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Today was a pretty good day. Because of the winter storm bearing down on us, I actually got my lazy but up and out of the door before 9:00. !!! Yes, it surprised me too! Arrived at 7:30 and proceeded to have a quiet, uneventful day. I'm still getting caught up from being on vacation three days, off sick four days, seven hours, and then throw in the days lost for Christmas and New Year... I've worked about one hour in the last two weeks. Needless to say, I've had plenty of work to catch up on, and today was finally my chance. Didn't get as much finished as I'd hoped, but I made a pretty sizeable (small) dent in the pile. Woohoo! Go me!

Opened the shades in my office and watched the snow come down, half out of love of falling snow, and half out of fear that the snow would pile up faster than anticipated. If the universe is listening, I'd like to say that I fully anticipate a snow day tomorrow, SO DON'T LET ME DOWN. A Friday snow day is just a little too much to hope for, but I've got my fingers crossed.

So, Thursdays usually mean Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. When does the series second half start? Soon, right? I hope? Probably not? But maybe...? Oy, I'm so tired I can't think straight.
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Thank you, anonymous rose-giver person! I'm sorry I'm late posting a thank you, but I've been languishing here on my sick bed. Well, kinda. I've got a little cold and haven't felt much like posting. AND my brain's worn out at the end of the day because I'm finally, finally, finally kicking the dregs of the hated old job to the curb, for realz! YAY!

I've been training a replacement to perform the hated old job duties, and true to form, letting me ditch the thing has been dragged out at every turn. My work bud, who's been on maternity leave, has formally resigned from the company, which leaves my current work team quite shorthanded. :-( :-( Since my REAL work team will now be a member short, I've told the old team that as of next week, no matter how well-trained or not the replacement is, she'll be cut loose. I'm DONE, thank you very much. There are plenty of people (including a lazy chick who should have been doing this in the first place) who can pick up the slack.

Along with losing the work bud we'll also lose a retiring member who, sad to say, I won't miss much. Sweet woman, but honestly, her head is filled with bubbles, cotton candy, and the fluff from the bellies of little baby ducks. Truly. She's been on the job for 33 years, and you'd think every day was her first on the job. It's pretty sad. ANYWAY, I'm turning over another time-waster of a project to our newest member, so I'm training two people. Of the past 24 work hours so far this week, I've probably spent two hours doing actual work and the rest has been spent answering questions, proofing drafts, and double-checking spreadsheets. My biggest challenge for both of these ladies is trying to teach them how to think outside the box. God help us all, that's easier said than done. So yeah, work's definitely a busy place to be these days. ;-) But yay! Almost over!

Whee! New Top Chef tonight!
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Thank you so much to everyone who offered condolences on losing my kitty. I love my friends list. ::hugs:: I'll thank all of you personally, but I wanted to give a big group hug. ((((((((friends list!)))))) Thank you. It really meant a lot to me.

Things are getting back to normal. It was such a quiet, weird week! *Very* quiet. A couple of times I thought I heard him. Auditory hallucination, I suppose. The two remaining cats were off-balance as well. I can't describe it, but they definitely knew something was up. Now that it's been a week and they've figured that Hobbes isn't coming back, the little power games have begun, complete with scrapping to decide who's the new head cat. ;-)

The week had a great ending, though - I'd been pulled back into my old job parttime because they were caught short-handed when one of the teammembers took another job about a month after my friend quit. OH MY GOD. Yeah, pain in the ass. I've hated every moment of it. I haven't done this stuff for a year! I hated it then, so you can imagine how much I hate it now, when it isn't even my job. I've been coming in a few hours on the weekend in order to keep from falling too far behind in my REAL job. Anyway.

Yay! The two new hires are in place and one of them started yesterday. She's starting out on the stuff I hate so I don't have to do those things anymore! YAY, YAY, YAY!!! I still have one thing I'm responsible for, but it's the one thing I don't mind doing too much, so YAY YAY YAY!!!

