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Sep. 21st, 2011 05:13 pm
pikestaff: (Photo Finish)
Kmart hired me essentially the second I walked in the door. $9/hour, 30 hours a week to start, and their reply to my desire to move up to full time eventually sounded very encouraging.

I just have to wait a few days or a week for them to finish up the background check and I'll be good to go! :3

After that, I went to PetSmart to visit them. I was greeted by a lot of familiar faces who were VERY happy to see me. There were a lot of hugs and a lot of chatting and catching up-- it was almost like a family reunion. The assistant manager promised me that if I needed any extra hours they would give me an early morning part time spot. So that means that if Kmart fails to deliver the hours they promised, or the job just sucks in general, I have a guaranteed backup.

I love this. I move back to Montana and within about 72 hours I've got not one, not two, but THREE people begging me to work for them. I'm so glad to be back. I knew coming back was a good idea! :D

Oh and did I mention that they sell Mountain Dew: Live Wire here now? Because they do.

P.S. the second I walked in the door at PetSmart a customer stopped and asked me if I worked there. I guess some things never change.
pikestaff: (Default)
I went to PetSmart yesterday to pick up some guinea pig food and a couple of otos for my tank. As is usual when I go to a pet store these days, I felt a weird sense of dissonance about being a customer and not an employee. I worked with these animals as a job, 40 hours a week, for three years. I can tell you the eating, breeding, and behavioral habits of over one hundred species of fish; I can tell you what makes a syrian hamster tick as opposed to a dwarf hamster, or a Chinese dwarf hamster, or a Roborovski hamster; I can tell you where a conure's favorite place to be scratched is; I can tell you why beardies are picky eaters and when they'll stop being picky eaters and I can tell you what a greek tortoise's favorite color is. And I should be teaching people all of these things and be on that side of the fence! Not over here on the customer side.

So as usual, it weirded me out.

I thought about asking them if they were hiring but a.) I've asked them like two or three times before and they've always turned me down, and b.) that would only lengthen my commute, so it's really not a good idea.

Anyways yeah.

Sears is cutting my hours like mad so I am in dire need of a new job; too bad there's nothing out here. Hrmm...
pikestaff: (Fluttershy - Hug)
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I don't know if I really have a "happiest time in my life" per se, but a lot of songs do remind me of particular moments or eras of my life. Sometimes the associations are due to lyrics or something, but most of the time it's just something I listened to a lot at that time. And sometimes, the connection seems to be completely random. There's a song they play at work occasionally called "Life Gave Me Lemonade" and every time I hear it, it reminds me of working at PetSmart, and it makes me a little homesick. I really haven't a clue why. As I said: random connection!

But yes, now I'm going to attempt to sleep because I know the sun is going to wake me up bright and early in the morning.


I think I am going to install SimCity 4 tomorrow! But we shall see. I need to force myself to not install it until I have worked on art for a little while.

A Thought

Feb. 22nd, 2011 10:28 am
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
One of the things I really liked about working at PetSmart was that I took on the role of an expert as part of my job description. With few exceptions, people came in not knowing a THING about fish or reptiles or whatever, and I'd get them all set up and attempt to teach as I went along. I was good at it and I enjoyed being an expert.

At my new job, working in the hardware/home improvement business, I find myself in the awkward opposite position of my customers coming in and, generally, knowing more than I do. These are people who have been doing their job for decades and they come in and ask me questions that I don't even begin to know how to answer. It's been tough to adjust to.

But yesterday some guy came in and had no idea what he was talking about and I was able to play the expert again and for those fleeting three minutes it felt really good. Even if we were just talking about freaking socket wrenches.

I miss being the expert.
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
I went to PetSmart the other day to pick up some guinea pig food because I'm a guinea pig food snob and they don't have the kind I like at the local pet store. Being there made me miss my old job a lot, but truthfully I'm not sure if I miss it because I miss my coworkers (who were all basically my friends), or because I miss the job/working with the animals, or if maybe I just miss feeling competent at a job. I really did know my department inside and out by the end there, and I was proud of it. I'm still learning the ins and outs of Sears, which is surprisingly complicated and labyrinthine as heck. Let's just say you can tell it's been around since 1886 or whenever. The place has all sorts of weird ins and outs.


