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Posted: January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Winter Storm Juno.

It went well

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized
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So I did it. I braved the fierce winter storm and journied two hours in the early hours of the morning. I arrived at a massive building and as the snow melted off my jacket and my limbs thawed out I felt so elated. I did it.

I went to the interview.  It went amazingly.  I just feel so happy and proud of myself. Just for going. For making the effort.

^ I wrote that last week and never published it.

I was called backed for a second interview which I had yesterday.  I don’t even have the words to express how much I enjoyed it. Interview aside, I made memories that will last me forever.

This second interview was a day long event. I arrived at the center( center for disabled adults, mostly mentally challenged) and was paired with a employee and her group. We stayed in and worked on self advocacy worksheets so I worked one on one mentoring style with several people. Afterwards we went outside and did some recycling.  Honestly I cant remember the last time I had so much fun.

I forgot it was an interview.

When we returned from outside we had another interview, four of us in a group which I felt went really well.

Its a really long interview process. I’m up to the background check and fingerprinting and they want atleast four references. So, that’s where I’m at with this process. If fingerprinting and background check is cleared then they decide on the individuals they want to hire.

Ya’ll,  I really loved it. I know this job will have its challenges.  It wont always be easy. But, just from the four hours I spent there I really connected with the people and felt thrilled, like I was doing something that mattered. I’m still in a good mood from yesterday.

I don’t know if I will get the job. All I know is I loved it. 

The New Year

Posted: January 3, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Hey kiddies!
I trust the new year has been treating you well. As you all already know, my laptop has died…rest its precious soul.  I have tons of stuff I want to update about but lets be honest,  typing on a phone isn’t the same.

But somethings are on my mind and I feel the urge to unload a little.

I have a job interview coming up. And its scaring the shit outta me.

I guess when you spend over two years at a place you’re bound to feel a connection. Though at times my job sucks, really really sucks. I still like being in charge of my unofficial department. I like that the whole stores knows not to mess with my stock and I like how even management refers to me for Levis. And I like the random aspect of working retail. You just never know what’s going to walk into your department.

It’s been a exceptionally  bad season. I was like a bad customer magnet.

Yet still, through all the crap I feel connected to this place. I don’t know if its the fear.  Fear of the new and unknown.  Fear of taking chances.  Fear of losing the job security and good standing I acquired. Fear of working a job I won’t love.

This interview I have coming up, I have people willing to back me up too. Of course I have to interview and pass the interview but I have.creditable people within the company willing to vouch for me.

I’ll be stupid to pass it up.

I’m definately going to the interview.  I don’t want to pass up something good because of fear or lack of courage.  It’s just if this job is a better offer I have to take it and would have to resign my current job. This new job is an on call type job with no set hours. It’s an agency for people with special needs. Your job could be anything from in house mentoring to teaching a person how to go to the corner store. You could be a job coach or really anything. They hire you in as a filler what needs to be done and at the same time your gaining experience and being trained across the board.

It’s different. It’s new.  I’m just scared to give up a place where I’m held in high regards.  Then again, people’s opinion of me isn’t going to put money in my bank account…

New year, new things….right?

Happy New Years!

Posted: December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Happy New Years WordPress! It’s been a hell of a year. I hope with this new year, it brings changes for the better. I wish you all health and happiness and the courage to pursue whatever it is you seek.

Hello WordPress! It seems I have up and disappeared again. But, it’s really out of my control. My laptop took it’s last breath last week. So I’m off the grid for awhile.

I guess the timing isn’t too bad. I’m working alot of crazy hours. Holiday time and retail and all. So i don’t have much free time.

Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know I miss reading your blogs and happy holidays!

I’m actually getting a new phone this week so I’ll probably be able to catch up when i do on the wordpress app.

Until then, be kind kiddies.

Tash

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate this holiday. Try to remember it’s not about the food. It’s about being grateful for all the positive things you may have in your life, even if it’s a little hard to see those positive things right now, some are still there. So take a moment to be thankful to be alive and whatever it may be that is GOOD in your life and be grateful for it. Remember, things could always be worse. It’s the little breaks in life that we overlook that matter. It’s the people by your side, everyday, that matter.

So, this holiday just take a moment and really think about all the good going on. And if you are spending time with family and loved ones be grateful for that!

Personally, I am in my room with a pot of coffee. I will be working overnight for 16 hours. Basically pulling an all nighter which I haven’t done in a LONG time. If you don’t hear from me, I’m probably passed out cuddling with Levi’s jeans in my stock room.

