|The Halloween Post!|
October 31, 2005
Well Happy Halloween, All Hallowís Eve, and Samhain to everyone out there. I thought for certain that I would get this Halloween off this year, but alas Valerie quit on Tuesday (Athletics) so Susan and I have to pick up her days and seeing as how it was Susanís Monday last week and it would have been Valís today I got stuck with it instead. So yeah, sucks to be me. I was looking forward to going to the KLAQ haunted warehouse today and then kicking back all night with a terror-fest movie marathon as well. Instead Iíll be washing laundry for our Universityís athletic teams and studying for my Philosophy exam tomorrow in between loads. Probably for the best I suppose, since given the choice Iíd have chosen to sit up all night watching horror flicks rather than study for a Philosophy exam.
Even though Iíve had to put in extra hours at Athletics because of Valerie quitting Iím not nearly as stressed out as I was while still working at Pic Quick, my theory is simply this-goodbye and good riddance fuckers! Seriously despite the drop in income I think Iím better off.
Well thatís it for me, I just had to post something to let everyone know Iím still alive and kicking, not to mention I couldnít pass up the chance to wish everyone a Happy Halloween. May you get more
PS: If you have pets (especially if they are black or white) please remember to keep them safe inside your home tonight! Some tricksters out there do not know what lines are unacceptable to cross.
Thank you: Misty & Julie
@ 5:18 pm
|Terminations, Birthdays, and Phone line Woes Oh My!|
October 24, 2005
Iíve got a lot to post and catch up on since Iíve been gone so fair warning my friends you might want to get comfy grab a bag of popcorn and a tall mug/glass of your preferred beverage; this is going to be a long one.
Well first off I had the best wake up call in my entire life yesterday (Saturday afternoon), due note the sarcasm my friends. You see I woke up to the sound of my mother fielding phone calls for me, which really isnít a bad thing. I had gotten off work that morning at about 7:20 am and finally gotten to bed at about 10am so I woke up around 3pm, naturally the phone was ringing off the hook and it was all phone calls for me. Try and get some sleep and everybody wants a piece of you I tell ya! Anyway when she had hung up the phone I asked who it was, she told me and gave me all the information and numbers to call back, then she dropped the bomb. She told me that Pic Quick had called and since it was on my cell phone (which has a voicemail system naturally) she went ahead and let the voice mail pick that one up. So I dial up my voice mail and get a pissy message from my manager to call her back at home ASAP. I give her a ring and guess what? Iím fired.
I have never been fired, terminated, let go, or however you want to call it before in my life! I was in a state of total shock after I got off the phone. I had a feeling that this was coming, especially since my manager has been on my case lately for the stupidest things and constantly belittling me for things that I didnít even do let alone there to do for awhile now. Every morning when she would come in to open she would have some snide comment or cut down about what I was doing or didnít do. When I would try to explain to her that I wasnít there and or wasnít the one to take of that particular duty she always had some smart retort of how she saw me doing this or that, or that she knew that I was the one to do it. I was going to switch stores just to get away from her, but I guess itís not necessary now.
Apparently the reason I was let go was because this one customer went to Fred (one of the owners) and complained about how rude I was to her. Sonia and Fred watched the video tape, they saw how both she and her ďsisterĒ (I donít know if the girl really was or if that was a lie) were rude, started yelling and gesturing at me the first time they came in and I asked them to leave. The girl came back later that night and I told my co-worker Rachel to take care of her or to ask her to leave because I couldnít deal with her again, instead she brings her up to the counter and tells her to talk to me. I was still pissed off, I donít like being threatened especially over such a trivial thing as a locked bathroom that I am fixing to unlock, when she starts saying that no one threatened me and it was her sister not her that said she was going to tell Oscar on me.
