Staying Shiny

My life as a Uber-geek in a Bridal world

American Idol with J

I decided to give the new season of American Idol a try tonight and see how these changes worked.  I lost interest in this show years ago, but I wanted to see how things would be without Simon.  Turns out that I have my own personal "Simon" sitting next to me watching along.  I have been laughing so hard that I decided to blog along with the show and just jot down the crap that comes out of his mouth.  WARNING...contains unedited J.

"I'm making a career change.  I'm gonna be the new asshole judge on American Idol.  I want to be known as The Shatterer of Dreams."

"If they made me a judge on American Idol I would learn to play the trombone so if someone came on that really sucked I could pull it out and play "The Price is Right" fail music.  Ma-wa-wa-wa Bweeeeeuuuuummm."

"Every week I would bring on some new and random instrument to use.  Like a fuck off big gong."

"The only thing I would worry about is if someone really psychotic was on and they stabbed me in the neck with a nail file or something."

"I even want to edit this show.  I want to put together one of these heart-warming packages about someone and then she just fucking sucks."

(Woman with a very deep voice singing) "DUDE.....that is a dude right?"

"My friend, what are you doing?"

(Brandishing a bottle at the screen)"Boo-hoo.  Shut the hell up before I do you like Pan's Labyrinth"

(Final thoughts)"Well it seems the douche factor increases on this show every year.  And what the fuck is with the hats?  Well I guess they were in New Jersey so..."

I wish I could've gotten a complete transcript of the past 2 hours to share with you, but you'll just have to settle for the snippets I managed to get.  One of these days I'll have to write down what he says when I watch Figure that's entertainment!

In the thick of things

It's been a little while since I posted so I thought it would be a good idea to update how things are going lately.  2011 is still kicking my ass so far but I am determined not to let this year get the best of me.  We are still having major car issues but this is mostly attributed to the nasty weather we are having right now.  (Average temperature lately has been hovering around -40C with the wind chill.)  My hair has literally been turning white from frost in the mornings while I wait for the bus to take me to work!  As for work, we are getting into the seriously crazy season and I am surprised I haven't pulled all of my hair out yet or turned into an alcoholic.

I love my job for the most part, but I feel a little bit in a transition period right now.  I work at a place were we have 3 separate and yet connected Bridal stores.  If that is confusing let me explain.  All 3 stores are owned by the same person and function independently from each other but we share the same staff.  We all take turns working at all 3 stores so we know the stock between them and can better assist customers.  2 of the 3 store have full time managers with the 3rd being run by both managers together.  (The 3rd store is an outlet boutique selling discounted dresses from the first 2 stores)  The manager from the main store had a baby just before Christmas and the other manager is pregnant.  I am the Head of Alterations and Supervisor at the main boutique and have recently taken over as manager since "Tammy" went on maternity leave.  Managing a Bridal store is a crazy amount of work.  It involves constantly trouble-shooting and fixing issues for customers.  I probably spend 7 hours of my 8 hour shift on the phone or on the computer.  There is 1 girl I work with who I feel would be excellent for the position but she is a little unsure of herself and worried she is unable to handle it.  I hope she gets a little more confidence in herself and steps up because I know we would work well together.

The biggest issue with stepping in to the management role is that I have to deal with a lot of shit-heads.  The part that is frustrating me the most is co-workers though.  Some of  the girls I work with have been there for a very long time and are still screwing up things they should know and are making part of my job description "babysitter".  I constantly have to go behind and make sure things are right.  I can't wait for our staff meeting tomorrow so we can deal with some of these issues.

Here's hoping things are starting to get better soon!

How my 2011 started off with a "Bang'...and not in a good way

I had a great Christmas holiday filled with great family, friends and more food than is healthy.  It was a really nice time...until New Year's that is.  I worked on New Year's eve.  It was a good day at work, although a bit slow in the afternoon which was to be expected.  My boss even told us to shut down an hour ahead of schedule and enjoy our evening.  So J picked me up from work early and we headed home to pack and go to the party we were planning on attending which was about an hours drive away.  I felt like we were rushing a bit but we wanted to get on the road.  I should mention that the day before we both had "eye emergencies" so our pocket book was feeling a little tight.  (J broke his glasses and had to get a new pair...$400...and I managed to get something under my contact and scratch my!)  We packed an overnight bag, fueled up and headed out.  After driving for about 30 minutes we realized we had forgotten a few things that we were supposed to bring...I was considering suggesting that we turn around and go get them since we were a hour ahead of schedule as it was when BANG!  There was a loud crash in the engine followed by all the lights dimming in the car and the battery light came on.  J limped the car to the side of the road and shut it off then got out to check what was going on.  When he opened the hood of the car all I saw in the pitch black on the side of the road was a lot of smoke.  Thank goodness for cell phones!

We called J's dad to come help us and he headed out right away.  The problem was he wouldn't be there for 45 minutes and it was -34 with the wind chill.  We couldn't start the car for heat as the belt had come off and there was very little battery power left and we needed to keep the emergency flashers going so we didn't get hit by another car on the highway on top of things.  It was very cold and very very dark out.  I'm glad I keep a set of gloves and a touque in my coat pocket at all times.  We sat there and waited.  And waited.  And watched all the windows frost over while we waited some more.  I was disgusted at the amount of cars that sped by and didn't even slow down or stop to see if we were ok.  If we didn't have cell phones we may have frozen to death waiting for help.  We were at least a 40 minute walk from anywhere.  J's dad arrived and rescued us and took us out to the farm where my awesome nephews were waiting with warm blankets and a warm drink.

I spent all night stressing about how we were going to afford to fix and and how much it was going to cost. The next day J and his dad were planning to head out to the car first thing to take a look in the daylight and see what the damage was and how bad it was when disaster struck.  The cattle had no water.  Something was wrong with the pump and now all of the animals had nothing to drink.  Obviously this took priority.  We bundled up and headed out to the pond where the water is pumped from and found that a branch had broken off a nearby tree and fallen on the rope that holds the intake in place under the water.  The rope had pulled the intake close to the surface of the lake and it froze.  We spent the next 7 hours chipping the intake and hose out of the ice which was about 2 feet thick, repairing the hose after it was punctured by one of the ice picks and replacing the motor on the pump since it had burned out.  This was interrupted by a daring escape by the horses lead by the ponies who had discovered that the snow allowed then to cross the lake, get over the fence via a deep drift and cross over the cattle gate that was covered in snow.  Thank goodness horses are easy to round up when they are trained and used to humans so that didn't take long.  By the time we finished with all the farm disasters it was dark again and they still hadn't looked at the car.  Did I mention that I had an appointment at 9 the next morning back in the city?  Luckily J's dad got up early and drove me home and then took J back out to the car.  It turned out to be a broken pulley and they managed to find the right part, tow it to the shop and fix it while I was at my appointment.  Thank goodness for small favors.  Here's hoping 2011 gets better.