Where it all started....

Well, it started many years ago at a company called RPS. The company name changed and so did mine in 2001. From there, the road led us to the ATL and our own business. I left the road to have babies, but it sure is hard to take the trucker out of a Momma!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rolling with it ~or~ Do we go too far

I often wonder if my kids get it.  We often have to change directions without warning and while I know they do not like it, they roll with it!  But, do they get that their ability to roll with it will benefit them in the long run?  Think about it, if life only goes perfectly, would it really be life or would it be a dream.  Life is full of ups and downs.  If you are unable to deal with the roller coaster, even at 5 and almost 4, how are you going to make it in the long run.  While my kids have yet to participate in team sports, they might eventually and there will be losses!  Every game, even the game of life, has winners and losers.  If a kid does not understand this early, how devastating will it be when they first fail at 15?

I am not saying that I am a perfect parent.  In fact, I am far from it.  BUT, my kids are understanding that life does not revolve around them.  They revolve around the life of our family as a whole and that family is more than just the 4 people under our roof.  We have friends that are family.  We have employees that are family.  We have neighbors that are family.

Last week, our work family needed us.  We had an accident and coordinating the logistics of it all requires all hands on deck and then some.  The call came while I was at gymnastics with the girl.  I managed to make it through her time there by just making phone calls.  After it was over, we ran to get her brother from school early.  He was not happy, but that is life.  We rolled to the poor truck and the husband who was stranded with it and packages still to deliver.  No, the accident was not his fault, but he puts all else before himself.  After running him around, we waited on the tow truck and finally made it home.  We rolled with it.

Today, a friend needed some help.  I picked the kids up from lunch bunch early, because we needed to roll to get my friend's little girl.  The kids were not happy, but they got over it.  There was more that was important than them at that point.  It was little Gracie and her Mom and Dad and future sister.  My kids tried to make Gracie feel better when we took her away from her Mom at the hospital.  We rolled with it.


I sometimes struggle with whether or not we go too far with being nice to our employees.  Just today, we helped 3 of our drivers in a huge way.  We do it for 2 reasons, but they aren't just self serving.  We do it because of all they do to keep our business successful.  Yes, Brown Dog Trucking, Inc. had a tough week last week with a complaint and an accident.  But, we truly know that we have a good group of employees.  So, rides to work, helping with a driver's toddler, or loaning one of them our vehicle so they can get to and from work just seems right.  We also do it, because we hope our understanding makes up for the fact that we can't pay them a million $$$$.  I think we pay them an honest wage, but I wish we could do more.

And that is the Trucker Turned Momma's thoughts for the day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What the Hell Rants

What the hell is wrong with people today?  We are having a hard time filling a seasonal position.  Candidate #3 that is unable to pass a background check!  WTF!  Shoplifting, weed charge, and an unknown background check failure.  Really?!?!  How are these kids going to make it in life?  Where are their parental influences at age 18 and 19?

What the hell is wrong with the makers of jeans for little kids these days, especially little girls?  My kid does not need jeans to hug her ass!  My kids does not need low rise jeans!  No one needs to see the underwear of a 5 yr old!  She has outgrown all of her size 5 jeans, so I bought 3 pairs of jeans for her to try on.  They will all 3 be going back!!  The 6 slims fit the best, but they make her look like a teenager with a cupped ass!  The regular size 6 sits so low even with the waist adjusted!  The size 6x are extra snug!  REALLY!

What the hell is wrong with Wal-Mart?!?  If you have a fabric department, at least staff it with someone that knows how to measure and cut the fabric!!  The ability to use the scanner to get your cut pieces priced is also a good quality to make sure that employee has!  I cannot make that up!!  Yes, Ruth at my local Wal-Mart, you need to find a new line of work!

I could go on for longer, but I need to refill my wine and try to calm down!!