Oliver Wendell Holmes once attended a meeting in which he was the shortest man present. “Dr. Holmes,” quipped a friend, “I should think you’d feel rather small among us big fellows.” “I do,” retorted Holmes, “I feel like a dime among a lot of pennies.” ~Author Unknown
I knew going in that today was going to be a busy one.
- Coffee – Check
- Morning Bible Reading – Check
- Breakfast – Check
- Shower – Check
- Mollie’s Morning Walk – Check
- Gym – Check
- Shower – Check
- Black Power Pant Suit – Check
My brother, Robert, laughed at me asking “why are you so dressed up?” To which I responded “this is business and when doing business I dress the part.”
Today I’m bank shopping on a mortgage pre-approval for the condo I saw on Friday. Since it’s looking like my bank may not be able to assist me in this effort the next logical step was to find one who will.
Customer service has become a term that until this afternoon I thought was passé. After going to several banks in the area (none of which have mortgage loan specialists on the premises), Robert and I went to yet another financial institution. What made this one transcend the others was our impression of the bank representatives.
Shelly, the Personal Banker, warmly invited us into her office and when we told her we were looking to speak with a mortgage representative she asked a few pertinent questions then picked up her phone and called Mike, the Mortgage Guy. After briefly talking with my brother then getting our OK to be placed on speaker phone Mike presented us with viable options. While the thought of severing ties with my existing bank pains me, I know that in order to move forward sometimes uncomfortable decisions have to be made.
After our conversation with Mike, Shelly stepped outside the office and when she returned she had the branch Manager with her. Roger, the Manager, came in, shook our hands and was every bit as customer focused as Shelly and Mike. At the end of our meeting I felt validated and I know it will only be a matter of time before I am safely ensconced in my new abode.
You know how I’m always saying when you feel good you look good? Today was one of those days when I really needed to feel good to project a confident outward appearance. Because let’s face it one can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed when working with monolithic organizations and for me the banking industry is pretty colossal.
Last week I said that I would talk on cosmetic expiration dates. Some facial products do have expiration dates on them but many do not so here’s a quick guideline that I’ve consolidated from Pinterest:
- Foundation – 6 to 12 months
- Concealer – 1 year
- Lipgloss – 1 year
- Lipstick – 2 years
- Mascara – 3 months
- Eye & Lip Pencils – up to 2 years
- Liquid Eye Liner – 3 to 6 months
- Eye Shadow (liquid) – 1 year
- Eye Shadow (powder) – 2 years
- Blush and Face Powder – 2 years
- Bronzer – 2 years
- Anti-Aging & Acne Products – Up to 1 year
- Nail Polish – 1 to 2 years
A couple of quick notes on the above information: to extend the life of your mascara do not pump the wand in the tube as this allows air to dry out the mascara. For eye liner pencils personally I would not use one over 1 year if that. If you notice sensitivity to any eye makeup (shadow, mascara, liner) I recommend changing the brand. No amount of beautification is worth losing your sight so please take care of your eyes.
*Out of respect for the privacy of the individuals who kindly assisted me and my brother I have changed their names.
“Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.” ~E.F. Schumacher