Friday, February 6, 2009

"I need all of you, to stop what you're doing and listen. Cannonball!"

Friday night! I haven't appreciated a weekend so much since....its hard to say really. I wasn't really doing much on the weekends back in Keene and when I worked for Up with People, there were no weekends to relax. The cruise ship industry also had no weekends. So this is a treat.

I finished my three week training period today. I also took calls for the majority of the day from real customers so it was exciting. I was told I received the highest marks out of our training class on the assessment. I was surprised to hear that actually. My impression is that some of the people in my class are good at acting like they know what they're doing. So it was comforting to hear compliments from my new supervisor and the woman who trained us for three weeks. It doesn't sound like much, but I took 20 calls today and feel as if I learned a ton. The fear of taking the calls is still there, but I can feel how much I learned in just one day.
When I start talking on the phones, everyone is asking themselves "Is this an American on the phone?" I've only had a conversation with a couple people about it. Hopefully as I get better at the job, maybe it will come in handy. For now, I kind of wish I could just blend in.

I received a generous box in the mail from the family this week. After the hockey equipment came in, another one came that included Planters Peanuts, Twizzlers, Cheez its, Goldfish, and ironically some rice Krispies treats with Michael Phelps on the box. I wonder how long his picture will be on any Kelloggs brand item.

This weekend Im going to go to the movies for the first time since August! It was a chick flick, so I won't mention the title. Tonight I think I will see Role Models. Gram do you know what a chick flick is? My Grandma reads this blog also. Hey Gram! Miss ya, do you have the golf clubs ready to go yet?

Gram, this is a chick flick....ask Shelby about it.

Saturday I'm meeting a friend for lunch near the Opera House at Circular Quay. Should be a good time. Not to rub it in, but every day on the way to work, I take a train over the Harbour Bridge and have about a 15 second look at the Opera House. Whenever I think I don't want to go to work, seeing that Opera House reminds me of how lucky I am to be here. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten how lucky I am.

I can't get tired of this view.

Have you heard about the weather we're going to expect this weekend? Its going to be in the high 90s. Actually as I type this, it is 86 in Sydney and -2 in Keene NH! An 88 degree difference! Anyone feel like visiting me now?

Sunday it is my friend Eoin's 28th birthday, so he's invited a big group out to celebrate. I'm really still not used to the idea of partying on a Sunday when 5 work days lay ahead, but I think I will "make an appearance" and "take it easy" and not get "hammered."

Well it seems like I have a good habit of updating this thing every four days, so for now, that's probably what you'll get, maybe every fifth day. I'm trying to get a guest book here to see who is reading, but haven't figured that out yet. If you are not one of the followers, no worries (That's an Aussie saying!), you can always email me at if you want to say hey.

You stay classy...


Judd said...

Ryan, don't try and "blend in". Obama is President now...people like us again. Plus, you are not loud, fat or wear white socks with you are branded one of the "good ones".

I drive over The Bridge for work everyday too. You can't get sick of the view/experience even if you tried.

Hey...the AUS Lost Premier is Wed night at 10:30 on 7.

Shelby said...

Ryan, Stand out dude! Be different, be the black sheep hahahha jk, just be you, peaople love you! Gram is now fully aware of what a chic flick is hahahha