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Friday, December 16, 2005

Photos of Christmas Past IV

Here is yours truly. No date, but I'm guessing it's around 1963.
Look at that flockin' tree. Goodness, so much tinsel!

My Education class at HACC ended on Monday with the final exam. 50 multiple choice questions, open book and note. I had a solid "A" going into it, can't imagine that my grade would change, tho' there were a few questions that seemed to have more than one correct answer. When I turned in the test, the professor handed back my last two chapter reviews (well, really more like responses to what was in the text, rather than a review) and he said that he would miss reading them because I always had something interesting to say. Well, duh, I'm twice as old as most of the class. Of course I've got more to say! But I was very flattered and I could feel my face get pink.

The Call Center's Peak season is ending. Taking calls continues to be a challenge because we are out of so many things. The duffle bags and rolling luggage are backordered until March 20. I'm suggesting to people to go ahead and order for the summer or upcoming birthdays. About half are doing it. Because the parent company has other catalogs, we sometimes get calls for those, which is another challenge because we don't get product training for those things. (We do have copies of all the catalogs.)

On Tuesday a Call Center friend and I were on break, talking about how bored we were with this job, but how the hours were so good for us mommies, and that we would just have to stick it out for the remaining years of our kids' high school careers.

At the beginning of Peak we were told that the Vice President of our catalog would be listing to random calls. She'd be listening for a list of criteria that we all should be using with each call, and awarding gift certificates to those associates who met that criteria. Interesting tidbit: she listens to the calls on the way to and from work in her car.

An hour later on Tuesday I was called into the Director's office with my supervisor Dan, his manager Pat and then his manager Dianne. There was another sales associate and then yet another woman who I didn't know. I can see three gift certificates on the Director's desk. I'm thinking, omigosh, the VP heard one of my calls and it was good. Director Tammy went on to confirm that the other sales associate had been heard and was awarded a certificate. I'm thinking that the unknown woman and I are getting the other two.

Then Tammy scoops up the two gift certificates and tells me that the VP had heard several of my calls. That Jill knows who I am (from previous annual corporate visits to our Center) and she was very impressed with how I handle my calls. And thought that I deserved TWO gift certificates.

Well, you could've knocked me over with a feather. I had to use them to fan my hot face.


At 9:14 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Isn't that picture sooo cute? Of course, you had the obligatory bowl cut. That TLP.

Congrats on the certificates. What are you going to get us?

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Sar said...

Your professor's right, you do always have something interesting to say. Kudos on making the grade all around. So proud of you!

Btw, very cute picture. Do I see a similarity between you and your girls in the previous post's photo? I'm thinking so.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

You were so cute in that red velvet dress. No flockin' on that tree, just tinsel. Oh, just realized, we used to spray on snow. That's what you're seeing. That stuff wasn't as messy as flocking, believe it or not.

COngrats on your good work! *proud mama here*

At 1:09 PM, Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

And to take the edge off, they said these certificates can only be used on items backordered to July?

Congratulations, Della. We all knew you are the good lady.

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Yeah, no-one's surprised that you're good at your job and schools. I had the same thought as Sar, It's hard to see them well but I think you look especially like Bookworm.

Congratulations on the gift certificates, unfortunately your item is on back-order and won't be available for delivery until March 20. Can I help you select a new item from our catalog? The fuzzy dice come in several rich colors.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Tom & Icy said...

You must have a great communicative skill both on the phone and writing your blog. I bet you would be great in the educational field.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Love all the pics.
Seems you're getting a lot of compliments for all your effort and hard work lately. Good for you!
The pic for this post: the tree looks like it was attacked by white Spanish Moss.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger mireille said...

Congrats, DDD! I'm glad they recognized your worth! xoxo

At 10:35 AM, Blogger AP3 said...

Kudos to you, on your class and your job performance!

Cute picture -- really looks like a cross between Haras and Tak at that age!

At 6:27 PM, Blogger still life said...

Excellent...you were making me nervous for a minute drawing it out like that.

I had that exact rocking pony AND tree!

At 7:28 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

Cute picture, and great job, 3D! TWO gift certificates for a great place:) Kewl.


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