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Are small recruitment Agencies taking a pounding, as a result of all the job portals that have sprung up?

I am noticing a trend in companies doing their own recruitment, as its far cheaper to employ a person to search the job portals and advertise on the free job sites, than paying an agency commission for sourcing candidates, or paying a response handling agent to screen the CVs, resulting from an advertisement.

Clients that I have been dealing with for over 30 years are giving me less and less business for this very reason.  Times are tough, and companies are being pushed to cut costs, recruitment budgets are being cut, and of course, many companies are retrenching or consolidating,

In addition, small agencies are finding it extrremely difficult to get on to the vendor lists of big corporations.

So, what is the solution? 

You tell me! 

Response Handling – The answer to Recruitment Headaches in the Current Financial Crisis!

The worldwide financial crisis, in my opinion, has created massive opportunities for response handling for the following reasons:

Shrinking Recruitment Budgets

Large corporates are embarking on cost cutting exercises, and recruitment budgets have been slashed to the bone, making the cost of consultancies prohibitive. However, the cost of response handling is negligible, in comparison, and would be a cost-effective alternative for any HR Manager.
 
Large numbers of people out of work, as a result of downsizing

Massive volumes of CVs are being received when positions are advertised in the press. How many potentially productive hours are being spent screening CVs? Unless you are being paid specifically to screen CVs, this is a counter productive exercise! You should be spending your day generating income. Leave the screening of CVs to me – that is WHAT I AM PAID TO DO!
 
HR Departments are consolidating their functions

Large companies are consolidating the admin and recruitment sides of HR, which means that, to a large extent, gone are the days of HR Admin Officers, Recruitment Officers, IR Officers, Training Officers etc. This consolidation is making it impossible for an HR Officer to screen hundreds of CVs AND attend to training, job evaluations, performance appraisals, salaries, leave, IR matters etc, effectively.

Err on the Side of caution

Last week I was at a stop street, when I was rear-ended so hard by another car, my teeth rattled in my mouth!

I got out and looked at my car, and to my surprise, the damage was negligable (or so I thought).

The other driver was very apologetic, and I almost let it go, without taking his details, as I made a mental decision that I was not going to go thru' all the hassle of making an insurance claim for a tiny little scrath on my bumber.

BUT, something told to take his details, just in case.

On the way home I noticed that the dashboard lights indicating that the boot was open had come on. I got out and checked, but the boot was closed and locked.

To cut a long story short, I then noticed that the right back side of the car was out of alignment with the bumper so I took the car to a panelbeater, and was shocked to fnd out that my valence (I had never heard of a valence before!) was totally buckled, and the damage amounted to almost R19 000-00!!!

Phew, thank heaven I took his details! I doubt my insurance company would have been too impressed with me, if I hadn't.

There is wisdom in the saying "Rather be safe than sorry!"

Trust

What would you say is one of the most important aspects of networking?
 
Trust, of course!
 
Abagail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana lives in a Hummingbird fly zone. As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard. She has been studying them daily and one morning put the  water cup from the bird feeder, in her hand. They had gotten used to her standing by the feeder and they had grown to trust her, and as a result, they came over to her, landed on her hand and drank from the little red bowl she was holding.
 
I feed a stray cat. He is a real alley cat, but over the years he has grown to trust us, and he will even let us touch him – on his terms of course!  
 
If you approach a strange dog, it’s natural instincts will tell it to fight or flee ie. it will either bite you or run away. But, if u put your hand out for it to smell, talk to it gently and then slowly try and pat it, it might relax and begin to trust you.
 
The same applies to networking.
 
You would be very loathe to recommend someone you don’t know to a client of yours, because your credibility is at stake, if that person lets your client down.
 
But, by attending meetings and getting to know the other members of the networking group, you gradually build up trust in their service and their product.
 
This applies to every single one of us.   Every one of us has received an accolade at one time or other for going that extra mile, and in this way, even if we haven’t had personal experience of that particular person’s business ethic, we build trust based on our fellow members’ experiences because we trust them!

Don't Have Regrets...

On Wednesday night I got one of those calls that everybody dreads! My mom’s sister had passed away suddenly.

