Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
My goal is to not have to buy annuals this year, even though I'm looking at my seeds now and I know that I'll still have to lol.
Here's what I've got so far.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
All I had to say was that I would be walking away from 12 weeks 75% pay maternity leave, as opposed to their offered 6 weeks unpaid. Brady right away said that he would have it negotiated for me on Monday morning and that they are "so positive" I am the right person for this position, that "there is no way this will be a roadblock."
Of course there are only 5 women in the office . . . so I'm sure it hasn't been a huge issue before.
The state of MN requires companies of 50 employees or more to offer 12 weeks, at least 75% paid, and that is what I would be leaving at Target.
So, I get to negotiate, because the other thing is that after my last two raises, the amount that they are offering over that would actually equal out to the amount that I would lose if I had to take 6 weeks unpaid.
Friday, March 28, 2008
This morning went extremely well. I met with the 3 principles, Brady, Jim, Dan, in addition to Mike who is an owner. I dazzled with my wit and quickness, and I'm only half joking, I can always make that group laugh. We went over my proposed marketing plan for the company and I basically tore their website to shreds.
I really wanted to know the offer, but then again, I didn't. I don't want this decision to be solely based on money alone. However, if it's not based on money, my heart and adventurous side still lead me to KOMA. In all reality, in face of this over whelming opportunity, all Target embodies right now is safety.
I'm scared to take this position, but in my heart of hearts, I know it is my dream job. To be able to establish their marketing and be the front face for a company, it's unbelievable.
Tony and I still have to discuss, and pray.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"He said it is going to be a laid back get to know you interview for the most part. He said they will ask some questions and they want you to be yourself. Nothing to big to prepare for, but the few he talked about are below.
Firstly, a writing sample. Secondly ideas and suggestions.
Brady said be honest and up front about things you feel you need to say, whether you like something or you dont, no matter what the subject (Website, sign, etc.) As I said last night, they want someone who is not afraid to tell them how to do things and lay it out for them. It will show courage and your strong will.
They are going to ask about your past history and responsibilities with Target (or other work experience) and how they would relate, transfer over to here.
You dont need to have defined ideas, but general ideas that you can work on making happen.
Bottom line, be yourself, they will joke with you quite a bit I am guessing. It should be down to earth and friendly. Brady said that if you do get intimidated meeting with the four of them (Mike being the 4th) you probably would not be the best fit. I dont see that an issue at all though. I cant remember a time where you seemed intimidated."
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Also, today I definitely stirred up the bee's nest. In an attempt to prove myself valuable I often comp shop online to compare our C9 Athletic apparel against the likes of Nike, Adidas, Asics and others. This morning I decided to include Champion on that list, even though they are our strategic partner.
While on their site I realized that half of their product being sold on their website is C9 Target designs. It's kind of confusing, but even though it's C9, it's Target's product. Not for Champion's benefit, past what we pay them. So basically, end of day, they are partnering with Target to get a pulse on the Target guest. Basing pricing on what Target needs and what Champion needs and allowing themselves a huge gross margin by undercutting their supply costs through Target paying to their benefit.
Um, huge find on my part. My buyers were LIVID and went straight to the director, who is taking the time to prepare before confronting the Champion VP. HUGE DEAL.
Additionally, Angeli has some what been more involved recently. She sweetly asked how I was doing via text tonight, but when I asked if I could call her, she failed to respond for a 1/2 an hour and then finally said that Aka was throwing a fit. Okay, that seems insensitive to type, but through our friendship I've only talked to her 3 times on the phone. It would just seem that if she were really concerned about how I was feeling she would talk to me on the phone, especially if I asked, whatever time Akaela was through. But that's just how it's seems to me. :(
I received the official word that I did not receive the job at about 2:30 or so. The Hr rep was appalled to find out that I interviewed a month ago, and said there were too many delays, even though this was the hiring managers first attempt at hiring.
So the low down is that at here was a Sr. Specialist position open and an Assoc Specialist position. They interviewed a Sr. Print buyer for the Sr position, who then backtracked after the interview and did informationals, because she wanted confirmation of the responsibilities of the position. They offered her the position, but waited on the assoc specialist until her decision. She turned the job down, so they didn’t feel comfortable bringing in an assoc specialist with someone with little to no more experience.
So just as I read, they are hiring on two of the girls who have been in contracted positions on the team.
They wanted a high and low, but they ended up with two mediums.
Soo . . . as I'm digesting this, I go to call Tony. I'd already forewarned him of the lunch I found, so we were pretty prepared for this info. I called, and I called, and I called once more, but no husband. About a 30 an hour after I found out, he finally called me back.
Me (annoyed): Hi.
Tony (breathless): Hi! How are you?!