IN OTHER NEWS, I've set this goal for myself where I spend at least thirty minutes each day doing something creative, which usually means writing/editing or drawing. I've done pretty well with this goal so far, and frequently it stretches beyond thirty minutes for maximum creativeness. Weirdly, though, I don't feel as productive about this as I figured I would. Mostly I feel unsatisfied that my own art/writing isn't turning out the way I want it to. Guess I'm just impatient!
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Today was my second-to-last day of work. Said goodbye to a lot of people I really like. Had a brief moment of panic as I went into massive in-depth detail explaining the nitrogen cycle to customers and exactly how they should fix their very specific aquarium problem, and realized as I was doing so that the two new kids I was training who are taking my place have no idea what I'm talking about. I probably shouldn't feel this way, but I do feel somewhat responsible for "my customers". Does that make sense?

Also, whatever new job I get had better involve things like critical thinking and problem solving. At PetSmart I have to solve problems for customers several times a day and I think that's what made this retail job considerably more tolerable than any others I've had.

But yeah, gonna miss everyone. At least I snagged some emails from people so I can RealID them on WoW >.> I'm gonna miss our video game talks. These are people I've spent 40 hours a week with for the last three years and I'm gonna miss 'em.

My dad gave me $50 as a going-away-present. It was bittersweet since I know he doesn't have a lot but he knows I need help. I'm trying to maintain neutrality in this whole thing. I don't have any problem with either of my parents.

Urgh. There is SO much weird crap floating around in my head right now. All of a sudden I feel so confused and conflicted on a million different things and I'm having crazy deep dreams. I don't put a whole lot of stock in dreams but it's unsettling, nonetheless.

Called it

Aug. 6th, 2010 10:15 pm
pikestaff: (House O RLY)
Was offered the department manager position at work today. "Manager of Pet Care" has a ring to it, doesn't it? Plus I'd get to choose what animals we carried (to an extent). Which would be fun.

Here's the catch though: there's tons more cons than pros. And the pros suck anyway. Check it out:

- $0.50 raise. (From what I hear on the grapevine, anyway.)
- Maybe look good on a resume? As good as a retail job would look anyway, I guess.

- 50 hours a week at work. (Ew)
- I lose my guaranteed Sunday off. I like having one day a week guaranteed off. I hate random schedules. We all know this, yes?
- I get to be yelled at by corporate when they come to visit. Oh, retail.
- Stress levels would probably be high.

But yeah, I heard the rumor that they needed a new Pet Care Manager a few days back, and I totally called it then that they'd offer me the position. I've been there forever, I'm not going back to school (as far as they know, anyway), I know what I'm doing, and the only girl who's been there longer than I have has already turned down the position three times in the past. So I saw it coming. I made up my mind ahead of time that I was gonna say "No", but now I feel kind of guilty about the whole thing, because at this point I'm quite honestly their only hope before they have to hire outside the store. And hiring a newbie for a manager position for a job with a steeeeeeeeeeep learning curve? Ugh ugh ugh.

Now I don't know what to do =S
pikestaff: (Gir is dead)
I look away for two seconds, then turn back around and suddenly everybody is engaged. What the heck, people? I kind of hate being 26.

Ahem, enough of my tears.

For optimum results on the next story press play on the video now before you continue reading:

A prairie dog somehow managed to get itself into our store yesterday, and proceeded to run all over the place. Cue employees running around with various props (boxes, litter boxes, and, in my case, a bird net) as we make multiple nosedives after it and yell out helpful hints to each other like "I THINK IT WENT THIS WAY YOU GUYS" as customers stand around looking confused. (or, in the case of one customer, kick the prairie dog so that it flies through the air and lands some ways away before it takes off running again)

Someone finally succeeded in throwing a cardboard box over it and then we shoved it outside. Meanwhile the girl who was pushing it outside screamed as she tried to let it go, which caused another girl to scream and skewer the box with her broom handle. The prairie dog ran away into the parking lot, leaving behind a messy store and a box with a broom-handle-sized hole in it in its wake.

