Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wormie's the name...

     Reading's my game. 

I've had a lot of time to read here lately. So far this year, I've read 3 books working on the 4th. So far this year, I've read I Am Legend, Life of Pi and The Descendants, currently working on the Undisputed Truth, IT, . I feel like I've been flying through some books this year, according to my goal list,  I'm 10 books behind. lol I can dig the fact that i can read my book anywhere as long as I have my phone, but at the same time, I feel like I need to go to the library for a small  come to Jesus. I've been cheating on my library for a few months now. I need to feel a library book and smell the greatness of it. Well anyway, here are my thoughts about what I've completed thus far.

Life of Pi I thought the movie was head on the book. Granted I've only seen the movie once, and it was a while ago, the book still was like i remember the movie. I always like reading books that have movies that just so I can compare them. If you liked the movie, I'm pretty sure you will like the book as well.  Books that I can watch in great detail in my mind are always better. 4 out of 4 stars for this one.

I Am Legend I recently watched the directors edition of this movie on AMC and learned that the movie was based off of a book. So I decided to see what it was about. In the movie,  the creatures were zombies with vampire like tendencies. They wouldn't come out until the sun went down, but the book they were straight vampires. The book was originally written in 1954, so it wasn't like the movie in the sense of the technology, and the ending was different too. I thought it was really really good, just kind of hard to get the movie out my head while reading it. 3 out of 4 stars

The DescendantsWhat made me pick this book up? I think it was one of the first
books that was on the ebook list on the library's website. Plus George Clooneys face was on the cover. I had already seen the movie, and I remember not being all that impressed with the movie. Since the books are generally better than the movie, I figured I'd see if it was true or not. NOT. The book was just as bad as the movie. The book was written well, but it wasn't a good story. Very dry. 1 star out of 4 stars.

Undisputed Truth This is what I am currently reading. I think that Mike Tyson is not only one crazy mutha flucka, but a very misunderstood, and very interesting. Like I want to go and watch clips of him from when he first started to all the major moments in his life. Just to see how he was and what he looked like. Its like I know what you were going through at that time, and I know why you acted the way you did, but let me watch it. You have to understand that Tyson was doing big thangs before I was even born. This man is a beast, an animal in his terms. I think one of the funniest things in reading this was when he went on his rant to the reporter at the Lennox Lewis press conference. The man is crazy. I totally respect him and look at him in a different light. 5 out of 6 stars, and I'm not even done.

Ok well there is my reviews of the 2014 book selection this year. What have you read this year thus far? Leave a comment let me know or find me on, I'm always looking for something new to read.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Heres to you slick

$5 bucks says this will be on the TV tomorrow morning. So far this school year, we have had  6 snow days/early dismissals. The sad part about it is, half of those probably could have been avoided. Now here is the part where I go into when I was growing up, and how i had to go to school in a least 3 feet of snow. I, however, did not have to walk in it. I had the luxury of driving in the mess. My school sat on top of a hill that I had to maneuver Red Bone up. And if I got stuck, eff it, leave it on the hill and hike. I come from the midwest, the land of snow during the winter time.. I currently live in what I've heard called the midwest.. CLEARLY this is NOT the midwest, not even close. More like mideast-ish.

 My first winter here, and every one since amazes me at how many school closings there are. Granted right now, it is currently raining, and earlier there were ice pellets falling.. The city may in fact be something like an ice skating rink tomorrow. Schools, daycare's and work were released early today in efforts help get everyone home safe. The last time we were released early from work, it was a day late and a dollar short. The ice was a half inch thick on the cars, and it was still snowing. Folks I work with said it took them 4 hours or more to get home.  So it was a good choice to let go home before the storm hit. Tonight we are expected to have non stop snow/ice/rain. It has been non stop for the past 3 hours now. It first started as ice pellets, the last time I looked out the door it was raining.. Oh  goody goody gum drop. I hope the i city is out working and salting right now. You would think they were right? For as long as I've been here, it always seems like the city trucks are out the most after everything is said and done, and not during the storm or before pre-treating. I've been through an ice storm before since being out here, and that was one scary situation to be in. Especially if you have trees close to your window, and you can hear the tree limbs breaking from the weight of the ice. Scary stuff i tell ya. The meteorologist said its not supposed to be as bad as the previous storm, but looking out side now, I can tell you its not gonna be pretty tomorrow. Pray for us readers.. 

Be easy yall 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Blessed beyond measure

So I know, I've hit my slacker stage again when it comes to writing. Let  me put the disclaimer out there, the first half of this was written almost 2 and a half months ago. Back in November, my  boss told me that he recommended me for an interim team lead position while one of the current leads goes out for medical reasons. Now with the recommendation alone, I was hype, and very grateful.  Upon my arrival to work the following day, the supervisor in need told me that I am now her interim team lead. No there's no pay increase, but this is just more experience to add to my resume here at my job. Im grateful not only because its our busy time and I can be off the phones, but more so for the opportunity that I am being presented with. There's a possibility that other positions can become availabe to me after this assignment is over. So who knows. All I can say is im grateful and blessed.

So with that being said, my run with my new hire team is over. And yes i said, MY new hire team. I say that because I got them on their first real day on the phones,  which can be most terrifying in this type of work environment. I remember my first day on the phones and all of the terror, and second guessing myself I did. Now I get to see them for more than one day and get to see their growth and development. The first day, I had folks crying saying they didn't known if they were going to come back because they just didn't know what to do. 2 months later, 2 people from my team specifically have left, and 2 others from the remainder of the new hire class have quit. What can i say, this type of job isn't for everyone. This is my first real leadership role in the corporate world. Sometimes I forget that, I slip into my call taker role and will say whatever, but I've gotten better about that. There were times when the reps would say something  "oh that's my team lead" or "Tae is my leadership." I try to correct them because I'm only interim and once their real lead comes back, I will no longer be there to guide them and will be back to my normal duties. I appreciate the love and support, but I'm not out here to take this team over or nothing like that. I'm just here to help.

With this position,  its given me a chance to see things from the other side. Ive been in the newbies role, trying to find my way, now im here seeing these people grow, learning their personality types and seeing the same struggle  I dealt with many moons ago.  The experience as a whole has been one that I am grateful for. I received a lot of good feed back, and it also put my name out there. So from here we shall see what the future holds. 

As far as the rest of my life, what can I say. Were just living, growing and continuing to be better. Daddy is becoming something like a local celebrity here in the ville, Jr is growing more and more each and every day. Which by the way, is not something I am prepared for. Sometimes i look at him and just be in awe that he is getting so big..  Well for now, that's all i shall bore you with. :) I promise, I WILL BE BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO SHARING.