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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23190 on: August 28, 2013, 12:59:58 PM »
I've never used a cleaning service.  But I would think that two hours means, well, two hours.  With *maybe* the exception of, you aren't home, and you left a list, and they took care of the list, and they can't see anything else that needs to be done.  If you're home, I think they should check back with you when they've done everything on your list (or, if you didn't have a list, their own list of what they usually do), and see if you have other things for them to do.  I think it's a good idea to have several backup chores and give them basically a second list, so they don't have to *keep* coming back to you.  But once is reasonable.

I'd love to hire a cleaning service like that, but after your story, I'm a little reluctant.  :(
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« Reply #23191 on: August 28, 2013, 01:07:40 PM »
I think you erred by not giving them the list of everything you wanted them to do.  Most cleaning services do not come back to you to ask if there is anything else after they are done.  They assume that the instructions you give them before they start is everything you need done that day. 

We have a cleaning service in every two weeks.  The first time they came out, we walked through the house with them going over exactly what we wanted them to do.  The person in charge told us it might take an extra 15-30 min, but what we wanted was doable.  The did go over about 15 min, but they had done everything we asked.  We did notice that some things were not as clean as we would have liked and so we followed up behind them.  Based on that experience we scaled back a bit on the list of stuff we wanted them to do in order to make sure the cleanliness was up to our standards.  Its worked out great for about 3 years now

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« Reply #23192 on: August 28, 2013, 01:08:38 PM »
I think they should have stayed for 2 hours because that is what you paid for.  And I wouldn't be calling this company to do any more work for me.

Whatever company/individual you do go with, though, will likely quote you for the cleaning you want done on a regular basis and it will be the same price each time, regardless of how long it takes, like Phoebelion indicated.  In that case, if they quoted you $100 for 3 hours work each visit and managed to complete everything in 2.5 hours, that would be fine.

A Groupon is to drum up business.  You'd think they'd be doing their absolute best work in order to get you to be a regular client.

Which reminds me, I need to call the number of the person I ran into at Costco and see if she can come give me a quote...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23193 on: August 28, 2013, 01:09:59 PM »
Your list of priorities was fine.  But next time, include a line that states other things they can do to fill up the 2 hours you have paid for.  And state it that way.

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« Reply #23194 on: August 28, 2013, 01:17:19 PM »
I honestly wouldn't have been concerned at all about their leaving early.

I would, however, have been concerned that what they did do they did not do well!

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« Reply #23195 on: August 28, 2013, 01:19:55 PM »
To this day, I regret not telling a certain cleaning company why I stopped using them ...

Here's the story:  I came home one day and found that my makeup mirror was broken.  It was the light-up kind, so it cost a few bucks, and the mirror part was cracked.  It had been fine in the morning, the cleaners came that day, and when I came home at night, I found the damage.  I called the company, and they flatly denied being responsible.  "It was like that when we got there."  I called BS on that one, and I insisted that they pay for a replacement.   They very grudgingly coughed up the money, griping that I'd bought the most expensive replacement I could find (I hadn't), and then they demanded that I give them the broken one (it had already been thrown away).  I decided to find another cleaner after that.

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« Reply #23196 on: August 28, 2013, 01:21:54 PM »
I had a cleaning service come to add 'sparkle' before my Bunco party.  They worked so quickly that I went and cleared the master bath, excited that they would have time to do a bit in there, even though it was not on my list of what needed work for the party.

Well, the last 45 mins, they became super slo mo, realizing they were at the end of the list, and not realizing I had more for them. 

So, call it whatever, but I will not be using that company again.

And, am I the only one with the special kind of floor that AFTER you sweep and mop, that once it dries, it needs a sweeping again, from dried dust, or whatever?!?

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« Reply #23197 on: August 28, 2013, 01:23:04 PM »
^ Wow. I would not use that company again either.

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« Reply #23198 on: August 28, 2013, 02:07:23 PM »
I honestly wouldn't have been concerned at all about their leaving early.

I would, however, have been concerned that what they did do they did not do well!

Wow.  Yeah, I'd be ticked off at them, too.   
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One day, she had finished a little early, so she cleaned and organized my fridge.    ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23199 on: August 28, 2013, 02:16:27 PM »
May I nominate a four footed candidate who got smacked by some furry karma recently?  TeaCup Doggie is not quite two years old, spoiled rotten and suffers from the notion that a) she is a Rotweiler and b) Master of All She Surveys.  She lives with two other dogs who are both used to deferring to her, even though they have been part of the household longer and are bigger than she is. 