Although, it was sudden, she was old and ill, and had been particularly confused for a couple of weeks, rambling on about all sorts of things, and at times, living way back in the past.

She and my uncle had been in a home for the aged for about 6 years and she hated it! She was a vibrant, fun loving person in her hay day, loved food, cooking and entertaining, and living in an institutionalised environment was just not for her. But, their age, inability to care for themselves properly, and financial constraints had necessitated the move to the home, and at the time, they felt it would be for the best.

She became increasingly miserable and indigent and eventually she was confined to a wheelchair, as she needed a hip replacement, and was constantly in pain. It was too risky to consider surgery as she was suffering from diabetes, congestive heart failure and renal problems

I have to admit that I always felt guilty that I didn’t visit her as often as I should have, partially as a result of the pressures of life and partially because she was always miserable and down and I would leave there feeling depressed and helpless as I was unable to do anything to relieve her misery and suffering.

Apparently, 2 days before she died, she refused to eat her lunch, saying that she was waiting for me to pick her up for lunch. Nobody told me, as they just put it down to her ramblings, BUT I am sure that there was another reason for this. I know she wanted to see me :(

I am absolutely consumed with remorse, sadness and grief! I have cried and cried and asked her to forgive me for not visiting her more often.

So, if you are in a similar situation, take my advice...

Visit that person before it’s too late!

It’s a funny thing…. I hadn’t seen her for about 4 months, and wasn’t missing her, but now I miss her terribly. I actually ache to see her one more time.

Why? Because I can’t!

What is a Book????

My daughter works part time in a book store and she invited me to a book launch last Sunday night.
 
I was a real bookworm as a child, teen and young adult, but I am afraid that I am now a hopeless Internet Junkie and no longer have the time or the inclination to read. So, my immediate reaction to my daughter’s invitation was “What the heck is a book???” LOL! But, not wanting to be ungracious and knowing that she really wanted me there for moral support, I reluctantly agreed.
 
My daughter was taking cash and assisting customers with queries and I wandered aimlessly along the aisles, looking at shelves and shelves of BOOKS! Novels, non-fiction works, self-help books, biographies, business books, science fiction books, religious books, recipe books, children’s books…best sellers, sale books, classics, well-known and obscure authors… you name it! And, I felt deeply saddened that I no longer read.
 
The www, in all its wonderful and magical glory, has added much to my life, but in that moment, I realised that it has also changed me, and perhaps taken something away from me, and I made a firm decision to change that!
 
The first step? I bought 2 books!!!
 
I haven’t started reading yet, but I do intend to (if I can ever get away from this keyboard!!)
 
Do other Internet Junkies read? And, if so, when do u find the time to “feed” your addiction, work, run a home AND read????

Beware of Windows Updates!

My computer crashed last week, after I had downloaded a Windows XP update. When I called my Computer Technician he told me that I am the third person he has spoken to this week that this has happened to. He can probably retrieve all my data, but I think that the computer has taken an involuntary retirement package! It was an old computer and I knew I would have to upgrade soon, but I would have liked to have done it on MY terms.

So, if you have an oldish computer, please take heed of this and exercise caution befoe installing any updates!

My Pet Business Peeve!

How many of you can relate to this?

You are running late for a meeting, and you are putting your make-up on (if you are a guy, you are putting your jacket or tie on!), while your printer is printing the documents you need for the meeting. You grab your briefcase, the document and the stapler as you head towards the door. You put your keys in your mouth so you have 2 hands to staple the pages together, press the stapler down on the pages, and....

NOTHING! THERE ARE NO STAPLES IN THE STAPLER!!!

This has to be my pet business-related peeve!

When are salaries going to go up?

Eskom has been granted a 13.3% increase by Nersa, in addition to the 14.2% increase already granted in December. 

Interest rates have been steadilly climbing! The petrol price???? 

Let's not go there!

The inflation rate is astronomical and the price of staple foods is out of control! We are being taxed to death, but we still have to employ private security companies and pay an arm and a leg for medical aid.  So, where does this leave us...particularly the poor... if salary levels dont start rising?

Skills Shortage in South Africa

Johannesburg - Nearly three-quarters of SA business are more focused on attracting and retaining staff than a year ago, placing SA above the global average of 59%, a new report showed on Wednesday.