I was offended, I mean first she treats me like shit for no reason then she has the nerve to think Iím dumb enough to not know when people are threatening me? So I told her that I knew it was her who had said the threats and I didnít much care for the attitude that she had given me and if she wanted to blame it on her sister fine. I was then going to ring her purchase up so she could leave and she exploded and started yelling again saying I was being a bitch and that she wasnít going to take any of my shit. I told her to leave because I was upset with her and didnít want anything to do with her and if she wanted the chips I could ring them up for her so she could leave. Well she just started on and on about how she was so nice and trying to apologize when she hadnít done anything wrong blah blah blah and how she wasnít going to leave and didnít want to buy anything if I was going to be the one to serve her I tried to get Rachel to ring her up then but Rachel just stood there like a dumb deaf mute. Eventually the woman left saying she was going to tell Oscar (one of the owners). Thatís when Rachel exploded on me telling me I was in the wrong and I should have accepted the apology cause the girl had come up to the counter ďall cool and niceď, and that I was in the wrong.
I must have been privy to a different version of the events because when a person comes up to the counter swaggering, smirking and throws the chips onto the counter that is not ďall cool and niceĒ. Not to mention she never once said she was sorry nor did she really apologize for her sister either. All she said was that they were upset with my attitude and it was her sister, not her that had mentioned calling Oscar. Never once was an apology offered or mentioned until I asked her if that (the chips) was going to be it.
So anyway when I called Sonia she asks me in a rather perturbed kind of voice what happened last night, I told her everything that happened including the stupid and childish threats, how I asked her to leave, how Rachel deliberately brought her up to the counter after I asked her to take care of the customer because I knew I could not speak or deal with her after what happened earlier, and how the girl just launched into another verbal attack. Clearly, however, Soniaís mind had already been made up by the time she had called me because as soon as I finished she just ďHm, well Iíve talked to you about your attitude before and Iím going to have to let you go. GoodbyeĒ and then tried to hang up on me, I asked her about my last paycheck and she was all ďOh, you can pick it up within five business days at the main officeĒ and then hung up. Sonia had obviously been looking for a reason to fire me for awhile now because that is in way grounds for termination, especially considering Iíve never been written up or reprimanded before. I donít even know why I bothered explaining myself to her, I should have realized she had already fired me and that there was nothing I could say or do about it, and should have just saved my breathe. I can admit that my lost my temper and that I was not the saint in this situation but was what I did really grounds to terminate me on? I donít think s, but hey what do I know Iím just a kid!
Everybody wants me to go and file for unemployment, or protest the termination with Oscar and Fred but I donít see the point. Granted my Momís friend Gina is the manager for the Pic Quick on Missouri street and hates Sonia with a passion and would gladly argue my case for me, but I donít want to drag anybody else into this. Besides Gina stands to loose too much for siding with me, not to mention the girl clearly knew Fred and or Oscar well enough that she could get one of them to personally go down to the store and review the tapes from that night and to ignore her own outlandish behavior. Itís just not worth fighting over. As for unemployment, well Iíve been working two other jobs along side that one so the Department of Labor certainly wouldnít see the need for me to receive unemployment wages when I have two other jobs to ďsupportĒ me. Never mind that the loss of that job means I lose approximately $372 of monthly income and brings down my monthly income of $788+ to a paltry $416 to $450(depending on how many events I can staff at Pan Am Guest Services). That hurts big time. Iíve managed to survive on that amount before though, so I guess I can do it again. It just means though that I donít have money now to spare once bills are paid. I really wish I already had my car paid off that would mean one less bill to pay and would save me $183 dollars a month too.
Car insurance is coming up in March, hopefully Iíll get enough back from my financial aid disbursement check to cover the car insurance for another six months, not to mention I should be getting back a hefty amount of money back from my tax refund this year since my Mother isnít going to claim me as a dependent this time. I will probably have to pick up a job for the holiday season though because so as school is out of session I wonít be getting any money from working at Athletics, as itís a work study job, and the Pan Am really isnít getting that many events right now since they are renovating the place. I have some money saved up, but itís not much. I think peopleís Christmas presents this year are gonna suck big time, as in wonít be too cool or pricey.
Today is Isisí birthday! My little kitty turns 10 years old. I canít believe sheís that old already, she certainly doesnít act it most of the time. Oh there are times sheís as fussy as a little old lady which is how she got the nickname but otherwise she still acts like the spoiled baby sheís always been. So for her birthday she got a smorgasbord feast which included a plate full of three different kinds of can cat food, two kinds of dried cat food as borders around the canned food and two slices of raw beef as garnishes; needless to say she loved it. Isis also got two new catnip mice to play with but I think her favorite present, although I admit it was an unintentional one as I had planned to go in to work today before I ended up being fired, was my presence at home with her the entire day. I ended up lazing about since my back has been bothering me something fierce and Isis just loved it that she could lay by my side all day. No matter where I went in the house she followed me. She hasnít been seeing much of me lately so anytime she can spend with me she seems to take it as a treat. I feel bad doing this to her so maybe not working at Pic Quick anymore is a blessing.