And to all those shopping on this thanksgiving day and Black Friday, please remember to have some decency. You are only saving a couple of bucks and us retail workers are obligated to work this day, or risk losing our jobs. We are stressed and trying our best and alot of retail workers are like me, running off little or no sleep for double shifts. We really try to help you get what you want and get checked out as fast as we can. When I walk away from a register please remember I have probably been there for 4 hours straight and it’s a break time that I HAVE to take at a required time or LOOSE my chance to take a break.

Be kind folks.

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My store is already in full blown Christmas mode.

It seemed we went from slow to fast overnight.

Work has not been fun folks. It’s been busy and understaffed and we aren’t getting much seasonal help.  My store has posted sign up sheets for Thanksgiving and Black Friday and my department are avoiding it like the plague. You see last year Levis was a standalone department and the shifts were broken up between 8 people with 4 seasonal fillers so it was 2-3 people at all times. It’s four of us now. Yeah, you do the math. We open 5pm ( shift starts at 4pm) Thanksgiving day and stay open until 10pm Black Friday. We all know we have to work a 10plus hour shift but we are not exactly going to volunteer for this, basically signing up to work alone. It’s inevitable. But still.

And I caught the flu.

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I had to work today , but i really wanted to stay home and play this drinking game

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But, alas, I was working. In my commute to and from work all i saw was 4 Elsa’s.

Eh, maybe I’ll toss back the four shots anyways, even though I work early morning because:

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I was almost taken out by an elevator.

My shift was over at 5pm. I lingered about my area to finish folding a pile and catch up with my favorite co-worker who i only get to see once a week for an hour( on Sundays). So it was 510 515ish when I was strolling off the floor. I stopped by the elevator but detoured to fill up my water bottle, sucking every last-minute I can out of my shift.

The elevator dinged opened, a co worker walked out and i said Ooo and side-stepped inside the elevator.

I pressed the button for the third floor ( I was on the first) and take out my phone to start texting the hubby. I hear the click past the second floor and held my breath that it was going to skip the floor and i watched the little counter change to three and I sighed ,happy,  I didn’t have to share an elevator. Then the elevator jumped. It always kind of jerks to a stop but then nothing happened. The door didn’t open. So i pressed the door open button. Nothing.

I look at the counter and now it read the 2nd floor.

What the hell? I put my phone away and try to figure out whats happenings.

So i press 3 again and then the little floor counter flat lined.

I’m serious there was no number just a line that looked like this —-

And then the elevator dropped.

Then all the lights on the floor counter panel went out and I hear the elevator click and clacking and then the numbers on the counter were just jumping trying to change to two and then going back to a flat line. So I pressed call cancel on the panel and just started pressing one and door open.

Nothing happens.

I wait a minute and the elevator is just at a stand still. The floor counter was flat lined.

Sighing I take out my phone again and try to call my store’s operator. At first no reception. SO i redial and get through.

“Yeah, I’m stuck in the elevator”
“Which floor?”
” I got on the first, I think it’s stuck between the first and second and it’s the elevator closest to the water fountain”
“Ok we”ll call security”
“Thanks”

I wasn’t scared because this is not the first time the elevator has crapped out.
But then the lights went out

Then i hear people calling my name.

“ARE YOU ALRIGHT!”

“Yes yes I’m fine put the lights back on though!”

Turned out security tried to reboot the elevators so turned the power off then turned it back on but that didn’t work.

SO I hear the security guy trying to pry open the doors. The doors would jiggle a little but wouldn’t budge.

I laughed.

He wasn’t strong enough to pry open the doors, and now these are big guys, big strong guys.

So i started texting. I texted my co-worker  like I’m stuck in the elevator. I texted the hubby and he asked are you still on the clock??

Luckily I was.

So I listen to security and HR and they decided to call the fire department

“Hold on Tasha! The fire department is coming!”

I couldn’t help it , I laughed again.

So i was texting my co worker and my hubby while just chilling in the elevator.

When I hear the sirens.

Oh good a rescue I thought

“Ma’am are you alright?! ” a manly gruff voice asks me.

“Yeah i’m good!”

And then for the next ten minutes I hear the firemen asking each other questions ” where’s this? where’s that?”

At one point they asked me to close the doors.
“The doors are closed”

Picture my what the fuck face.

I texted my co-worker ” I don’t think these firemen are that bright”

She went to investigate and responded to me “Oh God they are unscrewing shit”

Then i hear banging.

Lots and lots of banging.

