The Glamorous Life Designing…hmm…

by Shannon Bieter, May 20, 2013

Whether you’re volunteering or working do you ever have that moment where you ask yourself: “Why am I doing this?”   This past week I had a couple of those moments.  I always post about so many of the pretty parts of what I do so, I thought I would share some of the less-glamorous parts of the job.

  • Loading Docks:  Yep, this seems to be where I end up so many times while I wait patiently for a small piece of furniture or accessories to be loaded to my car.  Last week was the icing on the cake.  The loading dock was next to a large garbage can and an exhaust fan of a local burger joint.  After sitting at the dock for 30 minutes I started to laugh so hard.  My car and self smelled like a load of fried food.  Yes, I had my moment of “Why am I doing this?”


  • Home Alarms:  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to sneak around the back of a house to pick up a key left by a client to access their house.  Yep, it always seems to be the days I forget and wear my favorite shoes!  A few weeks ago, I snuck through the fence in the mud to enter a house for our scheduled delivery of furniture.  As I opened the door the lovely alarm went off.  I rushed around to the front of the house where I saw a police car parked.  Yikes, I really didn’t want to be questioned as to what I was doing at their house.
  • Cardboard and Styrofoam Peanuts:  It’s a love-hate relationship.


  • Drills:  I can out-drill my husband, and that’s not a good thing.  It’s just not chic to carry a drill in your purse.

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  • Nannies:  Okay, I have enough stories here to write a funny novella.  I think being a nanny would be a pretty lonely job.  It’s part of the job hazard, right?   Once, I entered a house to drop off a lamp, and the nanny told me she was going to run a quick errand while I was there.  Before I could get a word out of my mouth she was seriously gone!  I had planned to be in the house 10 minutes then was going to zip and pick up my daughter from school.   I ended up having to call a friend to pick her up.  Yes, I was so irritated with this nanny.  Luckily, the baby was asleep the whole time and never had to awake to a strange face.  Now I was faced with the question: Do I need to tell my client about this or just let it go?  All I wanted to do was deliver her lamp:-)

Enough complaining on this end.  I love what I do but ALL is not rosy……….






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