Monthly Archives: November 2013

In A Hundred Words

Sometimes we have down time in my training class for a new job and during that down time, I gotta work my brain out a little bit.  Here’s a little story I wrote because I had What The Fox Say stuck in my head.

What does the fox say?  The question he had asked himself for six hears now and it still wasn’t answered.  

What does the fox say?  He knew what his wife said when he left for another eight month long field expedition.

What does the fox say?  He knew what the university had said when he applied for more research funding.

What does the fox say?  He knew what the Norwegian pop artists thought the fox says.  Catchy, but his research showed it to be incorrect.

What does the fox say?  Maybe he’d never know the answer to that eternal question.

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Weekly Update #14

Another week gone by, my dear readers!  I don’t know about you all, but for me this week has just flown by.  The days themselves have seemed like they just dragged on and on.  Training is taking its toll on me.  It’s a lot of information that is A) kinda boring most of the time, B) sometimes repetitive, and C) sometimes very technical.  It’s also frustrating that we don’t have access to all the things we need to have access to to actually learn all this stuff.  But I’ve got three more weeks in training, then two weeks with someone on the floor to help us, so I know I’ll get it eventually.  It’s just a little frustrating at the moment.

I might also be frustrated because I’m still not used to mornings and staying up all day long.  I’ve been out of consistent work for over a year.  That’s a lot of my body getting what it wants, when it wants.  So I’m not getting as much sleep as I want/need during the week.  I’ve come home every day feeling exhausted and wake up still feeling exhausted.  I’m exhausted through the weekends, too.

And next week is gonna be a hard one for me – in order to have Thanksgiving off, we have to do four 10-hour days instead of the regular five 8-hour days.  7:30 AM to 6 PM instead of my easier-to-handle 9 AM to 5:30 PM.  On top of that, next week we start taking basic refill calls.  On top of that, I’m petsitting for my mom’s co-worker.  Goodbye, sleep.  I shall think of you fondly.

Other than that, I do like my new habit of doing my make-up and trying new hairstyles every morning.  I’m getting really good at braiding, now!  The downtime in class gives me the opportunity to plan out a bunch of posts and plots and stuff, even if I’m too tired to type any of it up when I get home.

I’ve also started writing letters again, which is fun for me.  Everyone loves getting something other than bills and junk in their mailbox!  If anyone wants a letter from me, drop me a line at dayoldsushiblog@gmail.com with your name, address, and maybe a few things about yourself!  If you know me personally, just message me on Facebook.

And that’s about it for this past week.  Let’s see how I handle this upcoming week…

NaNoWriMo now NaNoWriNO

As you may recall, dear readers, I was planning on participating in National Novel Writing Month.  However, I’m dropping out of the race.  I just don’t have a fleshed out enough plot.  Not that that’s my excuse.  My excuse is now that I have a job, I have no time to sit and write.  Yes, I know that I could absolutely make time, but I would much rather spend that time sleeping.

As I’m writing this post and giving it some serious thought, now I’m thinking that maybe the main problem is that I’m out of practice.  Now just follow me here for a minute.  I haven’t written much since I was in high school.  Well, much creative writing anyway.  Excluding creatively meeting word count requirements for college papers.  So my brain is slow at working through possible plots and coming up with plausible characters.  Anything I’ve written recently has been short, shorter, shortest.

It’s like when you don’t exercise for years and then expect to be able to run a marathon out of no where.  Just doesn’t happen.  So I need to start exercising my brain again.  But first, I need to settle into a consistent work schedule.  My schedule will change in a few weeks and I’ll have to sort everything out all over again.  I’ll write when I have time or am inspired for now.

And that’s why I have quit NaNoWriMo this year.

Weekly Update #13

What a week!  As you may or may not know, dear readers, I landed a job at a call center.  I started training on Monday.  So as of today, I’ve made it through a whole week of working 9-5:30.  I have six more weeks of the adult 9-5 work thing and then I start my regular schedule, which is 11:30-8.  Much more my speed.  Waking up at 6 AM isn’t a thing I like doing.

Aside from not being a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, I’m having to adjust my eating habits.  Usually, I eat small amounts quite often throughout the day.  But with not being able to have food on the floor or in the training room, I’m having to eat three meals a day.  I find that I’m not as hungry in the mornings, but as the day goes on, I’m ravenous.  By the time dinner rolls around, I have to restrain myself in my portions.

Working at the call center, there is a dress code.  Jeans are allowed, but no screen print t-shirts and during the week, no hoodies/sweatshirts.  My lovely mother was kind enough to take me shopping last weekend for a few things to wear to work.  Mostly sweaters, since it’s starting to get chilly.  It’s actually been kinda fun to plan out my outfits the night before and do my hair and makeup every morning.  Well, not every morning, but most mornings.  Quite often now I get compliments from my coworkers on how cute I look.  And that’s an ego boost I’ll never get sick of hearing!

All in all, working at a call center might not be the best fit for me long-term, but it’s a job that I can do and get paid for doing.  It’s also really helpful for me to have a more rigid schedule.  I’m always waking up at a certain time and getting home at a certain time.  It’s a pleasant change from waking up whenever or just sleeping all day because I have nothing to do.  This past week has left me exhausted (I’m not used to staying awake 15+ hours at a time), so I’ve really just been coming home and zoning out in front of the TV. However, sometimes during training we have down time and I’ve been using that time to brainstorm blog post ideas.

