Monday, May 16, 2011

What Would You Do?

OK, I need some advice.  I purchased  one of those "deals" a few weeks ago for a house cleaning.  It was a 3 hr coupon for $50.  What a deal, right?  When I scheduled the cleaning, the owner of the company told me it would take 4 hours to clean my house because they do a "good, deep cleaning" on the first visit.  Thus, I would need to pay out of pocket for an hour of cleaning.  I was fine with that, because I wanted to treat myself and have the house really clean.  It was the day before Joey's First Communion and I didn't want to have to stress about the house.

For those of you who know me well, I am a bit "Type A" especially when it comes to cleaning my house.  So, I'm sure my expectations were high on the quality I expected.  When the cleaning crew arrived, I was surprised to see just one woman.  She took a look around and said she would get started.  She estimated that it would take 3 hours, which concerned me since I'd previously been told it would be 4 hours.

After 3 hours of cleaning she was done.  The house looked good, but if you looked too closely you would think otherwise.  She didn't sweep or mop under the kitchen table, she didn't sweep or mop the bathroom floor of the boys bathroom, she didn't move picture frames and dust behind them on my entertainment center. Nor did she dust my dining room table.  Also, she didn't vacuum my stairs, which needed it BAD.  The exposed wood treads of the stairs were also overlooked.  If you've ever been to my house, you know I have dark cherry wood throughout, so it shows every speck of dust.  I myself have to dust every 2 days because I can't stand it.

When she finished, she mentioned that she was going to be cleaning houses anymore because she was starting a catering business and asked to leave some of her business cards with me.  I said sure, because at the time I didn't realize all of the areas she had missed.  Obviously, I won't be calling her for my next event!

So, here is my dilemma.  Do I tell the owner of the cleaning company about my experience or do I just chalk it up to "I got what I paid for?"  After all, I only paid $50, which is probably 1/2 of what it would have cost full price.  Since this person isn't working for the company anymore, it probably won't affect their business in the future.  What would you do?  I'm not one who likes to cause a ruckus, but it was frustrating to have to go back and clean after I'd just had someone "clean."  Tell me what YOU would do!  Thanks and cheers!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Whew, What A Weekend!

First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers!  Days like today make me realize how blessed I am.  I have a wonderful husband and 2 amazing children.  Add to that a wonderful extended family and life is good!  Although I wasn't able to spend the day with my mom, it was wonderful to talk to her on the phone.

Our crazy weekend started on Friday with all of the final preparations for Joey's First Holy Communion.  For the first time ever, I hired someone to come clean my house.  Thanks to a recent deal on My eWOW, I was able to get a 3 hour house cleaning for only $50.  It was a great deal and worth it.  Since the cleaning was (mostly) done (another post to follow on that), I was able to get all the food prepared on Friday evening.  This allowed me to get a good nights sleep and I felt well rested on Saturday.

Saturday was absolutely gorgeous!  Andrew had an early morning T-ball game.  Its so sweet watching them play at this age.  Their hearts are so into the game and it is really enjoyable to watch.

After the game we headed home to get ready for Joey's First Communion.  He looked so handsome in his suit. I can't believe my baby is all grown up!  He is turning into a man right before my eyes.
After the beautiful Mass, we celebrated back at our house with a party with family.  It was so relaxing and enjoyable!  Plus, the weather was amazing.  We went into the day with a 60% chance of rain, and God blessed us with a short rain shower in the morning and not a drop of rain the rest of the day!  Our only small hiccup was that Joey and Andrew both woke up with some "rosy" cheeks on Saturday morning.  Fifth's Disease has been going around their school, and I think they both have (or had) it.  Usually the children run a fever for a couple of days and then a rash appears that looks like the kids have a sunburn on their cheeks.  They never had a fever, but both have the tell tale slapped cheek look.  It is a common childhood virus that isn't contagious once the rash shows up, but the rash can last for 3 weeks, yikes!  I was so worried that Joey was going to look he had blush on in all his pictures, lol!  Luckily, all was well and he looked great.

Sunday, today, has been all about relaxation.  We started out the day at Mass giving thanks to God for all of these amazing blessings!  The afternoon was spent chatting with my mama on the phone (one of the major bummers of my family living 800 miles away) and then reading on the patio.  I even managed to get a little sun to give some color to my start white legs!
My in-laws treated us to dinner at K Pub and Grill.  We were planning on Outback Steakhouse (boy that steak sure sounded good) but unfortunately our 6 pm call ahead seating time was actually going to be closer to 7 pm upon arrival because they weren't turning tables as fast as they thought they would.  I think my hubby was starving because he wasn't too keen on the idea of waiting that long and suggested we just order pizza.  Not exactly my idea of a mother's day dinner, but I was just so happy I didn't have to cook and clean I wasn't going to say a word.  Luckily my father-in-law spoke up that he didn't want pizza and saved the dinner.  It wasn't the NY Strip I was looking forward to having, but my burger and onion rings at K Pub were mighty tasty :-)  Plus, the company was wonderful so it ended up being a great night out.

Thanks to everyone who shared in our special weekend, we are so blessed!