wahlee: (Disagreeable)
Ugh, my friends. UGH. So two weeks ago I kept getting headaches every day. Weird headaches. As in, all the symptoms of a migraine except for minimal pain. I ended up going home from work early nearly every day. Then last Tuesday (I think. It might have been Wednesday? Hmmm. I'd better make sure, because I have to enter hours on Friday. Bleh) I started feeling horrible and went home early. Still felt horrible the next day. Bad cold. I worked half days the next couple of days, putting out various fires-- once my meds had a chance to work, mostly-- and hoped that the weekend would clear up the worst of the symptoms. And it seemed to. Until Sunday night, when I started feeling horrible again, like I was getting another cold. Which I think I did. Pretty sure I had two colds at the same time-- I was still congested from the first cold, and had the lovely hacking cough that tends to linger, but then started with the post-nasal drip and general crumminess of the early days of a cold. Then I developed a fever. Stayed home from work again yesterday. Still felt like crap today, but I made it through the whole day. Luckily, I have a goodly number of sick hours, but there was still work to be done that wasn't getting done. I can't afford to miss any more work.

I do get Monday off, though, for Veterans Day. There are perks to working for the government, sometimes.
wahlee: (Unintelligible)
I thought about doing NaNoWriMo. Not for a novel, because my only ideas for novels are still incredibly nebulous. Rather, I wanted to work on that non-fiction book I've been wanting to write. But unfortunately, the amount of research I'd have to do would preclude me from being able to write 50,000 words. Then [livejournal.com profile] hymnia came up with a great idea-- write 50,000 words in November. Anywhere. Great idea.

So some of those words will be here on my LJ. Others will be on my other blog (which I haven't mentioned here yet, but will). Even more will be on that nonfiction book (I can at least write about books I'm familiar with). Heck, I might even finish and/or write some of the fanfic I've had plot bunnies for. But hopefully, the effort will get me back into the habit of writing again. Because I really do miss it.

And in the meantime, I owe some major updates.

Guys, I can't tell you how wonderful my job is. The work itself is interesting, not least because I have so many different things I'm in charge of. My job title is Program Specialist, which is code for a high-level administrative assistant. I support 4 positions within the Special Education department at the state office of education (I figure there's no point hiding it, since, as a public employee, everything from my position to my salary is public information; besides, my name is posted on the USOE website anyway :P). The people I support are the Education Specialists in charge of Data (gathering, analyzing, and disseminating student information, from demographics to test scores), Finance (pretty much all aspects of funding, from allocating money to districts and charter schools to making sure they spend it legally, or at all), Assessment (involving both creating assessments and accommodations for students with disabilities), and Monitoring (making sure everyone is following the law and providing the best special education services possible). I am awash in a sea of acronyms (LEAs, FAPE in the LRE, OSEP, MOE, CEIS, etc., etc.) and government rules and regulations; I spend an awful lot of time with data and spreadsheets and numbers for an English major; I've become the defacto editor for my department; and I'm learning the nuances of administrating a custom-built website. After four months, I feel like I'm finally finding my feet. Mostly.

But the best part is that they like me. Hardly a week goes by when I don't get some kind of a compliment on my work or my intelligence or my skills. Just yesterday a guy who isn't even in our department was singing my praises to one of my bosses (who passed it on to me), then another boss said that taking notes is a waste of my skills and I'm too good to be working here. None of them seem to expect that I'll be there long-term because I'll be moving on to bigger and better things. I just can't tell you how nice it is to be appreciated.

