“A warning unheeded leads to trouble a-breedin’.”

All has returned to normal at the office!

Dmitri got back form his two-week vacay today (BOY, did that man get some sun…). In celebration, I bid a healthy welcome to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and my blog this morning before my break!

And the change is definitely noticeable: the entire atmosphere of the office is relaxed again…as much as I did come to bond with Joanne, I have to admit: she can’t beat this!

But time to get serious: I decided to give Tim a heads up about Joanne recommending he be fired to Dmitri for his attitude and…work ethic.

When I told him at lunch: he laughed! He said he didn’t care a bit for “that crazy automaton” and that she couldn’t do anything now that she’s finally gone!!

Noooo Tim!! Potential job suicide with an attitude like that! No matter how much I urged him to listen…he kind of just blew off the warning.

My brain is prickling with some unknown fear at the moment…but I don’t doubt it’s related to this.

I just hope Tim sees the light and changes his job-security-outlook around the office.

Not out of the woods just yet…

Just got back from my “thank you for letting me reschedule my punishment shift so that I could go see the Harry Potter premiere” coffee with Joanne!

We talked about a lot of stuff, especially Harry Potter – I never would’ve pegged her for a fan if I hadn’t seen her walk out of the premiere with my own two eyes.

I’m thinking while it may not have started out as a great experience, having Joanne as a temp boss made me remember something: firstly, no matter how mean the book looks, don’t judge it by its cover and you may be surprised (I know I was)!

But towards the end of our conversation, she said something that reeaaally bugged me: Joanne admitted that she’d recently been thinking of letting Tim go.

Letting Tim go??? That BLEW me away! I was really careful in asking if she could actually do that, seeing as she was only a temporary manager at Birk…and she said she is fully trained and did some hiring/firing consultations in the past: so yes!!

When it came down to it though, she didn’t pull the plug on Tim…but she’s thinking about recommending it to Dmitri!!!

I dunno if I should tell Tim, though…would Dmitri actually take Joanne’s advice and fire him? Is it worth stressing Tim out over potentially nothing?

My conscience is crying a little right now…

onions!

Is there be anything more satisfying than ticking off a big ol’ something off your to do list?

Joanne and I are set for grabbing a thank-you coffee on Sunday after her final shift ends!

Admittedly, not something I ever saw myself doing when she started at the office. But after bumping into her at the HP premiere, I’ve realized that there’s perhaps more than meets the eye with her.

I texted Tim to tell him about it – and he just thinks I’m crazy.

Maybe I am, but who cares? No matter how big and showy the armour, there’s always a person underneath, right?

Prepping the Afterburners

A little weariness beginning to settle in to these calcium-filled bones of mine.

Eight hours down, eight hours to go…sure, it’s a tiring process but I am determined to finish this double-shift without complaining.

I begged for it (kinda), so I’m sure as heck gonna take it like a woman!

I’m still basking in the Harry Potter afterglow today, and thinking a lot about how weird/unexpected it was seeing Joanne at the show as well. Who knew she was a huge Harry Potter fan too?

You know…she’s here for a few more hours. I think after I finish break I’m gonna swing by her office and ask her if she’d like to grab a thank-you coffee sometime soon? She didn’t have to let me swap shifts so I could see HP…but she did, and I am SUPER thankful for that.

Anyways, I’ve gotta finish eating and brainstorm some ways to make sure I don’t fall asleep on next shift!

Not that I’m really worried: I’m placing sleep wards around my desk for the wee hours of the morning to fend off the inevitable. Pepsi, Cherry Blasters, and maaaybe coffee if it comes to it (though it’s pretty hot outside).

Caffeine to thrum through my veins and provide little slaps in the face when I need ‘em.

Onwards and upwards, early morning ho!

One door closes, another opens…

Wow.

Wow…

I did it. Seven books. Eight movies.

And one big, glowing heart in the aftermath.

Last night’s Harry Potter show was amazing, for so many different reasons!

Not only was the movie itself good (espesh the CGI) but I sobbed like a frantic Dobby at parts, especially when (no spoilers!) it showed clips from all the past movies…little Harry is so cute!

There’s something too about seeing with a hundred other people as well, who are all feeling the same things you are. Except for iron-heart Guy, cynically munching on his popcorn…

But to use a fitting cliché…it really was magical. :)

Though something completely unexpected happened when Guy and I walked out at around 2:30am. Something I would never, EVER have expected if I’d had a million years to sit and ponder the probability of unexpected things…

Joanne walked out too.

Yes. Joanne von Daimler, my temporary manager from work, who (rightfully so) sort of gave me hell this week for my little stunts.

