Written on Wednesday
I am sitting in a cafe right now – Caffe Del Doge in Palo Alto. It’s since been named Cafe Venetia, and I passed it twice until I realized they had changed the sign outside. Tricky tricky. I have already written several emails and now I’m just writing a blog entry. I spent $4.07 on a tiny little drink (the same darn drink I get every time I ever come here in fact) so I’m going to get my damn money’s worth in internet time. I came here with the intention of working but then I realized that I hadn’t gotten the file to work in so …
This last weekend already feels like eons ago. This week seems to have passed particularly slowly. I spent last Friday (7/22) … omg I have no idea. Maybe I’m just trying to block it from my mind. I seriously can’t remember and I don’t think there is anything worth remembering so I will stop trying.
Saturday I went to the mall and bought myself new ray bans. I bought the matte version of the ones I previously owned. They are the same price. But I stupidly decided to be friendly and chatted up the store clerk helping me and he started making me try on polarized lenses and now that I have seen the difference, I feel stupid having paid $130 for a pair of sunglasses that only give UV protection, which means basically nothing. It just makes it that much more apparent that I paid for a brand and nothing else. I am considering going back and returning them for polarized lenses … but the polarized ones don’t come in matte frames plus the lenses are lighter. So basically it’s like, do I want something purely for the looks, or do I want something actually beneficial for my eyes but in a style I do not like? Writing that, I think the obvious answer is to just return them and not buy Ray Bans at all.
After that I went to Planet Granite SF. For the first time ever I gave my number and contact info out to someone I really hoped would contact me back. But as of yet, no response. I think on Sunday I was like “DEAR WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE OF THE UNIVERSE. I sincerely apologize for all the times I ever flaked out or blew off someone I had given my number to. Now, please make sure that this person does not do the same to me and I will be kind to everyone forever.” On Sunday night I think I accepted the fact that I will die alone, hopefully in my cozy Seattle – Greenwood home.
Well after rock climbing I drove to Soo Jin’s place – just in time to not help out at all for the paella that everyone had helped contribute to cook. I sincerely believe that the dinner is best if I do not lay my inexperienced and incapable hands upon the dishes. Paella was delicious, wine was good and made me blazing red, conversation was awesome as always, company was wonderful! Kristen, Laura, Kaitlyn and AJ were present for the Pretty Princess Party. Monthly dinner parties, please!
Sunday was about just as uneventful as my Friday. I drove back to the mall to get a price adjustment on this purse I had bought. Saved $12 woot woot! Super cute purse too… that I have not yet taken out of the bag. I shall soon!
Shit I need to pee. This is the deciding factor as to when I will finally leave this cafe. That and traffic will have died down by now.
Written on Thursday
This workweek felt rather slow but only because I was working so slowly on walkthroughs. My event of the week was watching Rex dislocate his elbow from landing poorly while rock climbing. I think I was in complete shock and just went “OH MY FUCKING GOD WHAT THE FUCK” or something to that liking when he turned around and I saw his bone sticking out very abnormally. Luckily Shelton (who I always want to call Clement for some reason) was there and very calm which made me more calm. I then got a firsthand experience as to why America sucks so much for being such a litigious country. It took at least five hours for someone to finally reset his elbow, even though they could have just done it right then and there in the gym. The second I told someone at PG’s front desk that my friend had dislocated his elbow, the first thing they grabbed was a clipboard of papers for us to sign our statements. EMT came but wouldn’t do anything besides give him morphine until a hospital would take xrays for him. The hospital took forever to do xrays and even after that they took forever to get the doctors to come by. The worst was when, just seconds before the doctors were about to pop it back, a nurse came by to say that a life or death case was two minutes away so they had to leave and we continued to wait. Shelton and I left around 1:30 when Rex’s mom came in (with a bag of snacks – fruit, ziplock bag of beef jerky, and a pastry – to feed the both of us, HAHA totally something my mom would have done as well) and still his arm had not been reset. I wish there were a form to sign that was like “I will not sue for malpractice!” that will zip you up to the front of the line and doctors will just fix you up real quick instead of going through a crapton of inefficiencies.
