I Have a New Job!

WooHoo!

Actually, it’s my old job doing database management.
The one I’d left in 2014 to go work at my last job, in the warehouse.
Which I took because it offered good healthcare at a good price, unlike the database job, which offers none.
But DH, after 15 years with the same company, switched jobs.
His old job had no healthcare but his new one has good care at a good price.
Which meant I could leave a job I was not happy with & return to one I enjoyed.

Why wasn’t I happy? Well, mostly because it was very regimented and had no scope for individual initiative & advancement. The heat in summer was also an issue. And lets just not get into the demands they make on your time during December. Last year they expected everyone to work 7 days a week from the day after Thanksgiving until Dec 22. 9-10 hour shifts during the week and 6-8 hours weekends.
I didn’t do it. They had loopholes for people who needed Sunday off to do church stuff or other planned activities on Sunday. So I said I had stuff. No one called me on it. I expected to be written up or told off in my annual review come February but not a word was said.

I get the day after Thanksgiving off for the first time in 3 years! I have Saturdays off in December!

The warehouse was, for good & sufficient reasons I admit, rather inflexible about time off or coming in late or early. Keeping appointments was a real problem. Fortunately DH’s job let him take over as Primary Parent (getting the kids on the bus, taking them to appointments & practices, getting them from school if they get sick, etc) because they were very flexible about time management. His new job is 45 miles away & while it can be flexible, not “take 4 hours out of your day every 4 weeks for the kids’ orthodontist appointments” or “give yo a special start time so you can get the kids on the bus” flexible . So I needed to return to the Primary Parent role & that meant a new job, or in this case, an old job.

Then there was the people problem. Nothing wrong with the people individually. I loved my co-workers, they were fun, smart people to work with. They were the saving grace of the job.

There were just so MANY of them. I’m not a social person. My personal interaction bucket isn’t very big and gets filled easily in just a few encounters. I had 15 people in my immediate department, plus another 10-12 I interacted with almost daily and another 10-12 I dealt with at least once a week, plus there were another 40-50 people who worked in the building that I occasionally saw.
I know it doesn’t sound like a bunch of people. But this is too many people for me, even though I liked them and no one was mean or demanding. It left me pretty much hibernating in my room when I got home. I never wanted to go anywhere because it’s just more people and I was already well over my comfort level of people.

I didn’t realize how much of this was wearing me down until I quit. Then it felt like a smothering blanket I hadn’t know I was under had been lifted. Friends tell me I seem less burdened. I’m cooking more. I’m going places. Sometimes. Not often, but more than before. I only have 12 coworkers total and many days I only see 4 of them. This is a good level of people. I can go Havoc’s booster club meetings and not feel overwhelmed. I even helped out a fundraising fair & that wouldn’t have happened this time last year. Because people.

I’m hoping, as I shake off the blanket, to get back into things I was doing 3 years ago. Like daily photos and regular blogging.

We’ll see how it goes

The Week that Was

They are all so similar, these days. I go to work, I come home, homework is done, supper is made or bought, tv is watched & then bed. So, coming into the long holiday ‘season’ of my job (August to February), the 6 day, 56 hour weeks that are looming ahead, I thought I would try weekly blogging to record the little things that are different – – what was for supper, what was homework, what was inspected, what is up with the boys.

For instance, did you know Mayhem has a girlfriend? Yes, he does.

He’s 12.

She’s Havoc’s ex.

He’s 13.

Middle school.  *sigh*

Christmas has begun at work.  I inspected a bunch of white flocked Xmas trees.  I’m guessing this type of tree is bought by people without pets or small kid. I also had some regular green ones that had hundreds of LEDs on it, over 10,000 on a 9ft tree.  They were so pretty! and they came with different twinkle settings including a flashing one that made us think of a dance club.  There were also shoes, and a cursed order of shirts (it took 3 days!), quilts, outdoor holiday décor on timers, this awesome multipurpose knife with a 10” blade, and everybody’s favorite – adirondack chairs.

9 hour shifts all week.

DH set up a crock pot of honey garlic chicken one day and I made honey chicken noodle bowls with the leftovers another night. I made monte cristo sandwiches Tuesday and we had japanese take out one night. I did cheeseburger pie as well and we had tacos.

Lunch was a mess as usual. I had the honey chicken leftovers once & ended up getting a sandwich at work twice. One day was yogurt & string cheese. And then there was this:

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This week I should have a decent amount of leftovers for lunch, assuming I actually make all the meals I have planned.

I spent the better part of 2 weeks following this really long (and kinda wasteful) process to make sourdough starter a month ago. It makes a delicious loaf, though it is still kind of hot to be making bread too often

I’ve been on a Time Team binge on tv. Amazon Prime has 10 seasons.  I’ve been mixing it in with Poirot. I have an Acorn TV subscription through Amazon and am working my way through the entire series, followed by Miss Marple.

I haven’t seen regular tv since sometime in July. 

