Thursday, May 26, 2005

Thank God for Memorial Day!!!

I am so looking forward to this weekend, mostly because my job sucks. The upper management (well, basically just the General Manager) has been screwing me over with the schedule lately, and my enjoyment of working in that store is completely gone.

For the past five weeks, I have been given either a Friday or Saturday night closing shift. This wouldn't be so bad, except our store is open until MIDNIGHT on Fridays and Saturdays, so the closing shifts normally don't end until almost 12:30am. So when I was scheduled for this Friday, I politely went into the General Managers office and asked her nicely if there was any way I could not be scheduled for yet another Friday night. I had asked for Memorial Day weekend off so I could spend three uninterrupted days off with John, and she had granted my request without any fight. So I thought it was worth asking to not close.... She said NO. She told me that if I wanted the weekend off, I would have to close on Friday. So I dropped it.

The next day I go into work and she calls me into her office. I got super nervous, because anytime she calls me in to her office, she has nothing nice to say. So I sit down and she closes the door and tells me that she doesn't appreciate the fact that I am complaining about working Friday night. I appologized and said it was not my intention to complain, I just thought that weekend closings were to be rotated among all supervisors and we were taking turns on closing on weekends. (I only thought this to be true because I had not been asked to close on a Fri or Sat in nearly 6 months.) She told me this was not the case, and that everyone was required to close on a weekend night and this was just the way things go. (As a side note, she ONLY ever works 7am-4pm Monday through Friday) She told me that it appeared to her that I was not dedicated and I needed to reevaluate whether or not Borders is the right place for me and whether or not I want to do this job. I explained to her that closing on weekends are hard for me because I have a husband who I never get to spend any time with, and she said told me that maybe I should get an office job somewhere where I would be guaranteed weekends off.

I left her office in tears, not knowing what to do. I am the most senior supervisor in our store, and I am getting the worst schedule and the worst treatment.

So, that is why I am so looking forward to the weekend. I will be off for three days with my honey, and I can "reevaluate my future with the company." So if anyone knows of any leads for good jobs in LA, I could certainly use the help.

Apparently 4 years with the company means abso-freaking-lutely nothing.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Revenge of the Sith

I really liked it! It had it's fair share of faults, but it served well to complete the series of Star Wars films. If you haven't seen the movie yet, you may want to avoid reading this post. I'm not sure what I'm going to give away.

From the opening scene to the very end of the film, there is constant tension and amazing visuals. Hayden Christensen as Anakin/Vader improved leaps and bounds over his performance in Attack of the Clones and Ewan MacGregor was perfect as ObiWan. It was clear that everyone stepped up the performances for this one.

Admittedly the dialogue was weak, especially during the Anakin/Padme scenes. We all learned long ago that George Lucas cannot write dialogue, and if you went into this movie expecting any different, then I am sorry for you, but maybe you should have stayed home.

Yoda was incredible. The Wookiees were cool but not on screen long enough. The feeling of utter dismay that you feel when you leave the theater is a unique feeling you don't get often from going to the movies.

Sorry if I am rambling, I haven't had enough coffee yet today. My only real complaint about the movie is that too much happened. They were forced to jam too much into one film, when not much happens in the first two installments, and this one is non-stop. The shift to Darth Vader didn't seem like it took long enough, but then it didn't seem like he was Vader long enough. I think it would have helped to break this up into 2 films, but obviously they couldn't do that.

But it met or exceeded all of my expectations. It is an important part of our culture and history, and if it can't be appreciated for that alone, then let me know how the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants is.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

One of my coworkers got beautiful flowers from her man! Thank goodness for camera phones!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

My new iPod Cozy! Posted by Hello

I have been trying to learn how to crochet for quite some time, and this one turned out pretty well, so I thought I'd show off!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Sinster Ladies

Sinster Ladies, originally uploaded by julieverive.

We went out last night to Bar Sinister for my birthday celebration (the actual day isn't until tomorrow.) And it was SOOOO much fun! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with me! I had a blast!!!