Earlier tonight we went for a drive as I was coming over to the other house to set up the computer to test it and see if it would work and so I brought Isis with me. She loves going for trips in the car for some odd reason and she equally enjoys spending time at the other house as well. Currently there seems to be a mice infestation, at least Iíve found traces of mice, and so sheís off happily hunting them.
Speaking of computer troubles, as you can tell by this blog post, Iím back online although it is only temporarily Iím afraid. Since I havenít been able to dial up to the net at home but the landline itself is working I decided to bring the computer over here and try dialing up at this house. Well I was able to dial up so I can safely say that there is nothing wrong with the CPU. I think the phone lines are on the fritz again because when I use the landline at home I can hear some odd background static that shouldnít be there. So despite the lines having been ďrepairedĒ just a few months ago weíll have to get the technicians out to the house to take a look at the lines again. I swear if it isnít one thing itís another, but then again the house is old and the wiring just as old so itís really not surprising that everything technical in that house is going to hell in a hand basket.
So here I am up late at night trying to get caught up with everything that has been happening online that Iíve missed. Bills, email accounts, mboards, subscriptions, blogs, homework - itís crazy! Next week will also be pretty crazy as well come to think of it. I have my second exam in CJ424 on Wednesday night, my second exam for CJ300 on Thursday and then my second exam for Philosophy that following Tuesday. At least now I have time to study for everything and I donít have to stress over Pic Quick anymore. Wish me luck on my exams everybody and here's hoping I'll be able to post more often soon.
[EDIT]Oh wow, that took so long to type and post that it is now actually Monday and no longer Sunday, gotta change that. [/EDIT]
Thank you: Julie
@ 12:09 am
|Nanashi Going on Hiatus|
October 19, 2005
Okay well I guess I have no choice but to announce an unexpect, not to mention unwanted, hiatus. As some may have noticed I haven't been online much in the past couple of days this is due to the fact that for some odd reason I have been unable to sign onto the internet. Right now I am at the computer lab here on campus (Jacobs 2nd floor). I had to drive up to campus early just so I could do my online quizes before my night class!
Anyway, it's odd. There's nothing wrong with the computer, the phone line is working yet AOL will not sign on. I repeatedly get a message stating that there is "no dial tone" "no answer" or just "unable to connect". And before anyway asks, yes the bill was paid so I have absolutely no idea what is up. So now I still have tons of things to do and even more limited time to do them in. The little bit of time I get online will be spent writing the next chapters of my fics, homework, bill paying, emails, and fanlistings...so my blog probably won't be updated for awhile.
Don't worry I plan on visiting everyone else's blogs and keeping in touch - it's just going to be a bit difficult so please understand everyone.
Lots of Love All!
Thank you: Julie
@ 4:18 pm
|They Never Cease to Amaze|
October 7, 2005
Okay well, I meant to post this sooner but life just kept getting in the way. I got my exam back for CJ424 and oh my goddess get a load of this, I scored 72 points out of a possible 75 points, meaning I got a 96%! My first A on an exam for this semester thus far. On Saturday hopefully Iíll know my grade for CJ321. Next week is sadly my Astronomy midterm, so keep your fingers crossed everyone.
And now hereís a bit of a rant and rave. A lot of people seem to think Iím a bit odd because I like hanging out with older people. Itís not that I intentionally want to make friends or anything with people older than myself (5+ years) itís just that the majority of people I connect with are older than me. Iím mentioning this because in one of my classes I am grouped with a three other classmates, all younger than myself ages ranging from 18to19 and I feel like a peace of rope being tugged in two directions. Iím only twenty-one years old yet I feel ancient when compared to the mentality of some of these people.
