Stories of the Office: The Accountant

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Every morning the accountant took his break in the lunch room. Eat a small snack – maybe a sandwich, maybe some bread but always with some water or some tea.

He was a kind man, stubborn, gentle and aged. Aged well? No, but aged. He wore his glasses that looked brittle like they were prescribed 10 years old ago and his hair line recceeded leaving the side of his head with patches of black with fine grey streaks of curly hair. Well dressed for a business casual environment of the early 90’s.

While taking his break he would read. Always something in his native language. Maybe a print out. Maybe a newspaper or even a book from the library, but he was always reading. He enjoyed his breaks as they lasted a long relaxing half an hour.

He would go back to work, sit at his desk, process the invoices while chatting on the phone. Chat he would in his native language. It would always annoy the executive assistant who sat in the cubicle across from him who has complained countless of times of him chatting on the phone in his native languag to management.

He was scolded, but nothing came out of it.

He chatted because he was working another job. The job required him to be on the phone to work as a translator for a newspaper. He would then be paid for his translator position while on the job as an accountant. Kudos to him for the extra income in his pocket.

He would then make mistakes. Invoicing required some manual entries – ensuring customers who have free freight status obtain their free freight and entry of freight costs. Yet, there were always mistakes. Not one, not two, but many that occured. Some customers from time to time will freak out to see that they are required to pay $1000.00 for freight, but at the end of the day a credit would be issued and things will go back to its happy dandy day.

When 12:30PM arrives, he would take his lunch. Another relaxing hour – eating, drinking and always reading. Finished, he would tidy up himself and go back work.

He worked on credits and returns. Sometimes the company will get many, sometimes the company will get none. But they always landed on his desk. His desk was stocked up with returned and/or defective product. Some were re-sellable product, but never put back. It fusterated managment to see all the product on his desk and never put back.

He was scolded. Watched while he cleaned, yet they only met half way.

Around 2:45PM, he would look to see if he had any more urgent work. Nothing urgent? He’ll quietly walk into the lunch room and sit. Reading and drinking he did for another long relaxing half an hour.

He really enjoyed his down time, but it slowly and creeped up to managment realizing the best place to find him was lounging in the lunch room reading. It irritated managment. Two hours break a day! Other employees only had one hour.

He mentioned before that he was doing a three person job and it stressed him out. Probably, that is why he made so many mistakes. Management hired two new staff members to disperse the work better, hoping to see improvement. In turn, he sat and relax in the lunch room for two hours a day, talk on the phone all day in his native dialect which none of our customers speak and make consistant mistakes with no improvement. Management was baffled.

He was scolded again, if he doesn’t have any improvement soon he would face the consequences.

The accoutant didn’t care. He was with the company for 10 long relaxing years. I heard he once was a good, hardworking employee. I guess he believed he had seniority over others in his position and what mistakes or mishaps he did, they would turn a blind eye.

No one turned a blind eye. All companies have their gossip and their complaints. He was always the centre of gossip and complaints, even to management.

Only the accoutant was the one who turned a blind eye.

Before the day ended, I saw him walk in to the boardroom with my supervisor and that is the last time I saw him again.

Will he be missed? I am not sure, but all I know is I am happy he is gone. Companies don’t turn a blind eye to all the mishaps that occured. They make note of it.


OneofaKind Spring Show + Sale 2011

Every year, my sister and I travel downtown to check out the Winter edition of the OneofaKind show. We love looking at the creations made from the talented Artisans who make their way to Toronto from all over Canada. We love supporting them too. Yet, we have always known about the Spring show and never been one before. This is our first.

Last OneofaKind Show, they took our picture for marketing purposes during the Winter 2010 show and in return we received complimentary tickets. I have to admit, this is one of the best One of a Kind Shows I’ve ever been to, but the smallest one I’ve been too as well.

There were so many new and old artisans at the  show. I would of spent a fortune if I could. Probably spent a $1000.00 each isle from A to Q. But there were a few things I had to keep in mind before purchasing:

  • Although there were a lot of gorgeous housewares at the show. I don’t own my own home so I didn’t bother to look into them.
  • Do I really need additional stuff?
  • I’m saving up for a new condo. Definitely cannot splurge.

But these are the artisans highlights that caught my eye:

Dinh Ba Design
Gorgeous pieces. Wrinkle free fabric, chic and cheerful designs. Extremely wearable for casual and work days.
Selma Karaca
Her work has such detailing, that each piece that is she makes is an artwork of it’s own. She had a dress on a dress form that had small strips of fabric sewn on horizontally in bright yellow it was the most beautiful spring dress I saw at the show. I was in awe.
Simplicite Jewellery
Although I don’t like to wear gold very much. I would love to wear Marlene & Barry Goodman’s jewellery. They make custom handwrought karat gold and fine inlay. Their beautiful nature themed rings in gold with fine inlay caught my eye.
Nathalie Champagne
As much as I love to bead, I have never seen glass beads like the ones in Nathalie Champagne’s jewellery. Their 2011 Spring/Summer collection is absolutely stunning! I love their Whimsical Mushroom Ring and Strawberry Pearl Necklace.
Oh Dina!
There was alot of Artisans who sold hair accessories. I love hair bands and hair accessories. Not necessarily a hair clip that puts my hair up, but like jewerllery for your hair. Oh Dina! makes fabulous hair accessories that not only incorporate feathers, but an assortment of other fabrics an material. Her 3 dimentional textured pieces are extremely stunning.
Hoi Bo
I love the fabric bags that they make, except I don’t believe in the heafty price to pay for them.

