Thursday, 30 November 2006

being a grown up

Pretty LightsB is away again this evening. It's the last time for a while that he'll be staying out overnight - it's been one hell of an autumn, probably the busiest we have ever, ever had. Everyone we speak to in the same line of work seems to be saying the same thing.

Our challenge now is to keep the levels of work up - things are going to have to radically change as far as us working away from home goes, at least for a while, when (if) children are placed with us. So we have to continue building up our credibility as a company, continue to build up the credibility of our staff and generally move things on so that B is doing more design work, more marketing work, more of being an actual Managing Director, rather than going out there and doing 5AM calls and being away for a week at a time.

We have ditched the marketing company that we had such high hopes of. Marketing Guru turned out to be a Marketing Bird after all. Years ago, B had some very good results with a marketing company further north - we have tracked them down (they merged with another company in the interim ten years) and they have put a plan together for us and will start doing some work for us in the new year.

They are most definitely NOT Marketing Dollies.

I have spent the last couple of days playing with my cashflows and generally sorting out budgets. We are upgrading the laptops so that we can run the lighting design software 'WYSIWYG' on them properly. At the moment, B's machine will not render 3D designs at all, and Young Keith's is very slow. Think, like, a whole day to render a large design.

I have been looking at laptop machines with dual-core technology, which I currently know very little about. My choices seem to be between AMD Turion 64x2 or the Intel version. If anyone has any experience or could point me to a site with some benchmarking or reviews I would be really, really grateful.

I am going to have a large glass of elderberry wine now and read some nice, soothing science-fiction.

Oooooh! And my peas are coming up. Yay! It's a miracle, isn't it? You shove the seeds in the pots and they GROW. It's amazing.

16 comments:

  1. I love the word "wysiwyg". I wish we could use it more outside of computers and techy stuff.

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  2. I love the word "wysiwyg". I wish we could use it more outside of computers and techy stuff.

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  3. Hmm, whatcha reading? ("nice, soothing science fiction")

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  4. Hmm, whatcha reading? ("nice, soothing science fiction")

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  5. Hi hon

    I know exactly what you mean with this business expansion thing. I have a biz myself, and have endlessly sought to spend more time working 'on' the business rather than 'in' the business. We expanded, briefly, to allow this to happen, but the people we hired simply didn't cut it at all (inflated CVs completely overstated their abilities and experience), so now we've shrunk back again.

    Most marketing consultants are pretty lousy. It's one of those 'catch all' professions I find, a bit like 'Life Coach'. Seemingly anyone who reckons they done a bit of marketing at some stage in their career can set up offering 'advice'. It takes a bit more than that...luckily we didn't need any of it because it's close to what we do as a company. Where we messed up was in cost control. For me that's the big one - manage the costs and you're half way there.

    Anyhow. At times like this, 'peas and science fiction' are really important ;-) And getting time with your man, away from your business, now and then, to recharge :-)

    Jo

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  6. Hi hon

    I know exactly what you mean with this business expansion thing. I have a biz myself, and have endlessly sought to spend more time working 'on' the business rather than 'in' the business. We expanded, briefly, to allow this to happen, but the people we hired simply didn't cut it at all (inflated CVs completely overstated their abilities and experience), so now we've shrunk back again.

    Most marketing consultants are pretty lousy. It's one of those 'catch all' professions I find, a bit like 'Life Coach'. Seemingly anyone who reckons they done a bit of marketing at some stage in their career can set up offering 'advice'. It takes a bit more than that...luckily we didn't need any of it because it's close to what we do as a company. Where we messed up was in cost control. For me that's the big one - manage the costs and you're half way there.

    Anyhow. At times like this, 'peas and science fiction' are really important ;-) And getting time with your man, away from your business, now and then, to recharge :-)

    Jo

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  7. Ally, I swear to God, my verification word is 'gfuck'.. Never seen that before, you'd think they had a system to screen out 'those' words.. lol..
    Anyway, where was I.. Oh, yeah, Robert's away this weekend too, I have sympathy..

