Thursday, January 29, 2009

A track out of my lifes soundtrack...

I cannot live without music. I simply can't function without it. My iPod travels everywhere with me, and there are always CD's packed into my car - which makes me very thankful for my new, 6 CD changer! - Some days, I am happy with whatever is playing on the radio. Other days - like today - a mood will strike I will aboslutely have to listen to a particular song, or artist, at full, speaker thumping, ear blasting volume. Today, it was Billy Joel. How I love Billy Joel. Piano Man will forever be my favourite song by this artist, but this morning as I drove to the subway station, another one of his songs connected with me. I can't explain why - not yet at least - but it just made so much sense, and helped me carry a smile all the way into work.

You May be Right

Friday night I crashed your party
Saturday I said I'm sorry
Sunday came and trashed me out again
I was only having fun
Wasn't hurting anyone
And we all enjoyed the weekend for a change

I've been stranded in the combat zone
I walked through Bedford Stuy alone
Even rode my motorcycle in the rain
And you told me not to drive
But I made it home alive
So you said that only proves that I'm insane

You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just might be a lunatic you're looking for
Turn out the light
Don't try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know
But you may be right

Remember how I found you there
Alone in your electric chair
I told you dirty jokes until you smiled
You were lonely for a man
I said take me as I am
'Cause you might enjoy some madness for awhile

Now think of all the years you tried to
Find someone to satisfy you
I might be as crazy as you say
If I'm crazy then it's true
That it's all because of you
And you wouldn't want me any other way

You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for
It's too late to fight
It's too late to change me
You may be wrong for all I know
But you may be right

You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just might be a lunatic you're looking for
Turn out the light
Don't try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know
But you may be right

You may be wrong, but you may be right
You may be wrong, but you may be right

If you haven't heard this song before, download it - buy the cd - just listen! It's a classic, amongst many others, by Billy Joel.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Fill-ins

Stolen! :) Happy Friday!

1. Oh, I am so excited!! And..little bits nervous.
2. Lately, life is full of changes, big and little.
3. During the week, I am known as 'Serious Sarah'.
4. Someone actually shouted out "Do fries come with that shake" to me today; are you kidding me???
5. Right now I'd like to be on my way home for the weekend.
6. My iPod is my favorite gadget.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going out with some great friends, tomorrow my plans include making homemade Chinese food and going on a 'date' and Sunday, I'm making coconut cream tarts for my mummy's birthday!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Never saw it coming...

The weekend is upon us!

Twenty-four hours ago, I had absolutely no plans for the weekend...Aside from having my aunt and uncle on Saturday and making Chinese food - yes, I said making..not ordering - I had a fairly relaxed couple of days on the horizon. Normally, when looking forward to a quite break from the work week, I will do everything in my power to keep it so, but..

I have a date! :) Sort of. Well, I think it's a date. To tell you the truth, I haven't been on a "date" since high school, so I really have no clue what a date consists of these days. Let me break it down...I met this guy through the boyfriend of my best friend. Luckily her boyfriend is one of my good friends, and I get along with the majority of his friends as well. This is the third one of his friends that he has tried to set me up with...

The first, was fun for a month during the summer, but we just didn't click We ended up to be friends in the end, which is great!

The second - we danced together once, where he smelt my hair and after asking what shampoo I used, decided it was o.k. to share that he was a user of Head and Shoulders. Cue to exit.

So, now we are on to bachelor number three. When originally introduced to him, it was just as friends, and I had never given him much thought. In a group, we went to bars together, out for wings and beer, out for dinner. New Years rolled around, and it ended up being myself, the bff, her bf and bachelor #3. We had a great time!! Since then, we've seen each other in more group get-togethers, but I have always viewed him as a friend. All of this changed on Wednesday night...

I got a text message from him, asking if I would like to go a party with him Saturday night.
I panicked, lol, and immediately closed that message and sent a text to the bff. Never got an answer!!!

So, left to figure this out solo, I agreed to go, thinking I would drive and if worse comes to worse, could leave if I wasn't having any fun.

Yesterday was just one of those days I knew was not going to be least not where my job was concerned! Since I still hadn't heard from the bff, I sent her an e-mail. In her reply, she was very excited to hear about this new development with Bachelor#3, and insisted that I say yes to him. Good thing I already did. We spent the majority of the day chatting over e-mail, disecting what this 'date' meant. According to her, and her bf, and the previous bachelor#2..none of which are supposed to be talking about's legit and bachelor#3 was really in to me.

Oh - well. This changes things. In between e-mails, I spent the rest of my time pretending to work, but really trying to figure out how I felt about all of this. Bachelor#3 is a really fun guy...he makes me laugh. I'm not a big fan of his hair, but we can change that later. He doesn't have a hairy face - big plus for him there. Hmm...maybe we could be more than buddies. Maybe, I'm a little excited about this new development.

So - now I have a weekend jammed packed with plans! Bachelor#3 is in a band, who has a show tonight, which we are now all going to. Saturday, we have our 'date' and then will meet up with the bff and her bf afterwards. I'm nervous about this 'date'. Ah!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just one of those mornings..