The Grant Thornton's International Business Report ranked SA in the top eight countries placing staff attraction and retention high on their agenda.

"It is interesting to note that the countries where attraction and retention is the greatest concern are developing countries, while countries least affected by this issue are already developed," said Leonard Brehm, national chairperson of Grant Thornton SA.

Other countries grappling with this human resource problem include Vietnam (84%), mainland China (81%), Botswana, India, Mexico and Philippines (all at 79%).

In SA the top three strategies used to attract and retain staff are ensuring the employees understand the company's core values and goals; training top performers for leadership positions; and developing competitive reward programmes.

Staff attrition is disruptive, the report noted.

In SA 61% of respondents reported that the greatest impact of staff churn is increased operating costs followed by an increased workload for remaining staff (56%), which also absorbs the time of management and human resources. Other problems include loss of business orders to competitors (38%), difficulties introducing new working practices (37%), fall in customer service standards (36%) and a fall in product quality standards (32%).

In addition, eight out 10 local businesses indicated that it was costing them more to pay salaries than it was 12 months ago. In this category SA ranked fifth behind mainland China, Botswana, India and Turkey.

And you thought you had a bad day???

I don’t know why I bothered to wake up yesterday????

The first thing I was presented with was a blocked loo! As I flushed, up came a deluge of water and sawdust! Sawdust! My daughter had cleaned her hamster cage and emptied the last bits of sawdust into the loo and voila! Blocked loo! Of course, she vehemently denied it, in spite of the “evidence”! I rushed to the hardware store and bought a plunger and thankfully managed to clear it, but now I was running hopelessly late for an appointment.

I almost killed myself getting there on time and then proceeded to wait…and wait…

I had arranged to meet a client at M&A. He is a printer who had to see me “urgently” to discuss web copy he needed written. Eventually I called him and guess what??? He forgot! And hastened to tell me that he was in CARLETONVILLE, so clearly there was no point in waiting for him.

I set off to my next appointment and no sooner had I pulled off, than my daughter called to say that my little toy pom had caught a bird and injured it! I told her to put the bird in a box and take it to the vet. She was screaming and crying that she couldn’t do this alone …blah…blah… I remembered the sawdust in the loo (ohhh..she is 24, by the way!), and said “Make like Nike and just do it!!!”.

I got to the office and was just starting to unwind when I got a frantic call from my son to say he has a stomach ache! He is almost 17, by the way! OK, I am a genius (pun intended), I know, but what the *&^% was I supposed to do??? So, I told him to take a Buscopan and stop bothering me!

Half an hour later the phone rang again…I was afraid to answer it!

It was my husband to tell me he feels like death! I told him to go to the doctor. He then proceeded to tell me that he can’t go the doctor, because it’s the month end he has to report to Chicago before the end of the day, etc etc (He is an Accountant, by the way). Ok, so what the *&^% can I do??? ARRRGHHH!!!! Make the death feeling go away? Make Chicago go away??

From then on the day just descended further and further into the quagmire! Nothing serious…just stuff like losing a document on my computer due to a power failure. Not load shedding…that I would have been prepared for. Just click! And blank screen in front of me! And, then of course, there was the little issue of dropping a bottle of tomato sauce, which naturally broke, and guess who spent an hour cleaning “tomato sauce spatter” off everything but the ceiling!?

Enough said!

Thank G-d it’s now Thursday!

Until One is Committed....

there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all aspects of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.

That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one, that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no-one could have dreamt would have come their way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Begin it now!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1832)

Von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, courtier, and natural philosopher, is acknowledged as one of the greatest figures in Western literature.

The above piece is a direct translation from the original German, and carries a powerful message about commitment.

Imagine if Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell or Louis Pasteur had not been committed and just given up????

How to write a good Recruitment Ad!

I thought I would share some tips on how to write a good recruitment ad, with all of you!

Recruitment ads should be written with the AIDA principle in mind!

A = Attention

I = Interest

D = Desire

A = Action

So, how do you attract attention?   With your Headline of course!  If you don’t address your target market or use some form of attention getting device, such as clever use of words, you are wasting 80c in every Rand you spend!
 
