pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Determined)
Good news everyone!

I'm going to pay off my car this month.

Also my new job is going pretty well.

Also I finished the first read-through and edit of my next book. Onward to the next!
pikestaff: (Default)
Okay, so apparently I'm really bad at trying to get into the swing of LJ again. Sorry about that!

My body has finally adjusted to my odd work schedule and now I can actually fall right asleep at 7pm instead of lay awake forever. So that's good. My job is going pretty well, which is also good. I'm working a pretty steady six days a week, which isn't as bad as one might think because most of the shifts are in the 5-6 hour range, and I can handle that.

I'm excited for a couple of months from now when I'll have my car entirely paid off and the paychecks from this bugger start coming in!
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The new job is going pretty well so far; it's pretty straightforward and even relaxing at times, and the work itself goes by very quickly. Best of all: NO CUSTOMERS TO DEAL WITH and NO STUPID METRICS TO MEET.

I'm not getting a whole lot of hours thus far-- apparently new employees get to leave about halfway through the "full shift" while they're still training, and training lasts a couple of weeks-- but hopefully things will pick up once I get out of training. In the meantime, it feels good to be home and done with work for the day by 9am.
pikestaff: (Rarity - Come At Me Darling)
Target orientation went pretty well. A lot of things have changed in the last ten years but a lot more have stayed the same. Same stuff, different people. I've gotta say that Target has got it "together" more than probably any other retail job I've ever worked, so it's nice to have that over Sears Holding's big mess.

I knew I was back for sure when they passed out employee ID numbers and mine was the exact same one I had ten years ago. Good to see they keep you on file for life, apparently!

Anyways tonight I go to bed at 7pm to be up bright and early at 3am tomorrow so we'll see how that goes.

In other news I've been looking into immigration stuff for various countries to see how Hux and I are going to go about that. The UK is a GIANT PAIN to get into, and so is Canada, surprisingly (I looked into that as a possible "neutral country" option.) So far, Hux coming to the US is looking like the best option-- which is saying a lot considering that the US is still a difficult nut to crack-- and then we'll have Ireland, which has a relatively lax immigration policy, as a backup in case the US doesn't work for whatever reason.

So yeah!
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
LiveJournal: Not just for Sarah anymore!

Hey guys, no more Kmart EVER. Granted, that's what I said about Target seven years ago and now I'm coming crawling back, but meh. Things are looking good at this point. My car will be paid off... probably next month, and then I can really focus on some of my medical bills and the like. If everything goes well I might be able to get myself a little place again by this time next year.

It'll be exciting!


Jun. 25th, 2012 11:30 pm
pikestaff: (Derpy - Dragonborn)
Well, I put in my two weeks' notice at Kmart today. Because I got a new job! Never thought I'd say this, but I'm... going back to Target. You know, that place I hated and quit six years ago. Yup. But they pay $11.50 for an early morning stockroom position and I'm not gonna turn that down.

Hopefully I don't regret this! If worse comes to worse, I was technically hired as "seasonal" and I can quit in three months, no harm done.

Here's hoping I can do three months of waking up at 3am!
pikestaff: (Dizzy Spinda)
This morning I drove to work and went into the parking lot, and it was nearly completely full and there were dozens upon dozens of people lined up outside Target and stretching all the way around the building.

At 5:50am and 2 degrees outside.

...I will never understand the whole day-after-Thanksgiving thing. XD

At least I don't work at Target anymore. Though seriously, I worked there for three years and I opened a couple times on Black Friday and I don't recall it ever being that bad.

We Petsmart people got the post-Target shoppers but they didn't buy a whole lot of stuff from my department so it wasn't too bad.

