Bad Draft

So the boss finally put up a curtain between the bathroom area and where I am sitting because there is a bad draft coming from there for the longest time.  Even though we had mentioned it several times to the landlord, nothing had been done about it.  I have a heater on below my desk as long as I am in the store but still I’m always cold.  With the curtain, it does help a bit but the draft can be seen and felt better now.  Now I’m just waiting for the landlord to come into the store and I hope that the boss will take the initiative to show him how drafty it is sitting where I am.  And perhaps if we are lucky, he will fix it, one can always hope right?

Winter Renovation For The Store

We are planning to do a little bit of renovation at the store, so  Reid  it is to get all the tools we need for the DIY renovation work.  Why renovation?  because this winter, we are going to tackle the draft problem that we have had for years.  Sitting where I am, there is such a bad draft coming thru’ that I’m constantly cold and have a heater underneath my table.

Of course, the landlord isn’t doing anything about, so we are taking the bull by it’s horn and fixing it ourselves.  This way, I won’t be cold, the store won’t be paying so much to heat the store without bad draft and we can finally have a good winter from then on.

Slave Driver

When I tell ppl that the boss is a slave driver, I’m so not kidding!  Yes! we went to work in the blizzard that we had the other day! i’m not a happy camper that’s for sure.  But we went with him to work because I didn’t want him driving alone in such a weather!  But if it was up to me – I wouldn’t leave the house.

The store was busy despite the bad weather but that’s beside the point !  i still wouldn’t have gone in if the boss didn’t insist on going in *sigh*.  Sometimes I wanna smack that fella!

A Good Rest

A new year and a new start and the most important things in life isn’t money nor materialistic things but a good night sleep every night.  Without a good night’s rest, one cannot start the day well and eventually lead to having a lousy week.  So this year, we started the year with looking at the  the clean bedroom austin  for organic beds for not only ourselves but the kid. Why?  because both the boss and the kid has asthma and we heard nothing but good things about changing to an organic bed for health reasons.  So even though a wee bit more than what anyone wants to spend, I think this is a great long time investment.  I want a good 2014 for the entire family!

We Did It!

Yes! we did it!! we survived the holiday season without any help at the store! woohoo!!!  we are pretty resilient as you can see hahah!!  nothing really deters us.  You see, we had someone who helped us during our supper time and the busy season for the last few years and he said he didn’t want to help anymore.  So that’s ok, can’t force someone to help you when they don’t feel like it right?  afterall, we were thinking that we were helping him.

I didn’t really think that we wouldn’t make it but it would be a bit hectic for us since it was always busy during the festive season but we made it without no one getting sick or anything.  The kid was great during this time and I had a g/f who volunteered to send us home during the days she didn’t have to work and the boss didn’t have to close up at all during the festive season.  We even stayed open on Sundays during the month of December without any help! woohoo!!!

This made us realize something – that whatever the situation, we can make it work.  Hard work don’t kill no one  – now on the other hand, if you don’t work, you cannot buy the things you want – now that must be miserable.  I’ll take hard work anytime.

Christmas Rush

The Christmas rush is on now – are you done shopping for your family and friends?  we are – but I’m tell you there are still lots of people who are not done shopping.  The store is completely crazy – our store I mean, it’s a non – stop people paying for things at the store.  We are sold out of all the good stuff but of course, lots of games and movies still.  But I’m telling you this year, there seems to be more people spending money at our store – it’s awesome!

Going Crazy On Seller

Yes! I went crazy on a seller – who kept telling me that it was F***ing retarded that the boss was not in to buy his stuff !  *roll eyes*  REALLY???!!!???

So he went on and on – so I went crazy on him!  I called the boss and told the boss that he was “F***ing”  so much ! and that he insisted that he had called him at 2.30pm when it never could have because the boss leaves the store at 2.15pm everyday to pick his kid up from school.  So what the hell right?

