What I won’t miss

Tomorrow is my final day at my temporary job. For those who do not know, I was laid off from my job of 5 years last October and then was called back to help out temporarily in May. Bossman was going to allow me to stay on, but at a measly 15 hours per week. Then I got offered a job working for the state, so I’m all done, again, tomorrow.

There are many things I will miss about this place, especially the people, but in the spirit of a snarky blog, here are some things I will not miss:

  • The perfumy front bathroom. There are two different kinds of air fresheners in there plus a bottle of perfume. Do people just spray this perfume randomly? The air in there is so saturated with scent that you can taste it. And then when the bathroom smells mingle with the perfuminess – watch out! This is the bathroom our clients have access to when they come to the office. Good thing they don’t judge our merit on bathrooms.
  • Spur of the moment, in process, emergency projects from the Bossman. In my previous position with the agency I got a lot of these. Bossman would come into my office and drop projects on me that he needed done right away. Projects that often times had nothing to do with what I was supposed to do at the agency, and at times, had been in process by another employee who had no idea Bossman was now passing the project on to me. Since coming back temporarily, I only received one of these kinds of projects since Bossman mostly resides abroad now. But I won’t miss these one iota!
  • All the throat clearing. There is one person in the office who constantly and loudly clears her throat. What the hell is in there?! I made the mistake of moving to an office right next to hers and I have to cringe each time I hear the throat clearing. I do a lot of cringing now.
  • Loud Russian. We have an office member who is Russian, so she speaks Russian. Which is great for the line of work we do. However, the Russian language is one of those angry-sounding languages and so I hear a lot of angry-sounding, very loud Russian several times throughout a workday.
  • The weird trashy kitchen smells and dishwasher full of only dining utensils. Several coworkers, and myself included, bring in pre-packaged microwaveable meals for lunch. Because these little conveniences are already in a plastic dish, there is no need to get out a plate or bowl but you will need utensils, mostly forks. So the work dishwasher gets full of utensils, the drawer gets empty of utensils, and no one wants to run the dishwasher for just utensils, yet no one wants to hand-wash either. I don’t know if it’s these pre-packaged meals or something else, but we often get a trashy funk in the kitchen too. Then it is a decision of whether to let it linger or take out a mostly empty trashcan. Usually someone is close to dying of trash stink before the decision comes down to taking it out. Yum, right?
  • The building’s inability to be climate controlled.
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Still no decision…

I am still toying with the idea of doing work full-time and school full-time. When I tried to contact the advisor the university assigned me, I got a message she is out until the 6th, so no help there yet. I sent her an email so we’ll see how quickly after her return she gets around to answering those.

My last day volunteering at the library, at least for now, was Friday. I met a new staff member there who had just graduated from the university I’ve been accepted to. I told him my story and impending dilemma. He gave me his card and said to email him if I need help in selecting courses to make the dual full-times doable. People have been so encouraging and supportive.

I am hoping to have a final decision by the end of this week before I begin my intense training for the new job.

This may be totally awful…

I returned to my old workplace temporarily in May. I’m still working there. There is a person who works there and she is as sweet as can be, but every time she rings back to me, I find myself involuntarily rolling my eyes.

It has to be the tone of voice she uses when she speaks to coworkers. She always sounds so apologetic when she has to call you, even though that is her job – to route the office calls.

Not only is she always apologetic, but she also has to do a 1-2 minute introduction and explain why she is calling you instead of someone else. Or, if she is calling to ask a question, she has to explain why she is asking the question instead of just asking it. I don’t need a back story for everything.

So I give her an eye roll almost every time, but I don’t mean to. She is a nice person – I just wish she would just give me the call/question and let us both move on.

So where have I been?

I plan to start posting a monthly calendar on my blog each month because I know all my readers are just so interested in what I am doing. (ha ha ha) I posted the first calendar for May and here’s an update on where I’ve been in May.

Well, working. Getting back into the swing of things at my old job. I have a temporary position there while a coworker recuperates from back surgery. Seven months is a long time to be out, but it’s all coming back to me and I think I picking up on the new stuff. Just as my stint is ending I should be all caught up on everything! While I don’t really want to work, seeing some of those faces more often is nice and it’s good to be contributing to the household income again.

I attended our library event on plants for our region. M. came along and read the rules for some war game he’s playing while I tried to jot down notes using my lap as a desk. It was okay, but obviously did not inspire me too much since I’ve done absolutely nothing in the way of landscaping in the yard. Still a blank canvas. We have a screened-in porch and I did get that all cleaned up last Friday. It was full of dirt and cat hair.

My friend ended up buying lunch for me for my birthday. Awww. 🙂 I also had my first tv appearance. Our local Fox channel interviewed me for their “Hire Me” week. Each day last week they profiled a different person looking for a job and I aired on Tuesday. I felt disorganized and flustered when the the reporter and cameraman were in my house, but ultimately, I thought the edit job they did was good and it turned out okay. M. found the video online and has saved it for all prosperity. Still no job offers…

I am now 30 years old! I remember when my sister-in-law turned 30 and had a meltdown of sorts. I don’t feel any different than I did about 10 years ago, so really 30 is just another age to me. It means that I am probably going to click the next age bracket up on surveys and that I am a bit closer to midlife, but feeling older? I do not. M. took me to a nice dinner and to the zoo. Awesome times! My birthday was also my first short-term weight loss goal. I missed it by about 1 pound. I blame my birthday.

