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Quantum of Solace Preview

Well, since all the swag and cool ad-event stuff I post about is such a great draw to this blog, I thought I’d mention that I’m going to see Quantum of Solace, the new James Bond flick tonight.

Yes, tonight.

It doesn’t open in theatres until noon tomorrow.

Tribute Magazine is taking me and my friends to see it before it officially comes out. Cineplex also invited me for a showing tomorrow morning. But its weird asking my boss “can I go see a movie tomorrow at 9:30am?” Although she let me do that for Dark Knight and SATC.

Apparently there won’t be any freebies at this showing tonight which sucks balls. Usually for this sort of thing there’s champagne, hors d’oeuvres and free popcorn/candy/chocolate free-flowing. But I emailed the lady organizing and she said to bring money (!!!) if I wanted snacks.

Uncouth! Barbaric! ME paying for my own refreshments? *clucks tongue*

I get so spoiled sometimes. Oh well, it’s not like I NEED the extra calories, right?

I’ll let everyone know how the night goes in a later post. I’m sure the movie will be great!

Swag Alert

Yes folks, we have some more swag!
I have some other stuff to talk about, but I’ll try and keep this post strictly on topic.
This was a relatively good week for free stuff! Perhaps I should list it by day?

Monday
A health & lifestyle magazine had a martinis and manicures party at Lux Spa in Yorkville. Oooh, swanky! I went and ate some really good appetizers, drank a gross bluish martini and had a pretty good dry manicure. Tis the season, so I got OPI’s Black Onyx colour. It looks fab! The lady did a really good job on my nails, and they stayed perfect until I knicked some colour off while cutting leeks today.

Tuesday
Another magazine came in an did a lunch presentation. It was awesomely catered. Normally food at lunch meetings sucks. This time they went all out and brought in steak and chicken, wine, beer and some fantastic salads and desserts. It was heaven. After the meeting there was a little “quiz” and we all walked away with Starbucks gift cards for our efforts.

Wednesday
A publishing company had a big shin-dig at the mammoth club CiRCA. Massive place, that. It was just the usual drink and schmooze, then there was a presentation by the creator of the CSI tv show, Anthony Zuiker. He didn’t look anything like I thought he would! Big nerdy guy, but nice! I schmoozed with him at the after party. Walked out with a modest goody bag which included a fancy cookie and a USB key.

Thursday
Today I went to the LOULOU shopping party at some place in Yorkville called RK. If it’s in Yorkville, you know it’s going to be great! Now, if you’ve never been to a LOULOU shopping party, you really should go. Everyone gets a goody bag and they’re usually pretty great!

So, what did I get?

  • A copy of LOULOU magazine
  • A beautiful pashmina from RK. I almost bought one just like this, and I’m glad I didn’t since I got it for free!
  • Redken hair care samples & haircut discount at some fancy salon
  • 2 condoms! woohoo!
  • Frizz-ease sample
  • Biore face wash sample
  • LOULOU mini nail file
  • Bubble bath that smells delish
  • Jergens lotion sample
  • ANOTHER razor (I have like 18 of them now!)
  • A pack of 5 gum
  • mmmm delicious purse pack of Dove chocolates
  • iPod Touch bungee case (now I only need an iPod Touch!)
  • Full size lipstick
  • Full size lip liner
  • Full size Victoria’s Secret lip gloss (Why did we get this? Did Vicky come up to Canada??)

I also got to drink some really nice champagne/wine type stuff (strawberry!) and eat some hors d’oeuvres. Not bad, just for showing up! I was only there for 10 minutes, tops. No way I could afford anything in that store, even with a 30% discount. But they had nice jackets.

Well, that’s all for now. I don’t anticipate anything remarkable will happen on Friday, but you never know, right?

SATC Event Review


OMG!! Twas A great movie, even for a non-fan like me!

We got to the theatre at 9:30am, signed in then grabbed our complimentary popcorn, drinks, coffee and pastries and headed in. As expected, the place was packed!

I will not reveal the details of the film, but bring some tissues for the dramatic moments, and prepare to be rocked by the awesome outfits!

Just about every scene had the ladies dressed in a different outfit. Some I thought were awful, but some were truly stunning. Anyone even remotely interested in SATC should definitely go see this flick. It was pretty long, but I felt that it had a proper beginning, middle and end, so all will leave satisfied 😉

The whole event was pretty low-key. I thought for sure they would have done something a little more special… but I guess since this movie screening was such a big deal to start with they didn’t have the budget to do anything else. Oh well, it was still good!

Well, I’m off to lunch at the newly-opened Spice Route restaurant (ooo fancy!) with a rep. Maybe I’ll do a review of it later?

SATC Pre-Screening

This week did not have a good start to it. Yesterday morning I twisted my ankle getting out of the streetcar, I was unable to “get my groove on” at work to get things done, and my internet poops out for the SECOND time in 3 days, requiring a second tech to come out and fool around with the wiring again.

I’m hoping the rest of the week will be better than Monday was.

So far this week I’m going to get my eyes scanned again since I may need the laser surgery again which means a half day at work today, but I do get a free lunch thanks to a training session.

I’ve also got a rep lunch on Friday which is immediately after…

My pre-screening of Sex and the City at 9:30am on Friday!!!!

Ahahah! Sorry guys, I just had to rub it in for all those North American SATC fans out there! Our Cineplex reps have reserved a theatre for us to watch the movie before anyone else in Canada. Heheh it’s caused quite an uproar in the office! Not all the bosses are letting their staff go, but my team is made up of chicks, so we’re all going 😉

Anyway, I just thought I’d share.

