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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Decision Making and Responsibility: Out with the Old, In With the New

I am being buried under loads of work lately. On top of that, everybody is asking me everything.

I am so tired of having to answer all questions.

- The lawnmover is broken. What should we do?
- Get it fixed if fixing costs below such and such amount.

- We shall be letting this person go. What should we do?
-Ask the lawyer.
- The lawyaer says this and that. How should we proceed?
- Do this and that.

- May I leave ten minutes early?
- Yes.

- So and so has worked all night, shall I give him the day off?
- Yesss! Sure! (Or rather no, make him work like a slave so that he finally leaves the company and sues our artses off).

All day long I probably answer 100 questions 95 of which are plain simple or dumb. I simply cannot concentrate.

And no, they are not asking me all the time just because they look up to me or they value my opinion or they find me reliable. They are asking because they do not want to take on the responsibility associated with decision making.

Today, I stayed home to catch up on my work in silence. Thankfully, I only got 20 calls or so.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cannot Believe February is Over!

Life is on the fast track lately. The second month of the New Year is gone! Pooof! Just like that! Wow! When did that happen?

Yesterday we had our first Board meeting and it went well.

I have so much to do in the upcoming months, I am sure, the year will be over before I can realize it.

Today, I had to take care of a gazillion little things and thankfully, I am done with all those small tasks. Now I can concentrate on some projects.

I have been ignoring my weight. That's not good. I want to get back on track a.s.a.p.

There is a facebook group I belong to. There had been calls for help for two school libraries and one for our soldiers fighting terrorists in the South.  I bought books online and also from second hand shops to send to the schools. My second box has been sent. I have another box of books to be sent to High School Students. I am waiting for instructions as to where to send it.

I have also sent 30 care packages to our brave soldiers. I selected undergarments and socks to be sent. Other people will be sending different items such as packaged foods and etc.

Now, I am looking forward to Spring and moving to the new office.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Busy Bee

I have been very busy lately. I escaped to Ankara today both to concentrate on some work and to be with mom over the weekend. I talk to her every day but, it has been almost two months since we were together last time. I tried convincing her to come with me back to Istanbul but, she is one stubborn mom. May be next time.

My sister and BIL will also come early Saturday morning and they would like to look at an apartment for sale. They want me to go see the place too. I will pick them up from the airport.

I will also go visit a childhood friend of mine whose dad just passed away. He was my father's best friend but managed to live 24 years longer than him. He was also 7 years older than my dad. Poor dad! I am going to be 51 this June and I now realize how early he died. He was only 54!

I gotta go back to work now.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Hair!

The friend who took the pictures told me, it actually looks better than the pictures but, I like it the way it looks. My hair is naturally a little wavy but in these pictures it is straightened and it doesn't look so great.

You may see a tiny little bit of "me" in the last picture :)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hair Salon

I have realized that the last time I had a hair cut at a salon was back in November 2016. Not 2017, 2016!

It was a layered short cut so well done that, the hair grew out even and I did not feel the need to go to the salon. I just colored my own hair every 6-8 weeks or so, to cover the gray. Easy peasy!

However, since I have been feeling stressed out lately, I decided to go to the salon and told my hairdresser, he can do whatever he wants to except for darkening my color. So, he decided to give me a balayage. I had no idea what it was just kind of knew that it was like highlights, just subtler.

After spending four hours and about USD 100.- (I know it is a steal when compared to the US prices but, I still felt it was too much), I walked out of the salon a happy camper. My hair has never had such lighter color before and I think, it suits me since I have pretty light skin. Actually, the first week of a summer vacation is pretty embarassing. I look like a big white whale and then, my color starts to turn just a little. I don't remember having a tan ever. I need a beach vacation for 6 weeks before I can get a tan. Who is that lucky?

I have been told not to wash my hair till Tuesday morning. He apparently gave my hair some special treatment after the coloring. This prosedure is not done very close to your roots, so I have been told, it is safer than the highlights.

Perhaps it was time for me to go dirty blondish at the age of 51, ha!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Stupid and Sleepy Weekend

I slept in on Saturday. I was supposed to meet a friend for coffee late in the afternoon. I hurried out to get to the tailor to drop a pair of pants for hemming before heading to the coffee shop we were supposed to meet.

Since I was rushing, I was not paying attention to the sidewalk and my bumper got caught. As I tried pulling away, I managed to break the bumper. Yeah! I quickly called my friend and cancelled our get together. I really wanted to see her but, it wasn't meant to be.

I took pictures and called the Fleet Company (I am driving a company car) and they told me they need a police report. I thought the police would not come for such a minor issue but luckily they did in less than an hour. They gave me an alcohol test at 3 p.m. in the afternoon! (I guess some people can be drunk at that hour of the day). They quickly jotted down the report and told me to get it from a police station on Sunday.

30 minutes later a tow-truck came and took the car. It was a minor issue but, the broken part was going to rub on the tire so, I did not want to drive the car.

By the time they took the car away, it was too late for the Fleet Company to bring me a loaner. I had to go to the airport closer to me to pick it up. No big deal really.

Other than this, I cooked a couple of dishes for the week and spent every single moment dozing off in fron of the TV.

Today, the company driver went to get the report and the Fleet Company started the repairs already. It was such a stupid mistake on my part but, it is covered by insurance and this is the first such thing I did since early 90's. Better than a real accident thank God.

Thursday, February 8, 2018


About 10 days ago, a bunch of idiots working on a construction project about half a mile from my office drilled and busted the sewage pipe and poured down concrete. Before anyone realized what was happenning, the sewage backed up and started filling our garden that is lower than the street level.

Basically people's s.it, is now sitting in our garden. The smell is mighty horrid, the garden looks like a swamp and the Landlord refuses to help. So, we decided to evacuate as soon as possible and started looking for probable office spaces. Needless to say, we will be suing the Landlord.

Our Office Assistant and I have visited several places with a realtor and came up with 3 alternatives. Tomorrow, we shall be showing those places to the CEO, CFO and the architect to decide which will serve our purposes best.

In any case, we cannot be out of this place before late April.

The ex-boss is glad, he barely escaped this hellhole. We always had small issue with the electricity and the infrastructure but the beauty of our garden and the peaceful location made it worth staying over here.

Now, we will be moving to a plaza type of office space with a Mall or very close to one and life will be different.

I am sure, the Mall will have a terrible effect on most of our staff's finances but they have to grow up and manage their money.

That's why I have been MIA lately. Too much stress... I am trying to cope with it by seeing my friends after work and during the weekend. I miss my mom but, do not have the time to go to Ankara these days. Let me sign off for now and call mom to see how she is doing.