Almost Never Boring…

and often easily amused

A bit of good news… 24 January 2008

Filed under: News,Rants — laughinglaura @ 23:40

As some of you know, a couple weeks ago I was forced to move away from my beloved window, to a temporary location for about a week and a half, b/c my supervisor wanted one of our new hires (she was hired after temping for several months) to feel like a permanent part of our team.  Then on Tuesday, I had to move again to a “nice, private, more of an office, less of a cube-type area” (as so-described by my supervisor), because my temporary office was needed for another new hire…  However, this new area does not have a window.  Furthermore, it has three walls that are all a weird, mustard-y brown color, and the area is about 7′ by 10′.  Prior to my moving to this area, it was used for storage and file cabinets.  I call it “the cave.”  Not only is it window-less and cave-like, but I am also isolated from all of my co-workers…  Additionally, everyone who has come over to see my new diggs have incredulously asked “this is your new area????”  They have all been sympathetic, and one gal who saw it for the first time today told me she would pray for me that I wouldn’t be too depressed by being there.  No, really, she did…  I promise I’m not making it up.

Obviously I am less than thrilled about working in the cave, and most of the folks in the office know this – they’ve asked, and I’ve answered honestly.  But, I’ve been trying to make the best of it, and my super has been pretty accommodating about finding a few of the extra furnishings that I’ve requested – a table for extra workspace, a bulletin board to post my calendar and other notes, etc. 

 Today, however, my super’s assistant asked if she could talk to me for a few moments…  She told me that she just wanted to make sure I know that I am a very vital piece of our team, and she wants to make sure that I’m happy.   She knows how unhappy I am in the cave, and told me not to get too settled in because I’ll be moving yet *again*…  My new cube is being vacated b/c a couple of gals from the office are switching to work from home FT.  And one of the gals who will be working from home has a cube that’s next to a window.  HOORAY!  The view from her window isn’t as good as the view from “my window” but it’s a million times better than “the cave.”  I have to keep things on the down-low for a few weeks, but at least I know there is light (literally) at the end of the (figurative) tunnel.  😀

 The frustrating thing about all of this, though, is that if I could’ve just waited a week to move the first time (a point I was unable to argue with my supervisor b/c he left on vacation having told everyone involved about the move, except for yours truly), I wouldn’t have had to move at all b/c the gal who moved to my desk could have, instead, moved to the desk of the gal who was fired last week…  Everyone involved knows that this would have been the best plan of all, but once the serial moves began, there was no stopping them…  *sigh*  I have a picture of the view from “my window” but I think I’m going to wait to post it until I also have a photo of “the cave.”

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Stupid People… 20 January 2008

Filed under: Funny Stuff,People Watching,Randomness,Rants — laughinglaura @ 0:21

Question:  What is even more stupid than talking on your cell phone while driving?  (Note: I talk on my cell while driving, though I usually use my bluetooth headset, which has shown to be safer than holding the actual phone)

 Answer:  Talking on your cell while driving while petting your toy poodle sitting in your lap.  (Note: the petting was happening at a stop light, but I still think it’s incredibly stupid to drive around with a dog on your lap.)

 

Stupid snow… 7 January 2008

Filed under: News,Randomness,Rants,Sports — laughinglaura @ 23:02

I left work at 5:02pm, this afternoon, but didn’t arrive home until 7:06pm.  It took me two tries to get into the driveway to park my car.  The first try, I slid past the drive as I tried to turn in (I live on a hill) and so I had to go around the block and try again b/c backing up was out of the question. 

 Stupid snow made me miss the first quarter of the LSU-OSU game.  I turned the TV on just in time to see the extra point that tied the game at 10.  Once I started watching the game, though, my winning karma kicked in, and LSU quickly took control of the game and never looked back.  GO TIGERS!

 

Case of the Mondays… 8 October 2007

Filed under: News,Rants — laughinglaura @ 11:45

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Today was one of *those* days at work…  I had two items on my agenda for the day, that’s right, two…  How many of those did I finish during the six and a half hours I was at work when everyone else was there?  Zero, yup, you read that right, ZERO…  Every time I started working on them (or eventried to start working on them) someone would come over with a question, a request, or something that required my attention… 

 It got so bad that I even had to dump a couple problems on a co-worker (which I try not to do) by telling him that if he wanted me to take care of *his* project (one of my two to-do items) that he would have to help solve my problem that I didn’t have time for.  Lucky for him, it only took about three minutes to solve my problem.  Unlucky for me, it took me an hour and a half to finish the project I was doing for him.  Even worse for me, the hour and a half it took to finish the problem was work from home late this evening, bringing my grand total of hours to 10.18…

I don’t mind helping others at work, and I’ve been functioning for the past year, and some, as one person doing the work of three people, so I’m used to being busy all the time.  But this new situation we’re in at the moment is leaving me totally overwhelmed.  Lately I’ve had to fight back the urge to stand up on my desk and shout, “I’m one person, not five!”  In five official work days so far this pay period, I’ve worked 52.5 hours…  If I had worked just the “normal” work-hours, I would have 43.75 (we work 8.75 hour days).  This is an extra 8.75 hours, so far…  I could decide to skip work one day this week and I’d still have enough hours in, and believe me, I’m sorely tempted to do just that… 

Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy my job and all, but these past couple weeks I’ve just been getting BURNED OUT!

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I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog, already in progress…

 

Unnerving… 25 May 2007

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Randomness,Rants — laughinglaura @ 11:46

I’m housesitting this weekend, and the house I’m at was built in the 80’s and has the typical 80’s architecture.  High ceilings, fairly open floorplan, a skylight…  The weird thing is, the skylight is in the bathroom, and it’s located directly over the toilet.  I find this rather unnerving… 

 

It’s March.. 29 March 2007

Filed under: News,Randomness,Rants — laughinglaura @ 15:45

and it’s SNOWING!  Crazy stuff!  Hopefully the drive home won’t be too terribly bad, but we’ll have to wait and see.  It’s coming down pretty hard already.

 

It’s Official… 21 January 2007

Filed under: Randomness,Rants — laughinglaura @ 23:58

 Five snowstorms in as many weeks… I am officially declaring snow a four-letter word. I love snow, and I love living in Colorado, but, seriously, this is a bit much. What’s worse, it only seems to happen on the weekends. The weekdays in between have been relatively snow free, and three storms ago, it was even up into the 50’s. But not now… It’s gotten above freezing two or three days over the past two weeks, and the overnight lows have been around zero, and have even gotten down into the negatives.  NOT my idea of fun…

 In other news, though, Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, and To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, are great movies.  Check them out!  😀  And of course, A&E’s version of Pride and Prejudice is always entertaining.