And they bought me an iPad! I didn't even have to ask for it-- the IT gal in our department requested it for me, because part of my job description is to "provide high-level technical support" and so many people I work with use iPads. So she ordered me a white 64GB WiFi only one. And then told me once it got approved. (Even my boss only got a 32 GB!) I got it on Halloween, and between the pumpkin cooking contest (I entered pumpkin cupcakes and got an honorable mention) and costume contest (I wore my Jane Austen dress) and playing around with it, I admit I didn't get a whole lot done. It's fun so far, although I haven't really decided how much day-to-day use it will get. But it's nice to know I'm valuable enough to them for them to invest in an iPad for me. :)

More to come. :)
wahlee: (Unintelligible)
I thought about doing NaNoWriMo. Not for a novel, because my only ideas for novels are still incredibly nebulous. Rather, I wanted to work on that non-fiction book I've been wanting to write. But unfortunately, the amount of research I'd have to do would preclude me from being able to write 50,000 words. Then [livejournal.com profile] hymnia came up with a great idea-- write 50,000 words in November. Anywhere. Great idea.

So some of those words will be here on my LJ. Others will be on my other blog (which I haven't mentioned here yet, but will). Even more will be on that nonfiction book (I can at least write about books I'm familiar with). Heck, I might even finish and/or write some of the fanfic I've had plot bunnies for. But hopefully, the effort will get me back into the habit of writing again. Because I really do miss it.

And in the meantime, I owe some major updates.

Guys, I can't tell you how wonderful my job is. The work itself is interesting, not least because I have so many different things I'm in charge of. My job title is Program Specialist, which is code for a high-level administrative assistant. I support 4 positions within the Special Education department at the state office of education (I figure there's no point hiding it, since, as a public employee, everything from my position to my salary is public information; besides, my name is posted on the USOE website anyway :P). The people I support are the Education Specialists in charge of Data (gathering, analyzing, and disseminating student information, from demographics to test scores), Finance (pretty much all aspects of funding, from allocating money to districts and charter schools to making sure they spend it legally, or at all), Assessment (involving both creating assessments and accommodations for students with disabilities), and Monitoring (making sure everyone is following the law and providing the best special education services possible). I am awash in a sea of acronyms (LEAs, FAPE in the LRE, OSEP, MOE, CEIS, etc., etc.) and government rules and regulations; I spend an awful lot of time with data and spreadsheets and numbers for an English major; I've become the defacto editor for my department; and I'm learning the nuances of administrating a custom-built website. After four months, I feel like I'm finally finding my feet. Mostly.

But the best part is that they like me. Hardly a week goes by when I don't get some kind of a compliment on my work or my intelligence or my skills. Just yesterday a guy who isn't even in our department was singing my praises to one of my bosses (who passed it on to me), then another boss said that taking notes is a waste of my skills and I'm too good to be working here. None of them seem to expect that I'll be there long-term because I'll be moving on to bigger and better things. I just can't tell you how nice it is to be appreciated.

And they bought me an iPad! I didn't even have to ask for it-- the IT gal in our department requested it for me, because part of my job description is to "provide high-level technical support" and so many people I work with use iPads. So she ordered me a white 64GB WiFi only one. And then told me once it got approved. (Even my boss only got a 32 GB!) I got it on Halloween, and between the pumpkin cooking contest (I entered pumpkin cupcakes and got an honorable mention) and costume contest (I wore my Jane Austen dress) and playing around with it, I admit I didn't get a whole lot done. It's fun so far, although I haven't really decided how much day-to-day use it will get. But it's nice to know I'm valuable enough to them for them to invest in an iPad for me. :)

More to come. :)
wahlee: (Bad eggs)
I just got let go from my job. They said they decided to go in another direction. Meaning they wanted to hire someone with a degree in accounting. They knew when they hired me that I didn't have accounting experience. I'm kind of upset at how they handled this.

Anyway. They gave me 2 weeks of severance and said that I'd done a lot of good things for them. Whatever that means. I still have no job.

I don't even know if I'll qualify for unemployment again. Since I've been working part-time the last three months and only full time for 3 months before that. Or if I can reopen my previous claim, which I had almost run out of money on anyway.

And now I have yet another job of a year or less to explain away. And none of them were my fault. I hate this. I hate hate hate hate this.

Excuse me while I go wallow in the depths of despair for a while.
wahlee: (Bad eggs)
I just got let go from my job. They said they decided to go in another direction. Meaning they wanted to hire someone with a degree in accounting. They knew when they hired me that I didn't have accounting experience. I'm kind of upset at how they handled this.