And this was the only time i got a little bit worried because the banging was coming from ABOVE. I see light from a flash light peeking through the vent.

I thought they were trying to do some TV show rescue shit, like “give me your hand?! I’ll put you through a hatch!”

Nah uh boo boo, I’m plus size that shit is not going to work.

And I’ve been in the elevator for about 30 mins by now. I text my co-worker ” Customers get rescued so much faster”.

Finally, about 15 minutes later,  i hear  the doors squeak and slowly, ( and i mean slowly) it’s pried open.

I start forward and start to gush “THANK YOU!”  when I’m halted by a team of firemen. One of them standing slightly with his knees bent and spread as if he’s bracing himself extended his hand and screamed “GIVE ME YOUR HAND!”

The elevator was a little off-center , about 3 inches below the floor so it was a little step up but seriously, it’s a little step.

Another fire men is screaming ” ARE YOU ALRIGHT?!”

I wont lie I was taken aback being bum rushed by all these firemen. I grabbed the guys hand like “Uh I’m fine” and I wanted nothing more to rush away from these men screaming in my face. One of them stops me ” Do you need a paramedic? DO YOU WANT TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL”

“What ? No.”

Then I was bum-rushed by the HR lady. She gave me a hug and was like omg are you okay omg you need water.

Folks. I was so confused. It wasn’t a skyscraper building. It’s three floors total. I was in the elevator for almost an hour but I was chit chatting with them periodically, I could hear them crystal clear and I was texting my co-worker who was standing right there. I was smiling and happy and walking out the elevator not passed out on the floor.

So i kind of high tailed it over my favorite store security guy like what. the. fuck.  He laughs. He asked me laughingly if I’m alright. I was like yeah, I was texting the whole time. He was like just chilling in there? I was like” yup and got paid for it!”. I did tell him he was lucky it was me and not a customer because of how the elevator dropped and I asked him if I needed to fill out a report. He said I was good to go and so that’s what I did.

Went upstairs and it took me a full ten minutes because  every associate was stopping me omg are you okay!

When I see my supervisor who just happened to be off on lunch break during the whole ideal i did scare him a  bit. I was like ” hey mister supervisor! Don’t  you listen to your radio?! Your prize associate almost died in the elevator I was stuck in there for an hour!!”

Lol.

Overall, I wasn’t scared.  That elevator craps out all the time, firemen where there. The air was still on. I had cell service. I could hear everything going on. The lights where on. So i wasn’t scared.
The only time I got scared was afterwards by the onslaught of my rescue team. I felt a little bad afterwards for not properly thanking everyone. I did say a big thank you when I was first walking out the elevator but usually I would give a little speech but it was all a little ridiculous and extravagant. It’s been a few days and I’m still chuckling over the fire men. “GRAB MY HAND”  lol.

 

I feel like I was in epic action movie with the rescue squad I had.

Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate everyone for their concern and for the rescue. But one thing is for sure, I sure know how to make an exit . ..

Your teacher lied to you.

This post goes out to all the young ones. The ones in transition from being a young person to an adult. Or transitioning from school to the work force.

Don’t get me wrong. I love teachers. I’m still good friends with several teachers from my educational career. I love teachers and what they do to nature our minds and spirits.

But, they also lied about several things.  Here are two of my biggies.

1) Math

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Oh how i hated math growing up. My math teacher always insisted we would use math skills in our future careers.  Besides the basic rudimentary addition and subtraction, sometimes division and sometimes percentages , in everyday real world life you will never use these math skills. Of course these are exempt for mathematical fields and scientific fields like engineering, architectural design or duh accounting fields. But if you are an everyday joe or jane working a cubicle job or retail job or a sales or customer service job… yeah you will never need nor use the math we learned and spent countless hours stressing over. I have yet to use quadratic equations or had to solve for x  for anything in my life. So yeah pass your class but if your passion isn’t a field specifying  an emphasis on mathematics, then don’t kill yourself. Half of whats in your math textbook you will never see again.

2) There is no such thing as a stupid question.

I remember each and every teacher I had opened their first day of class with that sentiment. I’m here to tell you that they are wrong and yes there is. There are far to many stupid questions. Folks, I work retail. I can assure you there are stupid questions. One thing teachers got right was to think before you speak. So please, if you have a question think before you ask it. Try to use your common sense. If you don’t yes everyone will judge you for asking a stupid question.

I’m sure there are more things schools taught us that were useless lies. But I’ll leave you with these two big pet peeves of mine.

How about your experience? What would you put on your list of things school lied about?