Wednesday, September 13, 2006

You'll never guess....

Who I saw today and how much I spent....

today, after I finished my LONG shift at work... I picked up Nina so she could come with me to the Galleria so I could pick up my things at my store. This week is a 50% off promotion for all associates. So, I had some things on hold at my store that I wanted to buy. Instead of parking near my store, I parked near the food court. Nina and I were walking when she saw someone waving at us. I was oblivious (just like I was oblivious to how close that guy was standing behind me at the Dodger game) to this person. Nina saw who it was, recognized him, and turned me towards the person. It was Gabriel!

Mind you, I haven't seen Gabriel since his last day. He was on his dinner break. SIGH. That's all I've got to say about him. On the plus side, Juan/Johonny/John/whatever-his-name-is was still at Gloria Jean's when we walked by.

So, does anyone care to speculate how much I spent at Talbots today?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Other Store

That's where I'm working this week! They're short on staff this week and my manager asked me if I wouldn't mind working there. It would be a nice (very nice) change of pace, so I said I would. The reason they're short on staff:

1) The store manager is helping with the opening of another store somewhere else
2) They have one associate who only works on weekends (we have one of those too)
3) Another associate is on vacation in Brazil for this week

So, if you have six or seven employees, and half of them are gone... who do you have running your store? The one associate I met today only works two days this week. I see their shipper/receiver more than anyone else. It's a small store, so we only have two/three people in the store at one time. Yet, there's three entrances: the main one, one in the middle, and one in the back. The one in the middle and in the back are connected to the store next door, the Kids store.

It has been quite an experience. The women there like to shop and they don't mind much that they're paying full-price for their items. And they don't mind buying more than one item either. Back at my store, ladies are always looking for a sale and don't like buying too much. Our store is busier, but PW (Pasadena Woman's) sells. It's also a much smaller store. I can stand in the middle of the store and still pretty much see the entire store. Whereas, in my store, I can't do that. If I stand in the middle, my manager will yell at me and tell me to get back up front. I'm usually in Missy because that's where the coverage needs to be. The manager hangs in the "cashwrap" so they can ring while they're "watching" petites.

Today, my first store manager came in to shop. She was the store manager when I started working there. Now she's the general store manager in Century City. She's a tall lady, so she shops at the Pasadena store. It was so much fun working for her. Whenever something she liked arrived in our store, she would do an item conversion to see if the store in Pasadena or South Coast plaza received it or not. She came in today to do a bit of shopping. Also, today, I have another embarrassing story to share about the workplace.

I was wearing new shoes I bought at Ross yesterday because my sandals were getting worn out and dirty. Since today was my short shift, I decided to try them out. Turns out, they have no grip on them, and it's easy to slip on hardwood floors. Now, if you've never been to our stores, there is carpeting, but it's surrounded by hardwood floors. Well, I was taking a shirt down to fold when I turned around and my right ankle turned a little bit. It was enough to plop me down on my bottom. Thankfully I didn't fall forward and hit the display table in front of me. Again, thankfully there was no one in the store besides Abby, the other associate. She was by the cashwrap, so she didn't see me go down. She just heard me land and say "ow!" At first she thought I dropped something. I imagine it looked something like, one second I'm standing and the next I wasn't there anymore. My shoe came off and scattered a couple inches. Other than being a little embarrassed (hey, I laughed it off), nothing much was hurt. At least I didn't land on anything sharp (matt!)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The ship has sailed

At least, that's what Kelly said to me this morning. They only administer the test once, and if you miss it, then "the ship has sailed, at least for this job position."

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


I just got home from work around 3:30 and I checked the new and old messages on the house answering machine. The fourth old message was from Kelly, from Human Resources at Burbank Unified School District. She called to tell me the appointment for my test for the job was at 1:30 on Wednesday, September 6th. AARGH! I didn't get the message till Wednesday, September 6th at 3:30, two hours after I was supposed to take the test! I checked the caller ID on the phone, and the message was left on Friday, September 1st, at 4:44 PM. Why didn't I checked the old messages sooner? Now the other question is... who checked the messages in the first place and didn't TELL me I had a message?

Sunday, September 03, 2006


My camera's busted. I'm not sure how, but it's stuck. When I turned it on today to take a picture and I tried to zoom, it wouldn't zoom. Instead, it beeped and shut off. But now it's stuck. It'll only turn on for the play back and that's it. I don't know what to do! If it doesn't get fixed, I'll be cameraless because I don't know where my 35 mm is. On top of that, my battery charger is missing. Waaah!

So, today, the high school department went to see a Dodger game. Don't yell at me... but I've lived in the shadow of Dodger Stadium all my life and I've never been to a Dodger game. Until tonight. Great game. Garciaparra, Loney, and Drew hit homeruns.