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Korea Saga - Day 3

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

First, I do have a passport. When I was promoted into this job (about three or four years ago) my boss at the time told me to get one because trips like this can pop up with very little notice. The company paid for it and there was no need to expedite it (obviously! LOL!). It's been sitting in my safe ever since!

We had a conference call today with the customer and our internal teams. Looks like the audit will be pushed out a week. I also found out what product needs to be running in what part of the line during the audit and a preliminary agenda was agreed on.

That's it. No one discussed who would be going. However, during the call, the "other" guy took most of the action items (which means he asked me for the data after the meeting) and took a more active role. So it seems (to me anyway) very likely that he will be the one to go. Not me. Now that it looks like I won't be going, I really want to go! emoticon

Part of me is ticked because if it was the other guy (not the "other" other guy) who does the same job I do, there would be no question. He would be going. And I don't think it's because he is male and I am female. That really doesn't play into it. No. The reason I won't go (if I don't get to go) is because I am me. There is at least one BIG boss (power, not size...tee hee) who doesn't have faith in me yet. More specifically, he has more faith in the "other" guy. (And the other other guy too, for that matter!)

Anyway. I forwarded the information requested by the "other" guy and put our boss on the e-mail. And I included a presentation I've been working on for this project. And I asked who was going. No response yet, but I did send it late in the day, so I'm hoping for an answer tomorrow.

Finally the saga can end! I hope.... emoticon

  
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DONNAORLENE 6/24/2010 6:32PM

    Don't let it get to you no matter what the turnout. Because trust me, eventually they always learn who was the brains behind the plan. Unfortunately sometimes it's learned the hard way and sometimes too late and at their expense. But we all know how intelligent you are and I admire you for having the intelligence and backbone not to let anyone take advantage of all your hard work. Hang in there lady! You'll get there and when you do your reward will be great!

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And remember you are always in my thoughts and in my prayers,
Donna

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JOHNTJ1 6/24/2010 6:06PM

    It's not who gets there the quickest but who stays there the longest.

I agree with everyone else. I admire you for a lot of reasons and now I can add one more to the list --- courage.

Glad you are my friend. Courage is in such short suppy now a days

much love

John

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BKNOCK 6/24/2010 6:16AM

    I agree with Cheryl and Michelle, you do have the brains and I am glad that you copied the boss. I hope they figure out how much you are worth. Don't be discouraged because you have taken huge steps already!

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STEELKICKIN 6/24/2010 12:04AM

    I agree with G-ma. You've got the brains and the gumption. Don't give up...YOU DID THE RIGHT THING.
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GEEMAWEST 6/23/2010 11:43PM

    Barb,

That was a very strong move you made by also sending that email to your boss. If nothing else, I'm sure someone will take notice. Eventually someone will figure out what a great asset you are and that will be to your advantage.

I wish you the best! NEVER GIVE UP!

Cheryl

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Korea, Day 2

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

To answer the question, yes I want to go. But I don't! emoticon

I've never been out of the country, so the opportunity to go (especially on someone else's dime!) would be fantastic! But I've never been out of the country and we ALL know that if it's not in my hometown, it ain't worth seeing! LOL! So, I figured I would put together a list of pros and cons for going to Korea. If you'd like, you can vote on whether you think the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa.

Pros:
Get to leave the country for the first time ever!
Company is paying.
Family would have to fend for themselves for the time I'm gone.
Family would realize how good they have it when I'm here (this one isn't definite, but I think it should be! )
I would have some (not much, but some) time to myself.
I wouldn't have to cook while I was gone!
If the bosses decide I should go, that means (in my twisted little head, anyway) that they have confidence in my abilities.
Food - get to try different foods.