I admit, I just gaped for a second before she saw me and came over to say hi! We talked for a bit, and…she was actually really nice! Very pleasant AND it turns out just as big a Harry Potter fan as I am!

WHAAAAAAAT?!

Anyways, we both had to be in work this morning, AND I’m pulling a double-shift today to make up for getting the time off for HP, so we said our goodbyes and went home. I’m still a little shocked…

But all in all, a TERRIFIC evening!! I think I can die now.

…except not: Captain America comes out next week!

I JUST WANT TO CE-LE-BRATE!

AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

HOLY LEAKING CAULDRONS AND BAMBOOZLING BUTTERBEERS!!

Joanne. Said. Yes.

YEEESSS! *fist pump*

Though to be fair, it wasn’t quite that simple. Just as I was leaving for the day, she pulled me into her office and told me she’d given what I had to say a lot of thought.

Apparently something I said really got to her, so she agreed to let me take another punishment shift, leaving me free to go to the MIDNIGHT THURSDAY/FRIDAY SCREENING!!

BUT, of course there are conditions: first, if I put so much as a toe out of line, I’m toast. And two, I have to pick up that punishment shift within the next two days. No problem!

O JOYOUS DAY! I can’t wait to tell Guy!!

Sticks’n'Stones’n'Hope

A little giddy right now!

I went in and talked to Joanne as per my plan today to come clean about everything that’s been going on.

I’m not gonna lie – it was TOUGH.

Reason #1: Cyclops stare…Joanne is really good at burning holes in/through people with her gaze. Seriously, it’s almost a laser.

Reason #2: Power suit… +12 Intimidation, ‘nuff said.

But I asked her for a word in her office, stood my ground and said what I needed to say! I apologized for skipping work last Friday first and foremost, and told her that I really do love and value my job – I take a lot of pride in helping people and that’s the truth.

Secondly, the reason she knew I was playing hooky last week was because she was doing some checking-up on employees online…and found me pretty easily. I said some pretty hurtful things about her, not to mention a pretty loaded nickname which I will not use again…

And lastly, I breached the subject of the impending HP premiere that I am DYING to see but am scheduled to work over. I told how it’s been a massive part of my childhood and how much it meant to me, and that if I could go it would mean the world.

So after my big spiel was done, she looked at me for a looooong while and said:

“I’ll think about it.”

SHE’LL THINK ABOUT IT!!! I couldn’t BELIEVE it, I was totally not expecting it!!

So here I am on lunch, so hopeful I can hardly eat…how am I supposed to make it through the rest of the day??

From the diaphragm…

Deep breaths, deep breaths… just like the asthma doctor taught me.

I’m getting ready to head into work for the day, and with everything that’s happened, yes – it has become a slightly nerve-wracking ordeal.

But what’s really making me nervous?

That stern-faced god of trial: Honesty.

I’ve decided to go in this morning and be honest with Joanne about everything I’ve done…playing hooky, saying some impolite things about her in a public space (aka here, aka my Twitter, etc.), generally being disrespectful…

And it’s NOT just a suck-up tactic (though I admit I do have that Harry Potter premiere on the brain). I’m doing it because it needs to be done!

So good luck to me! I may very well need a visit from the God of Hugs after all this is done…

Birk Stalemate.

Today was a loooonnnnnngggg day at work.

On top of having no twitter, no facebook, no FUN- Joanne and I are totally in a stalemate! I was planning on talking to her today about my most heinous punishment for ducking out on work on Friday, but when I walked into her office I totally froze. The pressure was just too much! The stakes too high! So I started to kinda babble without really saying anything.

Joanne seemed to have really curt, cut-off answers to anything I started to say. I couldn’t figure out what to say. I had no moves left to make.

I need to harness my strength for the next time I see her…keep in mind that she’s probably got a heart and if I explain to her what catching the premiere of the last Harry Potter means to me maybe she’ll understand!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Back.

Ferris Bueller Day on Friday and its consequences has got me thinking a lot about, well, Ferris Bueller.

I always kinda connected with the movie. You know at the end when Ferris is all like “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around a while you can miss it”…he is TOTALLY RIGHT!! So in a way, I feel pretty okay about having an amazing day with Tim on Friday. The week was getting just too tense.

But sometimes when you stop to look around, you gotta consider the consequences too. Maybe Joanne is a really tough boss…

…but isn’t honestly always the best policy?

I really do love my job, and I hate that I put it in jeopardy. I’m kinda thinking that maybe if I were upfront and talked to Joanne about the change of pace at the job since she took over, and how it was hard to adjust to, yadayadayada, she wouldn’t be so harsh.

It’s worth a try, right? At least maybe she’ll let me have the Thursday night off so I can go see the midnight screening…fingers, toes, legs crossed.