Monday, January 30, 2006

my first day

I really should have had Jordan take a picture of me on my first day of work…but alas, you’ll have to just picture it in your head.

Anyway, my first day went well. I managed NOT to be late despite the fact that the busses were not running on time and to my excitement, I was not the only one starting today, so I wasn’t the only clueless one. ‘Twas nice.

On my desk there was a “Welcome Kristen” sign, chocolates, a coffee cup and all the appropriate office supplies. Well, all except post-it notes, but by the end of the day, I had three sizes of them. My computer was all set up for me, my email worked and my chair is actually comfortable. I have never had it so good! I have my own little closet with drawers and shelves so that I can keep my stuff right there...and I got free lunch today as well.

All in all, it was a great first day. Of course, I haven’t done much “real” work yet and now have a LOT to read and lots of names to remember, but I think I made the right decision and I’m excited about working there.

Let’s see how long it takes till the shininess wears off.

Friday, January 27, 2006

my last day of early retirement

Well, I come out of retirement next week...and it couldn't have come too soon. I have worked only 2.5 days since September 30th. At first of course, it was kind of nice to not be working. I was still adjusting and probably wouldn't have been the ideal employee. But after about 2 weeks, it was getting a bit old.

Being unemployed isn't too fun. Writing cover letter after cover letter and applying for job after job gets frustrating. You wonder why no one "wants you". You get down on yourself a bit. You think "well, then job-x is probably the best I can do then" even though you know that you won't be happy there and you might just die a little inside each time you think about what you're doing.

But yes. I am starting my shiny new job on Monday. It is something that I think I'll enjoy doing and the company seems like a good work environment. Good health care benefits (we're both covered starting on Monday...I'm looking for a dentist already), a decent amount of holiday time (though I'm using almost half of it in February) and a decent salary (with room for raises...remind me to keep track of my performance so that I can go into a review with solid reasons). All in all, I'm pretty excited about it. Sure, I'll miss my morning Regis and Kelly and the freedom to wake up when I want to...but much more of that would leave us broke and I would be even MORE bored.

What am I going to do on my last day of freedom you ask? I have no idea…the possibilities are endless. (ok, so no they aren’t and I still have to finish up some thank you cards…but I can pretend they are endless.)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

let the sleep problems begin

So I couldn't get to sleep last night because of the dreaded wedding worries. (by 2:30, i popped in the rundown and was asleep in no time. why do we have it? well, in our defense, it's not ours and it was forced on us ;-)
So what was it last night? Why guest list issues of course. Now, I know I would be having the same problems if I was in charge, but as someone who likes to have control, I am of course having trouble with not having too much control. Sure, I have some control, but nothing is in front of me, I don't have all the information, so I have a hard time answering questions. Plus..WHY OH WHY when there is only one name on the invitation and no one has even hinted to you that you can bring a guest, would you RSVP for two? Wouldn't you at least think to call first? Or email? As well, why do you RSVP for three when there are only two names on the invite? My goal was to make the invitations dummy proof but I knew before they were even out that they weren't...but that's just the way it was going to work.

I know, it's crappy and confusing for everyone...but we have such limited space in the reception room. And I'm NO GOOD at saying no. I want everyone to be able to come. I feel guilty when people don't get invited...I hate telling people that we don't have room for their kids or their boyfriend of a week or their friend or....
But I guess I'll have to suck it up and do it (or get someone else to) because there are two people that were left off the list that really should be invited.

Sorry for the rant. I'll try not to let it happen again.
The sad thing is, we may have two extra spaces because it's possible that my grandparents won't be able to fly in. My grandfather has been in the hospital (still is? I don't know the updated information) and no one is sure if he'll be in good enough health to come. Does anyone have a video camera so that we can at least send them a copy?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

a new era

Well, there is a new party in power. I really don't know what is going to happen. I think that I am an optimist, so I'm really hoping for the best, but I just don't know what to expect.
Our new leader has a dragon in his shed and wants to put a laser into space so he can carve his initials into Greenland (and I'm not making that up, ok, someone else made that up, but still).
We shall see.

