Friday, July 17, 2009
Fragmented Friday once again
It is Friday and you know what that means! It is another edition of Friday Fragments. This event is hosted by the fun-loving Mrs. 4444 over at http://www.halfpastkissintime.com/ You know all those half thoughts that zoom around in your brain looking for a place to land? Friday Fragments is where they all join together and end up. It is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Make sure you check out Mrs. 444's site to see what random thoughts are racing around inside of everyone else.
I have mentioned a time or two (OK, OK, I have whined about) a project at work that we have literally been working on for 3 1/2 months. This past Monday, my entire department (commercial lines in a small insurance agency) traveled 45 minutes to present our proposal. We got there early to look around and let the woman we were presenting to know we arrived early. Right before we presented, she informed us that she had another meeting and could only give us 15 minutes. Fifteen - freakin' - minutes to summarize 3 1/2 months of work? In addition, she had the four of us join her in her itsy-bitsy goldfish bowl of an office. We sat around her desk on very uncomfortable chairs attempting to balance our materials on our laps. Needless to say, the presentation did.not.go.well. Our salesperson and the agency president are returning this coming Monday to give it another shot. What does this mean to moi? You got it. I get to do more work! We are re-tooling our presentation to add in more information to counteract her concerns. Once again, the salesperson is NOT GOING TO BE IN THE OFFICE TODAY! Yup. He is going to be at his vacation home while I get to do all the work. He will come in Monday morning to review and give me the revisions so I get to work all day today just to be able to run around frantically Monday morning to re-do it because he is NOT GOING TO BE IN THE OFFICE TODAY to give me guidance. Not that it bothers me that he is NOT GOING TO BE IN THE OFFICE TODAY. Nope, not one little bit. Not at all.
Tonight, after work, hubby and I are hitting the road and heading north to Gorham, ME to see our son perform in a "band camp" concert. I gave up a ticket to go to a gala event tonight. I am a little disappointed because I really would have enjoyed the opening night of our local designer show house and the ticket was free. Oh well, there is always next year and I know that Evan won't be going to band camp for much longer since he is going to be (gulp) a sophomore in high school this fall. The other benefit is that I don't have to dress up for the concert and today is casual day at work!
Why is it that the people I work with who are always crying poverty are the first ones who order out lunch or breakfast or ice cream? One of my co-workers in particular is always saying she can't afford this or that but she often spends $50. a week or more on ordering out. I always have to bite my tongue when she says she is poor because "she has the worse luck". No, sweetie, maybe you are poor because you made bad decisions. Saying you can't afford for your son to take his SATs ($40.) the same week you buy him a $50. Rock Band game just doesn't make sense. You all have coworkers like this, right? Please tell me. I hate to think I am the only one.
It has been so nice that it hasn't been raining this week. Hubby and I have been able to take our dog for a walk a couple of evenings. It is so enjoyable to get out and enjoy the weather and the quiet time together. An added benefit is that the dog sleeps better at night. In our house, if the dog isn't happy, nobody is happy!
I am in my second term as president of a local professional organization. Our executive board met last night to plan out the up-coming year. Oh my, what a great group of women. They are professional, educated and nice people. Last year, I arranged for all of the monthly speakers. This year, we brainstormed ideas and everyone grabbed a topic and volunteered to contact a speaker. I don't have to do a thing. That's right. I don't have to do a thing. How cool is that? Well, nothing beyond do the monthly newsletter, arrange for the locations and run the meetings. Still it is a lot less work than last year!
What random thoughts are rattling around in your brain today?
Here's to Friday Fragments!