Since M. took me to an out of town zoo for my birthday, I ended up skipping the book discussion at the library on The Gift of Rain. I keep scheduling myself to attend these discussions and haven’t joined in one yet! The book was just okay. I probably wouldn’t have read it if not for the plan to attend the discussion.

Yesterday I big plans to attend a workshop at the library on writing memoirs and then going to a local school corp job fair. I got the library early to pick up some books on job interviews (I am just terrible at the interview part, but so far really haven’t had to worry about it since I’ve had so few calls for interviews). I went to bed really late Friday night and my internal clock really doesn’t let me sleep past 6am most mornings no matter what time I went to sleep – so I was up early. By the time I found the books I wanted, I was starting to feel really tired. I saw that the flow of people into the meeting room where the memoir workshop was held was mostly white, fuzzy haired people. So I decided to instead get a jump start on the job fair.

First of all, there was no parking anywhere near the door to the building where the job fair was held. So I parked in the middle of nowhere and hiked in my heels and suit. By the time I finally got in I had sweat running down my face and my back. Very attractive. The building’s air conditioning was not turned on, so this condition did not improve. Most people were there for teaching positions and most were interested in elementary schools. The line for elementary was extensive and filled the entire place making it difficult to find anything else. I, of course, was interested in any non-teaching positions and thought myself lucky since those lines appeared to be short. After some searching, I ended up in the line for information technology even though it really isn’t my area. I just wanted to start talking to some people since that was what I was there to do – schmooze for a job. Info Tech guy told me they anticipate having 1-2 positions open in January 2010, so I handed him my resume and started hunting for more non-teaching tables. I found another for after school programs and since I had worked for the after school programs while I was completing my master’s degree, I stopped by there too and handed off a resume, even though I don’t think the pay will make it worth my while if they do call me. The next table was labeled “support services.” I wasn’t totally sure what this meant, but thought it might be what I was looking for. I got in line. Fortunately, some school corp guy was talking to people in line and told me that the “support services” were custodial, bus transportation, and food services. Okay, not what I was looking for. I was hot and beginning to get very frustrated. The flier for this thing said “Hiring for all positions!” Down the side was listed a variety of areas they were looking for people – including administration which was the main area I was interested in. Where was the darn admin table?

There wasn’t one. I heard someone talking to a school corp representative and she said they did not have a table for administrative positions, that people interested should complete an online application and check their job postings on their website. Well, I have been doing that since I was laid off last October. It would have been nice if the flier had said something to the effect, “if you’ve filled out an online app and have been job searching our website, basically, this job fair will be a total waste of your time, especially for those looking for non-teaching positions.” So I hiked back to my car and drove home. The entire morning was a bust.

The rest of the day went better. I made some tasty turkey roll-ups for lunch, took a nap, finished dresses for my nieces (pictures will be posted on my art page), and made crispy chicken tenders from a new recipe and M., the somewhat finicky eater liked them! M. and I also finally got some of our 2 hour show finales knocked out.

Today I finally got to my blog – I’ve missed my blog. And I plan to finish the book I am currently reading, The Forgotten Garden. I also have to write an essay for my library science program application because I am going back to school!

May

May will be a busy month for me. Here’s what is coming up (so far).

Monday, May 4th: Will be returning to my old job temporarily (6-8 weeks) to help out while another staff member has surgery. It will be good to earn some money again and work with my old buddies, but I’ve been off work so long now I don’t know that I ever want to go back! I have no choice…

Tuesday, May 5th: Attending a seminar at the library on plants for our region. I’ve been taking lots of walks around the neighborhood lately and would love to start gradually adding some landscaping to our yard. Right now our yard is a blank canvas.

Wednesday, May 6th: Lunch with a great friend at Chili’s and interviewing with a local news station for their “Hire Me” week. Hopefully this will generate some employer interest in me. I’ve never been on TV before, so new experience for me.

Sunday, May 10th: Not only is it Mother’s Day, it’s my 30th birthday too! It’s also my first short-term weight loss goal deadline. As of this morning, I need to lose another 2 pounds to make it. Starting today off with a 45 minute walk around the neighborhood was a good start. Check out my art page the week after Mother’s Day for pictures of the gifts I made.

Monday, May 11th: Attending a book discussion at the library on The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. I have got to get some reading time in this week and review the discussion questions! Don’t forget to check out my Book Bag page for a list of what I’ve read.

Saturday, May 16th: A local school corporation is having a job fair that I would like to attend, plus the library is having a seminar on writing your memoir. These overlap, so I may have to make a decision on which to attend.

Monday, May 18th: Our niece turns 4 years old. I have plans to make a dress for her out of a pillowcase. Pictures to be posted on my art page once completed.

Sunday, May 24th: Going to a graduation cookout party for a friend’s daughter. She was also the only person I’ve managed in my career. She was our summer office assistant before I was laid off. I will at least have a card to post on my art page.

Sunday, May 31st: A good friend’s birthday.

In the midst of all that, I will also be continuing my job search, researching library science careers, deciding if I want to pursue a MLS degree, looking for ways to save on our household shopping, trying to get some time in to complete some skirts (bought the fabric ages ago and haven’t used it yet), keeping up the house, searching for new, healthy recipes, and lots of other things. I should have some good blog posts coming!

Happy May!

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