Friday, February 23, 2007

Merry Maids aren't so Merry!

Izabella's "Blue Bird with Fish"

It is Friday once again. My weeks really fly by now that I have children. I remember a time when my days would just drag on forever, especially at work. Now it seems as if I blink -2 hours have just flown by!

Ok, what's this about Merry Maids? I fired them this week. Some of you already know the story so I will try to keep it short.

As the kids and I were sick last week things seemed to pile up a lot faster than when I am not sick. Ok, the Merry Maids were cancelled our sick week and I rescheduled them for this past Tuesday. As they arrived I explained that we have been sick and that I have lots of laundry to fold and iron, in piles here and just clean around them. The cleaning crew seemed fine with that. Next, little Ms. Merry Manager drives up in her ridiculous little VW beetle with the company logo painted all over it. Her job is to do a walk-through to assess the amount of work that the crew has. After walking through the house she sheepishly approaches me and says, "well, I have never done this before," -she hands me her phone and says, "It's my manager". Ok, so the manager on the phone says to me that the girls are concerned with the amount of work that they have to do. They don't want to fold my laundry or organize my children's toys. I assured the manager on the phone that I never expected anyone to fold my laundry or organize the toys...CLEAN AROUND THEM! Am I missing something here? I am paying them to clean my house...and they are complaining about cleaning it? There is definitely something wrong with that picture. I had to go get Izabella from school so I left them to clean. The more that I thought about it the more disgusted I became. When I got home I called the manager that I talked to on the phone and well, gave her an earful . I told her that I was insulted and offended by their "assessment"of my home. She explained that the girls were concerned with the amount of time that they would have to spend here. about...plan for it! They arrived here at 10:15am and were gone by 11:30am. For those of you that know how big my house will understand that it is totally unrealistic for the maids to clean this house in an hour or less, which is what they would prefer to do. Unbelievable! The manager asked me what she could do and I said, "never come back". And that was that. There was no apology for insulting me, nothing. Bottom line- if these ladies don't like cleaning, then they shouldn't work as maids!

I have been trying to keep up with the Anna Nicole Smith story. It is very sad. What a sad way to end her life. I know that she wasn't the greatest celebrity but she did provide me with a lot to laugh about. I will admit that I did watch her reality show from time to time a few years back. My favorite episode was the one in which she visited the dentist in her pajamas because she wanted to be comfortable. Wouldn't it be nice to not care about getting dressed to see the dentist? Anyway, may she rest in peace...soon.

Izabella just woke up from her nap and she is drawing pictures of goats and horses on her doodle pad. Yesterday she drew a bunch of cat pictures to give to our neighbor Bonnie. She wanted to thank her for the tomatoes and garlic that she left on our door yesterday morning. Thanks Bonnie! (aka Vegetable Fairy) :)

I am looking forward to this weekend as Kosta and I have planned to go out for dinner to officially celebrate our anniversary. I think that we are going for Chinese food, not sure. Anyway, I am looking forward to it. We need a little time together!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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  2. kool...someone just sent me your link~ my blog is called "Izabella's Blue" & your lil Izabella drew the cutest bluebird :)

    love your blog~

  3. Thanks for the compliment! She is a budding artist. I love to encourage her to draw. I love your name! Spelling it with a "z" opposed to an "s" isn't too common.

    Your artwork is beautiful!

  4. i think it's hilarious that your house is such a dump that a cleaning service refused to clean it!

  5. How dare you ask people to clean your house after paying them money to clean it! You're so unreasonable ;)

    Merry (no), maids (uh no). Bye bye

  6. Kat,
    I know. Kosta always offered to pay for me to have "help" around the house. I finally accepted his offer when I was 8 months pregnant last summer, with 2 children under the age of 3. Since we said adios to that maid service I haven't even bothered to look at another. It was so disappointing.