4/4/09

Binder Update

Since my motto for 2009 is "Getting Organized One Binder at a Time", I thought maybe I should post a quick update about my binder organizing.

I've been collecting my supplies. I've decided to combine my three 1" binders that hold recipes that I've printed from the Internet or email groups into one 3" inch binder. My 6 week rotating menu-plan along with the recipes for those meals will still be in a 1" binder.

My oldest is going to make a cover for the Recipe binder. She's very creative and crafty. I think she's inherited it from my mother-in-law. BooBear likes to do "crafty things". I'm very blessed to have a daughter who enjoys those things.

I've also decided that the "budget" book will move from a 1" binder to a 2" binder. I'm thinking I'll had some type of zipper pouch to hold the checkbook, return address labels and stamps. I'm tired of hunting all over the desk (They have a home. They just apparently like to go visiting their desk friends and never make it back to their own slot!) The extra 1" will allow room for the pouch.

I've spent some time trying to decide how I want to re-do my "household" binder. Do I want it in a regular binder or in the really cool zippered one that I had in the closet (that used to be my binder that could go with me. I even added handles to it! It looks like an oversized personal planner/purse combo thing.) All I know for sure is that this binder is way past due for an overhaul!

I found that I have lots of sheet protects and lots of tabbed dividers. Now that I've gathered supplies and made some initial plans, it's time to get down to work. I'm impatient though and I'm a perfectionist. I want it all done NOW and I want it done PERFECT. So seeing all that I want to do, I feel a little overwhelmed. I thought I would initially start with the household binder but I think I will actually start with those recipe binders. I'll be able to set up both the rotating meal binder and the 2" recipe binder so I'll feel like I got more done.

I've also started making notes (mostly mental, which means I'll lose them *grin*) about what meals will need to be switched out when summer comes. The rotating meal plan has really been a blessing. I've saved time by not having to sit down and figure out what to make. I've saved stress by not worry about what's for dinner. I've saved money because I know what I need to buy at the store and I'm not just buying food and then trying to figure out what to do with it. And when one of my children says "I really like this. Can we have it again." I just smile and say "yes, dear in six- weeks"

Whatever Happened to Honesty and Integrity?

Today a certain store lost my business. Was it because my order wasn’t ready when I went to pick it up? No. Was it because there seemed to be a computer glitch when hubby called it in? No. It is because they lied to me and they called me a liar. It is because they called to tell me the order was ready but I wasn’t ready for it. I asked what I needed to do to make sure that I would not *lose* that order. They told me not a problem, just call when we need it.

Today, they gave nothing but excuses. They told me that they didn’t really call to tell me that it was ready; they called to tell me they had to order it. Yet in the same breath, I was told but we have a record of it being filled and returned (um , hello but that was THEE phone call I was talking about).

They told honeybear that it would not be ready until Monday. Supergirl needs it tonight. I put on my “mean momma hat” and demanded that they *would* get what she needed. Suddenly other branches of this store had the necessary item. I asked “are you going to go get it or are you expecting me to go get it”. (They are going to get it as type this and will call when it is ready.)

Several mistakes and miscommunications happened that perhaps this could have been avoided but what bothers me is that it is so hard to just say “we messed it up when we marked it as returned. We’re very sorry, here’s how we’d like to fix the problem.”

I dislike the squeaky wheel syndrome. You know the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I dislike grown adults throwing temper tantrums that rival those of a two-year old just because they didn’t get their own way at a store. I dislike that I had to demand that they rectify the situation. Yes if I am honest (and I better be honest since I am complaining about dishonesty), I dislike that I didn’t follow my gut and make some follow up phone calls when they called to tell me it was ready but I wasn’t ready. But I despise being called a liar and I despise being lied to. It seems like lying is the acceptable way to pass the buck: the acceptable way to refuse to take responsibility for your actions and to stand on your word.

I am grieved by a world so caught up in self that we’ve given up integrity to protect our own hides from the consequences of mistakes. I’d much rather hear an *honest* “I made a mistake. I apologize. I don’t know if I can fix it and I think I might be causing you more inconvenience but here’s what I can do," then to hear every excuse under the sun. Please don’t tell me it’s my fault or your neighbor’s fault or the dog’s fault and above all else please don’t lie to me or call me a liar.