Sunday, July 29, 2012

Go World

I'm watching the Olympics as I blog.  I love the Olympics, I really do.  I know these competitions happen every year on other platforms, but the Olympics are just bigger.  And I watch them like crazy every two years (summer & winter).  Of course, I cheer for the US and now Canada, but I also love cheering for the underdogs.  One of my favourite things is seeing someone from a country that almost never wins earn a medal.  You can just see how much it means to them.  I just love all of it!!

Anyway, things are rolling along for me.  Work is still going well, although it's still pretty quiet.  It's better as I learn a little more and as the three ladies in the office with me learn different ways I can help them.  I'm still really happy with this job and thankful to have it.

My new upstairs neighbors have been in residence for a few weeks now.  I'm still hopeful that they'll turn out to be good neighbors, but I'm not sure.  I still think they're nice, but I don't think they quite understand the idea of being quiet at night.  The parents work long hours at at hotel (I don't know what they do there), so their schedule is different than mine, and different from the previous neighbors.  They often seem to be just getting out of bed as I'm leaving for work around 8 AM, and sometimes I think they're still in bed then.  That also means that they go to bed later, and since their living room is right above my bedroom, that can be an issue at times.  I've had a few nights of being kept up quite late because of their noise, but after the last time this past week, I turned up my music the next morning while I was getting ready.  Not really all that loud, but I normally keep it relatively quiet out of respect for them.  I doubt that they even heard it, but they've been pretty good about staying quiet at night since then.  Honestly, I think it's a coincidence, but I don't even care.  I just want to be able to sleep at night.

The knitting ladies that I used to meet up with every Wednesday night decided to take a break for the summer, although I kind of got the feeling that we wouldn't really be starting up again in the fall.  I know there were some personalities that were starting to clash a little.  I'm bummed because I always enjoyed it, but it's not like I can force them to get together.  Between that and me basically ending my friendship with Ginny, I'm back to feeling like I don't really have any friends here.  I do, but not any that I really see or spend time with often or on a regular basis.  And I definitely feel that lacking in my life.  I've never been one for going to bars or clubs, even in my 20's, and it just seems pathetic when people in their mid-30's do it.  So how is a girl supposed to meet people and make friends?  How have you all done it?  I've decided to start trying to go to church again.  I've made some terrific friends in my life through church, including Jiffy.  I went to a community church last Sunday.  It was fine, but I won't be going back.  Part of it is just a comfort thing, part of it is that I'm not sure I agree with a couple things.  So, I think I'm going to go back to the church nearby that I've been to a handful of times before.  It's the same kind of church I grew up in, so it's comfortable, and the people have always been really nice in the past.  My main hesitation in the past was that it seems to be all families and couples in this (relatively small) congregation, but maybe I haven't given it a fair chance.  So we'll see.  I just need some local friends.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

So much to say

There's a lot going on in my little world, but quite frankly, I just haven't felt like blogging.  I'm still going through all the photos I took during Mom's visit.  And I've just been trying to to stay cool since this past week was hot here; we actually broke a record on Monday for the hottest July 9th on record.  So this is the time of year that I'm especially glad that I live in a basement.

My new job is going really well.  The three ladies that I work with here in Edmonton are all pretty cool.  They're smart, funny ladies who get along well with each other and work together.  They're sales reps, but they're not competitive and instead have a sense of teamwork, which is great.  It makes for a nice work environment.

I was "warned" in the interview that there are definitely slow times, summer being the main one.  Angie, the senior-most sales rep who conducted my first interview, had said that the slow times are a good opportunity to do things to try to improve ourselves.  I took it to mean as improving ourselves in a work-related way, you know?  So, by the middle of this past week, I was running out of things to do, so I took a couple books from my collection that I'd never gotten around to reading and I thought would be appropriate.  I took The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.  After finishing what I could that morning, I went in to talk to Angie about it.  When I mentioned that I brought a couple books that are work-related, she said, "Oh, they don't have to be work-related.  You could read a Danielle Steele novel if you wanted to!"  Alrighty.  She went on to say, "If you have any hobbies or anything that you could work on at your desk, you could bring that too."  I replied, "Well, I knit."  "Bring your knitting!" Angie said.

I instantly loved my job so much more.

So now, as time allows, I'm knitting at work!  Since it's really quiet, that's a fair bit of time.  I've been working on a pair of socks since that's relatively simple.  That way if/when I get interrupted, it's no big deal.  I'm being very careful to immediately put down the knitting if there's something to be done, so that I'm not jeopardizing this luxury.  And Angie said that it would probably best not to mention it to people at head office, since things are a little stricter there.  Mom asked if maybe this was a "test," but I explained that the other ladies are also doing personal things in the office during this time, not to mention the fact that, already, I'm almost always the first one there and the last one to leave since I need to be there to answer the phone during the main service hours.  So, to a certain degree, I'm getting paid to knit!

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Lots Going On

Mom left last week after a really good visit.  We had a great time together, but I think we were both ready to return to our "normal lives."  We spent a week in the mountains - Waterton Lakes Nat'l Park, Glacier Nat'l Park in Montana, Banff Nat'l Park, and Jasper Nat'l Park.  May I just say that spending time in the mountains never get old for me?  I'll try to post some pictures later, but I'm still going through them all.  I took SO MANY!!!  Anyway, it was great to have Mom here for a little while and right now we're planning on trying to visit somewhere together at Christmas.

My upstairs neighbors moved out last week and the new ones moved in yesterday.  I met them just this morning.  Well, I met the parents.  I've seen two of the three kids, but haven't actually met them yet.  The parents seem very nice.  They're from the Philippines.  The wife said she's here as a foreign worker, but is trying to become a permanent resident.  I'm assuming the same is true for the husband, but I don't really know.  They were nice enough to ask about noise and I said that the biggest thing for me was heavy walking, stomping, etc.  It can be really quite loud and even rattle the kitchen light, which just makes it worse.  They seemed sincere in wanting to be good neighbors, so hopefully that will work out, but I know it can be hard to wrangle kids sometimes!

I start my new job tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also anxious just because it's new.  Not to mention that I haven't worked in over a year!  That's hard to believe, isn't it?  But because of that, and Mom's visit, I'm just barely going to squeak by until my first payday.  I'm a little worried about it, but not too much.  I'd be fine for sure except that I have to go to Calgary in a couple days for training, since that's where the head office is.  Value parking at the Edmonton airport isn't bad, but I'm supposed to take a taxi from the airport to the office, which won't be cheap.  I'd even be okay with that, but if I have to take a taxi back to the airport at the end of the day, I might be in trouble.  I'll be reimbursed for the costs, but that doesn't help me right now, you know?  I figure that, depending on the cost in the morning, I might just have to be upfront with my new boss and either ask for a ride from someone or ask if there's a way for the company to cover the ride back that day, instead of reimbursing me later.  I feel like that would be leaving a bad impression from the start, which I hate to do, but I'm not sure of another way around it.  I guess I'll see what happens that day.

My life went from really quiet to lots going on... and now it will probably go back to being pretty quiet, once I get settled in this new job!

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