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It’s a weird feeling, waking up at five in the afternoon….. Wait, I should amend that…. It’s a weird feeling, waking up at five in the afternoon without being hung over. It’s also strange coming off a ten hours shift and running a couple of errands while feeling that end of the day frag and having the rest of the world just waking up and getting moving. Working third shift will be an adjustment, but it looks like I’ll be doing it for the next few weeks, so I’ll just have to deal. My manager decided to pull the guy who called out off of third shift completely, so I’ll be covering for him until a replacement is hired and trained. She was emphatic, though, that this was not a permanent move. She actually didn’t want to put me on third at all, but I was the only person both able and willing to pick up the slack. On the good side, while we were discussing the situation with one of the assistant managers and he mentioned one of the advanced training classes he needed to take. My manager then turned to me and said “Just wait until you take that. You’re going to love it.” That means she’s already picturing me in the assistant manager position and beyond, which is a good thing. She also said that she’s being encouraged by the district manager to train her own assistant managers for the store, which hopefully means a relatively quick bump up for me.

As for working overnights, I don’t really mind the schedule. I’ve always been more of a night person anyway. The food service manager (who also happens to be the store manager’s daughter) was very pleased with the job I’d done, especially considering it was my very first overnight shift with almost no preparation. There were a couple of things I didn’t get done, but that was mainly because the coffee person who was supposed to be in a five didn’t show until seven, so I was covering two fairly busy areas all by myself. Heh, on an interesting note, I noticed when things were slow in the middle of the night, I was a bit bored and restless, then when the morning rush hit and I was running around like a crazy person, I was much happier. I’m a bit worried by this sudden masochistic streak….

…. But what the hell, I’ll go with it 😉


I went into work today all geared up and ready to go only to find out that on of the people on third shift had called out and they needed me to switch shifts for the next couple of days. Not a big deal and it gives me a chance to learn what goes on during the night shift. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be known as a person thay can come to when a problem needs solving.

On another note, the people I usually work with were really disapointed that I wouldn’t be there tonight, which was both suprising and gratifying. I guess I have more of an impact than I thought.

All in all, things continue to go well at the job. There’s a bit of a babysitting aspect that goes along with being in charge of a larger group of (mostly younger)  people. It’s both personality conflicts and a tendency to bring their personal drama into the workplace. I had to have a little talk with one of my co-workers on Sunday night. Basically, he’d been switched from first to second shift for the week and he wasn’t happy about it, so he decided to be bitchy and miserable the whole night. That, of course, imapacted on everyone who worked with him and made everyone’s job harder than it had to be. So, I took him aside and talked to him about it, then made my manager aware the next day of what had happened and what I did.

That’s what’s up professionally. Not much happening on a personal level at the moment. I had the past two day off. Yesterday I felt just completely worn out and grumpy. I took several naps during the day and pretty much got squat accomplished. it’s almost like I stored up all my tired and grumpy during the work week and then got it all out on my day off. Today though, I was up and energetic.

Hopefully, tonight will be the same.

Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Memory ::Lane
  2. Original ::Thinking
  3. Exclusively ::Mine
  4. Listings ::Music
  5. Bucket ::of Blood
  6. Knight ::Knave
  7. Dusty ::Roads
  8. Choice ::Always have a
  9. Sunlight ::on my shoulders makes me happy
  10. Change of plans ::New circumstances

It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these, so here’s two:

Your result for The Ohmigod Test…

Venus – Goddess of Love and Beauty

67% Goodness, 78% Vengeful, 67% Lawful and 67% benevolence!

Her cult originated from Ardea and Lavinium in Latium. The oldest temple known of Venus dates back to 293 BC. Venus is the daughter of Jupiter, and some of her lovers include Mars and Vulcan in addition to any human who takes her fancy. Venus’ importance rose, and that of her cult, through the influence of several Roman political leaders. The dictator Sulla made her his patroness, and both Julius Caesar and the emperor Augustus named her the ancestor of their (Julian) family: the ‘gens Julia’ was Aeneas, son of Venus and the mortal Anchises. Ceasar introduced the cult of Venus Genetrix, the goddess of motherhood and marriage, and built a temple for her in 46 BCE. She was also honored in the temple of Mars Ultor. The last great temple of Venus was built by the emperor Hadrianus near the Colosseum in 135 CE. Her followers it seems have been quiet for the last 2000 years but there’s always room for improvement. Grab yourself a copy of the Ethical Slut and a how-to book on church building and start it all up again.Her followers believe in Love, Beauty and Lust

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Your result for The Sexplorer In Bed Test…

The Kink Master

-51 Pure and 12 Control!

You like sex, a lot. You are not concerned with who is in control, as long as you are getting some. Variety is the spice of life, so lets add some spice! Tie me up, spank my bottom, or vice versa, it is all good. The most versatile type, you can please or be pleased by nearly anyone.

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Questionable Content; more dream than nightmare!

