Thursday, May 31, 2007

Twisted Anniversary

Today, a year ago I did something I never thought I would do. I kissed a married man. Not just any married man, one of my best friends. I don't regret what happened during that time nor the way it ended. Things just happened and I went along with the flow.

Strangely, I miss him. I knew I would lose him after this incident and what happened after it. All I can say is that even though I knew the consecuences, I'm glad I did it.

I miss you J

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Baby sitting the manager

I like taking care of my team. Motivating them when needed. Providing feedback when appropriate. In other words, assuming my role as the "mother" in the team.

Then there's this role that I play. Very confusing and interesting at the same time. I play main support to the area manager. To some, I look like his assistant, others think we're involved, I say, the company couldn't afford a Blackberry for him, so they decided to pay my salary.

I help back up his decisions. I try to calm him down when he's very upset. Think straight when he is overwhelmed with all the trouble there currently is in our area.

He's being locked up in a series of meetings the past few weeks. I call him up to check how the meeting went. No answer. During lunch, I finally get a callback. The meeting was OK. He had no plans of grabbing lunch. So I scold him. One thing I am very good at. I tell him I'm near the store deli and I'll get him something to eat. I wasn't about to take no for an answer.

I grabbed a croissant and a salad for him. I call him from the nearest corner store and ask him what flavour his favorite tea is. Lemon. I chose desert for him. Nerds gum. I call him and ask him to meet me at the parking lot. I get off the car and deliver lunch to him. He looked completely surprised, but thankful.

Yeah, I'm talking about Mike.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Looking Pretty

This is me. During one of those road trips to the areas where the houses my company builds is. We were supposed to be there to recieve reports about our service. Yet no one appeared.

Throughout the morning, Mike would call. This is one of those moments when he called to check if we were still alive.
Yup, we survived

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Fun outdoors

Pirates of the Caribbean 3 : At World's End

Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the Colors high.
Heave ho,
thieves and beggars,
never shall we die.

The king and his men
stole the queen from her bed
and bound her in her Bones.
The seas be our
sand by the powers
where we will we’ll roam.

Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the Colors high.
Heave ho,
thieves and beggars,
never say we die.

Some men have died
and some are alive
and others sail on the sea
– with the keys to the cage…
and the Devil to pay
we lay to Fiddler’s Green!

The bell has been raised
from it’s watery grave…
Do you hear it’s sepulchral tone?

We are a call to all,
pay head the squall
and turn your sail toward home!

Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the Colors high…
Heave ho,
thieves and beggars,
never say we die.

The movie was great, the company was better.

Jack, you're unbelievable

Monday, May 21, 2007

Take me now Jack!

Yesterday evening I bought the tickets for the PoC 3 premier. Tickets 1 & 2 are mine!
Yo ho, Yo ho a pirate's life is for me

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Customer Service Skills

I've been in the customer service business for a couple of years now. I've learned a couple of things. Specially that everything you say can and will be used against you.

So I go to this movie theater that makes killer crepes and frappe. I order my usual strawberry and cream cheese crepe with my mocha. Everything seems fine. I pay up and wait.

Suddenly, I hear someone call out that a Caramel Mocha was ready. I ordered a simple mocha. I told the barista that I didn't want it. They guy at the register should have told me that they only had that kind of mocha. After a team huddle, they decided to give me back my money.

As someone in customer service, I think that was the best descicion they made. It's better to keep a good image and cut potential bad customers.

Sometimes, it feels good to be on the other side.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Road Trip

And so, we are reduced to this. Yup, customers at one of the company's properties were expecting us. I kinda felt like a cheap celebrity. Not becuase I'm cheap, but because of the low budget advertising used for our tour.
We were there from 10 till 1. It was like a wierd version of a meet and greet. This time, with angry customers. It just doesn't get better than this. Some were nice. Others really did seem upset.
The highlight of our day was that the Business Unit Director and Sales Coordinator showed up. Like big rock stars, fans were screaming and waving. They just showed up to talk, at least it didn't get out of hand.
26 reports in a two hour visit

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chocolates and Apple Pies

Today is Janfek's birthday. Happens to be Mike's best friend, his boss and a fellow Potter freak. It's hard to buy the appropiate gift. I made my traditional ecard and sent it over. I had Mike call Jan's wife to ask what was his favorite cake. Result: apple pie.