Now you have your reader’s attention, how do you get him to read further?  By generating interest ie.  Tell him a little about the job!  Not your entire 12 page job spec, but try and get across the challenges that the position offers, as well as the key performance areas.

You want that perfect candidate to drool!  So, you have to entice him with benefits… ie. remuneration package, great working environment, fabulous offices, sexy boss (just kidding) etc.

Ok.. he WANTS this job!  Now its time for action!  Your response para must be clear and simple.  Don’t make it difficult for him to respond…include fax and e-mail contact details and if you are up to handling queries, include a telephone number.

Always remember who you are talking to.  If you are recruiting for an executive post, it’s usually best to write in the third person and try and keep it formal.  Use as many relevant corporate buzz words as you can get away with!

If it’s a creative or more junior position, let the creative juices flow…write in the second person and avoid corporate buzz words and the “hot potato” approach.  

Of course, your media selection is very important too, as is the use of  clever concepts and/or colour and/or visuals, if you have the budget!   

Consider composite advertising if you have more than one position  - its cheaper than having to include the common matter (Intro, benefits and response) over and over!

There is a high desperation level in SA, with millions of people unemployed, so remember to clearly outline the inherent requirements of the job!  If you are looking for a “rare animal”, you need to make sure that your man spec is right on target or you will get thousands of chancers applying!

If you need any further advice, give me a shout! 

Are kids aware of the dangers on the www?

I received this info in an e-mail and thought it prudent to share it with you, especially those of you with young children!

Long...but worth the read.

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

ByAngel213:
Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123:
LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

ByAngel213:
Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

GoTo123:
Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

ByAngel213:
Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

GoTo123:
Did you have a softball game after school today?

ByAngel213:
Yes and we won!!

GoTo123:
That's great! Who did you play?

ByAngel213:
We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

GoTo123:
What is your team called?

ByAngel213:
We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

GoTo1 23:
Did you pitch?

ByAngel213:
No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!

GoTo123:
Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile.......GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. Every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton Junior High School . She had told him all this in the conversations they had on- line. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon 's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon 's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

"Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you."

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!

"Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked.

"No," Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14. And he lives in Michigan !"

The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan ?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line.. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again.
If you need any further advice, give me a shout! 

A little knowledge can make you look stupid!

I recently received the following joke, and whilst I had a good laugh, I also felt that there was an important message written in between the lines…

When a car skidded on a wet road, and struck a telephone pole, several bystanders ran over to help the driver.
A woman was the first to reach the victim, but a man rushed in and pushed her aside. "Step aside, lady," he barked. "I've taken a course in first-aid!"

The woman watched for a few minutes, then tapped him on the shoulder.

"Pardon me," she said.

"But when you get to the part about calling a doctor, I'm right here." Sometimes, it pays to listen, ask questions and not be too presumptuous and overpowering.  If you rush in boots and all, without researching the situation properly, you could land up with egg all over your face!

My dad and Rocky Marciano

It was my dad's 80th birthday on 15 December.

In his youth he was a Eastern province amateur boxing champion and he managed and trained many well-know professional South African fighters.

Yesterday we spent Xmas day with friends of ours and my dad took an old tattered photo out of his wallet of himself with Rocky Marciano, taken just 2 weeks before Rocky's untimely death in 1969.

I decided that I would love to share this pic with you all :)

My dad is on the far left and Rocky is the BIG guy!!!

Joy Dembo's dad and Rocky Marciano

What End of Year Decline?

I have been in the recruitment services business for over 30 years and from day one I was educated about the mysterious “end of year decline”!

The end of year decline traditionally begins about mid October and lasts until about mid January.  It is the time when recruitment slows down because the number of good quality candidates decreases dramatically, as people are loathe to resign from their jobs as they are waiting for bonuses and annual leave.  

But, this year has been very atypical.  After having a really quiet August and September, things started becoming chaotic in October and I am so busy at the moment, I don’t know what to do first!

Is this just co-incidence or is the economy going through a metamorphosis of sorts?  

I know the number of candidates currently on the market can partially be attributed to the massive unemployment rate, but many of the people who are applying for jobs are, in fact, employed!