Anyway. They gave me 2 weeks of severance and said that I'd done a lot of good things for them. Whatever that means. I still have no job.

I don't even know if I'll qualify for unemployment again. Since I've been working part-time the last three months and only full time for 3 months before that. Or if I can reopen my previous claim, which I had almost run out of money on anyway.

And now I have yet another job of a year or less to explain away. And none of them were my fault. I hate this. I hate hate hate hate this.

Excuse me while I go wallow in the depths of despair for a while.
wahlee: (Go me!)
Apparently, that is. I started a nice long review of the Shakespeare Festival, and promptly lost interest after describing and critiquing one play. :P I guess finishing my thesis has sucked all my long-windedness out of me. Or something.

So, giving up on that idea. Instead, I shall complain about my job. Because that's what an LJ is for, right?

cut for emo whining )

I need to get out of here. Go somewhere where I can be busy and productive and valued. Because this just isn't working.
wahlee: (Go me!)
Apparently, that is. I started a nice long review of the Shakespeare Festival, and promptly lost interest after describing and critiquing one play. :P I guess finishing my thesis has sucked all my long-windedness out of me. Or something.

So, giving up on that idea. Instead, I shall complain about my job. Because that's what an LJ is for, right?

cut for emo whining )

I need to get out of here. Go somewhere where I can be busy and productive and valued. Because this just isn't working.
wahlee: (Abuse Everybody)
It's a slow day at work today (two of the three CPAs I work for are on-site with clients this afternoon), so I decided to actually update this thing. Hi. Anyone still there?

I'm actually really glad it's slow, because I was up until 2:30 last night reading The God of the Hive. Considering I started it at about, what, 10:15 PM (I had spent all day re-reading The Language of Bees), that's not a bad read rate. :P I knew it was a stupid idea to even start on it, since the previous book was a cliffhanger, meaning it was highly unlikely there would be any lulls to allow me to get bored enough to fall asleep. My second mistake, of course, was taking it to bed with me, instead of being sensible and leaving it upstairs to await the morning. You'd think that after more than 25 years of being literate, I'd learn my lesson by now. Apparently not.

The book was very good, though, and worth the sleep-deprived hangover of today.

I read it on my nook, since it's the end of the month and I've already overspent my book budget. I couldn't *wait*, though, so I overspent it $9.99 for the ebook instead of $16 or so for the hardcover. I'll buy the dead-tree version next month.

This whole sticking-to-a-budget thing has never been a strength of mine, so it's not surprising that I'm overspending. Part of it is that with starting work again, I'm finally able to get necessities that I've been putting off while I was unemployed (like work-appropriate clothes that fit-- 9 months of unemployment turned me from semi-lazy into super-lazy as far as physical activity is concerned), and the prospect of a nice paycheck twice a month has made me a bit, umm, giddy. But I'm determined to make it work, even if it is a work in progress. I'm trying to follow Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps to becoming debt-free and financially responsible. My tax refund went toward my Baby Emergency Fund of $1000 and paying off one of my credit cards. If all goes as planned, I'll be out of debt other than my student loan by the end of the year (maybe even sooner, if I can force myself to make lunches instead of eating out everyday-- a problem for both my wallet and my waistline). At that point, I'm going to squirrel away money so that when I start library school (hopefully in fall of 2011) I won't have to get any more loans to pay for it. The student loans will go into deferment, then I can pay off the loans when I have my MLS In my hot little hand.

I think I will have to go cash-only, though. My debit card is just too tempting.

My job is going well, now that I'm through with the craziness that was tax season. Note to self: mid-March is NOT a good time to start working for a CPA firm, especially when you essentially have to train yourself. We're now into the much-calmer quarterly/payroll tax season, and I-- yes, I-- was able to compute and pay the firm's payroll taxes. I'm so proud of myself.

I still have occasional moments of displacement, though, wondering how someone with an English MA and who hasn't taken a math class since the age of 16 ended up working with all these numbers.