Cons:
New foods that I might not like - like fried crickets! Or whatever is a delicacy in Korea (can you tell that I am a typical American and know nothing about other countries?)
Might mess up the job I'm sent over there to do.
Would miss my family.
Shots - I think I would have to get shots to travel internationally.
Spark - would probably not be able to log in every day. There goes my 223 day streak (so far) of logging in and spinning the wheel
Food and exercise - I would probably eat too much and exercise too little

Did I mention that my family would have to fend for themselves if I were to go? Minimum of one week. My guess is that I would write the menu, buy all of the groceries, leave recipes where they were easily found and they would order pizza and Chinese and go out to eat every night. I'd say LOL, but it ain't funny! It's true! emoticon

  
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KRICKET4 6/23/2010 10:45AM

    Sorry, I did not see your post yesterday, something happened again to my blog subscriptions.

I have one word for you: GO!

Your husband and kids will be able to handle and this is such a great opportunity. fNothing ventured, nothing gained.

Your reason for not wanting to go is because you'll break your SparkStreak of loggin in daily? What? Oh, and they do have computers in Korea. Really they do. Koreans are very civilized people, really.And no, you won't need shots.

GO - GO - GO! (If you won't I will :))

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CARLANNIE 6/23/2010 9:09AM

    Go! Go! Go! Go! None of your cons were valid. . . . .

Plus, the Go's outnumber the stays. Just get your passport application expedited pronto!

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SWEETYKINS012 6/23/2010 8:21AM

    if u get the chance to go, then go!!!! u will love it. i lived in korea for a year in 1980, while i adopted my daughter. i loved the shopping. and they have some very good food. i know this is not the correct spellings, but this is the way they sound, bulgogi, a beef dish that is sweet and eaten with rice. taegigogi, a hot pork dish eaten with rice. chopchae, a rice noodle dish that hase the flavors of the bulgoi and is a side dish u can eat with either of the meat dishes. u don't have to worry about eating the kimchi, u don't have to. the delicacy over there is kaegogi, dog meat. but it is very expensive and it will not be slipped on u. mainly the old koreans still eat it some. i loved korea, and hope to get to go back and visit one day for a few weeks.. have fun and enjoy if u do get to go. i think i had to have a tb shot when i went over in 1980, but it might be different now...

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SUZYMOBILE 6/23/2010 7:21AM

    What an adventure it would be! I think the yeas outweight the nays. Just give one of us your login info and we'll dilligently record whatever you want us to! emoticon

You would NOT mess up the job you're sent there to do either!

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BKNOCK 6/23/2010 6:04AM

    I have travelled quite a bit and I have never needed shots! But then again I never went to Korea.

I say focus on the good and forget the rest. I am sure that you could find something good to eat because don't forget the orientals eat a lot of vegetables!

Do you have a passport?

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ELYMWX 6/23/2010 1:25AM

    If you go, enjoy it!

Mind you, if the trip is anything like my trips to Europe and Japan on the company dime you might be a bit disappointed by how kittle of the country you get to see. My trip to Japan, we at least dud all our travel via subway and walking (this was last August a.k.a. "sticky season" and I was 270+ pounds -- not a good combination) so we did see a little if the street life in the areas we were in, but my Europe trip was three countries in three days and all I saw was the inside of planes, taxis, and hotel rooms. That was disapointing.

I've got another one or two trips coming up this summer, and I hope to get out and see some things, even if it's just early morning runs; I'm taking my running gear!

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JUNIAATROME 6/23/2010 1:08AM

    Forget the cons and go for the pros! There indeed is something to be seen outside of your town and you may even enjoy it (now that I said it - may be a con: you might end up wanting to go ALL the time after that). And that all stands even if you have to eat kimchi - which is some sort of cabbage dish which the nationals swear on but hardly any foreigners get to the taste of it. For the fried crickets you can always say you don't eat fried foods b/c of diet reasons... emoticon It would be fun alltogether. And yes, you would mess up you lovely little routine and you'd probably struggle to get on the wagon again, but still I think the experience is worth it. Especially on someone else's pocket.