So, there we were at lunch time we went to the mall and bought him his present. Mike bought him a Delorian from Back to the Future III. I got him a Gryffindor keyring and a 1/2 pound chocolate bar. When we finally decided to get some lunch, lunch time was really over.

We went and bought the apple pie. I had to literally drag the kids to the 9th floor to go take the cake. He wasn't expecting it. Which was nice. We had pie and talked with staff we don't even talk to.

After we ate the pie, Mike showed me an email. Jan's cake would be cut at 6:30 at the main break room.

It was 6:45

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


And so this is something like politics. Just be there for the people you care for, even if you have to sit in front of the person you hate.

This is a picfrom my former boss' farewell dinner. It hurt because I care for him and he's now leaving. It made me feel better because I know he will be less stressed.

Let the games begin

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Growing like grass!

Yhibran and his aunt Violetta

Today is a special day and it almost slipped my mind. The youngest of my nephews is 3 years old today. I'll never understand why he loves me as much as he does. He's very hyper and mischevious, all in all I adore him.
He won me over more than a year ago when he called me "preciosa". His sweet little voice did it for him. I asked him months before his birthday what he wanted. He was very honest, a scotter. His wish was my comand, I got him the scotter he wanted.
His mom called me today to scold me for forgetting about this important date. I have no choice, I must make it up to him.
Sounds like Mickey D's for dinner.

Friday, May 11, 2007

The Breakdown

I feared this moment. The moment in which I would simply break into tears for no reason. Today I was moody, I saw Mike and I didn't even joke with him. I wanted to jump into his arms, but I simply couldn't. The moment he left, tears started rolling down my eyes.

I began questioning myself if I had made the right decisions. If not getting married years ago was the right thing. If focusing on being a professional businesswoman is worth not having someone to share my life with. If studying and preparing myself has really brought me a bright future.

I text messaged him and told him "breakdown . . . now". He called and asked if I was OK. No you dork, it's called a breakdown. I started talking with Rogelio, he scolded me for crying and for saying I made bad choices. He hugged me. I need it so bad...Mike called in throughout the day to check on me, I also called Lex and Blanca. At night, I was talking with Mike on MSN and venting a bit. He has this amazing ability to make me smile.

Maybe its time to change my priorities.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mother's day

Dad, mom and me

My mother is my role model. I'll never look like her physically, but I try hard to be as goal oriented as she has been. She practically had her life planned by age 20. Years later, she can proudly say that she's been true to her word.

We fight, we make up, we argue again . . . and in the end, I adore her. My life wouldn't even exist without her.

Love you mom

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Midnight Confessions

I know it's not midnight yet, thank you very much. It's been a while since I've opened myself openly here.

I love you and I want you by my side.
Will you ever know?

Saturday, May 05, 2007

In the eye of the beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. People have different tastes and different likes. I say thank God to that. Today while drving home from work, dad tells me that he went over to a friend's house. He saw the ugliest dog ever.

I was expecting him to say a pitt bull or something like that. He simply says, a black labrador. Happens to be the dog I want, its that or an Alaskan Malamute. After I start gushing over the dog, he doesn't mention a thing about Labs being ugly.
I tell him, "Dad, an ugly dog would be one like Muñequita", my mom's dog. He tries to say she's not ugly, but then says, "you've never liked small dogs".

Friday, May 04, 2007

Right now VS Forever

You want a Miss Right Now and I want Mr. Forever . . .
Things are getting complicated