No one likes that first day back from vacation. You just spent a week or whatever relaxing, maybe going on a trip, reading a book, and not even thinking about the work load you will be returning to. Then that first day back comes and at some point that day you will look around you in disgust. It's unavoidable. I don't care what you do for a living.
Yesterday was my first day back. I felt really good, well rested, upbeat. Then my work friend Candace came to talk to me about a problem she had found. A problem that made me feel so sick to my stomach that I wanted to march into my Crazy Ass Boss Lady's office and yell at her. I didn't. But that's how upset both Candace and I were about the issue.
What could be so horrible? I don't want to bore you with mind numbing detail, but in a nut shell my CABL is a waster of money. She is notorious for blowing our marketing budget every year. She is incapable of making reasonable decisions when it comes to money. I mean, this is the woman who bought a $600 comforter set for her potty training toddler and was proud of herself for finding such a great bargain. I don't know about you, but I'm not spending that kind of money on something that is going to get pooped on.
Anyway, after 2 years of trying to get CABL to let Candace and I redesign our Santa arrival event (coming up Nov 5th) into something the kids will enjoy more, she finally agreed. Which means we now have access to the budget files for that particular event. Which means we now know just how much she has screwed the pooch every year on this ONE event. For something that should cost X dollars, she has been spending 4 times that amount. Money that could have been redirected toward other events, events we had to cancel, or even payroll for my employees so they can have more hours. No wonder the guy who does the lame entertainment for Santa arrival is always so eager to make sure we have him scheduled months in advance.
So that was my moment of disgust yesterday. I'm also shocked at just how close the holidays are. For most people they don't have to start thinking about Christmas till mid November. We have to have all of our holiday events planned and booked by the end of September. Our first full staff holiday meeting is next week. And I will start interviewing holiday seasonal hires in 3 weeks. Wow. Time flies. It will be here and over with before you know it! And then it'll be 2 more months till Mongo shows up!