Archive for the ‘just a thought’ Category

tubes.

05/20/2010

My sweet G has had 9 ear infections in the last 7 months. If I had known that we were going to be dealing with this in November, I would have done things differently. I think that is the overall theme to parenting, “ahhh… if I’d only know.”

Here are the reasons why G did not get tubes:

*When kids turn 2, they tend to outgrow them. He turned 2 in February.
*Spring was on its way.
*He started taking Xylarex. A non-antibiotic that is supposed to reduce ear infections.

Here are the reasons G is getting tubes at 6am tomorrow:

*He has woken up between 1-4 times each night since November. He’s tired. We’re tired.
*Spring is here. No change.
*I will not pump any more antibiotics into this poor child.
*He is always messing with his ear and says, “ouch, ouch, ouch.”
*I cannot see him in pain anymore.

So many people have said it’s life changing for the child. I’m not counting on anything. I don’t want to get my hopes up. Pssst… I will let you in on a little secret – I am kinda getting my hopes up. But, please don’t tell anyone – I don’t want to jinx it.

Our appointment is at tomorrow at 6am. Please think of me, my sweet husband, and, most importantly, G.

coupon crazies.

11/23/2009

We have all seen them. The coupon crazies. They’re in front of you in line at the Target and the grocery store – every time.

Yesterday I witnessed a woman with a full cart of Target goodies… toys, household products, clothes, art supplies, etc… Up and up went the total and then, right before my eyes, she handed over a stack of coupons.

Then there I was. Staring. (Ok, so I was staring the whole time, what’s the big deal?) Watching the total plummet. Her original total was at least over $50. Post stack-o-coupons the total was $8 and change.

To be honest, it kinda pissed me off. How can she do this and I can’t? What was her trick? So, being the shy person that I am… I say, “Hi. How’d you do that!?” Her response was short. In fact, too short. “Coupons online.” Uh, okay – can you be a little more specific? (Alright, that’s where my shyness comes in – I didn’t really push her for more details.)

Let’s be honest here, folks. We all want to be a coupon crazy. One of my friends has offered to give me a coupon tutorial. I plan to take notes and study her every print and cut. And when I save almost 90%, I’ll be sure to tell you.

And, don’t worry – I’ll share my secrets.

confession.

10/21/2009

Alright, I have a confession to make. I do have a huge interest in customer service and sharing my experiences with you. However, I am also a mom of a wild child. I guess this is a semi-official mommy blog. So, in addition to my product reviews and my experiences out and about (good and bad) – I will throw in a few personal mom stories here and there.

As for writing something now… Well, it’s nap time which is very precious mommy time, so I’m getting back to work!

just a thought.

09/10/2009

I’ve had my share of…

Me: “Hi, how are you?”
Them: No response.
Me: “Uh, okay, can I get…?”

That brief interaction with a server/teller/cashier/customer service rep/etc… really makes me angry. Usually, I bite my tongue to keep from saying what I really want to say which is: “I SAID hello, how are you?” (In a tone that is not the most pleasant.)

I wonder – is it really that hard to respond? Are you so scripted that you don’t have a response? Are you that miserable? Maybe you don’t think I really care? Maybe you didn’t hear me? Maybe you’re mad because I’m just buying one small item? Maybe you just had a fight via text message? Maybe today is your last day and you just don’t care?

Who knows?

I have discovered that not only does bad service exist, but bad people exist, too. One scenario, that I am sure you are familiar with, goes like this… The friendly associate greets the customer with delight – as if that customer is the only customer in the whole entire universe. The customer stands there like a deer in headlights and does not know what to do other than proceed with whatever he/she is there to do.

Does the customer think he/she is too good to talk to an associate? Is the customer on the mobile phone? (Rude, btw.) Perhaps the customer is so used to bad service that he/she assumes that the associate wasn’t even speaking to him/her.

I know all of you have seen or experienced one of these.

Can this circle be broken?