I'm watching The Real Housewives of Orange County. Please, somebody help me.

Loser!

Mar. 9th, 2006 08:28 pm
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I am the world's biggest loser, because I haven't posted in a while. LOSER! My will to live has been sucked dry the last few days because I'm working the old job temporarily until the wo vacant posts are filled.

OH MY FRIGGIN' GOD, I knew I hated the job. I lived it for four years and the last two were just indescribably horrific. Hated the job with the passion of a thousand proverbial burning suns, if not more. OH MY GOD. I was so, so glad to be rid of it that I can't even describe it. In the year since I've had my fabulous new job, it was like stepping out of a cave into a meadow full of daisies, sunshine and kittens. Oh, did I mention that the cave was full of plague-ridden rats, blood-sucking flies and leather-clad freaks with spiked whips? Because, yeah. I left the job for a reason. I HATED IT.

I'll be filling in for about two months, and as of tomorrow, I'll have survived the first week. I've been pretty vocal about my displeasure and because I'm that kind of person, I kind of didn't really care who might have heard me. :-D BUT...I temper my whining with vast amounts of humor, so I'm not just a cow about it. The people I'm helping have enough to deal with without me making their lives more miserable. Are you allowed to say that you like yourself? Because I do, I freakin' *love* me, and I think I'd like to have me for a friend. If I didn't already have me for me, that is. Yeeeeeeeeeeeah, that makes...a modicum of sense, doesn't it?

So. I'm re-learning tasks and I'm bitching and kvetching but I'm also cracking jokes and getting reacquainted with this stuff double-plus quick, so I don't feel guilty about bitching at all, because, hey! I'm also taking care of what needs to be done and my co-workers are getting some laughs out of it as well. OH MY GOD, I hate that job. Thank goodness that I don't have to do all of the night, weekend and holiday stuff that goes along with it - the remaining members are covering most of that stuff, and the guy who's leaving is still doing his share of the out-of-office duties. Woohoo!

Because my own work is piling up (waaah! I love my real, current job!), I'll be going in on Saturday to get caught up. Much as I'd love to reduce my pile while I'm at work, the job I'm subbing for is a little unpredictable, and I might have to drop everything at a moment's notice and put out a million little fires. The old boss has been supersweet to me since I've been sucked back in the Black Hole of Doom and Despair otherwise known as the old job. OH MY GOD, I hate that job.

Other than that, I'm in a good mood. :-D
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The old man and I didn't do anything interesting for Valentine's. I bought him various assorted snack treats at Odd Lots, and picked up a bucket of chicken from KFC. Bwahahaha! We're livin' large, baby. ::Lance's devil horn hands::

I'm watching women's curling, USA vs. Japan. I've never watched curling before, it's pretty cool. I don't understand a thing, but it's still interesting to watch. I'd like to try it! I want to push the stone, though, I don't think I'd be good at sweeping. I'd probably fall, or trip over the stones that have already been played. Yay, Japan won this round! Yes, I'm a traitor! I can't help it, their stone pushing/pitching/hurling girl was hella good. Yay! USA! You didn't win but you're good too! ::loves::

Talked to a friend of mine today. My old job (stressful! eeks!) has a vacancy, and she's thinking of applying. She applied the last couple of times there's been an opening - as well as a pay increase, she'd jump a few grade levels and go from hourly to salary. I know there's no chance that she'll get it, and I think deep down she knows this too. ANYWAY, I offered to fill her in on some of the shakier aspects of the job so she'd see that though the grass may appear greener, some of it is spray painted. ;-)

OH MY GOD. )
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Yep, first day back after the glorious loooooooooong vacation. It hurt me physically to cross the threshhold (*it buuuurns, precious!*). Bleh. It wasn't too bad, actually - a ton of stuff I'd been waiting for arrived, so I spent most of my day getting it processed and out of my office and on its merry way (someone else's office! yay!). Thing is, I'm just going to be getting all of it back eventually for further processing and distribution to other areas. Still, the initial butt-kicking prize for desk-cleaning is mine! Unfortunately, I still have to clean up my mailbox and sort through the other pile o' crap that accumulated while I was gone, but the biggest pile has been dealt with. Go me!