I probably won’t be able to post much over the next week… like I said, stupid Communications Company has pooped out at my house so I don’t have the internet. Booo.

Do I deserve a raise?

The topic of raises at work has been circulating around the Blogosphere a lot recently, and it got me thinking.

I’m due for a “salary review” in July, and I have no idea what to do about it. At my last job I really had no idea what I was doing and I hated the job and therefore did not perform to optimum level, so I sort of took whatever they gave me at my one-year mark.

This time around I’ve been doing really well at my job, and I definitely want more money. But I just don’t know how to go about it. I hope that if I lay out all my information in here, you guys can offer me some advice.

Background:

  • I have been working at this new agency since November 2007 (8 months as of July)
  • I come with 2 years of previous industry experience, but not specific to my role right now
  • I’m holding a title that is sort of entry-level except for the fact that I am more valuable and senior due to my experience
  • I had an excellent 3 month review, in which 2 challenges were issued for me to complete before July
  • I have completed the one challenge, presenting on blogs, and had rave reviews
  • The ad industry is hard to judge in terms of salaries. Other assistants at the office are (I’m guessing) making less than or just at 30k. So am I already being “overpaid”?
  • All the other newbies got a raise at their 3-month reviews, but they also started at a lower pay than me
  • Both of my bosses are new on this account and to the agency, so they don’t know much about me or my work, other than what’s in my file

Questions:

  • Am I due a salary increase since all the other newbies got one at 3 months? Have I been here long enough?
  • Is it likely I would still get another raise at my 1-year mark if I get this one?
  • Do you think my excellent reviews so far will help me get more $$?
  • How much more should I ask for? Percentage? Number?
  • What would I likely get?
  • Aside from compiling a list of all the amazing things I’ve done, how else should I approach asking for a raise?
  • Should I take the initiative and set up a meeting to discuss this if my boss doesn’t set one up in July? I don’t want to seem too eager

Any other tips or suggestions?

I’m sure there’s a ton of advice on this topic out on the web, and I will get around to reading it all. I would just like to know from real people what their thoughts are on this situation. What’s an average raise % for most people? How did you deal with asking for your raise?

I hope I get lots of replies to this, I need all the help I can get!

Thanks!

I Wrote About YOU, Dear Bloggers!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and I feel guilty about neglecting my blog and readers! But I had good reason, this week has been crazy!

I’ll just do a quick update on things and hopefully I’ll be able to write some more posts this weekend, I’ve got a few topics I’d like to explore.

This week was crazy because my boss who is awesome is heading back to Australia :( and we’re trying to get the new gal up to speed on everything. We also just moved into a new office space, so getting organized and finding everything again has been a big task.

On top of that, I had a “challenge” to complete that was laid out in my 3 month review. I basically had to pick a topic and present it to my directors to prove that I could work on my own, meet a deadline, present and be comfortable with the information.

As bloggers, you’ll be interested to know that my topic was YOU! 😀 I did “A Blog Primer” where I explored the blogosphere and what makes a successful blog. One of my clients has a blog that it just languishing out there, so I tied it all in to how we could improve that blog.

I am happy to report, I had glowing reviews all around! They said I exceeded expectations and basically blew them away 😀 My boss said he would give me 10/10 for it, and my director said she’d write down all the positive comments to keep on my file. This is great news! I was very stressed about doing a good job on this. I want more money and they said in July I would have a salary review, this should definitely help my case!

Some more positive news is that on Sunday I had my Jenny Craig meeting, and have now lost about 10 lbs and 6 inches! Yippee! I don’t really care about the poundage, I’m more thrilled that I’m almost 2 sizes smaller than when I started. I’ve been holding off on spring/summer shopping for this reason, but I did purchase this dress:

And it looks awesome on me! :)
Well, we’re having a BIG going-away party for my boss today/tonight/into the morning, so I’ve got to run and grab some beer. Sometimes I really love working in advertising! Partying starts at noon!
Talk to you soon, folks!

Evil Dead Reprised

So last night I went to see Evil Dead: The Musical again (!!!).

Only this time it was for an ad event. Metro newspaper was celebrating the re-launch of its website, so they bought the entire Diesel Playhouse out so they could offer us the tickets. We also got free food and Steamwhistle beer. Yumm!

You know the weird thing is, I couldn’t find ANYONE that wanted to come and see the show with me? Un-fucking-believable. Especially after my ravings on how great the show was. Erm… maybe I was too enthusiastic?

Anyway, I ended up inviting my mom who is quite possibly an even more rabid Fan o’ Freebies than me. I knew she couldn’t pass this up. I lucked out with the tickets, too. I stopped by the playhouse early and sweet-talked this really really cute guy into giving me the best seats in the house– primo Splatter Zone seats smack dab in the centre. It was pretty awesome.

I didn’t get as much blood on me this time, but was still artfully splattered. I also got a marginally better view of the production, and got to sit and chat with some of my pals from previous agencies.

We got a craptastic goody bag on our way out, and mom drove me home. Not too bad of a night.

In other ad-related news, I have a rep lunch tomorrow which should prove exciting, as well as a YouTube event going on at Tattoo Rock Parlour in the evening. If it’s worth mentioning maybe I’ll do a post on it later.

In other-other news, I’m doing better on my diet now. After a sinful week of indulgences I didn’t lose any weight, but I didn’t gain any, either. If I can get back on track this week I should be able to drop another 1.5 lbs. Wish me luck!