouble going back to sleep. The thing is, if I don't get enough sleep I am such a raging bitch that no one wants to talk to me. So I guess my husband has learned to tread quietly in the mornings while he's getting ready. I will wish you luck.

The Good Cook said...

I'd love to hear more about your book! How exciting.

Joanne said...

Looking forward to news about the book, and then, the book. I so sympthasize with your husband problem. For twenty three years my sister and brother in law have been right over head. When he goes to bed, thud. A shoe drops. You know what I have to wait for then. And, in the morning, somehow he does it in reverse.

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

How exciting about the book! I love reading Wall-E's blog, I think you do a fantastic job with the writing and it always makes me smile and laugh (and I still can't leave a comment on it!!)

This may just be a book that I'll buy for my niece!

Erik's RV Blog said...

I'm glad I found this blog, it's too funny! My wife will get a kick out of it too but I have a feeling she is going to adopt your way of talking about your husband.

He who loves things that makes noise, oh yeah, she is going to have a field day with that!


Erik

Pat said...

Again, congratulations on your book being published! That is terrific news!

And this post? Hi-LAR-i-ous!