Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
OMG! She couldn't stand it! And please don't hate on me all you vegetarians out there. I didn't keep my daughter from ordering the veggie burger and I didn't bad mouth it either. I let her make her own decision when it came to what she wanted to eat.
I have never seen so much ketchup go on a burger in my life. I'll give Rebecca credit though... she powered through almost the whole thing. As she was eating it, she remarked...
"It would have tasted better with bacon on it."
Yeah.... I think so too.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
OMG! It was KILLING me to smell it all day! There is no better perfume than the smell of wafting smoke from the smoker.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I'm just glad that he's back.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Yesterday started out simple enough. I had checked the email account all weekend, made sure to check for voice mails, and looked for any kind of cancellations. Nothing was going on. Fine. I go into work at 7:30. Not 10 minutes after I got there, the phone starts ringing and I have clients canceling due to burst pipes, employee's calling in, and vendors calling about product. I ended up running around all day yesterday from Longboat Key to Golden Gate Point and down to Siesta Key! I had to clean places all by myself. It was tiring. It was draining. After it was over, I had to go back to the office and sort out all the paperwork. That kept me at the office till 6 pm and by the time all was said and done, I had put in 10.5 hours for the day. When I got home, I was tired. Beyond tired. I needed HHH to give me a massage and keep me from falling down in the shower. I slept like a rock. I didn't wake up till the alarm went off at 6am.
The next day was the complete opposite. I got to the office early and there were no calls..... no cancellations.... nothing but sweet silence. I got the invoices emailed, schedules done up, clients moved around to their satisfaction, all kinds of things! I was an office machine! (lol, get it?)
Now, I can only hope that tomorrow will be just as good as today was.
Oh, and the funny part? Well, that was when I was looking at the old client list. That's a list of people we no longer have as clients for one reason or another. The legend at the top of the list has a 1 for dissatisfaction, a 2 for moved, and a 3 for $$ problems. There were lots of 1's unfortunately, a few 2's, and a fair amount of 3's. There were a few entries that weren't numbers. The word was written in small script and I had to look really close to see it, but once I did, I burst out laughing. It said "dead".
Um,... so I guess there's no calling those clients and asking if they'd like to try us again at a discount?
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
.......a boy who sees his sister enjoying a nice float in the pool and can't help himself but ruin it for her! She was really pissed at him when this photo came to it's fruition.
The pool day yesterday went well. We got an early start and when the clouds showed up around noon we were done swimming. After that it was lunch and on to doing some furniture looking. I think I tweeted this too,.... we were looking and not buying because I would have no where to put anything even if we did buy something! We aren't slated to move for another month and that date could not come sooner! Just in this weekend....
**SATURDAY- We were pulling out of our driveway when we saw this cop in an SUVdriving really slowly down our street. Suddenly he screeches to a stop, throws it in reverse, and speeds backwards down the street, does a stunt turn at the intersection so he's facing the way he wants to drive, and hauls ass off down the road! We left on our errands and when we drove past the street again there were 15 cop cars down the road from our house!! WTF?
**SUNDAY- We are coming home from the pool and as we drive down the road to the house, there are 3 cop cars at the other end of the street. We didn't go down to see what it was, but it turns out later when our landlord stopped by, he told us someone had flattened several street signs bashed the transformer boxes there, and kept going. It must have been really messed up for 3 cops to show up for it! Once again... WTF??
I can't wait to move.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Yesterday, after work I took the family out to celebrate our good fortune. We went to Chili's and I had a Mandarin Blush. Much to my enjoyment, it was 2 for 1! So I was a little tipsy for the evening. Then we went to Old Navy and I got some new pants for work. After losing all my weight, I didn't have any office wear. I got a couple of pairs of khaki pants and some new shirts. Now I will look nice in the office. I'm in trouble if I lose any more weight though. I guess I'll just buy a belt!
