Thursday, October 24, 2013

Introducing "Bubbles"

Today, I am introducing "Bubbles". Who is Bubbles, you ask? Why that is a good question. 

Bubbles is the nickname I have given one of my co-workers due to bubbly personality. (1. I don't call her Bubbles to her face as that would just be rude, and 2. the bubbly personality was said with all the sarcasm of the world - that's a lot of sarcasm).

I have referred to Bubbles before, but I haven't written too much about her. From the get-go she has been plain rude as hell. Since my very first day.


My OM, her assistant L, and the other new gal, T, all say "good morning", "good night", "have a good weekend", etc. Not just to me but to each other. If one of us sneezes, including Bubbles, we all say, "Bless you" and the sneezer says, "Thanks".

Not Bubbles. I don't get a good morning, night or weekend. I don't get a bless you if I sneeze. She will say it to L or the OM.

Her face reads, "I'm the shit, so take a big whiff." I can totally tell that she thinks she way better than me.

Well, that's all fine and dandy. I don't give a shit. Why? Because I don't go to work to make friends. If I make a friend, it's a bonus. HOWEVER. I do expect to be treated with civility and Bubbles obviously doesn't understand what that word actually means.

I still think what I've thought since day one: that it's just her personality. And I'm trying hard not to take it personally. But it's starting to wear on me a smidge. She sits directly behind me in the office and she just makes my space uncomfortable with her bubbly personality.

I don't feel comfortable going to her with questions, so I don't. Unless I have no choice.

She doesn't speak to me. And on the random occasion that she does, it's to make sure to point out something I've done wrong.

Part of me wonders what I could have possibly said or done since my first day of work that could have made her hate me so much.

Another part of me wants to just piss her off for sheer fun.

The smart part of me says to just take the high road and be nice.

I say "Bless you" when she sneezes, though I don't get a "thank you" in response. (I will blame her parents for not raising her to mind her p's and q's. I say "have a good night" when she leaves at the end of the day. I say "good morning" when I walk into the office in the morning.

Though I get nothing in response but a dirty look. The dirty kind of look that says, "Go jump off a cliff, biatch."

Mom agrees with me about her personality, and how I shouldn't take it personally and to just play nice no matter what.

Wish me luck and strength. ;)

Monday, October 21, 2013

So I kinda took a break . . .

Okay, seriously, WHAT is up with the sudden ads popping up all over Blogger and Blog Lovin'?? Every time I log on, I have like three ads pop up. Driving me batshit crazy.

And yes, I realize I've been absent for awhile. My apologies. I've finally gotten all caught up on reading everyone's blogs and trying to comment. I swear, most times, there's just not enough hours in a day anymore.

A couple weeks ago, a good friend of mine was getting married. My mom and I were helping her with some wedding stuff - party favors, money tree envelopes, decorating, etc. So we were kept kinda of busy with that. The wedding turned out beautiful. Although a random rain storm with thunder and lightening showed up - and no one ever saw it coming. I mean, until we saw it rolling in that night. My friend had been checking the weather for weeks and it was supposed to be clear and sunny and 75. Perfect. Fortunately that rain waited until the ceremony was over and everyone had had a chance to eat. Someone had the foresight to put the awning out over the wedding cake, so that was saved. The rain and sudden gust of wind lasted only 15 to 20 minutes, however, Boyfriend and I (having worked for a party rental place - the exact place the tables and whatnot came from actually), we knew we had to tear everything down and try to get it to dry. The tables could warp. The linens were all soaked, some napkins wound up in the pool thank to Mother Nature. Some of the colorful napkins bled into the white table linens. Hers was one of at least 4 weddings that weekend that had a surprise rain storm. Lots of dancing followed the rain letting up - even Boyfriend got me to dance a little. When I can get pictures from Mom, I will post one that she took of us. The wedding photographer took a few pictures of us, and if I can nab some copies of those, I will.

But I can give you a picture of the radiant bride and her proud papa.

The full-time job is still going well - getting the hang of things, still learning though. The auto industry is definitely it's own world. I have to photocopy all cash that comes in for down-payments on new/used vehicles for the serial numbers. So if someone give the dealership $10,000 cash in 20's, I have to photocopy each and every single twenty dollar bill. Seriously. Some mornings, I feel like I spend the entire morning photocopying cash. Seriously people, they are called checks.