Of the not so good, I was told that I'll be filling in on the old Job from the Nether Pits of Hell for a while until certain staffing issues are resolved. Yeah, see how this pleases me? Fortunately, I'll only be taking over one aspect of the job, and it's not *too* bad. Of all the things I could be doing, that's the least heinous. Also, there are deeper issues here involving an arrogant slacker employee having the screws applied where it hurts, so to be truthful, that lessened the blow by about 1/10000th. See, this is me still not being happy. ;-p

OY! I'd planned (thought about, considered) setting up the new 'puter tonight but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, the computer room is such a mess that just shifting stuff around would be a major project. See? This is what I get for being a procrastinating biotch. If I'd cleaned this place out ages ago, I'd be zipping along on the new machine already. I am a cow.

I've been itching to write the last few days, but I have absolutely no idea of the direction in which my muse is poking me. Now *she's* a biotch. I think I'm just going to have to put a pen to paper and see what happens.

On that note, I'm off to bed!
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I've been off a glorious two weeks (and two days). It's been fabulous just kicking around and doing things or not, as I please. It would be lovely not to have to work for a living, wouldn't it? To just hang around and surf and read and write or just watch TV or go to movies OR WHATEVER. I like my job, but it would be sweet to hang around in a patch of sun with my cats all day - for a while, at least.

I tell my work buds that if I hit a huge lottery pot and could quit my job, I wouldn't do anything for at least a year. That *might* be an overstatement, but truly, I think I'd just slug around for at least a while. I wouldn't work for anyone else, not even part time, because I'd always want the opportunity to just kick it at home (or go shopping or whatever) whenever I felt like it. Or if I had the sniffles or cramps and felt too cranky to be around. Or I just plain didn't feel like working that day.

I probably sound like the laziest cow ever, but I think the four years spent in my Hell Job TM, sucked out more than my will to live - I think it also sucked out my will to knuckle under to The Man for any longer than absolutely necessary. With that said, tomorrow I head back to the so-called real world. Today I shop!

Bags to wear whilst knuckling under to The Man. )

shopbop.com
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I've been away for quite a while - I missed my fandom anniversary! Happy fandom anniversary to me...

I've been offline most of the time, wrestling demons and being weird. Quickie update: I finally, finally told my boss that I was burnt out big time and needed something else to do. Not in those exact words, of course, but she got the drift. My timing was exquisite because I had a new job before the week was over. Woohoo! That was about two months ago. Unfortunately, because of training issues with my replacement, I haven't really been able to fully switch over to the new job. Even more unfortunately, I'm still responsible for the one thing I was most eager to get away from. A couple more weeks and counting, and I'll be able to sleep through the night again. ::crosses fingers::

I've been offline except for work. I don't even want to think about the state of my mailbox, which I haven't looked at yet. I've Googled the Chasez every day, though, to keep tabs on him. Because of the LJ lockdown at work I haven't been able to keep up with pictures, so I'm just seeing the new ones.

I'm completely loving the new short swirly-do, it's absolutely adorable! And I was squealing like a schoolgirl when I read about the Scooby Doo guest shot. Unlike JC, Scooby Doo was never one of my favorite cartoons. In fact, it was probably pretty close to the bottom of my list along with such notables as the Spirit of 1776, or whatever the hell his name was. And wasn't the Spirit a Scooby spin-off? Or is that the crack talking...

It turns out that seven months away from the internet has done NOTHING to curb my wild JC lust. Surprising, I know. I thought I'd be cured, but nope, I'm as hopeless as ever. All it took was one picture of that swirly-do. I'm glad the bangs are gone, and as much as I loved it long (long live the manbun!), I so adore it short. It looks thick and shiny and healthy and gorgeous again. He looks *groomed* again. He looks wonderful. Good lord, that man still owns me.