Monday, January 23, 2006

voting day in canada



Ok folks...its voting day. There are very few legitimate excuses for not voting. One such excuse would be that on the way to the polling station you are attacked by a dog and rushed to the hospital and by the time you are released, the voting has been closed. But that's a pretty extreme circumstance. Think of the people all over the world that brave bomb threats, death threats...there are people who risk their own safety to vote. As Canadians, the most common reason for not voting is that they just can't be bothered with it. They don't think their vote counts anyway. Well peeps, this year it does. If nothing else, vote in just this election because this year, your vote really DOES make a difference. (now, i know a few people in calgary who don't vote for the Harper tribe, and yes, it does get frustrating that they elect a loon over and over...even Harper is embarrassed by him, but your vote still counts). If you don't vote, you forfeit your right to complain when things go wrong. I know that if I didn't vote, I'd feel like I was letting down all the women who haven't had the right to vote, who don't have the right to vote and who won't have the right to vote in the future.

I promise I won't be so self-righteous and preachy next post. I just think that voting is important.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

tagged

I've been tagged, so here are my 4somes.

4 Jobs You Have Had in Your Life
1. I spent 2 days working at the Great Canadian Bagel for a man who was a moron. I never got paid for those 2 days...he told me that the cheque was in the mail. Come on dude. Who schedules a high school student to work at 12 pm on a Monday afternoon after they've been away all weekend (which you knew) and clearly hasn't been able to check the schedule and then calls and leaves a mean message on your dad's answering machine when you don't show up for your shift. Then when you go in after school to check the schedule (unaware of the message) freaks out when you can't stay all night to work off that shift?
2. I was a cashier at IGA
3. I worked in a "wine and spirits" store for a few months...they were pyschos. He wanted to replace the video monitoring system and take the old one and put it in the parking lot of their condo complex so that he could watch people.
4. I worked as a research assistant in a treatment study for problem gamblers.

4 Movies You Would Watch Over and Over
1. The Sound of Music
2. About a Boy
3. Love Actually
4. Seven

4 Places You Have Lived
1. Midnapore (in calgary)
2. Wildwood (in calgary)
3. Strathcona (in calgary)
4. Ottawa (not in calgary)

4 TV Shows You Love to Watch
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. The Amazing Race
3. Tout Simplement Clodine
4. anything that's on cable because i don't have cable and i'm just so happy not to be watching CTV or CBC or french

4 Places You Have Been on Vacation (i'm just putting down the first places i think of)
1. Maine
2. Mexico
3. St. Thomas
4. Guatemala

4 Websites You Visit Daily (and i visit a lot so this is just random)
1. dooce
2. Noggin Bits
3. CBC
4. Heather's Randomness

4 Favorite Foods
1. Sushi
2. Lasagna
3. Dark Chocolate
4. pretty much any fish
I would continue but I would look like a big pig. You see, I love food. Love it.

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
1. here
2. here (this is one of the things that comes up if you type "under the sea" into a google image search...you see because i'd like to be....)
3. here
4. here
But where I am isn't so bad.

4 People You Tag to complete this
Any of you...do it. Do it starsky and hutch style...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

so scary...

There was a strange weather phenomenon present in Ottawa today. It was my first experience with the combination of sidewalks that are covered in rain covered ice. There's not a lot of friction. You find yourself looking for the slushy parts, no matter how deep, because it means you will be able to grip the ground. Nuts I tell you, nuts.
For the balance challenged, it's especially tough. Now, I'm no Kramer, but I have been known to lose my balance on more than one occasion and I was very fearful of ending up soaked. But I made it out and back without incident.
Not wanting to push my luck, I did not go out again despite wanting to go to the grocery store. It was just too risky.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

i may be drunk...but i'm only looking at you

I debated the title for this post. It was either the title above or "a perfect ten". Both are references to different experiences from last night.

