Recent goings on…

September 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm (Bored, Friends, Shit, Work)

Does anyone say that anymore? Goings on… huh

It rained last night, it was raining this morning when I woke up. I had big plans for the day – the boys and I were going to get out of dodge. We were going to go sea shell searching (say that 5 times fast). When I heard the rain, I knew our plans were done for. You see, where we live, you need a parka at the beach in August. Add rain to that mess and you’ll have a better time in the arctic – it’d be warmer too.

Both boys have settled into school. I wish I could say I’ve settled into the commute but I have not been able to get this together. I drop Brody off at Michael’s house in the morning and then I take Evan to school. The ride home is brutal. I get off the train, go get Evan and then drive 20-25 minutes to get Brody. Then I get to drive 35 minutes home. It’s a nightmare.  By the time we get home we are usually famished. With this comes grumpy and horrible and unruly behavior. Not to mention what the boys are experiencing.

They are growing like WEEDS! Brody lost another tooth and he said there is another one loose. I don’t think the tooth fairy can keep up!

School has been going well, I am at the end of Week 2 – only 7 more to go! These are the last two classes until I receive my associate’s degree. I’ll start my bachelor program in November and tuck in for another two years of intensive classes.

My mom and dad are going to come down in November and help me with the house. Home ownership is overrated! I feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into keeping a house and especially keeping a yard. I think it will be different when I am finished with school, but in the meantime, I am struggling. I thought about a landscaping company to come in and keep the yard clean for me, but they wanted $80 a month and I just can’t swing that right now.  Plus, I’m going to ask my dad to help me get quotes for eaves (gutters). Michael, as he does, ripped them down but never replaced them. Quotes to women are famous for being over priced and I don’t have the first clue of what to look for in eavestroughs.  They are also going to help me plan the backyard. It’s sort of ok right now, but there are some areas that I am stuck with.  My mom has a lot of vision when it comes to landscaping and knows tons about plants. She’s got green thumbs, fingers and toes. I’ll post before/after photos.

I’ve been spending most of my free time cultivating relationships with new friends. Suzanne and I have been spending every Wednesday together – it’s been an absolute joy getting to know her better. Together, we have been meeting a lot of people and have formed new friendships with other people in Benicia. They are a group of people who I trust and truly enjoy spending time with. We laugh, we talk, we give advice, we take advice and most importantly – we have fun!  So much fun!  Ever since the shenanigans with Michael, I have had a hard time trusting people. Especially men. I don’t trust their intentions, I don’t trust what they say. It is definitely something I am working on – but I realize it’s going to take time. In the meantime, I have a great group of friends to help me figure things out. I have a great group of friends to bounce ideas off of. I have a great group of friends to play beer pong (Wii style).

Work has been difficult (to say the least). I thought I was getting more comfortable in my position, understanding more and more about the work I am supposed to – and then I’ll get thrown a fastball. All of a sudden, I’m right back at square one.  I like the challenge, I love my boss, I love my company – so I guess it’s not a bad thing. I would just like to be able to participate in meetings and not feel like an idiot. 🙂

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New Job!

April 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm (Melodie, Work)

I completed my last day as an Admin on Friday. From this point forward, I will be responsible for my own calendar and expense reports. I will never have to complete someone else’s expense report ever again. I cannot tell you the joy this gives me. To have worked my way up into an analyst position has been difficult. I’ve been an admin for 17 years (ack) and for someone to see my potential and act upon it, well, I am just tickled pink.

I start the job on Monday and I really hope I like it. I have a feeling I will – but you never can tell. Especially since this is a new position, there is no one to ask “did you like this job?” I’m sure I’ll be making a lot of it up as I go along, but I am confident this is an excellent move for me. The extra bit of money is going to be helpful as well. Wish me luck!

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Revolution

August 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm (Melodie, Work)

The kids here at work are in an uproar! The IT folks have blocked craigslist. Uh… how am I supposed to read the “free” ads? Do they know the stuff I stole negotiated from that website??  An entire set of wooden lockers! For peets sake.

My friend Cindy is the funniest. I sent her an instant message (we have instant messages but NO craigslist?) and told her the news. I was emphatic! I was passionate! She was “can it wait until after lunch?” She’d have never made it in Fidel’s Cuba! I need people to be revolutionaries right now – not after their microwave pizza! By then, it’s too late! Their bellies are full and they are sleepy. You can’t have an uprising, or an up anything for that matter, with a full belly.

Even Michael said “revolution starts now.” That’s what I’m talking about.

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Stupid Box

July 22, 2008 at 9:45 am (Work)

Ok, so I really do like my job. In fact, I’ve never been more challenged at a job in my entire life. I work around some great people, my boss is really great. There are a few people I could do without, but I work to live – not live to work.

