Archives for: April 2004, 21
Today I had a fun morning. After work, I headed home and went to Starbucks on the way. I knew that I had to be up for several more hours, and wanted some caffeine to get me through the morning. When I got home, I called a 'life coach' who I've been considering working with. This was our inital (free) session, and I wanted to see if I thought I would get anything out of working with him, if he was reasonably priced, and if I liked him. The call was supposed to be 30 minutes, and we ended up talking for 50 minutes. I enjoyed talking with him, and the answer to all three of my questions was a resounding YES. So as of April 30th, I will be working with a life coach for at least the next three months. He was very funny, and I knew that we would work well together when I heard a click on the phone, asked if he was still there, and then this:
Life coach: "Yes, I'm here."
Me: "Oh, because I heard a funny click and I wasn't sure."
LC: "I heard it, too."
Me: "Oooh, somebody's listening....."
"LC: "Then we should start talking dirty now!"
I roared with laughter - here's this man with whom I've never had a conversation before in my life, and he's making comments like this scant minutes into our first conversation. He has no idea what I look like, how this type of comment will go over with me, anything. I laughed so hard I nearly hurt myself. There were a few other comments like that during the course of the conversation, all in fun. It was great, and I really look forward to working with him and making some progress in my life.
After that, I made some eggs with onions, soy cream cheese and herbes de provence, and then dashed downstairs to pick up Anne to head out the door to go see a taping of the Wayne Brady show. We were in my car when I realized that I'd forgotten the directions, so I RAN back upstairs to get them, ran back to the car, and we dashed down to the studio. Had no trouble finding it or finding where we were supposed to go, and settled into our seats.
This must have been the day for the HOT guys to be on the show. Wayne Brady is hot enough all by himself, but then there were the guests..... First was Jack Wagner of soap opera shows and the song "All I Need" fromt he 80s. I thought I was going to drool on the floor. Then was a guy from "Queer as Folk", which I have never watched, but he is a straight guy playing a gay guy on the show, and he was hot. Then there was Mark Curry, who Anne knows from the veterinarian's office she works in, and was hilarious and hot, and finally was Doolay Hill (whose name I'm sure I'm misspelling) from The West Wing, and he tap danced! The whole show was filled with incredibly good-looking well built men. Anne and I practically had to be restrained - more me than her, though. : ) It was FUN.
After the show, we were both starving, so we went to this little sushi place on the corner near our apartment building. I ordered the sushi combo #1, paid, and went to find a seat. Anne ordered and joined me. Then my food came, and it wasn't what I ordered, so I told the server that, and she said that they didn't have a Sushi #1. I pointed it out on the menu, where it clearly listed "Combo #1, California Roll, Unagi Sushi, and Shrimp Sushi." She realized she'd misunderstood me, and brought me the correct meal, but then also brought me a receipt and said that I owed her another $3.84. Uh, excuse me? If I had made a mistake in ordering, that would be one thing, but SHE had made a mistake in TAKING my order, and it was her fault if she'd undercharged me. I was hacked off that she had the gall to even ask me to pay the difference. I can go to frickin' McDonald's and if they make a mistake they won't ask me to pay the difference! In a business where repeat customers are the bread and butter of the place, good customer service goes a long way, and this woman clearly didn't understand that. I politely told her that if it had been my mistake that would have been one thing, and I would have been happy to pay, but that since it had been HER mistake, that I didn't think I should have to pay the difference. This clearly ticked her off, but she walked away nonetheless, and Anne and I enjoyed our lunch in spite of her continuing to give me the evil eye during the rest of our meal. Pfffft. It would have been one thing if I'd never been there before, but this place is literally on the corner of my block, and I have been there before and really enjoyed the food.
I have half a mind to go back in there in a few days just to see if she's still irritated by me! This is my mother coming out in me - deliberately going back to a business that treated her poorly and being as nice as pie to see what happens. There is some weird pleasure in doing that! tee hee.... There was a time when I would not have spoken up, but would have paid the difference and stewed about it for a long time, so I was proud of myself for having voiced my opinion AND for getting what I wanted.
My back is feeling better today - I've been stretching and doing most everything my chiropractor told me to do, and it is considerably improved. Will still skip spinning tomorrow night to keep it that way. May go for a walk though if I feel okay in the morning - I can't STAND not exercising anymore! And Friday and over the weekend will be doing more spinning. I think I'll be okay as long as I am in a bending forward position (like on the bike) and not bending backward arching my back (like in Cobra pose in yoga).
Slept from about 3:15 until 11pm today, and slept really WELL, though as always I would have liked to have slept MORE than I did. I really do need my 8 hours every night, and would like to get 9 or 10 hours during the day! Had a pineapple juice smoothie with Harmonia, protein powder, vitamin C and fiber, and forgot to take the rest of my supplements. Got ready for work and did my usual 'flight of the bumblebee, oh, crap, it's 11:50 pm and I should have left for work 5 minutes ago' 70+ mile an hour flight up the 405 Freeway to get to work on time craziness, and, as always, I made it to work perfectly on time. Another day, another small miracle.
I've got turkey breast and salad for lunch tonight, and pumpkin seeds, rye crackers, almond butter, and Ooooohhhh, chocolate chips for snacks. I'm struggling with getting sugar out of my diet altogether, and I NEED to do that, and ASAP.
Tomorrow will be another busy morning, as I FINALLY will go sign up for the casting service I've been trying to get to for about a month now. And a recruiter from a company in Dallas called me today, so I need to try to speak with her in the morning to see what supposedly oh-so-tantalizing job she wants me to apply for, and then I go to bed, probably by 1pm or so, and I plan to sleep until 11pm again if I can. Ten hours would do me good.
I just got my 3 month review at my job - got "GOOD" to "SUPERIOR" and "OUTSTANDING" reviews in every category, so I'm very pleased. This means that I will now be a 'real' employee and will get benefits shortly, which may or may not save me money on my health insurance. I'll get vacation days, too, which is ALWAYS a good thing.
Here's what my team lead commented about my performance: "Cassandra is a great team player! She is always punctual and has great communication skills. Her superior overall performance is definitely a reflection of her work ethic and professionalism."
Cool. At least I play the part of a team player well! lol Get me a good acting gig, though, and I'm GONE! ; )
No word on the promotion, though. They were supposed to have made a decision by Monday, so perhaps the decision has been delayed, or I just plain didn't get it. Dunno.