8 hour working day

I might start using Xros Wars! Peri to illustrate how I currently feel :3c *imtotallydeadandtiredicanteventypeproperlynoridkwhatimdoingugh* but probably she was just planning a new strategy to overcome the Death Generals or something~


Pokedex Holders Bio: Green The Trainer

Hi guys, so I couldn’t find the original post going around and I’m sure someone else noticed the errors, but the person who originally posted this made a mistake with the math. I’m assuming they were calculating with 365 work days instead of the (roughly) 260 days most people have to work on average which excludes some holidays and weekends. My calculations are based off a 40 hour work week, 8 hours a day.

More fun facts: if the Yale tuition prices are correct (assuming they are), if Yale followed the minimum wage inflation, it’d be about $12,678.75 annually; but over the years, Yale decided it was worth over 350% what it was in the 70′s. That, or the amount of minimum wage we get as a country hasn’t followed inflation (which is way more accurate of the two) 

so basically kids these days have been screwed over by the generations before us time and time again and now we can’t afford shit without financial aid of some kind, most of which has interest tagged onto it which only ends up screwing us more.

this body may be chubby/fat but it’s a body that does so much for me. it’s hiked mountains, twisted into yoga poses, played racquetball tournaments on two hours of sleep, survived seven years of an eating disorder, walked thousands of miles, and changed its shape so many times. it’s a little thicker than it used to be, covered in more stretch marks and rolls and squishy parts but it’s just as beautiful as it was when the muffin top wasn’t there and when there was a gap between the thighs.

this is what my body looks like after an 8 hour work day during retail holiday season when it’s exhausted and tight and hasn’t been drinking enough water.

recovery isn’t all oatmeal and yoga and gaining back all the weight in muscle. sometimes it’s letting go of all your rules and realizing no rules is just as bad as too many rules. sometimes it’s when years of starving yourself has ruined your metabolism and eating normally makes you gain past a healthy weight. sometimes it’s stopping exercising and losing muscle and having to start all over again when you’re in the right mindset. it’s not linear, and there’s no right way. it’s different for everyone, and not everyone steps off the recovery train at their exact ideal weight with a six pack. recovery is messy. it’s hard and awful and beautiful. and it’s worth it, regardless of what your body looks like.

Sparkling Water is a Complete Necessity

So I work as a cashier in a grocery store and this particular night was the night before thanksgiving- so yes it was hell. I worked 8.5 hours the past three days at this point and I was tired. My shift ended at 11pm and I had to be back at 8 am for my thanksgiving shift.

So it’s 9:30 and I have only 2 customers in my line and I’m making small talk with the woman I’m ringing up. This man walks up behind me and goes “I have a question.”

Didn’t even do anything to get my attention, no hello, nothing. So I say okay what can I help you with.

He goes: “In the entire, huge store here, you only have one bottle of sparkling water. Out of the entire store! What am I supposed to do about that?!?!”

So I tell him, “Sir, it’s the night before a huge holiday and we’ve been shopped pretty heavy this last week, so we’re out or low on lots of inventory. Our stock crew comes in at 10 and they’ll be done at 8 tomorrow morning so we’ll probably have more then, or if you absolutely need it tonight you’ll have to try another store”

This whole time he’s looking above my head and doesn’t look like he’s listening. After I finish he goes “You know, I designed the concepts for these (security cameras) years and years ago, with the audio and video, so they just recorded every word you said to me. And did you know you CAN BE FIRED FOR TELLING ME TO GO TO ANOTHER STORE?!?!”
and I just reply “No.” and look at he lady I’m ringing up and she’s like 😳
Then he goes on about how his nephew works at our store in another city and how he’s so disappointed and then walks away.
The lady I’m helping just goes “You handled that so well I was getting ready to tell him to F off!”

Like okay bud I’m sure you did leave me alone I can’t pull sparkling water out of my asshole. Then he stops me after I’ve clocked out my yelling at me for my attention and demands to know where sugar is and he’s literally standing right next to him so I just point and walk away.

Here’s a fun little tidbit for you: when the 8-hour work day and 40-hour work week were conceptualized, the logic was that those were the maximum number of hours that a person should be expected to work. But somehow, we’ve turned it into the expected number; in the USA, if you’re not working 40 hours a week, you’re not working “full time.” For some companies, jobs carry “mandatory overtime.” Sure, you get time-and-a-half pay for those extra hours, but you’d better put in your 60 each week or you’re fired.