Tomorrow(Sunday) I am going to go to the pool with the kids and just relax. There aren't any pressing emails on the office account and no one has called in for Monday yet, so we should be golden for the first day of me running the joint.
Now, if I could just get these butterfly's out of my damn stomach!
Friday, July 10, 2009
I am officially taking over as of 5 o'clock today. I have the keys to the office, I have the answering service number, and I have the office email accounts. Before I left work today, I set up all the books for Monday, I logged in all deposits, emailed invoices & estimates, and authorized credit cards. I got the laundry started, mixed chemicals for next week, and then locked up for the night.
So now on Monday, I need to make sure everything is still a-ok by checking the email and voice mail, and I will be on my way into office manager-land!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We deal with quite a few pets when it comes to the cleaning business. Cats, dogs, birds,.... you name it. Last week we almost got bowled over by a herd of Mini Pinschers. There were 6 of them in one house! It's funny how some of these owners are too. They have the bags of food that are all expensive and "special", and they have all kinds of pet vitamins and supplements. Its funny. I wonder how much money they blow on that stuff, and if the dogs and cats really like it. Some of that food looks like yard gravel.
Then today our last customer sent Fluffy some cat toys. Some of those feathers on a wand thingy's for Fluffy to play with. The lady is really nice and she has two Scottish Fold cats. They're the ones that look like they have no ears. Actually, all the animals on our routes are pretty nice. The only ones that are crappy are the pair at this magazine publisher's house. They are huge and they will eat you.
I'll stick to the 25 lb cats, thank you very much!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
See, I was leading a team today. Erika and I had 3 houses spread across Sarasota. We did the first two, no problems. They were houses we had done before so we know what to expect. The third house was one we had never been to before. It was one JJ had taken over the phone and subsequently no one had ever been to the place. The notes on the order page didn't say anything about needing a key or doors being left open, so we rang the bell and waited. And waited. AND WAITED. No one came to the door. OK. I call the contact number for the woman and get a voicemail. I leave my # and then call JJ. JJ tries to call the lady too and gets nothing as well. We wait at the house for 30 minutes for someone to show up, but still don't see anyone, so we leave. I put a company card in the woman's door and off we go to the office.
We get to the office and I start on the paperwork and then the phone rings. It's the no show customer. She say's, "Oh, my front door is open. They should have gone in." WTF lady! There was no notes saying the door was going to be open. I had tried the front door and it was stuck shut. The lady then goes on to say.."Oh. My door sticks shut all the time." Bitch please! So I load all my crap back up in the toaster and head back out there, and let me tell you, the damn place was in BFE! So I go back out there and clean the place. It was covered in tons of dust. Oh, and dog hair. It sucked ass. I got that done and motored back to the office. By then it was 5pm! By the time I got the payroll done, the job books completes, and the checks written up for deposit in the morning, it was 5:30! I was tired! I called HHH to come get me in the car. No way I was riding home. I was beat!
Lucky for me, those kinds of days are few and far between. I am going to get a net book or a small computer so I can bring it to work with me and then get some of the software for work put on it and bring it home with me. I don't think that will happen often. I guess this is that "trial by fire" thing people talk about.
Gotta keep my fanny from getting crisped!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Ha, yeah.... had to put in some Monty Python after that title. But really, today was completely different at work. I went in at 7:30am, which is different because they have been bringing us girls in at 8:30, 9, or 9:30am. I got there and JJ instantly started explaining what was going on, what needed to be done, and what I could do. I took notes and compared the jobs in my mind to what I had done in the past at the other management positions I had been in. I'll say one thing.... I may not like sitting in an office all day. I was fighting to keep from yawning, but then that could have been because the cat decided to play the "Knock shit around & meow loudly" game. Fucker. Always when I need to get up early, too.... never when I can sleep in. Double fucker.
