August 2015 CENTRE EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER
A cadre of budget analysts on their recent retreat in the south of Chile had a horrific experience- their luggage, including their Centre-issued computers, were stolen from the baggage claim! We suspect foul play, possibly involving a certain Pretender, his father, or other members of their family. We are seeking information on this incident, the return of the equipment, and and leads on our missing asset. The Tower has authorized a very handsome reward of “riches beyond your wildest dreams,” so please send all tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ID BADGE ISSUES
Security has informed us that we have had a recent uptick in employees “forgetting” their badges at home. We will be instituting a new policy of three strikes- if you forget a fourth time, Mr. Parker has authorized use of “extreme measures” to ensure no further incidents. While the specifics have not yet been released, we have been told that it involves superglue, hair dryers, glitter, and paint thinner. Be forewarned.
MEET ERICA IN THE DECODING DEPARTMENT!
Erica in the Decoding Department has provided us with a brief interview about her very important job here at the Centre, where she has been working diligently on Project Renaissance, facilitating the coordination of our main headquarters and the French Annex.
Q: Erica, how did you get this job?
A: Haha, I remember this so well! It was right after I graduated from University. I was visiting a job fair and got approached by someone who asked me if I’d be interested in a position related to translations. This being my first job search day, you can imagine how excited I was! I tried to contain myself and replied politely, “Of course, what company do you work for?”
Smiling widely, the man answered “Great! We will be expecting you tomorrow at 10 am, is that good for you?” Still slightly under shock to be so lucky, I stuttered, “Yes, sure, but which company is it, where do I have to go?”
So he handed me over his card; written in relief and golden letters, I see the words “the Centre”, and on the back of the card the name “Dr. Sydney Günterläde, Psychiatrist” followed by an address… Which got me thinking…? What kind of place would need a translator and a psychiatrist… Hopefully not a dangerous one… but I could not think about it any longer, as Sydney was already shaking my hand “Perfect, see you tomorrow then Miss Bougainvillea!” And he disappeared in the crowd, just as he had appeared… when it hit me… I never told him my name…
I decided to go straight home and do some research on this company. After hours of research, I thought this was getting weirder and weirder… It was impossible to find a website or any valuable information on this company called “the Centre,” aside from something about a Water Treatment Plant, which only added additional confusion. I was getting super nervous and was unable to sleep…
The following day, when I got to the Centre, I thought ok, this neither looks like a Water Treatment Plant, nor like a mental health facility… but I decided to go in anyways… and what I saw, heard and lived… [cough] well, that’s confidential.
Q: What is your favorite part of working at the Centre?
A: I just love the international character of the company. Every day I get to speak to colleagues from all over the world, which is a great practise of all the languages I learned! I am also fascinated by all the projects I get, there is truly never a dull moment!
Q: What advice would you give to new Centre employees to ensure their success here?
A: Be smart. Think. Act wisely. Train your mental strength… And most importantly, don’t be too curious.
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Recipe – CHICKEN POT PIE CASSEROLE
Edna Raines loved cooking this easy dinner for her husband and daughter. She shared this recipe with Catherine Parker, and we are excited to share it all with you this month.
- 2 Eggs
- 3 Cups Frozen Hash Browns (Breakfast Potatoes)
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Package Frozen Mixed Vegetables (16 oz)
- 1 Tin Cream of Mushroom Soup (10.75 oz)
- 1 Cup Chopped Chicken (Cooked)
- 2 Tbsp Butter (Melted)
- 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
- Beat eggs together in a bowl. Add hash browns and mix well; season with salt and pepper. Press hash brown mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven until crust is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
- Mix vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, and chicken together in a bowl and spread over the crust; top with bread crumbs. Drizzle butter over bread crumb layer and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and bread crumbs are lightly browned, about 30 minutes.