Me (even more annoyed): Well, I've been trying to call you to tell you I officially didn't get the job.
Tony: Oh, okay.
Me (not even on the level of annoyed any more, but past): Really?
Tony: Well I just got done with an important good conversation.
Me (interest slightly piqued): Okay, with who?
Tony: Brady (Tony's boss).
Me: Okay, and?
Tony: He wants you to interview. Tomorrow, if you can.
Tony's company wants to interview me for their marketing/new business/graphic design position!
I've never seen a closed door produce an open window faster.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 6 hr 20 min
Makes: 12 servings
4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
1 can (14 oz.) EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
8 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
LINE 9x5-inch loaf pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Mash 2 cups of the strawberries in large bowl. Add condensed milk, juice and 2 cups of the whipped topping; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
MIX chopped cookies and butter. Spoon over whipped topping mixture. Cover with ends of foil and gently press cookie mixture into whipped topping mixture. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.
INVERT dessert onto serving plate when ready to serve; remove pan and foil. Spread remaining whipped topping onto top and sides of dessert. Slice remaining 2 cups strawberries; arrange over dessert. Store leftovers in freezer.
Save 30 calories and 4.5 grams of fat per serving by preparing as directed using fat-free sweetened condensed milk, COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping and Reduced Fat OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.
Nutrition (per serving)
Total fat 9g
Super nummy, and I'm already thinking of ways to make it better.
So Saturday, I got up at the crack of 9:00, which following a bottle wine, was not easily done. I prepared myself as best possible and headed out to Plymouth, which I honestly under-estimate everyt time I go. So I ended up about 15 mins late to my hair appt, which fortunately isn't that big of a deal seeing as how Jenny just does it out of her house.
The girl does a full color, cut and eyebrows for $60. I'm not fussy about my hair, but the last two times I've left I'm never in love with my hair. I mean a little bit of color and shine is always a good thing, but when I check the mirror at her place, I'm like, huh, okay.
Thankfully, as soon as I get home I fall in love with it! There's something about seeing things in your home light.
I don't have any pictures of my hair, but I do of Saturday night . . .
So after a full day of lounging, Tony and I went to Beth's birthday party at Brunswick Zone. After a seperation, this couple has decided to refocus their lives and surround themselves with good hearted people, lol and we're included.
I had a fun time, everybody knocks bowling, honestly. It is fun.
My married boobs do not get to come out that often, but made an appearance Saturday. :)
No idea why I'm so freaking happy lol.
We ended up not following them out to DT Minneapolis, but went home early to construct my Easter Dessert.
So Easter was a good time spent with 3 families, per the usual.
IT WAS FANTASTIC, if I do say so myself.
My Step Mom was rude, but that's normal, same with Tony's cousin lol.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Kier stayed on track with me, we finished our bottles at the same time.
*Thank goodness I went and got my hair done today! Gah, I had fun last night, but I looked terrible!
Friday, March 21, 2008
"Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." Psalm 34:10.
When we seek the Lord and look to Him as our source, He will provide for us and we will have everything we need.
In related news however, a mystery has been solved. Yesterday all of the sr. buyers in the company were pulled into an announcement. Today, all of the managers and buyers were pulled in for an announcement. Finally at 11:00 all of the MC's were pulled in . . . and low and behold, all MC's are now Merchandise Specialists.
On top of this, we all received raises, in addition to our annual merit increase!!!
I'm only two paychecks in to adjusting to my last promotion and now I'll start receiving at least $1.00-$1.50 more!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
It's sad, but I've already thought of the ways that I will reward myself for all of this good running, because obviously I'll be hot when I'm running 20+ miles per week. :) Lol.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
So this makes me think a lot, but does not lead to any conclusions.
First of all, I have no idea what Jo Wagner, in a contracted position, does or why she is involved.
Secondly, the positions are still named as 2 and open.
Thirdly, this makes me once again question whether or not I will hear something by the end of the week or not.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Which is fine by me, considering I'm super excited I ran 4 miles tonight!
That's right, I'm prepping to run 13.1 miles and I'm excited about 4.
I have a long way to go lol.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The millwork and attention to detail in #637 was amazing.
So . . . we're at 11 miles for the week!
Today's a rest day, but I have soccer this evening . . . ooops.
Tomorrow is another cross training day and Sun is the long run day at 4 miles.
I'm no closer to knowing if I've been chosen, and I do not seem to have any support on that front, as my old buyer and sr. buyer are in Europe, as my new buyer is traveling and my sr. buyer suggested I email someone. These are the people who are supposed to be advancing my career and going to bat for me. I've emailed my hr rep, but he has appts all day so I doubt I'll hear anything.
