The Salesman vs. The Receptionist

My job is to be nice.  Well, to answer the phone and be nice.  There are a few other things I do, but we’ll stick with that for now.  In being nice, you are always super polite- saying thanks when people haven’t done anything for you, never talking back, offering to do what you can(or can’t if you are a really nice receptionist).  That’s my job- I’m a receptionist. 🙂 Thank you.

Are you aware of what salesmen do?  The exact same thing.  They have a different motive, and are trying to win your good opinion to sell you something, but behavior can be similar- saying “Thank you” too much and being super-polite and all.

Okay, so maybe you’re following my lead here, maybe not.  What do you think happens when a salesman comes into an office with said super-polite receptionist?  It’s not an opening line to a joke, it’s a real-life scenario that happens all too often to me.

It instantly becomes a competition of who can help the other most, who can be the nicest, and who can say the two words “thank” and “you” together the most times….

The first sentence out of both of their mouths is either “How are you?” or “How can I help you?”.  If they happen to say them at the same time it then turns into a *polite* battle of “Sorry, what did you say?”, or “No, I’M sorry- you go first.”  Then the salesman politely inquires about the business owner, maybe throwing a compliment in about the fine carpet, eccentric painting on the wall, or the good ol’ weather.  The receptionist politely tells the salesman that she will make the business owner aware of his presence and see if he can get in soon.  She also offers water/coffee extremely nicely for a jump to the lead in the politeness competition.  The salesman then graciously accepts, and having a reason to say “thank you” does so profusely, both when it is offered and when it is put in his hand.

Next is the receptionist’s duty to apologize for the wait, and maybe offer some small talk(the small talk is probably my least favorite part).  The salesman is perfectly fine with the wait, thanks the receptionist for letting him know, and then continues the small talk.

If the business owner happens to be available, the receptionist thanks the salesman for waiting, tells him that the business owner will see him now, and offers more water, coffee, and small talk until they get to the business owners office.  The salesman at this point gets to say “thank you” to his heart’s content for getting to see the business owner, getting more water/coffee, and whatever else he can think of.

If the business owner is not available, the receptionist gets the lovely duty of informing the salesman.  Apologies are in order here. Lots and lots of apologies.  An apology for his wait, and not getting to see the business owner, and anything else she can think of.  The salesman begins again with the thank yous for their time, thanks for the water/coffee, thanks, thanks, thanks.  One last effort is made on the part of the receptionist to offer the salesman a “to-go” cup in the hot summer weather….

The receptionist and salesman then part ways….until next time.  Up until their paths cross again, they lay awake at night conniving different ways to say “thank you” more often, maybe apologize for more things, and be even more polite.

All of this is quite true, except that last paragraph.  I have never lost any sleep over worrying about being more polite. 🙂  Anyway, I just found this very entertaining- kind of a Frankenstein meets Dracula, if you will.  I hope your week is going well, and I hope sometime that you get to witness a whole new kind of battle- the battle of The Salesman vs. The Receptionist!

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Some of My Favorite Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Error of opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it” -Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t worry about kissing before marriage, it’ll work itself out….”  -Uncle Chris

“You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” -Unknown

“Nothing is worth living for, unless it’s worth dying for.” -Elizabeth Elliot

“This unexpected inquiry put me into such a difficulty that I began saying in the absurdest way that….”  -Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Chapter 22

“He who is no fool gives what he can not keep, to gain that which he can not lose.” -Jim Elliot

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”  Kay, Men in Black

“Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.”  -Unknown

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” -Charles Spurgeon

“The best books of men are soon exhausted–
they are cisterns, and not springing fountains.
You enjoy them very much at the first acquaintance,
and you think you could hear them a hundred times over-
but you could not- you soon find them wearisome.
Very speedily a man eats too much honey:
even children at length are cloyed with sweets.

All human books grow stale after a time-
but with the Word of God the desire to study it increases,
while the more you know of it the less you think you know.

The Book grows upon you: as you dive into its depths
you have a fuller perception of the infinity which remains
to be explored. You are still sighing to enjoy more of that
which it is your bliss to taste.”  -Charles Spurgeon

I hope you enjoyed them! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all who read this, I wish a very happy Thanksgiving.  Hopefully, all the people not reading this will have a nice Thanksgiving too, they just won’t know that I wanted them to.

