Archive for September, 2008

Teaching at a Hair School

Posted By Twyla on September 29, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

I am happy to say that I am on the path to becoming an instructor at a local hair school and hopefully I will be able to teach the next group of students that will be starting in a few short weeks.  This will be my first time as a teacher, and I hope that I am able to do a good job for them.

You see, I had always wanted to teach, but it wasn’t until I attended a beauty academy and people started to notice my work that it actually became a possibility.  You see, I met a lot of wonderful women through my days of working at the local salon, and someone passed my name along when the local beauty school decided that they were hiring.

I went to the interview and they are supposed to let me know by the end of the week if I have the position or not.  Either way, I now know that I want to teach and that I will do what it takes to make that dream come true.

Simple Conversions

Posted By Misty Mountain on September 20, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

One of the most frustrating things for me is that some of the world is on metric measurements, while the rest is on imperial.  For us that grew up during the supposed period of changing from one to the other, sometimes we can feel very confused with some of the measurements.

For example, whenever I talk with my mother about the weather, she always quotes me the temperature in Celsius.  Sadly, the number she gives me doesn’t mean much to me, but I bought some software that converts Celsius to Fahrenheit.  Once I do the conversion, I actually understand what she is talking about.

The same goes for when she discusses how many miles it is to the nearest city from her home.  I use a Miles to KMs converter to figure out what she is saying to me too.

Thankfully, someone took the time to create this wonderful software that helps me out on a daily basis to do simple conversions with a click of my mouse.

No Luck Finding a Job

Posted By Misty Mountain on September 19, 2008 @ 9:44 am

For most of my adult life, I’ve really had no problem finding a job when I needed one.  Besides having a well-rounded skill set, I also have an excellent resume that is paved my way to many job opportunities and interviews.  In fact, I never thought that I would ever have a problem finding a job in my life as it seemed like any employer would be happy to have me on their team.

I guess it was a little bit overconfident, and I quickly found out that I was unable to find any part time jobs in my area.  Not only was is disappointing, but we were in a serious financial crunch and I needed to find any kind of job quick.

I took a look on a highly recommended Australia job search website and I was able to find a number of call center jobs in Australia that I would be qualified for.  I applied for them online and waited patiently to hear a positive response from them.

Now, a couple weeks later I am still without a job and things are getting desperate.  Hopefully things will turn around soon and someone will offer me a job – otherwise, I don’t what we are going to do.

Safe Work Conditions

Posted By Misty Mountain on September 17, 2008 @ 1:58 am

One of the biggest things that my uncle’s employer is concerned about it their safety.  Not only is being safe an essential thing on their job sites, but by being safe they are able to save a lot of money.  You see, he works in construction and though they try to be safe, accidents do happen that cost money and lives.

In an effort to reduce the number of injuries and create a safer work environment for their staff, they have made a point to purchase a new safety harness for each of their staff once per year.  Instead of relying on old equipment to fail, they are proactive and ensure that their equipment is in good condition.

They also attend workshops twice per year to ensure that they know the proper use of fall protection equipment.  Though my uncle grumbles about it sometimes, he knows that he is working at a place that cares that he is safe on his job which definitely makes him feel better about working there.

Thomas the Tank Engine Gifts

Posted By Misty Mountain on September 16, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

It amazes me sometimes when my children make their lists for their birthdays that they can often end up with some pretty crazy items on their list.  But quite often, they also have reasonable requests as well and I do my best to buy them those things that they want for their birthday.

With my son’s birthday coming up, I made sure to ask him what he wanted.  I had to cross off the horse and race car, but there were some reasonable requests.

I thought that his idea of getting Thomas the train and brio train tracks was a perfect idea as we would have the room in the new house that we were moving to to have room for him to play.  Price wise, it fit well into the budget while also leaving some money left over for some clothes as well.

I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he gets the Thomas the Tank Engine gifts he asked for – I bet he will be really excited!

SpyHunter Delivers as Promised

Posted By Misty Mountain on September 10, 2008 @ 3:33 am

One of my biggest pet peeves is software that fails to deliver the features that they promise.  It has happened to me a number of times to the point where I no longer buy software on a whim – I need to see what others have said about it first.

So recently when a good friend of mine suggested that I should buy SpyHunter, I needed to do a search online for a SpyHunter review to see what someone else suggested.

It took awhile for me to find a review (I was a little sleepy at the time), but I sat down with a cup of coffee to read it.  Reading through the article, it was apparent that the reviewer recommended the product and had much success with it.  I felt that it would make a good purchase as it seemed to deliver as promised.

So, I bought SpyHunter online, and have been using it for the past couple of weeks.  I have to say that I am very happy with the product and how easy it is to use.  Definitely a piece of software that I would recommend to my friends.

Less Selfish

Posted By Twyla on September 8, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

There is one thing that I like to do more than any other thing and that is to travel. I have seen much of the world, though not as much as I would like to. I have recently started my own travel blog, so I could both give and get advice on good places to visit and the best places to stay when one is traveling.

I recently had a post from a guy about a larp weekend that was coming up in my city. I am not really big into this, but my boyfriend lives for it. I thought I would surprise him with the trip and I can honestly say that he was very pleased with the effort that I put into the trip that was all about him.

I say this because we usually do what I want to do and go where I want to go. It was a nice change to be less selfish for once and I think it was the best trip of his life.

Trying a New Marketing Tactic

Posted By Misty Mountain on September 7, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

For the past few months, the sales of TV screen protectors in our store have slumped while sales of flat screen televisions have skyrocketed.  I was a little concerned as to why this was happening, but I wanted to turn the sales around and convince our customers that they needed to buy a TV screen protector with their new television.

After consulting with our sales staff, I realized that they were missing the one thing that they needed to be doing to make our sales turn around: upselling.  Basically, they were not asking the customer if they wanted to protect their new television for years to come.

So, they are now required to go for the upsell, and hopefully we will see some results within a week.  If they don’t implement the new marketing tactic, they will have disciplinary action taken against them, and risk being terminated from their employment.

Finding Better Images for my Website

Posted By Misty Mountain on September 6, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

One of the things that has really frustrated me has been the commonality of the template that I chose for my website.  You see, I am no programmer by any means, so I went with one of those free templates that you can get online.  Sure it was nice, but what I didn’t like is that it looked the same as everyone else’s.

So, I decided that I could maybe buy a stock photo that would allow me to differentiate my site from all the others.  I knew that it would be a small step, but it would definitely be a step in the right direction.

So, I asked my online friends where I could get stock photos royalty free that were both great quality and a good price. They did have some suggestions that I decided to try and in the end, I went with a smaller stock photography that had the images that I was looking for.

Now, my site looks much better and I am proud to call it my own.  I hope that in the next couple of months that I will be able to get a new template designed for me, but in the meantime, I am happy with what I have.

Replacement Aircraft Headsets

Posted By Misty Mountain on @ 12:37 pm

I work part time for a small airline in town and it has been a great experience.  You see, I have always been fascinated with airplanes, and now that I get paid to be around them, it is like living my childhood dream as an adult.

I am still taking flying lessons and hope to be a pilot someday, but in the meantime, I just do general maintenance tasks as well as I am learning some aircraft mechanics.  They do let me do simple repairs and this weekend I get to change the aircraft headset in each plane with a new one.

The replacement aircraft headsets are David Clark headsets which are some of the best on the market.  I know for some of you that it might seem like it would be a lot of work to replace them, but honestly, it is pretty easy.

We just like to replace them regularly so that we don’t have any problems in the air.  Though the job replacing them is easy, I love the opportunity to spend my whole day in airplanes – I can’t wait!

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