When this all began I was truly and honestly simply excited to be interviewed before I was even seniored and had been here for just over a year. After 3 weeks of reflecting, and allowing this possibility to consistently build upon itself as reality, I'm scared that I will not be able to react appropriately if I am not chosen. If this is a No, I really need to find out sooner rather than later.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I almost love the entire floor plan as well! Tony would be able to make a few tweaks . . .
2. My phone number doesn't work.
3. My senior buyer told them no.
4. My email is not active.
5. They forgot about the positions even being open.
Seriously, my mind is going silly.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
We also finished our taxes and I think Tony wants to leave the country, because he's upset that 1/3 of his hockey money essentially went to taxes, even though it wasn't taxed at the onset. So we owe $350. Not cool to owe, but Tony looked and we made $30,000 more than we did in '06 so it makes sense that his untaxed hockey money would swing us that much.
On that note though, we're planning our anniversary trip! We're going to go on a Caribbean cruise! Whoo hoo!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Tony, being the guy that he is, has tried to punish her, even though I've tried telling him that she's going through menopause and that dogs have hormones too!
So, I get home and she will not come out, but on top of this, she is convulsing. Like total body convulsions, so I ran upstairs and called our vet, who is only 5 mins away. We've already been concerned as she hasn't be eating much, so we had an appt for 8:00 tomorrow morning, but I called and they wanted to see her tonight.
It was trouble getting her out of the kennel, but I finally coaxed her out. Once we got in the car, she was happy and excited, like usual. No convulsions once we got to the vet, but they were very concerned as well, considering she's lost 5 lbs!
They gave me an estimate to share with Tony, $335!
He expects to hear something in the next few days.
And I would hope so!!!!
So there is an opportunity for more prayers.
In other news, my Grandpa will be going in for a full body scan.
So there is an opportunity for even more prayers.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
However, we have to wait yet on the confirmation of that news.
I've dreaded my Grandparents health failing for a long time now. Even though I have lost step grandparents, my Mom's parents have been everything to me.
I grew up 5 mins from their house, and always knew that I could rely on them whatever I needed. Now that relationship has changed, and I try to help in any way possible, but they are still so intertwined into my life.
Also waiting to be confirmed, my job status! Gah.
I came in for the morning and should be leaving shortly. I was really hoping to hear one way or the other.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
#1. Tony and I got into Grandma's half. I will start training next week!
#2. My Grandpa just found out today that he has kidney cancer.
So, it's about $75/sq ft, but it has to be installed by a Cambria guy, and we'd need 8 sq ft according to Tony . . . so I'm not going to have a $600 vanity top. :(
So I called in today, which sucks, because I just want to KNOW!
Monday, March 3, 2008
I apologized as well, because I truly did not want to hurt her in any way. And now, here we are, maybe not perfectly healed, but going in the right direction.
Thank you God.
Now if only I would receive a phone call!
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Added to that is my devotional for the day:
Do you see the man who exceeds in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.
After coming home though, I started to pay for it. My throat was sore yesterday morning, which I attributed to trying to talk at the very loud game Saturday, but holy crap, this morning it's so much worse! I'm thankful that I took half of a tylenol pm last night, or I'm very sure I wouldn't have slept a wink since I was coughing so much.
Very sweet moment last night though, Tony prayed for me and then we sang our favorite songs to each other and together. And by favorite songs, I mean worship/hymns. It was very sweet, and as I very often do, I got caught up in my thankfulness for the man that is my husband.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Brad ended up getting in an argument with the man behind us, and he just would not back down! Neither one of them sounded intelligent and I wanted to say my piece as well, but held back. Hockey is not my sport and I wouldn't want to sound even more stupid.
We went to Sweeney's afterwards, had some $.50 wings and some beer. The wings were ginormous!! It was a good time with Aaron and Missy, albeit odd. I've known Missy since she was in kindergarten and all I kept thinking about was that they were probably having sex.
Aaron's employer, Murphy Bros has an exhibit at the Home and Garden Show, so he snagged us free tickets! I'm so excited! Hopefully I don't come back depressed! Lol.
The rules are as follows:
1. Link to the person’s blog who tagged you.http://lifewithseasquared.blogspot.com/
2. Post these rules on your blog.Check.
3. List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself.
I used to believe I would be a professional barrel racer, or at the very least a quarter horse arabian breeder.
If I could have more pets I would, but I'll stop at 3 cats and 1 dog.
I have an intense fear that all of my gardening and decorating will take me on the path of becoming my Mother.
In all honesty, I've never doubted marrying Tony.
On the subject of honesty, I actually hate our house and only bought it because of how Tony drew it remodeled.
I feel completely unfulfilled at work, but know that I'm too early in my career to whine about it. I'm not sure at what point it is safe to be dissatisfied though.
Some days I get depressed that my life isn't ruled by soccer any more.
4. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting on comment on their blog.