The Life of a Spa Junkie

Holy mother of god. Has it seriously been nearly a month since I posted? Insane. It seems like I go in spurts — a couple posts in a week or so then BAM! I go all M.I.A.

What you didn’t know is that I’m actually a Secret Agent. Kind of like 007. When I’m not here I’m off on some special assignment.

Or not.

So remember that time the restaurant that screwed me over decided to ask how it compared to the nail salon I’m at now? Well for those of you who might have wondered (since I haven’t really talked much about it): it’s a million times better. Better than the service industry. Better than Corporate America. It’s pretty much awesome.

Sure, I’m working 6-7 days a week – a few of those days from open to close – but when the people you work with are awesome, you get to hang out and bullshit with the regulars, manage the company’s (and your own) social media accounts, and make sure daily operations run smoothly – and get paid for it? And free spa services?

Umm, awesome much? I think yes.  Continue reading

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RHOCA: Peace Out, Corporate

Peace out, Corporate? Hold up. Rewind. What?

Yep…that’s right. No more Corporate Hell America for moi. So much for 3-6 months right? More like 6 weeks.

But who am I kidding….six weeks of hell was enough. Let’s face it:

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So what happened? By all means, allow me… Continue reading

How That Reality Show “My Job Is An Absolute Joke” Got The Axe

 

work-memeSo remember that reality show about the guy who worked at that restaurant who thought he got fired while he was on vacation but didn’t and then got yelled at for a bow tie not being a tie? Well that show got canned. Not to be confused with the main character getting canned, because that’s definitely not the case. It’s actually quite the opposite: he canned them. Which totally sucks for you if you were planning to binge-watch it. Miss the last episode? Here’s what you missed…

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Management 101: How to Effectively Run a Business

I’m sure you’ve probably read Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. While I agree that there are some great lessons to be learned from this, I don’t quite agree that it’s all you need to know. Anyone who can say that has obviously never worked in a restaurant because that’s really where you learn everything. From how to tip to how not to treat people in the service industry, and from how to clean up after yourself to how to effectively run a business. You’d think some things would be common sense, but apparently not. Tipping and cleaning up after yourself aside (we’ll save those for another day), we’re going to focus on the most important thing: how to effectively run a business.

I was going to let this post slide under the radar, but after learning recently that I’m apparently banned from one of the restaurants I worked at over the summer for “blasting” them on social media after I left, I felt it was an appropriate time to look at my time there in a positive light and share with you what I was able to learn from the experience. Continue reading

America’s New Favorite Reality Show: “My Job Is An Absolute Joke”

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We apologize for the interruption in your regularly scheduled programming otherwise known as the recap of my road trip to the West Coast to bring you a special episode of America’s new favorite reality show: “My Job Is An Absolute Joke.”  Continue reading

Live The Life You Love

One of my coworkers is an actor. I’d call him a “starving artist” type, but we work in a restaurant so there’s always food to eat. When the kitchen makes something extra on accident, it goes up for grabs. Therefore, neither he nor any of the rest of our staff is technically a “starving artist” despite the fact that it seems half of them are actors.

Anyways…he made a short film the other day that I’d like to share with you. The whole point it is to live the life you love. It’s about a guy named Rizzo who works in Corporate America and dreams of leaving his cubicle and whack-job boss behind to live the life he loves and pursue that which makes him happy. I couldn’t relate to this more. Take five minutes and watch it. Leave your thoughts in the comments below – I’m sure Dan would love to hear what you think of it.

Are you doing what you want to be doing with your life? Are you living the life you love?

Music Monday (The Post-Memorial-Day-Hiatus Extended Remix)

As I’m sure you’re aware, last Monday was Memorial Day. I was also exhausted after working Friday night, pulling doubles Saturday and Sunday, then working again Monday. Rather than woo you with new music, I opted to sleep. I know, call me selfish but Monday night was all about me. I’m not sure how this is different from any other night, but still… #SorryNotSorry

So since I’ve been slacking, I’m scratching my 10-song-standard and giving you more today. It’s like Christmas in June. Just with no wrapping paper. Let’s save the trees.

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One-Jobbed Wonder

quit-your-day-jobYou’re probably thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute….didn’t he just post last month in Job Hunting 101 that he’d accepted an offer and was going to be working two jobs?”

Why yes, yes I did. The second job lasted all of 24 hours. Go me. I think this might set a record (at least a personal one for sure) for shortest span of employment ever.

So what happened exactly? Allow me to enlighten you in the ridiculousness, the annoyance, and the constant adventure that is my life. Continue reading

Adventures in Unemployment

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I came across this quote this morning as I was Google’ing “things to do while unemployed in Chicago.” While it’s only Day 3 of my unemployment stint, I don’t think I’ve ever been more bored in my life. I know I’d been saying to myself a few weeks ago that I’d kill for another vacation (even though I’d just gotten back from Mexico), but being unemployed was not how I envisioned facilitating a few days off from the office.

While on my Google searching binge, I came across a great article on Forbes that was published about a year ago titled 10 Things to do While You’re Unemployed. While everything it suggests is great (and probably beneficial), I feel like I’ve already ticked off a good chunk of the list. For instance… Continue reading

Grandma Knows Best

Sometimes (or a lot of times lately as it seems) I come home from work genuinely fed up, worn out, and downright annoyed. Shocking, right? I mean, how else would I have come to be known as the “Often Annoyed Designer”…

A little backstory.

To put it simply, I work for a micromanager-in-denial. It’s extremely annoying. A direct quote of theirs said to me in a one-on-one meeting about a month or two ago is:

“I’m not trying to micromanage you. I’m just asking that you copy me on every email and that you review everything with me before sending anything out.”

Last I checked, the definition of “micromanage” – or at least according to Dictionary.com – was the following:

mi•cro•man•age [mahy-kro-man-ij] verb. (used with object), mi•cro•man•aged, mi•cro•man•ag•ing. to manage or control with excessive attention to minor details.

Interesting that you should claim you’re not one when, according to this, you most certainly are. DENIAL. Continue reading