Enter Rescue Puppy.  Rescue Puppy is six or seven months old three times the size of TeaCup and desperate to play.  There are toys all over the house and nearly all of them are toys that TeaCup is not interested in AT ALL.  Until now.  Rescue Puppy cannot pick up a toy, look at a toy Or breath near a toy without TeaCup getting all in her face, barking and screaming and carrying on. 

As soon as Rescue Puppy drops the toy in question, Teacup picks it up, heads into the dining room and sticks in underneath the credenza where she can fit but Rescue Puppy cannot.  Then she goes out to see what else she can take from Rescue Puppy. 

It doesn't matter if she has three nylon bones included in her little Smaug-like hoard...if Rescue Puppy has one, Teacup must have it, too.  (I spent most of my time sitting them taking all the toys away and hiding them.  One morning I piled all the toys up on the ledge in the kitchen and came back to find TeaCup nudging her cage toward the window to see if she could climb on top to get at them.

One of the other dogs is a homely little mutt who has the sweet soul of a poet.  He's a big hug in fur and loves to snuggle.  EVERYONE loves him and no one ever hears him bark.  He had been snuggling with me one afternoon when "the girls" got into a fight over a rope toy. 

TeaCup had decided that two rope toys weren't enough.  She needed three and she wasn't going to rest until she had the one that Rescue had.  Nothing any of us did could shut them up.  I was getting upset because I couldn't even grab them (and I had had to get up and leave Snugglepuss to fend for himself.

Suddenly Snugglepuss marches into the middle of the conflict, looks from Teacup to Rescue and back and let out what can only be called a Super Atomaic BARK!  (Think "Bolt")

Both girls were so shocked they both dropped the toy.  Snugglepuss picked it up, toddled off upstairs with it where, I guess he hid it, then he came back downstairs, climbed back into his spot on the sofa and sat there looking at me as if to say "Well, come on, the movie is still going and my ears need scratching."

TeaCup and Rescue were staring at each other as if to say "What the heck just happened?"

Snugglepuss got extra biscuits for rescuing me.

LOL!! I LOVE that story and I love the phrase "A hug in fur!"  He sounds like a sweetie and your others are a trip and a half!! :)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23200 on: August 28, 2013, 02:21:46 PM »
A teacher should not have been using sarcasm toward elementary school-age kids anyway.  LOTS of kids, even those who aren't on the spectrum, don't understand it, well into their teens.

From GhostBusters:
Dr Ray Stantz: "Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947."
Dr. Peter Venkman: "You're right, no human being would stack books like this."


I remember seeing this movie when I was in college, thanks to the free movies shown to students on weekends.  As a child the movie had frightened me, but in my late teens suddenly it was hysterical and I was wishing I'd worn Depends or something.   So much of that movie flies over the heads of kids, I think.  I know the part you quoted wasn't fully appreciated till I was an adult.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23201 on: August 28, 2013, 02:27:09 PM »
A teacher should not have been using sarcasm toward elementary school-age kids anyway.  LOTS of kids, even those who aren't on the spectrum, don't understand it, well into their teens.

From GhostBusters:
Dr Ray Stantz: "Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947."
Dr. Peter Venkman: "You're right, no human being would stack books like this."


I remember seeing this movie when I was in college, thanks to the free movies shown to students on weekends.  As a child the movie had frightened me, but in my late teens suddenly it was hysterical and I was wishing I'd worn Depends or something.   So much of that movie flies over the heads of kids, I think.  I know the part you quoted wasn't fully appreciated till I was an adult.

Haha, my son recently turned 13.  If we watch a movie he first saw as a young child, and something like that comes up, he's taken to pointing at the TV and yelling "I get that now!" and laughing hysterically. This especially happens with movies containing innuendo.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23202 on: August 28, 2013, 04:26:02 PM »
Actually, I kind of like #2. That is because, when my mother was working in a university's reading & study skills help department, she came across a student who was getting lousy grades; Ds and Fs. He didn't really deserve them, because he was brilliant, and knew his subjects - but his profs couldn't read what he wrote. Awful handwriting, and terrible spelling.

My mom, in spite of lacking credentials, had an instinct for detecting learning disabilities just from reading the students' papers. She suspected dyslexia and sent him for that testing.

Not only did he have dyslexia, but it was profound. It was stunning that he had even graduated from high school, let alone gotten Ds in college.

