wow what is this? i'm back on xanga AND soap?! whoa it's like i just grew 4 years younger... maybe old habits are like clothes, they come back in fashion after a couple years~
thanks to laopo who got me hooked onto 下一站,幸福, ok i promised myself i will not watch more than one ep a day. but still, i'll catch up in no time at this rate, and then i'll hafta be a sad soap-waiter and counts down to the minute that it uploads... oh no plz don't let that happen, i was already looking forward to watching ep 2 at work... bad bad bad...
still have work tomorrow, but feels like staying up a tiny little bit, maybe 30 min of piano? (also partially fault of the soap...)
ah~~ enjoying the somewhat chilled-ness after holiday, the day seems to flow nicely and not so hectic 24/7. with that said, just found out that we have to prepare for our annual review soon... uhhh needless to say im not super confident about my performance up to now, tho i tried beyond my best, but there's no A for effort in real work, results are results, and they are not so hot >.> to be honest i don't think its unfair if i dont get a raise, i just hope i dont get kicked out... T.T cuz i spent so much energy learning the ropes that it wud be a shame to not put it to use when i finally have time to think now...
*sigh* fingers crossed~ and will try to be super good in the mean time...
Oh the woes of being a boss~ it's always tough making hiring decisions, esp after getting to know my people, knowing that letting them go might make their lives more difficult~ *sigh* oh well, might be a closed door which will open more doors for them, best of wishes~
Second time in Stanford, actually toured around the business building and their art museum, very technological and gorgeous architecture~ hey you never know, i might end up there someday for MBA/MFA?
Ah what will I do w/o my GPS? ^^;;;
Was supposed to sleep early (after finishing dishes around 11pm), but ended up marketing on MM to see if I can generate some contacts for spring~
6:00pm: arriving after having a taco bell salad, tape and labels in hand ready to sweep the floor 8:00pm: starting to freak out a bit with leftover prep work 9:00pm: running around like crazy trying to finish everything, i think i eventually had a couple tables that i forgot to tape >.> but at least my maps were clear enough to make the search later not too difficult 10:00pm: scanning swarm is all over, i was slowly learning how i could help w/o any prior knowledge to what happens/what could go wrong during inventory 12:00am: scanning well in progress, no-tickets is worse than i thought but not a diaster (could be a lot worse if we didn't finish those first 10 racks in juniors last sunday... *shudder* 2:00am: starting to feel a little out of it, I think lingerie and juniors was closed or (close to being closed at that point), so I was pretty "phew", just finishing up and making sure floor is recovered. was feeling pretty cleansed/good while i was tossing stuff out of cashwrap like there's no tomorrow. got a handle on how to deal w/ exception reports, was helping here and there to troubleshoot and close out zones 3:00am: chowing my 89c burrito down while helping taking off labels on the higher bars, my left arm looked like a poodle with all the curled up labels stuck all over. i wasn't really thinking at that point, it was just funny to do that. had a quick recap w/ the more experienced managers on what i've learned so far, glad they asked, when the memory was freshest. 5:00am: done! we were all dying to go home, the office is a mess but nobody cared at that point ^^;;
overall, not a disaster, definitely learned a lot about managing the process and how inventory works, and you can never prep enough, so start early and work on it consistently
Xanga has always been grouped with memories of high school and occasional posts from college (mostly forwarded from other ppl). Now that I barely have time for facebook, I actually started to miss xanga. I like how I can go back and reflect on my old entries. But I don't feel like I have too much of a blank, since I have such a huge collection of photos for college (ya I'm a cam-whore, highly doubt anyone doesn't know that xDDD).
But anyhow... let's give xanga another try~ :)
Today is my first store inventory at work (I really should be doing my prep work right now), but I figured I'll be up all night anyways, so gonna take a break first. I'm not gonna write a huge entry to recap my first holiday season in retail, I'll save that for later~ Just want to reopen this place up for random thoughts that keeps me up at night, inspirational ideas, and practice some chinese composing since I rarely get to do that now~ (gone are the days that I spent all night chatting on MSN ^^;;;)
Oo random idea #1: wonder if I can make a candle that has multiple strings so that when you light different ones at different times, the dripping will create somewhat of an artistic effect... ooooo sounds fun, haha I've been playing with my big rain forest candle for the past 10 min~~~ I'm such a pyro.
Even though my daily tasks are not the most exciting thing in the world, but I have a clear idea of where my position feeds into the bigger picture, and I'm happy with how much I'm learning about this industry that I potentially will stay in.
However, my work has also enabled me to think about my criteria for my career. It's different from "what I want to do this summer", which is much more short-term. Bottom-line is, if I'll be spending more than 1/3 of my life (assuming >8 hrs a day) time doing something, it better means something to me other than my pay.
I mean, think about it: I spend 1/3 of my life sleeping/eating, which I love; the 2nd 3rd of my life (aka personal time) with the people and hobbies that I care about. So why should the last 3rd of my life be meaningless?
I know all that junk about bad economy and me being too idealist and whatnot, but I feel the need to at least LOOK FOR a job that I enjoy, and not just settle with whatever pays the most or whatever I happen to land first.
The money issue. There is always more to be made. And more money does bring more comfort and convenience. But to me, it's not important how much I make (I'm confident that I can earn enough to live comfortably), but it's important to me who I spend it with.
Also, there's the "work hard now and retire early" approach. Well... that's a tougher one to debate, but I feel like I should enjoy life at every age (because every age only comes around once), and not wait till I deteriorate to the point where I lose my passions and THEN finally be ready to think about "how should I enjoy the rest of my life?"
I think this will be my mentality while I finish up my sponge-learning-mode internship, and patiently anticipate fall recruiting with a larger-than-ever curiousity and passion.
== *back to laundry folding, see how doing chores can be meaningful too? =D*