Just a quick post about a few incidents from yesterday...
The first was in the office. Due to an issue we had recently a couple of external visitors were in to try and assure that a problem we had would not happen again. We offered them a coffee or tea (we have a great espresso machine in the office since a couple of months ago - real espresso from freshly ground beans), but one of them wanted hot chocolate. Something our old machine did, but the new one can't.
So I went to our car insurance help desk to use one of the old machines. There was a woman on a trip for coffee for lots of people and as I was trying to get a drink for an external visitor I asked if I could possibly get a couple of hot chocolates in between cups (something I wouldn't normally do, but I did not want to keep the visitors waiting).
Anyway, whilst I was getting my chocolate she turned to me and said, "I just have to tell you, you always dress so nice and look so good! Seriously, I know a lot of women who could learn from you." Comments like that really give me a boost (something that I really need just before meetings with external people!)
Later on in the day I had to call our town hall to check that my name change form last week had gone through OK. The local town hall needs legalized documents for name changes and this took some organising from the UK foreign office. Once done though I can get my new drivers license and residency permit - with new picture, name and gender marker. On the phone I was told, "Yes, it's all arranged. You can get apply for your license tomorrow if you want." OK, so the name is now Stacy and the gender female? "Yes, it's all in the system."
Woohoo! That is something I was expecting to be difficult as Holland has different laws than the UK for these things, but it seems they will accept a UK passport to change things. Another task ticked off!
And finally... The embarrassment.
In a couple of weekends I start laser in preparation for surgery. I know it's needed, but I am so not looking forward to it!
I do have a prescription for local aesthetic cream, and after work I went to get it.
The chemists was empty when it was my turn. Happy face. I gave her the prescription and she went away. For a long time. Three people showed up in the mean time. She came back. And started asking questions about the why and where it was going to be used so that they could give me the correct bottles. Unhappy face. Now I know that she was really trying to be helpful, but there was no way I could have answered her in such a crowded public place :( I told her that and with nice vague answers we managed to get to a solution. But, wow, was it difficult :)
Oh well, as the Dutch saying goes "Het hoort erbij!" :)