Are people so “gatvol” with their jobs that they don’t mind sacrificing their bonuses?  Or perhaps fewer companies are giving their employees Xmas bonuses?  Maybe people can’t afford to go on holiday so they are using their leave to find a new position?  

Any opinions?

A Day at the Races

Who goes to the races?

Not me, as a rule, but my brother recently bought a couple of race horses and since one of them was racing today at Turfontein, he sponsored a table in the new Elevation Room and invited us to join him.

Wow... what a fabulous day we had!

We were treated like royalty, wined and dined and entertained in decadent luxury, overlooking the race track!

Since the Charity Mile was run today to raise money for various charities, there were numerous celebrities there too and I managed to twist my nephew's arm to get Schalk Burger and Butch James' autographs for my son.

I also managed to lose all the money I went with, but it was worth it! LOL!

Soooo... if you are ever invited to attend the races in style, say YES! You wont regret it

A Little Piece of Heaven

Three or four times a year we mange to escape the ratrace and enjoy a week of timesharing in Umhlanga Rocks and iti s there that I have found my little piece of heaven!

Although badly damaged in the recent floods, the Umhlanga Beach Path is like Paradise to me.  I can enjoy a quiet stroll or brisk walk along the path in relative safety and lose myself in a world of sea, sun and fun!

The roar of the waves breaking as they near the shore, the little children playing in the surf, dogs of all shapes and sizes playing on the beaches or walking with their owners on the beach path,the smell of sun tan lotion, the heavenly aroma of food coming from the restaurant or the Life Saver’s Club, the smell of the ocean, the breeze and the sun beating down on this idyllic vacation spot!

And, then there is the mystery of the rocks peeping out of water, the Lighthouse watching over the ocean like a Sentry at its post, the Zulu wares that are being touted along the path, the beautiful shells glistening in the sun and the surfers bobbing up and down in the swells.

Even the hum and chaos of the construction currently in progress on the pier and apartment complexes long the route cant mar this beautiful place for me!

All too soon it is time to come back to Gauteng, but as I sit at my computer working, I close my eyes and let my mind wander to that little piece of heaven!

Roll on December so I can return to Paradise.

Welcome to my new Website!

I was introduced to the world wide web and all its wonders exactly 10 years ago to the day, and I was absolutely bowled over!

I could not believe that one could chat with people all over the world, send photographs and music across the web, download all sorts of cool stuff and find information on almost anything!

It was like Star Wars!!  I remember thinking how lucky we are to be living in this high tech age.

Ten years on I am still fascinated by the web.  And besides being a social and information tool, it is also a great way to promote and generate business, so with the help of Jenny from Web Workshop, I decided to take the plunge and invest in developing a website for RecruitRite.

Since you are reading this, you have already discovered www.recruitrite.co.za so all that’s left for me to say, is welcome and enjoy and please let me know what you think of my new “baby”

Talk about having one of THOSE days!!

Last Wednesday 12th September 2007 was the start of the Jewish New Year.  And, besides being a deeply spiritual, reflective and happy time of year, it is also a very hectic time of year if you already have your hands full running a business, running a home, seeing to kids, dogs, accounts, shopping etc.  You get the picture???

I was having 11 people for dinner on Wednesday night and I had been so busy in the preceding weeks that I hardly had time to think about the New Year dinner, let alone plan or prepare!

A day or two before, I had booked a maid from a domestic agency to help me tidy the house and I had booked an early morning appointment with the hairdresser as my red tint had grown out and my hair was now a weird mix of grey, red and brown and looked atrocious.  I had also ordered some deli items and some veggies and I had planned to get to the deli before the hairdresser, before the rush on the food began!  Believe me, you don’t want to get caught in the rush when a whole bunch of “Yiddishe mamas” are fighting to get to the food counter first .

Wednesday morning arrived.  I woke up and thought “Oh shit… must I get out of bed???”  But, I eventually dragged my sorry butt downstairs and started to make preparations for the big “COOK OUT”  I glanced at my watch and saw it was 8-10 am.  The maid was late.  I waited another 15 minutes and I called the agency, only to be told that the maid had called in sick and wouldn’t be coming.  I contemplated suicide, but decided to be brave, so I woke my 23 year old daughter and told her to go and fetch my mom in law and do some “nipping and tucking” to the downstairs of the house, at least!

