Sing along with “Hot Chocolate”!

 “Everyone’s a winner, baby, that’s no lie …”

eXcel award

Well, OK, maybe not everyone … but today at work I received my “eXcel” award from December, which included a $150 gift voucher from David Jones, a hat to mark the occasion, a lanyard for holding my ID tag (not pictured), and a little clip-on travel reading light.  It was all very exciting … BUT it turns out that wasn’t actually everything that today’s little ceremony had to offer …

It was also announced that I had been selected as the overall winner for 2006 for our office – which was a total unexpected shock, but a very very nice one!  I received a letter, which says the following:

“It is with great pleasure that we advise that you have been selected as the eXcel Spirit of Customer Services Annual Winner for 2006.  You have been recognised for your consistent and outstanding service excellence to your colleagues and customers alike.  We thank and applaud you for your commitment and contribution.”

What else can I say but “wow!!!” – I’m absolutely chuffed! 😀  The prize for this one is a bit different – I get flown to Sydney during a weekend in March, along with the other winners from all around the country, where we’re treated to overnight accommodation at a 5-star hotel, and a ‘red carpet event’ somewhere.  One year they were picked up in limos and taken out, and another in horse-drawn carriages before going on a harbour cruise with dinner and drinks.  We also have to have a ‘photo shoot’ some time next month for publicity brochures etc … it’s all rather exciting!  I haven’t been able to afford to get my hair cut for almost 3 months now (I used to get it done every 6 weeks) … I think I’d better go treat myself quickly haha.

I just called Mum and Dad to let them know the news, and I got some awesome news back in return – apparently I’d been given $50 from my ‘aunt’ in NZ for Christmas plus $50 from Mum and Dad, which I knew nothing about, which will pay the outstanding amount from my gift voucher so I can get an iPod very very soon … woohoo!  (oops, I’d better stop skipping around the flat, or it’ll make those cracks worse!! LOL)

Now, on to other things … my biscuits went down a treat at work the other day, so I thought I’d share the recipe for anyone who’s interested.  Here goes:

HONEY COCONUT BISCUITS

125g (4oz) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons coconut
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup coconut, extra

Cream butter and sugar, add egg, beat until light and fluffy.  Add coconut and honey, beat until combined.  Fold in sifted flour, mix well.  Roll teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls, then roll in extra coconut.  Place on lightly greased oven trays, at least 5cm (2in) apart.  Cook in moderate oven (190-200C/375-400F) for 15 minutes.  Cool on trays.
Makes about 35

Rightio, off to play with my stitching tonight … I’m having a night off the computer seeing as I was up to all hours again last night playing with my template and sidebars etc.  Anything else that needs tweaking can wait for a while, it’s time to play with needle and thread 🙂

Of course first I have to step back down from Cloud 9!!  LOL.

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27 thoughts on “Sing along with “Hot Chocolate”!

  1. Wow! That’s fabulous Anne 😀 Congratulations, I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you and I’m sure you’ll have a great time in Sydney!

  2. Wow! Well done! Want to come work in our office? We could do with people like you lol They’re a right miserable lot and I’ve got to go back there on Wednesday because my maternity leave finishes.

    Enjoy spending your prize :o)

  3. Good things happen to good people and you’re the BEST! Congratulations you are very deserving! I love your new “home” I’m looking at all the sidebars still!
    🙂

  4. Congrats Anne! I’m sure this prize is well deserved by you. And you will absolutely love your Ipod. I’ve had one since last Christmas and would never give it up!

  5. Congratulations Anne!!! I’m so pleased you have some wonderful news for the beginning of the year, 2007 will undoubtedly just get better and better 🙂

  6. well done you!! thats absolutely fantastic news and of course you SO deserve it 🙂 sounds like a wonderful time to look forward to and a neat way to start 2007!

  7. I must say, Anne, that this fabulous news comes as no surprise to me at all! You give everything you’ve got, even working different shifts and I’m thrilled they’ve given you this recognition. No one could possibly have deserve it more. Woot!!

  8. Anne, you stay right up there on Cloud 9 and enjoy the view! You are so awesome – I’m thrilled that you’ve been rewarded for your great attitude. You deserve it!!! Congratulations on all the wonderful good news!!!

  9. Wooooooohoooooooo! Awesome, girlfriend! You are customer service personified, so I am really glad that you won those awards. And congrats on the unexpected cash gifts, as well. Have you picked out an iPod yet? 😉

  10. Way to go, Girl!!! You definitely deserve the recognition!!!! So happy for you! {{{hugs}}}

    Just wanted you to know that our started our SAL as well last week, but haven’t posted anything because two of my four kiddos are sick, so I’ve been playing “nurse” most of the day…and night! 😦 However, I’ll definitely have a new post up on Thursday morning. (Los Angeles time!)

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