Wednesday, February 06, 2008
You know that the weather is bad when the University of Iowa is closed. I have lived in Iowa City for six years and I have never seen that happen before. Ever! I remember having to climb over snow drifts to get to classes when I went to school there because they wouldn't cancel classes, except for the intelligent professors who cancelled their classes because it was the right thing to do. The Mall closed today too. That was a surprise! Apparently, they didn't even open this morning but I guess no one told that to my ASM Annie, who made it too work and then is now stuck there. Oh, well, She has a lot of free time to put up tables and endcaps now without the pesky annoyance of customers. What I would give to have all that free time. Not that I want to leave my warm apartment or anything. I'm pretty stoked to get a snow day. I haven't had one since High School. The only thing that really sucks about this is that I'm not going to get paid for today but then again, the pay off is that I don't have to go to work today. So, now I have three days off in a row because yesterday was my day off and tomorrow is my other day off. That's pretty sweet. Now, I am going to enjoy my snow day. I think I do some reading, maybe later watch a movie. Now, if only I was forward enough thinking and bought more Diet Coke because I am almost out.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
I am bad at making decisions. I mean, there is a reason that I usually get the same thing every time I go out to a restaurant. If I know it's what I like, why rock the boat? Well, because of my inability to make decisions, I feel like I live in perpetual cycle of indecisions. I have been talking about moving from Iowa City since I graduated. Three years later, I am basically in the same place I was when I graduated. The only difference is that I know live on my own and I am a Lead Bookseller instead of just a Bookseller. A subtle difference I know but there is a difference. In the past when I have thought about moving, I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I got there. I think that was big part of my stalling. I really didn't want to move to Chicago, just to do what I do here you know. Would that really be a step forward or just a lateral move but in a different location? But I know what I want now, it's just a matter of figuring out how to get it. I want to be a buyer for Barnes and Noble. I know that I would be good at it. My years of experience of bookselling has given me an insight to what our customers want that I think gets lost on some of our current buyers who haven't worked in a store in a while or haven't worked in one of our stores period. My first attempt, sadly didn't work out but that was to expected. I mean, I am only a Lead and I live in Iowa City. Not exactly a hot bed of activity, even if it is the same town as the Iowa Writer's Workshop. The one thing good that did come out of this is that even after rejection, this is still something I want and I am willing to go through the hoops to get it and my information and name is in B&N HR records I won't have to fill out the application again. I can only hope that I left a good enough impression on the HR representative that when another position comes up that she will think of me again. I really hope so. I have been given a lot of support from my management here in my store and they have all have given good advice but for now I am operating on the wait and see approach. I know what you are thinking, this is more of my indecision but I don't think so. I have to plans in mind and they really depend on where my sister is going come August. This is a really big decision and I want to make the most informed decision. She should know in at least 2 months what she is doing and then I can make mine. In the meantime, I do have an application out in HR and there is always the possibility that another oppurtunity will arise so who knows what will happen. In the meantime, I am going to do all that I can to learn as much as possible about my store. I want to know all the aspects of how the store runs and everything like that. So that is my plan. I think it's a good one but only time will tell.