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DONNAORLENE 6/23/2010 12:16AM

    First of all thank you for giving me permission to vote! LOL!!! (Not quite so bossy as telling me! LOL!!!!) I think the pros out weigh the cons. You know you want to go! Be adventurous! I would give anything if I could go to Africa - it's been a dream all my life. I couldn't go now because I can't fly anymore. But Oh, well that's just one I can't check off my bucket list. Don't say no and then regret it later. My Aunt was a missionary in Japan for 10 years and she loved it. And yes they had some really weird food but they had some really good food too. Of course they even have McDonald's there now. Anyway that's my input for what it's worth. I pick you and I think you should do it!

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USFBULL 6/23/2010 12:13AM

    Go, go, go and take your camera and you will experience something totally different and foreign. emoticon
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Korea or not Korea, that is the question.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

And I don't have the answer. Not officially anyway.

One of the companies we sell to wants to audit one of the companies that builds some of our packages. The company to be audited is in Korea and it is a generally accepted belief that my company will have representation during the audit. Generally, the lead over the project would be the one to represent.

That's where it gets foggy. The package is technically mine. However, the project was given to someone else by the powers-that-be when there was a lot of eyes on it (whole other story, not getting into it here). Since then, things have cooled down and I've done more work on the project, but it's not been reassigned to me. So technically, not my project, but my package. Semantics? Yep! emoticon

We did meet today to discuss the audit. The idea was to figure out the who, what, when. However, the when is so in question that the other questions could not be addressed. Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow to try to answer them all. I'll provide an update when (if?) I get one!

  
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USFBULL 6/23/2010 12:16AM

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OUTDOORGIRL69 6/22/2010 12:56PM

    My daughter was over there & she liked it. You have have to flip a coin to decide if you want to go or not. Good luck which ever way you decide.

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/22/2010 8:57AM

    Hope this works out the way you want. Keep us posted!

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CARLANNIE 6/22/2010 8:31AM

    That was my question - do you want to go? It would be a great experience, but totally out of routine, lol!

I flew over yesterday and waved to you as we landed. Did you see me about 6:30?

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SUZYMOBILE 6/22/2010 7:14AM

    Do you WANT to go, is the question. If it has ended up being a troubled project, I'd keep my head down and let the other person who was assigned to it take the heat. However it works out, I wish the best for you.

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BKNOCK 6/22/2010 7:07AM

    That would be pretty cool traveling to Korea!

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SUGARPUNK52 6/22/2010 1:56AM

  I side with you.Hope it all works out in your favor.

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MUSIC66 6/22/2010 1:07AM

    i do to.

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GEEMAWEST 6/22/2010 12:53AM

    I vote for you. does that count? Probably not, but my vote is cast.

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Success and apologies

Monday, June 21, 2010

First, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who commented on my blog yesterday. Even the "no comments"! That was the most comments I've ever had on a blog AND you all made me giggle! Thank you kindly for the support.

The apologies are for reeling you in. I'm not REALLY sorry, but figured I better get that token apology out there so as to not make too many enemies.

It's late now and I have to work in the morning. I will Spark you all later.

  
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NEWNAC304 6/21/2010 12:34PM

    You are too funny! I'm going to comment on every one of your blogs even if I don't have anything to say!

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BKNOCK 6/21/2010 8:59AM

    You are just hoping that we will all comment again!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/21/2010 7:53AM

    Token apology not necessary but accepted!!! LOL It was worth the smiles! Thanks!!

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RWETHAIRYET 6/21/2010 7:31AM

    You are such a hoot, haha!!

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FITKAT2010 6/21/2010 5:43AM

    emoticon

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USFBULL 6/21/2010 4:20AM

    gnite thanks

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KRICKET4 6/21/2010 3:10AM

    I wish there was a way one could see how many views a blog gets.

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MUSIC66 6/21/2010 12:53AM

    have a GOOD SLEEP.

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Read this and comment!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

No. I have nothing important to say. I just like to see that people have commented on my blogs! LOL! Okay, really, you need not read this nor comment. In fact, I recommend you stop reading now and go on to something else. The best has already been written! LOL! emoticon

We did have our yard sale today. At 4:30 this morning, DH asked if we could put it off until next weekend. emoticon Um...NO! I already made the changes in my plans to accommodate this yard sale. It is happening! I didn't say all of that. I just said no. We'll do it today. And we did.

