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Aug. 24th, 2010

 Wow, it's been months...

I have a job again... for over two months now I've been working for my previous employer's competitor in the environmental consulting world.  It's more $$ but a longer commute and more ridiculous nonsense to deal with, but it's a job.

I also have a boyfriend... for over 4 months now.  It's really intense and fun.  He is from PA, so time spent together has been lumped together on weekends and such.  Kinda makes it feel like a lot longer than only 4 months.  This guy is the one, though.  I know it.  I can feel it in my chest.  It's unlike anything I have felt before.  Now I believe all those happy, healthy relationship types who told me I would know when it was real.  We are moving in together on September 15th.  He is moving out here, which says a lot right there.

There is so much other stuff that has happened in the past several months, but I don't want to overwhelm myself (or you) with a long-winded post my first evening back at it.

There will be more on the man in my life, the job, and the extras to come.  I will need my 'journal' in days to come, I'm sure of it.

Major layoffs at work today...

Unfortunately - or not, depending on how you look at it - I was one of the scientists canned.  My best friend was another.  They sat both of us down at the same time to tell us, which I thought was a little strange.  But it made it easier to handle, so I don't mind that part so much.

Anyway, what a strange feeling.

I've never been fired or laid off from a job, not even my crappy high school ones, so today was definitely surreal.  The company is doing far worse than we all thought, so the layoffs - six people so far - caught us off guard.  I was in shock at first, then upset whenever someone came up to me to say how sorry they were, yadda yadda.  As soon as I left the office, after taking an hour to pack up my belongings and do my timesheet, I just felt relieved not to have to deal with that place any more.

Now the hunt for my dream job begins...

Jan. 20th, 2010

My second semester of grad school starts tonight.  Sort of looking forward to it and sort of not.  I found a great opportunity for grad students with the National Park Service that I have to look into immediately.  Deadline is the 29th.  That alone has increased my interest in continuing in my program. 

Of course, since it is the first day of a new semester, my day has not been ideal.  I skipped the gym this morning since I knew it would be too long of a day if I got up that early.  That naturally led to me sleeping too late, so I did not have time to wash my hair this morning.  Now I feel greasy even though I did shower and I put on a ball cap about halfway through the day because my hair was driving me nuts. 

Then I decided that I should go for a long walk during lunch so the day wouldn't be a total loss for exercise.  We have old railroad tracks running behind the office that lead to old sandpits that I used to go off-roading around.  Between the tracks and the Pine Barren sand, it makes for a challenging walk.  The walk was great until about two-thirds of the way back - I took a different path that led to a really huge puddle.  Instead of turning around to head for the drier path, I decided to find a way to cross the puddle.  I spotted some dry vegetation to one side where the puddle thinned out and tried to cross.  Inevitably, my foot sunk and so did the other as I scrambled across.  So, week old sneakers soaked in icky puddle water and I had a good 5 minute walk back to the office in chilly temperatures.  It wasn't too bad, really.  Nearly four hours later, my pantlegs and both socks are dry.  My sneakers?  Well, they kinda smell and have some drying left to do. 

So, I am going to class with greasy hair and stinky feet.  And if anyone says something, I am going to kick them with said stinky feet.  Though, I don't think it really matters, since I showed up to class a few times last semester reeking of fuel oil or gasoline from having been in the field that day.  Smelly feet should be par for the course.

Jan. 18th, 2010

I posted to the_tea_tree the other day with a long diatribe and tried to do the LJ cut... naturally it did not work, even though I followed the directions (I had to look up how to do it since it has been forever since I was an avid LJ poster).  The community had to deal with my long post, which wasn't obscenely long, but still.  Then I tried to do the LJ user thing and it worked one time but not the other...

I have come to the conclusion that Facebook has made me stupid since I spend more time there than I do here.  When in doubt, blame Facebook, right?  It is the root of all that is evil and unjust. 

Perhaps I just need to post here more often - practice makes perfect, after all.  And look, my formatting worked this time - though I cheated and used Rich text.  I used to be such a pro at this.  I am getting dumber by the year.  Just look at my grammar.

Jan. 4th, 2010

I love three day weekends. If only I had them every weekend... I actually felt fully relaxed come Sunday night, rather than anxious and dreadful of the looming work-week ahead. It was the perfect amount of time to decompress.

It probably helped that I did some fun things on Friday and Saturday then chilled out on Sunday. A perfect sequence, as far as I am concerned.

