marcicat: (today I eat cake)

Back to work! That sure will be something.

I’ve already done a quick check of my work emails — always a toss-up whether that’s a good idea or not. On the negative side, it tends to ramp up my stress about work things at a time when there’s nothing I can do about it. On the positive side, I’ve gotten in trouble at work before for “expressing strong feelings” when reading my emails, so at least this way I won’t have to have A Conversation with my boss about my reactions.

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marcicat: (cat says hi)

Ooh, I sure was getting riled up yesterday! Our technology at work isn’t perfect, which is often frustrating but also understandable, if you start with the basic foundation that things generally aren’t.

So I figure the problem-solving steps work for tech as well as anything else. Once you’ve tried ignoring it to see if it goes away, and of course the classic ‘turn it off and turn it back on,’ it’s time for three Very Important Questions.

1. What are the likely outcomes of working to investigate and resolve this problem, and are they worse than the problem itself? (almost always yes)

2. Is the time and effort I’ll need to put into investigation and resolution of this problem worth the likely outcomes? (almost always no)

3. Is there a work-around I can put in place to reach a desired outcome that better aligns the level of effort put into resolution with the severity of the problem itself?
(They really should not have put me in charge of training, because I’m always telling people things like “use your own judgement” and “the manual says this but I always do this other thing because reasons,” which is excellent life advice but probably not quite in line with the corporate expectation.)

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marcicat: (snowbirds on a line)

Yesterday I thought to myself ‘I’ll just listen to this npr podcast on my way to work; that will be interesting and not too exciting for the first day back.’ (I figured there would be a lot of ‘back at work’ energy floating around, so I wouldn’t need to pump myself up with loud tunes or anything in the car.)

Whoops. Turns out I picked the episode about wage stagnation (among other things), spent the entire episode offering rude commentary back to the guest, and arrived at work fired up for the fall of capitalism.

(Maybe today I’ll stick with music.)

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marcicat: (badger roses)

1. physical recovery time

Between allergies and some foot pain that can probably be pinned on over-exercising, taking a holiday weekend of inaction seemed like a good bet.

2. increased willingness to go back to work

I stayed in a lot, took three(!) naps, and read approximately a zillion words of fanfic. But it was perfect, because it didn’t *feel* boring until about 8 pm on Monday night, which is perfect timing for a return to work on Tuesday.

3. cat bonding time

If we’re taking weather cues from cat fur, it’s going to be a cold winter. On the other hand, he doesn’t even go outside, so what would he know?

4. could have come up with clever journal posts

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

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marcicat: (pacman stealth)

Any time there’s a holiday weekend, the workplace is all aflutter with talk of weekend plans. Which is great! But there are times when I need an escape answer.

Because sometimes it’s like this:

1. I have plans that I would prefer not to invite commentary on.

–OR–

2. I have plans that consist mainly of ‘not going to work, maybe take a nap?’ And there’s only so many times you can say that before it just gets boring to talk about.

Which means it’s good to have something new and vague to say every once in a while. This week I was inspired, and came up with:

I haven’t decided yet; I’m going to play it by ear.

It was super effective! I mean, people might have assumed that I meant ‘I’ll choose between my many potential exciting plans in a spontaneous way’ and not ‘I’ll either be a hermit on Sunday, or on Sunday *and* Monday,’ but that’s on them.

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

There are many strange office phenomenons, but perhaps one of the strangest is the office baby shower. (At least where I work. It’s always possible that we are an outlier and that other people have figured out how to throw an office baby shower in a non-awkward way.)

Anyway, the last time one of these was held, the company provided a cake. Not even kidding, the message on the cake read ‘Good Luck!’

We have another shower scheduled for today, and I can only hope that it goes smoothly.

(The good news is that someone else is making the cake this time, so it will be both less awkwardly messaged and also super delicious.)

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marcicat: (owl heart)

Time to go back to work for two days!