Steven Johannes
Beautiful leather goods. Their prices were extremely reasonable.
Oceana Wooden Connexion
I have never see watches made from wood. Their watches uses Citizen mechanics and wood as the strap. Extremely gorgeous! I saw a watch for $130.00, if they are at the Winter Show, I will definitely buy one.
lisalesa upcycled design
They take used unwanted shoes and other items and revamp them to new. Their shoes are fabulous!
Paul Aude
The most amazing hand made books I’ve ever seen. I sadly regret not buying one. He offered me $25.00 for each notebook but in at retail the book would of cost over $50.00. I don’t need an extra notebook, but if I did, I would of purchased one.
I love their t-shirt line. The prints are very modern, simple buy utterly unique. The fabric made from bamboo was extremely soft like you were wearing PJs but not!
Mara Minuzzo
I wasn’t into looking for art work or pieces for the home. But this Artist stood out because of her Lego men paintings. It was so realistic I almost thought it was a picture or a print, but it’s not. Her simple paintings are fresh and aspiring.
The Hot Lollies
During the show, I was very cautious of spending money, but once the cute sales guy gave me a sample of a kit kat cheesecake lollipop, I was sold. I spent $42.00 for 6 cheesecake lollipops! They are so dangerous! Buyer beware! You sample, you will love and definitely will buy! Best cheesecake I had in a long time.
Little Shop of Lobsters
They make the most amazing lobster and crab mousse. Extra creamy, extra lobster and crab tasty! If I didn’t spend so much money at Hot Lollies, I would of picked some of the lobster and crab mousse. I don’t eat lobster or crab, but I would scarf down all the lobster and crab that they had in less than 5 minutes.
Organics and Gold
LOLO is a major mustard fan. He loves spicy mustard. When I saw this new Artisan at the show, I knew I had to give this a try. I absolutely love their Garlic Mustard! I am willing to put this mustard on everything that ketchup can be applied to. They make very distinct and flavourful mustards that pack a punch.
I don’t think I need to say more. Their company name says it all. Absolutely amazing products! Hot as hell. Distinct as amazing. I purchase the hottest sauce that they had. Even LOLO was impressed and loved it. I love it, but in small quantities or I’ll die from it.
The Garlic Box
I regret not purchasing anything from this store because I love garlic and I have been dreaming of their garlic cloves and dressings in my salads. It’s amazing stuff and sure that even a vampire will try to eat this before they die.

Although there is a “sale” word in it’s title, don’t expect to be shopping at a warehouse sale. So what did I spend all my money on? Clothing? No. Accessories? No. Toys? No that either. It’s actually food. I don’t always spend that much money on food but I couldn’t resist. The lollipop cheese cakes I tasted. The super spicy hot sauce that cause my sister to immediately run to the lemonade stand. And of course the superb garlic mustard that I’m sure LOLO is going to love. All the food shown at the show was execeptional. What can I say? I am a big foodie just like LOLO.

And yet.. I don’t have pictures of those either because I either given them away pretty quickly or ate it all. Hmm… I think all the cheesecake has been eaten by now…

Food items purchased:

Best Cheesecake on a stick! No mess! No Fuss. By The Hot Lollies

They are 100% true to their name. From the Pepper Master

Their mustard should replace all the regular mustards out there. From Organics & Gold

Little Miss Chinese Bride

Little Miss Chinese Bride quietly waiting for her groom to pick her up. So sad. He would never come. Her bride maids would never call out to him. Her family would not assist her and her pretty little made up face will be drenced in watered down mascara. Sadly so,  she’s an orphan. Her Groom is an orphan. She has no friends. He has no friends. There are no bride maids. There are no grooms men. She is the only one.

Actually, I haven’t decided how to make the Groom yet and I’m not 100% sure if I want to keep her like the way she is. Her neck is too scrawny. Therefore, her groom is not 100% done and Little Miss Chinese Bride is not 100% finalized. If you notice, I haven’t secured her head to her body yet. I’m still debating.  She sure is cute on film though. I must admit, it took along time to make her I would say a good 4 to 5 hours. I started yesterday making my Litle Miss Chinese Bride. I will be giving her away to a soon to be married couple (in September) the next time I see LOLO’s cousins. I hope she enjoys it.

Anyways, I’ve been dying to try out a macaroon recipe. I was looking at a Lemon Macaroon recipe. Yummy…I remember my first macaroon as if it was 5 minutes ago, at David’s Tea Shop down on Queen Street. So delicious! They were a $1 for each. Tres expensive, but well worth the dollar I spent. The only thing is that I’ve been to lazy to prep the egg whites before hand. Lazy me. Lazy me.