Friday, August 15, 2008

mocking...bird

...yeah. so...today my training class took 4 hours of mock calls. This is when trainers (and their lovely assistants) call us and pretend to be Shareholders. They come up with the most convoluted requests and we do part of the job we are training for. I did pretty dang good today. I'm real comfortable on the phone since I have 6 months phone experience. And I'm a fast learner, so I am good with the information. Plus...I'm not afraid to ask for help when I need it. This is only the first half of our training...which will last until November. The second part is where we learn processing. Processing includes everything to do with maintaining a mutual fund. Transfers, redemptions, exchanges, requests for SOI's, TOA's...etc. And if you don't know what those stand for...it's cool. Neither did I at first. The good thing is...you don't have to ever hear them again.

I, on the other hand, have to hear them every day. And it's pretty cool. I am learning a lot about investing. Hopefully it will help me make some good decisions with my own retirement. Plus I get to buy mutual funds at wholesale value - which pretty much rocks.

I have been watching the Olympics every morning. I am too tired to stay up and watch, so I record it and fast forward through the boring parts while I eat breakfast. It's a good routine. Nastia and Shawn killed it! I was so happy for them. I actually teared up. And Phelps is just freaking amazing. I like watching track and field too. Gymnastics remains my favorite though...because I was the bomb at tumbling when I was 8. Well...maybe not. But I was the headstand champion every week! For real...I was. I could stay on my head for like a minute straight. I tried it a couple years ago and found out the extra weight really makes a difference. Go figure.

Oh...and I'm totally excited that gas is $3.45 right now. Other than that...not much is happening. I still miss my friends. Ooh! I almost forgot...Kim tried out for American Idol!! I heard that she rocked it. And I am soooo proud of her for doing it. I am sure it was an amazing experience. The judges missed out on an awesome singer. Losers. Whitney tried out as well and she said she was happy with her performance. Go Whitney! I am proud of her too.

I love my cat. And God and I are having some good talks lately, especially today. It really helps to be completely and utterly honest with Him. Like I could hide anything anyway. But sometimes I hide things from myself. If you're a pray-er, I would appreciate any good word you could put in for me. I am trying really hard to listen to God, and get rid of distractions. There are a couple of things I really need/want to know the truth about. God's truth, not man's. Man is stupid. Sure would be nice if God was a genie and would just pop out of my cherry coke and talk to me face to face. Yeah...that would be great. But I guess that would just be like pushing the easy button. Sometimes I wish it existed.

I love you guys (except for you, you know who you are)...try to have a relaxing weekend.

Shan

4 comments:

Samara said...

That's great about your retirement. Save some extra for me since I haven't saved anything for retirement, yet.

Maybe I can get you to buy me some stock/bonds/mutual funds for my birthday. It's coming up you know ;)

Shannon said...

not a bad idea.
when is your birthday again?
and...are you in alaska yet?

Samara said...

I arrive in alaska on the 26th.

Lea M. Booth said...

I love training. And I love training. The noun and the verb. I think that would make the first one a gerund, right?

I love ya, and miss you much. Tell me about the fast results.