Past The Halfway Point

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082022

Yesterday was another day spent working on my new Tinder Street book, The Hard Years. I know some of you are probably tired of hearing about it by now, but that’s what’s taking up most of my time these days.

I started the day by making corrections to several chapters that Roberta had sent me the night before that had already been proofed by Terry and Judy. Then I made corrections to several more chapters that Terry had done and then sent them off to Judy for her to do her thing. With that out of the way, I knocked out another chapter, read through it, made corrections to it that I noticed were needed, and then printed it out for Terry to edit and proofread.

After dinner, we were watching television when Judy sent back her chapters, already finished. That lady works fast! This morning I’ll make her changes and then send them off to Roberta, my third proofreader. I know this seems like a lot of redundancy, but that’s what it takes. And even after all of that, a typo or a mistake manages to slip through now and then.

The good news is that I’m past the halfway point on this book, and things are moving along quickly. If I could just figure out a way to get the words out of my head and onto the computer screen quicker, it would be done by now.

Unfortunately, I won’t get a lot done for a couple of days this week. Terry has an appointment at Mayo in Jacksonville on Wednesday afternoon that will take up most of our day, and I have a colonoscopy scheduled for Thursday. But that may change by the time you read this.

As I reported a while back, I’ve been dealing with a cold, something I get about this time every year, and though the worst of the symptoms are gone, I still have some drainage and a persistent cough. If I take Alka-Seltzer Cold and Cough formula, it goes away, but as soon as that wears off, it comes right back. No, it’s not COVID, folks. I’ve been tested more than once.

Anyway, since I have sleep apnea, the doctor wants to have an anesthesiologist on hand during the procedure. I was told yesterday afternoon that I need to call the office first thing this morning to make sure they’re going to proceed with it due to the cough.

I definitely want to know before I do the prep that’s required, which none of us enjoy. At least this time, instead of the dreaded stuff they make you drink, they gave me a prescription for 24 pills. I’m supposed to take a dozen of them the night before and the other dozen the morning of the procedure. Medicare doesn’t cover them, and even with a coupon from the doctor, they were $40. But that was a one-time discount, and the next time around, I would have to pay the full price of $187. That’s another reason not to do the prep unless I know they’re going to do the procedure.

We’re supposed to get a lot of rain over the next few days, and our lawn and trees definitely need it. So does our budget. For a state surrounded by water, water bills here in Florida are very expensive when you start doing any kind of lawn care.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – When I get bored, I call in sick to places where I don’t work. Tomorrow I’m getting written up at Walmart for too many absences.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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