So, enjoy your turkey!  Did you know we wouldn’t be having turkey every year at this time if Benjamin Franklin had gotten his way?  He wanted to have the turkey as our national bird, which would automatically put it out of the question for Thanksgiving dinner.  I kind of doubt that Eagle tastes very good…. Anyway, add it to your list of things to be thankful for- Benjamin Franklin didn’t get his way with regards to the national bird!

Let me know what you’re thankful for in the comments section below!  Or you can just list one thing, because if you are like me, the list is long….

I’ll wait for my next blog post *after* Thanksgiving to start pushing Christmas and all of it’s wonderfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🙂

Day and Night- My Dogs

Their names aren’t Day and Night, their personalities are.  Who would’ve thought that two dogs so different could be reside in our house?  They’ve been raised the same way and experience my family’s lifestyle together every day, and yet they are two completely different animals, other than sharing the common traits of having fur and a canine mindset.

Thea is a dark chocolate Labrador and if I had to pick another animal that she acts like, it’d be a goat.  As a puppy, she ate everything, just like goats.  Dish rags, baby socks, any food that fell on the floor, a corn cob (that’s a very long story), and various things outside (I’ll leave it to your imagination, but we live on a small farm, just so you know) all disappeared without warning.  Thea still has an appetite for tissues and paper towels, but thankfully she has lost it for all the other gross, and sometimes dangerous, things she tried to eat.  Our Lab is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever met, as I’ve heard most Labradors are.  She gets so excited to meet everyone, she can hardly contain herself.  She loves to meet new people, and her favorite things to do are probably eat, chase squirrels, bark at nothing out of the ordinary, and be petted.

Then there’s Buttercup.  Buttercup’s ‘alter-animal’ would be a chicken.  It’s embarrassing.  She is an English Mastiff, and weighs at least 125 lbs (I don’t think she’d mind me sharing her weight….).  But our dog, who is commonly referred to by new acquaintances as a horse because of her size, is cowardly!  She is scared to death to meet strangers!  A huge, intimidating dog!  She is the sweetest thing around us, but that’s about the extent of her affection. I’m not sure how big she thinks she is, but it can’t be very big at all- first of all because of her fear of people, and second of all, she still thinks she can sit in our lap(s).  When we got her as a little puppy, everyone held her.  So I guess growing up with that, she still thinks it should happen.  Visualize the 125 lb. dog coming and standing in front of you while you are sitting on the sofa, then flopping sideways to get her whole body on you, your neighbor sitting next to you, and their neighbor as well!  Other times she just sits down on the sofa next to us.  However I must say, during the winter it’s quite nice to have a heated lap-warmer! 🙂  The only drawback is that she leaves cat-like hair all over the place….and it’s blonde.  Buttercup’s favorite things to do are chase cars (there’s a faded part in the grass where she runs every time), lay around, and find different ways to invade your personal space.

So, there you go- two dogs as different as can be, even in color!  I love them both, and am so grateful that God gave them to our family.

If you have time, check out my Etsy shop-  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToKnitorKnot1013  It is without dog hair, of either color.  🙂

7.5 Reasons to Enjoy Winter

In honor of the first few snowflakes this morning in our area, I give you 7.5 reasons to enjoy winter….or at least try.

My guess is there are two types of people that will read this-  those that wonder how I could only think of 7.5 (yes, it is a little sad), and those who want to peer out of a stack of blankets long enough to laugh in my face (in a nice way, of course) at the thought of trying to enjoy winter!  Well, let’s hope all of you enjoy it either way….

I don’t like it(although I feel compelled to appreciate ALL of God’s seasons), but I have a few reasons that I am going to try to think about in the freezing-est moments.  I will share my list to help others who aren’t fond of chills invading either.  Hopefully, it will make it seem at least a teeny bit better with these happy thoughts in mind. 🙂  Those of you who enjoy the miniscule numbers on a thermometer, feel very invited to leave a comment at the bottom sharing all the reasons why you love winter- I’m sure I’ve missed some, and it will help all the rest of us endure it better!  That being said, here goes….

1.Christmas!!! I love the holiday where we celebrate the Greatest Gift by giving to others. 🙂

2.Winter makes us enjoy the other seasons in all their various beauty even more!

