Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lazy Week of Work

I really don't think I was useful this week.  Normally I am very excited on Sunday night for the upcoming work week ahead, and this Sunday I just wanted to stay home.  Too much to do, and Christmas is almost here.  The weather is cold outside and the house is warm.  There are presents that need to be wrapped and small gifts left to buy.  Laundry that needs to be washed and folded.  I found myself thinking about the things I needed to do at home while at work, and not wanting to actually work.  People still want their cabinets made by Christmas. 

Every year with the exception of the last two, most of our clients want their cabinets by Christmas.  This makes for a very stressful month.  I am working on a new system I implemented where I schedule each install by the date and not by who calls the most.  It is the running joke around the shop that if you tell my dad, "I'm not in a hurry to get my cabinets," your going to wait awhile.  And if you call all the time and are a pest you get in the front of the line.  That is why I am changing the system. 

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

So many things to be thankful for this year.  My two healthy and happy boys this morning, getting into mine and Greg's bed.  They are so sweet when I think about how they wake me up every morning, (just me, nevermind that they walk all the way aroud the room to my side of the bed), and ask, "can we watch cartoons mommy?"  No matter how much I tell them that they don't have to ask me to watch cartoons, inevitably I will not be sleeping in past 6am ever again.  Nevertheless those moments I will always treasure in my heart and memory.  



I cannot stop wondering about Grandma and thinking about what she is doing now in heaven.  I am missing her terribly.  I think about how it will be a void without her at the table this Christmas and how different it was  at Thanksgiving.   I mainly think about when each of my boys were born, and how she came over to the house and held them close rocking them like all grandmothers do.  Making sure the blanket was just so, and looking at them intently.  That is a precious memory that I will always have.  I will never forget her holding me as a child in the rocking chair and reading to me.  Letting me hold her soft hand and listening to all the wonderful stories from all the books she had.  I am forever grateful for her love and kindness.

My husband Greg, who loves our sons and does the important things like, buying halloween costumes, and making sure the boys aren't wearing anything remotely like last years costumes.  I will always admire him for keeping it fresh, and always thinking of others before himself.  I can only see him with me and I hope he can only see me with him, we fit together perfectly but in an imperfect way.  I will always love him.

2010 sounds terrifying to me and exciting all at once.  I have to write my vision of the future a year from now, and it will be here before I know it.

I think 2010 will be a better year for the cabinet shop.  I think work will be steady and we will work steadfast.  I think God has a lot in store for me to learn and accomplish.  All I really know is that if God is lifted up and praised because of what goes on in my life or what happens to me, then it is all for the good.  My personal relationship with Jesus is going to grow and I will learn more about him this year.  If I can have a closer relationship with Him and show others his love for them, all will work out just fine. 
Merry Christmas
April


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How To Be Tough When You're Not

I am so not tough, although I would like to think I am.  I do not take criticism very well especially when someone is swearing and yelling at me.  Today didn't turn out to be one of the best days because I got a bad phone call from a customer that I cannot please, and my time is up.  There are no more chances, and that makes me want to cry.  I have been given enough time to complete my task and that is it.  I think it makes me want to cry because I have been given a second chance by Jesus.  I am forgiven and because of that I need to forgive others too.  So when I am not forgiven by people I resort to crying, and being in a "male dominated" occupation with a "male" swearing at me I find myself secluded and attacked.  I don't like being attacked and I don't like being told my work is crappy when I know it is not.  I will only be sad today, just today I will go home tonight play with my cute boys and drink a warm cup of coffee, (maybe with some whipped cream).  Better yet I'll make myself a mocha!  Tomorrow is another day, and its definately going to be better.   

April (custom cabinet girl)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Quoting a Kitchen Remodel


Quoting a job especially a kitchen is a lot of work.  Right now I am still in training learning how to measure cabinet spaces and the thing I am most afraid of is measuring wrong.  Now that I think about it, my absolute worst fear is that I measure the space, build the cabinetry, and it doesn't fit.  That would cause me to feel like a complete failure and I do not like to fail.  Although my standard is if I do fail then I will make it right by trying again, and figuring out what I did wrong. 

For example, this picture of a job I quoted last week took me a day and a half to complete.  I got the quote to the client in one day, and followed up the day after with no response.  My dillema is how soon and how much more time do I invest?  Do I call again?  Does the client not want to talk to me?  I am not sure and I'm not very good at discerning these types of things.  I usually wait and hope for the best.  Which means I'll forget about the job, move on and probably never get it.  I think this is causing me to lose jobs instead of gain, and I am not quite sure how much is too much.  I do not, I mean DO NOT want to be that pushy girl who calls and calls, and drive the client crazy, but on the other hand I don't want to be too flippant and the client thinks I am not interested in the work.  There is a fine line of how far you need to go for work and how much time you need to invest before you decide whether or not to back off.