Friday, November 6, 2009

Tinkle Tally?

PLEASE NOTE for future reading...
I have relinked this blog to:

I've always been convinced I pee more than the average human being...until I met Lisa. In the office I've created a bathroom break tally to determine who pee's the most. I'm not sure if I want to "win" or not...its just what I do. So when Lisa goes to the bathroom she'll just yell out "1" or "3" or whatever number she's on. Today I'm pretty sure I only saw Hillary go to the bathroom once. So does that make Lisa and I weird or Hillary?

Thursday I brought a half an avocado and some sprouts to add to the salad. I forgot to bring my camera to lunch, AGAIN! Today I fasted lunch and spent an awesome 30 minutes in God's presence. Like I was IN the office soaking in Him. It was rad and I just thought of what kind of change that could bring to an atmosphere. So cool!

I had a pretty steady project all week that kept me outta the hole. YAY. So this is my demonstration of "drowning in paper work."

Part of the fun I've experienced with this temping thing is that Saphraine, mom and I all carpool together! Some days we leave at 645 and some days we leave at 745 depending on Saphraine's schedule. Corin and I have even had the pleasure of driving in together and catchin up on each others lives. The carpool lane is an experience in and of itself! One day Corin and I got stuck behind someone going like 40MPH the whole time. The time's driving have been filled with catching up and swapping work stories. I really enjoy the drive to and from work to spend with my family!

Though I did have to wait 45 minutes yesterday to be picked up and once I got to work 90 minutes early...but we'll look at the brighter side of things!

Hillary exclusive:
Today Hillary hollers out of her office "MELTING POT @ 8PM ON NEW YEARS EVE SO YOU GIRLS CAN STILL GO OUT AFTERWARDS!" I'm like What in the world!?!?! ME?!? And both Lisa and Hillary are like yeah, you should come.

First of all...I'm a temp. I could be gone any day. Second of all who makes plans 2 months in advance?!?! Apparently they cute! I felt honored. Who wants to be my date for this extra curricular activity? ;)

Tonight mom and I went straight from work to a show in Plano. Lisa and Krishna came out and it was so great to hang out and go to IHOP and everything afterwards. DARN I forgot pictures of that...oh well...Thanks guys for coming out. As weird as you are, JK! =)

Well I think that wraps it up for this week. Here are the outfits for Day 12 and 13.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Midweek Entry

Apparently it's official. I'm known as klupto around the hotel. I think it was my SECOND day on the job and the HR director told me to go borrow scissors from housekeeping. I of course promised the nice man at the desk I'd bring his scissors back. I may have sworn my first child or something I worked so hard reassuring him! After hours in the "hole" where we were setting up the haunted house we went to lunch...and back upstairs...and then I remembered. I couldn't find the scissors! So the NEXT day the guy from housekeeping came up to the office asking about the scissors and they just gave him a random pair. He even said "Are these ours?" And my coworker had to tell him no, just take them.

So now to Monday. Almost like 3 weeks later! I go to get some feminine products from a girl from housekeeping. And a DIFFERENT employee says "Hey Shawna" yeah he's Turkish "Hey Shawna, did you come to steal some more scissors?"

WHAAAAT!!! This is a random guy who was not affiliated with the previous story...I'm the scissor thief from HR. That's what they call me when I'm not around. =(

I was a little insecure about Monday's outfit. Didn't feel like it screamed "ME." So at lunch the director of engineering asked me who dressed me. Apparently my outfit didn't pass his fashion test. Haha

Wednesday Lisa was out sick so it was one of those sink or swim days for me! I taught myself how to use their fancy fax machine, found payroll (so many doors and staircases around here!) and even found the 4th floor conference room. WHOOHOO! I
feel like a mole down here in this basement...

Culinary Corner:
I get lunch free at this assignment and most of it is not vegetarian friendly. Luckily they have a salad bar with fresh spinach everyday, so I usually stick to salad and even bring my own dressing that I get made fun of for...

