- The Undead Jon and Jen
Jon and I have been super busy lately, with work, with the sudden illness of our dog, Zorro, who was diagnosed with heart disease and heart failure, and a variety of other situations that managed to take precedence. Zorro will be okay, he just needs to be monitored, stay on medication, and we’re now actually needing to cook for the little guy so that he keeps eating. The news could be worse, and with luck on our side, he’ll live another 1-2 or more years.
Now we’re back, with very belated pictures from Halloween. Jon’s work had themed Halloween festivities focused on “reshooting” Night of the LIving Dead. Each staff member randomly drew a slip of paper with a character on it that they were to dress as for Halloween, only a zombie version of that character. Jon’s character was a fisherman. After work, everyone would meet up for a cinq a sept (5 to 7, a French Canadian equivalent of Happy Hour) that significant others were invited to attend. I dressed in costume (of course!) as a zombie librarian.
As you may notice in the photos above, I had some fun with Photoshop. Photos of Jon with his colleagues are below, along with a link to the original (unaltered) photos. Enjoy!
Jon and I have been busy and apologize for the lack of entries as of late! I got a new job as a project coordinator for a small design company, and Jon’s been busy with work as well. More details to follow soon, along with entries detailing our adventures last weekend in Petit Petrie and this weekend along Lachine Canal!
Work is going great and I’ve been put in charge of creating a pitch for a project we’re trying to win. Picture a TSC (Tractor Supply) but really cool, and located in rural Alberta. I’m getting a ton of creative freedom and chance to explore a lot of ideas. I think I am making a really good impression on everyone with the skills I have to bring to the project. I’ve developed the design direction, a plethora of sketches and written a narrative for the concept.
Steve my boss decided we really need the chance to present our concept in person instead of handing it off (which can cause a lot of be lost in translation) and they secured a meeting for later this month in Calgary and Steve asked me to go with him to present!
I’m definitely excited that I’ve been given so much responsibility and I think I’m responding well to the new role I have been put in.
One of the new challenges I have found is improving my communication skills in the workplace. At work, there are many different languages spoken, or at least many people who’s native language is not French or English. Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, French, and English are the majority of the languages spoken by the people I work with, and for many, English is NOT their first language. So I have to thing of more precise, and less “slangy” ways of describing a thought or idea to my coworkers so my thoughts are not literally lost in translation. Several times people have forgotten that I’m a simple Anglophone and come up to me rambling on in French…then they see the puzzled look on my face then instantly switch over to English. I cannot wait to learn French!!
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