Saturday, August 23, 2008

Three Strikes - You're Out!

I have a number of pet peeves, and one of them is a person not doing a job to the best of his or her ability. It bothers me (I'm not going to lie) when I see the fault in others, but it especially irks me when I'm the one not quite making the grade. Today was a perfect example.

It was a frustrating day, to say the least. Today was Distribution Day for a program at our church called "Angel Food Ministries." Great program, but a lot of work for me, because I do all the paperwork, setting up the spreadsheets, linking everything together, etc. People place and pay for food orders earlier in the month, and then we drive to another city, pick up all the groceries and bring them to our church for distribution to our customers. Good idea, when it works right. But it can only work as well as the people who are running it.

Today, I worked at breaking in two young ladies to train them how to take orders, and everything went smoothly until . . .

. . . one of the customers (a lady from our church, thankfully), sat down and said, "You know, you really need to change the message on the answering system for the church phone regarding Angel Food. It hasn't been changed since June." I wilted. That's my responsibility, and I had totally forgotten about it. We just started putting the message on in April, or around there, and it had TOTALLY slipped my mind to update it for the past several months. Strike one.

After I came home and took care of the paperwork associated with Angel Food, I decided to take a few minutes and sit down with the monthly publication they put out. I was reading the very first article when I noticed that they had changed the Distribution Day for September from the 20th to the 27th. That's a big deal, and no one bothered to tell me! We had already put stickers on all the order receipts that went out today reminding the customers of the pick-up date. All of the menus that I customize and copy (about 300 of them) had the wrong date on them and 100+ had already been passed out. I had to call everyone that placed an order today and give them the correct information. LOSER!! I don't know who dropped the ball, but I never received any kind of notification that the date was being changed. And I HATE not doing a job well. Strike two!

I'm going to stay inside and watch the Olympics on TV for the rest of the day. Don't dare go out, because a BIG MISTAKE is sitting out there and just waiting to pounce on me. I don't think I have the patience or fortitude to take strike three!


dulce de leche said...

Hugs to you. Pssst--chocolate makes every day better. :)

Blessed Mama said...

His mercies are new every morning. Tomorrow is a new day. New challenges. New blessings. Hope you wake up refreshed and encouraged.