Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A bit of an off week......

I am having such an off week. I haven't been myself most of the week. I really don't know why. Sometimes you just lose it, and sometimes things just don't go your way. I am just being really forgetful and absentminded and clutzy. I know y'all are probably thinking this is normal but it's extra bad. Creation was cancelled, which made me sad. I decided not to let it get me down and I also decided not to waste my few days off. I switched up my schedule a bit and called J-M because he works for an airline and can get me a buddy pass for $55 round trip. I decided to fly down to Georgia to visit. I arranged transportation to and from the airport, a place to stay, and a meeting with a friend at a highway exit. I was so excited because it was so spur of the moment. I felt like I needed to recharge my batteries. I also got a call from my sister saying they wanted to visit along with my parents. So I suddenly had plans for my week. Well I had to switch one of my shifts but it wasn't a big deal....or so I thought. My boss wasn't too happy because he wanted me to train a new girl. I was so mad about how that place treats me sometimes and how they take advantage of me that I just blew up at him. I ended up telling him I wish I could quit and walking out. I wouldn't talk to anyone as I walked out the door with tears in my eyes. It wasn't me but I couldn't stop from acting the way I did. I was just so frustrated and I really don't know why. I ended up being late for a meeting with my advisor at La Salle (to register for classes) after I had completely forgotten our meeting the previous week (again not me). I walked into the meeting a total mess with a tear-stained face. I was still determined to go to Georgia and have a good time. I got a call in the middle of the night from J-M saying I shouldn't bother with the 6 a.m. flight because it was booked (I was flying stand-by). Marc drove me to the airport so I could catch a 12:56 p.m. flight. I waited and didn't get on. It is kind of exciting flying stand-by and tense at the same time. It didn't work out for me this time. I was definitely disappointed. Once I have my mind made up to do something it frustrates me that I can't follow through with it. So I had to call all of my friends and cancel all the plans I had made. Earlier my parents had called to say they were flooded in and may not be able to drive down. Alot of the roads around them are completely flooded and are closed. Another thing that wasn't going my way. Marc came all the way back to the airport to pick me up. We went to Longwood Gardens. He was actually going to go that day anyways and I had been telling him how I've never been and wanted to go sometime. It was really nice and definitely cheered me up. At his place he made me an awesome salad. He was so good to me today. So my spontaneity (spelling?) turned out to be a flop but my family still may come visit. It's time for me to go and consolidate my loans.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Customer service is really a dis-service

I'm writing this blog for Lynette because we stayed up until 1 a.m. talking about this. This is for anyone who has ever worked in retail or another service job. Why is it that we love to work with people and help people out yet we hate to wait on customers and we don't treat them as people? Are customers really people? They often don't treat us like people. They treat us as if we were there to serve their own personal selfish desires. Customers often don't treat their cashiers as people. Therefore it is hard to treat a customer like a person. Retail is reduced to a humanless interaction. It seems to have no value or purpose except to promote materialism. The workers of the store are trying to sell something that they know the customer truly does not need while the customer suddenly realizes there is more stuff out there that they feel they need. They suddenly have all of these gadgets that they just can't function without. It seems like such a waste. So why do I do it? I guess the money. But why can't I look at it as serving people? Afterall I stand under a sign that says customer service. Essentially it is saying "people sercice". I am serving people but it honestly doesn't feel that way. I feel like I am helping to feed into the notion that the customer is always right. We have created a society where people whine and complain and get what they want. The worse you treat the person serving you, the more you seem to get out of it. We treat customers like spoiled rotten children. The customer is not always right. They are just as sinful and wrong as I am.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I've got the fever

So I admit it, I have been into wedding stuff lately. It seems like I just can't help it. Everyone around me is obssessed and I can't help but be sucked in. I have been looking at bridal magazines and even watching bridal shows that give tips on how to plan your own wedding (alone I should add). What is wrong with me? I don't have a fiance or even a boyfriend. I'm not a twelve year old girl planning her dream wedding. Therefore, I should not be thinking about weddings... Especially one that includes me as the bride. The fact that I'm even writing this is a death sentence because I know Becca is reading it with a big mischievous smile on her face. I guess it's nice to dream and escape reality sometimes. Plus with the wedding epidemic going around it's hard not to think about it.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sevilla, mi alma

We just got back from Sevilla. It was absolutely wonderful. I had so much fun. It was hot but I loved it anyways. It was so much fun hanging out with Dave, Becca, and Lynette in SPAIN. We had a great time. I got to suprise my Senyora. She was very happy to see me. It is amazing how different the city looks. They are completely tearing it up to put in a metro. That city has so many memories for me. It was fun just being back. I was able to pick up the Spanish right away. I am so happy that I didn´t lose it. I want to go back so I can practice more. We are now in Portugal. Tomorrow we fly back to Dublin in order to catch our flight to Philly on Thurs. The Dublin airport is absolutely horrible. I´ve never been in such an awful airport. Well I need to go. It has been a great trip but unfortunately it has come to an end. Os quiero.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

A whole lot of Blarney

Yesterday we went to the Blarney Castle. Sorry Dad, I did not kiss the Blarney Stone for you. I had stage fright. You have to do it suspended over an edge while someone holds your waist (so you don't fall) and kiss it. I just couldn't do it with everyone staring at me...too much pressure. Lynette did not either....something about all the germs on it :). We also had a German girl travel with us. She was scared about the germs too. The castle and grounds were really awesome. I'm glad we got to see it even if no smooching occurred. The stone is supposed to give you the gift of gab. Everyone knows I don't need any of that :). We spent a lot of time in a bus and are now in Dublin. Later today we leave for Portugal and then SPAIN. Today we wanted to do laundry. I went alone to start it and a middle aged Irish man tried to pick me up. I am just too naive sometimes. Well we are going to see Dublin today before our flight leaves this evening. Bye

Thursday, June 01, 2006

It doesn't always rain in Ireland

This morning I finally had my traditional Irish breakfast. It was really good. We left our B & B to catch the bus. There was a slight mixup with the bus but we were able to get to our final destination (Cork). We were in the bus for 6 hours but it wasn't awful. We haven't done too much today. We walked around Cork for a little bit. It seems like a happening, party town with pubs on every corner. I already had my Guinness and no desire for another one :). Today was gorgeous and actually hot. I got a sunburn on the cruise yesterday. I loved the Cliffs of Moher. They are incredible. We met a girl who lived in William Henry Apts at the same time we did. She just graduated from Immaculata and lives in Exton. What a small world. I am getting really excited about Spain. I was so excited last night that I couldn't even sleep. I am a little sad that we will only be there for 3 days. I guess it's better than nothing though. I have decided that I no longer want to be an American. I really want to live in another country someday. Anyways I should get going. Love y'all.