Like so many people in business, trying to juggle all the balls of life is a constant battle. I thought when my children started further education they would need me less, but not so.
I still have that ” I have not spent much time with them” voice in my head even though grunting has become their preferred means of communication.
Well just to further drive myself crazy I now have the added pressure of planning a wedding from start to finish within the next three months.
Now as someone, who unlike so many of my female friends, had not been planning their wedding since they were five, the ridiculously short length of time is not the only challenge.
I was not doing so bad until it came to organising the wedding cake. When husband to be asked if it mattered what the cake tasted like, I knew I was on my own.
I made some enquiries and one of the suppliers called me back.
She did a great selling job, and in the spirit of comraderie I gave her loads of information, in fact some rally strong buying signals buying signals so she would know how to service me.
I explained time was of the essence and that while there is a budget, it is more important for me to be able to tick things off my list and I did not have much time to shop around as my diary was busy up until Christmas.
We agreed she would come to me on an agreed date with samples.
She asked about table decorations and it turned out some items in her standard package were already provided by the venue. I let her know this. However I said if she could put together something a little different I would be happy to look at it.
Now this where I need to know if I am being picky.
A week before our meeting I emailed her to confirm. Now I would normally do that with my supplier head on not as the customer, but with a week to go before our meeting, I still did not know what time she would be able to get to me.
She is some distance from me – but not the venue – and I begun to suspect that she only realised that after committing herself.
She had emailed me pictures and other info but not a time.
Second point of irritation: the quote for the table decorations still included the items provided by the venue for free. “Were you not listening?”
Then the next day I get an email asking if I could go there instead; to which I replied I couldn’t so would have to get back to her.
Now I may not be Kim Kardasian I know, but for some reason it annoyed me to the point that I made an appointment with another supplier. They offered to meet with me early on a Saturday so that I could “get on with the day”
Generally I take things in my stride, it takes a lot to bother me so I am surprised at my own lack of patience with the situation. It is not as if she was rude or anything.
I have told myself that it is due to a lack of customer service; but there is another possibility altogether – could it be I am turning into a bridezilla?