Monday: Spinach salad with carrots, cucumber and croutons. I threw some tuna and guacamole on the plate. For a hot food I chose some rosemary potatoes...mmm yum!

Today's free lunch consisted of the same salad from Monday minus tuna and guac. I had left my dressing in the cafeteria and was so sad about it! But I found it with the condiments. How cool is that!?! For a hot dish they had leek and potato soup. I put some cheese on top, tada!

Oh I made a box for the Thanksgiving food drive. See the following:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Temp Work

As a temp you either find yourself busy being everyone's beckon call or you find yourself with a whole lotta NOTHING to do. Fortunately enough my most recent assignment has been pretty good to me. Not only do I keep busy for the majority of my day but I'm treated fairly as an equal.

Last week we had our big Halloween party where the employee's families came in to enjoy dinner and what we called "scary treats". =)

One of the first things I was asked when I came into this job was if I'd be willing to be a "scary" character for the party. Apparently its not the desire of most to scare children as a dead creature or something. I of course had fun with it and came as a dead prom queen/zombie princess/scary?

They went all out with a haunted house, craft stations, full on dinner, a little movie theater. It was awesome! The Haunted House was pretty intense made up of 2 rooms including a cemetery and a science lab! I of course stayed in the cemetery and worked on being scary.

Tuesday I was given an assignment for 530-1100AM! Lets just say I am really a night owl and could never do that shift on a regular basis! Spent like 30 minutes chillin with an employee from Thailand. We talked food and culture and I was eventually invited to stay with family in his homeland. It was a nice and unexpected treat from the Lord. Pretty general assingment. I was in bed by 9PM, totally exhausted!

I missed 2 outfits for this week but these were 3 that I got pictures of (can't forget the zombie outfit, I was on the clock):

I'll leave you all with the challenge to not completely give up at work! Frump works on a rainy day in the house but you spend more than half of your life at the 9-5. It sure makes me keep my chin up when I feel good about what I'm wearing. =)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Life of a Temp

The life of a temp can be exciting, different and exhausting. Not only do assignments change but so do workplaces, colleagues (though as a temp everyone seems to be the boss) and dress codes.

I've committed to try and keep a good, positive attitude through this experience. I'm thankful for the work. I've had 4 assignments in 3 weeks and dealt with a number of different personalities. I've made a fool out of myself, gotten lost on foot from the metro and learned to try and enjoy myself.

This weeks edition of The Life of a Temp will recap why this weeks assignment calls me a klutz and accident prone.

Monday: First day at new assignment. Bloody nose at 10am.
The environment is nice, they are friendly and welcoming. They invite me to lunch where I get a glass of what I think is tea. Put a lime and sugar in it and in front of my coworkers take a huge swig of LIME COFFEE. Embarrassing.
Drop a box while moving offices around, papers and stuff spill out all over the floor

Will I be back for day 2?

Tuesday: 1 Day Assignment with an old guy and a middle aged guy. First thing out of the girl in charge mouth: "Hi I'm Heather...wait no I'm not, I'm Erin." I knew it was going to be a good day.

Old guy is a bit charming, but has his dirty old moments. Middle aged guy just talks a lotta crap. Quotes such from Austin Powers and Will Ferrell all day. I asked Kevin (sweet old guy) if he was married and he said "only forever" and I about melted!

At the end Kevin wanted to take me to see parts of the Berlin wall that are apparently here in Dallas. It was really weird because I have a postcard with these 2 pieces on it up on my wall!

Of course dirty guy had to make a comment. I had no idea this pic was like this:

Wednesday: The longer assignment I'm on let me come back. ;) Spent the day decorating their haunted house for Monday. I kept dropping stuff, AHH. I broke a Christmas ornament.

Thursday: I think I was pretty much accident free. We ate at Genghi's Grill 2 days in a row with a coupon. HALF OFF!

Friday: Spent my day cutting yarn for halloween and preparing for the Murder Mystery Game. At the dinner party my coworker makes a comment about how I should have been the klutzy girl referring to my week of accidents. It was pretty funny and true!

