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Thursday, March 27, 2008


It's that time of year when everything is "in between". In between winter and spring. In between melting snow and green grass. In between sparse, mucky flower beds and a profusion of colourful flowers.

Most people I talk to here are "really tired", or "just damned tired". I know a lot of that has to do with being cooped up indoors with no fresh air and nothing but heated dry (dry!) air all winter. In your home, in your car, in your office.

We're just now at the point where the weather is warm enough to be enjoying time outdoors, but not warm enough to turn off furnaces and open windows. (at least not at night) Bodies need sunshine and fresh air, so as spring continues into summer we'll all start feeling the effects of breathing dry air slip away into refreshing breathfuls of fresh air.

Along with the change of seasons, we're also going through some changes at work. Our company is opening a new center just outside city limits to our northwest in St.Albert. It's opening date is slated for sometime in May.

Whenever we open new centers we always lose some staff from existing offices, and ours is no different. My department (Member Services) is losing 2 ladies. And we haven't done any hiring and training yet to replace both of them.

My department has been doing the initial training for all the new St. Albert hires, whether they are going to Travel or to Registries they need some training in Membership to start with. It's always our center and our department as..... well we're just so damn good! Also, our newer "Financial Services" department (mortgages, GIC's etc.) has been sending their new hires through our department for initial Membership training as well.

So for the last month or so and continuing on to May, we'll have had newbies stuck to our hips constantly. No big deal, except for one thing.

Only one of these people we're training will be staying with us in our department, and she (as well as the next hire for ourselves) will be new and inexperienced. And we still have to replace the other lady who is also leaving for the new center. Both of them are veterans who have been with us for years. That often seems to be the way of things, and I can see it coming now. We're going to be working extra days. *sigh*

Have I mentioned to you before how much I wish I could retire? LOL

All this "in between" seasons and having trained staff for ourselves is making me tired. Too bad I already had a nap today, I could sure use another!

I hope that wherever you are, you're getting fresh air and lots of rest. Take good care of each other!

Love Jude


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