Friday, November 15, 2013

Men at Work

Oh man.  I love working with a bunch of guys.

For one thing, I literally never have to do the heavy lifting.  I don’t have to put things together.  I don’t have to move things around.  And let me tell you, in a brand new office, there are a lot of those things being done.

Secondly, there’s not the drama and BS that is, unfortunately, typical when you have a lot of women working together.  I think I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t worked anywhere where it’s really terrible, but I know there are a lot of places like that.  The funny thing is that I’ve mentioned to a few different friends how nice it is to basically be working with only men (I interact a little with other women in other offices in the company), and without any explanation, they immediately know what I’m talking about.  As a woman, I wish that weren’t true, but it is.

Lastly, this job makes me feel feminine, which is not something I always come by easily.  I don’t dress up for this job; I’m in jeans and sneakers every day.  I never wear make-up.  I try to have my hair look nice, but it’s never all done up like so many other women do.  But in this job?  It’s pretty easy to feel feminine when you’re always interacting with roughneck kind of guys.  On top of which, a lot of these guys are former military (and still active reserve, in a few cases) and a lot of them are southern, so I get a LOT of “yes, ma’am” ‘s.  A LOT.  And while sometimes it almost feels like too much, it’s also really nice.

Even this morning, I was standing in Andrew’s office for a moment while he and Cris were on a conference call with all the crew leaders.  I hadn’t even planned on staying; I had one thing to tell the guys, and then stayed to make sure I didn’t need to be there for anything else.  Cris noticed me standing there and moved some papers so I could sit down in the other spare chair.  I tried to tell him he didn’t need to do that, but he insisted. 


Oh man.  I love working with a bunch of guys.

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

I might get some sanity back soon

Once I was offered and started this new job, one of the first things I started thinking about was when I'd be able to move out into my own place.  I so appreciate Mom letting me stay with her for free all this time; I don't know how I would've ever been able to move back from Edmonton otherwise.  But I deeply miss having my own place and I can't wait to move out.


I started looking around online and contacted one rental management company to see what they had available.  I may have inadvertently hit the jackpot.  This company is currently building brand new one bedroom places that are literally a 2-minute drive from my new job.  They're due to be finished at the end of November.  Wait, there's more!  They're only building 14 of them, so they're two rows of one-story apartments... which means there would be no one living above or below me!  Wait, there's more!  Along with the regular (new) appliances a washer and dryer are also included, which I was really hoping to find in a place to live.  Wait, there's more!  Attached to each one-story, brand new apartment that is two minutes from my job is a one-car GARAGE!!  A garage!!  Peachie would be able to park inside every night!

The nice thing about all this is that the rent is not bad.  It's a little more than I really wanted to spend, but frankly, I think it would be worth it.  This is the kind of place I could move into and stay for quite a while if I wanted to.  I have an appointment with the property manager to check out one of the units on Monday after work, so I'll see in a couple days if I like the layout and everything.  But, really, I can't imagine disliking it enough to negate everything else that I already like about it.  I've already gone past it to see what it's like from the outside, and even get an idea of maybe which unit I'd want, if I get the choice.

I may have just found my new home.

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Friday, November 01, 2013

My phone is smarter now

I'm three weeks into this new job and am still really enjoying it.  It's fun to work with and for someone I already know.  Andrew and I seem to be clicking as coworkers and I think we're going to make a good team.  I'm happy that I have this job.

Kristy is still showing up regularly, but not quite as much as it was the first couple weeks.  I think she's just desperate for attention, and while I'm friendly towards her, I try not to engage her in conversation too much.  I just don't want to hear her talk more about herself and all her complaints any more than I absolutely have to.


I feel like I'm about five years behind, but I finally got my first smart phone!  When I came back from Edmonton, I had hoped to keep the flip phone that I had used there because I liked it and I didn't feel like I needed anything more.  But because of the way cell companies work, I couldn't just buy a new SIM card and put it in the phone, so I had to get a whole new phone.  This was just a week or two after I got to Ohio, and since I didn't have an income, I didn't want to pay for a big new phone and big new phone contract.  So I bought the cheapest phone they had, which was $15, and have been doing the prepaid month-to-month things since then.


Well, once I realized that I was going to be staying in Ohio permanently, I decided that I wanted to get an Ohio cell number.  Different area codes aren't such a big deal any more, but it was going to bug me to have a Lexington number without ever having lived in Lexington.  Plus, I hadn't even given my cell number to that many people yet, so it wouldn't be difficult to have a new one again already.  In addition to that, the cheap crappy cell phone I bought only five months ago was already falling apart.  I'd be upset, but what do you expect from the cheapest one there?  I thought about changing my number and not yet getting a brand new phone.  Brother got a new smart phone not long ago, and the phone he'd had before that was the same flip phone that I'd last used in Canada.  I even got his old phone from him, thinking I might just put a new SIM card in that one, still going month-to-month, so that I wouldn't be shelling out a bunch of money right now.


I decided against it.


After doing a little research, I found a phone that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg (with a contract), so I ordered it Monday evening and it arrived yesterday!  It's so exciting to have a nice phone.  I'm not even sure what all I can do with it yet, but it'll be fun to figure it out.  Since it's my first smart phone, I feel like I have a little catching up to do, but that's okay.  I'm happy with it.  :-)

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