Monday, August 27, 2012
I was answering e-mails and filling the calendar in for September this morning. It was bringing me down, so I stopped to take China out for her beauty walk.
Me: *LOUD AUDIBLE SIGH*
China: What's your problem?
Me: I think I've overscheduled myself.
Me: I know. I keep saying, "Just say No!"
Me: I've got this mom who sounds pretty high-maintenance. I haven't agreed to any tutoring, but she seems to think that I have.
China: I've told you before, you've got to be real clear with these people, in a nice way, but clear.
Me: I know, but she just asked me some questions about her daughter and I gave her some answers. SHE never asked about MY availability. I was just answering her questions!
China: Okay then, you've not committed to anything.
Me: Right. Still, I wish I would've answered her e-mail a little differently.
China: Just e-mail her again after the walk. Be very clear.
Me: Yeah. Or maybe I can fit her in.
China: Oh come on already. You'll burn out and your tutoring will suck. Remember what's-her-face? Back at that other place you tutored?
Me: Oh yeah, she had a real unique name... what was it...?
China: Stop changing the subject. You remember how she crashed and burned?
Me: Right. I'm going to e-mail that mom back. Tell her I'm full up.
China: Yeah you are. And what about Marcie?
Me: What about Marcie?
China: Have you called her? You were going to call her for a girly get together after school started.
Me: Haven't called her. I wrote it on my list though
Me: Gawd, you're so right.
China: And you'd better not be considering letting go of that crossing guard job.
China: Darn right.
Me: You're so wise.
China: I know. Just say "No". Except when it comes to my bathroom habits - that's your responsibility. I'm just a dog.