So, I’m watching me some Smallville the other day, when our boy Clark Kent makes the comment “Don’t worry, Washington, D.C. is just a couple of seconds away for me” or something like that. Immediately, the part of my brain that worries about such things perked up, because it actually isn’t a couple of seconds for him.

See, this is the problem I’ve always had with the power of Super Speed. Say you can run from Kansas to Washington in two seconds. To do that, you perceptions have to speed up as well so you can react to, and avoid, anything that happens to be in your way, so it’s not like you just blink and you’re in Washington. For you, it actually feels like you’ve jogged from Kansas to Washington at a normal running pace. Subjectively, you’ve just spent hours and hours doing nothing but running.

Same goes with all those little tricks they love to show, like cleaning. If you’ve watched any show with a super fast character in it, they always have a scene where that character has to tidy up his/her house/apartment/living space really quickly and you’re supposed to be all “Oooh, I’d love to be able to clean in the blink of an eye”. Well again, subjectively, you’ve just spent all day cleaning your house. It’s only to the people watching that it takes less than a second. Same with things like typing your term paper just before class or digging a trench across a road to stop a speeding car. All that stuff, for the Super Speeding character, seems to take the normal amount of time……. Think about how boring that would really be.

Ok, I’m done being a total geek (for the moment). We now return you to the so called “normal” world.

(Oct 23 – Nov 21
You may feel as if one portion of your life is passing away — and you aren’t entirely sad to see it go. If you have been floating along this summer, waiting for what’s next, here it comes. It’s like expecting visitors, yet you don’t know who they are or when they will arrive. Still, there is much to do before the party begins, so get busy.

That was my Horoscope for today. It seems very appropriate since I do feel like a new chapter is starting in my life and I’m certainly not sad to see the last chapter end. The newness of the job is settling into more of a routine now and, for once, that feeling isn’t making me crazy. I’ve got a budget set, which is tight, but I can stick to it and I’m considering my long term options. I don’t want to make any concrete plans until I’m fully vested with the company, but that’s in October, so not too far off. I’ve started back on my exercise program as well, so that feels good, I gave myself a few weeks off to adjust to the physical demands of the job. After being unemployed for a full year, working nine or ten hours a day is certainly a big switch. Strangely, I’m less sore at the end of the day now that I’m working out again. That’s encouraging. I’m also eating much healthier now that I’m paying for my own food again.
All in all, I feel like I’m in a really good place. I’m happy (mostly). I have goals to work toward and it all seems to be coming together….
…. Why does that make me so nervous to say out loud?

Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Flicker ::flacker, tallywhacker (Don’t ask why that popped into my head, it just did)
  2. Styling ::Hair
  3. Episode ::Six
  4. Sexier ::Impulses
  5. Studious :: but absent minded
  6. Mushroom ::Cloud
  7. 8 minutes ::To paradise
  8. Bald ::Egg
  9. Immunity ::From Prosecution
  10. Sectioned ::Grapefruit

So, apparently the question I asked the other day was incomplete. The full question should have been; What’s worse, doing a job that’s beneath you, doing a job that’s beneath you badly, or getting fired from a job that’s beneath you?  Yep, the guy who refused to clean the ladies room was let go. His refusal wasn’t the only reason he got fired, apparently there were other incidents, but my report was that famous final straw. The manager asked me what my opinion was of him as a worker and I answered honestly (but diplomatically) and the decision was made to let him go. I was also asked what I thought about the night manager, who also ended up getting fired the next day. Basically, it was shaking out the dead wood now that we’ve been open a few weeks. I’m happy to say that my wood is not dead. 😉

I suppose I should feel guilty for my part in their being let go, but I don’t. They made their own beds. In truth, it felt good having my opinion asked and listened to. That’s one of the things I like about this manager, she asks for input and actually listens to it. That’s refreshing after all the lips service to listening I had to deal with in the past.

Speaking of work (have I been speaking of anything else lately?), I got a notice from the Department of Labor telling me that I was eligible for an extension of my unemployment benefits. Yep, if I was still unemployed as of July 6th, I could start to collect money again. Not to sound all paranoid and conspiracy minded, but two weeks after I find a job they decided to extend unemployment?!? What about the seven months I was on welfare and going deeper into debt just to pay my bills? Grrrrrr.

One of our female members, who shall remain nameless, took
a vacation to France some years ago with one of her girl-

Her husband drove her to the airport and wished her a good
trip. The wife asked, “Would you like me to bring something
back for you?”

The husband laughed and says, “How about a French girl!”

Our lady kept quiet, didn’t respond and went into the

Two weeks later her husband picked her up at the airport and
asked, “So, honey, how was the trip?”

“Really great, I loved Paris.”

“And, what happened to my present?”

“Which present?”

“What I asked for….the French girl?”

“Oh, that? Well, I did what I could, now we’ll have to wait
nine months to see if it’s a girl.”