Anyhow, after the episode, we didn’t see crazy for only 2 days and he was back again to sell stuff *slap forehead* !  wished I could have gotten rid of him permanently  but for now, I’m just gonna go ballistic everytime he is unreasonable.

Music Gear For Christmas

This Christmas music gears like  markbass  has been selling like hot cakes at our store, had we known  we would have ordered more stuff to be re-sold at the store.  Just today another markbass was sold and at a very good price too.  Like I said earlier during the week, we do need a bigger store to bring in more music gadgets and instruments.

We knew that there is a market for them but I didn’t know how much people are willing to spend for the good stuff.  So this year, we did bring in a few markbass for re-selling, I guess next year, we are going to have to order more.  There are also some stuff that we get online for our customers too, like special orders if we don’t have it in stock, so don’t forget to check it out if you need a markbass.

A New Vaccum

Now that the helper is gone, I needed something to clean the store whereby I don’t have to worry about it being too heavy.  The old one belong to my dead MIL and it was a good one but a really heavy duty one.  So I told the boss I needed one and we went out to get one when we had gone to get the movies a few weeks ago.

I love the new vacuum as I can swish it around anytime I needed and now the store has never looked cleaner.  Money well spent.  But now that we don’t have to pay someone for help, it’s more money to buy stuff for the store and save for a bigger store – woohoo!  in the meantime, we are still looking out to hire someone good.  But no hiring friends and family that’s for sure.

Not Hiring Today

We have had a few people come in with resumes already but we are not hiring at the moment ?  why ?  it’s scarey – to hire anyone these days.  With the luck that we have had, mannnn! i think i rather do it by myself.  No fun hiring someone who thinks you owe it to them to make life better for them and not you.  The last person we hired didn’t wanna do nothing the last 3 months – when he left, the cleaning up of the store was horrid.  Dust were everywhere and it was just horrid some of the things were sticky and we had to tip toe around him.  Not worth all our effort to try and help people.

We will eventually hire I’m sure when we move to a bigger store but this time, it’s gonna be prim and proper and no more hiring friends and people we know or even customers.  It has to be on a professional level and fire when the minute we see no hope in continuing the relationship of boss and employee.

Christmas Shopping

While the spouse loved Halloween, I loved Christmas, so he decorates during Halloween and I do all the Christmas decoration at the store.  I know he gets all his Halloween stuff at  dept 56 halloween  and I also found my Christmas Villages here as well. From lighted houses to theme villages.  This year, the kid and I decided on a peanut village.

I can’t wait to show off our Peanut Village during Christmas dinner with the family!

Hiring 101

Yes, a mistake one should never make is to hire on a friend or family.  And you would think that after being in business for 14 years, we would have learned that but nope !  and guess what ? we got slapped on the face again!

2 years ago, when we hired a friend, we thought we were helping him but 2 years later instead of appreciating it, he decided to bad-mouth us to our customers after he gave his notice.  What a shame ! isn’t it! So the next time we hire friends or family please smack me silly ! hahahha!

Emotional Intelligence

I saw one of our town council at the local mall the other day and even though we were looking directly at him, he never did acknowledge us.  Unlike the MLA and the Mayor or deputy Mayor who would quickly acknowledged us every time we crossed path.  Strange as it might seems to some, I guess some people has a problem with their emotional intelligence?

Well, it’s not like I need anyone to know my presence but this kinda politician is the kind that you really don’t want to be working for the people or town.  I find some people after being elected can be quite insincere and pompous, there is just no humility in them at all.  It’s sad isn’t it, having a councilor working for the town thinks that he is better than others.  Sad indeed.

Emotional intelligence is very important for those serving the public or being elected to serve the public.  I know most of our councilor in town, there are but a few that I’m not very familiar with but most have emotional intelligence but not all.   There are way too many fake politicians around especially given the recent outcry of so many who had embezzled and who were caught on video doing cocaine.

In my humble opinion, a public servant must always practice good emotional intelligence else it will be your downfall.  Whether she or he is just someone standing outside Tim’s smoking or having a cup of coffee, it’s important that a public servant get off their high horses and hear from the common people, then can one say that they are working for the town.