Apparently one of them (a girl weíll call J) happens to like the boy G. whom she thought was flirting with her. Turns out he wasnít and when he stumbled upon her blog entries in her myspace account he told his female friends who started ragging on her. Okay I get it that heís not interested, but why the immaturity? Couldnít he have just said, ďlisten Iím sorry I lead you to believe I was interested in you, but Iím notĒ or something? Instead the group dynamics are thrown off, J half the time looks like she is going to cry and now the other female member N. likes teasing J. as well. Naturally G. and N. tried to get me to join in on their fun. They actually like pretending that theyíre going to have a ďparty at his placeĒ and what not. Every time they try to drag me into their little joke I usually respond with something along the lines of ďIíve got better things to do than hang out with a bunch of kidsĒ.
J. seems like she doesnít trust me now, I donít know how to go about fixing that as I havenít done anything and have tried to stay out of this whole mess, although I do empathize with the girl. If it wasnít for the fact that this shit might end up affecting my grades in some way or another (we are a group after all) Iíd tell íem all to grow up and walk away, except most groups donít want any new members now so IĎm stuck with them, for better or worse. Now I realize that most eighteen and nineteen year olds are not this immature, but I seriously cannot picture any of my friends acting in this manner, both when we were that age and now! *starts banging her head against a wall*
In case anybody is wondering I used initials for their names because apparently that was (according to G.ís harem) Gís pet peeve. He didnít want his name posted without permission.
That aside I have to go into work today at Pic Quick at 10pm tonight and then of course I must head off to my Saturday morning class. Today will be a bit more of nightmare though then usual because after I get out of class at 11:30am I have to head straight home to get some sleep then get back up so I can go into work at Pan Am at 6pm and then itís off to Athletics at 11pm to do the laundry and what not for the game. Iím going to be so dead come Sunday. So anyway, I probably wonít get a chance to return comments for awhile. My deepest apologies. At least there is toner in the printer here at home now and I got my homework done ^_^ See Iím a good student. Now whereís my Scooby snack?
Thank you: no plugs
@ 5:47 am
October 4, 2005
Well my Philosophy teacher is convinced Iím an idiot, not that I really give a damn or anything. See we got our exams back and I got a B+ written at the top of mine so naturally I had to ask about why I lost points and then I asked if there were any extra credit assignments I could do because I was concerned about my dropping grades. He actually laughed at me, seriously it took him a full minute to stop laughing and then he was all ďoh, Iím sorry for a moment there I thought you were - wait, youíre serious arenít you?Ē and then he started laughing again. I mean come on, I had all As on his quizzes, I have perfect attendance and then I pull off a B+ on the first exam? Why the hell would I not be serious? At least he said heíd try to come up with something for me to do to bring my grade up.
The grade I posted last week for my online CJ 300 exam was actually the combined score of the written and online tests. I had a low B for my written test and a high B for my online which gave me a total of 85% for my first exam. I think next time Iíll just try taking it on my own, but get a hold of some other peopleís quizzes as well perhaps, Iím not quite sure on my strategy yet.
So Iím assuming I got a B on my CJ321 exam as well. I mean that seems to be all that I can get on exams this semester. I know, I should be grateful and all but I always get As on my exams, home works and the like will get mediocre grades, but my tests are always As especially my CJ classes. I donít know what is up with me this semester. Royce seems to think itís a sign Iíve got too much information crammed into my head and itís about to explode. Morgan seems to think Iím just working too many hours and not getting enough sleep. I frankly donít know what my problem is, I just hope I get it fixed soon.
My Astronomy quiz turned out to be a low C so hopefully that will be the lowest quiz score I get this semester and it will get dropped. If Iím not mistaken he drops the lowest two scores, but even if itís only one score he ends up dropping Iíll be thankful if that is my lowest score.
That said, I shall be signing off for now in order to get some homework and studying done. Tomorrow night is my CJ424 class and we should be getting our exams back so Iíll tell you how I did in that class tomorrow after I get back from the campus observatory.
Ah, and before I forget! There is a new mboard that I've been posting a lot at as of late, so if you haven't heard of it yet get your butts over there asap. ^_^ The board's name is Nocturna, and you'll definately enjoy it.
Thank you: Shasta, Bronnie, Hannah, Miranda, Julie & Misty
@ 4:44 pm