The end.


Jun. 5th, 2009 09:46 pm
pikestaff: (Eve and Wall-E)
Today when I was cleaning the chameleon's cage at work I pulled her out and put her on my shoulder, and she curled up there and fell asleep, and slept there while I cleaned her cage and then didn't wake up until riiiiiight before I was ready to put her back.

It was sooooo cute you guys >_< I love that chameleon. Some of them are mean, but this one is really sweet, and she turns bright green when you hold her, which means she's happy. If my apartment allowed pets and I had money I'd buy her so fast. I think I'm going to cry when somebody else buys her.

I will have a chameleon someday >.>


Apr. 30th, 2009 09:25 pm
pikestaff: (Trenchcoat Pikestaff)
So... about ten minutes before my shift ended today at work, I heard this loud "THUNK THUNK THUNK" noise as the lights flickered.

I forgot about it though and went to go clock out not much after.

The clock-in room smelled of smoke. And it was reaaaally strong.

I went to go tell someone but before I could I heard my manager say over the intercom "Attention PetSmart customers, we have to evacuate the store immediately!"

So we all ran outside, the groomers toting along poor half-groomed dogs. About five minutes later the firetruck showed up. Turns out there was an electrical fire on the roof. I don't know much beyond that because I asked my managers if they wanted me to stay later and help and they told me no, go home, my shift was over.

Sooo yeah. >.>
pikestaff: (Foxkeh)
So far I have a grand total of... two resumes floating around out there in the Internether. I have also sent my resume to my mom to print out (I have no working printer at the moment) so I can send out hard copies to the places that want a hard copy rather than an e-mailed resume.

I'm being picky; only applying to dayshift Mon-Fri jobs. I can afford to be picky-- $9.44/hr at PetSmart is not bad while I wait for a response. I am trying very, very hard to be patient, though. The number of snarky customers at work lately has just been skyrocketing and that combined with continued scheduling mishaps has got me really close to doing something Not Good©, which in this case is defined as putting in a two weeks notice without a new job definitely lined up yet. Granted, I fear I'll probably have to deal with snarky customers wherever I go, but I dunno, I sort of think that when you throw animalkeeping into the equation it makes people extra snarky.

Or extra compassionate, to be fair. Sometimes I feel that so long as there are people stuffing their aquarium full of little gadgets and ornaments because they feel so bad that their goldfish might be "bored"-- there will always be some modicum of kindness in this crazy world.

I really do like working with animals (my favorite part of my job is gowning up, going into the isolation room, and spending two hours alone with sick hamsters and guinea pigs, coaxing them into taking their medicine and giving them an extra cuddle or two)-- but it is time to move on. Send me positive vibes, guys!


Feb. 6th, 2009 09:08 pm
pikestaff: (Trenchcoat Pikestaff)

We just got a bunch of conures in at work. Usually they only come in one at a time, and only once every few months, but we got lucky and got five in today. (And no, that's not a picture of the exact ones, but it was the first thing to come up for them in Google Image Search, and I wanted a flavor picture.)

Most of the time they're very shy and fearful at first, but they warm up to you so fast; oh, how they love people. They'll sit there at the bars of the cage and ever so gently chew on your finger. They have a big ol' beak and could easily crush your finger if they wanted, but they just want to play. They squawk and dance and bounce up and down and get all excited when you come near, and when you open up their cage to feed them, they perch right on the edge, wanting to get out and have fun.

They have silly, individual personalities-- we had one who was deathly afraid of big sparkly cat toys-- but they all love food and they'll eat shelled sunflower seeds out of your hand. Of course, they can't eat the shell, they want to get to the nut inside, so what do they do? They press it against the cage bars with just the right amount of pressure and crack it open. They're smart like that.

