Monday Meander

I’m working 9:30-2:30 this week, except Friday, when I get done at 2:15 for some inexplicable reason, but whatever. It’s also pay week & with that unexpected 40 hour week it should be a decent one.

We have football games Tuesday & Wednesday nights, both at our field.

I’ve been going to the gym after work instead of rushing around to be at the gym before 7am, so I have time to work out and take a shower & get ready for work at the gym (because the gym is in small town 20 minutes north and I work in tiny town 20 minutes south, so no going home to change).  I’m liking this change. There are maybe a half a dozen people working out at 3pm. No wait for any of the strength machines or the weights or any of the cardio machines. 

My hours change in a month, but I’m enjoying it while I can.

week 39

It’s been really misty every morning & finally some of the leaves are starting to turn colors. We get days with a high of 65 and days with a high of 85, so at least the weather is behaving the way it ought to.

week 39-2

I’m working on another hat. This one is a creation of my own making & I took this photo in mid-unravel. Three quarters of the way through it I realized it was way too loose & I didn’t like that pink stripe so I pulled the whole thing apart & started over.

I’m sorry I’ve been behind on my blog commenting. I can’t surf the web at this job like I could at my last one & commenting on my phone is a PITA.  I’m hoping to get caught up tomorrow as I have nothing to do from 3-5:30 (except nag at Mayhem to get his football gear on). 

I hope you all have a good week!

Thing around here

Last week was rough.  The hours for training were outside my availability so I had to make arrangements for that. They were 40 hours & I haven’t worked a 40 hour week in 12 years.

And of course there were last minute football games, where the kids had to be at the field 30 minutes after I got off work & getting from work to home to the field would take 40 minutes of just drive time, let alone the 20 minutes it would take to get everyone dressed & ready (because of course being told to get ready for football as soon as you get home so we can leave as soon as I get home does absolutely nothing toward getting people ready).  Fortunately DH was able to leave his job early & get them to the game on time. I just drove straight to it as the field is 5 minutes from where I work.

And sometime in all that I have to go to the gym 3x a week or my restless leg syndrome kicks in and my muscles start twitching at night & lockup while I am sitting during the day (which is 8 hours of sitting, tethered to a phone, something my muscles are out of practice with).  Thursday I couldn’t stand up out of my chair for my afternoon break. I seriously had to sit there & slowly stretch out each leg and then use the desk to lever myself out of the seat because basically the muscles in my butt & back of my thighs wouldn’t move. 

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(me at work)

But the actual job itself went well. Meet the new job, same as the old job, just with a facelift. (they have a new GUI for their in house system).  Some processes & policies are different from the original ones. The company has new owners now, who are more in line with the original owners than the people who had bought the company a couple years before I left. I’ve always liked this place – except for the pay.  Every time I take a job with this company (this is my 3rd time now) I take a pay cut to do so & I find that really aggravating.  They say it’s because this is a rural area & costs of living are lower but guess what? the jobs I have left to come here? also in the same rural area. Though as this is my 3rd time with this company I obviously don’t have *that* much of a problem with it.

Football is going well for Havoc who started out just on special teams & has since moved to running back.  His team has won a couple games as well.  Mayhem is playing both offense & defense & is rarely off the field so he is loving that. But his team hasn’t won a game yet & he’s not loving that.

There was some sort of incident the other night with Mayhem during a pickup game with a bunch of other kids. Havoc was involved too & it sounds like Mayhem leapt into something to defend his brother & caught some other kid with his elbow, giving him a bloody nose. He apologized to the boy several times but apparently the boy & the boy’s brothers didn’t think he meant it or something. Then he apologized again at school on Monday & asked how he could make amends. Boy didn’t accept it. Tuesday the boy left a game on the playground when Mayhem joined in.

Mayhem feels so bad about this. He really is sorry & he wants his friend’s forgiveness. I told him sometimes these things take time & sometimes people like to carry grudges. He’s done the right things on his end & all he can do is wait & keep being friendly.

I personally have a just a slight side issue with the kid’s mother who was apparently standing around bitching about ‘people who don’t keep an eye on their kids’ when she herself was nowhere to be seen at the time either.

Oh, and I made a hat.

week 37-5

This week my work fits in my availability, football games are on Saturday like they are supposed to be, I can get to the gym after work & all is better in my world.

One Photo Twenty Words

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Home from school with fever. Urgent Care says ear, sinus, throat & chest infection – get plenty of rest.

One photo 20 words is a meme from Abi at Creating Paper Dreams

New job old company

One of the many things occupying my time this past month or so is the search for a new job for me.  I like my current job (job #4) well enough but it’s sporadic on the work available. Some weeks I have lots to do and some weeks there is no point in my coming in.  I’d like something a little more steady & maybe full time.

A couple of weeks ago, for no real reason, I checked out the website of my previous job (Job#3), and they had an opening for my EXACT old job. Same duties, same freaking software even!

So naturally I applied.

It’s MY JOB after all.

Let me explain the strange series of events that are my job history.  It is intertwined with DH’s.

Back in 1996 DH got a job with a company that was owned by Bossman and Partner #1 and we moved here.  I ended up working for Partner #1 at another company he owned (job #1). Bossman & Partner #1 split up and Bossman sold #1’s share in the company to Partner #2 & they rebranded themselves.  DH remained with the rebranded company. Bossman started a Second Company (while working mostly at the rebranded on) and hired me to work at Second Company (job #2). Eventually, in 1999, I left it to work at job #3, which has nothing to do with Bossman or any of his partners.  Havoc was born in Oct 2002 & I remained at job #3 until my childcare arrangements collapsed shortly after I returned from maternity leave in Feb 2003. In 2004 Bossman, who DH was still working for, formed yet another company (Third Company) with all new partners (partners #3-5) and sold off his part of rebranded company, closed Second Company (my job #2) and focused full time on this new company. One of his first hires was DH. After a few years Bossman left Third Company after a falling out with Partners #3-5 & went to work for some other people for awhile.  Then a couple years ago Partners #3-5 fell out and Bossman was brought back.  DH remained at Third Company through all this. Shortly after he came back Bossman offered me the part time work I have been doing ever since

Now, back to my job #3.  My replacement, while I was on maternity leave from it, was a woman I worked with at job #1, who had recently started at job #3 after job #1 went out of business.  She would later leave my job #3 to go to work with DH at Third Company.  My job at job #3 covered an 18 hour span some days so there were a couple part timers who sort of answered to me, the full time job holder. One of those new hires, right before Havoc arrived, was a young gentleman who was quiet but picked things up quickly. When the woman from job #1, left to work for Third Company (I had already quit job #3) he was given that position.  Over the next 11 years he would hold different positions with the company and last week he was the one that interviewed me.

(there are 4 jobs and 10 people who can do them in the area it seems at times)

MY JOB had been filled internally, but they had a different position in mind for me. Only part time for now (as opposed to the full time MY JOB is) but that is mostly due to my availability right now. When football season is over my availability increases a good deal and I’m hoping to get more hours then and work myself into a full time regular position instead of the current part time seasonal one.

I’ve done it before, it’s how I got MY JOB. I started out part time on the phones and proved myself worthy, as it were.

So here is hoping I can do it again.

And that I like this new job as much as I liked job #3.

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