Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Best Laid Plans.................

I pride myself on being organized and it was with great satisfaction that I ordered ink for my Epson 3800* printer before I actually "needed" it, or so I thought...................

*This is a large format printer. Where I live you cannot go to a store and purchase ink for it. 

This coming weekend is our annual city wide open studio tour (click here for more info on that: CAST) and I arranged to have someone come in this past Saturday to help mat prints in preparation for that event. This meant my printer would be working extra hard during the days leading up to Saturday. Since I knew a couple of colors were running low, I ordered ink last Monday confident that it would arrive by Wednesday. (You know where this is going.............)

The ink did not arrive on Wednesday so I called the supplier Thursday morning. They confirmed that a glitch had occurred and they assured me it would be delivered by Friday. While making prints on Thursday, one of the ink cartridges became completely empty which means the printer will no longer function. Now all I could do was wait. While I was not looking forward to it, I knew my Friday evening plans would include a marathon printing session if I was to have prints to mat the next day.

On Friday morning I called again and was given the UPS tracking number which did indeed show the package on the truck scheduled to be delivered later that afternoon. I called UPS around 5:30 and again I was assured the package would be delivered that day. I ate dinner and again checked the tracking. Still on the truck.............I did this a couple of more times until around 8:00 and, you guessed it - "Scheduled Delivery End of Day Tuesday September 4th". I will not repeat the words my poor husband had to hear after I received that news.

Armed with a few prints, I went to the studio the next day grateful to have the help, but a little irritated that I would not be matting as many as I had hoped.

After my frustration and anger subsided I started thinking "maybe I am not suppose to be working that hard this holiday weekend". "Instead of busting my butt, maybe I should enjoy a few hours kayaking with my husband". "What is the worst thing that can happen if I don't have everything ready by Friday?" In other words, this was not the big deal I was making it out to be.

So on Sunday, we loaded the kayaks on the truck, took a short drive and spent the next couple of hours on the water. While it made me nervous in the beginning, I have devised a system that makes photographing with my iPhone while kayaking fairly safe. I am still researching affordable alternatives, but for now it's working and I have been having so much fun!

On this particular trip, I found myself especially drawn to the reflections on the water. The patterns and colors reminded me of paintings. Pretty soon I forgot all about the fact my printer would remain idle until sometime late Tuesday afternoon. It just didn't matter anymore........................

©2012 Dianne Poinski

©2012 Dianne Poinski

©2012 Dianne Poinski

As I get ready to post this, I am still waiting for the UPS truck to make it's way down my street...........


  1. When life gives you lemons..... make lemonade. And that's exactly what you did. I'm sure that day kayaking did you so much good, that you are now ready to tackle that UPS guy if he shows up late today.


  2. You managed to turn that around and find the good that can come out of a setback -- very zen.

    Your reflection photos are so lovely! So these were done with your iPhone? Amazing quality! I hope to stop by your studio this weekend. Good luck with your printing.