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Travel Tuesday – Postcard update

After a bad start to this morning which resulted in me not grabbing my camera I had to use the phone, which doesn’t give me the same visual range. The post cards which arrived care of friends from past holidays, or given to them from friends.

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And the wall as it stands now. So many people have contributed and it’s looking fantastic.

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We want more! It doesn’t where you are, if you can spare a couple of dollars, and write a small note, Kelly would love it.

Kelly E
C/- Woodbridge Post Office
Woodbridge 7162
Tasmania, Aus

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The week that was. At work.

So my week has come to an end. Well, it was 2+ hours ago as I write this, and I have to say. I had fun. The boss may have been away (wasn’t that the reason i was working in the first place??) but my friend and co worker, senior person was a good teacher and she showed me lots of things as well as learning a few herself. Sometimes when you are teaching others – especially if you have been recently trained yoruself – as your are explaining things you suddenly realise the ‘why’ of certain jobs and then it all becomes clear. Knowing this made my job easier as I was able to understand straight up why I was doing that particular job.

Of course I can’t go into too many details but let’s say my customer service training was dredged back to the surface.
Mondays are always the busiest and it was this week. Thankfully only a couple of nightmares arose and we made it through. Ringing the boss – as was expected – only twice to sort out a couple of minor details.

If we can survive Monday we can survive anything.

Each day I was able to do more and yesterday I did more than I thought I was capable of. When Kelly first mentioned that she would like me to help out when she goes away I was like ‘ok, sure, no problem’ then as the weeks and days got closer it was more and more like, ‘help, what have I done’ I needn’t have worried, we had a dry run a week ago and only had one small but very important issue.

Kelly also asked me as our other friend works elsewhere on a casual basis and if needed cannot always be available. This way, if all hell breaks loose, I can step in with some confidence and help.

I am now more useful than just being a mail sorter.

Having not done this kind of work before, take away shops, waitressing and merchandising is not quite in the same league, it was a steepish learning curve to learn new systems and ways. The basics, while quite easy, need to be very precise in their execution.

Being some kind of local I have seen many people while propping up the counter chatting to Kelly collecting my mail but had no idea of names. I found while sorting letter I could put names with box numbers, but unless I knew them from way back, had no idea of faces. I have now added a few new faces, names and box numbers to my head – whether I remember them next time I see them is another thing altogether – but there are a few that only came in once this week and I can recognise name and/or box number.

And that’s the great thing about this place. The locals are all pretty freindly and didnt mind at all when asked what box number or to be patient while I was learning how to pay their bills.

Will I do this again, well of course, that was part of the point, but knowing I am more than just the letter sorter and having my new skills makes me feel good.

My kids were all well behaved. Mr 9 had a very social week with 3 out of the 5 days being with friends, and all other jobs were done to a satisfactory level. I don’t have to chase my tail next week, which was the plan.

I have a whole new respect for Kelly now and what she does. Aside from it taking teo of us to fill her shoes, she works damned hard, and has the memory of an elephant (a very good one!). I have no idea how she does it. We had trouble with the most basic things (like working out our lunches), and I was planning on hitting the gym each day while I was in the area. Ha, well laid plans and all that. I did take the dog for several runs at home though.

While I dont have to I will be going in to help the sort on Monday. Her usual helpers (daughters) will still be on holiday interstate, and knowing what it’s like, well, I can’t let her down plus there is her ‘de-brief’ from our week of messing her space up.

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Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Jen 🙂

ps. I have not added any links so if there are highlighted words they are not my doing, and I hold no responsibility if you click on them.

Postcards to and.. from Kelly

There was a surprise in the mail bag today as we were sorting the letters and parcels – yes, I’m working at the post office – with the arrival of another post card.
This one had very familiar writing with the exuberant ‘happy I’m on holidays’ vibe about it. Gee thanks Kel.
Kelly has gone on a well deserved and much-needed break and it’s taking two of us to fill her shoes. The locals have made all the jokes and poking fun at us about taking over nad staging a coup. Yeah, I don’t think so.

It’s certainly been a learning curve for many things, but the basics of customer service are still there. Plus, the locals all know one or both of us which does make it easier. As I know from my days with Hallmark and training my replacement, there are so many things we store in our head that getting them out for training purposes can be hard.
I am slowly getting to know new people. I could put names with mail boxes, but not names to faces. I found my training must be sinking in, a person was mentioned the other day in conversation and immediatly I thought to myself ‘box #such and such’. That has happened since college when I started dreaming and answering (in my head) in Italian.

Aside from Kelly’s there are a few other postcards, including one from my parents who have just returned from their trip overseas.

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From my parents, while in Ireland

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And from The Boss, aka Kelly

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If you can spare a few dollars and the few minutes it takes, please help Kelly fill her wall with psotcards from around the world. You don’t have to be on holiday, just one from your home town is perfect. If it’s not Woodbridge, Tasmania then it’s good for posting.
Let’s see where else we can ‘visit’.

Jennifer 🙂

The Office Wall Project

Some more postcards have arrived, some hand delivered, some posted. Thank you to all have joined in, the more the merrier.
A direct quote from Kelly: “many thanks to all you ‘card senders’, you know who you are!!”

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Have a great Friday, and may the weekend be warm and joyful 🙂
Jennifer

Postcard Update!!

I finally took my camera with me to the post office. I don’t normally do this, but last week a couple of postcards arrived (from Texas and Indiana) and lucky for me, two more arrived this morning from Oregon.  I did say I would share those that arrived and also share the blog from whence they came.

The two from Oregon are not from a blogger but a good friend of mine – the one that took these amazing pictures when she was visiting last year.
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Now, I’ve had to do a little searching around my blogspere to find links for the other two. One came along via my sister’s blog and… wait there while I keep looking …..there it is, from the same comment thread on the orignal post.
The one from Texas cam from Alex while the second was from Zannyro

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And check out this cool stamp! I’ve not seen a round stamp before, I think Australia needs one like this.  (excuse the blutac)

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Have a great day and please share and send more postcards 🙂
(original post here) and I think a map of the world showing where you’ve all come from at some stage too.

Jennifer