Thursday, 18 December 2014

What Made Me Happy Today

This is a very, very stressful week. Work is crazy (as always) and I'm trying to get people to figure out the holiday schedule. I don't understand these people. I emailed the schedule twice and I still have them asking about our holiday hours. Just read the emails!

Speaking of emails: corporate sent out emails last week about Canada's anti-spamming laws. They emailed everyone who has every even inquired into our services. In a moment of pure irony, they even emailed people who had opted out of our services, thereby spamming them with anti-spamming information. The emails had a big, orange button to click if people wanted to keep receiving emails from us. All that was necessary to never receive an email from us was to not click the big, orange button. And I still received 3 emails from people telling me to take them off the list (and one of them was rather rude). Just don't click the big, orange button!

Back to the stress: this is also Christmas concert week. There's a rehearsal on Saturday and a rehearsal on Sunday morning and the concert Sunday evening. It seems that's too many rehearsals for some people. It also seems that there are people unable to read their email or the bulletin, which listed the rehearsal times and the concert time.

Now I'm reading comics. I would like to direct your attention here and here.

They made me smile. They may do the same for you.

Have a happy Thursday.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Things I Didn't Say

A lady called work last week looking for some information about our programs. She has received a flyer for a free assessment and wanted to bring her child in even though she knows that we're really expensive. I explained that it's "free testing upon enrollment" which means that she pays for the test and when she enrolls we apply the fee to the tuition. She seemed okay with that. Then she asked about our prices. I explained how it worked.

Her response, and I quote: "Those are hooker prices."

I did not say, "And how exactly do you know that?"

I really had nothing to say, which was okay, since she kept talking about how expensive we are. Then she asked if I knew of anyone else who was cheaper.

I did not say, "Seriously? Are you asking me to recommend our competitors to you? Does that sound like a good idea?"

I simply said that I didn't know about other places.

She finally decided to come in for the assessment. I told her that I could hold the test spot for 24 hours and she had to come in to pay by the following evening.

Is anyone surprised that she didn't come in to pay?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Close Enough to Christmas

I tried to wait until December 1st, but it's cold and snowy, there are Christmas decorations everywhere, and I've been working on the Christmas concert. Besides, I love Christmas. I love the music and the lights and the bigness of it all.

So: Let's start celebrating!


Monday, 13 October 2014

A Lighter Thanksgiving Song

Good luck getting this one out of your head.


Thanksgiving

This year I am thankful for...

  1. My family. The whole lot of them, from the smallest to the oldest. We don't always understand one another because we can be very different, but happily love does not require complete understanding. I don't love anyone more than my family, even the ones I haven't met.
  2. My church family. They really are family and I have always felt loved and at home with them. Church is my happy place and is exactly what God asks of His family. It's also a place for me to use my gifts to serve God and His people.
  3. My friends. Of course, this is not an entirely separate category because many of my friends are part of my church family. These are the people I can laugh and cry with, the people who know me too well, the people who pray for me and who I pray for. They are also the people who know that sometimes words are not necessary or even helpful.
  4. My job. I like what I do (most of the time) and my coworkers. I like the organizational aspects, I like being the boss (and having a boss to turn the worst problems over to), and I love teaching.
  5. Vacation. It's been a pretty long week and month (and fall, really), and I leave for vacation in 3 days. I need this time to get away and regroup and relax.
  6. Knowing that for the price of a bowl of carrots, peeled and cut, I get a full Thanksgiving dinner and an afternoon of fellowship today.