Friday, March 30, 2007

My baby's having surgery today. :(

Thursday, March 29, 2007

I'm in a fighting mood today. For the last few weeks or so I've been draging my heels around this office, feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and very unmotivated. Today, although I was nipped and snubbed by a few nameless individuals (I kinda deserved it anyhow), I feel like it's going to be a good day. Peace.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Joke? Unfortunately not. These are both items in the fashion section of a big-name department store ---- yes, the fashion section. I wonder if it'll ever catch on...........

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Shout out to my husband -- Happy Birthday Paulie!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Last night I experienced what I'd like to call Senario #2, of the same dream I had a couple of weeks ago. I was at my grandmother's cottage trying to figure out where to put stainless steel appliances in the kitchen but I remember feeling like it was an extremely odd look for stainless instead of the current avocado green appliances in her 1960s style kitchen. .... then I was somehow in the crawl space and I found missing joists and straps that needed repair immediately. In the earlier version, I hung out in the attic looking for old stuff so that I could get rid of it. After a second, I wanted to go swimming in the big waves which - for some reason - is exactly the same way the second one ended. Weird eh? I thought so.

I need a vacation.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Yesterday I went to another booth show for the industry. I got a couple leads which is kinda cool. .... hey blog, do I look honest to you? I try my hardest to look honest -- I know that sounds weird but in my opinion, when you look like a used car salesman - people think you are a used car salesman. I don't know about you blog, but I don't want to buy a roof from a guy like that.

So yesterday, I talked to a few people, picked up a few cards, and figured out that I should've come to this particular show earlier than 1:30pm (oops). Although if I had come earlier, I may have missed the few leads that I did get. Well, alright - there was this one guy that I could've done without. He came over and was like "I want to do a garden roof, do you do that?" I, of course, responded "sure! we can absolutely do that for you! Here's my card, give me a call and I'll see what I can work out for you." Like 7-8 times after that, he would look at me and go "are you sure? you do that?"

I wanted to throw a pen at him.

Other than that, it was a good day. I liked it. Oh yea and blog, I'm getting better at this whole salesman thing. Ha!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

the other day I read this article about the roof on the Louisiana Super Dome and for me, it was quite compelling. I had a few doubts about the 'truth' in the article vs. what actually happened but still, it was interesting. in fact, it was so interesting that it reminded me of how much I like to read and that I really haven't been reading anything but plans & specs over the last couple of months. Now I'm kinda glad that I asked for a gift certificate to Borders for my birthday -- I'm feeling the urge to buy a sales/marketing/cold calling/letter writing book.

Slight flashback: So my pops signed me up for this trade show committee for our industry association a little while back and about two weeks ago, we had our first meeting at the main association office. It was actually kinda cool because we were sitting in the same room that displayed both my grandfather and dad's trustee photos (amongst a few others of course). After the meeting, I browsed through the faces on the wall and asked what it takes to qualify for a photo. The office ladies told me that I had to be an owner or a principal officer of the company and then I had to be voted in to a position. My response: That's it, I will be the first female face on this wall.

So today, I'm looking for more books to help me increase my sales so that I can increase my exposure in the field so that I can become better known as a Juggernaut so that I can eventually transfer myself into a principal of this company so that I can voted into office and then I can have my face on the wall. Sound like a lot? Yea, I don't care. I want a frame.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

So I had my birthday dinners this weekend which were fun fun fun! Saturday night the in-laws took us out to Applebees for a lovely dinner and then they made the hike over to our house to visit with Ruby. Rooobs could barely contain herself when my father in-law came in and from what it seemed, neither could he. I think he really wants a shmuppy.

Sunday night we went over to my mom's house and had my favoritist of all favorites --- Corn Beef & Cabbage. It was so good. Everyone had their own story about how much they were looking forward to it too! I think that was the best part of the whole night - well, at least for me. I can't believe how big our family is getting too. We had 10 people at the dining room table and J's not even dating yet. It was crazy fun.

You know what else is fun? When you spend a month sticking with a program to keep your dog from pulling on walks and then you go out for a couple of blocks one day -- and she doesn't pull. She, all of a sudden, isn't pretending she's in a dog sled competition and we're trailing the leader by a hair. It's so hard when you think that it's never going to work because of how fussy they can be in the beginning but I can't tell you how exciting it is when they finally learn exactly what you want them to do. I'm betting she'll still be fussy for a little while longer but this is HUGE progress so far I think.

I feel good today.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Paul got me these earrings for my birthday and they're black and i love them. They're just regular old horseshoes because it hurts my fingers to put the little ball in the hoop ones. i love them.

ok blog, i've wasted too much time telling you about my black earrings. I must go and have dinner with my in-laws.


Friday, March 02, 2007

I was on fire yesterday and it was amazing. here's what had happened was:

7am - I get to my desk and I immediately clicked into "haul ass" mode. I correct, examine, check, double check, and triple check my estimates just to make sure I'm right on the nose before turning them in at 11am.

7:30am - I get a call from my sub downriver and he's stuck at security. I give him a contact name and tell him to find my customer for set-up locations. I kinda feel like an idiot because I'm not there directing -- and I'm supposed to be the one with the contract.

8am - Everyone's here and I'm still working my butt off trying to come up with some final numbers for my bid.

10:30am - A is finally done typing up my bid form so I read through and sign it. I'm off in a rush to the admin building to turn in my final numbers.

11am - Bid Opening. I got three of four schools -- which is freakin awesome. I wasn't really all that into the fourth school so I was kinda happy I didn't get it. But the first three though...yes!!!! I went insane with excitment ..... but that wasn't the best part. This was the best:
#4 Company $129,800.00
#3 Company $126,450.00
#2 Company $126,308.00
Us $126,300.00
That does not happen EVER.
My birthday, March 1st, is officially the luckiest day of the year! I should've played the lottery!