It really has! It’s hard to believe that a year ago, I walked into the office terrified. I hate being new at anything, especially a job.
Now, I take kids to school, get on the conference call, walk into the office wearing pajamas, drink coffee (beyond normal humans I would like to add), do office work, sometimes put on real clothes, run errands, pick kids up from school, and come back at some point in the evening, and office work some more after my pajamas are back on, go home and sleep, wake up, and do it all again. I actually really enjoy it.
I can’t tell you what all I have learned in this past year. I know it is a lot. I can only pull up so much data at a time in my head, and I don’t really know how to re-say all the things I have already said in other blogs about loving what I do.
Instead, I think I will share some funny stories and memories because those can be told many times!
“My Stapler” (a tape dispenser)
Sue Ann took me shopping last May after I had been here a couple of weeks to get office supplies. We went to several stores, and bought basic office supplies that I would need, like a desk calendar and a tape dispenser. A beautiful tape dispenser! While shopping at one store, we saw gold office supplies. We really just laughed as a reaction. I picked up a gold stapler and said something along the lines of anyone having a gold stapler thinks their job is way more important than it really is. Now we have a running joke of, “Hmmm… that person has a gold stapler on their desk.” when we run into some of the more not so nice folks in business. Thankfully, that is not often.
Sometime soon after I started, I had this bad dream that I had accidentally transferred $12,000 into my payroll account. In the dream, Lee didn’t believe it was a mistake and fired me. He rehired me a couple of weeks later, but my pay had be drastically reduced. I told him about the dream and he laughed and explained that it wouldn’t matter if I did because he had to approve my payroll before my checks are done anyway. Then he told me about an old boss that he had who fired someone and then called them the next day, very angry because they were not at work.
Last July (I think?) my van had to go into the body shop to repair damages after hitting a hog on the highway. Sue Ann drove me all over, and I got rides to work from Lee when needed. The Friday before I got it back, Sue Ann said, “Well, I guess you will be able to drive yourself and won’t have to just ride around with me anymore.” To which I responded, “Yeah, we will have to hang out together because we just want to. Ew.” She laughs, “Well, I guess I can try.”
A few months ago, I had been visiting with Sue Ann most of the weekend and we had discussed in length about the benefits of dish soap with hand lotion in it. I told her that when I went shopping on Monday, I would look for some for the office. As I was leaving to go shopping and asked Lee if there was anything else to add to my list:
Mandi – looking at the list, “I am getting coffee creamer, and dish soap. I didn’t realize we were so close to being out of dish soap.”
Lee – digging for money in his pocket, “Be sure and get the kind that Sue Ann likes.”
Mandi – “Oh, you mean the kind that has lotion in it?”
Lee – looks up, eyes wide, “There’s coffee creamer with lotion in it?!”
Decorating for Christmas
Sue Ann likes to make up songs. She is hanging a Santa pennant sign that has his picture and “HO, HO, HO!” on it. So to the tune of “Let it Snow” She sings, “Happy Ho’s, Happy Ho’s, Happy Ho’s!”
Anita and I exchange amused grins and looks, and Sue Ann dances around the office ignoring us. How wise to leave Anita and I unsupervised to our own devices. If we could ever figure which of us is the brains, and which is the muscle, we might be dangerous!
There have been many conversations that have gone:
Mandi – handing Lee a note that I can’t read, “Hey Lee, what does this say?”
Lee “Oh, I wrote that. Let me put on my glasses.” ….. “Oh! It says jgfhiaghfdhaufhknjhfhiytrioearyut483q9054h4r.”
Mandi – Laughs
Lee – “Hmmm. I really have no idea. I will remember when it goes past due.”
Someone looking for Lee about 12:30pm one day – “When will he be in?”
Mandi – raspberry “That’s a good question… Uhm, let me call and ask him.”
SLFL – “Oh, okay, I will come back another day, thanks!”
They leave, but I go ahead and call because I just realize that he is usually here by now.
Lee – “Hey Mandi.”
Mandi – “Hey, when are you coming in today?”
Lee – “I don’t think I am. Why?”
Mandi – “Someone was looking for you.”
Lee – “Who was it?”
Mandi – “….. Uhm… she had dark hair… blue car?”
Lee – “Well…. did she leave a number?”
Mandi – “No, just stopped to ask when you would be here. I forgot to ask her for any other information.”
Lee – “Okay… I’m not sure who it could have been then. I am *insert task here* today, so not coming in. Could you try and ask a name and phone number next time?”
Mandi – “…. I will try. Depends on whether or not they catch me in my pajamas again.”
Mandi – “Hey Lee, we’re out of coffee.”
Lee – “I just bought a case of 250 K Cups last month!”
Mandi – “I remember, and they were really good. We need more. Please.”
Lee – laughs, “How much coffee do you drink a day?”
Mandi – “I don’t want to talk about it. I can stop when I want to. Please bring me coffee so I can be the bubbly ray of sunshine I usually am.”
Lee – “Mandi! OMG! You’re all dressed up today and not in pajamas! I almost didn’t recognize you!”
Mandi – “Yeah, it wasn’t on purpose. I need to do laundry.”
We have some great laughs, and we have some great days. We have also shared some rough times and some sadness together, both business and personal. We seem to stick it out so far. As much as we laugh and joke, and I talk about how little I do, the job gets done to the best of my abilities. Well, except for February. February, I was pretty out of it. Just a bad month. I have my rough days where I struggle with how to do things, or I make several mistakes and just can’t seem to get things right. These are the days that Lee tells me if I didn’t make mistakes, I wouldn’t really be trying.
We are a team, and in a team sometimes we have to carry one another. It isn’t something we make a huge deal about, or have a company meeting and sit down to figure out. We just pull up our boot straps and do it as best we can, even if mistakes are made.
Lee’s sort of like my own Yoda but really tall, and I couldn’t give him a piggy back ride. Or pick up rocks with my mind.