Always be thankful for the little things.
Have to say, these past week or so have been quite scarce in blogging material. I see the people at work and as I get to know them, I’m getting a better picture of what it’s likely going to be like working there. A bit scary actually – the whole family business. Saw one of the workers today wash the old man’s truck with both a pressure washer and soapy water. Have to get all the grime off you know! since we’re going to be travelling through to Zambia and not Sandton. But, he’s king of all he surveys, and as such, all the minions will bow and scrape. it is, after all, what we get paid to do, not so?
All that aside, it has not been bad working there so far. But the real test will begin when the current chick goes off on Maternity leave and I have to carry on by myself. Still, I’m relatively confident that I’ll not screw up too much – got most of the things down the way they happen.
There was a stock query today. Logically I think I solved the problem. Alas, not many things work there as logically as I would have liked them to work. And I’m not quite in a position to change anything just yet. I mean. They have to order uniforms. Instead of having a price list, she takes all the orders, makes up a spread sheet and then goes to look for the prices on the old invoices. I would have made the price list in a spreadsheet with an acknowledgement of debt signature space at the bottom, give one to each staff member and let them decide what they want to order. Then collate it into one spreadsheet, and send that to the supplier. Let me not run away with this just yet. If she comes back from maternity leave I’ll be out of all of this again end January. If not, well, of course I can tweak things here and there. Only a while before I will know if I pass muster or not.
In the meantime, I’ve thought of such topics as accountability, about how people can misunderstand one another because of their own fears, about the role passion plays in a relationship – and if it is possible to keep that passion alive even after you’ve been together for a while. The topics are there. I just lack the words.
And maybe I’m becoming a bit boring in my new-found peace. I hope not!!
Until tomorrow then, I leave you with this…