Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tricky Dicky

We've had a new visitors system put in at work.  It's all electronic and takes your photo, then prints out a visitors sticker for the visitor to wear while they are on the premises. 
Once the visitor has signed in an email is automatically sent to the email address of whoever they are here to visit.  Very flash for us.
Yesterday I got this email.

Visitor: Richie Mc Caw
Has arrived and is waiting at reception - 10/04/2013 3:36:00 p.m.

I sprinted down to reception - knowing full well that Richard Hampton (my work bestie) would be standing there, almost doubled over, laughing at his own joke.  I was right.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog

The title has absolutely nothing to do with anything I have been doing lately except I feel like the Quick Brown Fox AND the Lazy Dog at the moment.  How does that work?  Well, it doesn't really.  My mind is quick and foxlike but my body is generally the lazy dog.  I need to get in sync!
I realise I have been very, very slack with updating.  Thanks for all your emails and requests for an update (thanks Mum).  Now.... let me think...... cast my mind back....

Intimo has been going well.  I've had 1-2 parties a week lately and last month had an open home after 3 parties fell over.  I employed Averil for the day to help with greeting guests, making teas and coffees, and generally helping out.  I sent out over 170 invites to all past customers and opened up my home for 4 hours for ladies to pop in for a cuppa and a look at the new boutique releases.  About 20 ladies made it along and sales were $2689.00 + $390 in cash sales from ex-boutique items no longer available.  A brilliant day.  Averil got the hostess credits and was able to choose $377 worth of product for her precious time.  I think she was happy with that.  It was really worthwhile and I plan to do it again in December.
March turned out to be my best personal volume month to date with just under $7000 in sales for the month.  Result!

Quinn is doing so well and growing big.... and strong.  His little legs are SO strong.  He always has lots of smiles and chatter for his adoring Aunties, which we love.  Scott and Claire took Quinn on his first plane trip up to Nana & Grandad's in Warkworth for Easter.  Mum said he was all smiles and such a happy little fella.  And was really good on the flights to and from also - which was worrying Claire slightly (understandably).  There's been a lot of talk on Stuff Nation where readers can 'have their say' about children's behaviour in public and on aeroplanes.  Some people are so unsympathetic towards babies making any sort of noise on plane journeys.  I, for one, am VERY sympathetic.  I remember how much my ears used to hurt during flights and feel sorry for the parents who do the best they can in the cramped spaces they have.
I digress.  Quinn got introduced to all the Aunties and Uncles up North and they all had a great time.

Averil and I set off on Good Friday for a roadie to Queenstown to stay with the Southern Barts.  Such fun!  Catkin was a wonderful hostess (as always) and Gavin was a great host.  Only 5 weeks to go until the newest Southern Bart arrives. Exciting!!  Any guesses on sex/weight/date of delivery? 
Aunty Apes and Aunty D has lots of fun playing, reading, and generally spending time with the mini Southern Barts.  They are GORGEOUS!  Lots of huggles, which I love. 
Easter Bunny left an Easter Egg hunt in the garden and right down the driveway to the letterbox.  That was fun!  It was really lovely to be able to spend two full days with them before driving back to Christchurch on Easter Monday.

Cousin Alex has started salmon fishing over the past few months and invited me around for a fresh salmon dinner with him and his flatmates a wee while ago.  It was delicious!  Cooked to perfection.  A really great night with good company and fantastic food.

I had my Bi-Annual Templeton housesitting stint for 10 days in February which was nice and relaxing.  We had the World-Famous-In-Templeton Rent-A-Crowd Pub Crawl which, as always, was a blast.  All girls this time - so more like a fun Hens night!  Really glad it was on a Friday night so I had two days to recover.  Actually, everyone suprisingly seemed to be feeling fine the next day.

Daylight savings ended this morning which means Winter is fast approaching.  Some of us have been up for hours.  Averil & Eru picked me up at 6.45am this morning to go to a live taping of What Now? - a children's show which has been going for 32 years.  They have a segment called Target Your Teacher and Averil was invited to go on it.  Once strapped to a massive wheel she was asked 5 questions - two of which she got right which meant her students got foamed and three she got wrong which got her spun on the wheel and foamed.  Eru and I weren't actually allowed in the audience - children only - so we sat in the green room and got free breakfast and cups of tea.  A great start to a Sunday morning.