Also, the reason I hated JoAnns so much was that there was no push for excellence or recognition of it -- I'd work really hard and no one would care or notice. In Wal-mart they watch for excellence and reward it, which means that when I work there I'll feel like what I'm doing is making a difference, even if that difference is simply the respect of my superiors.
Plus Ben's a department manager there, and everybody knows and likes him, so I feel kinda like a celebrity; "Oh, you're Ben's wife!" And all the ladies tell me what an awesome man I have, as if I didn't know. ;-) And elya works there too -- fun.
And practically all of the managers in the whole freakin' corporation started out as an hourly associate -- the current store manager started out as a cart pusher. Wal-mart prefers to promote, rather than bring in outsiders, and I think that's pretty damn cool.
Oh yeah, and last night Ben and I went to the Christmas party, and they gave away digital cameras and a dvd player and a tv and lots of other things. I got a three-foot-tall stuffed lion that I actually kinda like. I'm thinking about calling it the Christmas lion and decorating it every year. ;-)
I went bead-shopping today! I'm so excited about making the earrings. By the way, I want you to get exactly what you want, so don't be afraid to say "can you change this?" That's not rude -- it's the whole point of customizing!