I have the book. Repeat, I have the book.
I wasn't sure I was going to get it. I was told delivery would be yesterday between 3-5 PM. At 4:30, I called, just to make sure the books were on their way. "Uh, will someone be there after five o'clock?" asked the voice on the other end of the phone. I assured him I would be here all night. "Good, because our driver can't make it there by five."
In a quick aside, I have no problem with the books coming late. Back-ups happen, traffic, etc. But what bothers me is that I'm the one calling the business to find this out. Shouldn't they be calling me to give me the heads up? The same thing happened with my book printing. I sent an e-mail to my rep, confirming the book would be printed and shipped that week and only then did she e-mail back to say my order had been moved back a week. I don't understand customer service at that level.
Anyway, at 6:30 with still no word I called again and was told the driver was stuck in traffic. He called 15 minutes later to get final directions to my home, and pulled up in the mother of all semi's at exactly 7 PM.
This truck was HUGE. Half a street block. Which made it all the funnier when the driver flung open the rear door to reveal a long, narrow, empty hull. Empty, that is, except for my stack of boxes in the very back of the truck. I wish I'd taken a picture.
The driver heaves and hauls the boxes to the lift and right as the boxes of books touch ground, the heavens open and it starts to rain. Now, the books are wrapped in plastic inside the boxes. But STILL. I've been waiting how long for these books? I grab 2 cartons and hustle up the stairs to my door. The delivery guy grabs one (yea - my yoga and weights are paying off!) and follows me. Luckily, it stayed at a drizzle until we got the books inside and then five minutes later it really let loose. We got lucky.
At that point, after the bees, the boards, the bathroom, and the rain, I was in no mood to enjoy the books. And I didn't want my first experience of them to be a bad one, so I opened a carton to check them out but I really didn't look at them closely. I just wanted a shower and bed.