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Fewer fleas

November 11th, 2017 at 02:01 pm

I won't say we're flea-free yet, as I'm sure there are some still hiding, but it's getting harder for me to comb out any fleas on Luther. I found one this morning.

I got home at 9 pm from work last night. I've listened in on 6 doctor interviews in the past 2 days, and this last one was 7 pm on a Friday night, and ended at 8.

I was going to talk to my manager, and I did manage to express one thought, that I wanted us to stick to the work schedule he and I agreed on when I was hired, ie, 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. I was going to say more, but it's hard to have a complete conversation there, and we were interrupted.

To my surprise, instead of telling me that simply wouldn't work, my manager looked chagrined and thanked me for my help with the interviews.

It made me feel sort of empowered, that I could stand up for MY needs and discover I wouldn't be quickly axed. No doubt the thought of finding someone new is something he has no time for and thus is reluctant to do, but they do also like my work and I get along with everyone.

The chimney sweep is coming this morning. I have a variety of errands/chores to do this weekend that include recycling 2 boxes of CFL bulbs at Lowes, a dump run, mow-mulching fallen leaves on the north side of the house, getting in touch with FireSentry so I can hopefully recycle their spent smoke detectors by returning them and returning some shoes to QVC. I also have to prep for the bank job interview next Friday.

I would like to treat myself to a Historical Society presentation tomorrow at the library, if I can carve out 2 hours of free time.

I've been trying to find out when this month the tree company hired by the town to take down the 3 giant white pines along the road will perform the work. It's very frustrating when they call you back but don't leave a message! Must we talk in person on this matter? I can't easily take calls on my cell at the office and I have just a single window of time each morning before leaving for work to call them. Doctor's offices tend to do the same thing: they call you and then ask you to call them back, even though I've signed the little forms saying it's ok to leave me a confidential message.

2 Responses to “Fewer fleas”

  1. snafu Says:

    In my experience, low level bribery is very effective in smaller medical and other services. I bring a smaller sized tin of home made [or nearly home made] cookies or squares for appointments that fall somewhat near holidays. Any appointments in early December, February 10th, Fruit bread in March and sufficient to be shared at coffee break. If I don't have time/or feel well enough to bake from scratch, a tub of frozen cookie batter works well. Less expensive and a tinge more work is Brownie mix with decent redi made icing or the addition of mini marshmallows. Next step up is any cake mix at hand converted to cookie dough. Use a mini ice cream scoop to portion dough.

  2. Dido Says:

    Good for you again on the assertiveness--glad it got a response and hope this results in improvements to your schedule!

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