I’m going to make an effort to post more than once or twice a week, but I really can’t make any promises on that end.  Life is what it is and as much as I love this blog and wish I could instantly turn it into a success, it’s a process as I find my own voice to speak with on topics that truly interest me or mean something to me.  And I want to thank you, my lovely readers, for sticking with me as I figure out how to be me and work towards the me I want to be.

Enjoy the journey.

-Kate

Juice Recipes

In going through some boxes buried in a closet looking for something completely unrelated with my mom this weekend and we found a delightful treasure that I’m going to share with all of you, my dear readers.

When I was four years old, I apparently came up with several recipes for juice in the Little Girl, Girl, Little Boy, and Man varieties.  Once you read these, you’ll laugh and laugh and laugh and then wonder what was a four year old girl doing with such an obsession with chicken feathers and bones, just like I did when my mom brought these to my attention.

Little Girl Juice

1/2 cup taco meat
3 cups flour
4 cups toys
1 cup water

Mix all together with bones.

Girl Juice

3 cups sugar
4 cups rooster feathers
5 cups rooster eggs
3 cups bones
4 cups chicken
3 cups cereal

Mix with water and spoon all together.

Little Boy Juice

3 cups sugar
4 cups egg feathers
1 cup hair
1 cup paper
2 cups straw
3 cups milk
4 cups flower stems
5 cups potatoes

Mix all together with water and milk.

Man Juice

1 cup Kool-Aid
2 cups rooster feathers
3 cups manapple juice
1 cup fish stick water
1 cup bones
1 cup chicken
3 cups medicine

Mix all together with water and a spoon.

Don’t all these recipes sound delicious?  My personal favorite is the Girl Juice.  Scrumptious!  If you make any of these, please let me know in the comments below!  I’d love to know what you think of them, or if you tweak them at all for your own personal tastes!

But really in all honesty, I hope that in the future if I should have a daughter, I hope at four years old she was as messed up and funny as I was at four years old.  You go, four year old Kate!  You have an odd fascination with bones and rooster feathers!

Weekly Update #12

Big news this week, dear readers!  After over a year of applications and let downs, I finally landed a job!  You’re now reading the blog of an employee of APAC Customer Services and this employee could not be more excited.  On top of finally having an income, this place just seems awesome.  Everyone I’ve talked to so far seems beyond cool and I really feel like I’m going to fit in.

I don’t know the exact details of my position, but I will be working with/for a healthcare company and my calls will mainly be from older people.  I’m super psyched for that part.  I was told during my interviews that it’s important to build a rapport with these older customers and I (and the women who interviewed me) think I’d do very well with that.

Bonus to all of this is that this new job is also an opportunity to meet new people.  I don’t know many people that live in the QC, and those I do know I’m not very close to.  I need to make some friends so I stop sitting in my basement all the time, hanging out with my cats.  I’m not much of a social butterfly, but I do enjoy socializing every once in a while.

I start training on Monday, and the dress code is jeans all week long.  I’m pumped about that, too!  Jeans and I get to sit down instead of do laps around a mall?  Yes please!

I’ve also been doing some crafty things as of late.  I started and am about 3/4 of the way done with a new cross stitch piece.  I want to give that project it’s own blog post that I’ll get written up this weekend for you all, my dear readers.  So stay tuned for that!  And check back early next week for my report on my new job and how much I’m loving it!

Weekly Update #11

So.  This week’s been a little rough.  My brother backed into the front corner of my car and caused about $2,400 worth of damage while my poor, innocent car was parked in the driveway.  So that’s been an ordeal.  I won’t go into details because I might hurt someone’s feelings, but it was just a huge frustration that I didn’t want to and shouldn’t have had to deal with in the first place.  So now I have no car for however long it takes the insurance adjuster to get out here and adjust and then get my poor Leo (yes, I named my car) into the shop to actually get fixed.  Hooray.  Just what I needed.

But enough about that, or I might say things other people will regret.

Over the weekend, my mom helped me unpack decorations and hung up a bunch of pictures and posters.  Now the basement feels a little more like mine, which is a nice feeling.

I’ve started doing my NaNoWriMo, but I only have about 300 words in.  I’ve been doing research into the background of the plot and such, so I have been working on it, just not quite writing it.  I only figured out what I was going to write about three days ago, when November actually began.

Other than that, I’ve been playing Pokemon a lot lately.  When I’m not filling out yet another online application or taking a seemingly pointless “survey” or “test” about whatever job I’m applying for, that is.  I haven’t cross stitched in a while and I keep meaning to dig out my embroidery floss, needles, and hoops to get something started.  But that would entail having to make a decision on what pattern I want to make, and I’m currently in a state of mind where decisions of any kind sort of paralyze me.  Most things paralyze me, mentally speaking, lately.  The thought of calling a job makes me anxious beyond belief.  I still haven’t made a doctor’s appointment because just looking at the number gets my heart beating wildly.  Most of the time I just bite my lip and force myself to do it, usually allowing myself to curl up in bed for an hour or two afterwards.  Doesn’t make it any less hard.

Well, that’s about it in my life, I guess.  I’ve thrown a posting schedule out the window for the time being.  I’ll post as I have things to post about, although I’ll try posting at least once a week.