I'm not the best "people" person when it comes to stressful situations, but in a crunch when things need to get done and done fast, I'm your girl. If I don't have to smooth other peoples' ruffled feathers, if I don't have to stroke egos, or make nice, I can get work done. That's pretty much what's been happening this week. We're short one person this week and actually, we're short two since Tammy's not technically considered part of the office anymore, what with her new position. So with that shortage and everyone else's scheduled meetings, vacations, etc., it's leaving only one or two people in the office, and a majority of the time, that person is me. And it's crunch time here. It's pretty much the BUSIEST time for us and the worst part is that it really does deal with a very sensitive matter. Money. And the fact that the people who we deal with don't have it. When they should have had it...four months ago. So not only are we trying to do our jobs, we are encountering a LOT of angry people. As much as possible, the people left in the office have been dividing and conquering and my job is to do all the back-office things that I can just keep chipping away at. E-Mails, E-Mails and MORE E-Mails, mountains of data entry, data pulling and report writing and pulling.
At the beginning of the week, I understood what needed to be done and it was easy to just keep my head down and just keep going. With Tammy in and out of the office with meetings and training for the new department, I not only had to do the back-office things but take care of the front-line. Angry people. So long and the short of it is, even though I was gung-ho at the beginning of the week to just keep my mouth shut, not complain and just get work done, as the week closes, it's been harder and harder to just keep powering through. There's been a few times where I've lost focus on just working on the little things in front of me and freaked out about all that's still left to do and the stress has gotten to the point that if I stop and think about the work I've done and the TONS of work left to do, I want to burst into tears.
So needless to say, it was good just to shut the computers down at the end of the week and call it. I trudged home and looked up to see my mailbox ajar. It's awesome to see my mailbox ajar because that means there's something in there that's too big for it to close. You know what's even better? When the 'something' that's in the mailbox is for ME!
Alright, enough with the heavy! Let's get to the OPENING!
Marti MUST have ESP. I totally NEEDED this. I was already squealing at the sight of the packing label and I hadn't even opened it yet. But, I mean, how can you not? That packing label is AWESOME!
*SCREECH* So, Ms. Pezadoodle knows that it's not JUST sending something (although that's awesome too) but it's in the PACKAGING! I kid you not, I hugged that cute little pillow of prettiness! It didn't take long for me to get in there!
Oooooh! It's a cupcake! It's a frickin' CUPCAKE!
Dear Marti, are you SURE you're not my long, lost sister?!
Awww, it's like the gift that keeps on giving! The cupcake opened up and there was a present inside it!!! It's a cute little flower pin! I tried to put it in my hair, but it's more of a brooch pin and I didn't want to stab my scalp with it, so I set that aside. But get a load of that cupcake gift box. The sprinkles on top look like legit sugar sprinkles. I could lick it! And the inside was not forgotten. It's all pretty and shimmery! I am such a SUCKER for complete packaging and committment to detail!
Underneath my cupcake gift box is a a cute pot holder which is AWESOME because I totally need one. OBVIOUSLY when I was registering prior to my wedding, I didn't think I'd be doing much cooking of hot foods (after all, things that come out of the microwave aren't all that hot *LOL*) that I felt I didn't need any hot handling items and I didn't buy any either so besides my one oven mitt that I'm pretty sure I house-lifted from my mom and dad's, I'm very excited to have this one. What makes it even better is that it matches THIS:
Pardon me for a moment, but it's MORE cute, frickin' cupcakes! CUPCAKES! I LOVE CUPCAKES!
Check. Me. OUT!
Wait, who cares about me! Check. Out. My. APRON!
It's a CUPCAKE APRON! Made just for ME!!! It's got RUFFLES! It's pink and ruffly and it has desserts all over my ruffles! Work? What work problems? I've got a CUPCAKE APRON! Heck, I'm gonna WEAR it to work!
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH, MARTI! I *LOVE* IT!
(And seriously. Not just for the fabulously cute gifts and the incredible generosity and thoughtfulness that went into and behind it, but for just having the best timing. It was seriously SUCH a tough week for me and I didn't think anything would break through my seriously sucky attitude. I had already forgotten about work and the craptasticness of the week as soon as I saw your mailing label and was laughing at the Princess titles. You are honestly a sanity saver, girlfriend. I'm going to try to figure out how to mail a cake to you some day! *LOL*
So OBVIOUSLY I'm going to be the BESTEST baker, EVAH now! How can I not when I've got a rockin' apron just like this? Cute aprons make bakers turn out the cutest things! *swoon*
Anywho, I've got some cake balls hanging out in my freezer waiting for their destiny to become cake pops, so I think I'd better go check on them! Wearing my apron of COURSE! Heaven forbid if I get any baking products on my regular clothes. Actually, I'll probably freak out if I get anything on my apron. Should I wear an uglier apron on top of my super, fabulously pretty apron?
If you want to see what other crazy crafty shenanigans Marti's up to, be sure to check out her blog: http://pezadoodle.blogspot.com and tell her I said hello and THANK YOU, again!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the extra hour!