Archive for the 'My Life' Category

19
Apr
10

What do you want from me?!

I haven’t been posting much lately because I have been trying to leave a good last impression here at my co-op job. My efforts have been fruitless, however, because my supervisor is so anal  that nothing is ever good enough for her. I had my co-op review recently and all I got was a “good” scoring. I’m fine with that, I mean it was my first try at co-op and everything, but I really feel like her comments were unfair and contradictory. Some sections told me that I should “be more inquisitive when given projects”, while other sections told me to “be more autonomous when working on projects”. I just don’t see how I can be both of those things at once.

The whole time I have been here I feel like she has set me up to fail. She tells me she wants a project done but never tells me how to do it. The result is me working on a project, showing it to her, her telling me that it’s not right and to do it again, me doing it again, me showing her, her telling me it’s not right and to do it again… and so and so on until she finally results to doing this weird combination of sighing and rolling her eyes back into her head until her whole face is twitching with exasperation.

Well, needless to say, this whole experience has not made me feel very confident in my job skills. I kind of feel like it just transformed me into a timid and slightly retarded bobble-head, because that is literally all I do. Stand there and nod my head like an idiot. I have three more co-op work terms to go so there is still a chance I’ll find a job that I actually like, but for now, I can’t believe I’m saying this, I’m actually kind of looking forward to going back to school and back to my old hair salon job.

This post reminded me of that scene from the movie Office Space where they take the computer into a field and smash the shit out of it. I would give anything to be able to do that to my computer right now.

18
Apr
10

Happy Birthday Adam!!

Today is my nephew Adam’s fourth birthday!! He is having a birthday party with all his friends at his place today and I’m going over there at 12:30. Adam is a funny little red-haired boy. He loves tools and Lego and he refuses to wear any pants that don’t have cargo pockets or places where he can hang his hammer and screwdriver.  I can still remember when he was just a little baby and already he’s turning four.

13
Apr
10

Great Expectations

As I mentioned on Friday, Corey and I, along with his two friends Chris and Geoff, went to look at an apartment. The place we ended up looking at was in a good location and the price was right but it just wasn’t up to my standards. The whole grundgy thing looks cool in movies and everything, and sometimes I may even fantasize about being a suffering artist and the whole bit, but in reality I just don’t think I could live like that. There was dirt in every corner of the place, the walls were pealing, it smelled funny, and the kitchen appliances were all missing parts.

We were kind of willing to settle at that point because we figured this apartment was what we could expect to find in our price range. However, Corey and I went to look at two apartments again on Sunday, and that time we had better results. The first one we saw that day was definitely an improvement from Friday’s, but the experience kind of turned me off. We walked in and immediately I wanted to vomit from the smell. The place wasn’t too bad at all but the kitchen was filthy and the appliances were outdated… and someone had left the stove on. We started walking around, looking at the rooms and we opened a bedroom door and there was a tenant passed out on a mattress. Then the landlord went to show us the bathroom and there was a tenant in there as well who had locked himself in and stayed there the duration of the visit. Needless to say, I wasn’t too impressed.

The second place we saw definitely raised my expectations. It was a basement apartment in a small apartment complex called “Hollywood”. The apartment looked as though it had just been renovated and it was spacious in all the right places. Some of the rooms had pipes running across the ceiling but I actually kind of liked the way they looked. The bathroom was equipped with a washer/dryer unit and the girl who was showing us around said that after washing her clothes she would use the pipes as a clothesline.

The four of us were planning to move out somewhere near the end of the summer; however, the move-in date for most apartments right now is May 1st.  We were never really expecting to move into this place but I definitely feel the loss. I hope that we can find a place like this again or else my fantasy about living like a suffering artist just might come true.

09
Apr
10

This is why I need to move out.

Oh hey! I’m back at work. Guess what? My dentist appointment wasn’t actually today after all. I made the appointment myself so I should have remembered, I even made a reminder in my phone for the actual appointment on Monday. The only reason why I went today was because last night my parents listened to the message the dentist office left me and they must have misunderstood it.

My dad was all, “Anna, remember you have a dentist appointment tomorrow!” And then this morning my mom chased me out of the house in her pyjamas yelling after me, “Ania!! Remember you have a dentist appiontment, TODAY!!” (except really it was in Polish). So naturally, I didn’t think to doubt them.

I drove all the way there, to Metcalfe, paid for parking then went in and the door was locked. Then BAM it hit me, and I imagined it would have been appropriate to see this poster on a wall somewhere:

I feel like I kind of set myself up for a list with the title of this post but I hadn’t really thought that far into it. It’s really just reoccurring situations like this that make me want to move out. I’m not irresponsible but my parents never let me deal with my own shit.

Well I guess I came all the way back to work… so I might as well actually do some.

Again, have a great weekend!

09
Apr
10

TGIF yay!

This week went by so quickly! I only had to work 3 days this week and I have a dentist appointment today at 3:00pm so I get to leave work early. I’m normally terrified of dentist appointments but it’s only a cleaning today and my dentist is a nice polish man. My mom likes him becasue they can speak in our first language, and I like him because that means I don’t have to do any talking.

I’m also going to look an apartment this evening which is pretty exciting. I’m going with Corey and two of his friends Chris, and Geoff, who might also be moving out with us. I felt a bit overwhelmed at first about moving in just the two of us, but now that his friends might be joining us we can get a bigger apartment and pay less rent. I’m also relieved that Corey will have someone to play Xbox with becasue I was nervous that my gaming skills just wouldn’t cut it. This is the link for the apartment we are taking a look at tonight:

http://www.usedottawa.com/classified-ad/11658195

It almost seems to good to be true, but I will follow up with that on Monday.

 Unfortunately though, I think I may have salmonella poisoning or some terrible stomach condition because my stomach has felt like garbage for the last three days. I’ve been running back and forth between the bathroom and my cubicle and it’s driving me crazy. My mom keeps feeding me natural remedies like Swedish Bitter and peppermint tea, but nothing seems to help. This is what I imagine the inside of my stomach looks like right now:

That poor bear has been trapped in my stomach for three days now. I don’t think he’s going to make it.

Well, I think I’ve wasted enough time here. I’d better get back to work. People are relying on my unbeatable and irreplaceable… printing skills right now so I’d better not keep them waiting.

Have a nice weekend!

30
Mar
10

False Alarm

So it turns out that Facebook is good for something after all. A friend just informed me that the due date for my essay is actually April 7th, which is the following Wednesday. I hope he’s right.

Oh and… help would still be much appreciated!

30
Mar
10

Help! Essay on The Great Gatsby

Faaaack my life. I just found out last night that I have an essay due tomorrow in my English Literature class. Even though I’m working full time with co-op I’m still enrolled in one class because it happened to be a full year course. I think I’ve attended a grand total of two times so…  serves me right. I accept my punishment.

That being said, my essay topic is as follows:

Offer a reading of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as a critical commentary on American history and the failure of the “American Dream”. Take the works of at least three of Jefferson (The Declaration), Franklin, Emerson (“Self-Reliance”) and Melville into account in formulating your thesis.

Doesn’t sound that hard, right? Too bad the last time I read The Great Gatsby I was in grade 9 and it probably doesn’t help that the only version I own of the book is Coles Notes.

Anyone have any helpful suggestions or perhaps an essay or two to help me out??




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