Friday, June 25, 2010

Jetson....You're Fired!

I'm doing some house-cleaning in my professional life.  One of them involves a client that I have cleaned house for over a year.  They live in a cluttered, 2 story townhouse with 2 very sweet, very overfed cats.
After my last visit, I got a voice message late in the day.  Something about missing plastic grocery bags and missing bed slippers.  No mention about the attention to detail I had given beyond the regular cleaning.  I had tackled the laundry/utility/kitty space.  I had soaked and cleaned the cat litter scoops and the insides of waste baskets.

So I fired them.  They don't know it yet but they will soon.
It won't have the full effect with the pointing finger and vibrating jowls of Mr. Spacely.  I will probably tell them that I am concentrating more on developing my corporate yoga clients, which is accurate.  I will probably tell them that I hope that they can find someone more reliable. (fat chance)  I will have gained 8 more hours each month to design, blog, write, create and clean my own waste baskets.

I am convinced that home dwellers have contrived dubious methods to check the home cleaner's proficiency.  Here's the list:

THE SMUDGE:  Look for it underneath the vase on the glass table.
THE LINT:  It's been carefully placed behind door jambs, under the roll of an upholstered arm chair, perched on the top of a horizontal blind.
THE PUBIC HAIR:  Besides the usual places, you may find it clinging to the remote control or between the lower and upper refrigerator compartment.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Secret Powers of Time

A concise and superbly made video that views the effects of culture and religion on concepts of past, present and future...and how it affects behavior and outcome.
It is presented as a fast paced, cartoon sketchpad and narrated by Philip Zimbardo.

Thanks Dan Halsey for bringing it to my attention.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Maria Wins State Championship 3200

My niece and godchild is a determined young lady and I am very proud.
2010 Minnesota State Track and Field Champion

She was named Runner of the Year for her cross-country accomplishments in January.

Big sister Emily celebrates her high school graduation today, and is off to an illustrious college career for broadcasting.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bike Love, Bike Share

Various sites in Minneapolis kick off walk/bike week with more than 65 bike share kiosks which will allow people to check out a bike with a credit card. The basic rental is $5 for same-day use; a year’s subscription will cost $60.  The model is patterned after those in Montreal, Barcelona and Paris.  More grease to the claim...Minneapolis #1 bicycle friendly city in the United States.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Shaitsu Massage TODAY

I wear many professional hats.
Designer, prop stylist, yoga instructor, shipper, housekeeper, painter, and for the past few months, enumerator for the 2010 census.
Juggling those hats require mental and physical strength.  And when I am feeling the most depleted, there is nothing that restores me like the healing hands of girl Carl Atkinson of Alight Shaitsu Studio.  Visit their website here.

While I Was Sleeping

my striped glasses made front page at 3am