Sunday, October 16, 2016

Interview With Samuel Cross About His Job

“We’re here with Samuel Cross to ask him a bit about his work. So, what is the main purpose of your job?” I asked.

“Well,” He relied, “I go and get all kinds of data about what is going on in Reverse Logistics, I take that data, and put it in a readable format and then give it to people who are managing the business so they can make better decisions and wiser investments.”

“Ok, what do you like best about your job?” I questioned.

“The thing I like best about my job,” He answered “Is that I get to prioritize the financial information, and help to prioritize the thing that matters, and determining the best ways that we can invest money, or what processes we can change to have more utilization of our recourses.”

“Why did you initially study accounting?”

“I initially studied accounting because I love the language of money, how much comes in, and goes out, and at any given time being able to draw a picture of any persons financial status.” he said, “and I love accounting because it provides a way to describe your financial results over a period of time. It’s like a second language.”

“What was your first job involving accounting?”

“My first job involving accounting was working for a company called Ernst & Young, which is a public services firm, and, in simple terms, my job was to go and work for a client, or a business, and tell them whether or not we thought that the controls they had in place to make sure that things were happening the way they were supposed to happen, and that the results that they wee presenting were correct. Because every year, when a company closes its books, it has to tell its owners and its investors how it’s done financially, how much money is made, or lost, how much money is saved, how much cast has been saved or been retained, how many shares of stock are left outstanding, and a lot of other information. So my job was to go to those company’s and appraise their controls and to see how they are getting their information.”

“Why is the job you have now so important to Wal-Mart?”

“It’s important to Wal-Mart because the company has millions and millions of dollars worth of items that have been returned, and we have to verify that we’re doing the best we can in turning those assets around and selling them to other customers or businesses or otherwise appropriately disposing of them. And we have to make sure that the cost is appropriately recorded, because even though this is just a tiny piece of Wal-Mart, it still comes in to their big financial statement.”

“If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?”

“Oh, that’s hard. Probably how much work there is to do.”

“Do you enjoy accounting overall?”

“Well, overall I do enjoy accounting, like I said, it’s the language of money, and without it you wouldn’t be able to tell how you were doing overall and what things you need to change as a company. It’s how we tell each other where money is, how money’s doing, how we’ve invested, what our assets are, where our recourses are, and where our liability’s are.”

 “So it’s kind of like communication.”

“Precisely, it’s the international language of money. There are different variations of accounting, for instance, some countries have different laws about accounting. They’re still using the language of accounting, but some parts of it vary.”

“It’s kind of like how many people in the world speak English, but there are many different accents?”

“Precisely.”

“Alright. It’s been great talking to you, Thank You for the interview.”



Sunday, October 9, 2016

Amazing Apple Pie

I have always loved pies, and this is the first one I have made. It turned out really well, and I hope you enjoy it.

Awesome Apple Pie
You will need:
½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
8 medium-sized apples or 6 large ones
9 inch unbaked pie shell and top crust
1. Peel, core, and slice apples; then put in bowl
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
4. Pour dry ingredients over apples and stir until apples are evenly coated
5. Put apple slices in pie shell
6. Place top crust on top of bottom, and crimp the edges together. Cut small holes in the top of the crust
7. Bake around thirty-seven minutes
8. Enjoy!                                                                                  

Friday, October 7, 2016

Creamy Cannoli

I got this recipe from a cookbook we found in the library, and we improvised a bit. I think it tastes great, and hope you enjoy it!

Creamy Cannoli
Serves 6
You Will Need:
15 ounces cream cheese
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 cup butterscotch chips
1/8 cup chocolate chips
6 sugar ice cream cones (optional)
1. Soften cream cheese and stir until smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla- stir.
3. Add chocolate and butterscotch chips and stir.
4. Put cannoli in cones and serve cold.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tasty Tzatziki

I made this one day for lunch, and we really enjoyed it!

Tasty Tzatziki

You will need:
1 medium-sized cucumber
3 cloves garlic, diced
Around 1/8 of a cup chopped dried chives
4 teaspoons olive oil
About 5 teaspoons dill weed, fresh or dried
5 or 6 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups plain Greek yogurt

1. Peel the cucumber, cut in half, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Cut the cucumber into small chunks.
2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir.
3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until use. Serve with pita chips and garnish with parsley.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Trip Saga, Last Day


Today we are driving home. Even though this means concluding our epic Trip Saga, I am happy that we are going home. Contradictory to popular belief, vacations are not very relaxing, even though they are fun, so I a happy to be getting some rest. However, even though the schedule is tiring, I enjoy being on the move, so it will be bittersweet going home.
Signing off, (for now),
Kyla

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Trip Saga, Day 16

Today we are driving to Mim’s house, (7.5 hrs.!) and staying the night there. After the long, long drive, we were happy to stretch our legs in Mim’s backyard. We even convinced Mim to pretend to be horses with us! After another of Mim’s delicious dinners, we headed to bed.