One-offs: Minus the Middle Man

One-offs: Minus the Middle Man

I decided to start naming my One-offs so you, the reader, has an idea of what they’re about since I do them so often.

Nothing would make me happier than to combine doctor’s offices and pharmacies, or at least to a degree.  For example, for prescriptions that are popular such as Amoxicillin, the Pill, etc. wouldn’t it be amazing if you could get them right then and there at the doctor’s office?  They have samples, why not actual prescriptions?  I can understand for the less prescribed drugs where you would still have to go to a pharmacy, but for the ones that are always used, why not?

Someone needs to get this going asap!

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One-offs

One-offs

I got this incredible tip from my cousin’s husband on a recent trip to visit them where he cooked myself and my husband breakfast.  He puts his bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  It keeps the bacon from shriveling up, you can fit more on a baking sheet than in a pan or on a plate in the microwave, and it doesn’t get crunchy.  It turns out almost entirely flat and more like soft jerky.  It is perfection.  I highly recommend it.

Baking Bacon

Walgreens New Pharmacy Design

Walgreens New Pharmacy Design

I was just in a newly revamped Walgreens Pharmacy.  I was pretty impressed with the modernization. Here are some of the improvements.

There is a special line just for questions.  Like an ‘ask the pharmacist’ line.  Pretty great idea to avoid waiting in line behind someone who has 20 questions when you just want your scripts.

There is a “television screen” that shows the customer first name and last initial and the status of your prescription.  Really cool!  The only thing that was not thought all the way through was that you have to walk all the way back to the pharmacy and turn a corner to see it.  It should be viewable throughout the store so you can shop and periodically glance up to see if your stuff is ready.

There was also an option to get a text message when your prescription was ready.  I think this may have been in place already but I’m not sure.  This is way better than getting a phone call with a recorded message from them telling you it is ready.

The prescriptions are all behind closed doors now, allowing for a cleaner look as well as some added privacy.

They also had an express pay screen off to the side, but I’m not really sure exactly how that works since I think you still have to wait in line to pick up the prescription, even if you have already paid for it.

There are also more than 2 chairs.  I think there were 5 chairs available to sit in while waiting instead of the usual.

Overall, some nice improvements.  I still wish they would hire more people.  It is rare that you can get in and get out when picking up a prescription, especially around 5:00/6:00 pm.  But the minor improvements are appreciated.  If only we can get free popcorn while waiting.

 

What Constitutes A Good Boss?

What Constitutes A Good Boss?

What constitutes a good boss?  I think it’s different for everyone, but then I think there are some traits that most people would want from their boss.  I also think what you want in a boss is often completely different than what you want out of upper management or your co-workers.

I have had some, let’s just say, interesting, bosses.  When I interned early on, I had a boss that swore at me. Later in life I had one who threw temper tantrums, literally, in the office.  I also had one who did not support me in ANY capacity.  She did not like me, and decided no matter how hard I worked or how well I supported my team, she would criticize me and make my life hell.  She also made another co-worker’s life hell so her and I bonded over that, at least and we still joke about it 6 years later.  I’ve also had 2 pretty good bosses which only after having the bad ones can I really appreciate.

I’ve been very lucky with co-workers, and have often become closer with co-workers by sharing our experiences, good or bad with our bosses.  Of course there is always at least one who doesn’t pull their weight or who treats others like underlings, but overall I’ve met some wonderful people who have helped me get through some bad days at work and also helped me celebrate a job well done.

So, back to the initial topic.  What makes a good boss?

1. A boss that supports you.  Good feedback.  Valid criticisms.  Has your back.  When needed, will go to bat for your team.  Pun intended.

2. Someone who is consistent.  What you ask of me, ask of everyone else on the team.  (Be fair)

3. Acknowledge a job well done.

4. Set a good example.  Talk the talk then walk the walk.

5. Be human.  Yes, you are our boss, yes you have take on a managerial role, but be human.  Joke around with the team, show us you are one of us.  It’s the equivalent of when you are in grade school and see your teacher at the grocery store.  It’s like, hey, they shop too!  They’re just like us!

6. Listen.  And help.  Listen when you should.  Help when it is needed.  Do not micromanage.

Those are what I would say are the top 6 things that I think a good boss should practice.  I’d also be interested to hear the flip side of this.  What do bosses want from their team?  Not the job description responsibilities, but the main traits.  I’d like to hear feedback!

 

Playful Words

Playful Words

gobbledygook, fetch, cantankerous, cheeky, plethora, hullabaloo

ragamuffin, Brouhaha, Codswallop, Soliloquy, facetious, malarkey

persnickety, copacetic, curmudgeon, lackadaisical, maleficence

rigamarole, blasphemous, existential, destitute, philanthropic, voracity

prehensile, tenacity, eclectic, jettison, Facetious, Prodigal, alacrity

behemoth, Fortuitous, emulate, innocuous, transient, mercurial

conundrum, reticent, skedaddle, Tchotchke, translucent, ubiquitous

Driver Personas

Driver Personas

I realize I tend to write a lot about people’s horrible driving.  But there’s just so many bad drivers out there.  I can’t resist.  I have come up with various personas to describe situations I see repeatedly on the road.

1. The ‘I’ve got a huge big toe (picture clown feet) that hits the brakes about every 5 seconds when we are not stopped driver’ whose brake lights are on even though we going 30 mph.

2.  The ‘I’m going to inch up about 6 times prior to the light turning green instead of just coming to a stop at the line from the get-go driver’ just in case my feet begin to fall asleep on me.

3. The ‘I’m signaling as I’m turning just in case you couldn’t figure out what I was doing when I was slowing down and my car was rounding the corner’.  This is the same person who will wait until their drowning to put on a life jacket.

4. The ‘I’m going to look like I had 2 pens explode on my face when I arrive to work driver’, from trying to put on mascara while moving.

5. The ‘I want to make your doctor richer driver’ by scaring the ever loving shit out of you when revving his engine in a parking lot for absolutely no reason.  This is the same person that jumps out of the bushes at little kids on Halloween.

6. The ‘I didn’t want you to feel left out of the party driver’, also known as the ‘I wanted to prepare you for an earthquake driver’, who from 10 blocks away you can hear his speaker’s bass, and when he pulls next to you your car shakes.

7. The ‘Look at me, I can put multi-tasking on my resume driver’, also known as the ‘Look ma, no hands driver’ who smokes and is on the phone while attempting to steer.

8. The ‘I just wanted to make sure you could see your dashboard AND the fronts of your corneas clearly so I’m going to send my obnoxiously bright headlights through your rear window driver’.

9. The ‘I must swerve around this guy turning because I can’t find the brake pedal driver’ who cannot waste 5 seconds of his life slowing down for someone to turn, often causing whoever was behind him to slam on the brakes.

10. And finally the ‘I want to pretend to play bumper cars with you and the guy in front of you driver’ also known as the ‘I’m going to pretend I am a Nascar driver transporting a dying person’ who rides so far up your car’s rear end he can taste your exhaust fumes even though a) you are already going well above the speed limit and b) there is a car in front of you who is not moving any faster.

I’d be thrilled with a megaphone or digital readout [think stock ticker] that ran across my car roof that would call these people out when these things are happening.  But alas, I’ll just have to keep blogging about them.