In other news, I'm not fond of the way I come home from work and then I load up my online bank statement and sit and stare at it for ten minutes, and then feel guilty the rest of the day because I'm not at work. Even though I am working full time and doing the best I can, I feel like I should be doing more because I feel like I'm not making enough money. So I get really antsy when I'm off the clock. =/ I guess this is one of the un-fun parts of being a grown-up that I'll have to learn to deal with. Fortunately I'm getting better at distracting myself. But I really don't like this feeling of "just scraping by." It's stressful.

(I promise I'll try not to make so many "worried about money" posts. XD But it's on my mind a lot right now.)


Jul. 26th, 2006 10:16 pm
pikestaff: (Big Gir)
Today was my very last closing shift ever in our dear Target Photo Lab... and right in the middle of the closing routine, the tubes on the Noritsu machine popped loose and got photochemicals all over the floor. Naturally, I then got to spend some quality up-close-and-personal time with said chemicals in order to clean them up, which resulted in a headache that didn't go away until just recently.

However, I'm in a pretty good mood anyway! For I have the next two days off from work, and oh! My laptop computer arrived today when I was at work. I'm going to set it all up tomorrow. Stay tuned for more news on that.

Random Anecdote: When you order digital prints at the Kodak Picture Kiosk, you are asked to put in your last name and your phone number. Today somebody put in "FAT TIRE LIBERATION ARMY" as their last name. It amused me.
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...was interesting, and I'd go into more detail but I'm tired and going to bed in a few minutes. A full day of school, work, and things going haywire everywhere (blinkers on my car that occasionally work and occasionally don't, a sick fish, paper outages in weird places in the Photo Lab, etc.) will make one very tired.

This semester is going to be rather homework-and-reading intensive, but so far it at least promises to be interesting stuff. But if you only see me online like, once a week, blame a combination of work and also having to get a good GPA this semester.

Tomorrow I buy textbooks, do homework at the library, and close at work again. Yar.

Also the Photo Lab Specialist... the only one of us who really, completely knew what was going on... quit and is now not showing up for any of his shifts. But it's okay, because I am a Lean Mean Photofinishing Machine.

I promise to go into more detail when I have a chance, but until then... ta and such.
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Today, I worked a 10-hour shift at Target, and only had one break!

So, Overtime. We meet again.


Aug. 12th, 2005 11:52 pm
pikestaff: (Default)
TSR is back. *glomps Liam*

I totally found out about it RIGHT before I was going to work too. xP

Speaking of which, I'm not keen on Target's whole new "We're heinously understaffed, so everybody can work overtime and we'll approve it" thing. I mean on the one hand it means bigger paychecks, but on the other hand, Stephanie is very tired. XD

Only two weeks left until school starts... this totally did not really sink in until today... kind of scary...
pikestaff: (Default)
So. Photo Lab Update. Since I know you're just all sitting on the edge of your seats wanting to know how it's all gone!!

So yesterday I opened, we had some Shadow Trainer guy there. At first the idea of a Shadow Trainer kind of scared me because I was under the impression that he'd just kind of sit there and silently watch and observe and take notes on all the mistakes we made, but as it turned out he was actually really nice and we talked about stuff and it was all good.

Now... yesterday was freaking insane. We were über-busy and I don't know why. The Shadow Trainer told me that Monday is usually the busiest day of the photofinishing week (everyone wants to get their weekend pictures developed), plus it was like "The New Target Photo Grand Opening" so it might have made everything really busy. But I was dying. I wanted to get out of there so bad. XD

So that made me REALLY scared for closing today, but as it turns out... today was super-slow. And it was really nice back there in that Photo Lab. Especially nicer after I got yelled at in Guest Service (cause I had to cover someone's break in there,) which reminded me why I moved to Photo Lab in the first place. Plus, it was really reassuring having the Shadow Trainer there again, because although he wasn't technically supposed to jump in and save me I knew he would if I screwed something up.

