Getting Caught Up From A ‘Relaxing’ Weekend

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. What was supposed to be a relaxing weekend of spending time with Rachel’s family to celebrate her father and sister’s birthdays turned into a case of the stomach flu for both Rachel and our little 14-month old, Joseph. Joseph is getting better but Rachel is still down for the count. I’ve been playing Mr. Mom all weekend, and it hasn’t been easy because our sick little boy just wants to be comforted by his mommy, and his mommy is really sick, too.

Believe it or not, we’re a pretty small operation, so when one of us is down, it’s a serious blow to our schedule. Everything you see with Ink Nouveau is me, and Goulet Pens and is all done by me, my wife (Rachel), and two part-time helpers we have. We all work pretty hard and very efficiently, as you would expect in any small business. We’ve been running near full capacity as is, so a sickness like this hits us hard. I am putting my family first, so I’m having to work double-time to get caught up on all the Goulet Pens and Ink Nouveau stuff as I can do it.

It’s also been no secret that we’re getting in a new brand of ink and pens this week (probably on Tuesday). It’s incredibly exciting for us, but also compounds the craziness that will be happening over the next few days. I can’t say yet what the brand is, but let me just say it’s not going to be easy to photograph and swab the new inks and ink bottles coming in. What free time I would have had I was going to spend updating the Swab Shop and doing photos for the site, but I may have to put that off (which I hate to do!) due to family commitments.

So why am I going on about all this?…it’s not for pity. We’ll be fine, we’ll work through it. There’s no question about that. Rachel and I are some of the toughest and hardest working folks you’ll ever know, so that’s no issue. The reason I wanted to share all this is because I wanted to show that we’re human, that it’s not just a website and blog you’re seeing. Goulet Pens and Ink Nouveau is me and Rachel. We’re people, and we have crazy stuff happen to us just like you have crazy stuff happen to you. We can all relate.

The main point I want to get across is that we’re going to have to be tunnel visioned this week. We already have a crazy backlog of orders from the weekend, and it’s going to take some long hours over the next week for me to catch up. Any time I would be devoting to Ink Nouveau or pictures or any of that ‘bonus’ stuff this week will come secondary to taking care of my family. We do have the new brand coming in and I will blog about it when we get it, but it may be a shorter, simpler blog.

We’ll have to make some sacrifices this week. I doubt I’ll be able to do Write Time. I want to, and I need to announce the Ink Drop theme for April, but I don’t think I’ll be able to swing a live broadcast to do it. Even if I can get caught up in time to do the broadcast, I’ll likely be exhausted and not really have much to talk about besides how tired I am, ha! I’d rather save the effort for when I can prepare something good rather than just show up. I’ll post a blog on Tuesday morning one way or another letting you know if we can do the broadcast, I just can’t tell at this point if it’ll happen.

I can’t promise I’ll be very active on Ink Nouveau this week, or be posting on FPN or Twitter or Facebook like I normally would. What I will promise though is that I’ll try. I’ll do my absolute best and give you all everything I can of myself after I have taken care of the two most important people to me in the world, my wife and little boy.

2017-10-11T13:12:59+00:00 March 21st, 2011|A Goulet Life|26 Comments
  • Anon

    Ah, one of the joys of running your own business…..I'm glad the little one is getting better and I hope Rachel is fighting fit soon.

  • I hope Rachel feels better soon. I have a little guy, too, and I understand how disruptive and incapacitating stomach viruses can be for parents and young 'uns. My order can wait :).

  • Dede Psalm40

    I commend you Brian! Praying for you, Rachel, and little Joseph. Take good care of yourself too.

  • Nicky

    I'm sorry to hear Rachel and Joseph have been unwell. The only thing worse than your child being sick is being sick as well. Hope Rachel is feeling better soon and glad to hear Joseph is on the mend!

  • Joseph is in much better shape, still not great. Rachel's a bit of a wreck, so she'll be completely out of commission today and probably tomorrow. We'll see how I can do on my own!

  • Thanks….yeah, it's no fun. Joseph's been a little sick before, but nothing like this.

  • Thanks Dede. Thankfully I'm holding up well, and my mom is helping us out. You were a big help to us this weekend, too, I'm glad I wasn't on my own all weekend! Prayers are probably the most helpful thing anyone can do right now.

  • Thanks Nicky, Rachel's been a trooper, especially since Joseph is crying out for her a lot. It's hard because he's not old enough to understand what's going on. But he's getting better thank goodness. I'm really hoping this is just one of those 24-hour things and it'll be over soon.

  • Nathalie MacKay

    Hi Brian,
    Tell Rachel to relax as much as possible and I hope for a speedy recovery for her and your son. Being a mom myself, I sympathize with you both, especially with Rachel being sick. when little one's are ill even with just a flu, it is demanding on both parents. Kudos to you though for doing double duty this week at home and at work.
    I'll put off my order for at least another week or two ….. gives me more time to browse anyway! LOL

  • JD

    hope Rachel & Joseph feel better soon! no fun. hey, it's all paper, ink and stuff.

  • Take care of yourselves! I'll get my latest order when I get it, and I have plenty of ink samples to play with in the meantime. I think we can all keep ourselves amused… planning new orders…

  • Freddy

    Family first! The rest will fall into place and take care of itself.

  • Freddy

    Also, you can push my order back for a while; I can wait. 🙂

  • I'm sorry to hear that happened. You guys need to make sure you don't burn yourself out. I can't imagine how you can juggle the store, family, online networking, the blog, videos etc etc.

  • I'm hope everyone feels better soon. I went through it at the end of last week; I got a migraine and then the fever came. It lasted about 48 hours for me. I hope it's at least as short for you guys.

  • Joseph is bouncing back pretty well, and Rachel is doing better today too. I won't lie, it's really tough for the whole family right now. As it turns out, Rachel's whole family is sick right now too, so there was some kind of bug going around that just blindsided everyone!

  • Thanks JD. You're right, no one will die without ink and paper 😉 I am working to get caught up though. If anything, it's making me REALLY appreciate all the little things Rachel does for me every day!

  • Haha, thanks Carol. We're getting caught up, don't worry. As long as I don't get sick! Yikes!

  • Absolutely, Freddy.

  • I appreciate that. I have everything pretty well sorted out now, I'm just plowing through and packing orders like it's my job! Wait a minute…it is my job! 😉

  • We're not going to burn out, don't worry. There is a lot for us to juggle, that is true. Right now is one of the times where we're being tested near our max, but we'll get through it. Things are already starting to ease up a bit.

  • I've heard a lot of sickness is going around, especially stomach stuff. I'm hoping I miss that party, but goodness knows I've been exposed to enough of it lately. I'm washing my hands like it's a second job, and trying not to be exposed to sickness any more than I need to be. It's just no fun, all this sickness stuff!

  • Noah

    When baby is sick, things are tough. When mama's sick, it is near disaster. Hope Rachel and Joseph get well soon. Take care of yourself too.

  • Hey Brian, hope the family is feeling better. Also, just saw your vid on cleaning converters and I just wanted to let you know Lamy converts can be disasembeled. You have to rock the black part away from the clear part so that you can avoid breaking the latch that holds it in place.

  • They're both getting better, there's light at the end of the tunnel!

  • Thanks! I plan to do a video sometime (haha) on this, I know they can be taken apart, but they are definitely not as straightforward as the Platinum ones or Pelikan ones. But yes, they can be taken apart.