Today was such a lovely day to work an 8 hour shift far from televisions and radio. It was so nice. We listened to classic rock and put stuff away and made the store all clean and shiny. What a lovely day.

Not like there was anything worth watching on tv.

anonymous asked:

How do you keep yourself motivated for learning languages?

I guess since I have deeply rooted reasons for learning my target languages I don’t get that discouraged? For example, with Russian, I began to learn it by taking an intensive course where I spent about 8 hours or more a day with Russian work/classes. Most people were exhausted by Russian, but I was happy to be studying Russian since I have been in love with the language and dreamt of reading novels in the original (which I am now doing!!), changing my major to it. So dreams do come true…  

Another thing is that I always try to include cultural aspects into language learning since culture is often tied to language. At my uni this was easier since my professors already included this in class and I could always go to an x club meeting, a discussion about x’s politics,literature or history, a student concert of certain music from x region, speak face-to-face with native speakers, etc. By doing this, one stops seeing X as just a “language I’d like to learn” and more as a tool of communication for X’s culture (idk if that is the right phrasing). 

Again, this is just me and different people have their reasons. Could I suggest reading about the history of the country where X is spoken, finding music or movies in X language, reading English translation of important works in X language (or the originals if you want a challenge), try learning about customs of the countries where X is spoken, look up recipes from the country where X is spoken, learn proverbs from the language. These are all things that you could do whenever you feel discouraged and you will end up understanding the language a bit more (hopefully).

Hey, guys. So I’m working anywhere between 8 to 12 hours six days a week at the moment, so… don’t expect that I’m gonna be updating anytime soon. I’ll write when I can, but I’ll be lucky if I get my secret santa done at this rate, lol! 

Thanks for your understanding, guys. Regular writing will probably commence probably more in March XD

Harassed by guest for not smiling

I was working at Target a few years ago and I absolutely hate anything customer service related, people are terrible and I just can’t stand being treated like shit for 8 hours a day 5 days a week. So I was working on the cashier and a woman came through my line and started putting her items on the belt and I said, “Hello” and started ringing her items. Now, I don’t stand there with a fake grin plastered on my face, I just stand there expressionless I guess, not frowning but not overly smiley. This woman goes, “what’s wrong with your face?! Why you not smiling?!” Like yelling it so everyone around can hear. I was honestly stunned and just quietly said, “nothing.. it’s just my face.” Now, had this happened to me now, I would have had a large arsenal of comebacks to say, but at this time, I was shy and getting upset. She wouldn’t let up, she goes, “you need to be working in the back so no one has to see your face!” And I just stood there, all the other guests stood there watching. She wouldn’t stop, she continued to yell and demean me for not being overly friendly, it was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever experienced. This continued to go on even after she had paid and I handed her her receipt. I had to say, “ma'am, please just take your stuff and leave, you have already paid.” And still! Wouldn’t stop! Finally my dumb shit fellow employees started to notice that maybe they should help, so they had to escort her out of the building.

Honestly, I tried so damn hard, but I broke down and started crying while trying to help the next guest and had to go off the floor. The entire experience was so humiliating and was my last ever customer service related job. I realize that yeah, I could have been a bit more happy while working but I was miserable at that job and only went in for the paycheck. Shortly after this event I would just stop showing up and called in a lot because I couldn’t deal with so many people and getting treated so badly all the time.

I’m overly conscious of how I treat people working in customer service or anywhere else that I interact with because I don’t want to be the reason that they go home and cry themselves to sleep at night. Those workers deal with the most shit and should be treated with the most respect.

anonymous asked:

*curtsies* do you have any advice for creatives trying to survive mind-numbing day jobs? I desperately need the money, but also feel like my soul has calcified.

*curtsies* I’d actually suggest the same thing I suggest to anyone trying to stay focused on school or writing. If you’re sitting behind a desk at a computer, avail yourself of Pacemaker and Strict Workflow and Coffitivity if that helps you stay focused. Working in 25-minute chunks is a lot less intimidating than just sitting down to work an 8-hour day, and if you can stay focused for just 25 minutes at a time, the day will go by much faster. Alternatively–if you’re up on your feet and not at a computer–buy a watch. Really. Buy a watch and set it to go off at half hour or hour intervals and give yourself a five-minute break to clear your head, even if you literally just pause what you’re doing and thing about something else for that time. 