You know what that means? 

I have yet to see a political ad!

Envy me.

2016 Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt

Once again Rinda is hosting her 2016 Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt! Check out her post here for details.

Julie Kirk of Notes on Paper created a graphic with the list.

There is a public Facebook group and we use #rindas2016photohunt on Instagram if you want to join us or check out the photos.

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I think I will be able to find most of it.  “Someone laughing” may prove a problem because it’s an issue of timing. Twins is tricky too but I figure I can get a pic of two people dressed alike as a back up for it.  Beast of the East will make that simple, along with a sports logo, a camper and a buffet of food.

I am going to try to make these pics an excuse for a blog post.  I want to get back into posting but 8-9 hour days doing physical labor in an uncooled warehouse, starting at 6am is a really energy sapper. As I learned last summer.

This summer the boys are picking up some chores.  Dinner is on them 2 nights a week. I’ll supervise & be available for questions but they are cooking.  DH has another night. Mondays are spaghetti (I always work overtime on Mondays), Saturdays are often cookouts shared around between us and two other families.

So that just leaves me needing to cook on Fridays regularly.

At least that’s the plan.

I suspect I will expend just as much energy nagging people about what they want tot make (so I can buy the ingredients), hounding them from their computers to start cooking, and standing over them while they cook.  But hopefully by September everyone will get used to it because September is when the 50-56 hour weeks start for the “holiday season” (aka September-Februrary)

Long time no see!

I’ve got a moment so I thought I’d post something so I can keep a claim to the domain.

The 56 hour/6 day a week nonsense of my job ended in January.  Then it became 50 hour/5 day weeks.

Which made me bitter.  Very bitter. And angry. Like saying “fuck” a half dozen or more times an hour bitter & angry.

As if it was the only adjective I knew.

Really, my language at work would’ve make a sailor blush. 

But I blame management for saying things like “This is very unusual. It’s never happened before like this in the past.” and following that up immediately with “This is just the nature of the business.”

PICK ONE! It can’t be BOTH!

Add that to them telling us to just assume 10 hour days always when they are supposed to give us 24 hours notice or we don’t have to stay.

Last week though I had an actual, honest to god 40 hour week.

And I said ‘fuck’ maybe 6 times the whole week.

So there’s that.

Right now me & the family are in Florida on spring break & I am working a 0 hour week. 

We had the usual 18 hour drive, complete with I95 traffic hell, side roads & Waffle Houses.

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And we were 3 for 4 geocaching.

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The boys woke up Sunday morning & immediately jumped in the pool, their favorite activity.

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Since it was Easter Sunday DH & I had to wait until today for our favorite Florida activity – going out to lunch!

People ask us what we are going to be doing in Florida and the answer is always the same – EATING!

My god, the number of restaurants in a 5 mile radius of my folks’ house is just overwhelming to 2 people from a small town.  Especially since we have to drive 20 miles just to get to 1 restaurant.

In one plaza alone there is a Greek place, a Cuban place, a sushi place and a pizza place.  Plus a Subway.

In family news Havoc has a girlfriend!  We’ve never met her but we have dropped him off at her house once. He comes home from school & talks to her on the phone until dinner & then again after dinner.  While also texting her at the same time. 

Mayhem is having issues with his math teacher.  Personality conflict I think mostly.  They both seem to be trying but I think at this point they each find the other so frustrating they really aren’t succeeding. I’m trying to see both sides of it.  Months ago I could see the teacher’s point but these days I’m mostly seeing Mayhem’s. I told him that one of the lessons you are supposed to learn at school is how to deal with people.  Your boss isn’t always going to like you, you will have co-workers you don’t really get along with.  Now is the time to start sorting out how to deal with it.

DH’s job is what it is.  The long tale of wizards & dystopia has kinda sorta come to an end. (but really until some of those people die it will never end.  I thought I was an advanced grudge carrier but these guys are way way ahead of me). 

I had to give up the photo a day thing by mid October.  No photos allowed at work & not really a whole lot to take photos of otherwise.  I chose not try again this year.  I figure a photo a week is probably a better goal.  I haven’t scrapped a page since last May and that was just a two page Project life weekly spread.  I haven’t done an honest to god scrapping page in about 18 months.  Too tired mentally & physically most days to do more than flop on the couch, with small side forays into making dinner or doing laundry.

People think ‘warehouse work? oh that means you are moving boxes all day’. Yes, that is about a third of my job.  The rest of it is paperwork & data entry. (Sometimes duplicate data entry due to the two different systems not importing things from one another because reasons).

Also furniture assembly when it is a new product to make sure it goes together properly.  You’d be surprised how often that it doesn’t.

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(is it a warehouse or a furniture store?)

This is sort of rambling & I don’t have a good wrap up so here is a photo of the cat Skittles in the dryer. She got tired of waiting for the clean clothes to be put in the laundry basket & decided to just sleep in them in the dryer.

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