[PS: You know what’s the most annoying thing about a touchpad that’s 7 years old? The on-again off-again ability to click and drag. I mean, that’s probably why I’m so patient with my work computer being slow, so — bright side!]

I cleared out some of the unnecessary emails yesterday morning, so there’s that to be grateful for. Also, it’s veggie day, always good for another episode of ‘how shall I combine these veggies with mac and cheese *this* week?’

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marcicat: (black cat)

coworker: “I can’t get into [program]! It says I’m not connected to the internet!”

me: “…This may sound like an obvious question, but — is your computer connected to the internet?”

coworker: “I think so?”

me: “Can you see other internet things, like your email?”

coworker: “Let me check. Yes! Oh, [program] is working now!”

(Note: This was literally just intended to make my coworker do something else for the five seconds it would take the initial program to load. Isn’t technology great! ::jazz hands::)

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marcicat: (badger travel)

It’ll be hot today, but out my window I can see a tree already starting to change colors for autumn. The season is signaling transition.

(Also, my boss is on vacation all week. It’s been a rocky start for the stand-in boss, but we’ll see how things progress.)

((Also, we got the first pictures from last week’s company team-building outing, and my hat game was on point. Way to go, past self!))

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marcicat: (snowbirds on a line)

The first time I was in a meeting with the (at the time) sales director for my current employer, he told a story.

His mother, he said, had once gone into a GNC store ten minutes before closing, and asked for something to help with her arthritis pain. She went home with some topical cream, and called her son because she was still confused about the array of options available.

It’s a story that doesn’t seem too unusual. Supplements are confusing; retail store employees aren’t trained medical professionals; arthritis is a medical condition that requires a delicate dance to talk about at all in a supplement aisle; ten minutes isn’t nearly long enough to cover every product and its potential benefits and side effects and contraindications with prescription meds, and that’s all before you take into account a million other things about how retail stores operate.

But the story ends like this. The sales director called the store the next day and got the employee fired.

It still makes me want to cry and rage, years after hearing it. I am still not sure whether he truly believed the story made him seem like a laudable human being, or if it was told merely to frighten us.

But I think of that story often.

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marcicat: (tree with rainbow swirls)

Switching shifts at work, starting today. It feels like the least of the changes I’d *like* to make at work, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it’s a step in the right direction.

[art credit Claire Mohjer]

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marcicat: (kitteh hug)

1. Summer foods consumed: popsicles, ice cream, hot dogs, food truck bbq: check!

1a. Summer foods yet to be consumed: maybe some kind of iced coffee drink?

2. Summer plants: still alive!

2a. Summer plants admission: I’ve actually swapped out two of the originals for coleus cuttings.

3. Summer activities: just did a fun google search on the difference between walking and hiking, and there are some strong opinions out there. Anyway, some of that.

3a. Summer activities yet to come: Eclipse!2017, heck yeah!

4. Summer hours at work: a dumb idea, but does give us something new to talk about.

4a. Summer work event to come: the company-wide meeting with food and “team-building activities.” This year’s theme is “Survivor.” Foreshadowing, or just poor planning?

5. Summer weather: it sure is summer out there!

5a. Summer weather update: the weather at this exact moment is actually amazingly nice; kudos to you, nature!

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marcicat: (freakout squirrel)

Going in early today to shadow another department.

What I hope this is:
A pre-interview introduction that leads to a new job before the end of the year.

What I have a sneaking suspicion this is:
A way to have me take on more work in my current job under the guise of “helping out” another team, that starts as shadowing and turns into just another job our department is responsible for without me ever becoming eligible for a better position.

There’s a plus side either way:
I’ll get two hours today without strangers berating and belittling me over the telephone! Hallelujah!

PSA:
Seriously, please don’t be a jerk when you call customer service.

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marcicat: (badger moon)

I am not-so-secretly terrified of social media. I mean, sure, I post here, and I lurk on tumblr more than I should probably admit. Conceptually, I can see the benefits of having an online presence.

