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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marcicat: (tron y/n)

An enormous thank you to everyone who is working today, especially my peeps in retail and customer service. Wishing you easy customers, functioning technology, and a metric ton of patience.

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

This weeks brings the end of the fiscal month to my workplace, a time when important people “drop by” our neck of the woods to remind us how important it is for us to work harder/faster/longer in order to ensure that other people (not us) get their commission checks.

What really gets me is how many of these people act like the schedule is a complete surprise *every month.* Like they’re just existing in an amorphous “not the end of the month” vortex of indeterminate length and form until SUDDENLY IT’S THE END OF THE MONTH AND EVERYTHING IS A CRISIS HOW DID THIS HAPPEN I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS COMING!!11!!!1!

Also a perennial fave: when people pretend like the rules don’t apply to them and want their requests jumped up the line. They said ‘thank you’ in their email and everything! In ALL CAPS! Ha! Not today, buddy. You get what you get, and you can wait for your turn like everyone else.

[Note: Tried to find that DHL commercial where the guy says “All those bourgeois businessmen waiting for their packages… Let them wait!” Apparently it’s not easily findable, although many people remember it fondly.]

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marcicat: (polar bear)

There is a book that lives in our work area, called “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” (author Patrick Lencioni) I have not read the book. As far as I know, no one has read the book, or even knows where the book came from. But it has been kicking around our area for a couple of years now. (Yeah, we’re not big on tidying. It’s a thing.)

But! At this exact moment, we actually have five people on our team, and I have been SO TEMPTED to make a “tag yourself” joke about the book. SO. TEMPTED. But alas, I fear it would not be well received, or even understood, so I have resisted.

[PS: I live in fear of touching the book, which I think may be some sort of cursed object, so I wiki’d the thing instead. Apparently the five options are: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.]

[PPS: I’m totally lack of commitment.]

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marcicat: (kashmir mountain goat)

At the end of this week I’ll be trying again to interview my way into a new role at work. We’ll see what happens!

(PS: I am always slightly suspicious when people say they love their jobs. I love my cat. I love my family. I love that feeling of waking up all cozy in the morning on a day when you know you have nothing planned. Work is different. Work is work. I’ve chosen to do my job based on a range of considerations, and in comparison to other currently available alternatives, I am pleased enough with the situation to continue showing up, and to try to transition within the same company rather than leaving.)

(PPS: I feel like the “job as vocation” vibe somewhere along the way got conflated with “you’re not allowed to complain about compensation or working conditions, because that would indicate you’re doing this for some kind of crass commercial reasons rather than the love of the job.” Surprise! I *AM* doing this for crass commercial reasons! Those may not be the only reasons, but they’re definitely a part of it. And I wish we could talk about that as a component of work, and I don’t understand why I have to pretend that I’ve had an immense passion for spreadsheets ever since I was five to be considered for a job.)

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

Work Wednesday! As in, I will be at work today! Working!

Yeah, not much excitement on the work front this week. The boss is interviewing for some new team members, which is one of those things that always makes me glad I’m not the boss.

Also I slept in a little this morning, so I’m feeling a little discombobulated by the whole timeline of the day. Am I early? Am I late? Why does my computer tell me when my phone is ringing? WHAT’S HAPPENING?

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marcicat: (penguin)

We get a lot of weird questions at my job, and yesterday saw a repeat of one of my favorites: “I read online that an ingredient in YOUR products is also in RAT POISON!!! What do you have to say about that?!?!?!”

(This question always seems to be accompanied by the gotcha punctuation.)

And I LOVE being able to say, “Yep. It sure is.”

Because THEN I get to say, “See, it’s Vitamin D3. In high enough doses, it would be toxic to us too.”

(Yesterday I was accused of “enjoying it too much.” But I say if you can squeeze some joy out of educating someone about rat poison and vitamin toxicity, you should go for it!)

I am always surprised when I realize that not everyone understood what Captain Kirk was talking about in ‘The Trouble With Tribbles,’ when he said:

“Too much of anything, Lieutenant, even love, isn’t necessarily a good thing.”

Tons of things that are super good for us in small amounts are bad for us in huge amounts! Vitamins! Minerals! Water! Tribbles! This should not be brand new information to anyone!

In conclusion, watch Star Trek for life lessons, and don’t eat rat poison.

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work goals

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:01 am
marcicat: (hug it out)

Some goals for work this week:

1. stay out of trouble

2. don’t say anything too ill-considered to my boss

3. or my coworkers

4. really just keep quiet in general

5. talking has historically made every problem I’ve experienced in a workplace much worse

6. but not too quiet

7. because then you’re “not being a team player”

8. sometimes work is exhaustingly similar to high school

9. at least we don’t have homework

10. and we do get paid to show up, so that’s neat

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marcicat: (froggy heart)

I’ve been trying my hand at writing some fic for the new Power Rangers movie, but it has been slow going. Work is All About The Drama right now, and it’s hard to avoid Even More Drama when writing about high schoolers.

So I’ve been reading a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy fic, which — is not actually helping. (But I never really got into the fic when that movie came out, so there’s a lot of stuff I haven’t read yet.)

Mostly this entire post was just an excuse to show off the flamingoat again:

(How did we get to the flamingoat? Drama –> “So The Drama” –> Kim Possible –> “A flamingoat? But that’s the rarest of the Cuddle Buddys!” Technically, the flamingoat is from “A Sitch in Time,” which I recommend as an enjoyable viewing experience!)

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marcicat: (loaf cat)

So, only three people showed up to yesterday’s seminar. The presenter actually seemed to feel a bit sorry for us (as a company, not the participants specifically) — I was just glad she wasn’t upset, but presumably she gets paid by the hour and not the number of participants?

Anyway, it was a lot of ‘exercise is important’ combined with ‘lots of companies have these same questions,’ and I got to get in a little jab against our ‘culture of busy-ness’ while the director of HR was listening, so that was fun.

The big takeaway: probably everyone would be happier if we just committed to looking foolish at our desks and doing more movement there.

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marcicat: (superhero rainbow shirt)

Aww yeah, seminar day! The first hour of my work day today will be spent learning how to “incorporate exercise into a busy schedule.”

The upside to this is: Woohoo! Seminar! Not work! This is awesome!

On the other hand: I’m a little wary that this is going to be an hour of telling me to park further away and get up 30 minutes earlier to work out, when what I really want is an hour of exercises I can do at my desk without my coworkers thinking I’m crazy.

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marcicat: (freakout squirrel)

Work is so weird right now, IDEK.

“You know those days when you’re like this might as well happen. Our adult life is already so goddamn weird.”
-John Mulaney

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