    Should I be thinking about starting seeds now? Wow, that's early. OK, I'll go look at the backs of a few packets.

    And yes, you'll get children.. It'll happen. How could they not give somebody like you charge of kids when Britney Spears is allowed to be a mother? There has to be a law somewhere in the Universe governing that sort of things, surely.

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  8. Ally, I swear to God, my verification word is 'gfuck'.. Never seen that before, you'd think they had a system to screen out 'those' words.. lol..
    Anyway, where was I.. Oh, yeah, Robert's away this weekend too, I have sympathy..

    Should I be thinking about starting seeds now? Wow, that's early. OK, I'll go look at the backs of a few packets.

    And yes, you'll get children.. It'll happen. How could they not give somebody like you charge of kids when Britney Spears is allowed to be a mother? There has to be a law somewhere in the Universe governing that sort of things, surely.

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  9. This is the only time of year when we can grow things like peas, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli. The rest of the year it's too hot for them. I will not have daffodils or tulips in the spring because I did not refrigerate the bulbs for the required six weeks. There is no point in putting them in the ground if you haven't given them a "winter."

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  10. This is the only time of year when we can grow things like peas, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli. The rest of the year it's too hot for them. I will not have daffodils or tulips in the spring because I did not refrigerate the bulbs for the required six weeks. There is no point in putting them in the ground if you haven't given them a "winter."

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  11. Unfortunately, here in Colorado summer can start in around March while winter often doesn't end until June. You can have weeks of fine weather, then a cold snap. Which means that any young plants have a good chance of not making it outside. That or the deer will eat them. Congrats on making plants grow; that's still on my lifetime "to do" list.

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  12. Unfortunately, here in Colorado summer can start in around March while winter often doesn't end until June. You can have weeks of fine weather, then a cold snap. Which means that any young plants have a good chance of not making it outside. That or the deer will eat them. Congrats on making plants grow; that's still on my lifetime "to do" list.

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  13. i remember being an MD once. Just mean't i got a better car but still had to do the stupid hours callouts! Go enjoy the sci-fi and watch the peas, before you know it some bloody rabbit or other such thing will have eaten them as a starter! We are having problems with wild boar digging up the veg patch. Trouble is i haven't actually seen them doing it, just viewed the results!

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  14. i remember being an MD once. Just mean't i got a better car but still had to do the stupid hours callouts! Go enjoy the sci-fi and watch the peas, before you know it some bloody rabbit or other such thing will have eaten them as a starter! We are having problems with wild boar digging up the veg patch. Trouble is i haven't actually seen them doing it, just viewed the results!

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  15. Ms Mac - yes, I am making a point of it, in every vaguely appropriate situation that I can think of :).

    Imperatrix - 'Bold as Love' series, most recently. Bit of an SF-fantasy cross over I think. Going to do a 'currently reading' post some time this week.

    Jo - you haven't had anything to do with BNI, have you? Just that it seems to be FULL of 'Life Coaches' :).

    Chandira - I am determined not to be caught out this year by leaving it too late. But as Andrew and Peasant point out - I think they stand a good change of being eaten - possibly by mice round here :). But I am really pleased I don't have to cope with wild boar digging up my veg!

    Mitey Mite - SIX WEEKS in the fridge? I knew they had to get cold, but I didn't realise it was for that long!

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  16. Ms Mac - yes, I am making a point of it, in every vaguely appropriate situation that I can think of :).

    Imperatrix - 'Bold as Love' series, most recently. Bit of an SF-fantasy cross over I think. Going to do a 'currently reading' post some time this week.

    Jo - you haven't had anything to do with BNI, have you? Just that it seems to be FULL of 'Life Coaches' :).

    Chandira - I am determined not to be caught out this year by leaving it too late. But as Andrew and Peasant point out - I think they stand a good change of being eaten - possibly by mice round here :). But I am really pleased I don't have to cope with wild boar digging up my veg!

    Mitey Mite - SIX WEEKS in the fridge? I knew they had to get cold, but I didn't realise it was for that long!

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