Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Where o where has my little brain gone…

I’m losin’ it. I don’t know what has happened to my brain. It’s here one minute and completely checks out the next. Let me give you a recent example.

In my line of work, I organize meetings for grant applicants within my council of governments’ region to give presentations of their grant projects to a committee. This committee scores the grant projects based on certain criteria. I turn in the final rankings from those scores to the Governor’s Office. The Governor’s Office then decides what projects get funded based on the rankings from each region. So, it’s pretty important to get stuff right when organizing/facilitating these meetings.

This morning was our last scoring meeting of the year. I double-checked all the to-do’s, got my information together, and checked with our administrative assistant to see if we were missing anything. She said everything was ready, but I still felt like I was missing something. I went into the meeting room to make sure everything was set up properly and sat down to go over the presentation I was giving. This was at about 9:15 a.m. The meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m.

At about 9:40 a.m. I realized that I had not contacted the other presenter!! They had no clue they were supposed to be here in 20 minutes to give a presentation on their grant project. I had committee members driving in from 50 miles away to attend this meeting and I hadn’t notified the presenter!!

I rushed to my desk, frantically looked up the grant applicant’s phone number and prayed they would be able to make it with such short notice.

Luckily for me, the applicant was able to make it by 10:30 a.m. – which wasn’t a problem because we were able to move the agenda around and the committee took care of some other matters before getting to the presentation. However, I still feel like a giant a**.

Here’s my apology letter to the applicant.

Dear (applicant),

I feel like a giant a**. This is not normally how I do business, so I’ll blame this incident on the baby who is apparently sucking brain power from me in order to continue developing his or her brain. Apparently this stuff happens during pregnancy, so please excuse my mind’s absenteeism during the next six months.


Ok, that’s not what I wrote, but I really wanted to. Isn’t it easier to blame it on someone else, even if they aren’t “technically” present to defend themselves? This is what I really wrote.

Dear (applicant),

Thank you for making such an effort to be here this morning. I sincerely apologize for not notifying you of the presentation time and date for your grant project in a timely manner. Generally the applicant is notified at least a week in advance...

And it continues on in a professional fashion. Hopefully they don’t completely hate me. Everything ended well, and it was the last scoring meeting for the year, so I’m home-free until next year!

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Short Note

Until I can figure out how to put the "baby ticker" (located on the right side of this page) on my baby blog, it will be housed on this blog. I've discovered I don't have the patience to learn how to use a new blog site. Wordpress.com seems a lot more complicated to use than Blogger.com; however, it does have some fun stuff like making one's own heading and being able to view recent comments without much effort.

On another short note, my heartbeat appointment is today at 4:30. Yay! So I should have an update on how that goes this week. Stay tuned!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Sweet Announcement

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new bit of my life. I’ve been a bit pre-occupied with another blog site that I haven’t announced…until now. It’s http://babyanderson08.wordpress.com/ - yes, I’m pregnant! We wanted to wait to tell the world until at least 12 weeks…and that time is here.

Sheldon sent me a sweet reminder today. I had no clue that he was planning to do this, so it was a nice surprise.

It’s just too pretty to eat…yet.