I mostly just want to say that I love conures to a silly degree and if I had $500 for the bird itself, another couple hundred for the setup, and a whole lotta time and space-- yeah I'd totally get one, and walk around with him on my shoulder all day long. So much <3 for them.

Oh my word

Nov. 18th, 2008 11:53 pm
pikestaff: (Dizzy Spinda)
Things that happened today at work:

I very cleverly opened up a container of LemonQuat with the nozzle facing towards me and was blasted with a couple gallons worth of thick, gooey, lemon-scented disinfectant. The areas of me that my sopping clothes were touching were rather itchy for the next few hours.

I had my finger mauled by a grumpy long-haired hamster.

I ran into a guy with bright, bright neon blue hair wearing a matching Firefox shirt.

I bagged crickets for a kid of about 10 years old or so, dressed neatly in a suit and tie, who pointed out to me one-by-one which crickets looked "the tastiest".

pikestaff: (Han Shot First)
There are four turtles that we've isolated at work over the past few months and are currently being treated for shell damage/peeling in our isolation room. I have decided to secretly give them all names.

The Red Eared Slider who has been there the longest and seems to take everything in stride is Leonardo.
The very small Caspian Sea Turtle who is quite friendly is Donatello.
The other Red Eared Slider, who is pretty laid back and really doesn't seem to care much about anything is Michaelangelo.
And the Painted Turtle who does not like being handled is Raphael.

Also, the big brown and white rat we have back there who was returned because he was sneezing (although I haven't heard him sneeze once so far) is Splinter.

Now I just have to name all the dozens of guinea pigs we have back there who get sent to us with a variety of ailments.

In other news, my parents got me a Domo-Kun plushie. He's big and fluffy and poseable and it's pretty much the most epic thing that I have acquired in recent memory.

La de da!

Sep. 13th, 2008 12:54 am
pikestaff: (Default)
So other than the fact that I managed to injure myself in more ways than I knew were possible in one day... today was pretty good, work went by fast because it consisted almost entirely of projects that were lengthy and did not involve dealing with customers, and it was overall just a good day at work.

I also wound up in the World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King beta test. This made me happy, not so much because I feel cool for being in Beta or because I get to test out all the new stuff, but because, well...

Because it's my pet and I against the unknown.

That's what made me fall in love with this silly game in the first place. It just made me giddy and put me on a geek high for the rest of the day. I don't even anticipate playing Beta much because I have a lot left to do in the current game, but knowing that such a big adventure is coming is simply delightful.

Oh, and congrats to two of the most awesomest people on LJ for getting to meet each other in person today =3 You know who you are!
pikestaff: (Big Gir)
Today I went to work, after calling and asking if they needed me (of course they did! =P) because of the whole being-sick-yet-again-thing which made me miss yesterday.

When I got there a couple of my managers sat me down and had a big chat with me where they said they were really concerned about my health. Apparently, basically everybody in my department has come to my managers asking if I am okay, because I am pale and losing weight. I had no idea it was that bad.

So we sort of had a talk. I mentioned my concerns about allergies and the bad scheduling. They told me that they really liked having me work there so they would be willing to work with me with basically any health problems whatsoever. They said they are going to start giving me better shift schedules. They said they are willing to cut back my hours if I need it. And they told me I can take like a huge week-long vacation sometime soon. As soon as the week after next if I want. Which I am really stoked for. =D And we're going to see if any of that helps at all.

I do think it may actually be deeper than just allergies and bad scheduling though-- I'm starting to think it has something to do with my heart condition. Dunno if I've ever gone over this in my LJ or not, but long story short: I have a heart defect, my heart is almost twice as big as it should be for my body size, and as such I cannot expand my lungs to full capacity and I get tired out really, really quickly when I do strenuous physical exercise. I always thought this was limited to strenuous exercise in one stretch-- but I'm starting to wonder if sustained moderate exercise over a long period of time counts too. Afterall, I didn't start having massive problems this bad until I started working full time for months on end.