Having a bad day...and it's only 8:48am!!!
Started with somehow sleeping through my extremely obnoxious alarm to find myself waking up at 6:16am....16 minutes AFTER I'm supposed to be in my car, on my way to work. Excellent!
Got on the subway..which I know some people don't understand how or why, but I usually love taking it. Not this morning. Due to being late, it was a hell of a lot busier and people coughed, sneezed, yawned and stuck their armpits in my face. WTF people?? So rude!
Got to work, at 8:18am....18 minutes AFTER I start...even more excellent. Threw on some make up...normally I wouldn't even care, but one look in the bathroom mirror and I cringed...imagine what other people are going to think??
Made my oatmeal, and so far the only good thing today, met a very nice dude named Allan who is here from our Vancouver office. Chatted with him, returned to my desk with my oatmeal. Yummy :).
Took a sip of water...spilt it all down the front of my white blouse, which leaked through my white tank top, which has now revealed my purple bra. EXCELLENT!
Bah! Is it too late to decide to call in sick today??

Now that I have vented all of the horrendous drama that has occured in less than three hours, I realize it may seem minimal to some - but I have a downpacked routine every morning...when that routine goes south, so does my attitude. Doesn't help that the girls that I usually vent my frustrations to and laugh about afterwards aren't in the office today. Boo. Guess I am going to have to grin and bare it...let's just hope that the printer doesn't jam, or my stapler plays nice. Otherwise, it's D-Day for them!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lil' bits excited!

Although I have only been at my new job for just over two months, I am absolutely loving it and can't wait to learn as much as possible. It was frustrating for me in my first weeks here, as I had to depend on other people to help me get my work done. I made it my goal to practice, and learn to do this independently so that my account executives could depend on me, and feel comfortable with sending work directly to my inbox, as opposed to copying me in on an e-mail to one of my trainer's. Being new to this industry - the insurance industry - I know very little, especially when it comes to certain terminology, rules, etc. Browsing through our on-line employee portal, I came across a section entirely devoted to industry based training. I glanced through it, but didn't pay much attention, as I figured it wouldn't apply to me..I had only been there a month or so. A few weeks later, during my employee appraisal, I found out that I did not have to wait at all to further my education within the company. I immediately logged back on to the portal and read all the information provided for the LOMA courses. There are eight of them, and once (and if) I complete them all, I will have earned my FLMI. I enrolled for my first course - LOMA280 Principles of Insurance: Life, Health & Annuities. Sounds thrilling, I know - but I am so EXCITED! Who knew, Sarah Spiller, would ever EVER be excited about school! lol I know that this will take a lot of studying, and some serious will power on my part to get through the course info and pass my exam in May, but I can't wait to get started. With this course, I hope to pass in May and register for the next, eventually building my way all the way up to CEBS and moving my way up through the company.
I haven't worked out a ten year plan, but it's something I'm looking forward to working out. Heck, I'll be thrilled to have a 2 year plan.. ha ha ha. Wish me luck!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Better than ever!

Having not been on my blog for quite some time, I took a quick read through past posts, and couldn't believe how sad and miserable I was. I deleted a few posts, although I know it's a no-no...but they were just too depressing. Thankfully, my first post of the New Year is on a positive note!

In November '08, I started a new job! I was extremely excited to be taking the next step in my adult life, as I somewhat felt that my previous job wasn't giving me enough responsibility, or sense of maturity. I worked in a home office, in a very relaxed atmosphere where part of my daily routine would be to browse through facebook, text message my friends and watch TV. I felt like I was still in high school, playing hooky. Most of all - it was boring! My new job keeps me busy and has my days flying past. I love the work that I am doing, the people in my office, and the general atmosphere here. I have only been here for two months, but received my first employee appraisal at the end of 2008. I was nervous going in to the meeting with my team leader and supervisor, as I had NEVER experienced something like this, and really did not know what to expect. Within minutes I let out the breath I hadn't realized was being held, and found out that my superiors were more than pleased with my addition to the team, and couldn't believe how well adapted I had become in such a short period of time. I was thrilled!! Today, as my probation is officially through by the end of the week, I signed up for my first industry-based training course. I am so excited to start learning more, and eventually have the possibility of moving up in the company. All of the opportunities and advantages that so many people are accustomed to, are brand new for me and I can't wait to get my hands on it all! Wish me luck :)

Outside of work, and because of it really, life in general has been excellent! I feel so much more at ease, and feel that my stress levels have decreased enormously. I'm finally becoming financially stable, which since I have been working full time from the age of 19, is quite overdue. This alone took away probably 50% of what I usually stressed out about. It's amazing how much better you feel, when you know things are taken care of. My biggest worry is gone. I can't necessarily be carefree, but I'm comfortable, and that's the best I can ask for right now. I bought a new car, which was very exciting for me, and literally will drive anywhere you ask me to. It's been so much fun. I've reconnected with my friends, spending more time with those I had lost touch with, and making new ones along the way. I've lost relationships with some great people along this long road too, and it still makes me sad to think of how things could have turned out in some situations...but...I don't want to dwell on the past anymore. What is done, is done, and I only have good thoughts for 2009. I have been telling myself that I am going to lose weight for almost 2 years now, yet never stuck to a strict regime, or put any real effort in. With my new job, came a new sense of myself, and I'm glad to say I've finally worked out a schedule that works for me and is helping me achieve long overdue goals.

The title of this post explains it all - things are better than ever, and I couldn't be happier.
Happy 2009 everyone! I hope the year is as good for you as I am planning mine to be!!