Thursday, November 24, 2005
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the US.
As it's uncertain if I'll be having any turkey myself, please eat some extra for me. =D
And while you're at it, have an extra helping of dessert.
As for me, Terry is coming over for a visit this long weekend and I'm looking forward to it. I've actually got some time off work! Horray.
And for those wondering how I'm doing in my new job, all is going well. Stress free and pretty easy going. It's easy to get paid to talk to people and I'm really liking that 98% of my customers are happy instead of my previous dealings with customers where 98% were unhappy. It's a nice refreshing change.
Honestly didn't think I could smile so much at a job and actually mean it.
I'm also getting more accustomed to the walking and being on my feet.
Stats for training from last week:
Sunday: Forgot pedometer
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
At one with the world
G's home from business trip and we got to go to French class together and I got a ride. My feet were happier. The weather is turning colder and even the walk across the street is starting to feel a little much. It's supposed to snow tonight, we'll see if we actually have any. But I'm glad that work isn't any further than across the street when the wind is gusting like it was today.
I'm learning at work that there's really no need to be THAT into it. I'll just stand around when the store is slow. I'll need the break when I can get it. I move myself into not working 100%. Progress no? Mais Oui, I think so!
I got my first pay check today. I'll deposit it on the weekend and feel accomplished. I would say that I need to go out an get something for my hard earned money, but honestly, I've already spent part of it. I got myself the Denise Needle Set and while I don't love it as much as some other there in the webverse. I do like it a lot. It's just not as fast as the addi turbos that I like so much more. But the addis cost SO much more as well. So, what's it like to spend money that I haven't yearned yet? I feel like the masses. I just need to accumulate some major credit card debt and I'll feel at one with the North American public. Okay, I won't go that far. That's one passing fancy I don't need to act on.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Why not keep count of the steps when I do remember to wear the pedometer.
I used to try to make sure I get the recommended 10000+
Today, 7 hour shift: 16,000
+ Going to French class on my own, getting dinner and coming home: ~ 20,000.
Yeah. I hurt.
French Class and Work
D'abord, I wrote something last week and proceeded to lose all of it. So, been slow to recap it all over again.
French class has been going well. It's turning out to be a lot more fun to learn something again than I expected. I thought it would be difficult to sit and attend class for two hours, but when the subject is fun and I'm really into it, it's not hard. And then I thought I would have a rough time trying to study and do home work, but me and home work is like fish to water. I am a geek and I know it. I'm born to do homework. Turns out I have no trouble concentrating on a subject for some time. So, it's going well so far. The only thing is that to be going to class right after working for many hours is really very difficult for me, I'm just physically so drained from work.
I've never before in my life been on my feet so much as in this job!
I've just done a 38+ hour week all standing and walking. My feet and legs are killing me. While yes, this is super training for my trip to Paris after xmas, it's just so draining! Today, the pedometer read 11000+ steps and that's in 6 hours of stocking, not on the floor.
So far, I've worked in the stockrooms for about half the time for the last two weeks. Twice to set-up the store on a Sunday nights and spent on whole Saturday on the floor, and two days in training. In some ways, I'm a 'natural'. I don't have trouble with the customer service, I can work cash since it's really just a simple computer interface. Hell, I could program the thing!
What's having to do things for 2 or 3 customers at a time while they scream at you and give you unhappy stressed looks. That's just another day at my old job while I still had to manage projects and debug something. At least at this job, the happy customers smile at you and chat when they are happy. No big consequences to anything.
Now, this is the shocking part, while it's a struggle to make small talk (after all, that's part of the reason to do this job, to train myself to do this type of thing); all you GS people should know that I'm NOT HAVING TROUBLE BEING NICE TO PEOPLE!!!!!!! Yeah, I'm shocked as all hell too.
So, so far, fun but dead tired. Physically stressed, mentally not. But I admit, I'm crankier than when I wasn't working since I hurt so much from all the standing and walking! The only way to alleviate the pain is to take a bath every night when I get home. I tried not talking one and immediate woke up in the morning with a lot of pain.
So, kudos to all those who are on their feet all day. I thought it'd be hard, and now I know for sure that it really is hard!
As for me, I'm sure all future days to come will run hot and cold on the fun since after all, it's the Xmas season. While I'm helping others finish their Xmas shopping, I'm working all the good shopping hours and don't know when I'll be finished my shopping!
So, on my behalf, be nice to the next person you meet who's been on their feet all day.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Okay, finally got some time to do some sorting of photos. So, the decorating photos are up. I'm still not done working on the place yet, but can't wait until I am done or you'll never see these photos!
I'm not putting up the photos on here, but email me for the link to them if you'd like to see the slideshow.
Looking at these is a reminder that I've still a lot of work to do on the place however, since we've still lots of things to put up. There are still photos of things that I don't have yet but who knows when I'll get to them; Maybe never and you'll have to see when and if you visit.
Off to bed early for a change. I guess the time change has left me extra tired at this hour. Feels like bed time. Maybe it's a good thing, I need to learn to go to bed earlier and get up earlier.