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Phone Etiquette
January 30, 2007, 2:12 pm
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I have been told by three people in the past week that on the phone, I sound like I don’t want to talk to them. I sound distracted or like I’m really not interested in what they’re saying. These are people I want to talk to – not telemarketers or something. My mom, my sister, my old boss. And now that I’ve heard the cold hard truth from them, I realized that I have heard this quite a bit:

“Are you busy? You must be busy.”
“Are you working?”
“I can tell you’re busy, I’ll talk to you later.”
“Give me a call when you have more time to talk.”

This is totally weird to me. Because I know for a fact that I have, on several occasions, told people the cold, hard truth that I don’t have time, or that I’m in traffic, or that I am in the middle of something. I pride myself on being brutally honest with people. But clearly, my voice and my tone are not on board with me here…I have no control over them.

I’ve been sitting here thinking about it, and how or why this might be the case. I think I’ve figured it out. I spend most of my days talking to clients – either on the phone, or standing up in front of them in a presentation. And I DEFINITELY have a client voice. I know this. Once I get off the phone with a client, I almost always say to myself, “Who was that person?” It’s eager. It’s helpful. It’s over-accommodating. And I can’t stop it. So when I get on the phone with someone I love, I must retreat to the other end of the phone communication spectrum.

To all of you out there who think that I’m simultaneously folding laundry, pulling weeds and dribbling a basketball while I’m on the phone with you – I promise that I’m not. And if I’m busy, I promise that I will let you know. So don’t stop calling.


My memory is failing me.
January 29, 2007, 10:39 am
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Last week, I thought of one hundred different things to write about on this blog, and today I can’t think of one of them.

This morning Todd woke me up and said, “Do you remember putting up the ice cream last night?” Clearly, I didn’t remember. Because if I’d remembered, I’d realized that I’d eaten half of it, then put it in the fridge (not the freezer!) when I was done.

If I’ve missed anything recently – a birthday or an anniversary…or I forgot to call you back…I’m sorry.

On the road again…
January 26, 2007, 6:33 am
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I’ve been in Birmingham, Alabama all week this week. I get to go home today, and I’ve never been happier to get on a plane. I’m usually very excited about going home, but this time, there’s no comparison. This has been a weird week to be away from home – away from my husband and family – but nonetheless, it’s over.

Here’s hoping you all have a great weekend.

Ferrell and Heder
January 24, 2007, 6:17 pm
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This will be a must see.

To each, his own.
January 20, 2007, 1:03 pm
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Hoping to win tickets to the All-Star hockey game next week, Todd and his friend Sean are standing in the cold rain at American Airlines Center to register for an in-line skating competition. As I’m typing this, it’s still dark outside and not even 7:00 am. They clearly have suffered some sort of blow to the head. Who wants to skate for 6 or 7 miles in the freezing rain? I just hope they come home without any sort of major head injury or broken bones. And for them, I hope they win the tickets. Is there anything you love so much? I can’t think of anything that I want so badly that I might stand and/or skate in the rain for – for several hours. I mean, what’s the likelihood of someone giving away free hardwood floors to the person who can win an outdoor in-line skating competition in the rain? The things I love just don’t require much more than some hard earned cash – so I work hard for the money.

Speaking of work…I’m up already, so I figured I would start getting ready for my trip next week. It’s an all-weeker. I leave Monday morning and don’t get back until Friday evening. That’s a long trip to pack for – so I was awake at 5:00 am this morning, staring at the ceiling, putting clothing ensembles together in my mind for each day. In the end, I determined that I might need to do some shopping today. My current wardrobe isn’t very ensemble friendly. This nasty weather makes me feel like the best thing to do is stay home in my pajamas. But I’ve got things to do, money to spend.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

To each, her own.
January 17, 2007, 11:49 pm
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Yesterday I was driving in the car, on my way to meet some friends for lunch. For most of my drive, I was behind a woman in a yellow SUV, who had Mickey Mouse paraphernalia ALL over her car. A license plate cover that said, “I LOVE MICKEY”. A huge sticker on the back window of Mickey in a pose much like the one the Kool-Aid man makes as he smashes through someone’s wall. (God knows I hope the Kool-Aid guy never comes to my house, I’ll send him an invoice for that kind of destruction. All of that for a 15 cent gallon of Kool-Aid?) She had a Mickey Mouse antenna ball – his little head just bopping around. And I think, although I’m not certain, that she had on a Mickey sweatshirt.

Maybe she works for Disney. Or maybe she just loves Mickey that much. And if she does, that’s great! It’s so good to love something. I just thought it was quite fascinating. We all know how intrigued I am by people’s car decor in general. But this was a lot, the amount of stuff on the vehicle devoted to one cartoon mouse.

I need to just start paying closer attention to the road.

January 16, 2007, 9:23 pm
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I’m doing some laundry.

I’ve cleaned up my blog listing – some of you guys haven’t updated your blogs in years, so given my issues with compulsions…let’s just say that I had to delete you for a bit. Let me know when you’re back. 🙂 And with Sam’s permission, I’ve added a link to his site as well. So, things are all cleaned up now. Serenity…

My questions for you about laundry:
Do you fill up the washing machine with water and soap first, then add the clothes?
Do you put the clothes in first?
If you put the clothes in first, do you add the soap immediately, or after it has filled up with water?