And what the hell is up with Chasez's woman and her many eyebrow raising sound bytes? I find myself shaking my head on a near daily basis. And Carlos is gone! Wonder where he'll turn up next?

Before I got one, I used to go, "iPod mania? Weh?" But, yes! I'm an iPod freak! I've been a fiend for used CDs since waaaaaaaaaaaay back, and having an iPod has only added gasoline-soaked fuel to that fire. I'm not even going to 'fess up to the amount of money I've spent on dollar CDs. Let's just say that Half-Price books is my new hangout. My CD collection has probably quadrupled since Christmas, and that's no exaggeration. I loooove discovering new stuff.

And speaking of discovering new stuff, I've caught up on all the TV and movies I've missed/ignored since beginning my online life five years or so ago. Take Oz, for instance. Holy freakin' bejeebus, how much do I love Beecher and Keller? So obsessed, so psychotic. So *devoted.* And mmmmmmmmmm, Christopher Meloni, so *intense.* Yes, I'll admit that I was so smitten I started watching Law & Order SVU because he's on it. God bless cable and cable on demand. Aiiiii! And Queer as Folk!!! I can't believe I've missed four years of Queer as Folk. Gale Harold is beyond yum, and Hal Sparks is adorable. Were I a QAF slasher, I'd be all about Brian/Michael. Justin was seriously working my nerves there for a while, but I've made peace with it. Kinda. Brian/Michael forevah!!!

Hmmmm, I guess that's all I've got for the moment. Well, I really have tons more. I finally saw Velvet Goldmine (Eeee! Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is...ye gods. Unearthly.). And the L Word. And...other stuff. Too much fun anime to begin to mention, except to say that I love the theme song for Chobits. Why do I have the Anime Channel on Demand, but I don't have the Anime Channel? Curiouser and curiouser.

I think that's really it this time. Enough for one entry, I think. :-)

JC!

Good Lord.

Aug. 11th, 2004 08:35 pm
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Tired. Woke up around 4:00 a.m., worked from home for a little bit before heading in to work around 7:00 a.m. And just before I left for the day - naturally - a little handful of poo hit the fan so that meant I had to stick around for another half hour. Then home, hung out for a couple of hours, worked from home for about an hour. Now I'm about to talk to Dad, then work from home for another...let's just make it an hour.

Can I retire yet?

Every time these little poo handfuls fly it strengthens my resolve to tell the boss I'm just about burned completely out. There are perks and I'm nicely compensated but honestly, I'm ready for a job I can leave behind when I walk out the door. A job that I don't have to think about until I walk *in* the door the next morning. No nights, no early mornings, no weekends, no holidays.

I've been on this rollercoaster for about three years now, and I think I'm ready to get off. Finding a smaller, less exciting rollercoaster in the company is the challenge, however. :-(
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Again with the brick walls. Kind of. Why is it that some of the smallest things are the biggest things we stumble over?

In other news, I wrote a kind of long science fiction (ouch, hurts to think about it) opus a couple of years ago, just before I found online fandom, and I can't find it. I *really* want to reread it, and it's...lost. It's very nearly bad!fic bad, almost. Almost very nearly bad!fic bad, a little bit.

In other news, I let my quick temper get the best of me today, and I kind of snapped at my boss. Well, not at her, but in her general direction. In a meeting.

!!!!

Luckily, the only people present were the other members of my team - contrary to sometimes popular belief, I'm not a *total* idiot. She realizes that I'm a bit stressed lately, and was *very* cool about letting me slide. I apologized profusely because, Unprofessional Behavior 'R' Us? Not a place I want to be.

I need some happy music. Spice Girls! Hmmm. Maybe John Mayer. Yesssssss...

No! Prince! Little Red Corvette! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

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