Loyalty

4 months after (finally) getting a foodservice job, I seem to be marketable to more places. So much so that I landed a second job at the pizza place around the corner within 24 hours of applying. Yay! and wow, that was a whirlwind. Still wondering how that happened, and why I said I’d come in tomorrow when I was already supposed to be somewhere else… oops.

Family have tried to talk me out of this, but I feel really loyal to my first “real” job. They hired me when no one else would and kept me on even when I had trouble keeping up. I probably wouldn’t leave for quite a while unless forced by the imminent move to a new country. It’s definitely not the pay and since there is usually no company while I’m working, it’s not the coworkers, boss, or management either (who are awesome to geekery and beyond). I didn’t feel the same kind of loyalty at the places I interned, which were found for me by family or friends and involved mostly desk work. Anyone else have this reaction to a first job?

Maybe I just love foodservice. Aside from the intermittent creepy strangers. Is this a passing phase? Is four months too short a time to judge? Why is there such a stigma on foodservice work? Do most people who do it really hate it, or am I not hearing the whole story? Starting to really wonder about all this. I guess to get a really good salary you’d have to go into management, and that sounds… definitely less exciting. But for now, I’m going with the “I just like it and I don’t have enough time left in the U.S. to get far in any other job” defense. Pizza!

how to say this

Is creepiness in the eye of the beholder?

Going into the details would probably be unwise on a blog. But how far do you trust your gut when you work alone in a self-serve ice cream bar and there’s a (possibly perfectly innocent) customer that you just don’t like? When do you call the manager and ask her to get rid of him for you? Do you worry more about the Yelp status of your place of business or your own gut feeling of deep unease? Do you worry even more that if you get him kicked out, he’ll be even more scary because some nights you walk home from work and you JUST WON’T KNOW? Do you worry most that you’re totally overreacting and will be persecuting someone unreasonably?

And why, oh, why, oh, why do you feel the need to speak up and smile hard at this person even if your hands are shaking, because you grew up hearing over and over and over again that we are to “love our enemies” and in all previous situations that has translated into the extra-Biblical “be extra nice to the people you don’t like”?

Mostly: why me? Waah wah wah.

101 Update – May 2013

May was scary.

Finals. Last ever finals.

Then a new job.

Plus 101 Things.

– Finished exploring my square mile (with the best part: little shops!)

– Prayed for/learned about Afghanistan/role of women in middle east.

– Volunteered at a lovely festival in my home city that I’d not attended since babyhood.

– Found a job!!!!!

– Ongoing: Learned more Korean, read more OT and NT and books and articles, donated rice, handed out allergy packs, folded more cranes, and ordered henna.

So it wasn’t quite as many goals as I hoped (ever the procrastinator-a bunch of stuff ended up in early June instead!) but it was progress.

school ftw

Textspeak is a whole new language, don’t you think? It’s dreadful butchery of English, of course, and hugely annoying-but if you can spell it right… it might be less grating than some of the more common grammar/spelling errors I run across on a daily basis on the internet.

Thus, ftw. For the win.

For this very last university “research class” that started nearly a month ago (it’s been so long? Wow!) I have no papers. I have no homework. Instead, I’m doing data entry/analysis for a nutrition population research lab. It’s such a beautiful thing I nearly cried when I found out (this weekend). And if I just finish my required hours, I get a bachelor’s degree in August. Oh. Yes.

Apart from that little piece of brilliant news, life is good. The job at the yogurt shop has been nice (minus one decidedly unpleasant encounter, which prompted the unusual purchase of a quaint little book published in the 1990s entitled “Back Off”). We just got permission to cut back on some of the work we have to do to close the shop every night, which means I’m getting out maybe 20-30 minutes earlier than a couple weeks ago. Nice. See, it applies sometimes.

Korea plans are on hold at the moment-can’t apply until October, really should be finishing the teaching certificate but still looking for a place to do the required volunteer hours. If anyone reading this knows of an online/local opportunity, I. Am. All. Ears.

Quite a few 101 posts have been updated this month (may need to change the way I do that; it’s getting tiresome to do them all individually and THEN notice that to someone who isn’t digging through my 101-linked posts on a daily basis, it looks like I haven’t updated the blog in a month-!!). Will post formal updates for May and June soon. At any rate, thanks for sticking around and ttfn 😉

The Ghost in Your Genes

Documentary on epigenetics, my favourite class last semester. This shows research from several different scientists into how your lifestyle affects your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren… They tried to make it sound exciting and groundbreaking and creepy and revolutionary, but I don’t quite see how it can be. The discovery of the mechanism-yes, maybe. Maybe science has been so near-sighted that breaking the genetic code was supposed to be the be-all and end-all (can you say hubris?!). But the concept that your children are affected by what you do to the third and fourth generation? So old it’s Biblical.

A couple of points to take home:

– Eat to USDA standards and avoid stressful situations if you’re pregnant, may become pregnant, or are a teenaged male. Stop laughing.

– Get nutrigenetic testing asap-the future will be way cool.

– Pay attention to the diseases your direct ancestors have and take preventative steps now.

– There is nothing new under the sun.

Review: Leverage

Leverage
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an important book for me to read, and the only one of its genre I tried. I just hated it.

Good things: the characters themselves (aside from the bullies) felt extremely real, the funny bit with the gymnastics team at the lake, messy redemption, something of a happy ending, in the scenario given the book was completely believable.

Bad things: in the scenario given the book was completely believable. Horrible content that made me very surprised it was on the teen shelf at the library. Guess if the author is right and bullying is this bad IRL, it was a book that maybe needed to be there.

Diagnosis: 24 for teen boys, with all attendant warnings for parental preview and supervision and availability to talk it over when they’re done. Something I needed to read as a potential teacher: what to look for, how to help, what not to do in a suspected hardcore bullying situation. Something to remember on the hard days.

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85. Get a foodservice job.

As a nutrition major, I really think not doing this at least once would be hypocritical. Besides the fact that I’ve always, always, always wanted a job involving food 🙂

Progress: Done!

So I applied to just about everything within walking distance of my house and school and finally found a frozen yogurt shop that would take me on this May. Maybe not the ideal thing for a nutrition major, but at this point I don’t really care: wooo hoo discounted ice cream!!! I am so in love with this job people are scared to talk to me about it for fear of the oozing sap!