So yeah, love-hate relationship with the Photo Lab right now. If we can talk the higher-ups into having more than one person back there at a time on busy days, then I might really enjoy this. Otherwise I'll go insane. Woo. XD

That is... if they actually schedule me in the Photo Lab... next week I'm almost entirely in Guest Service again. Blargh. xP

P.S. I saw this commercial-- There's some reality TV show now about these two rich kids who go work at Target. What the heck. XD
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And now, I'm off to Target, in my crisp new red-bullseyed-Target-shirt, to train in the Photo Lab.

"I'm about 98% excited and 2% scared. Or maybe 2% excited and 98% scared."

First person to correctly guess the quote, wins 6.02x10^23 Über Points.

[/random pointless entry]
pikestaff: (Foxhound)
Day went something like this:

Woke up late because I forgot to set my alarm, fortunately I didn't wake up too late (which was really a miracle) and I still managed to get to work... almost on time. There were a ton of dead bugs lying on the sidewalk right outside of work. A TON. All the same kind too. Some sort of like... really small baby moths or something. Then, after work, they were gone. It was the weirdest thing.

Picked up my paycheck on my break. Left my paycheck at the Service Desk. Had to go back and get it. Smart Stephanie, reeeeeeal smart.

Got my review after work. I was ranked overall "Effective", which is "average". The comments all talked about how they like how I bring a positive attitude to work (yeah right XD) but they don't think I communicate enough with them. ("They" being my supervisors.) Of course they failed to mention that I usually don't need to talk to them. Mwar!

THEN I went and got my haircut. I now have the Cutest Haircut of All Time. ^_^ *Happy Shiny REM Song etc.* I took some pics but I'm too lazy to put them up at the moment...

I am so, so, so incredibly tired right now... I'm sleeping in so much tomorrow... although the plan for tomorrow does include depositing my paycheck, filling up my gas tank, dropping by PetsMart because I think something might be wrong with my fish, and various other errands. And hopefully some video games. Video games are good.

NEW USER ICON ALREADY?? Yes. Because it's JUST A BOX! Er... FOX!

Rawr Again

Jul. 28th, 2005 11:49 pm
pikestaff: (Snape)
Nothing really exciting happened today. Tomorrow I'm going to get my hair cut though. Be afraid.

Tomorrow will also be my fifth day of work this week, and my fourth day in a row of waking up at 7 AM and not going to bed until well past midnight which does not give me a lot of sleeping hours. So I'm quite tired and yeah, this weekend, sleep will = very yes.

I was totally going to say something important and exciting in my LJ and I forgot. Hmm, story of my life. XD

Oh you know today at work somebody bought this like... Christmas dollhouse thing, complete with Santa and reindeer and snow. And it's July 28. It was kind of scary. Oh don't get me wrong, I do much prefer winter over summer, and I love the holidays, but... when you work in retail... Christmas becomes... scary... *twitches*.

PROFESSOR SNAPE IS NOT AMUSED. It is my shiny new user icon. I got the übercute picture from http://www.livejournal.com/users/potterpuffs/ and then I added the text myself. Oh wow, I just rock at making icons ne? I've totally moved beyond just resizing random images and I'm now adding text! Heh. XD Snape rocks. He does in the movies anyway (and also in Potter Puppet Pals.) I've still gotta read those dang books though. *Mental note to borrow them from little sister.*

...to bed!

P.S. I won a TARGET BLANKET at work. As if I don't already take my work to bed with me. XD


Jul. 22nd, 2005 11:51 pm
pikestaff: (Default)
I totally gave myself food poisoning or something at work. That's the last time I eat the String Cheese from the freezers at Target.

Also the rash on my arm is getting worse and the medication I'm applying to it isn't helping. Time for a doctor, yep.

[/what you didn't need to know]
pikestaff: (Dominic)
Oh my gosh, Guest Service was farking INSANE today. I haven't seen it that busy in a LONG time. And it's a freaking Thursday. Seriously, what the heck.