So I think I'm gonna talk to a cardiologist and get my heart re-checked-out. And also go to a "normal doctor" and have a full physical done and figure out exactly what is going on and what steps I can take to not randomly get sick every three weeks.

Anyways, I'm really glad work is going to be working with me on this. And if it doesn't work out no matter what they try, I can go find a new job that is less strenuous/allergen-intensive, and I will have a good excuse. But right now I'm excited for VACATION =D For a whole week. That is going to be awesome. I want to sit outside and drink smoothies and read. <3 Epic Vacation is epic.

In the meantime, I am going to try and drink more water, eat some more protein as per my mom's always-excellent advice, and probably take this coming week off of raiding in World of Warcraft. Cause Karazhan full clears 9/12 clears every weekend is kinda stressful especially when you have to deal with loot drama or become the impromptu raid leader, both of which I've done. xD (and yeah I know, non-WoWers are like "lol World of Warcraft is serious business" and most WoWers are like "lol Deadmines Karazhan is serious business" but you gotta believe me here! D= )

And in other news... The Yogurt Spoon.

pikestaff: (Hero of Time)
I haven't checked my friends' list for like three days. I am a horrible person.


I can't believe it's the last day of April. That means I've done nothing but work for the past year and it's sorta driving me up the wall. I mean, I was never that much of a "school person" to begin with, the way Nick is, but at least it was more interesting than going to work five days a week. I'm still sorta looking around for another job because there's only so much dead fish you can take every day before you start to lose it. But I'm also trying to be picky this time.


Guys, there's a finch at PetSmart whose feathers on his head all poof out and make it look like he has a Beatles haircut. D= Hurry and talk me either in to or out of getting him and naming him Sergeant Pepper.

P.S. Yesterday it was 77 degrees outside and now there's snow all over the place. Oh... silly Montana.

Edit: Oooh PBS is hiring for clerical stuff. *ponders applying, because afterall, it's an "I get to use my degree now" job-- just barely, but nonetheless!*


Apr. 18th, 2008 08:16 am
pikestaff: (Dizzy Spinda)
So yesterday at work some guy wanted to buy a guinea pig. So I let him into the aviary enclosure and he picked up the guinea pig and was holding it and petting it and stuff.

Then he looked the guinea pig in the eyes and said "Your name is going to be CaptionPig. Because I'm going to take pictures of you and put captions on them and put them on the Internet. You are going to be a LOLPig."

And it came to pass that for the rest of the day, the word "LOLPig" kept randomly popping into my head and making me giggle.


Feb. 15th, 2008 05:22 am
pikestaff: (Foxkeh)
Ya know, for the longest time I've really liked the fact that 95% of my work shifts are 6am-2pm shifts. I like the fact that I'm done with work at 2pm. I like the fact that for three hours in the morning I don't have to deal with anybody. Oh and I like the fact that I'm always so busy at my job that days just seem to fly by.

But the more time goes on, the more I'm kind of tired of it. Waking up at 4:45am five days of the week is sorta losing its charm. Going to bed at 8:30 or 9:00 pm and thus missing out on the prime hours of chatting with friends or hanging out with the guild on WoW or what have you... I dunno, it's getting old.

Not to mention the fact that my schedule is still not truly a set schedule and every few weeks or so work'll throw in some annoying 1pm-9pm shift which sorta wipes out my whole day (tomorrow I work a shift like that). Not to mention, the fact that I always open means that closing is always kinda hard for me to do, when they have me do it.

I dunno, I figure if I got some Mon-Fri, 9-5 job it would probably bore the heck of me and I would be wishing I was back at Petsmart where at least the time just whizzes by, and where I'm off at 2pm.

But man, do I wish sometimes I could go back to a more normal sleeping schedule. Waking up before the sun is up for months on end is a lot more draining than I thought it'd be.

So sometimes I'm tempted to go find another job, again... but I dunno.


<3 you all by the way. XD

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