Saturday, September 27, 2008

First Week!

I love my job. It's great. I left Friday afternoon and immediately as I got on the interstate wanted to head back Monday. Plus, next week will be even better, cause I start getting paid every week on Thursday. Who cares if it's far away? God will provide.

Anyway, I love it. It doesn't feel like work. Time flies by. The people are great. Awesome atmosphere. Yup, God's amazing.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life" - Confucius

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Second Day!

So, I am loving my new job. It was more exciting today, cause I had a lot of new stuff to do. Did several pages and stuff. So yeah, I love it. I get to wear shorts, I get to do HTML, and everyone there is very friendly and Godly.

There's only one downside: it's thirty-three miles away from my house. Which, really, is not that bad considering the amazing opportunity it is, and the awesome pay for my first "real" job. I just wish it was a twenty minute drive instead of a forty. I'd be able to save on gas as well.

There's two branches to this company: North and South. Hanceville and Hueytown. The reason the North branch is so far away is cause that's where Mr. Lowery lives. The building is on his estate.

Here's the thing... this time last year, the North branch had only seven employees. Now, a year later, it has sixteen, I guess actually eighteen (me and some new IT guy coming next week). There's only room for three more people in the building, which means Mr. Lowery would either have to expand the building, or move the office. Here's my question: Is it selfish for me to pray that he moves the office to somewhere like.. Gardendale? Or somewhere in Birmingham?

He'd be about twenty minutes away from it in G-dale. Some people, who live in Cullman, would have to drive forty minutes to get to G-dale. I'm planning on getting an apartment in Fultondale in the next year. It would be awesome! The reason I say this is because he mentioned how the company was growing fast in the interview I had him. He probably wants it to continue growing fast, but not everyone is going to want to drive all the way out there. So why not move closer to the big city of Birmingham?

Wow, I'm selfish, lol. God gives me an awesome job and I still want something. Anyway, what are your thoughts? Be honest. I'm seriously praying that either 1) God moves the office close or 2) He provides a way for me to make it up there and back each day (which I know if he wants me there, he will). Cause my car isn't the greatest, and that is a lot to put it through each day. Especially a lot when the roads are torn to shreds and bumpy like everything, haha. Anyway, tell me what you think.

P.S. ....technically I could do this job from home.... hah! Nah. I'm sure they'd want me close to them so they could tell me when my pages look wrong in person instead of telling me over a Instant Messaging service or telephone.

Monday, September 22, 2008

First Day.

First day of my new job. Wasn't terribly exciting, cause there really wasn't any work for me. Tomorrow will go quicker, cause I'll have work to do.

Apparently I'm going to start saving for a car.. woohoo.

Please pray that God helps me find what I need, not what I want.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

They're All Out Without You, Having Fun.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11

God is a great God. I mean, he's really amazing. I have no right to call him amazing because that's like an insult to how truly spectacular he was, is, and will always be. He does some really strange things, though, but don't worry, they're amazing too. We may not know why he does those things, because they may not be what we want, but yet, in the future, we can see why. Sometimes he doesn't give us the job we really want, only because he knows that something much better for our career will appear soon enough, and that if we can just be patient and seek him, he'll appear and so will what we need. He brings with him the things we need. And eventually the things we want turn into the things he wants, so that his mission and work becomes our work. This is what I want, and I'll do what I have to get it. Today, I praise God for his amazing work as he's given me something I'll remember for the rest of my life. I pray that I use it for his glory, as he would have me do. Thank you, Lord. You knew all along why nothing else was turning up results, and why the job I wanted to badly at Apple said no. It's because you had a better plan for me to become a Web Designer, to start my career, to save money, to learn better skills, meet new people, and start living.

I start a week from this Monday. :) Once again: w00t.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Job...? YES.

So I signed a piece of paper today that said I'm official with Sitel.

I was praying later, before I went to Jo's, that God would give me a Web Design job, and that the one I'm trying for would be great. So what do you know? No lie, less than a minute after that prayer, if not sooner than that, the phone rings. It's my Recruiter friend, Mrs. Diane, wanting to set up two interviews. The first is with her, just to fill out a background check and for her to meet me and see if I'd get along with the people there, and the second is with Mr. Lowery and his wife. Wow. Can I say that God is flippin' amazing? I think so.

