How far I walk at Walmart

I wondered months ago, “How far do I walk during my shifts at Walmart?” I knew it was a lot, but didn’t know how much.

The store I work at is a supercenter, and I walk through the whole store multiple times in my shift. We’re required to come in and go out at one entrance and the time clock is on the other end of the store. Then all of the walking in my department, to the service desk, finding someone to cover my lunch and breaks, etc. It’s a lot.

I thought about buying a pedometer to find out, and the other day I did just that. (Not just to see how much I walk at work, of course, that’d be silly.)

The results are startling.

This is just from today, I don’t have a sample set or anything to compare it to yet.

Before I went to work I had walked 0.69 or so miles.

I was gone for about 9 hours. My total is now 8.61 miles.

I walked nearly eight miles in nine hours! That’s so crazy!

Writing is Writing is Writing

The reason I have pushed myself to blog every day is to write. To build a habit. To get better at writing. To force myself to finish something every day. And to write. And write some more. (And write some more…)

So, yes, I skipped yesterday. I could tell you all the details that led to that. But it doesn’t really matter.

I did write, though, which is the more important element of blogging.

I answered two questions on Quora and doing so reminded me of how much I enjoy writing answers on the site.

I call myself a writer, and it’s not in name only. I write. You can look at this blog and see when and what I’ve written. You can look at my published work page and my portfolio to see more examples.

I write therefore I am a writer.

A Hodge Podge of my Knowledge of the MBTI

The inspiration for this post is from this article I encountered today.

The MBTI, or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, is a popular personality test. I’ve taken it and shared my results on my about page, INTX. I find the concept fascinating, even though it’s pseudoscience.

The test was designed by Isabel Briggs Myers building on work her mother Katherine Cook Briggs did. Neither had backgrounds in psychology. Myers was an author, so I would argue she had some understanding of people, but that is still not the same. They built loosely on the work of Carl Jung and his concept of cognitive functions, though Jung himself did not support the MBTI.

As far as using the MBTI as a tool for self-discovery goes, it may or may not have results that accurately reflect the test taker. I can think of a few different people I know who either test differently every time or don’t think they really fit any of the types. I found it fascinating, mostly because the details about my “type” seemed so accurate, to a superficial degree.

People change over time as they learn, grow, and have more experiences. Personality is not a concrete, unchangeable aspect of an individual. The MBTI seems to purport itself to be an unchanging assignment to one of sixteen boxes.

According to the article I read today, the MBTI was intended to be used by companies to place employees in roles they were better suited for. By placing people in a specific box according to their test answers, they could determine that Sally would be better in customer service and Joe would be better in programming. This could be wildly off base, however, depending on other factors and prior knowledge. For example, I’m very introverted and favor thinking over feeling, so a company using the test might think I’d be a bad fit for a customer service role. In actuality, I enjoy customer service and helping people; I’ve had Walmart customers tell me I’m the most helpful associate they’ve interacted with and my manager said I was excellent at it.

I’m fascinated by the MBTI and personality tests in general. I’m adding the books mentioned in the article to my reading list for further examination, so I will likely discuss this again in the future.

In the meantime, share your type and thoughts on the MBTI in the comments!

I Missed Yesterday

This is somewhat similar to this post, but it’s been a little more than a month since then.

I didn’t post yesterday. I hadn’t scheduled any content, and wasn’t sure yet what I was going to write. There was a Praxis call that I was looking forward to. I’d decided to make my post my notes from the call.

I recently updated my computer from Ubuntu 16 something to 18.4. I had some issues with Firefox. It wouldn’t load webpages on the first try, or at all. Zoom, the Praxis call application, kept launching and crashing. I joined the call for two minutes. The computer froze. Several times.

I tried restarting it. More than once. I was getting more frustrated.

After I’d tried three times to rejoin the Praxis call after I was kicked off, I quit. I was too frustrated to continue. I didn’t want to try to fix the problem, I was too mad. I took a break. I started reading Niche Down by Christopher Lochhead and Heather Clancy.

I didn’t post or write a poem. But I had a solid 35 days of blogging first and wrote poetry off and on.

Myrtle Beach, SC Vacation

The url implies this was written and posted on September 4th, but it was September 3rd at 11:45 pm.

you may know, I recently went on vacation. Yesterday, my family returned to our home.

