11 November 2012

All in a Day's Work

I've walked 500 miles, now I'm gonna walk 500 more! I have crossed the halfway mark of my 1,000 mile goal with 503 miles done, I now only have 497 to go. Yay!

This whole "working" thing is messing up my insomnia. I have been sleeping regularly, so much so that even on the weekends I'm waking up at 06:45 without an alarm. And I'm not even cranky about it!

I've decided to try and write an entry, something long overdue. I need to be able to look back and see what I've been doing with this time and, frankly, I don't know that there's a whole lot to tell as I've mainly just been working but seeing as I do have the gift for gab you might as well put your feet up and settle in for another long one...

In September I took on a temporary work assignment with the hopes of getting the longer 11-month contract. I lost out to Princess, who I was told was chosen because she had more experience (wrong) but had my contract extended so I could train the new hire. It sounds a bit harsh to have me train the new hire, however that was something I volunteered for. I am way too poor to turn down any money opportunity. Also, this provided me a unique experience of getting to meet someone who beat me in an interview. As some of you may remember, I keep coming in 2nd place with all my interviews and so now I was going to be meeting this person who I fully expected to be AMAZING.


After meeting her, and attempting to train her for two days (it was only 2 days the first week because she left for holiday for the other 3) I was completely confounded. You know that feeling, when you bump into your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend and you experience a tiny rush of pleasure when you see that she's well, basically uglier and frumpier than you... but then later when you've had a chance to think about it you're like, "hey, wait a minute" 'cause WHY is it she's so much better than you?

Well, that was sort of the feeling I was having. This woman (who is not ugly, by the way - that wasn't the point of reference) is about my age (probably a bit older), and pretty much the same body size as me so I can't see where physically she'd be more appealing unless you count her really sharp wardrobe. It's just, frankly, she doesn't have half the skills I do. She didn't know the software, seems to operate the computer like an old person, is very timid on the telephone, panics at the drop of the hat. Gah! I'd been hoping for pearls of wisdom and all I've come away with is confirmation that I am a lousy salesperson and I really need to learn how to better promote myself in interviews.

In my boss's defense, he'd not worked with me long when he interviewed us, so he hadn't had the chance to be completely dazzled by me. Before the new lady started, though, I had made my mark and it was he who recommended me for this (potential) next contract extension to March. I was told on Friday that my work is impressive and they need someone with my organizational talent and skills to help out on some projects. Yay. Good strokes. I have needed those!

This assignment has been so totally worth it, and not just for the slight increase in pay from unemployment benefits. I'm loving my Janet Jackson headset, which increased my confidence in my ability to communicate via telephone (I haven't told them about my hearing disability). I've met tons of fantastic people, and have laughed, A LOT, every day. I've been the topic of conversation, seeing as I'm the "foreign chick with the hot accent" (ha!) and that has not been entirely unpleasant to deal with. As for the work... it's not hard, per se, but not completely mindless. I'm having to think strategically all day long, so between that and the walking 4 miles I'm now sleeping every night and feeling really good both mentally and physically. I'm feeling a bit pressed for time, but that's because I'm out of practice with this kind of routine. I'm sure I'll settle in eventually.

In other news...

I've run two Market Stalls now (one in August, one in September) and while I don't mind doing them I didn't make enough money to make the effort seem worthwhile. I didn't actually lose any money on it, however, so I haven't written them off altogether. Unfortunately, I needed to have jumped on it and booked the November/December by this summer so it looks like I will have to miss this holiday season - but I can plan for next year! That gives me plenty of time to get new product in and design a better transport system and table layout.

I was going to bookclub, but haven't been since I started the temp job. I have so much to do by the time the weekend arrives, I don't feel I can spare the time, but I've also been way too busy to read so I'm not exactly actively participating anyway. While I miss reading, and the company of other humans that read, I've really missed these:
hazelnut latte

At the beginning of September the big huge campaign I'd been working on, for the women's centre, had its launch at the Scottish Parliament. It was so cool so see the things I'd designed on a wee netbook be larger than life and impressive, if I do say so myself. (Damn, I do some good work!) The ladies ran this event so professionally, and I was so proud to be a part of it.

I didn't pick up the camera again until the end of the month, when I pulled out Hester to capture this snail crossing the sidewalk. I call this "Destination Unknown". Heh.
destination uknown

And from there I've found something to capture my eye nearly every day and both ways of my commute. It's a bit repetitious seeing River Clyde reflection shots on a daily basis, but I'm enjoying the variations of light and colour. A couple weeks ago I altered my route a little (only so much I can do, there is pretty much just one way to go) to get different angles on the same subjects.

Here is a typical morning reflection of the 'The Armadillo' (SECC/Clyde Auditorium), 'The Hydro'(in progress), and the 'Finnieston Crane':
all quiet on the riverfront

and then the Armadillo and Hydro on the walk home from work:
Armadillo & Hydro

Two variations of Mavisbank Gardens:
Mavisbank Gardens

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The Finnieston Crane, Clyde Arc bridge, and more Mavisbank Gardens apartments:
one day, at a time

Clydeside. Again.

One morning, I was walking along Govan Road and had crossed to take a photo of this:
boldly go

When I looked over and spotted this:
morning glory

(shouldn't be a surprise now to anyone WHY I need nearly an hour to walk just 2 miles to work)

In October Petra and I went to Greenbank Garden, just outside of Glasgow, and spent the (COLD) morning wandering around the walled gardens and then in the surrounding outer woods. I really, really enjoyed the amazing trees of the woods but think my favorite part was the water fountain called "Foam".

Greenbank House
frosted flower
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comes around
Helenium Waltraut

I've also had a studio photoshoot with some amazing soaps that look like cake, and participated in a script reading but I'll leave those tales for another entry...


Blogger Ratu Nurfauziah said...

wow,,amazing pictures u posted here,,and love the Autumn frost...
the cake???are u sure is it soap??who made it??really great ^^

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