Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Excitement at Chez WDKY

What an exciting day. The guy that’s been doing my printing just turned up with about 15 boxes… letterhead, brochures, report covers, compliment slips, business cards and flyers. The smell of all the paper is just gorgeous, and I now feel that the launch project is… well, complete. All on time, and just slightly over budget.

The news yesterday was that it looks like I have my first job, a kind of interim management role that involves carrying out a management audit and then putting a change strategy together. I need to sit down with the client – who I know, as he was trying to employ me direct earlier this year – but it looks like it may well take me through January and February for three or four days a week, and if that’s the case it’ll give me my revenue target up to the end of March. Anyway, time will tell and I’ll be hoping to get a contract in place before the end of the year. It’s so fucking exciting!!!

I also spoke to my bro today… he was coming up from Brighton for a couple of days over Christmas and I was planning to do some cooking on Boxing Day, but it seems that he can’t get anyone to feed the cats. By some miracle, I managed to get me and the kids booked into a hotel for the night, so we’re going down there instead, to skim pebbles on the beach and play on the pier. I proposed to my ex on Brighton pier, as it happens… mind you, I then pulled a muscle on one of the rides, and in hindsight that might have been something of an omen.

And still no tree – can you believe that? I’ve told the kids that Santa will either leave their presents by the fireplace or – if they’re really good – he may even leave them at the bottom of their beds. They’re completely overcome with excitement at the prospect, and I’ll just have to make sure I don’t trip over anything as I’m doing my Father Christmas impression. Somehow I think it might give the game away.

28 comments:

K.D. Morgan said...

Congrats and good luck with the new client. What a perfect way to end the year and start the new one.

And yes, quiet is the key in doing your Christmas duties.

Enjoy the holidays!

WDKY said...

Well, that's a bloody mystery. Thanks though, KD x

WDKY said...

Ah... there you are!

zoozan said...

as kd says a great bridge between 2005 and 2006.

I used to have quite a complicated routine on Christmas eve. We'd put mince pies, sherry and carrots out by the fireplace. Then I would make a big play of putting newspaper down to protect the carpet from Father Christmas's boots.

Once the kids got to bed I'd take bites out of the mince pies, get rid of the carrots (reindeer get very hungry) and then rub my wellies in mud and make footprints on the newspaper. Somehow the footprints just used to clinch it for them.

Blondie said...

As stated above, what a wonderful way to start the year. I'm more than happy for you and hope it continues throughout the new year.

Christmas sounds like fun, the plan is sure to work. I'm assuming mine will be quiet and such. hehe I think it will be 70 degree F here in Houston. Can't expect more of a Texas Christmas than that!

OMG Zooz, what a fabulous idea for Christmas!!! I cannot wait until my boy is older to do that!

WDKY said...

Zooz, you just like mince pies, you can't fool me.

Ruthie, thanks sweetheart. I know you're in for a good year too!

networkchic said...

congrats on landiing your first client. It's nice to go into the new year with a little bit less stress isn't it.

I hope Santa leaves something at he foot of my bed, that's a much better place than under a tree.

Have a great holiday!

j said...

that's a great high note to end the year with. it will be a happy new year.

Mine Is a Gin said...

Such good news about your first client -brilliant!

Your fear of tripping up reminds me of one Christmas when I heard Santa in my sister's room. He'd clearly had far too many sherries on his rounds and tripped up, dropping the rather large (and noisy) compendium of games on her bedroom floor, accompanied by a huge clatter of all the counters and dice and a less than sotto voce "oh shit!"

blueprincesa said...

I had a romantic moment on the Brighton Pier too, with someone things didn't end up working out too well with. Maybe the thing is cursed.

WDKY said...

Thanks, NWC... you have a great one too!

J, I hope so, for all of us.

Ginny, thanks - you gave me a bit of a laugh then. "Oh shit" :-)

Blue, I hope to god I don't meet anyone there on Boxing Day... it's bound to be a disaster! Oh, and I think you have to log in as you when you post a comment, or you become gobbledegook.

WDKY said...

Blimey - the merest mention and the other one disappeared. Spooky!

NML said...

Congratulations! That is a brilliant start {hug} Now you'll be pleased to know that you inspired the latest article on BR (that's baggage by the way...) First thing you see on the homepage. Naughty thing ;-)

Serial said...

Nice one.

Got any jobs going? Need any cheap PR?

unforgiving bitch said...

Hey --- congrats on your new work! :-) YAY! Ok...I'm a little slap happy. I think I'll go to bed.

Darkneuro said...

Congrats on the new client. You've also been gifted per Osbasso for HNT :) Go see :)
Merry hoho!

check said...

congrats T! that's definitely good news.. and great timing too..
so much new paper stuff! wish i could smell it too.. and maybe blondie should join in..
and you be careful on that bridge..!

WDKY said...

NML - just been over for a read, and left my own comments there. This whole obsession is a bit of a bummer, isn't it?

Serial, if I could, mate...

UB - thanks. Hopefully you're nicely tucked up as I type this?

Darkneuro... how sweet of you - thanks. Having seen The Secretary recently, can I have one just like that please?

Check, you can come and smell my paper any time. And I will :-)

eljacek said...

dont stress kids wont find out :) and grats on teh income.... and whats with the london tube workers trying to impersonate these NYC pansies and go on strike. I tell ya, the French have run rampant!

eljacek said...

ok grats on the jobbe, the kids shouldnt find out and whats with the london tube workers treying to immitate the NYC transit workers, I blame the French with their strikes. 2nd time im posting this.... btw,,,,

k o w said...

Love that fresh paper smell. My father runs a paper company and there's just nothing like that scent.

check said...

and i like the comment thingy you've done... i was gonna mention it earlier but i forgot..it's neat, in both senses of the word.

Sher said...

Where are you? I'm worried.. No HNT?

sirreene said...

I am sure this is just the first of many clients who will be finding their way to you. We all did!

WDKY said...

EJ - thanks. And thanks :-)

KOW, it's a gorgeous smell. You reminded me of my grandpa, who used to be a baker and would come round smelling of freshly cooked bread.

Check... thanks, and better late than never ;-)

Sher, I've been busy, buying and wrapping presents. Anyway, I thought it was cancelled today!

Annalis said...

WDKY, Here's wishing you and your's a very happy holiday.

Congrats on the job. You sound very happy. :)

Kel said...

Yay Work! We love it when things come together for us just in time for the holidays! My (soon to be ex) employer actually FORGOT to pay me at the beginning of the month. They sent me a check when I reminded them that I actually DO exist. Then they apparently didn't update their accounting books because they paid me again for this payday - and didn't subtract the amount they already paid me. So, in essence, I got a GRAND bonus for December. Of course, I'll have to pay it back next month, but it's just enough to pay for my insurance for my own company.... poetic justice or just Santa's way of working little holiday miracles? A little of both I think.

Happy Holidays to you & yours, I hope you have a fabulous time!

WDKY said...

Anna - thank you, and the same to you and yours. Yes, I feel pretty good at the moment.

Kel, as above. I haven't paid my insurance yet :-(