Before we arrived in Myrtle Beach, my brothers and I didn’t know where we were going. I knew two things: (1) it was a surprise trip for my birthday, and (2) my mom wasn’t sure if we’d be able to reschedule it when Walmart initially refused my time off request.

My younger brother Aidan predicted we were going to Florida. My mom’s teasing responses of “We’ll see,” or “Maybe,” with a smile seemed to imply he was right.

During the drive, it wasn’t until we were in the Appalachian Mountains that I realized how wrong he was. I guessed wrong, too, though. The mountains and the sign welcoming us to North Carolina brought me to the conclusion that we were visiting my aunt and cousins who live in the state.

But we drove on.

When we reached the South Carolina border, Aidan asked with a groan if we were visiting Bob Jones University again. A few years ago, we visited the university and met a few of the teachers from their homeschool distance learning program. Luckily for Aidan, that’s not what we were doing.

Finally, late at night after leaving early in the morning, we came to Myrtle Beach. That night we stayed in a hotel that had a small pool and served breakfast. Oddly enough, the room’s balcony was positioned such that we could see the next room’s balcony, and the people were sitting outside. We had two full beds for five people, three of us adults. I think my brother Aeryson may have slept on the armchair and footstool.

The next morning we checked out at 11 and headed to the other place we were staying, a condo overlooking the beach. We discovered that early check in was not an option, despite the room being vacant. On our way from the hotel to the condo, we passed the Myrtle Beach State Park. We decided to check it out.

At the park we walked down the pier, hiked in the woods, watched a demonstration in the park’s nature center, and my brothers played on a playground. At the pier I bought a small shark snowglobe to add to my collection. My dad and Aidan saw a shark and we all saw some brown jellyfish.

From that Saturday until the next Saturday, we were in the condo. The condo had a small pool and it was right on the beach.

Everyday we swam in the ocean and pool and played on the beach. I believe everyone felt a bit sick at least once while we were there, unfortunately.

One of the days we walked down the beach to a pier that was nearby our condo. As we walked down it, we saw two people surfing and I identified at least four different sharks that were swimming around. We saw some brown and some white jellyfish at this pier.

On Saturday  we left the condo before the check out time and started driving back west.  My brothers and I knew we were doing one more thing, on Sunday, but no notion as to what. I knew my grandparents would be joining us, as well.

When we stopped in Kentucky, my parents told us we were in Cave City and would be going to Mammoth Cave. Aeryson was super excited. Our grandparents, my mom’s parents, arrived at the same hotel later on that evening.

On Sunday, we drove the thirty or so minutes to Mammoth Cave National Park. This is the first national park my brothers and I have ever been to. We took the Historic Tour, which is two hours, and learned about the history of the cave and human interaction with it. At the end, there was a five story climb, up stairs, through a natural shaft in the cave. That was probably the only place we saw natural cave formations from the water running through the rock and depositing minerals.

While we were in Kentucky, my dad realized we would be driving through the town his uncle lives in. He hadn’t seen them since before I was born, he guessed before he had joined the army when he was seventeen. We met my great uncle John, his oldest son, his son’s three daughters, and two other cousins. I didn’t even know about this part of my family until the day before, which was pretty crazy to me. My cousins said they had known of my grandfather but never got to meet him.

It was a great trip and I enjoyed my break from work, but I’m glad to be back home.

Inactivity Notice

I am going on vacation from August 24 through September 2. During that time I may or may not be able to check my email and website.

I am working to have content ready for that time. It will be scheduled and posted as usual, but there likely will not be a Facebook or Twitter post about it. If you would like to be updated without regard to my access to social media, be sure to follow the blog via email or with your WordPress account.

Thank you for checking out my blog and website. I’ll be back soon.

-Alyssa

My Mistake of Platforms

Those of you who also have WordPress.com sites may know that my site is on the same platform. From the url of the page you’re on, you can see that I paid for my domain, alyssa-wright.com.

What you can’t see is that I made a mistake by purchasing it.

Not because I do not want my domain, or my site, no.

My mistake was using WordPress.com rather than WordPress.org.

When I set up my site and this blog I didn’t even know that there were two sites. It wasn’t until after I had paid money that I realized I had intended to use WordPress.org.

For now I am sticking with my decision and WordPress.com.

When it comes time to pay again, however, I plan to migrate my site to WordPress.org.