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I’m In Control Here . . .

I work at the local public library . . . I’m an Account Clerk in the Business Office.  I process all the accounts receivables and book invoices.  It’s a lovely job and I enjoy it immensely.

Especially the people watching opportunities . . . sometimes it’s the patrons that amuse me . . . most of the time, though, it’s my co-workers . . . especially the “power struggle” that always happens whenever the Library Director and the Fiscal Officer are out of the building at the same time . . . because there are certain supervisors who like to think they are “in charge” during their absence and the shenanigans are hilarious . . . .

We call it them the Alexander Haigs of the Library . . . you know how Alexander Haig tried to assure everyone that he was in charge when Reagan was in the hospital following the assassination attempt?  Yea, that’s pretty much what happens every time the Director and Fiscal Officer are out of the office at the same time . . .

I told you that story to tell you this story . . . the Director and the Fiscal Officer will be attending a conference in Nashville next week . . . and before he left, the Director warned me and my business office cohort to be aware of the upcoming shenanigans and to keep him posted if the shenanigans got out of hand.  I’ve been in the Business Office for a year and a half and have seen the shenanigans first hand and know what to expect.  It’s annoyingly hilarious and oh so much fun to watch the Haigs try to out-Haig each other.  My poor cohort has only been in the business office for about six months and has no idea what to expect . . . and thought that the Director and I were kidding her about what was going to happen . . . until she saw the first bit of shenanigans today . . .

Haig #1 sticking their nose in where it doesn’t belong and trying to figure out why my cohort handled a situation the way she did . . . and realizing that his input wasn’t needed or helpful . . .

Haig #2 casually “stopping by” the Business Office at 5:01 pm (“oh is it that late already?”) to discuss a purchasing question with my cohort . . . “oh we can talk about it on Monday!”  when we both knew that she was making sure we hadn’t left early . . .

It’s going to be a long week . . . funny as heck . . . but annoying . . . and really long . . .

Please pray for me . . . and my cohort . . .

 

 

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November 2

I got a job at the local public library a couple of months ago.

It’s a cool job.  My official title is Account Clerk I . . . I do accounts receivable, I process invoices for books and other media . . . and a bunch of other really cool stuff.

I’ve met some wonderful people.  I’ve met people who irritate the crap out of me on a daily basis.  I get to see the new books when they come in.  I get to look at Advance Reader Copies of books that haven’t even been released to the public yet.  I joined Cookbook Club . . . which feeds my love of cookbooks and my love of cooking without having to eat leftovers for an entire week.

I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time . . . and I didn’t even hesitate to type the word “happier” . . . and I didn’t feel guilty that I’m “happier” . . .

Maybe I have finally started to find my new “normal” . . .

 

 

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I Can’t Make This Sh!t Up

So y’all know that I lost my wonderful job at Lovely Catholic School a couple of months ago . . .

I’ve been looking for a new job and have been discouraged at the lack of progress and the low salary offers at the jobs I’ve been offered.  I finally found a job in with the Risk Management Department working for the county commissioners in the county next to where I live.  It’s a 30 minute drive (ugh!) but it’s not a difficult job, has decent benefits, pay less than what I was making at Catholic School and a lot less than I was making at the Community Health office.  But it’s a job with insurance so I took it and I’m hoping I can find something better paying closer to home.  Not much luck on that front at the moment but I’m going to keep looking.

One of my Dear Friends knows about my struggle to find a good paying job and my hesitation to take the County job because of the low pay.  So when the girl who has my old job at Community Health Office turned in her resignation last week, Dear Friend asked me if I wanted to “interview” for my old job.  Yes, the job that I hated so much that I quit and took a part time job making $10/hour to get away from.  The job that had the CEO that looked so much like Prince Charming that I had an anxiety attack every time I saw him in the hall.  The job that didn’t pay attention when I said I was “in over my head” and when the major screw up that I was afraid was going to happen did, indeed, happen, they almost fired me.  Yes, the very same job.  I laughed and then Dear Friend said she could pay me MORE than what I was making before.  When I asked about the “almost got fired” thing, she didn’t answer me but asked me to think about it and get back to her.

Okay, so I’m majorly tempted to interview for this job.  It’s about $6/hour more than what I’m making now.  It’s a job I know and know I can do well.  The majority of the people that are there are people I can work with on a daily basis.  The CEO that looks like Prince Charming is still there . . . but he’s retiring in six months so that won’t be a problem (or so they tell me)!  The job has been restructured a bit and reports to the office manager and the medical director instead of just the medical director.  The Office Manager is someone who was promoted to that job while I was still at Community Health Office and did not speak to me AT ALL THE LAST YEAR I WAS THERE.  Uh, I’m gonna report to someone who can’t even TALK to me?!  Dear Friend assured me that Office Manager “will be able to work with me” and “she’s fine” with it if I get hired.

Like I said, I’m majorly tempted . . . better pay, same insurance as The County, less of a commute, less of a learning curve, familiar people . . .

