Did you know that a vacuum cleaner is a great way to deal with an ant infestation? Last Friday (my birthday!) Luke and I came home from my sisters house to find a trail of ants leading from the living room all the way to the kitchen sink! While Luke made a late night trip to find some ant traps I spent half an hour sucking the the bastards into the bowels of our hoover.
On to other birthday goodies...
Luke got me The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Movie and season one of Doctor Who! I am so excited about all three! Good husband! I've already watched The Muppet Movie and I can't wait to start the other two. In case you didn't already know... I love Jim Henson Workshop. Also with the very generous gifts of all four of my parents (Marshes and Lucases alike) I was able to get The Muppet Show season two, the BBC's Pride and Prejudice mini-series and Big Brain Academy for the Wii. I really racked up this year... 25 is working out pretty well so far... Most of all I enjoyed having an excuse to talk to all the people I love. I heard from almost all of my friends and family either via phone call, text or facebook. I love birthdays. They're like your own personal holiday.
As for work... Things are going pretty well. I really can't complain. I have been well received by the staff and have made a lot of improvements to the studio already. I just wish that I could do more. But after working a 55 hour week last week I was definitely ready for some rest. My mom gave me a massage to day (which was amazing) and I'm finally feeling relaxed. I have today and tomorrow off before another crazy Patton Creek weekend, thank goodness.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I'm not so sure how my reception with the natives of Patton Creek is going, but I am liking the new position. So far, my biggest accomplishment is cleaning the disgusting studio into something a little more recognizable. I found documents dating back to 2004! (we're only supposed to keep them for about 30-60 days) So, needless to say, I can tell that the two previous managers were... men. I'm still getting used to a completely new pace of work... we did 40 appointments on a Tuesday! I'm used to maybe... 12. However, I really am going to like this studio. I like the people, I love the pace. I just hope that I can find my place and establish myself as a leader. Please keep me in your prayers. If all goes well, I should find myself with a nice big bonus and promotion by this time next year... fingers crossed.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Luke and I are sitting in our new living room watching Doctor Who (the 1960s black and white version). Under some prodding (you know who you are) I've decided to start a blog. I must admit, like all the events of this week, I'm slightly excited and nervous about it...
I've been thinking a lot about home this week. We've just made the move from Montgomery to Birmingham (Hoover to be exact). Like any move it was difficult. The apartment it starting to feel like ours now that we have our photos on the walls and our furniture in place (check out luke's blog for pics). If only we could eradicate the old, stale apartment smell we'd be in business. I think the cat has made the made the transition the best of all of us. He is as fat and lazy as always. I think the only motivation he has it to lay on every piece of carpet in the apartment.
I will be starting in my new studio, Patton Creek, tomorrow. Speaking of nervous... I've been 'hand-picked' to run the number two studio in the entire country (only narrowly topped by a studio in the mid-west). I know that I possess all the qualities of a good manager, but that being said... I'm very much 'on the radar' now. Even the smallest mistake will not go unnoticed. I will be going from around 12 to 35 appointments a day to 30 to 65 appointments a day (needless to say, a big difference). In case you didn't already know I did start at Patton Creek a couple of years ago. I was used to that kind of business at one point, but I've never been in charge of it. When I first became a manager it was a new studio. New associates, new problems, etc. But now I'm walking into a staff that I didn't pick, problems that I couldn't have anticipated. I'm sure I'll be fine but I can't seem to quell the nerves. And for any of you that love Christmas and all its carols and traditions... step in my shoes for a week at Christmas. It is twelve weeks (starting the last week of October) of pure, unadulterated jolly hell. I know the evidence leads to the contrary but I really do love my job, no sarcasm intended. I enjoy it, I'm good at it and I'm well compensated for it, but my God Christmas is a trying time. I guess I'll deal with that mess when I meet it. And I'm sure you, dear readers, will hear all about it. Until then I will just plow ahead with a little luck and a lot of prayers.
So I can only hope that Hoover will become home (in some respects). I'll never be able to replace Montgomery, in the same way that Montevallo can never be replaced. I owe part of who I am to Montgomery and the people I grew close to there. It will always be home. But while we are here, yet again, our lives are going to change. I must remind myself of the advice we were given (after only one margarita)... (to paraphrase)... As long as we have each other we will be happy.