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How I feel all the time

How I feel all the time

My laptop and I have a complicated relationship. Correction, the last six laptops and I, have had a complicated relationship. In the last five years, I’ve gone through, six laptops. Yes, six.

By the way, they have all been PCs and while some of them may have been destroyed by my own fault, some of them have just plain died on me.

Here is a brief history of my tumultulous relationship with laptops

February 2004-September 2004: Toshiba. Dropped it on the floor in a puddle. This should have been the first sign that I was doomed with all laptops after that.
September 2004-October 2005: Fujitsu. Died because the power socket was rendered useless and fixing it would require replacing the entire mother board. I don’t know why but that’s what they said
October 2005-January 2006: Sony. Virus. My fault. Not under warranty and apparently virus ate everything inside
January 2006-February 2007: Compaq. The fan in the back broke and overheated the entire motherboard. Just passed the one-year warranty by one month so fixing it was cheaper to buy a new laptop than getting this one fixed
February 2007-June2008: Compaq again. I don’t even know what was wrong with this one but it had so many problems that after getting fixed 3 times, it was still broken.
June 2008-Present. HP. Already died on me back in December because the motherboard crashed but it was under warranty. Too bad I was out a laptop for three weeks. Now it has died again because the hard drive was defective? I tried so hard to keep this one in good condition too.

If my current one breaks again, I’m going to have to jump on the bandwagon and get myself a MAC.

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Being holed up in the office all day makes me forget that summer time is going on outside. One of the best things about driving home from work (besides leaving work) is great music on a nice summer day.

Nothing makes me enjoy summer more than to add a soundtrack to my day. Actually, no matter what time of the year it is, if I ever hear any of these songs, it’ll automatically make me wish for longer days and warmer nights.

My summer playlist:

1. Peter, Bjorn and John – Young Folks
2. Warren G- Summertime in the LBC
3. MGMT- Kids
4. Estelle feat. Kanye West- American Boy
5. M.I.A. – Paper Airplanes
6. Andre 3000 feat. John Legend – Green Light
7. Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars
8. Imogen Heap – Speeding Cars
9. Any Weezer song (particularly “Pork and Beans”
10. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – Maps
11. Frou Frou – Let Go
12. Will Smith – Summertime
13. Schwayze- Buzzin
14. MGMT- Time to Pretend
15. Incubus – Anna Molly
16. Coldplay- Clocks
17. Usher- Love in the Club

What’s on yours?

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Delayed gratification

I haven’t been able to update on a regular basis because I didn’t realize working two jobs would suck the life out of me.

My good friends how I feel about my boss (God bless them for always putting up with my whining) so I was finally excited to share with them the good news.

Yesterday, after a long overdue meeting (that kept me in the hours 2.5 hours longer than I would have liked) and a lot of negotiation (and sullen facial expressions), my boss finally rewarded me with a raise. she explained that she knew I was being underpaid considering the amount of work I did for her. She also surprised me with a birthday gift, in which I’m still trying to decide whether to be flattered or baffled. Right after that, she gave me a long list of assignments to triple my current workload.

I knew there was a catch to getting a raise.

But I’m not complaining. But I am a little wary now.

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Boss Lady and her many fails

My boss is a superstar. June marked the closing year for the company and she is reportedly the top female agent in the entire country. Not bad for someone who just started in February (while everyone started in July).  However, that doesn’t stop her from being a scatter-brain. As much as she confuses and frustrates me, I gotta admit, she’s definitely a hard working woman. I don’t know anyone who works as hard as she does. But still, she says/does these things that make me wonder how the hell she got as far as she did.

