Wednesday, April 3, 2013

That is enough

Listen, you know it's bad when you chew out an older lady in the post office. 

So, here's the story. I ran across the street to send a certified letter for work (because I'm a business barbie!), and as I got in line I paused to rip the little sticky part off the back of the letter off to close it... and then the sweet older lady behind me cleared her throat to get my attention. 

When I looked her way, she excused herself and said, "but my letter is already sealed." And then she gave me the "I should be ahead of you in line" + sad puppy look. 

So, I paused. And then said, "Ma'am, I just closed the letter. We're both in line here."

With several people ahead of us, she kept insisting over and over, "but my letter is ready."


Then, she said it again and I snapped. Yep - lost it. Right there in the post office. I snapped my fingers and with my soccer mom face said, "Ma'am. That is enough!" 

No apologies. Never saw her again. Fail. 

I'm not proud of it, but I am writing about it to drive home the point that my sin runs deep (even if its sometimes funny...) and that there are days where we find ourselves doing things that are completely ridiculous. And that even when we're at work and not the greatest witness for the gospel, God is still faithful to give us opportunities to love our coworkers and strangers. And we need to take them.

Grace upon grace. And that, literally, is enough :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

What's in a name?: A day for humility

With each new employee hire comes several "To Do" items for checking off, which I love-- like really love. One of which is to update the office extension list and send it as an e-mail attachment.

So I update.
I scan for error.
I save.
I send.

Only to discover that I have spelled said new employee's name incorrectly. Not in one or two places, but in every place his name is mentioned, haha.

So I re-open attachment.
I correct.
I scan once again for errors.
I send again and apologize for my negligence, only to receive a phone call indicating that I have misspelled his name in the most important and obvious of places on the document, besides his direct extension number.

Hope you've been humbled today as well!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Old Faithful"

(photo courtesy of
So, we've written of Au Bon Pain before, but there is much more to be said. Who is "Old Faithful"? Glad you asked :) . She is their Chicken and Vegetable Stew: a delicious blend of Pearl Onions, Russet Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, and Shiitake Mushrooms, simmered in a Burgundy scented broth with chicken, Petite Peas, and Sweet Cream. My mouth is watering too. Bek introduced me to her and I've been in love ever since. Grateful for Bek. Grateful for "Old Faithful".

Love from Corporate America,

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Late and great

Alright, better late than never, wouldn't ya say? :)  We were silly to think that launching a blog would actually happen during election week in the busiest, craziest election city in the universe.

After a moderate delay, here we are!  I hope you enjoy reading about the funny side of corporate life that Lindsey Lou and I seem to see each day. We want to include stories of how God is the same (good, faithful, just, kind) whether you spend your days answer phone calls and editing papers, or doing laundry and changing diapers. Soon I think you'll understand that we never, ever pictured ourselves as business professionals in the middle of high-stress corporate America.  Pretty hilarious.  We both thought we'd be driving mini-vans and going to soccer practice by now.  Instead, we've been surprised by the beauty of trusting that what God provides is best for us; that He hasn't failed us in any way and never will; and that He has our good in mind!  WHOA. So good. So, we will expound more on this throughout our posts. Enjoy! Bon appetit, if you will!

So, for starters, Lou and I have to tell you about our favorite place to meet up for spontaneous (and sometimes scheduled) lunches. Everyone has their special little nook; ours is Au Bon Pain on 14th & I NW.  It's halfway between our offices and we take an hour to catch up now and then. We usually choose from two special spots. And when someone takes our first special spot, we try not to glare at them until they get up :)

ABP mid-week catch-up

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Good morning, Washington, DC ;)

This just in from Corporate America! Business Barbies here, clocking-in for our first blog post. This is just a teaser...we'll officially be launching on November 1, as promised ;)

So, pull up a chair and start the morning off right with your favorite seasonal caffeinated beverage (Bek will be stopping off at the Happy Green Circle next door for a grande, one pump pumpkin spice soy misto, hold the whip. And Lou will scooping up her fave from Caribou-ya, a small Mint Condition.)

Stay tuned (we know who you are).

See ya in a month.

BB Bek & BB Lou