Thursday, March 29, 2007

Time for some more random thoughts...

So I am told I need to blog to relieve my stress. For those of you who have not been keeping up, work has not been going so well. Let me gather my thoughts and try to explain it in basic terms. I do not mind the work I do. That being take calls from Americans to help them out with their cell phones or their accounts. People call in bitching about their bills and service and such but that doesn't bother me. They can yell and scream and cry all they want and I will simply do what I can to help them with the tools I have at my disposal. More about those tools later. What does bother me about the calls I get, or more properly about the people who call, are the ones that can't even manage to have basic manners. Hello, goodbye, please, thank you. All pretty basic if you ask me. And really when I have finished helping you you can say "thank you, have a nice day" or even just "thank you" but really "that'll do" is not a good response.
Even the rudeness I can live with, after all it's not like they are educated or anything. One thing I have learned from dealing with them is be so thankful of the education system in Canada. We could live in a country whose government puts more money into guns than it does into education. That is why the manuals that come with the guns are all pictures and no text.
So on to what does piss me off about my job. Lets start with the tools I mentioned earlier. Is it wrong that my crappy computer at home is way faster then the one the multi-million dollar company I work for supplies me with? Can I tell you how long 40 seconds can feel when you have a customer on the line and you click on the minimized Internet explorer window and nothing happens for those 40 seconds. When it finally does materialize don't be holding your breath while you are waiting to be able to click on a link and then wait for that page to load up. Funny that one of our 4 drivers for our quality scores is Timely Resolution. There is nothing timely about the systems we use.
So on to 2 more of the drivers we are scored under, Courtesy and Concern. You know I find it hard to naturally apply either of those to my customers when I don't see any of it for either the customers or the employees from the management team.
So that is all the energy I am going to devote to work related blogging.
On a more positive note: Dinner with Howie & Neil, then tea/cappucino at Sipps. Sipps is officially cheaper than The Goat now for tea. Only issue is the seating is not as flexible hence The Goat will still be frequented when necessary. Other than that I am all about Sipps.
So one more day to get through till the weekend. I am pretty sure I will make it.
That's it.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sipps again...

Forgot to mention that we went to Sipps Sunday night too with Ryan and Mark. Kinda like that place.

Movies and Open Houses

So we are back in a downward spiral where work is concerned. Monday morning and I didn't even get to take my first call before I was pissed off. There is a new "incentive program" starting this week. All I have to say is I feel like I am back in kindergarden again. Totally pointless. Totally stupid. Not participating.
Also work related, no call from Lyreco. So if I can't even get a call back for a warehouse job what am I going to get a call back on? I don't even want to think about it.
So anyway... Saturday night we had Ryan over to watch a couple movies. The Prestige was fantastic though I nodded off a couple times due to the boringness of Marie Antoinette which we watched first. Not even the amazing location could make that movie anything but slow. The Prestige had me wondering right up until the end. Came together very well.
Sunday started with Brunch, carpet cleaning and a few open houses. Three houses but nothing very interesting in any of them.
Tonight we went to Sipps with Tracy and Dan. Fun talking about houses and Tracy's Dan and I didn't bring up work at all.
So that's it for now. Feel free to comment because unlike myspace I have no idea if anyone is reading this or not.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Company Values

Writing from The Goat again. Went to a job fair for a company that is soon to combine its distribution sites in Montreal and Toronto into one site here in Kingston. The job is not exactly my dream job but a change is as good as a rest and I do need a change. This company has 4 Values as opposed to the 7 where I work now. Totally can’t name the 7 values because I don’t see them in practice when I am at work. The 4 values Lyreco lists are Respect, Professionalism, Excellence, and Passion. According to Michel who interviewed me the words are not just words to the company. Now if Michel was just a HR guy I would be less likely to believe but based on the fact that there were about 10 people interviewing all at the same time, and that he was definitely not used to interviewing I know he was just one of the team sent down to work on the start up. So obviously a company guy but still, I have faith enough to believe him. Anyway I will be hearing within the next day or so if I am heading through to the second round of interviews.
So, COLA tonight, coffee after, dinner with Howie & Neil tomorrow. Nothing booked for Friday or the weekend so far. I expect something will turn up, it always does.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Weekend update