As I was returning from grabbing lunch a few days ago, I was introduced to the person my boss replaced. Let’s call her….. yancy. I wear my iPod a lot during lunch because I don’t feel like being harassed by people on the street trying to sell something. One of my co-workers waved me over to “meet” yancy. I felt slight irritation at this, because I am an introvert. I do not want to be bothered by co-workers at lunch time… especially when that time is short! I toddled over and was introduced and the first thing Yancy said to me was “do you know where my box is?” Of course, I was immediately irritated because who starts a conversation with someone you don’t even know in that manner? I felt like slapping her face (I wasn’t in a good mood apparently). I just looked at her and said “no.” Apparently, a few assistant’s ago – she left a box of personal items here to be shipped to her house. It never happened. That was about 10 months ago. Wouldn’t you call after a couple weeks and inquire about the box? Why would you wait 10 months and 2 new people later?

My co-worker seriously wanted me to spend my entire afternoon looking for Yancy’s damn box. uh.. I don’t think so. I walked into my boss’s office and told him what happened. He’s got my back. The co-worker wanted me to call the courier to see if they could tell me if a box had been shipped. From a building with about 4 thousand workers… who all have the same address. Without a tracking number. Without a reference number. Does she think I just sit around here all day with nothing to do?

This was almost as ridiculous as the request I received over instant messaging from another co-worker who asked if I could shut her door for her because she was on a conference call.  She instant messaged me during lunch (AGAIN) and requested I come shut her door. Sigh… No wonder this department can’t keep a person in this spot.

As for the box… well, Yancy made it sound like she had money in the box. When I spoke to the person who used to be in this spot – it was referred to as change from the desk. I think that if you aren’t smart enough to call soon after you were to expect the box – then poo on you. And your stupid box.

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Contractions

July 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm (Bored, Work)

We have a consultant (or contractor depending on who is asking) at work who cannot seem to perform proper contractions. For instance, he asked me for a hard copy of a project we are working on and ended his request with this sentence: “I can pick it up once you’ve it.” When I’ve what it?

Sometimes, it gets even more ridiculous. I want to email him back and say “you aren’t contracting the words correctly.” But I’d like to do it in … ok… in an evil way. Alright, i’m going straight to hell – but I don’t care! He has made my life a living hell these past four weeks; although we get along okay – everytime I see him walking down the hall I want to scream!  Again, not because I don’t like him. His brain is exactly the opposite of my brain.

Anyway, whatever. Can you tell I’m bored?

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Savages!!

April 16, 2008 at 11:08 am (Work)

Uh ok… I’m a month into my new position, in a new building, in a new city. I realize that “where I come from” is different than what I am witnessing right now. But I swear to all things lovely and beautiful that if one more person eats my lunch from the fridge – I WILL GO POSTAL (on their asses). I try not to swear on this site because goodness knows, my grandmother might read it – but I feel the need to curse up a storm!!!!

I was at an offsite meeting last week and happened to have 2 or 3 diet cokes in the fridge. When I came back after the meeting, all of the cans were gone. Ok… it’s soda – no big deal right? I mean, they are not good for me, so I should be thankful right?  Wrong-o! I forgave the soda. I bring my lunch in, because I’m in the big city y’all!! It costs about 10 bucks for a sandwich. Uh..? Anyway, today I brought in washed grapes, in my own container, off the stem. Guess what??!!?  Some total jackass ATE MY GRAPES!

Of course, I would love to go rambo up in here… but as I stated earlier, I’ve only been here a month. I do NOT want to be that person (whining about their red stapler from the boiler room in the basement) everyone stays away from because “she’s crazy.” But seriously… who does that? Who would reach into an unknown container and eat someone else’s food? Would you have the cajones to go into the fridge and take grapes (in a high-end container don’tcha know) and actually eat them? I know I don’t have the balls to do that! The savage I am dealing with wears extra large underwear.

I am at a loss as to what I should do. Here is where I need help internet. Aside from adding laxatives to my tasty meals (to deter further thieving) what can I do to stop this? Do I bring lockable containers? Where am I going to find lockable containers? Do I let my lunch get warm? I absolutely cannot carry anything else on the train – it slows me down. Everything must fit into my current bag. Do I just forage from the earth bringing nuts and berries? And what about my daily soda (to keep me awake mid-afternoon)???  Am I supposed to drink that warm? argh…  Ok internet (all three of my loyal readers) – I need some suggestions! 

In the meantime, I’m having the container dusted for fingerprints.  SAVAGESSSSSSSS!!!!

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Conference Call Hell

March 20, 2008 at 10:32 am (Work)

When a person first starts at KP, the first two weeks consist of intensive training and conference calls. I have worked here for about 3 years, but I have recently switched regions and am required to go through these training calls. It is an insane practice but I guess brushing up on knowledge is never a bad thing.

Fortunately, these training sessions take place via conference calls – both online and through the phone. I have a wireless headset – so listening in on the conference calls allows me to “multi-task.” My new job is busier than previous jobs in the past – so this works well.

What I do find annoying is people who do not follow the ground rules for these meetings. We are asked to mute our phones – it’s not a difficult request. It is merely a matter of pressing a few buttons on the phone. This morning is the 2nd day of a two day training and I got to hear some dude drop his phone on his desk, a cough, talking and chewing. The first thing I do is mute my phone, but then I will have these small anxiety attacks throughout the phone call. Because this particular call is 3 hours long I usually have to use the restroom 3 – 4 times (maybe more). I have internal conversations with myself “Did I mute my headset?” “Can everyone hear me pee?” I will run through these internal conversations every single time I leave my desk.

