Thursday, December 08, 2011
I can't really say if I feel better or not. My throat seems to be a little less sore, but I feel it in my chest a little this morning. So, I'm hoping I can have a quiet day today.
I pretty much stayed in the house the last two days, outside of about an hour and a half each day that I had to run errands. But I was busy with my Avon order that I got Tuesday. I was on the phone with Avon quite a few times both days as there were things that were definitely mixed up as far as what was sent and what was forgotten. I had a couple things that weren't sent that was listed as sent. There were a few things on back-order that customers wanted as Christmas presents. So, I had to call and cancel them. I was supposed to be sent so many of the next brochure, but was sent so many of that one and so many of the next one. And the customer service is outsourced to another country, so it is very difficult to communicate at times. I know I wasn't the only one that was having problems because at one point, I was told the wait time was 40 minutes. One good thing Avon does do, however, is call you back when it's your turn, so you're not stuck on hold for that long. The bad thing about that this time is that they kept calling back after I had talked to someone. The Christmas rush must be getting to them, too.
I will find out this morning if I finally made Unit Leader: having five or more people signed up underneath me placing orders and having our orders totaling so much money. This will mean that I would make a percentage of whatever their orders are without having to do anything else. I've been trying to reach this point for about five months now. I've got the people under me, but a lot of them weren't placing orders or weren't paying for their orders. It's been very frustrating.
If I could accomplish this, it would be great. It would mean a little extra money every couple weeks. I know that I will have to keep on the people under me to keep placing orders. I also know that means I need to actively seek out some more customers and more people who are willing to sell. This could be the kick I need to do this.
This could mean that I can maybe work my schedule to spend x amount of time each day on Avon and less time each day trying to find any kind of job. I do enjoy going out and meeting people. I've actually made a few friends along the way and that's been an added bonus.
But I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. Just got my fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I will spend a quiet day finally writing out some Christmas cards and getting my Avon books ready for the next campaign. I do have the Avon meeting/Christmas party to go to tonight. In reality, I should stay home. But the ticket for the dinner is already paid for, there's a lot of new things to find out, and a lot of prizes to be passed out (from what I've been told). So, I will go and spend a little time there, then come home and go right to bed.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I called it an early night last night because of not feeling well. I did manage to rest for an hour before getting a good 8 hours of sleep. I really hoped that I'd wake up feeling a whole lot better. There's always stuff that needs to be done and I didn't get everything done that I wanted to get done yesterday. But, I don't think it's in the cards today. It's not that I feel terribly bad; I just don't feel good. So, I'm going to plan to lay a little low today and do some quiet projects. I am not a good patient and really hate being sick. There's just too much to do.
Sometimes I wonder how I'm going to manage my schedule if and when I do find a job. But, then again, I'm sure I will manage. For one thing, I won't be spending so much time on the computer looking for and applying for jobs.
And, if the pay is good enough, I could possibly give up selling Avon. That takes a lot of time, especially considering it hasn't paid all that well yet. I really debate about the Avon job. I do enjoy it and sometimes get really geeked about it. I've made some good friends by doing it. So, I will at least hang on for awhile. Plus, by keeping on selling, it looks good on my resume to have a job that I've been at for awhile as opposed to being unemployed. Decisions!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
I've had this sore throat for a week now and it definitely isn't getting any better. I made it through a lot of the day without it being really bad yesterday. When I woke up this morning, it was already hurting. I am not a good patient. I called the doctor and made an appointment for 2:15. I really can't afford to be going, but I certainly can't afford to let this go on and get any worse. There's too much that needs to be done every day. I can't do that if I'm sluggish and hurting. I'll have to cancel my run around outdoor plans. But I figure this may be my motivation to get a couple things done that I've been putting off that I can do while resting; namely writing out my Christmas cards and going through a mound of paperwork that I swear has babies when the lights go out.
Monday, December 05, 2011
It's cold and rainy again today. The temperature is supposed to fall all day and the weather people are calling for a slushy mix at times. With me fighting a cold, I really would prefer to stay huddled in the house doing some projects that I know need to get done.
But, I promised my Mom that I'd go on one of her senior citizen trips with her. We're supposed to go to Windsor to play bingo, have lunch, and then go to a small casino for awhile. I know I have to be at Mom's early, but have no idea on what time I will be home. It's been years since I've played bingo and I've never been to this particular casino.
On one hand, I know I really can't afford to go and I need to be applying for more jobs. On the other hand, Mom is paying my way and I know how much she looks forward to these trips and spending time with her kids. Then, there's always that little part of my brain that says maybe I will get lucky. I really know better, though. I will go and have a good time with Mom. I will just stay up a little later tonight when I get home and kick out some applications. I do realize that most companies will not be hiring until after the holidays, if they will be hiring at all. So, taking a little time for Mom will be a good thing.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
I didn't really sleep all that well last night, but still woke up somewhat motivated. I made it to church. I've been to the grocery store and put all the stuff away. I got on the computer to check emails and Spark. I'm now debating what to do next. I have a list of things to chose from that I really need to get done. And I know I'm committed to spending tomorrow with my mother. But (there's always a but with me!), my throat is a little scratchy again and a friend wants to go to the movies with me. Why do I have such a hard time taking time out for me? Well, I guess I will pop some aspirins, check the movie times and go from there. It is the holiday season, and I did make it a goal of mine to enjoy it as much as I can. Projects can be shifted to another time and/or day. I've done it before and will probably do it again. The guilt has got to stop.
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