We had only a few people until about 9:00. Then it was steady people (not all people were buying, but they were looking!) until 1:00. At 1:00, the people just stopped coming! So, we started packing. DH said I could get rid of certain things if they didn't sell. Well, two truck loads of stuff are either at the Youth Ranch or will be by tomorrow! We still have a large stash of furniture, but not as much as we started the day with. And, the best part? People actually paid money! Woo Hoo!! I won't be retiring on my $$ from today, but I did take DD and DS out to lunch and paid cash! LOL!

Now I need to go to sleep. Talk to you all tomorrow!

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 6/20/2010 9:18PM

  Why were you and your husband awake at 4 am?
I'm glad your yard sale went well. Isn't it nice to have cash in your hand? Of course, when I did my yard sales, I was still out of work from my surgery so the money was used for living expenses. Darn, I wish my son and I didn't like to eat!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/20/2010 3:00PM

    OK, I'm a sucker, too!! I love making $$ at yard sales but hate the prep!! I haven't had a lot of luck with craigslist. Congrats on the $$ and getting rid of the stuff!!! (Another one of my goals!)

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RD03875 6/20/2010 1:33PM

    I saw this from my friend feed so had to see. Glad you made $$. I'd love to have a yard sale but I live out in the boonies, down a back road that doesn't get much traffic.

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SUZYMOBILE 6/20/2010 12:44PM

    Deucedly clever of you to say, "Stop reading now!" Being contrarian, I did NOT stop reading, LOL! Good deal on the yard sale. I emoticon yard sales! You can get rid of stuff and get paid for it! Almost as good as craigslist.

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NEWNAC304 6/20/2010 12:36PM

    You crack me up! I'm glad the sale went well. It will be nice to have all that stuff gone.

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CARLANNIE 6/20/2010 11:46AM

    Commenting with nothing to say . . . . . .

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SURLYGIRL 6/20/2010 10:25AM

    Very Clever - Reeled me right in !

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BKNOCK 6/20/2010 7:40AM

    You are very sneaky! I am glad that your garage sale went well! I hope you can rest up a bit today but I somehow doubt that!

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TORNADO40 6/20/2010 7:21AM

    I hate getting ready for garage sales, but I love having them. To me they are a social event...talking to people, etc. We had a neighborhood one back in a weekend in May and made over $600. We had a lot of stuff and we are trying to get rid of clutter. Most of the sales were small amounts of around $1 or so, but I guess it adds up. We finally got rid of the hamster stuff from when we had hamsters. We have had that at about 3 garage sales and no one buying it. You never know what is going to sell. Things you think someone will buy no one does and things you don't think will sell go fast. Go figure. emoticon

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FITKAT2010 6/20/2010 7:01AM

    Fantastic! I was going to ask for your address to come to your yard sale but had to work all day.


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DONNAORLENE 6/20/2010 2:05AM

    !

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CALIMAN1 6/20/2010 1:35AM

    oh that was so unfair...you grabbed me with your title, and then admitted it was a scam to reel us in!!! Bad Bad Barb!!!!!!

Nonetheless, pretty darn clever and I am glad you made some $....

Not enough to retire for sure or are you off to the Caribbean and you just don't want us to follow you???? emoticon

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RJFERRARO315 6/20/2010 1:08AM

    I'm glad the yard sale is out of the way now. My husband loves to declutter...I'm a packrat though.

Take care!

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MUSIC66 6/20/2010 1:05AM

    don,t know what to say maybe the word awsome....

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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/20/2010 12:54AM

    ...... no comment.......

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GEEMAWEST 6/20/2010 12:35AM

    What a scam to get me to read your blog. You owe me!!

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JBINAUSTIN 6/20/2010 12:33AM

    Glad you made some money and got rid of stuff you don't need.

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BNAILS50 6/20/2010 12:30AM

    Interesting

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