In order to keep my language skills from completely atrophying, and in an effort to make even more money to pay off my debt faster, I'm looking into doing some freelance editing in the evenings. If anyone has any leads for such a thing, do let me know, will you?



Loving Season/Series 5 of Doctor Who so far, although I still get a pang when I think about Ten. Eleven and Amy are awesomesauce, though, and Steven Moffat is still brilliant.
wahlee: (Abuse Everybody)
It's a slow day at work today (two of the three CPAs I work for are on-site with clients this afternoon), so I decided to actually update this thing. Hi. Anyone still there?

I'm actually really glad it's slow, because I was up until 2:30 last night reading The God of the Hive. Considering I started it at about, what, 10:15 PM (I had spent all day re-reading The Language of Bees), that's not a bad read rate. :P I knew it was a stupid idea to even start on it, since the previous book was a cliffhanger, meaning it was highly unlikely there would be any lulls to allow me to get bored enough to fall asleep. My second mistake, of course, was taking it to bed with me, instead of being sensible and leaving it upstairs to await the morning. You'd think that after more than 25 years of being literate, I'd learn my lesson by now. Apparently not.

The book was very good, though, and worth the sleep-deprived hangover of today.

I read it on my nook, since it's the end of the month and I've already overspent my book budget. I couldn't *wait*, though, so I overspent it $9.99 for the ebook instead of $16 or so for the hardcover. I'll buy the dead-tree version next month.

This whole sticking-to-a-budget thing has never been a strength of mine, so it's not surprising that I'm overspending. Part of it is that with starting work again, I'm finally able to get necessities that I've been putting off while I was unemployed (like work-appropriate clothes that fit-- 9 months of unemployment turned me from semi-lazy into super-lazy as far as physical activity is concerned), and the prospect of a nice paycheck twice a month has made me a bit, umm, giddy. But I'm determined to make it work, even if it is a work in progress. I'm trying to follow Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps to becoming debt-free and financially responsible. My tax refund went toward my Baby Emergency Fund of $1000 and paying off one of my credit cards. If all goes as planned, I'll be out of debt other than my student loan by the end of the year (maybe even sooner, if I can force myself to make lunches instead of eating out everyday-- a problem for both my wallet and my waistline). At that point, I'm going to squirrel away money so that when I start library school (hopefully in fall of 2011) I won't have to get any more loans to pay for it. The student loans will go into deferment, then I can pay off the loans when I have my MLS In my hot little hand.

I think I will have to go cash-only, though. My debit card is just too tempting.

My job is going well, now that I'm through with the craziness that was tax season. Note to self: mid-March is NOT a good time to start working for a CPA firm, especially when you essentially have to train yourself. We're now into the much-calmer quarterly/payroll tax season, and I-- yes, I-- was able to compute and pay the firm's payroll taxes. I'm so proud of myself.

I still have occasional moments of displacement, though, wondering how someone with an English MA and who hasn't taken a math class since the age of 16 ended up working with all these numbers.

In order to keep my language skills from completely atrophying, and in an effort to make even more money to pay off my debt faster, I'm looking into doing some freelance editing in the evenings. If anyone has any leads for such a thing, do let me know, will you?



Loving Season/Series 5 of Doctor Who so far, although I still get a pang when I think about Ten. Eleven and Amy are awesomesauce, though, and Steven Moffat is still brilliant.
wahlee: (Guilt and Misery)
So, yesterday was the 1-week anniversary of my layoff. I didn't even remember until I was in bed for the night. It's been an interesting week.

And I'm doing fine.

No, really. I'm actually quite surprised at how well I'm taking it. I really have been able to look at this whole thing as a gift, rather than as a misfortune. Of course, who knows how long this will last-- maybe when my savings account starts looking much more meager than it is now. But for now, I'm fine.