This last weekend was our family service for Papa D, who passed away on September 17th. It was a hard weekend, but still a good one. We were finally able to say a proper good-bye. Still had quite a few people at the ranch to spread his ashes. I still am working on my proper good-bye post for him. I wrote a column for the magazine for the November issue about him (he had passed as the October issue went to print), and K wrote a nice story about Papa D for the November issue as well. I don't know how long K will still do the magazine, but I told her I will help her write as much as possible.

Boyfriend and I just filled out an application to rent a house in town. We haven't been able to see the inside of it yet as the previous tenants were really lazy about moving out. But it's just under 2000sq ft, two story, and is on a bit of acreage.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Just some lil' bits o' random

Just some random bits . . . 

Had a customer hug me the other day while at my weekend Pet Nutritionist gig. She needed help finding a filter for a water dispenser, and they are rather hidden and hard to find. Which is weird. But even when you find the filters, people find it hard to figure out which filters they need. I spent about 15 minutes with her and finally figured out which one she needed. Then she was so happy, she hugged me. I'm pretty sure that's a first.

Drove to Williams on Saturday evening after work with Mom, Dad, and Granny to have dinner with an aunt and uncle before they went on a Mediterranean cruise for two weeks. A much deserved vacation as my aunt has been forced to stay close to home the last two years. Plus with the economy being so bad, my uncle was, at one point, afraid to go on vacation because some people would get pink slips when the got back (he works for a construction company and it was pretty hairy for awhile). So after a rough few years, they get to take a much deserved vacation.

Work is going well. B isn't overly friendly. Let me rephrase that. B doesn't talk to me, period. I have heard from a few other people that she doesn't really "warm up to anybody", so I'm still pretty sure it's a just a personality thing for her. I will continue to be myself and be nice to her. Although, she doesn't really make it easy. Unless I specifically ask her a question, she doesn't say one word to me. And being that kind of rude doesn't make me want to ask her a question. It's entirely possible that's her whole gig, so that I won't bother her with questions. However, she's the youngest of us ladies in the office - about 23, and she's just sooooo rude.

I've recently been reading the Anne of Green Gables books. I've never read them before, but I saw the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea's movies and loved them. Anne of Green Gables the movie was pretty close to the book. Anne of Avonlea . . . not so much. Like, two completely stories. I've just started reading the third book, Anne of the Island. I'm definitely enjoying the books and am glad I'm finding them either free or real cheap on Google Play on my tablet.

My parents have finally torn down their back deck. Has been needing to be done for at least 5 years, but it's an expensive undertaking. But it was becoming unsafe - they had to block off certain areas because boards were rotted out. The deck is gone and my cousin's husband is helping my dad for a few days trying to get him on the right track before he starts a different construction job.

And I think that's about it for the random bits. :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's one thing you learned in September?

Oh, it's definitely way more than one thing! lol I started a new job on the 16th of September, so I've been learning lots in the auto industry. How to do their deposits (they are rather particular, understandably), how to do dealer trades (we don't have what you want? we'll get it for you!), clearing my "cash sales schedule" (reconciling outstanding debits/credits), logging in driver sheets (someone has to drive the cars for dealer trades), wholesales, and cutting checks when needed. And that's just the beginning! I'm only in my third week and my head is spinning. I have a lot more to learn. And I have a lot to keep organized. And our desks are really small.

2. Acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini squash, or blech! hold the squash... what's your favorite squash? What's your favorite way to prepare your favorite squash?

Blech! Hold the squash!  I have yet to learn to like it. Much to Boyfriend and Mother's dismay.
3. The older I get the_______________________________.

  . . . more I see my mother in me! It's scary and comforting all at the same time.
4. What's your favorite television theme song ever?

Psych. Also one of my favoritest TV shows. Ever.

 5. What do you wish you'd spent more time doing five years ago?

Having fun. I worked a lot. The worst part was that it was graveyard, which didn't help much. But I volunteered as well. But really, I was working a lot.
6. What item do you most need (or want) to add to your wardrobe this fall?

Well, my new job is "business casual", so I could use a few more tops than the few I bought before starting my job. Plus, I really need black and brown socks. And I could use a couple sweaters that aren't black (because it can get quite chilly in the office.
7. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts cartoon was introduced to the world. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

Charlie Brown. My Granddad gave me the nickname of Charlie Brown when I was a baby and it stuck. So, Peanuts will always hold a special place in my heart. But Snoopy is pretty awesome, too.
8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I've already got a list going for Christmas presents. I will be on a very strict budget and presents will have to be on the cheaper side of things, but I've got ideas. And usually I don't until December. So, I'm well ahead of myself. And if I can, I'm going to buy USA Made. It's a challenge for myself.  :)