Saturday, February 21, 2009

Signs, Signals & Clues You Can Use

I spent most of last week trying to figure out how far behind I actually am. After analyzing the situation (now doesn’t that sound intellectual?), I decided I’m so far behind that if I were any further behind and in a race, I could probably fool myself into believing that I’m actually ahead because I can’t see anyone or anything in front of me.

Now, after re-reading that passage, I’m beginning to wonder if that made any sense to anyone but me. Just in case it didn’t, suffice it to say if I were in the “Amazing Race,” I’d be on my way home as a big fat loser.

I can only hope this week starts out better than the last one ended. This time I’m going to pay more attention to all those little warning signs that don’t bode well for a hap-hap-happy week.

Richie’s Clues You Can Use
That Signal

It’s Never A Good Sign When…

•You hear your sports editors on deadline quietly whispering in the corner. Although you hope they’re discussing batting averages, time stops when you hear them say, “Do you think we talked to the right person? Look at her picture. Is that the person we talked to? Is it?”

•A yearbook staffer turns in her two pages and says, “It’s done… well, except for that group picture that goes here… oh, and that quote that goes right there… and, uh, I still have to find out who that person is in that picture…and uh…”

•Your newspaper editor starts to begin all her sentences with either “We need to talk…” or “I think I’m going to kill somebody…”

•You check your phone messages and not one of them are from Oprah’s people wanting you to appear on her show, but all of them are from mad moms in various stages of distress who can’t believe the deadline to buy yearbooks has passed. And, YES, the deadline applies to them. And, NO, there aren’t any exceptions. And, YES, you understand how important it is. And, NO, you still can’t make an exception. And, YES, your name really is Richtsmeier not Witchmeyer or any variation thereof.

•Your business manager texts you asking, “Did you forget to give me that money or did I lose it?”


Rae said...

OMG! I think you had a similar week to mine! I don't think two days is enough time to recover from this past week! Good to know I'm not the only one out here trying to make a yearbook and NOT be on schedule! LOL! Hope your next one is better.

askthehomediva said...

Bella Rae,
The one thing I've learned through my blog is that we are NOT alone. You hang in there too!

Kelley said...

I can't figure out which scares me more - the fact that I understood with perfect clarity the opening comment, or the fact that I know exactly what you are talking about.

Anonymous said...


I am laughing hysterically! I have been in almost all those circumstances... not as an advisor, mind you.



Anne B said...

I am glad to know I am not the only one to have sports editors who whisper in corners, mine just ignores me most days. My desk is piled high and spring break is right around the corner with the final deadline the Monday that follows. Yikes! I'll send good karma your way, if you'll send it back....

askthehomediva said...

Here's sending some seriously good karma your way…And what is it with yearbook reps who apparently find some sick sadistic humor in scheduling deadlines after spring break? I have a deadline, too. Jeepers!

Melissa B. said...

Or when $15,000 in yearbook checks, which had been prepared for a deposit, disappears from your desk. You SWEAR you only turned away for a split second! Luckily, the stash of cash somehow ended up in the finance office. Not gonna speculate how it made the journey, just happy it arrived safely! Hey, BTW, I'm giving away an actual PRIZE for Sx3 today...come play along!