Some of it, of course, is because I'm in such a different situation this time around. While the layoff was just as sudden-- or even more so, since I got about 20 minutes notice before I clocked out for the last time-- I've been sort of mentally preparing myself for a while, just in case. I also got 2 weeks of severance pay and all my unused vacation, which I didn't get last time. My unemployment payment will be higher and extend for a longer period of time, since I worked more last year for more pay. I qualify for COBRA, and also for the federal COBRA subsidy, which means I'm guaranteed my current benefits for at least 18 months for only a little more than what I'm currently paying. I still live at home and have relatively few expenses (a student loan and a credit card payment, and that's about it), so I'm not too worried about my finances.

And mentally, I'm just in a much better place. I've been seeing a therapist for several months now, and have been taking an anti-depressant. And when I attended [personal profile] lydaclunas's wedding (which was AWESOME, and which I was in the process of writing about when I got laid off and therefore distracted), I spent the weekend either talking about theology and my thesis with [profile] callyperry and Melanie or writing processes with [personal profile] rj_anderson and [profile] risiti, or both, I came home ready to GO on my thesis. No, I haven't written anything yet-- I'm still trying to get my room clean so I have a pleasant place to write-- but I've got ideas. I've got plans. I feel a definite need to make my voice heard on this subject. And now I have all the time I need.

Last time, I was so worried about finding a new job that I still couldn't write. This time, I'm not going to worry. I'm going to seize the time I've been given, this wonderful chance to finish my thesis before time runs out, and run with it. I'll apply for jobs, of course, but only the minimum needed to keep my unemployment benefits. If I get one, great. If not-- it's okay. It really is.

Not that I don't miss my job. It was a great job, with great people. Hopefully the powers-that-be who decreed that I had to be let go will come to their senses and realize how much they need me, and I can go back. If not-- there's going to be something around the corner. Maybe even something better. Who knows?

For right now, though, I'm okay where I am. And that's a wonderful feeling-- one I haven't had in a long, long time.
wahlee: (Guilt and Misery)
So, yesterday was the 1-week anniversary of my layoff. I didn't even remember until I was in bed for the night. It's been an interesting week.

And I'm doing fine.

No, really. I'm actually quite surprised at how well I'm taking it. I really have been able to look at this whole thing as a gift, rather than as a misfortune. Of course, who knows how long this will last-- maybe when my savings account starts looking much more meager than it is now. But for now, I'm fine.

Some of it, of course, is because I'm in such a different situation this time around. While the layoff was just as sudden-- or even more so, since I got about 20 minutes notice before I clocked out for the last time-- I've been sort of mentally preparing myself for a while, just in case. I also got 2 weeks of severance pay and all my unused vacation, which I didn't get last time. My unemployment payment will be higher and extend for a longer period of time, since I worked more last year for more pay. I qualify for COBRA, and also for the federal COBRA subsidy, which means I'm guaranteed my current benefits for at least 18 months for only a little more than what I'm currently paying. I still live at home and have relatively few expenses (a student loan and a credit card payment, and that's about it), so I'm not too worried about my finances.

And mentally, I'm just in a much better place. I've been seeing a therapist for several months now, and have been taking an anti-depressant. And when I attended [livejournal.com profile] lydaclunas's wedding (which was AWESOME, and which I was in the process of writing about when I got laid off and therefore distracted), I spent the weekend either talking about theology and my thesis with [livejournal.com profile] callyperry and Melanie or writing processes with [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson and [livejournal.com profile] risiti, or both, I came home ready to GO on my thesis. No, I haven't written anything yet-- I'm still trying to get my room clean so I have a pleasant place to write-- but I've got ideas. I've got plans. I feel a definite need to make my voice heard on this subject. And now I have all the time I need.

Last time, I was so worried about finding a new job that I still couldn't write. This time, I'm not going to worry. I'm going to seize the time I've been given, this wonderful chance to finish my thesis before time runs out, and run with it. I'll apply for jobs, of course, but only the minimum needed to keep my unemployment benefits. If I get one, great. If not-- it's okay. It really is.

Not that I don't miss my job. It was a great job, with great people. Hopefully the powers-that-be who decreed that I had to be let go will come to their senses and realize how much they need me, and I can go back. If not-- there's going to be something around the corner. Maybe even something better. Who knows?