Lastly: make sure you’re getting enough creative stimulation outside of work. And that doesn’t mean going home and binge-watching Netflix. It means going home and using your evening to read or write or draw or whatever it is that recharges your creative batteries. If you can get into the habit of staying energetic and being productive when you’re not at work–no matter how much you just want to be a couch potato when you get home–you will be much happier because you’ll feel a lot less like your whole day just gets wasted.


1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second.
6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’.
7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra.
8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.
10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide.
11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.
12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.
15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control.
17. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia (mostly for meat production).
18. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
19. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.
20. In 1832, 300 female convicts mooned the governor of Tasmania. It was said that in a “rare moment of collusion with the Convict women, the ladies in the Governor’s party could not control their laughter.”
21. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.
22. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
23. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else. Narrabri, NSW is Australia’s sportiest town.
24. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard. It is theorised that it was also covered in rainforest before humans applied a burning style of hunting.
25. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.
26. Speaking of, Australia is one of the only countries where we eat the animals on our coat of arms.
27. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
28. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
29. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure.
30. And it has it’s own postbox!
31. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog.
32. And when the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.
33. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
34. A retired cavalry officer, Francis De Grootstole the show when the Sydney Harbour Bridge officially opened. Just as the Premier was about to cut the ribbon, De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon had to be retied, and De Groot was carted off to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon.
35. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people.
36. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.
37. Australia’s national anthem was 'God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984.
38. Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory.
39. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
40. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
41. A kangaroo is only one centimetre long when it is born.
42. Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum. He said: “None of the men who in this country have left footprints behind them have been cold water men.”
43. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
44. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
45. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
46. 63% of Australians are overweight.
47. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
48. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people 'mate’. It lasted one day.
49. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
50. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
51. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.
52. The name 'Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang.
53. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation.
54. The largest-ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.
55. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia.
56. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past three years.
57. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
58. Australia is home to 20% of the world’s poker machines.
59. Half of these are found in New South Wales.
60. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means 'up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages.
61. No native Australian animals have hooves.
62. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
63. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention
64. So is the selfie.
65. Durack, Australia’s biggest electorate, is larger in size than Mongolia.
66. The world’s first compulsory seat belt law was put into place in Victoria in 1970.
67. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
68. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost.
69. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city.
70. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable.
71. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicatebought almost all the number combinations in a Virginia lottery, and won. They turned a $5m purchase into a $27m win.
72. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, meaning gum trees may explode if ignited, or in bushfires.
73. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
74. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting 'Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players.
75. There have been instances of wallabiesgetting high after breaking into opium crops, then running around and making what look like crop circles.
76. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
77. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair, in NSW. Instead of crashing, the two planes became stuck together and made a safe landing.
78. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. If that’s not impressive enough, he can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
79. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night.
80. Despite sharing the same verbal language, Australian, British and American sign languageare all completely different languages.
81. In 1979, debris from NASA’s space station 'Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA. The town then fined NASA $400 for littering.
82. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979.
83. There currently a chlamydia outbreak among koala species, which has led to a 15% drop in koala populations.
84. In NSW, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.
85. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef.
86. Chinese explorers travelled to Australia long before Europeans arrived. As early as the 1400s, sailors and fisherman came to Australia for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples.
87. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it 'New Holland’.
88. Captain James Cook first landed on Australia’s east coast in 1770. In 1788, the British returned with eleven ships to establish a penal colony. Within days of The First Fleet’s arrival and the raising of the British flag, two French ships arrived, just too late to claim Australia for France.

if anyone has a source for this, please add it!

When Herbert Marcuse said we put off our own ability to experience infinite pleasure in order to attend to the oppressive requirements of labor under capitalism what he was referring to was the fact that I have to go to work for 8 hours on the day Pokémon Sun gets released

this just im: im gonna get fired or im going to quit. thats really al lthere is too it. they’re telling us we have these ridiculously short time limits to put up stock and its just not humanly possible when there are customers in the way and having to answer questions and having to guide them to thigns when they cant see it or having to completely take everything off a shelf and put it back up because someone plugged it with the wrong product (ir putting sugar free jam where the regular shit goes) 

but no we get 45 seconds per case. that 12 pack of grape jelly, i get 45 seconds to take all the shit someone plugged it with, answer 7 questions, take an old man to the gluten free section, move my stock cart out of someone’s way while they shop, and guard a spill while someone goes and gets clean up materials. yea sure. 45 seconds.