Posted on 2-22-13:
Five, no, SIX things we really, really like … a lot.
Chocolate, no coffee, no… chocolate
We consider ourselves to be chocolate experts! Jalapeno, espresso, almond, Belgian, Swiss, blueberry, dark and of course, milk. We have tasted all sorts of chocolates from around the world. The best chocolates we have ever tasted (EVER!) come from a little island off the coast of Maine. Black Dinah Chocolates. We don’t know what secret ingredients Steve and Kate put in their recipes (so don’t ask) but they are so good you will hide them, hoard them, and definitely not share them – well, not willingly anyway.
Who doesn’t love family time? We don’t mean the holidays, no, no, no – not those stress filled, way too high expectations that couldn’t possibly be met days. We mean just time together doing things we love to do; reading, cooking, laughing, sports, games, laughing. And we have a big family too – everyone who works at Aberdeen is a part of the family! Before someone joins Aberdeen we tell them they must love laughter, must love dogs, must agree to be part of the family. Here, it’s family time 24/7.
Having such a big family can be exhausting! The idea of sleeping in on a cold wintery morning sounds very appealing, but…… there are too many great opportunities that we might miss. If our West Coast and East Coast coders would sync up a littler earlier in the day, then we might be able to get a little extra SLEEP! Really though. Those quiet mornings when you wake up and realize you can go back to sleep (sshhh) for another twenty precious minutes – those are pretty heavenly.
We’ve had two birthdays, a wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day and one “I’m really sorry” floral arrangement (but we are not saying from whom) over the past two weeks. So we’ve had a lot of flowers come through the office. What we have learned: Flowers are a must in the male arsenal of cures for stupid things. Lilies smell great! Thistle also comes in white. If you run out of space for arrangements, do not put the new one on top of the scanner in your office. A good florist means an arrangement that lasts over a week. And the absolute best arrangements come from McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center in Greenwich, Connecticut!
Being told we do good work
We love it when our clients tell us we do good work and we never get tired of hearing it. Never. Ever. My personal favorite is the email reply that reads simply, “I love it!” We also really like, “Nice job,” “everyone thinks it looks great and I’m not surprised,” and “you make me look good – thank you.” We are convinced half our staff would be willing to work for compliments alone but that’s not a theory we think they want us to test.
John Wayne, Bruce Willis, Arnold, Christian Bale – and our newest favorite – Robert Downey, Jr. (or really just about anyone in the Avengers). We love it when the bad guy gets it! A shout out to the actors who play the bad guys – can’t have a great hero without a great villain. The truth is we all have a little bit of a hero complex around here: one reason we shine in crisis management situations and ASAP requests. We love it!