Yes, I just said that I went to work today. We had a meeting on Tuesday that was kind of a, okay, stop the madness, what do we need to do, meeting. And I voiced something that Michelle (my partner in crime) and I have wished for, amongst ourselves, several times lately. The office is just so hectic. Even when it's not hectic, it's so FULL! There is constantly a need to meet. A child to care for. A parent to appease. A task to complete. These are not bad things, and frankly, I think that we are so good at what we do because of how well we manage these daily tasks. But I want us to look as good on paper as we do in person. By that, I mean that I don't want stupid things, like incomplete paperwork, preventing us from getting perfect inspections. And in order to take care of all of those things, I requested that we be allowed to work a few hours on the weekend once a month.
The training that I received for my job was not ideal. I mean, every day is training, I guess. But I had two weeks of "training" by the girl who I replaced when I first started the job. But most of that training was done while Michelle was on maternity leave and the owners were out of town. Lauren was great, but she didn't have time to teach me my job. So I am learning as I go. And now that I have been there a year and a half, I am confident and informed enough to make some improvements.
I went in today for 3.5 hours, and I felt SO good about what I got done. I feel so organized. It was a small portion of what needs to be done, but it would have taken me weeks to get done what I got done today in those few hours, and I guarantee that if I had been also managing the office, the finished products would have been WAY less, well, perfect!
In other news:
We went to our first Christmas party of the year tonight. It was for the praise team and it was so great. I am so blessed to be a part of a group of such amazing people. So funny, so kind, so generous. And our leader is... what is a good word for Jared? He is hilarious. But he is one of those guys who is so talented - so obviously gifted - that it is impossible not to take him seriously when he is being serious.
It is such a large group that I don't think that it will ever feel intimate for me. Not the group as a whole. But the relationships that I am forming within the group are very special.
I know that I haven't posted pics of our tree yet, but I definitely want to! Even without a topper, I think it is the prettiest little tree that I have ever called my own. I wish that I had a real mini tree in my study, just so I could enjoy the smell. But I love our fake tree, even if it was never alive.
I love my husband.
I am looking forward to Christmas and SO excited that we are getting paid this week so I can buy more presents. I love gift giving.
I am totally thinking about 2012 and prayerfully considering what I want the year to look like. For myself and for my marriage. Brett and I had a great conversation today, and it is the first of many, I am sure.
I hope everyone's December got off to a good start!