So in my last entry I said I was looking forward to Spring because of warmer temperatures and longer days.
Sorry guys. I think I spoke too soon.
The last few days the weather has been shocking. Rain, wind, hail, more rain. On Thursday, we even had a power cut at my place for like an hour in the afternoon.
It may seem obvious what requires power and what doesn't, but it's amazing how hard it is to remember this at the moment the power goes off. It's like, you think, oh well, I'll just go and do this...oh wait, no I can't, that needs power. What about...oh, no, so does that.
The following is a list of things one sadly cannot do when the power goes off:
Play WoW (which I found out very suddenly as the power went out just as I was finishing a dungeon, and so I didn't actually know whether I completed it or not)
Listen to music on the stereo in our lounge
Boil a kettle to make a cup of tea
Put on a load of washing in the machine
Turn the heater on when it is freezing cold
Turn the lights on when the weather makes it seem dark at 3 in the afternoon
Watch a DVD
Play anything on the PS3, PS2 or Wii
...So in other words, when the power went out, I was a bit stumped as to what to do. But you may be wondering, why was I at home playing WoW on a Thursday afternoon?
Well, apparently I have too much leave, so I got given a week and a half off from work. So far, I'm just a few days in, but I've managed to spend a very large portion of that time on WoW.
It's just too darn addictive. See, the new expansion Legion came out like just over a week ago, so suddenly there was a whole new area to quest in, and ten more levels to gain.
Within less than a week after Legion's release, I was already at the new max level of 110, and had finished the main quest storylines in the first four areas of the Broken Isles (the remaining area being one that you can only go to once you get to level 110 anyway).
Still, I have plans to do other, non WoW related things. Do more exercise for one. I've made a few plans to meet up with people that I rarely see. Maybe I will do some much needed cleaning around the house. Maybe bake something nice. Maybe see some movies.
I wish the break from work was longer, I must admit. I'm not looking forward to going back.
Here is a list of some things I like about my job:
The people I work with (although Amanda has some off moments)
The returning customers that remember me by name
All the technical, scientific information I get to learn and tell people about
Training other staff
The feeling of satisfaction from getting things organised at reception and getting admin stuff done
The odd occasions we do social events, like Christmas Parties and the like
And here is a list of things I don't like:
Frame styling customers who are picky and not specific about what they want
Pressure to meet sales targets and conversion percentages
When Amanda says "Get amongst it" (makes me cringe every time)
David deciding we can't have background music in store anymore
The 'MAZE' feedback website- because customers often don't seem to realise the staff at the store actually see the feedback and say personal, mean things
The unpredictability of workload- some days I can't keep on top of it, other days my feet are sore from standing around polishing frames all day.
All in all, there is no definite answer about whether I should look at other jobs. Either way, there is little point in till my contract runs out at the end of November.
Taina was watching a YouTube video the other day, and the guy was talking about work dissatisfaction, and about what studies had found. It seemed apparently one of the biggest contributers to whether a person is happy or not is the commute time. It's one of those things apparently, where people don't consciously realise it makes them less happy, because they don't see it as being a direct part of their job. Yet because of the extra time added to their workday that they can't spend with family or friends, or doing something enjoyable elsewhere, it makes them feel more negative about their job.
I can't deny this is probably a factor for me. I mean, I get paid to work an 8 hour day each day. But I usually start early or finish late or both, because I am a manager and people need my help with stuff. Then add in the time needed for travelling to and from work, and suddenly it is an 11 hour day, not 8 hours.
I don't want to move into Wellington though. Flats there are overpriced for what they are. Finding a nice place that isn't too run down/cold/damp is hard. Besides, Taina is still studying out here in Porirua. That's why we moved here in the first place.
Oh well, I guess I'll just wait until end of November, and see what I can do then.
· Fri Sep 09, 2016 @ 08:47pm · 0 Comments