The Daily EO: May 24th, 2012

I’m a list maker.  I make lists for everything – what needs to be done, what needs to be purchased, when all of this has to happen, etc.  I usually have about 4 or 5 lists floating around on my desk.  Most of which are half done and then I eventually consolidate them into a new list.   I love my life being clearly defined and it is so satisfying when you check something off the list.   (note – in my list vernacular,  I check off completed items and cross out items no longer needed to be completed.  Just so you know).  When working, I usually have a running list that would take 5 days of straight work to complete.  It keeps me focused.

Today’s list was extensive:

Paint Cabinets
Make Grocery List (this is my favorite – a task on my list to make a list)
Wash Car
Strip Beds
Return Old Navy Items
Drop off Mail
Blog Entry
Pick Up Asparagus
Food Prep:
Make Spring Roll Dip
Make Vegan Rice Crispy Squares
Entry mat
White Frame

May 24th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Getting everything on my list completed.  Really, I did! (even the ironing).

Maintenance May Day 24:
Got a call from my grandma who received the printed copy of this blog.  Explained the difference between Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, blogs and letters in a long, twisty conversation.  So glad I sent it to her – she was so happy to read it and wants me to keep mailing to her.  (Family)  That really isn’t something I did, but it made my day, and so I am counting it.


The Daily EO: April 25th, 2012

Today I was up early and off to Toronto for errands and to meet with a recruiter.  Recruiters are your friends, but they are not your friends.  Recruiters get paid when they successfully place someone in a position.  It’s a comparatively large payment, but nonetheless, they are not paid until the company offers their candidate a job and the candidate accepts it.  So, for financial reasons they can be pressured into pushing a square peg into a round hole.  This is similar to anyone who works on commission – real estate agents, travel agents, etc.  But good recruiters recognize they are only costing long-term success to put the wrong person in the wrong place for a short-term pay-out.

So, keep your wits about you when visiting a recruiter.  Be clear in your expectations, say no if it is not right, make the recruiter look good if you can and listen to their advice if they are generous enough to give it (after all, they don’t get paid by you).

About 1/2 hour into the start of my trip, I received an e-mail from one of my former bosses.  I um . . . pulled over, of course . .  to read the email and discovered he was looking for a 1 year contract Production Planning Manager in Orillia.  Am I interested in discussing it?

Let’s recap! I am driving from Huntsville, Ontario to Toronto and back again which requires me to drive directly through Orillia twice.  I have interview clothes with me, a copy of my résumé, business cards, a cell phone with internet access for company research and time within the standard work day.  Could I be any more prepared than that?  I wrote back and suggested that I drop by at 4 pm to discuss in person.  He agreed.

I met with the recruiter (resulting in an excellent contact for my husband), swung by the Low Carb Grocery (hello, low carb and high protein bagels, yum), engaged in a lively text conversation about excellent job interview news from my best friend (You go, Lisa!), got my prescriptions refilled (take that Emile’s company!), had the mop on my head tamed (hello stylish self), and then headed to Orillia to check out this potential job and then finally dropped off forgotten Crocs in Gravenhurst (don’t leave your stuff at my house, kid!).

You can see why The Daily EO suffered last night.  Phew.

April 25th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Not even a poker in the fire at 9 am, a contract job offer at 5 pm.   Huh?