PCs weren't around then. She did get his profs to let him type all his papers, and to forgive his spelling. Yeah, she went above and beyond for him. He became a family friend. He has had to fight all his life against prejudices against him because he can't spell.  :'( >:(

Sounds like a friend who has a daughter with what she calls "stealth dyslexia" (not sure if that's a real name or not).  Basically, her daughter is brilliant.  So brilliant, that the fact she's also extremely dyslexic was hidden really well as long as she was just reading, because her mind was able to make the huge leaps that it took to recognize words even without being able to process the order of the letters properly.  She was reading on something crazy, like college level, by third grade.  But in third grade, her mother started really working with her on spelling, and she realized that her daughter couldn't reliably spell the word "she."  In third grade.  After a MONTH of working on it.  And when her daughter could read on a college level!  That was when she realized that something was wrong.  I guess the daughter was just able to compensate for the issue so much that it didn't become apparent until she had to learn to spell.

Just like my husband.  He is *ridiculously* clever.  Scary clever.  However, his handwriting looks like a cross between a spider throwing up and a 13 year old boy's.  It hurts me to look at it sometimes - and to look at him when he's writing because he grips the pen SO HARD his whole hand turns white.  He also presses ridiculously hard.

He went to a good British public school and has a good degree in Biochemistry and has recently completed a Masters (in Meat Science - so "bugs on meat").  He has worked in cancer research at top level universities.  (Can you tell I am seriously proud of him?)  He LOVES to read.  However, it takes him SOOOO long to get through even the slimmest of books; even ones that he is interested in. 

It was only in the past two years that he has been tested for dyslexia, and  - what a surprise - he is Seriously Dyslexic.  His general academic levels came out on the 98th percentile - except for reading speed and comprehension, word choice and writing skill, where he didn't score higher than the 45th percentile, so there's a significant discrepancy. 

Fortunately, since he started the testing at the beginning of his Masters course, he was able to get adjustments, such as being given print outs of the slides used in presentations (in advance of the session so he can read through them at his own pace) rather than having to take his own notes at the time, being given extra time in exams and timed writing sessions and also he was allowed extra re-writes of his dissertation. 

However, he is so reluctant to ask for my help it took almost failing his course before he let me look over his dissertation; in the end we did have to have an argument before he let me assist.  Now he has let me re-word his CV and help him with online applications (and he now ticks the "do you need adjustments" box when applying for jobs) he is getting to interview rather than being rejected at the first hurdle. 

I just wish it was picked up on earlier - I really do wish the fact that he enjoyed reading and read for pleasure as a child meant that the school said that there was no way he was dyslexic.

On another point - why is dyslexic so hard to spell.  Surely that's cruel...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23203 on: August 28, 2013, 05:32:45 PM »

From GhostBusters:
Dr Ray Stantz: "Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947."
Dr. Peter Venkman: "You're right, no human being would stack books like this."


I remember seeing this movie when I was in college, thanks to the free movies shown to students on weekends.  As a child the movie had frightened me, but in my late teens suddenly it was hysterical and I was wishing I'd worn Depends or something.   So much of that movie flies over the heads of kids, I think.  I know the part you quoted wasn't fully appreciated till I was an adult.
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We had to explain the subtexts to her as she did not get them.

She wanted to take our copy home and watch it again (musical version) but without us there, now that she understood that there was a lot of Scrabble type subtext going on.  Born in the 1930s and raised without a lot of explanations on birds, bees, babies in the cabbage patch, and all that pre s3xual revolution stuff....

She did still like the movie - just apparently wanted to watch it with just her husband to explain what was being referred to between the lines, as it were.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23204 on: August 28, 2013, 05:50:50 PM »

I just wish it was picked up on earlier - I really do wish the fact that he enjoyed reading and read for pleasure as a child meant that the school said that there was no way he was dyslexic.

On another point - why is dyslexic so hard to spell.  Surely that's cruel...

That's mostly what happened to me. I read fine and fast. They (the teacher) did have me see a speech therapist for a while when I started kindergarden I think - I guess it was one of those confunding the B and M sound or something like that.
But I don't remember seeing one in primary school, where they could have actually diagnose the dyslexia.
Turns out I most likely have  "dysorthographie" with a side of dyslexia (couldn't find the word in English) it's like dyslexia (who is more about reading/writting and the order of the letters) but for grammatical rules, conjugating and the likes. They just don't make any sense for me.
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