The party was a heck of a lot of fun. I brought papa with me and he was the victim aka dead half the night. I was a heavyweight boxer and had to be "aggressive" all night. HAHA it was funny.

Keeping fashion in the workplace can be a job in and of itself! Especially when you are told to be business professional and have had the pleasure of inheriting a lot of nice, expensive suits. So I've been challenged my Suzanna to keep my personality in my day to day work experiences!

Now, I only wore an actual suit jacket once this week. But I'd like to get a couple tailored to fit nicely because as the weather gets cooler, you can dress up any fashionable outfit with a nice suit jacket.

The outfits go: Mon - Tues - Thurs - Fri
Wed outfit was real cute. I'll reenact it later.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fresh bread, fresh revelation

Bread of Life

I saw an object being kneaded, tossed and turned over and over again. I focused in on it to be able to get a better view of what I was witnessing. The object became a pile of dough that was being forcefully and controllably kneaded. I tried to interpret the vision as fresh bread for me to partake in. That the Lord was sharing with me new revelation and then I heard Him speak, “You have the recipe of the bread of life.” He wasn’t giving it to me, I already had it.

As I watched pieces of the dough being torn off, like when I’ve made challah dozens of times before, the pieces were being pulled off to make multiple loaves. Then as I watched, I realized that the source, the first dough, was growing as the smaller loaves were being torn off. An increase and multiplication of the Kingdom of God is released as we use it.

I had this picture about a week before Pesach. I thought of it often as I began to prepare to get rid of all yeast and leaven in my house and eat Matzah and nothing risen for 8 days. Oftentimes yeast is represented as sin as it is evident during the feast of unleavened bread but, as Jahi so passionately reminded me, so is the Kingdom of God.

In relation to my vision, I began to relate these two scriptures with Pesach and unleavened bread how familiar and profound a picture. As the feast is revealing, even a small amount can ruin a whole batch but how much more powerful is the Kingdom of God when a little bit is released.

Matthew 13:33 33He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."

During this fast, the Lord brought a major level of breakthrough in my life of things that have haunted me for years. During Passover we go through the whole story of Deliverance, and what better way to relate to the Biblical feast than to be delivered of such daily strongholds? Through the whole week, God reminded me that He is the source and has given me the recipe for fresh bread every day.

I broke the unleavened bread “feast” (or fast) with fresh made challah by our community’s own baker, Thaddaeus. It was an amazing way to end a week of revelation and deliverance.

1Corinthians 5:6&7

6Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

Though this year is a year of growth in responsibility and leadership for me, God is speaking so clearly and powerfully as His grace increases and He draws near.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

She's my hero

Hi. I'm here because Serah finally did it ( Yup, she's my hero and I want to be her when I grow up. Well I am on round 4 in Cyprus and desire to communicate. I have been a part of the ministries blogs, I've had my "Myspace" blog but this is my first official.

I am accountable for every word I put on here and I want it to stay that way. Not only out of respect of my family and friends but as well to honor God and Gateways.

Subscriptions. If you want to hear what G
ods doing in Cyprus, Israel and the nations through me and GBI then you may be interested. But I do have to say we have some fun doing it. Serving God IS FUN!

I love people, movies and food so thats what I'll be blogging about. Especially food. Tonight on the menu I'm cooking Parmesan tilapia (SO GOOD!). But Tony has asked to cook the main course so I'm going to let him lead. So cute, I feel like I'm seeing last year students step up.

So anywhoo, lets have some fun. Here is a photo blog of 2009 so far!

We have an Ikea now. Rena took us our first Shabbat on the island. It was a ladies day out on the town! What what!

This is the
consecrated staff for the year with Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph at our first community Shabbat. We've had a few Shabbats since then. I'm going to just make this fast so I can catch up on my pictures!

Here is a glimpse of my new life in the office as the administrative assistant, front desk, face of Gateways...take your pick. =)