But . . . it’s going back to “that building” that I dreaded entering every day after Prince Charming died.  It’s being in meetings that will take place in the room where I met with the Troopers . . . a room I couldn’t stand being in anymore after that day.  It’s facing a CEO that looks like Prince Charming but acts nothing like Prince Charming.  As much as I want to take the job . . . and as much as I want to not have to worry about a paycheck . . . I honestly believe that taking that job is taking a big step backwards and all the progress I’ve made over the last four years will be flushed down the toilet.

I called Dear Friend and explained all of my reservations to her and why I did not want to interview for the job . . . and she understood and thanked me for my honesty.  She also was proud of me for being strong enough to do what I felt was right for me and not taking the easy way to solve a temporary problem . . . even though it meant she had to do a serious search to find someone to fill that position.

Even though I would have loved to take advantage of all the positives . . . there were way too many negatives for me to be comfortable there again.

And I’m still shaking my head that they even considered asking me . . .

 

 

 

 

 

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Surely You Can’t Be Serious

As part of my enrollment in the Ohio Unemployment Insurance Compensation program, I am required to participate in the OhioMeansJobs program to help in my search for a new job.  They send me links to jobs that match my resume from time to time . . . but sadly the jobs are usually not close to me or anything that I’m even qualified for . . . but hey I realize it’s a computer and it’s only spitting out information based on the information that it’s received about me and my job search.

Today I received an email with the following information . . .

“The purpose of OhioMeansJobs.com is to match employers looking for talent and job seekers looking for their next best job. Based on your resume, we believe we found a possible match.  Your credentials have matched you to job number3637271. Due to your qualifications, we have taken the extra step to forward your resume to the employer for their review. If the employer is interested, they will make contact with you directly.”

Okay . . . I guess since I am signed up for unemployment, they kinda have the right to do this.  But it still upsets me that they took it upon themselves to forward my resume without even telling me what the job is . . .

So I go to the OhioMeansJobs.com site and find the job posting . . . (emphasis added on some parts but this is the actual job posting on the OhioMeansJobs.com website)

“Desired Skills/Duties: What we look for in an ENTRY-LEVEL CANDIDATE: Great interpersonal skills and customer service Comfortable in fast-paced environments Ability to self-manage, think on your feet, solution oriented Enjoy working with and helping others Typically looking for more growth opportunities and stable careers Our company has a high success rate of training people with these backgrounds for our entry-level positions. Submit your resume today and you will be contacted about scheduling an interview immediately. Benefits Include: On the job training Advancement opportunities based on performance Travel opportunities Management Development Supportive, high energy, team environment Hourly Pay + Commission, Bonuses, Incentives Requirements Outgoing personalities Strong work ethic The desire to learn and grow professionally Enjoy working with and helping people Goal oriented and self-motivated ** This is an ENTRY LEVEL position, no industry experience is required. We are willing to train the RIGHT candidates from the bottom up”

I’m not even going to get started on the grammar, punctuation and sentence structure on this job posting . . . WTF . . . I have THIRTY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE as an administrative assistant!  I’ve managed the office of an environmental law firm.  I was the Executive Secretary to the Medical Staff at a Mental Health Facility.  And they think I’m a “possible match” for an entry level position with no industry experience needed . . .

Wonder if I’ll get a “thanks, but we’ve chosen another candidate” response from them as well . . .

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What Day Is It Again?

Being suddenly unemployed is stressful.  I’m worried about how I’m gonna pay the bills.  I’m worried about finding a new job.  I’m not exactly a spring chicken . . . which I was reminded of when I had the phone interview with the lady at unemployment office.  I have 35 years of administrative assistant experience.  I have 25 years of experience as an executive assistant.  I have 9 years of experience being a bookkeeper.  I’m worried about screwing up my unemployment claim and not getting any help . . . . and then when I realized how little money I would get with unemployment, I’m back to worrying about paying the bills.

Being suddenly unemployed is also somewhat relaxing.  I don’t have to punch a time clock, so I don’t have to go to bed early or get up early.  I can lounge around in my jammies and answer emails and research jobs.  I can have lunch in front of the TV and watch my soaps.

But one thing that I discovered quickly is that I have no concept of days anymore.  It’s only been a week and I have no idea what day of the week it is anymore.  I almost forgot that I needed to set out the trash last night.  If it hadn’t been for a lovely reminder text from Stepdaughter, I would have forgotten to pick up Grandson #2 from school and take him to t-ball practice today.

I’m embracing this new career development as a chance to see what else is out there and I’m overall excited about the future . . . when I’m not stressing over tiny details.  But I think I need to get into a routine of some sort . . . and I’m kinda hoping I can win the lottery and stay retired!!

 

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Longest Week EVER

Today was my first full week at work since December 19 . . . with Christmas break, the MLK holiday and snow days caused by the horrible weather we had early this month I’ve only worked two or three days a week for almost a month.  It was heavenly.  Until this week . . . no holiday, no snow days, and the anniversary of Prince Charming’s death all conspired to make this a long awful week for me . . . I am thankful that it’s over . . .