Hosting Another Hockey Event

They are not kidding when they say that Canadian loves their Hockey games and this town loves it even more.  We are once again hosting another event here in town.  It’s wonderful !  I loved seeing all these players in town and having them stay in town and eat in town can only be good to the local businesses.  Now if only they also have them come downtown and try the chinese restaurant, the old bakery or even the red shed down on the water front, that would be wonderful too!  But I know their schedule are quite tight and they need certain kinda food.

We don’t usually see a lot of business from these events but any kinda event hosted here to generate money to any businesses is good – I’m all for it.

Christmas Craft Show

I’ve always looked forward to the Christmas craft show in town because there are just so many wonderful things to buy at a reasonable price.   Unfortunately, this year there wasn’t as much vendors as I had expected.  We did buy a few things but I was hoping to get more stuff to decorate for Christmas.

An interesting vendor this year – cooking essentials but I don’t grate my garlic nor ginger, so I didn’t buy it.

More lovely craft.

A lighted Christmas Tree.  Maybe next year, we will get more vendors since the Ferry is coming back.

Halloween Theme At Farmer’s Market

I’m very proud of the Farmer’s Market in town – they have been around for some time now and they are still going strong.  Many years ago, the chicken man at the Farmer’s Market said he would not support the Farmer’s market if it is downtown because it wouldn’t work.  Well, see it did work and it does work.  Downtown is very much the place for the Farmer’s Market – I wished they were closer to the store on Main Street though.  Maybe, a art center in the middle of the town would bring more people downtown eh.

The vendors and the entire market were all very festive and all dressed up for Halloween. Good job guys!

Win – Win Election

So the Election came and went – after a month of exciting debates and anticipation.  I of course, didn’t want the NDP to win this election at all.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into politics but mannn ! this NDP is sure hurting this town and no one likes it and being an owner by association to the spouse’s business, I’m of course not for them.

So the Liberals won big time and I’m really  happy because our MLA is from the Liberal party, now that would mean that we will not have as much trouble as we did for the last 4 years with the NDP party.  Here’s to better times for the town and its people.

On Blackberry In Bedford

So I heard on the CBC news this morning that Blackberry that had an office in Bedford will be closing its door soon even though the NDP government had promised them a lean for at least $10 million in the next 5 years?  The closing of this customer support office would mean that about 350 people would be losing their high paying jobs in Bedford – Halifax.  Now what gives right?

As far as I understand, the government have had been giving out money to big companies like Blackberry for the longest time, in hope that they will churn out jobs.  But for $10 million, wouldn’t it be a lot more feasible to support a small business from Canada to expand or to hire more people or to go internationally? Doesn’t make sense this government at all – the big guys are affected but moreso the little guys like us right?

Of Closing Shop

I was stopped the other day when I was getting my lunch at the chinese restaurant when a customer asked me about hearing rumors that we were closing our store for good.  Hahhaah!  first I’ve heard I replied.  But really, this town has got so many people with free time I guess to make up such a story.

Truth be told, we are doing very well “knock on wood” , and this store is the boss’s passion, he would never close the store that’s for sure.  Some 6 yrs ago, we were doing not so well, and he still put everything into the store and the store took a turn-around even though our economy were affected, the store continued to do well.  So why the hell would ppl start a rumor like that?  Too funny these ppl. I figured it was just some very jealous ppl around town.

Welcome Players & Visitors

It had been a busy few days for us at the store with the Street Hockey right in front of our store.  The excitement and people in downtown was truly amazing, I for one was very excited to see the downtown so vibrant.  And even with the road blocks and all, we still saw a fair bit of new customers and old ones in the store for the last few days.  Hockey players were in the store for 3 days in a row buying games and renting movies.   I don’t know about the rest of the town, but we sure were busy and opened earlier than usual and closed later too.  I truly hope that those who had visited the town, had enjoy the town and will come back or at least talk about this town.