Calgon Take Me Away…

Remember those old Calgon ads for bath products? Well in Mexico it’s not common practice to put in bathtubs. In fact, in this house our bathrooms are small and square so there’s no room at all for a bathtub, we just have a shower in the corner. But I digress. I want to take a bath because I need to de-stress in the worst way. So I wish Calgon could take me away…

I’ve been killing myself for work lately. I’ve worked part of each day every day in the last 2 weeks, so I’m in need of a serious day off. It might happen next Sunday, but that remains to be seen.

I’m close to finishing 2 big web projects. Both projects have been difficult for me. Both have shown me exactly what parts of project management I happen to SUCK at.

One of these projects is for a non-profit in the U.S. I got the contract for it a long time ago. But I didn’t realize how much work it would be to get the client to make decisions. The work hasn’t ended up taking significantly longer than I expected. But the number of meetings and emails and conference calls it’s taken to make all the needed decisions has literally added ONE YEAR to the project. I’m dumbfounded by this.

The client has even had personnel changes since we started working on this project together. And guess what? My new contact person there seems to hate me. She knows nothing of the history of the project, just that it’s behind schedule. So I get the blame, all the blame. Today she destroyed a conference call by interrupting, being condescending (she sounded like a bratty teenager), and finally hanging up on the rest of us.

The project is finally within mere weeks of being done. And now it’s getting derailed by a bad attitude? Grow up already. Let’s just focus on getting this shit done and fucking be nice about it.

My husband is that champion of “fuck it all”. When he heard about her little snit he said “tell her to fuck off.” We are 98% done and he wants me to walk out on the project because someone treated me like shit. He has no tolerance for bullshit, and that’s what I love about him. But I won’t be taking his advice, not this time anyway.

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5 Responses to “Calgon Take Me Away…”

  1. wayne
    May 1st, 2008 20:30

    Hang in there! When a client really pissed me off, I would hang up the phone and then really tell them what I thought. Made me feel better anyway! If you feel like, or get the chance, to de-fuse in June, let me know. I know of a nice little get away cabana that should be free and available by then! Besides, we would like to get to know hubby better. He was really a cool guy!

  2. RiverGirl
    May 1st, 2008 21:07

    Thanks Wayne! I’ve gotten profuse apologies from her coworkers, but not from her. Whatever. Just finished building another page for that application, so it’s one step closer to done.

    If we don’t come stay in your cabaña we will at least come over and have lunch at that fishing coop restaurant with you. Husbandito loves seafood.

  3. Michele in Playa
    May 3rd, 2008 14:42

    Fuck off indeed! Sounds like your husband and my husband were cut from the same cloth. Hang in there. In then end, you’ll know if you’ve done good work and that’s the most important thing.

  4. Lisa
    May 7th, 2008 23:58

    I wish my husband could say “Fuck off” from time to time because he stays so busy working for every Tom, Dick, and Nancy that seem to call every 2 hours.

    That’s alright. Finish the project and then call her up to say “Fuck off”. That felt good for me to say! lol

    -Lisa 🙂

    (I forgot to add 3+9, had to click back lol)

  5. RiverGirl
    May 8th, 2008 11:39

    Lisa – I’m kind of thinking of doing that. The problem is that I have to support the site once it’s done. Hopefully she will quit…

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