*writes "I WILL NOT RANT ABOUT TARGET" about a million times on a blackboard.*


Um, shiny new Dominic Deegan user icon. I make the most unoriginal user icons EVAR. Seriously it's like "Copy. Paste. Resize. Ta-da!!" Rawr.

Stephanie has ringworm again. No, I promise, it's not an internal parasite. It's some sort of itchy rash thing that I get on my arms and hands every so often. It is so named because the rash itself often takes the form of a ring. I have no idea why I get it. They say the main reasons for one getting ringworm are usually contact with animals and lack of personal hygiene-- well, I very, very rarely handle animals, and I shower 5 or 6 times a week. I think it has to do with working retail and handling money and merchandise that a trigoogleplexillion people have already handled. But, that's just my theory.

Also I'm highly allergic to something at Target, something there makes me sneeze a lot and makes my nose run. Then I get home and I'm fine again. I'M ALLERGIC TO WORK, YAY!

Oh dangit, there I go again, talking about Target. I SUCK at this whole "I PLEDGE TO NEVER TALK ABOUT WORK IN MY LJ AGAIN!!!!112" thing I'm always going to do.


*crawls to bed*

So yeah

Jul. 20th, 2005 11:58 pm
pikestaff: (Ship)
I totally only had three more days of Guest Service left and then today I was informed that "Oh, just because you're getting trained in the Photo Lab, doesn't necessarily mean we're going to schedule you in the Photo Lab." Bleh. ¬¬

Seriously I don't know how much more of Guest Service I can handle. There's only so many people you can stand yelling at you for things beyond your control before you just lose all last remnants of sanity.

Also this Scary Lady is coming in tomorrow because her check hadn't cleared yet today. I am praying she won't come in on my shift. >.>

Anyway I cannot wait for next week, because although my schedule will suck next week, I'm at least going to be spending my days working freight instead of working behind the Service Desk. This means I get to spend entire eight-hour-days putting merchandise on the shelf. Yay. But at least it's not Guest Service, muahahaha.

The good news is that I am SO not going to cater to Target and try to be flexible with my schedule this next semester. That's right Target, I'm going to have LIMITED HOURS this semester and YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, NYAR!!

Also I am really needing a haircut. Ph34r.
pikestaff: (Default)
Absolutely nothing exciting happened to me today. I spent just about the entire day playing console games and browsing various random forums (most of which I didn't post at, I just lurked), and occasionally playing Neopets.

BECAUSE absolutely nothing exciting happened to me today, I'm instead going to relate a couple things that happened to me at work a few days ago and which amused me.

Firstly I wound up on the phone with this lady... okay here's basically how the conversation went:

Click to see... kinda longish but very amusing )

The other funny thing that happened at work, (that same day actually,) was when this guy who must've been about 75 or 80 years old hobbled in and wanted to use the Pay Phone. He got on the phone and the next thing I knew, he was on the phone saying, "Why, hello there... yes, I was just calling to say hello to my sexy lady... mmmmraaaaawrrrrr..." Go him for being so spry, but my goodness I had to try so hard not to crack up.

And I haven't even mentioned the lady who was on the phone reporting "A girl got married to an illegal alien for $10,000" yet. Ah Target. We love thee. I talk about thee even on my days off. How sad is that?
pikestaff: (Default)
Actual conversation that took place in the Bozeman, Montana Target breakroom today, July 13, 2005, at about 4:00 PM:

Chris: "Wow you guys, you should've seen what Terry (the store's Maintenance guy) found outside the building and had to clean up today! He wouldn't touch it without a ten foot pole!"

Everybody Else: "What? What was it?"

Chris: "Well... let's just say we think a trucker got desperate."

Everybody Else: "Eeewwwww..."

Chris: "And you know, I just realized that what I said could've come out wrong. What I meant was we think a trucker got desperate to use the bathroom."

Allie: "...okay, I was thinking of it the dirty way."

Everybody Else: "...EEEWWWWWWWW!!!"

Oh it was amusing. I just had to document it.

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