3.No bugs, or fewer at least….

4.Beautiful snow on the trees, fields, cars….Oh, scratch that last one- we’re keeping this positive!

5.Sensible snuggling-  During the summer, snuggling is out of the question because of the heat (unless some people you know like to keep the AC at arctic temperatures!)

6.More opportunities to accessorize!  During the summer, it can be a little difficult to accessorize as much as you want to, merely for fear of suffocating.  Not so with winter!  You can layer on as much as your heart desires, and still feel the frost nipping at your nose!  I get to wear all  the knitted accessories I have made for myself, and observe all the accessories my family members aren’t wearing that I made for them.  O_o  Oh well, you can’t win them all!

7.Coming home to a warm house.  There is a very different feeling between coming home to air conditioning and coming home to a warm house.  There just is.  A warm house just makes it seem so much like a homey-home.  Side note:  I am SO looking forward to the day when our fireplace is up and running….That’ll be the day!

7.5.More time spent indoors with family- this point could also be on the top 7.5 worst reasons to enjoy winter (you may or may not see that blog post come out late January to early February….). This one only gets a half because it’s great to be cooped up with people you love, until Cabin Fever starts developing.

Originally when I commenced writing this blog post, there were going to be 10 reasons.  However, being a fan of all things warm (including summer!), I didn’t succeed at reaching that number, so please enjoy the 7 (and a half) that I did come up with.  If you need something new to help you keep warm, please check out my Etsy shop, To Knit or Knot?.  Until next time then!  I shall now go wrap myself up in a blanket of wooliest-warmth, and recite these to myself over and over, until I have to make a public outing.  Just kidding, I don’t exactly have time for that, but it sounds wonderful…. Oh!  Here’s a bonus reason-  Hot chocolate.  I love  hot chocolate…. or any type of chocolate really!  Have a lovely day, and stay warm!

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‘Morals’ from The Amazing Spiderman 2

The evening after watching “The Amazing Spiderman 2” for the first time, I had three (rather silly) morals from the story.  There are probably other lessons to be learned (if that  happens to be your goal in watching Marvel films), but these are my three.  Rather, they could even be called ‘thoughts’ on the movie instead of morals, because some of them really aren’t the most coherent.  And, this is by no means a strict review of the movie, because I am not a strict movie critic and am totally without credentials. 🙂 So understanding that, here we go-

1. Love people

I was very saddened in watching the way some of the characters were treated, thinking “if only someone loved them, they wouldn’t be acting like that”.  Not the flippant “I love everybody” without doing anything to demonstrate it, but genuinely showing love and concern for others.  Without getting too deep here, I am working on this trait myself- living out 1 Corinthians 13, with the help of a great sermon preached at my church a couple weeks ago- here is the link.  Yes, it sounds very sappy, but I think it’s true.  With that in mind….

2. Stay away from psychos

In light of my last statement, this seems rather contradictory, but life would be much better lived without psychos.  They tend to do spontaneous, detrimental things, and it normally doesn’t work out too well for anyone in the vicinity.  Good luck figuring out how to make these two mesh- I haven’t quite figured it out myself if that makes you feel better.  But the last one is really easy….

3. Don’t be Spiderman’s girlfriend

****Spoilers****Don’t read further if you haven’t seen it.  Without explicitly saying what happens, it probably won’t (or doesn’t) work out so well for you in the end.  Just sayin’.  Not to say that Spiderman would make a bad boyfriend- I really liked the part of the movie that focused on Gwen/Peter’s relationship, but I figure there are plenty of great guys out there that don’t bring potentially life-threatening  consequences into a relationship. 🙂  Besides, I’d rather have Captain America!  No offense meant to Spidey fans, I just personally prefer Captain America.

There you have it- my three lessons learned from watching a fictional superhero movie.  But then, I think most (if not all) superhero movies are fictional….Perhaps that was a redundant description.  It all depends on how you define superhero. 🙂

Anyway, have a great day….And love people, while at the same time avoiding psychos, and don’t be Spiderman’s girlfriend.  🙂  Even if you are busy doing all of the above, I’d love it if you would check out my Etsy shop- To Knit or Knot?  Thanks!