So, the day went by without a hitch. At one point in time, JJ left to run an errand, L also left for a meeting, and I was at the office doing the paper work JJ had showed me an hour earlier and then doing the deposits, entering it all in quickbooks, setting up the job books for the next day and getting all the laundry started. When JJ got back from her errand she was happy to see I had caught on so much on the first day. I found out why a little later too.
JJ is gone as of this coming Friday!
Yep. I have exactly 4 days to learn all the ropes in the office and get them down enough that I can run the office by myself on Monday. Me. Hmmm... I wonder why they didn't tell me this earlier. I may have to take my trusty bottle of Vodka with me! As it is, all donations of coffee will be accepted because I need to stay awake and motivated. I jumped over several people who had been at the company at least a year longer than I had for this job and I mean to do it and do it right! I don't wanna look like a slacker.
When L is in Michigan, I am the boss now. I will be drunk with power! Mwah ha ha ha ha!
Nah.... that's just not my style. Maybe I'll just bring fresh flowers to the office instead.
Monday, July 6, 2009
We cleaned all morning and around 1pm got back to the office where I talked to both L and JJ. The job doesn't sound too terrible. Basically it is organizing, scheduling, and estimating jobs. I can handle that. I ran a whole restaurant before. I ran a kitchen and deli before. Hell, I ran my own cleaning business before! All I have to do is learn the computer system they have. That might be a little difficult because it was set up by J, my old boss who is Hungarian and it is fraught with misspellings, incorrect addresses, and wrong phone numbers. L and JJ have been working on this and are in the process of making a master book of hard copy, CORRECT information. Other than that little tidbit.... everything should be hunky dory.
So, that's my news. Awesome isn't it? Oh, and the extra$3.50 an hour plus profit sharing is a nice bonus too.
Green is the new black!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Who knew nothing was so damn something??
And now the neighbor's to the rear of me are being all white trash and Jerry Springer. When I got home today, I started all the laundry from our weekend away. As I was hanging up the first load on the line, I hear female voices from over the fence....
"I said I wanna talk to Leroy right da-yum now bitch. This don't con-CERN you."
"Well, I'm not waking him up so you have to come back later. He been up all night drinkin' and I ain't gonna wake him."
" Bitch, this don't concern you none you f***-ing crack whore. I'm his baby's mama and I SAID I need to talk to him!"
And it just went down hill from there. Right now I am hearing intermittent "BANG" noises from back over there. I am hoping that it is a car backfiring, but I think it's a shotgun blast. So I have the choice of thinking baby mama #1 is blowing away baby mama #2, or someone in that whiskey soaked hell hole is inebriated and playing with a large firearm. I can't wait to move!!! I think I'll make one of those count down thingy's just to mark the occasion!
In the mean time, I'll just eat banana pudding and watch Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Friday, July 3, 2009
So, for my birthday, we have gone to Universal again. It was awesome.... well except the part where people were trying to kill me while we were driving over there! I kid you not... people were cutting each other off, zipping from lane to lane, and almost rear ending each other. It was chaos. Oh, and the cherry on top was a guy going south in the north bound land 500 feet from the entrance to our hotel!!! Oh my fuck! And then HHH didn't even notice that the guy was on OUR SIDE of the road. I needed liquid tranquilizers stat!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
We will be in the Majestic, on the ground floor, in the back, by the lake. (run on sentence much?) You have seen the pool, now here's the place the pool is at. I'm excited. It means a LOT more room for us. This house we are in is OK, but we just have too much damn stuff even with the downsizing we did.
If you want to read more about it, here's the web addy.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
1. Go to work at 9:30am
2. Hopefully work until 3 or 4 pm.
3. Come home.
4. Hopefully do some laundry. (Please Mr. Sun!)
5. Make dinner.
6. Go to HHH's work and clean an apartment for his complex because their housekeeper is on vacation till next Wednesday.
7. Come home. (again.)
8. Shower & get jammy-ified.
9. Go to sleep.
Sounds pretty good to me!