For right now, though, I'm okay where I am. And that's a wonderful feeling-- one I haven't had in a long, long time.
wahlee: (Default)
Today was my 1 year anniversary at work.

At 4:40, I got laid off.



Happy anniversary to me.
wahlee: (Default)
Today was my one-year anniversary at work.

This afternoon, at 4:40, I got laid off.



Happy anniversary to me.
wahlee: (Anne Shirley)
And I really should have told all you about it sooner, but I've been either incredibly busy or incredibly tired, and therefore haven't had the opportunity. In fact, I should be doing laundry right now, but I decided to tell you instead. :D

I've got a new job.

It was completely unexpected. You see, two Fridays ago, my boss announced to us at staff meeting that, rather than having to lay two of us off, she was cutting all of our hours to 32 per week. Sucky, but better than losing any of our coworkers, or, worse still, losing our jobs. But then on Monday, it all turned around. One of our team members was moving into a newly created position, which, with one other TM going down to part-time, was enough to give us back our hours-- if we shuffled responsibilities a bit. The TM that left was a trainer, and sometimes worked irregular hours, so they needed someone fairly flexible to replace her. I was elected. Well, kind of. We split her responsibilities between the other trainer and I (with him taking the more senior role and me taking the more administrative tasks), and the second Admin Assistant in the department moved out to the front desk.

So now, instead of being the receptionist/HR admin assistant, I am now the Training Coordinator. I'm still responsible for the benefits, but I'll also handle tracking of the various types of training we do, teach new employee orientation, administer training audits, maintain the training manuals, and various other training throughout the theatres. It's new and exciting and scary, and I feel like I have so much to learn (probably because I DO have a lot to learn, having never done this sort of thing in my life before), but it's good. I think I'll quite like it. :)
wahlee: (Anne Shirley)
And I really should have told all you about it sooner, but I've been either incredibly busy or incredibly tired, and therefore haven't had the opportunity. In fact, I should be doing laundry right now, but I decided to tell you instead. :D

I've got a new job.

It was completely unexpected. You see, two Fridays ago, my boss announced to us at staff meeting that, rather than having to lay two of us off, she was cutting all of our hours to 32 per week. Sucky, but better than losing any of our coworkers, or, worse still, losing our jobs. But then on Monday, it all turned around. One of our team members was moving into a newly created position, which, with one other TM going down to part-time, was enough to give us back our hours-- if we shuffled responsibilities a bit. The TM that left was a trainer, and sometimes worked irregular hours, so they needed someone fairly flexible to replace her. I was elected. Well, kind of. We split her responsibilities between the other trainer and I (with him taking the more senior role and me taking the more administrative tasks), and the second Admin Assistant in the department moved out to the front desk.

So now, instead of being the receptionist/HR admin assistant, I am now the Training Coordinator. I'm still responsible for the benefits, but I'll also handle tracking of the various types of training we do, teach new employee orientation, administer training audits, maintain the training manuals, and various other training throughout the theatres. It's new and exciting and scary, and I feel like I have so much to learn (probably because I DO have a lot to learn, having never done this sort of thing in my life before), but it's good. I think I'll quite like it. :)

Sad news.

Feb. 20th, 2009 06:09 pm
wahlee: (Poppies)
Larry H. Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz and my own workplace, Megaplex Theatres, passed away today. He's been ill for quite some time-- in fact, it was only about a month after I started that he went into the hospital with a heart attack and complications to diabetes. Last month, he had both his legs amputated. His son replaced him as CEO at the beginning of his illness, but he still kept his hand in. In fact, I talked to him on the phone just a few weeks ago.

My sympathies go out to the Miller family.

I wonder how this is going to affect my company.

Sad news.

Feb. 20th, 2009 06:09 pm
wahlee: (Poppies)
Larry H. Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz and my own workplace, Megaplex Theatres, passed away today. He's been ill for quite some time-- in fact, it was only about a month after I started that he went into the hospital with a heart attack and complications to diabetes. Last month, he had both his legs amputated. His son replaced him as CEO at the beginning of his illness, but he still kept his hand in. In fact, I talked to him on the phone just a few weeks ago.