I took my first big "winter spill" last night. And boy was it spectacular. One might say that it was a perfect ten. I was walking to the grocery store and had just stepped up onto the curb after crossing the street when all friction was lost. We're talking a full spread eagle onto the pavement (the ice covered pavement in fact). Even I wish I had it on video because I think it would have been a sight. I hit with such force that my toque fell off....and an old lady asked me if I was ok. I must have remembered my volleyball training, because my only injury was a bruised knee. I managed to spread out quite well to absorb the fall. I'm quite impressed with myself. Jordan's only regret is that he wasn't there to point an laugh...

Later that night, we ended up at a club with some of Jordan's school friends. It was a decent enough place...I think it generally attracts an older crowd, but there were some definite young ones around. It was at that club that we heard the best pick up line ever. If you fall for a line like "i may be drunk but i'm only looking at you", run, run far away because next time it will be "it's late, you'll do".

Friday, January 13, 2006

ottawans....they're nuts

So the weather has been GREAT for the last week or so. Unseasonably warm. Sure, it means things are slushy and messy, but it's not below zero. There is no freezing wind, no blowing snow...it feels like spring (or like chinook time in Calgary). AND THE PEOPLE HERE ARE COMPLAINING!!!! Not everyone is complaining of course, but many people don't like it. They want winter back. Nuts I tell you....nuts.

I'm loving it. I hope those crazies are happy when it's -30 and the windchill freezes their eyes shut.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

here's the big update

Ok….

So being “home” was fantastic and strange at the same time. Its odd how easy it is to kind of settle in as if nothing had changed. The first few days were full of Christmas like activities (being Christmas Eve and Christmas Day…funny how that works) but then it was almost as if I never left. The same but different which is comforting but strange. Yeah, I don’t make any sense. But it was so great to see everyone, I wish I could have seen more people and the people I did see, I wish I could have seen more of them.

I was able to extend my stay to January 6th, which was great because it meant I was there for almost 2 full weeks. Jordan left on the 3rd and it was at that point that there was finally some time for wedding planning (lucky jerk…seems to have gotten out of a lot of the planning). There were some good times, some bad times, some frustrating times….but things are coming along and I think it should be a fun time come February.

Unfortunately, I started to get all fluey and achy around the 4th. It wasn’t a shock, as many of the people around me were sick, but it made for a very uncomfortable plane ride and a pretty miserable weekend. Really, I was pretty miserable up until today. I missed my first day of work and only worked a half day yesterday. I felt like a right moron calling in sick on my very first day, but when you can’t stand for longer than a few minutes without feeling as if you might pass out…there isn’t much choice. There was no way I was going to be able to get myself to the bus stop, manage a bus ride and then even pretend to take in the kind information you get on a first day on the job. So, sick I was. I managed to drag myself out of bed yesterday morning and arrived to the new job heavily medicated. I made it known that I was medicated and tried my best…but by noon, the extremely pregnant lady told me to go home.

I was going to write more about the job situation but I’m thinking it may not be a good idea. The good news is, I heard about the position I really wanted and really wanted news about. The news was good. Hooray!!! The next week and a half has the potential to cause me a lot of agony, but I can do it. I just have to make it to the end of next week. (If you would like any further information about this, feel free to email me. I just don’t want to say anything that may get me in any trouble in the future because gosh darn it, I want to keep this job).

So the next week or so has the potential to bring me down a bit…but I’ll have to make the most of the evenings and weekends.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

i'm back....but

I will have to stay on haitus a couple more days due to illness. A little munchkin who shall remain nameless must have got me sick. Luckily for her, she is adorable and even though I knew she was sick and likely to infect me, I couldn't stay away.
I start work Monday....so I am hoping I feel tonnes better by then.