I'm not going to lie. I'm not the best Christian ever. I try, but I still make my mistakes. That's why I'm saved by GRACE, not by works. RIGHT before I prayed that prayer I remembered (not the reference or even the whole verse, just the last few words of it) James 4:2: "You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God." So, I asked. And, Matthew 7:7a-8a: "Ask and it will be given to you...For everyone who asks receives;" I received. I rejoiced. I still ask that God guides me through the final parts of this process and lets me finish strong.

Big Freakin' w00t. =)

Monday, September 8, 2008


Ok, so, since yesterday afternoon I've been working on a spec assignment for Mr. Lowery, the owner of Health Resources. If he and his design team likes the design I put together, then he'll consider hiring me. I hope he likes it. I've been working on it for a long time. Probably... sixteen hours or so. Clicking, doing one thing, re-doing that thing over again cause it looked just a little bit wrong, blah blah blah. A lot of stuff. Surprisingly, each time I walked away from the computer, I wanted to go back and work more, and I still want to work on something else now. I do believe this is what I really want to do for a good majority of my life: Web Design. I pray that God gives me a job in Web Design. This one would be nice for a great start. Regardless, God is still awesome.

Tomorrow looks bright. I want to wake up early. I want to get going early. I have a few things to do, but mainly, I just want to be. Whether that's here, the church, BAM, or Starbucks, who knows? All I know is that I love God, I love life, and I love what I'm doing right now.


Sunday, September 7, 2008

More Photoshop.

Here's the original:

Here's the Photoshop'ed:

So, this is my second real attempt at Photoshop-ing something. The main thing I wanted to do in this picture of Maranda was remove the lone strand of hair from the left side of her face (guess really it's HER right side..). So, I accomplished that, with little bitty scars, right? Eh. If you look closely, or you may not have to, hah, you can see the mix-match of light and dark around her cheek. That was the last part of the project when I finally said, "Forget this. It's 4 am. I'm tired. Good night." when the stupid heal tool wasn't working like I would have liked it to. I guess for my second real attempt it's not that bad, right? Tell me what you think. Hope Maranda didn't mind me experiment with the elements on her face, haha.

Now that I look at it again, that right cheek really bothers me. Gah. I'm going to bed before I fire up PS again.

A Fun Night.

Tonight, obvious from the title, was fun. Hung out with Sam. She got off work at 6:30. Picked her up from her house at 7:20 or so. Went to Starbucks and hung out there for a while, talking, laughing, and drinking coffee. Only stayed until 8:50 or so. Went to 280, Narnes and Boble. Talked, sat, walked. Then went to IHOP and ate. Fun times, yah?

I never really know what to expect when I talk to Sam like I did tonight. She's pretty random sometimes. Other times she's not so random, but definitely not very predictable. I told her that I couldn't marry her cause she didn't get excited about the way butter melts pancakes. She was fine with that, till I told her I guess if I had to I would settle for her. She got upset about that fact, hahaha.

Speaking of which, we decided the girl I will marry will (well, at least I'm hopeful) have a great love the Discovery Channel. Maybe not even the Discovery Channel, but just the unpredictable pattern of randomness that is my different obsessions. Not really that she has to like what I like right then there, but hopefully she'll change it up like I do. Anyway, as of now, Discovery Channel. And she needs to have a bunch (or at least one) l in her name. Random? Nah, it all makes sense, I promise.

The recruiter for the Web Design position, Mrs. Diane, sent me a spec assignment from Mr. Lowery to determine if he liked my creative ideas. What do I have to do? I have create a landing page for a product of his, and create an HTML ad to bring potential customers to this page. Yeah, I'm going to get to work on that, as I told her I would probably have it finished by tomorrow. Exciting!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Job!

I has one. It's a-ma-za-zing! So.. I said in my second-to-last blog that I was going in for a test then hopefully an interview with Sitel, right? Well, I went today, missed my turn on I-20, lol, then had to go a different route that got me there regardless of my missed turn, and took the test.

The test was only four different, simulated calls, and I'll be honest, I could have sworn that I failed it. They give you a practice run first, and the program malfunctioned because I clicked on the Company's Policies instead of waiting for the phone to ring. So when it does ring, I try to click back to the answer station and it won't let me. Instead, it rings again and a pop-up window appears saying, "Answer the call."


"Answer the call."


"Answer the call."


"Answer the call."

"I'm trying! You won't let me get back to the original screen to hit the blasted button!"

So I just click "End Practice" and it says, "Good job completing the practice session! Good luck on the test!" Crap. The test starts, and angry callers start calling in. Even a woman who was begging me to adjust her credit limit even though it was against the policy. I really felt like I failed it.