My sympathies go out to the Miller family.

I wonder how this is going to affect my company.

Hee.

Jun. 25th, 2008 06:49 pm
wahlee: (Itches!)
Today at work, one of my coworkers (whom I really like) came to my desk to meter some mail. As she did so, she whistled 11 notes of a tune. A tune I immediately recognized.

"Kathy," I said, "why in the world are you whistling 'Theme From Flood'?"

She was very impressed. Especially as the 11 notes were from the middle of the song. She gave me a high five, then spread the news of my familiarity with They Might be Giants around the office.

In the meantime, in another room, another coworker was loudly singing "Yellow Submarine."

Yeah, I like my job. :P


I've got some fic to post later tonight. After I come up with a title.

Hee.

Jun. 25th, 2008 06:49 pm
wahlee: (Itches!)
Today at work, one of my coworkers (whom I really like) came to my desk to meter some mail. As she did so, she whistled 11 notes of a tune. A tune I immediately recognized.

"Kathy," I said, "why in the world are you whistling 'Theme From Flood'?"

She was very impressed. Especially as the 11 notes were from the middle of the song. She gave me a high five, then spread the news of my familiarity with They Might be Giants around the office.

In the meantime, in another room, another coworker was loudly singing "Yellow Submarine."

Yeah, I like my job. :P


I've got some fic to post later tonight. After I come up with a title.
wahlee: (Ten is Love)
I've now officially been working at my job for a week and one day. I like it. There are still some things I'm unsure about, but most of it is starting to become familiar. At the moment I'm concentrating on the front desk, although there is a strong possibility that I'll move to the actual HR department in a more traditional admin assistant role, concentrating on insurance and benefits. The girl I'm replacing did both, but she was filling in until they hired a replacement, and they always planned on hiring two people. At first they tried to teach me both roles at once, but I was feeling overwhelmed. It's not that the front desk job is particularly challenging, because it isn't really, but it is considerably more complicated than my last receptionist job. Since, you know, the last company I worked for had 40 employees total, whereas Jordan Commons is responsible for 5 theaters, two restaurants, and a number of administrative staff. Plus we coordinate with several of the other Larry H. Miller companies. There's a lot more bureaucracy to deal with-- more making of copies (under department codes) and logging and cross-checking and this going to this place and this other very similar thing going to a completely different place. And my predecessor was spreadsheet-happy. And she's not the only one. But it's still good. I'm starting to remember what things need how many copies and where they go, and everyone I work with is really really nice. So, I'm satisfied.

I finished knitting my Dalek. It's really funny to have a nice cuddly friend who can kill you in an instant (and wants to!). I took a picture today, but haven't had a chance to upload it. I'll try to do that tomorrow.

The day I found out I got the job, I went shopping. In the past week, I have bought 3 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shoes, and a purse. They were all needed (well, maybe not the purse, but I tend to buy purses every season change whether I need them or not :P)-- I've gained a few pounds since last spring/summer, and I'd planned to buy new work clothes when I lost my job. Since there was no real reason to buy business clothes when I didn't have a job (and I didn't have the money anyway), I put it off. But now that I have the prospect of a paycheck in a couple of weeks, I felt justified in spending a couple of hundred of my hard-hoarded money. I actually put my stimulus check aside for just such a purpose.

I am trying to be more conservative with my money, though. I hope to keep a nice cushion in both checking and savings, just in case I should find myself unemployed again. It's not very likely-- business is booming for the theaters-- but it's better to be safe than sorry. I also want to pay off my credit card balance as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, I haven't been able to work much on my thesis. My body is still adjusting to getting up at 6:30 again, and I just haven't had the mind power. But I hope to set aside at least a couple of hours every night to work on it. I really, really, need to get this off my plate.

My grandma is coming home from her rehab facility tomorrow. She's getting a bit stir-crazy. I hope she does well at home.

Midnight was amazing. Much looking forward to the last few episodes of Series Four. Oh, and David Tennant can sit by me. :P

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