Saturday, March 31, 2012
It's really been a busy couple of weeks! Now, it's time to go home and have things slow down a little.
For those of you who don't know, I live in Tennessee, but we run a small consulting business up in Wisconsin (where we're originally from.) We come up here as much as needed and it seems like lately we're needed more than usual. (More so my husband than me.)
Our trip started with a stop in Chicago to meet with a possible new customer that my husband had been negotiating with since December. Bingo! We got the contract! Now, comes the logistics part of servicing this customer. Should be interesting. We were also contacted by another Wisconsin company AND one in Tennessee that want to talk about using our consulting services. Things are moving fast all of a sudden and change can be scary!
We had to come up to fill in for our employee's two week vacation. She is our only employee and I've known her for 13 years. She never takes vacation, so this was overdue. There are some issues that are frustrating us. She is wonderful with our customers, but her attention to detail stinks. We're in a business where details matter. (Government regulations) So, we've been working on revamping job descriptions and duties to make this a better company.
We've been renting an office for about 5 years. Before that, the business was run out of our house for 7 years. Well, we've decided to rent an appartment. This way, our employee can use it as an office while we're out of town and we have a place to stay while in town. You can only mooch off of friends so much! This is another big change for us.
The first week we were here, I had surgury on my right eye. 9 years ago, I had LASIK surgury on both eyes. Well, my vision has declined and I was back to wearing glasses. The doctor recommended PRK surgury instead. With this surgury, they only do one eye at a time and the recovery is longer. I had heard horror stories about pain, so I was a little apprehensive going into it. (LASIK was painless with almost instant results.) The surgury took about 3 minutes. The burning pain started the day after, but didn't last long. I had to wear a healing contact lense for 5 days. Now, it's been over a week. There's no pain, just a little dryness. My vision is still not what it should be, but he said it could be weeks before it gets clear. Right now, I feel like there's a smudge in front of my right eye. This has been a test for my patience. I hear what my doctor says and my brain wants it instantly
While we've been gone, my mother has been watching our dogs in Tennessee. She's 81 years old. We were hesitant to do this, but she assured us that it would be fine. Well...all was not fine. One of my dogs got sick and was pooping all over her house. She had to take her to the vet and the poor puppy had to stay there for 3 days! Poor mom had a bunch of stinky carpets to wash. She was very stressed out...like old people can be. I guess that will be the last time we do that!
We've been staying with friends while here. They would not feel right if I left without playing a prank. So....there are a bunch of rubber snakes spread throughout their flower garden and plastic cockroaches in their kitchen! I'll just wait for a response. A few years ago when I stayed here, I wrapped a rubber rat in aluminum foil, put it in a Tupperware container and put that in their basement freezer. It took a couple months before they found it. So funny!!
So, tonight we're having dinner with my boys (who live here) so that I can say goodbye. Then, tomorrow I head out on my own to return home. My husband has to stay to meet with one of the possible new customers next week. I usually just plow through the trip and do the whole 15 hour drive in one day, but since my eye is not 100%, I decided to break it up into 2 days. I have a friend in Kentucky that I'm going to have dinner with along the way.
It will be nice to get back to my boring home. Routine is good. I miss it. My exercising and eating habits have been on the back burner lately. I need those things to feel grounded again. I will miss everyone here, like I always do, and I will most certainly miss my husband till he gets home. But I can't wait for the peace and quiet awaiting me...I hope!