I walk out after I finish it and wait in the lobby. My friend Lasagna (that was her name, I promise!) tells me I did good and hands me a bunch of forms to fill out. I fill them out after asking about different things in them, then she calls Jessica to interview me. What? I could have promised I was going to fail that test.

Jessica interviews me, keeps everything really friendly with me, even talks about some stuff not really relevant to the job, just making conversation. She seems to like me enough to hire me, so I guess she did. She gave me directions to get my drug screening, and then tells me after it and my background check comes back she'll call to confirm my training schedule. Sweeeet!

I am now a Customer Service Representative for Sitel. Eh. Guess it's not all that glorious or anything, but hey, it's a job. I'll be making eight dollars an hour for the training sessions (basically get paid $1540 for going to a class five days a week for seven weeks), then eight-fifty after that with probable advancement soon after I actually start the real job, plus soon-to-be benefits. Money is good, right?

I am looking forward to some money every two weeks. What's sad is that at this other job (which I'll find out if I have an interview for by Monday) I'll be making twice the money I will at Sitel. PLUS I would be doing what I love to do: geeky things like web design. How awesome? I seriously thank God for this job at Sitel, but I do pray that I can have a greater job in Hanceville with Health Resources.

So have you ever taken a drug test? If you're in the current workforce, I'm sure you have. How awkward? I just felt really strange. I'm not really going to talk about it anymore, but seriously. I just want everyone to know that I felt very strange handing that cup over to a nurse.

Could I have anymore paragraphs in my blog? Anyway -- Life is good. I think I'll end this blog with the fact that I'm tired. Maybe tomorrow I'll tell about my time in West Blocton earlier tonight. But as for now, good night.

Friday, September 5, 2008


I just spent several hours in Photoshop playing around with the above banner. Just wanted something to do with the program, so I decided to make a banner. Whatcha think? Looks like some new person just played around with Photoshop for a few hours, huh? Well, I guess it's a learning experience. Now I just need $800 to buy the program, haha.

Now to actually find out where Sitel is.. and go to bed. :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Jobs, Gayness, and other stuff.

So I just finished watching I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. That was a funny movie. It kinda made me think, though, about how Christians are supposed to treat homosexuals and such. In fact, I don't think there needs to be a clarification on the subject if you're truly following Christ. One man having trouble lusting after another man is the same as me trying not to lust after a woman in God's eye. Sin is sin. Everyone needs salvation from their sins. Homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes, yes, but isn't every sin unpleasing to God? Then what right do we have to look down on a people who are struggling to find their place in this world? We don't.

Anyway.. to clear up some stuff, here's my resolution of these thoughts: There's no right to judge a non-believer whether they be homosexual or not, because we as Christ Followers cannot expect the world to act as Christ would. Now, if the person claims to follow Christ and still struggles with this, there's no way I'm going to judge them, because I myself, as a male, struggle daily to keep my mind free from sexual perversion pertaining to the fairer sex. Sexual sin is sexual sin. Instead, I'll try to help this person as I try to help myself avoid such temptations, maybe offering guidance from different verses that warn about sexual sin. They deserve love, not hate. And as a Christ Follower, I should show love to all, not just heterosexuals.

So I may have an interview tomorrow. I'm hopeful, at least. I mean, I called Sitel today and they told me take the Assessment test that I've taken like.. four times by now. I took it, called her back, her being a woman named Jessica, and she told me that I failed it.. hahaha. So I asked her if we could just the scores from the first time I took the test. She said we could, and that I should come to Sitel tomorrow for the next part of the assessment and if I pass, for an interview afterwards. Nice, huh? I hope so.

There's this other job.. ya see that job would be customer service for now, maybe a technical service later on down the road. The other one would be a Website Designer position. How awesome would that be? That's what I wanna do for the rest of my life, right? Yah. So anyway, I've been speaking with this woman named Diane who apparently is a recruiter for.. well.. I'm not sure if she recruits for a lot of different companies, but I know she recruits for Health Resources. I called her up (got her number from and that's where I orginally saw the job opportunity) and she sounded really happy to be hearing from someone. So we had like a little phone interview, and she passed my resume onto the owner of the company, Mr. Lowery. She said if he liked everything, which she thought he would, that she would contact me before Monday or Tuesday and set an interview up with her on either of those days. So, that's cool.