Here are some examples:

Boss: Hi, on your way to lunch, can you pick me up a memory stick for my camera?
Me: Sure, what type of memory stick were you looking for?
Boss: The one that goes in your camera
Me: …no I know but some cameras have different types. What type is yours?
Boss: Oh! Mine’s a digital camera
Me: …okay can you just bring your camera into the office and I’ll just take it with me

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while on the phone..
Boss: I need to order a new laptop. I saw one on Dell’s website, could you order it for me?
Me: Sure, do you know the model name or type?
Boss:  It’s really thin and pretty
Me: …ok.. I’m looking on the website and they all look thin and pretty….
Boss: It’s black
Me: …they’re all black or silver
Boss: are you sure? Doesn’t Dell only have one model?
Me: No. If they only had one option they would go out of business.
Boss: Oh, I don’t know anything about computers

you don’t say..

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Boss: I need you to cancel my 3pm meeting today and move it to tomorrow instead
Me: Ok, who’s the client?
Boss: I don’t know *goes through phone* yeah, I don’t remember

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the morning of her business trip..
Boss: I really need the files before I leave today, it’s very crucial
Me: Okay, I can have them ready in the next half hour. When is your flight?
Boss: That’s another thing, can you book a flight for me to leave tonight? I want the cheapest one and I want a non-stop flight
Me: Okay your total is [your typical high fare price since you’re booking a few hours before]
Boss: What?! Why is it so expensive?!
Me: Because I’m booking it 5 hours before it’s suppose to take off…this is how it’s always been
Boss: That’s ridiculous. I think I’ll drive instead. Can you book me a rental car?

I didn’t want to tell her that the cost of her renting a “luxury” vehicle ended up costing the same as her flight, except her flight would have saved her 10 hours of driving both ways….

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while on the phone

Boss: Diana, cancel all my appointments today. My car broke down; I got a flat tire so I’m stranded right now
Me: Okay. Are you going to call AAA and get your tire fixed?
Boss: Oh no, I’m gonna go buy a new car today.
Me: What’s wrong with your old car?
Boss: Oh, I wanted a new car anyway so I’ll just use this as an excuse to get a new one

to be continued..

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Hello again. My unexpected hiatus from WordPress has been longer than I intended.  Frankly, I haven’t updated this in a while because I don’t feel like there is anything newsworthy to talk about.

My life has become, what you would call, dull. It’s the same mundane routine every day (and every week).

My work: I’ve been busy, and for those who know me well, I highly prefer being  busy than bored. However, it’s been a different kind of a busy. It’s been the kind of busy where you indulge in doing things only to keep yourself from boredom. It’s the kind of busy where you’re not even doing anything remotely productive, you’re just trying to make the day go by faster. It’s the kind of busy where I go home at the end of day, not having a clue what you just did all day. I spent every week counting down the days until the weekend. Then I do the exact same thing the following week.

My self: I hate that I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I know I’m not the only one but I hate that I gave in to the idea of “it’s a bad economy, just settle when it comes to a job” I hate admitting to others that I am doing absolutely nothing with my major, and even worse, I’ve stopped trying. Yes, I know that the majority out there (I think) don’t end up doing anything related to their major but I didn’t really want to be a part of the majority. I used to think all these things about myself, what I was capable of, what I wanted to accomplish. Now, it scares me that I am none of the things I had hoped for myself.

My social life: ceases to exist. Call it “transition” period all you want but I have never realized more how important friendships are to me. However, I am hopeful for this one because only time can improve on this. Time and my own effort, which has been lacking immensely. On the bright side, my earlier sleeping schedule has done tremendous wonders to my skin.

My faith: has dwindled down to nothing, although I won’t openly admit it to anyone, or even myself. I’m not saying I don’t believe; that will never happen. I’m saying, I don’t find myself being hopeful anymore. I don’t find myself having a child-like faith. I find myself putting hope into the impossible instead of trusting Him. All I do is complain instead of actually doing anything proactive. i need to stop. There have been days where I’ll sit in my car in my garage for hours, asking Him: “What happened to me?” This one, if anything, is the one I want (and need) to change the most.

Okay, thankyou for joining in on “emo time” haha the next entry will be a lot happier, I promise.

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