Saturday, May 24, 2008


No way does this ever happen to me! But I won something else in a sweepstakes. Not a little prize either. I usually win something worth about $10, although I've won some good ones here and there. This time, I won an iPod!!!! Kick-ass!! I'd been wanting one, but I figured it would be forever before I could actually afford one. AND it's really cool. It's the new iPod Touch, with the touch screen thing that's kind-of like an iPhone. Not the little 8GB one either. The 32GB one. Well, BIL C's is 60GB, I think, but it's the old one. Still, I'm so happy I won one. Finally, I'm not the only person in the world who doesn't have one, but one of the many who have one. R's getting an iPhone, so I don't have to feel bad for her. I mean, I'd get one if I could. It's cool. But no way could I afford it or the plan, so good for her that she can. I'll just have to take what I can get.

I'm working at this talent agency as an intern, but they hinted that they may want to offer me a permanent position. I just hope it's soon. I could SOOOO use the money right now. The gas alone is horrible. I filled up today. It was $50!!! That wasn't even a full tank of gas, either. I had a quarter of a tank left. And for those of you who don't know, I don't drive a big old SUV. It's just a sedan. And I thought it was a V6, but I was mistaken. Mine's the model just under the V6 model. It drives like a V6, though, in my opinion. But anyway. That's about a half hour of driving each way, no traffic. If there was traffic, it would probably take a little over an hour to get to work every day, but my day doesn't start until 10:30 and we don't get out until 7:30, so I miss the traffic. The missing traffic part is cool, but I don't get to go to as many meetups as I'd like since most of them start an hour before I'd get there and they'd end about an hour after I'd get there. So I don't want to drive half way across town for some thing that I'd only be there an hour for. I wish I could work out my hours to be a little earlier, but we'll see. At this point, if they'd just hire me, I'd be happy. I'm tired of working for free.

For now, I'm just transferring their Word files into Access to make them searchable. Hopefully I can come up with something else indispensable to them so that they'll want to keep me. I'm reading a book on Quickbooks, so maybe that will help. The only problem is that they're interviewing people who are applying for jobs (not the internships), and I'm afraid there will be someone more qualified than me that will come along and take my place. Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

You can't have everything...

At this point, I'll take what I can get. Surprisingly, I had an interview for an internship at a talent agency here in town, and they hired me on the spot. The bad part is that it isn't paid. : ( Really, I wouldn't have expected it, but I can only hope they love me and want to hire me on permanently. I start on Monday. So, the good part is that someone wants me to work for them. At least going into this one I'm not being lied to about pay.

Dad bought a new car on Monday. So far, he loves it. It had keyless entry, which is a feature he never thought he needed. He's come to think, "How did I ever get by without it?" Not to mention that it will go almost 100,000 miles before it's first tuneup, and the timing chain is supposed to last the life of the car and never needs replacing. Cool. Low maintenance. Good for him. He loves it. The only thing is that the cigarette lighter outlet thingie is too far back for his taste. He wants it up near the dash like mine. Again, no car would be absolutely perfect, but he's not complaining. So far, it's not like things have been perfect and it's rare when something goes exactly like you wanted. That's just life, you know?

Then, we were looking into the price of synthetic oil (I mean, reduce our oil consumption as much as possible, and it's supposed to be better for the car--he's wanting his to last as long as it possibly can). It really isn't that much more if we get the Walmart brand. So Dad was happy about that. AND he'd bought oil filters for his old car that he didn't end up using. So he was thinking he'd trade them at the store for the ones for the new car. Turns out, the new car uses the same oil filter! Another thing Dad was happy about. He changes his own oil, of course. Then, we looked into the price of an oil change with synthetic oil there at Walmart for my car. It's $50!!! The lady was saying it was because of the oil, but really the price difference in the oil is only about $5 for 5 quarts. At most, that should make the oil change at Walmart about $25. But they also check your fluids, too. Like really, that costs $25 more dollars to look under the hood and check the translucent containers to see if they're full. I could do that myself. So Dad thinks they're ripping us off and said he'd change my oil for me. Really, I'd do it myself if they'd let me at our apartment complex. Oh well.