She wasn’t happy – I mean what self-respecting Jewish kugel wants to mop floors???  But, tough luck!  I told her to make like NIKE and “just do it!!!”.

Then the phone rang.  It was the ad agency I work for, on a retainer basis.  They had an urgent ad for a new client, which they needed extra urgently!  I had about half an hour before I had to leave for the hairdresser!  $#@*&^%!!!!

Of course by the time I had done the ad (Thank goodness I am a gifted, talented, FAST and ever so modest, copywriter!!!) and briefed my mom in law (Bless her little cotton socks) on what to do, it was too late to pick up my order from the deli before the hairdresser, so I rushed to the hairdresser, let her put the tint on my hair and went to the deli while I was waiting for the colour to take.  At least the site of me in a black cape, and with a red tint on my hair provided the other people in the queue with some entertainment.  40 minutes later, I was still in the queue, and I thought my hair was going to fall out since the tint had already been on for longer than it should have been, but I was NOT giving up my place in the queue!  Geez… u would swear that these people were NEVER going to eat again!!!  I think people were ready to punch each others lights out to get to the counter before anyone else.  Eventually I got my stuff and rushed back to the hairdresser!

I got out of the hairdresser at 11-50 am, and had to fetch my son from school at 12:00 and guess what???  My phone rings… and it’s the mother of one of my son’s friends asking me to please give her son and his friend a lift home!  I couldn’t say no since she is always good to my son and her son and mine are really good friends, sooooo I had to schlep them home too!

Eventually, I got home and had to start the cooking!   Luckily, I managed to persuade my daughter to pick up some stuff I ordered from the Spar.  She likes spending money so it wasn’t that hard to persuade her!

I had to have the table set, the food cooked and laid out,  and everything tidied up by 5,  since I wanted to go to the Synagogue,  and in order to get a reasonable parking and not have to walk miles in 6 inch platforms, u have to be there early!

Needless to say, my R700-00 hair was dripping with perspiration by 5…what with 30 Degree heat, standing over the stove and having more than a few of “those 50 year old moments”!   And, to make matters worse, I couldn’t find my phone!   Eventually, I remembered that I had left it in the car!  ARGGHHH!!!  I had missed 6 important calls and had no time to call anybody back!  

Then the frantic search began for a skirt and a “Synagogue top”.  I NEVER  wear a skirt!  I am one of those shorts and T-shirt,  or jeans and T-shirt,  kinda people, so finding a skirt in my cupboard took a while!  I have also put on a “bit” of weight since I last went to a Synagogue so finding a skirt and top combo that didn’t make me look like a pregnant elephant wasn’t easy!  With clothes strewn all over the room, my hair clamped up and the fan blowing deliciously in my red face, I started putting on some make up while my impatient hubby stood there all dressed and ready, reminding me about the hike I took in my platforms last year!

Lucky for him, I was too tired to kill him, so I just slapped on some make-up, threw on the best of the ellie clothes and the platforms, grabbed my new, outrageously expensive “Guess” handbag and hobbled to the delightfully air-conditioned car!

Anyway, despite everything, it ended up being a nice evening, but I was so wiped out by the end of the evening, I  almost cried.

And, then the lunacy started all over again the following day!!!   I had to put all the “crystal and silver” away in the morning and then rush to the Synagogue again.  In the afternoon, I set the table again and got all the left overs out so we could do the second night’s dinner.

ERRRRR… did I mention that I dropped a bottle of red wine out of one of my kitchen cupboards during the second afternoon? I guess I also didn’t mention that it broke… and I had “the Red Sea” all over my kitchen, including in the dogs lovely new baskets!  And, did I mention that I had to wash the doggie baskets, my hubby and son had to mop up the Red Sea and my daughter had to pick 3 glass shards out of her bleeding hands? And, all this about 20 minutes before we had to leave for the Synagogue for the evening service?

It’s probably best left unsaid anyway!

A valium and prozac cocktail sounded like a great idea at this stage!

Don’t sit there giggling!  I bet you have had similar days!  Tell us about YOUR “One of THOSE day” experiences!