Had family over on Friday for New Year's dinner, which included a very frustrating argument with my bratty 8-year-old cousin on why he does not get to do whatever he wants at my house and why, if he throws the Wii controller at me again, I would kick his punky ass. I usually adore children, but this kid is such a brat that I just want to beat him with a wooden spoon. It is totally his parents' fault, so I want to beat them with a wooden spoon too. Overall, it was a fun time.

Saturday was movie day - went to see "It's Complicated", which was absolutely hilarious. I was in a fun comedy mood after that, so I rented "The Hangover", which was also hilarious.

This morning, I hit the gym at 5:30 am just because I know that it will be packed in the evenings after work and I don't need any additional excuses for not going. It was less miserable than I expected, so that is good. If I can get there every morning this week, I will be set in the pattern and all will be golden.

Happy New Year

Hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year's Eve and best wishes for 2010.

I was not feeling well yesterday - a little dizzy, stuffy and I could not seem to perk up, think it was allergy/sinus issues - so I took off from work two hours early to come home and take a nap. I was supposed to go to a friends house for the evening, but I woke from my nap feeling worse than I did before. So, my NYE was spent laying in bed, playing on Facebook, and watching Twilight for the 50th time. It was quite a relaxing evening, actually. And I woke up in the morning feeling much better.

Today, I decided to start 2010 out right so I bought myself a New Years gift with some of my Christmas money. I picked up Band Hero for the Wii and spent the evening rocking out on the drums and guitar. I've never played any of the Guitar Hero games before so I had no idea what to expect. Band Hero was a lot of fun, even for someone like myself who is not rhythmically inclined ;-)

Tomorrow, my grandma, mom, aunt, sister and myself are going to have a ladies day at the movies to see It's Complicated. I heard it was really funny and I just love Meryl Streep.

Dec. 30th, 2009

Well, I was 'fired' today for being a lousy secretary. My response was to ask what did they expect when they asked a technical person to answer phones, of course I'm not good at it! So, back to my regular duties.

Have to take my dog, Lucky, to get a haircut during my lunch break today. Poor guy is really shaggy, and dirty from rolling around in the snow two weekends ago. He will look so handsome once he is clean and trimmed. I love the way he smells after a bath.

Just a little rant...

So, it's the holidays and people take time off from work... I get that. I would be one of them if I had more than just a couple vacation days left until April.

What I don't get is how someone can have the audacity to call out sick when they already had a five day weekend and have a four day weekend coming up starting Thursday. Especially when your duties are such that someone else has to cover for you. Now the witch has a six day weekend and I have to do her job on top of my own since no one else here will take one for the team and answer the damn phones. Even the Controller/HR chick won't do it since she is 'busy doing billing'. Yes, it makes much more sense to pull one of the scientists away from billable work to have them play a glorified secretary while the non-billable person in the office does other non-billable work. I know billing is important, otherwise how would the company earn the money, but why can't she do it tomorrow? If I have to do my job and answer the phones, why can't the Controller do it too?

Naturally, I was not given the option of saying no.

Honestly, I don't mind helping out, but don't assume that I will do it just because I know how. I just spent the last 8 months doing entry level field work because I knew how and they did not want to hire someone to do it. Granted, it was field work so I was out of the office, which I like, but working 12+ hours a day 3 to 5 days a week outside doing manual labor type activities is exhausting. Not to mention I had my own work to be getting on with, in and out of the office.

It wouldn't be so bad if there was the option to say no. Then I could help out when I wanted to, not when they made me. I would choose things like field work and cleaning vehicles over answering phones any day. I don't even like talking on the phone when it is someone I like!

I can't even properly goof off, I am too busy answering the phone every other minute.

Using my time wisely...

My job sucks right now... no more than usual, really, but I have nothing to do today, so that sort of makes it worse. With nothing productive to do, time tends to drag. Dragging time makes an 8 hour day feel like 16 hours... I am on hour number 5.5 with *counts on fingers*, well it feels like forever to go.

The highlight of the day is that I am using my 'unproductive' time to goof off on the internet and move along in the process of editing Man of the Night. I just fixed the 4th chapter, which leaves me 25 to go before that little project is complete and the actual writing can commence. What was I thinking, letting so much time pass since the last chapter I actually wrote. I am such a damn ass.

Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk and missed opportunities. I have two and a half hours to work with if I get back at it.

Dec. 21st, 2009

Earned an A- in my watershed management class. Yay.

Since I was going to base taking a class in the spring on what grade I got for the fall, it looks like I will take either project management or land use something or other - both are core for the degree. I'm sort of excited but sad that I have to say goodbye to another $2k.

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