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Temp Job and Fitbit

Sunday, March 24, 2013

So I promised yesterday that I would post a blog about how my first day went...

But then yesterday I hit the gym, then I hit Costco, Best Buy, Target, Michael's, Jimmy John's for (late) lunch, Giant, then rushed home to unload purchases and quickly clean the apartment because Boyfriend decided to invite his parents over for dinner for 5...and he invited them at 4 when we were having our late lunch.

That dummy.

Then visiting with Boyfriend's parents and dinner, and things and before you know it, it's late!

So here is the blog I had meant to post yesterday!

Friday was...fine? I had done a trial run Thursday to make sure I could find the place okay, so I knew where I was going. I ended up not going to the gym Friday morning so I wouldn't be too tired on my first day, and tried to have everything in order before I left. Of course, I forgot my notebook and pens for note-taking at home, but I left early enough (and traffic was light enough) that I could hit a CVS on the way to pick up some cheap pens and a notebook.

And I'm glad I did, because they wouldn't have provided anything. In fact, they hardly even provided training at all. For a group that wanted me in as early as possible for training, they sure weren't prepared.

So it's a Real Estate company of 7 people run by a larger company that lives in another state. They lease out the shops in the mall as well as surrounding buildings on the mall property...for example, the CVS I had purchased my notebook from! The position I'm temping for is administrative assistant. He has one permanent Admin and a temp Admin. The permanent one had gone out for maternity leave seven months ago, so he got the temp one, and he just never dismissed her because there was always stuff to do. Now the permanent one is going on leave for surgery this Wednesday, and the temp got a new job and her last day is next Friday...thus the need for a new Admin. So I'm guaranteed a place to work for six weeks, but not necessarily more than that. He never hired the temp on full time because "they just didn't have room for her." So this won't be a permanent thing, but it'll pay more than part time, and it's experience to add to my resume, so I'll take it.

He expected the Admins to train me in certain things, but they were too busy to know what to do with me--I had to actively ask for training/things to do throughout the day. One Admin was on the phone with Verizon for hours because of a billing issue, and the other Admin went home early on because she wasn't feeling so great. The job itself doesn't seem terribly interesting, but maybe it'll grow on me? Meanwhile, I'll be keeping my options open.

I'll be working 8:30-5:30 with an hour lunch for the next six weeks...I'm kind of excited about having a normal job. Not so excited about waking up early to hit the gym, but, hey, a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do, right?

This also heavily affects dinner because I'll arrive home shortly after Boyfriend does, and I doubt either one of us will really feel like cooking, so we're trying to make it more of a team effort with meals, have easier meals, and more slow cooked meals. This week's menu we have:

Sunday: Broiled Tilapia (This had to be easy because we're seeing my sister's play this afternoon, and we needed a quick and easy meal for when we get home)
Monday: Salsa Chicken (in the slow cooker)
Tuesday: Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken (this seriously takes, like, 20 minutes tops)
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew (something new we're trying--hopefully it'll be at least alright)
Thursday: Cheesy Mexican Skillet (Again, easy in 30 minutes or less)
Friday: Brown-sugar-glazed Salmon (Again, pretty easy)

So we'll see how that goes. If anyone has more slow-cook recipes that are, you know, tasty, I'd love to hear them! My problem is most of the slow-cook recipes I find on SparkPeople look (or, upon trying, happen to be) incredibly unappetizing, so yeah.

Also, lunch for this week will just be leftovers from dinner for both Boyfriend and myself. We'll see how this goes.

So that's that.

Also, I hit Best Buy yesterday because...I got myself a fitbit! The FitBit One, specifically. In burgundy (because I love colors). I've been wanting one since before Christmas, and I kept bouncing back and forth between going for it or not. But I've been wanting one, it's the best rated item of it's kind from the reviews I've read (in terms of accuracy and features offered), and I'm hoping it'll be the last little push I need to help me keep active. After all, I'm trying to lose 10 pounds before Disney World!

So we'll see how it goes. I'm hoping that the "achievements" for steps taken help me keep active!

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday!
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    So glad you like the new job! I hope everything works out well! It's hard to plan dinners around a full-time job, but your menu looks yummy and easy to keep up with, so I'm sure you'll do great!!
    1700 days ago
    If the Morrocan chicken is the SP recipe, it is good but I use less liquid than is called for and more curry. Dad and I really like it.
    1701 days ago
    You are gonna love the slow cooker for busy weekday and I can't wait to hear more about that fitbit! LOL
    1701 days ago
    As an admin myself, training people sucks. There is literally so much we do that sometimes it's hard to pinpoint what is most important and what you can learn later. I've been in my position for 6 years and there are still things that I haven't yet learned or learned but never had the chance to utilize it. With that being said, they should have had some filing or busy work set aside for you to do.
    1701 days ago
    Sounds like you are going into your new work schedule with a great plan of action to stay on track!
    1701 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    Sounds like a great but trying 6 weeks you've got coming up! Hopefully things get better at the job.... I know what you mean when people are too busy to train. Makes things very difficult! Good luck and let us know how things go!
    1701 days ago
    Enjoy the Fitbit. Mine has definitely motivated me to walk more!
    1702 days ago
    Sounds like things will be interesting for the next 6 weeks at least if nothing else. I dislike it when people want you to learn something fast but then don't take the time to teach you anything. We're not mind-readers and we can't learn through osmosis. LOL. I know you'll do great though! Keep up the wonderful work!
    1702 days ago
    I want a fitbit! Good for you to be proactive with your 'training"
    1702 days ago
    Your plans for dinners and left-overs for lunches sound good. It's great that you persisted in asking for things to do when others were supposed to be training you. I hope that someone "higher up" noticed your enthusiasm.

    Even if you don't think this will turn into a permanent job, there's probably lots you can learn that will look good on your resume.

    1702 days ago
    Yeah you!!! One thing that saves my life is batch cooking on Sunday. I prep and/or cook everything so I dont have to think about it. It has helped a lot.

    Good luck with the new job! Hope it turns into something good!
    1702 days ago
    I love my fitbit! It's a lot harder to get the 10,000 steps than I thought. But it's perfect to keep you motivated throughout the day to get those steps for sure! There was a big adjustment for me to get up early to get to the gym before work, but totally paying off! And the brown sugar garlic chicken is a big hit in my house along with the slow cooker lasagna! I can't wait to hear how they can't live without you at work after you show them what you can do! How exciting!
    1702 days ago
  • ELLIE381
    Interesting temp job. I hope things work out well for you. I have a Fitbit and love it. You will not know how you did without it. Good luck!
    1702 days ago
    That garlic brown sugar chicken is delicious, too! Yum yum. Maybe I'll make it this week. =)

    Hopefully at the end of 6 weeks they will never know how they survived without you ;)
    1702 days ago
    They changed my schedule up at work so I'm working 7am-3pm... so I hear ya with the gym thing. I end up going after because it's way too early to do it before but then by the time I get home it's dinner time and I have no interest in cooking. I love my slow cooker but I have to be careful because sometimes it gets to be too much food for just one person. I end up eating the same thing all week.

    That's an interesting situation with the temp job. I'm sure you'll do fine.
    1702 days ago
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