But there are things that made my heart happy this week . . ..

I figured out the 5k races I’ll be doing this year . . .

I finalized my vacation schedule for this year . . . three cross stitch retreats and a trip to Florida . . .

Rocky seems to be responding well to the meds for his arthritis.  His “slow getting up in the morning” turned into a significant limp and I took him to visit Lovely Vet to have it checked out.  Turns out the limp was a sprain of some sort and the “slow getting up in the morning” is probably arthritis . . . “he is getting older, you know” is how Lovely Vet described it to me.

The school where I work is installing new playground equipment for the little kids (k-2) that moved into our building earlier this year.  I’ve gotten to watch the workers install the equipment with great delight . . . I’m going to swing on the swings and go down the slide this summer during my lunch hour!!  Today’s highlight was watching a bobcat expert move a huge pile of mulch from the staging area to the playground area.  It was fascinating!

So now I’m headed to the couch with my dessert of choice to watch “Friday Night Frasier” on Netflix . . .

Even during the darkest weeks, life is good . . .

 

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November 13

Seems like “senioritis” has hit the kids at the school where I work extremely early this year.

The seniors are hanging in the office during their last period study hall and annoying  me and the school secretary . . .

Is it strange that the staff are counting the days until Christmas break as much as the students are?

 

 

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Drama, Drama, Drama

The most interesting part of working in the front office of a high school is seeing the drama that unfolds on a (almost) daily basis with the high school students.

The hardest part of working in the front office of a high school is not laughing at the drama that unfolds on a (almost) daily basis with the high school students.

 

This was supposed to post yesterday!  I’m still working out the kinks in the “schedule a post” thing.

 

 

 

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Strange Days Indeed

Prince Charming has a job!  He’s working in the health care field . . . not exactly the job he had before but something that he’s trained in and something that he’s done before.  He’s going to be working four ten hour days.  He’s excited . . . I’m excited!

Since he got here in April, we have spent virtually every moment that I haven’t been at work together.  He was up in the morning when I left for work and kissed me good-bye at the door.  He was there when I came home for lunch and even fixed lunch for me every day.  He was there at the front door with Rocky and Millie when I came home at the end of the day.  We spent all day together on the weekends.  We went everywhere together.  It was a wonderful way to start a new relationship.

But we knew it was going to change when he went to work.  We had talked about it.  We were prepared for the changes.

He works an early shift which means he gets up at0’dark hundred and leaves the house before I’m even awake.  If I got up with him to see him off to work the way he always saw me off to work, I’d end up going back to bed for an hour before my normal wake up time.  He thought that was going to make for a very long day for me.  I worried that if I got up that early, Rocky and Millie would shift their schedule to think that breakfast was now being served at 0’dark thirty . . . and since they don’t know the difference between a work day and a weekend day I would have to serve them breakfast at 0’dark thirty every day.  Uh, no thank you!  That’s not a schedule change I want to start!

So he kisses me sweetly before he leaves for work and I tell him to have a good day.  He leaves for work.  I go back to sleep.  Millie watches him get ready for work and then snuggles back to sleep next to Rocky.

It’s been strange to not have him here in the morning when I wake up.  It’s been strange to not have him here when I come home for lunch.  Because of the restrictions of his job, we don’t talk on the phone or text like we have been doing over the summer.  It’s very strange to not talk to him during the day.

He works every other Saturday from 0’dark thirty until mid-afternoon.  This is the first Saturday in 6 months that I’ve been here by myself all day.  It’s been really strange today to be here without him.  I did some errands.  I’m doing laundry.  I’m channel surfing between chick flicks and football games.  I’m cleaning the house.  It’s almost like I’m single again . . . the whole house to myself.  The poor dogs are wandering around the house wondering where he is.  They keep coming in the house and looking around expecting Prince Charming to have mysteriously appeared in the 15 minutes since they last checked.

It’s been a very strange week . . . I miss having him around.  I admit that I got spoiled with the amount of time we got to spend together when he wasn’t working.  I got spoiled having somebody fix lunch for me every day!  Okay, I admit it . . . I’m a spoiled brat!  But this new schedule isn’t all bad.  I’ll admit I’ve been a little more productive today than I have been the last few months!  It’s gonna take some getting used to . . .

Thank heavens I haven’t settled into boringly normal just quite yet!

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Monday Night

Date night . . . at Chipotle

Errands at Wally World

We’ve decided we live in Pajama Bottom Town . . . everyone is wearing them so it must be a new fashion trend

Watching football . . . why is Tampa Bay so bad . . . and when did Indy get good?

Prince Charming goes to work in two days . . . we’re both so excited we can’t stand it!

Poor puppies are gonna miss him . . .

Lunch will certainly be different . . .

But the paycheck will more than make up for it!

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