So, today I also got a book about MS Office. I need to brush up on my Excel skills. I can't say how many tutorials I've taken on the program, and it never sticks in my head. I just have a hard time remembering formulas and stuff. Hopefully I won't need to do anything really complicated at work. I think I can handle Word okay, but it never hurts to learn more. I want to make a good impression at work, you know? Want them to think I'm indispensable. I can't imagine myself ever being indispensable, but I can try. Maybe my winning personality? Something? Personally, I think that if anyone gets to know me well enough they'd hate me, but I'm insecure. I just compliment them a lot. Maybe that'll work. : )

Monday, May 5, 2008

Everyone is pissed at me

Everyone. Maybe not you, but it seems as though it's everyone. I'm sure I can do something to piss you off, too, while I'm at it. I'm not doing it on purpose. It just seems things aren't going right lately and everything I do isn't good enough for someone. So, right now, I should explain why my boss is mad at me, because really, she should know better.

She has yet to pay me. I started working for her back in March. Yes, March. I still haven't received a paycheck. RE thought this was outrageous and looked up state law regarding pay, and as it turns out, she is breaking the law. According to the Texas Workforce Commission website, an employer is required to pay an employee within a month or less. PLUS, FEDERAL law requires that an employer specify a regular pay period when hiring an employee. She never did that. So, naturally I wrote an e-mail to my boss, notifying her of these facts, and stating that I didn't want her to get in trouble and I still wanted to work with her. Well, she's being really nasty to me now, when before she'd loved me and trusted me with anything. She never had a problem with my work before. Now, she says I've misrepresented myself as a web designer. Truthfully, I NEVER told her I was a web designer. When she hired me and asked me to update a website, I told her I'd never designed a website before and I asked her to give me something easy. She gave me two sites that were already messed up and I wasn't able to fix them as I don't know enough about web design. She just gave me print stuff after that and she was fine. She said I'd learn about web design as she had another designer that would work from the office when she got the office fixed up. But now, she's pissed about the web design, and I reminded her that I'd never said I was a web designer. She said it was on my resume. No it wasn't. My resume lists the classes I took on the software, but I have no experience as a web designer and never even took classes in web design. I took a class in Dreamweaver, but that's not the same thing as knowing web design. I mean, I TOLD her I'd never designed a website! She only hears what she wants to hear, apparently. She is sort-of flighty, disorganized, and misinformed. I mean, she said she had lawyers that worked with her on contracts. Like she wants me to sign a confidentiality agreement now. She also said she has a contract that her employees sign (this is the first I've heard of any such thing) that states they get paid when a job is finished. Well, she never said that. She said I was hourly, not contract. I mean, doesn't a contract, even a verbal one, have to be clear to both parties to be valid? If I was an hourly employee, as she told me, I would expect regular paychecks based on the hours I'd worked. She never laid conditions down, like I had to finish a web site first, or anything. Besides, I have done stuff for her and I continually asked her to give me more work, but she doesn't. Still, she has to pay me for answering phones, cleaning her office, etc. I'm not a volunteer.

Ugh. I don't want to have anything to do with her anymore. I just want my paycheck and I'll be on my way. Not that there are lots of other jobs out there. There are hardly any. But I'm hoping something will come along. I can't be unemployed forever, can I? I doubt I can hope to marry some rich guy. Besides, I doubt I'd be happy if I wasn't doing something at least somewhat worthwhile.

Anyway, I did go to the atheist meetup a few days ago. It was Thursday night, actually. I got to sit by J, who is a cute reporter for a local TV network. Firstly, he came in late as he had to work, but he ended up sitting at another table as they were all full. But, as people left for the night, he made a point to come over and sit by me. I thought that was really sweet, but of course, I tried to make myself as attractive as possible, since I knew he'd be there. I wore a low-cut dress. I put my hair up to show off my tattoo on my upper back. I wore my cute "new" sandals. I did my makeup to show off my eyes. I mean, I did my best. So we did talk, although he had to get up early in the morning and didn't stay very long. : ( I wish he'd asked me out, but again, it's only the second time we've ever met. Maybe he'll come to the next meetup and I can talk to him again. The next one is at Ruta Maya Coffee. Hope he can make it to that one. I hope I didn't piss him off as I have everyone else. But, in my boss' case, aren't I the one that should be pissed? That's what I think.

Well, that's it for now. Despite my post, I'm actually in a relatively good mood today, so don't judge my mood based on what I post. O-keee?