But I worry a lot. (I mean, about everything, not just my online presence, but that’s part of it.) What if my identity is stolen? What if I say something stupid that gets taken out of context and ruins my life? (an actual thing that has happened)

And now my workplace wants us to take on answering questions on social media as part of our expanded responsibilities. They say they have our back, but it’s not in writing and I probably wouldn’t believe it even if it was. I am 100% convinced that any one of us would be fired in a hot second if something we said blew up online.

Ah, fear, my constant companion. So our days together go.

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marcicat: (life changing business card)

Tips for success at any workplace meeting:

1. Bring a pen and paper. There’s always a chance they might come in handy, plus they make you look more official while you wander around the building looking for the meeting room.

2. Or just a pen. Fiddling with a writing utensil is fun and distracting for you and your coworkers — depending on how much you like them, you are either saving them from boredom or driving them bonkers — it’s a win-win.

3. Just paper can work in a crowded meeting, if you can get away with folding stuff. Like a fan. Instant popularity!

4. If you can get away with it, bring your whole bag. That way all your stuff is with you, in case you need a snack, or to suddenly evacuate the building.

5. Figure out which aspect of meetings is the most bothersome to you and see if you can alleviate it in some way. For me it’s when a meeting is scheduled to begin and end at specific times and then doesn’t. Bringing stuff with me — snacks, water, a pen and paper so I can at least work on a grocery list or play anagrams or something — makes it easier.

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marcicat: (polar bear)

Since I’m working early today, I set my alarm a little early too. And then, of course, proceeded to dream all night about sleeping through it and being late.

Pretty standard fare. And the job I was late to was sort of a weird amalgamation of my current job and my last job — a little unusual, but not too weird.

But the best part — and I love how in dreams things like this don’t seem weird at all — is that in my absence, Tom Bergeron (yep, host of Dancing With the Stars) had stepped in to open the store and cover for me.

Thanks, dreamscape! I appreciate the assist!

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marcicat: (polar bear)

I have been confusing dates all week. What month is this? What year is it?

*This morning I tried to find more information on registering for an event, only to realize (after an embarrassingly long time) that it happened back in 2015.

*Yesterday, I was baffled by why we would be receiving 100+ orders “this week” that were meant to ship in September — finally I figured out that “this week” was part of a calendar event invite *in* September.

I blame the weirdness of the upcoming non-three-day-weekend. My brain thinks ‘holiday weekend!’ and then immediately goes ‘but I’m working Monday?!’ and then ‘but not Tuesday?!?!’ and boom, confusion loop.

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marcicat: (cookies)

Last night I dreamed about tidying, and also my plants. I mean, my dream!plants were pretty neat, but it turns out dream!me also is bad at watering properly.

That’s got nothing to do with work, but it *is* Thursday, and I *am* going to work, and I didn’t feel like I had much else to say, so the dream thing kind of snuck in there.

I also dreamed there was a bird in my room, and actually woke up enough to think ‘wait, there isn’t really a bird in here, right?’ (Not to worry, it was outside. Or possibly imaginary; it’s not like I woke up all the way to check.)

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

Worked an earlier shift today, which was weird, but not unpleasant. The cat is confused. I am also confused, so I am at a loss to assist. What am I doing? What time is it?

It is 7 pm. I am doing the 9 am things. It feels like the start of a shift work gothic post.

TIME FOR A CHEESE SANDWICH BECAUSE CHEESE SANDWICHES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER.

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

Given these two factors:

1. My workplace may or may not be moving an additional 30 minutes further away.

2. My job may or may not be slowly driving me around the bend.

I am currently looking at other options. Sadly, rich eccentric is still off the table. However:

1. Job hunting is basically awful.

2. It turns out I actually think *every* employer is willing to screw over their employees, I just think some of them do it more deliberately than others.

On the plus side, the sun is finally coming out after two days of rain, which is:

1. Astonishingly beautiful.

2. Hopefully going to provide a bonus mood bump.

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