I was just in the bathroom and was giggling uncontrollably as I had an internal conversation with myself. I pictured the moderator saying “someone didn’t mute their phone” “Can I hear water running?” “Is someone going pee?” Thoughts of this conversation cause me to giggle, which causes the other occupants of the restroom to wonder what is so funny! In thinking this, I start giggling more! Of course, I’m still hoping my headset is on mute!

I am done with the training though… bah

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Oh BLOG how I’ve missed you!

March 19, 2008 at 12:49 pm (Work)

Since starting my new position, my blog reading has really lacked. I am way behind schedule and have no clue what my internet “friends” are doing! I miss writing in my blog and I miss reading other blogs.  Wah!

I am busy! My new job has me hopping and I am loving it! Tons of people have asked me what exactly I am doing and the truth is… I don’t know. In fact, one of my objectives for 2008 is to create my job description. This always happens to me. I take a position, it is a new position (just created!) and I need to develop the job duties. I can’t seem to get myself into a job with a pre-defined job description.

My director and I sat down today to draft up some goals and objectives for 2008. These objectives have MEAT people! Not one of the objectives relates to calendaring or learning how to order food for meetings. The objectives contain BIG WORDS! Words I might have to look up in a dictionary! The objectives contain 2 professional development plans! What a grown up job I have!

The possibilities are endless!

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Ug!

March 14, 2008 at 11:16 am (Melodie, Work)

My life has been crazy this week! I haven’t blogged in so long, I almost forgot the password to get in here! In between trying to complete TWO final papers for school, I started a new job right when the time was changing. DO NOT DO THIS! Not only did I have to adjust my wake up time, I had to adjust the boys wake up time. There we all were, losing 1 hour of sleep due to the time change and another hour of sleep due to Mommy’s new job. My kids were exhausted and unmanageable this week!

It is DAY 5 of the new routine and we made it out of the house by 7:07 am. Now… I need to be at the train station to catch the 7:21 train – the only day I accomplished this was on Monday. I have not arrived on time to work since. Fortunately, it’s not really mattering right now – so that is good. I have very high hopes for next week – especially because the boys are very excited to be riding with mommy in the car.

As I said earlier, I have to finish two final projects for school this weekend. Both are due on Sunday – and I’ve neglected and procrastinated both projects. I was reading through the Appendix last night and it turns out I need to conduct an interview with a leader in my community!  OMG!!  Who could I possibly interview over the weekend??  Picture me smashing my head into the wall repeatedly and vowing NEVER NEVER to put off a final project again.

OK, so the new job is AWESOME! My boss is really great and he’s very understanding. We get along very well – which is great! I have a very busy workload, I am never without something to do. Unfortunately, because of my busy meeting schedule all week, I haven’t been able to clean out my new desk. It was a disaster! There was a whole folder dedicated to annual reports – for the past 14 years.  I’m not sure when anyone would EVER need these. I can’t even imagine the head of our company needing these reports. I threw out 3 large bins full of paper. Handwritten notes from 2004, task lists starting in 2004 till the day she left, empty boxes, shipping receipts from the decade prior… sigh  I know my mom is totally jealous!! Of course I act like I hate doing stuff like this – I act like it’s the worst job in the world. Secretly, I love it. For me, throwing paper OUT ranks right up there with buying office supplies (I’m a maniac for office supplies).

I’m still not sure what my complete function will be in my new role – I had a talk with my director and he said “you’ll have to develop it as you go along.” Which is so familiar, because that is exactly what I did in my past two positions.  I am having a hard time getting used to how quiet it is on my floor. While at the hospital, the noise was never-ending. I can hear a pin drop! In fact, while I was cleaning out the storage closet (for office supplies) I found an electric stapler. I LOVE the extravagance of not having to staple my own papers. I plugged that bad boy in and tested it – I then realized why it was in the storage closet. The long, high pitched squeal that resonated from my cubicle had people opening their doors to see if the fire alarm was going off.

All in all, it has been a good week. I am anxious to be finished my two projects for school. I have been less than impressed with these classes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still ace’ing them – I just don’t like them.  I’m starting to realize that maybe I should switch my major…

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It’s official!

March 6, 2008 at 3:17 pm (Work)

The personnel announcement went out at work today. It is official – I have a new job! It has been a whirlwind since I accepted this position! My calendar for next week is already full of meetings. Real meetings that I will be a valid participant at – not a meeting that I organize, setup, order lunches for – then leave. I have a real meeting – like a grown up!

I am really excited that the boys and I will be commuting together in the same vehicle! We are leaving the gas guzzler at home and will be taking my car. Michael will then use the car through out the day and save us millions on gas each month!

I do have mixed emotions about leaving my facility. I have really taken leadership in this office and I am going to miss all of the friends that I have made. This truly has been one of the best working environments that I have ever had. Of course, I have asked myself a million times “why are you leaving?” The answer is that I need a new challenge. Plain and simple.

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