Thursday, January 19, 2006

Answers about me

Ok, I have totally stolen this from k23m (melissa) at Scraptivity, from her blog. But since I haven't posted for a while I thought this would be a good thing to post.

Four jobs you have had in your life:
Dairy Queen ice cream girl, receptionist, gas station owner and MOM the best one of all

Four movies you would watch over and over: Pretty Woman, Roxanne (what an oldie!), Father of the Bride, Pretty in Pink

Four places you have lived: Calgary, Strathmore and that's it!

TV shows you love to watch: Survivor, Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy

Four websites I visit daily : Scraptivity (that's my daily fix! what can i say??)

Four of my favorite foods: Curry, Vietnamese, McDonalds, Garlic shrimp

Four Vacations you've been on: Bahamas, Mexico (Cancun, Puerto Vallarta), Germany, Disneyland

Four places I would rather be right now: somewhere warm/hot preferably on a beach, scuba diving, shopping, sleeping

Four places I want to visit: Italy, Greece, Disneyland with my kids, Hawaii

Four hobbies besides scrapbooking: gardening, reading, cooking, knitting

Four bloggers to Tag: anyone who reads this (which i know isn't very many people!)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Walmart and the meaning of cardboard

As some of you may know, I work as a merchandiser for a company out of Montreal. In Alberta this month, there are 5 new Walmart stores opening, 3 in the area I live in. Yesterday we worked at the store here in Strathmore. It was a long day, even with 5 of us we are not completely done our work there, as there are products not yet in store that we are responsible for. Today was an even longer day in Drumheller, and again a return visit will be needed to finish our portion of work. Tomorrow 5 of us will be in Airdrie, and that will be another long day as well, with I'm sure, return trips needed there too. What does this have to do with cardboard? Well, I'll tell you. I'm sure with what we unpacked for store fixtures and products today, we would have filled at least 3 dumpsters. It is crazy how much cardboard is used in packaging up our stuff alone, let alone all the cardboard needed to fill a store like Walmart! Total linear feet for our products is a minimum of 36 feet with a minimum height of 68 inches. And its not just that what we unpack is the outer box, but most of our fixtures come individually boxed as well. Piles and piles of cardboard. But I do have to say, the best part of my job is actually seeing the completed work. Going from nothing to a beautiful wall that has all these brand new, shiny packages is part of what I like best. Knowing that I have done this work, that I have created something from the giant jigsaw puzzle that is presented to me in a jumble of boxes. I have found that this too is creating. Not necessarily being creative, but creating in a totally different way that is logical and makes sense. The last two days have also been a great time to get to know my boss. I had not met her yet, even though I've been working for the company since September. This has been a great opportunity as she has been able to get to know me, and I her. And now, its time for bed, a long day is ahead of me again tomorrow.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Starting Fresh

Well, here I am, venturing on a new journey into the unknown. This will probably be just a rambling of my life, but somewhere to vent a little, smile a lot, and hopefully lead to some interesting conclusions about myself.

This is the beginning of a New Year, and already I know there will be some big changes in my life. I'm looking forward to one of the big changes, and will post more about that as some of the details come to be.

Thanks for checking out my blog, welcome to my bit of bliss.