Job Prospects and Helo

I don’t want to write too much about the job I applied for last week and interviewed for today, because I don’t want to jinx it, but new job prospects are looking good. :D

I’m working on not stressing out about the job hunt. I have a job, so I’m at least not hurting financially. I can be very low key about applying and interviewing places, because if I don’t get a new job, I’m not going to starve. Realizing this has taken away some of my nerves, as well, which is awesome, because I get incredibly nervous during interviews. I have a second interview coming up. I got this.

PuppiesI’ve been watching Helo for the last few days as a sort of test run. My ex, Shane, is moving to California very soon, and can’t take Helo where he’s going. Lee and I are talking about taking him. Nothing’s decided yet, and it’s going to be a hard sale for Lee, but I have my fingers crossed. Part of the issue is Shane is talking about wanting Helo back eventually, and that could be three months from now, six, or twelve. By then, Helo would be settled with us, we would have spent a lot of money on his care (food, vet, pet rent, and whatnot), and it would hurt all of us to separate. I need to think this through a little more carefully. Now, if the question was would we adopt Helo, I would say absolutely. I love that dog. Huck is super attached to him as well.

I bought Huck the pet bed in the picture a few weeks back, and my friends made fun of me for getting a bed so big for such a little dog. This is why I got the bigger bed. Huck and Helo are inseparable.

I drink your milkshake!

I drink your milkshake!I love my boyfriend.

We’ve been watching a lot of movies. Check out my lists page for a list of the movies we’ve watched so far. I want to write about my top five here.

There Will Be Blood was the most recent movie we watched. I didn’t expect to like it, but I really did. From its intro, I expected it to be a silent film. I’m so glad it wasn’t. Daniel Day Lewis is a ridiculously amazing actor, and he deserved the Academy Award he won for this film. I loved his character, Daniel Plainview, and the character Eli Sunday played by Paul Dano. There acting was over the top at times — the milkshake scene and Sunday’s church sermons come to mind — but that was part of what made the movie great. I couldn’t decide if it was a period piece, a comedy, or a more darker, twisted movie, but I was fine with it being all of the above. A++.

GravityI wrote about Gravity in another entry, but I can’t not list it here. It was critically acclaimed and was an Academy favorite this year. It deserved all the praise it got. The directing, the music, the filming, the effects, and the acting were all top notch. I’m still disappointed Sandra Bullock didn’t win the Academy Award she was nominated for with this film. Gravity was The Sandra Bullock Show. I generally dislike movies where a character is taken out of society and left alone somewhere. Castaway and Open Water comes to mind as examples.  Sandra Bullock held my attention in Gravity, though, and I didn’t even care that she was the only one on screen throughout most of the film; her acting was ridiculously good.

My third favorite movie I’ve watched with Lee is in a different lane than the two above. It was utterly ridiculous in principle and execution, but We’re the Millers was funny. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston’s chemistry is really good. Emma Roberts and Will Poulter were hilarious, too. I watched the TLC Waterfalls scene at least twenty times after I watched We’re the Millers, and it puts a smile on my face every time. I also really like Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn’s roles. The only thing I didn’t really like in the movie was Ed Helms’ role, but I don’t really care for Helms in general.

I didn’t think I’d like The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m a huge fan of the original Spider-Man movies, and I was disappointed when I heard the series was starting over. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot I loved. Sally Field and Martin Sheen as Aunt Mae and Uncle Ben was perfect. I love Sally Field, and I’m a big fan of The West Wing, so I was excited when I saw them on screen. I really liked Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. This film approached Peter Parker at a different angle. I feel like the film focused on Peter’s genius rather than his mutation, and that was really cool. He built his web slinger instead of developing the ability, for example. I also really liked Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s chemistry. I have mixed views about Gwen Stacy being Peter’s love interest instead of Mary Jane Watson, but it was interesting. Gwen Stacy was actually Peter’s first love interest; Mary Jane is who he ends up with. I think that’s why I’m on the fence about Gwen being the love interest. I loved Peter and Gwen so much in this movie; it’s kind of sad knowing they’re not going to end up together.

Pitch Perfect was acca-fantastic. I never really noticed Anna Kendrick until this movie, but she’s amazing. I liked the music and the wit in the film. Fat Amy really cracked me up, too. There’s not a lot more to say about Pitch Perfect, because it was a very light film, but for what it was, it was very good.

Uncomfortable Work Situation Part 2

Issues with J haven’t improved.

I’ve gotten J’s Department Second, Jason, to sign off my resets in their department, but it doesn’t prevent me from interacting with J, or seeing him almost daily. He glares at me when I walk by. I say, “What’s up?” or “Good morning,” as I pass, and he doesn’t say anything back. Last Monday, my friend Khoi and I reset Household Chemicals. I passed Jordan Tuesday as I was working on another set, and I asked, “Did you see Household Chemicals? It changed a lot, but I really think your sales are going to go up.” He said, “I see that you didn’t stock new items.” The thing is, we stocked every single new item. I pulled the items off the New Item Cart myself, and there were just a couple holes for older products when we left. My company is only required to stock the new items. I tried to explain that to him, and he said, “There were tons on that cart.” There weren’t.

Today, on my way out, I stopped to speak with Matt, the Scanning Manager, about a reset I’m going to do tomorrow. J came up and said, “I need to speak to Todd,” and then proceeded to tell me he has received several complaints that I’ve talked crap on him, and if it continues he’ll have to go high up. Apart from telling his Second and the Scanning Manager that he wouldn’t sign off my resets, I haven’t said anything to anyone about him to anyone. I’m not there long enough to gossip. Matt rolled his eyes when Jordan left, and then said, “I’m sorry. You didn’t need to deal with that today.” He was right; I didn’t.

I’m annoyed and frustrated. I don’t know what J is trying to pull. He tried to make me look inept at my job, and then look like I’m causing problems. I’m preparing myself for someone from Dillons or my boss to come to me about these issues. I will explain I spoke to an assistant manager about his attitude toward me, and that he is simply retaliating. I’ve worked in this store for almost a year now with no issues. I don’t see them taking his side, especially given that I went to a manager about him before these problems with me ever came to light; then again, I didn’t expect Michelle to handle the issue the way she did.

I really don’t want to go to my boss about this, but it’s becoming more and more likely that I’m going to have to. I know I will get pulled out of this store though, and I love the store and every other person in it. I’m happy and comfortable there. I mean, I was until this J crap started. J has made me feel super stressed out and unhappy about a job that used to be easy and rewarding for me. Sigh.