Written on Friday night
My mind and body feel incredibly tired and exhausted. I did nearly nothing today workwise, but I am so ready to go to bed. I’ve already taken an hour nap just a little while ago and as a result, am rather delirious. Woke up earlier than usual today to go into the office and have a meeting with one of the partners to talk about my pay raise. Carpooled with Julie and Julia and told the intern to not come in until 9:45. I had the first meeting at 8:30am and Julie had the last at 9:15am. At the time, I wasn’t sure if my raise would be considered “good” or not as I have no idea what typical raise %s are. I think I gave the partner a stone faced look and I just straightup said that I wasn’t sure what to think but it seemed fine to me. At the end of today, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a pretty good raise, based on what other people said they used to get paid when they became A2s or even seniors . I’m glad I have coworker friends that I’m close enough to where we can just straight up say our salaries and what % increases we have. I wish it weren’t such taboo to talk about salaries in America, because I think that taboo was just created by HR so their employees wouldn’t mutiny.
Well we left at 9:30 to go back to our client site with a pitstop at Starbucks. We made it back in one piece (but only very nearly) and I very slowly did an online training. I think I finished 40 minutes out of a 6 hour training. Breakfast was bagels that our intern picked up, snack was a salad I’d packed for myself, and dessert were the AMAZING cake balls the intern had made for us. omg … they were sooooo good. Devastated that I didn’t eat more. After being at the client from 10am – 1:30, we left to go to our company bbq. The invite said it was for a partner who is leaving to work in another office, but I think it was also a FYE party and an attempt to bring the audit practice together in a non-work-related environment. I suppose in our feedback to the company several people have said that they want the company to do more bonding events. But whenever we receive an email, all I ever hear from my teams is “are you going to this? I don’t really want to go…” “I think this is mandatory…” and “well we can go for a little bit and then leave early.”
The BBQ was at a partner’s house in Redwood City. A lot of us, including me, had assumed that since it started at 2, the BBQ would be a lunch and drinking time would follow. So my carpool agreed to leave at 4pm, HAHA (Amy: When are we leaving? 4? Damn, I better drink fast then) BUT CURSES! Someone must have vocalized that everyone leaves right after food is served, so they never brought out food until around 4:30. I think as it got closer to 4:30, the main conversation topic was “WHERE IS THE FOOD, I THOUGHT THIS BBQ WAS A LUNCH.”
It was fun and I feel extremely pleased to know that I can go to a company event and look around and recognize/have worked with about 85% of the people. Finally, I have my own group of people to hang out with, instead of just one person my level that I desperately cling to! Julie had said she needed to leave at latest 5:30 to pick up her mom at 6:00 and we were standing around for so long that we looked at the clock and were like “CRAP it’s 5:32!” And we hadn’t even eaten Nancy’s cupcakes yet so we were like “well … we have to eat the cupcakes before leaving!” No way in hell am I ever leaving a place without eating something Nancy has made – she is the most fabulous cook ever. I made my attempt to go in an get a cupcake but they were in the kitchen and not set out yet so I tried to pass off my entrance into the kitchen as “can I help with anything?” and then promptly left. Thankfully Amy is much better at this than I am and was able to go in, make a little conversation, and then emerge from the kitchen with a tray of cupcakes and a smug smile on her face. HAHA
We ended up leaving at 6:16 and I was like OMG JULIE I’m so sorry, your mom is going to never let you hang out with us again. I am under the impression that Julie has never let down her family until she went out with me – the person who wouldn’t leave a party until eating a damn cupcake. Well, that cupcake was good! And everyone wanted one. HAHA
So Julie ended up getting back about an hour later than she had wanted to … oops. Then Julia and Amy and I went to “celebrate our raises” with some Pinkberry. I think we ended up being so cold while sitting outside that we nixed any plans to watch movies and went home.
Then it was 8pm and I had no idea what to do on a Friday night, but in any case, I had spent the last 7 hours socializing and for most of the time, I was standing up, so I knew I didn’t have energy for anything anyway. I don’t know what I did – I know I checked celebrity gossip, watched an episode of Coupling, fell asleep, woke up, stumbled to the bathroom for a shower, and now here I am. I really like today – it’s like one of the more obvious turning points where I realize that I rather enjoy my job. I really like a lot of my coworkers, I have been promoted effective August 1, and … pay raise/bonus! So this is what my life will be like until death… little milestones to look forward to