I would love to do this job, but there's only one liiiittle, painful bit of information that kinda makes me hesitant, and that's the fact that I'd have to drive to Hanceville every day. But to be honest, for me to get a starting job that pays like this and gets me great experience with Web Design, I'll drive that far. Who knows? Maybe I'll love it so much that I'll never want another job and I'll just move up the company? I dunno, hah. We'll see. Just keep me in your prayers, that God would give me a good job that I can do and that paves the way for my future. Whatever that may be, haha.

So hey, don't tell my parents all of this, but I keep thinking more and more of how cool it would be to have my own place. They probably know I'm thinking about that. But yeah, I'd love to have my own apartment. I don't care if someone's there with me, that'd be cool, I think. Like Caleb or Austin. But really I guess any of my friends would be good roommates. But where to live?

Fultondale. I've thought about it, and decided to be impulsive. I found some apartments behind BAM (books-a-million) and they seem cool. They're close to the interstate, and if I were to get that job at Hanceville, that would be so much quicker to just jump on the interstate and drive up there. If Caleb lived there, he could just jet up to Wal-mart for now and then later in life to his job at whichever dentist office he decides to work at (if he still wants to pursue that).

The prospect of being able to move stuff around in my own place and not worry about anyone else's real opinion is really nice. My mom and dad wouldn't mind me moving stuff around, but they would probably wonder why. Maybe I just want a change. But also, the thought that whoever wanted to could just swing by my place to hang out for a little while is really cool, too. I think that's one of the main reasons. They could spend the night if they wanted to, cause it's my place. I think that's cool. Maybe I'm strange?

I've been listening to a lot of American Idiot recently. Which is weird, cause yes, I did use to love ol' Green Day and Billie Joe, but that was back in Middle-to-Early-High school. But for some strange reason I'm repeating my past and listening to the music. I've been listening to the whole album for a while now.. bout a week. I end up trying to find out more about the music and the meaning behind all of the lyrics. As I read on and on, it kinda makes sense with what I thought the whole album was about, but then I'm kinda bored with it, cause the story that Billie set out to make up isn't nearly as appealing as I thought it was going to be. So.. here I am about to move on to something else and say goodbye to the CD as I did when it first came out. Oh well. I'll probably listen to it again in a few months or years time.

I think I'll go do something else now. Maybe figure out where I'm supposed to go tomorrow for that assessment test/interview with Sitel.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


I've always thought of myself as a sensitive person. I always thought that my feelings could be too easily hurt, or that I always took great care when it came to the feelings of others. Apparently this is not the case, and I am a much large jerk than I could have imagined. How crazy.

But, let's be honest and look from my perspective, because what other reason could you have to read this other than to see what I think? I believe that some people must just be, for lack of a more sophisticated term, "babies." Seriously, when did things get so serious? I know that I'm apathetic when it comes to most stuff, but I'm seriously concerned about how serious some people take such "serious" matters as have been defined by several serious conversations earlier this day. Maybe I am a jerk because I do not care as much.

That's another thing. I'll tell people I don't care when what I really mean is "I don't care about this nearly as much as you obviously do and I seriously wonder why we're even having this conversation as it is a waste of time, effort, breath, and so many other contributing factors." But of course, when you mention that this is what you really mean, it comes off far worse than "I don't care," so I'll stick with the latter. It's not that I don't care; I don't care as much as you do.

That in itself seems rude, too, doesn't it? The fact that I don't care about something someone else obviously cares a lot about is rude, right? Well, depending the person and the situation that we're in -- I don't care.

Maybe time has shaped me differently on the inside in the past years. I just feel like there are more important matters at hand and that by spending more time on whatever subject just causes the more important matters to slip further away and therefore let the stuff I don't care about win! And we can't have that!

Seriously. Don't be afraid to approach me about a subject. I'll listen, even if I don't care. I'll talk about it, even if I don't care. There's just a certain limit and certain actions you have to take that lets me go down the path of me blowing up in your face all the while saying "I don't care!" To be honest, the only person to have successfully done the above is Kristi Manning. Hat's off to ya. Nothing against her, and nothing she doesn't already know, it's just that she knows how to push my buttons on a comparable scale with my mom. Wow.

So yeah. You know you've made me angry when I say "I don't care!" It's at that point in the conversation when I'm just trying to end it so the person will go away. Why? Cause I'm a selfish being. I've lost track of what I was trying to say at the beginning of this.

Some people are too sensitive. Grow a spine. Everyone can be courageous and speak up if they work at it. Do not let every little thing that happens in the world get you down. There is more to life than the present.