Well it has been a few days since I last blogged so here I am.
The weekend flew by as it always seems to. Didn't do much until Saturday afternoon when we met up with Howie & Neil and Steph & Lily for a bite to eat before heading off to the casino to burn $20.00 in under 3 minutes. After that we watched Howie play Craps for a bit then half the party set off for Lyndhurst for Dinner at Meghan & Claire's. The second half of the party soon followed. Had a good evening out in the country. The house is coming along very well. I am sure I don't have half the ambition they have. I am not country folk by any means but it was nice sitting by the fire. Would have been even better with a latte from Starbucks. Oh well. Food was very good, and plenty, as it always is when Claire cooks. At the end of the evening, home we came.
Sunday was traditional brunch at The Goat, some wandering around town, the almost installation of a toilet, and a movie. The movie being 300. Pretty good movie. Definitely lots of action. and lots of mostly naked men. Definitely a good time.
So, one day down, four to go. Hard to say if I'll make it.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Well wasn't this a long week? Well it was for me to be sure, but the weekend is now upon us. So tonight after work we headed to the gym. Got a glimpse of a beautiful ass or two. Then off to Sipps for tea with Howie & Neil and the Toronto lesbians. Then back to Howie & Neil's for apple pie. Tomorrow has us heading to hang out with the Lyndhurst lesbians. That is unless we get snowed in overnight. It is pretty nasty out there right now. I am not too pleased at the return of winter but hopefully it won't last too long or have any lasting effects. We just got rid of almost all the snow this week and now everything is white again.
By the way I had another cappuccino tonight. I have a feeling I am not going to be sleeping tonight. Oh well, we'll see.
Not much more to say.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cappuccinos for me

So COLA last night and Dinner at Amadeus Cafe with Howie and Neil tonight. Both evenings ended up at The Goat. I decided I like Cappuccinos tonight. Odd since I don't like coffee in the traditional sense. Lattes are great though.
Wikipedia states: Cappuccino is an Italian coffee-based drink prepared with espresso, hot milk, and milk foam. A cappuccino differs from a caffè latte, in that it is smaller (the ending '-ino' indicates it is small) than a caffè latte, which is mostly milk and a only a little foam.
I always thought espresso was kinda like a shot of concentrated coffee... Which it kinda is... It just doesn't taste like it. So anyway I like cappuccinos.
Okay that's it for me. More when I am not so tired.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Live from The Sleepless Goat

So here I am wirelessly blogging from The Goat. Dan is at a meeting and will be showing up in a bit. Chatting with a couple people but mostly just sitting here in awe of modern technology. Yeah I am easily amused for sure. Did I mention the wireless optical mouse, 1GB Memory key, cellphone and that I have my MP3 player blasting in my ears.
So I am going to make an effort to again keep up with the bloging even if it means boring the shit out of my readership. Of course my readership has the power to make this blog not so boring... All you have to do is keep my life interesting. So far you guys are doing a pretty good job. All I would have to do is talk about the last party at Howie and Neil's place. Ah the memories. The debauchery. The HUGE... Group of people. Anyway.
Speaking of parties I am thinking a big party at our place this summer is a good plan. Might look into renting a hot tub for it. That would be cool. Bring your suit, or don't. We'll have to get Mark drunk enough to forget he has inhibtions at all. Is there that much vodka? Probably not even in all of Russia.
Okay, Shane keeps distracting me on MSN so I am going to stop here for now. More to come...

Sunday, March 11, 2007

New channel but the same quality programming

Well kids I am back.
I have decided to move my blog to and to get posting again. I make no promises, I never did, but I will try to keep up with it.
To update everyone, biggest item: We are homeowners. Finally. So many plans from here. I'll try not to make this blog into a reno update. After all I am not a lesbian.
I am still working at the same place, still hating it. Just not hating it as much. Apathy I guess.
So once my blog has been completely transferred from myspace I will be deleting that account. I can be found on facebook still. How much networking can I do anyway.
Speaking of networking, I was thinking tonight about a couple of friends that will be leaving soon. I guess it is the drawback of befriending students. Anyway, I am really going to miss Bryan and Ryan quite a bit. I think we need to get some quality time in before they go. For sure.