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1- OMG the network is so slow today. Gonna drive me crazy.

2- One of my coworkers (not in my department) is the dumbest person I've been confronted with in a while. She's my age...and today she was wearing a leather jacket...and she DIDN'T KNOW LEATHER CAME FROM COWS. No, really.
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1) boyfriend. Still with Jay. It's awesome.
2) family. Sometimes their political views confuse me, but they are an awesome family and we have lots of fun and I love them, so it evens out.
3) friends. I've been hermit-ish lately. I need to work on that.
4) kitty. Registering him with the town. His health seems good, although he's down a pound to 11 since we moved. Will be asking the vet for advice when I pick up his special food this Saturday.
5) apartment. The landlord has been having trouble getting the contractors to do the work on the new apartment up to standard, so we haven't moved into it yet. It's supposed to happen at the end of this month now. Frustrating, since I can't unpack my stuff. Also, what is wrong with contractors? This has been since June.
6) job. Working for the SSAT Board - www.ssat.org - as someone who is not a fan at all of the way the current private school system functions, it's a weird job for me. But I get to treat private school parents like they're not special, so that's nice.* A couple of my coworkers have some religious and philosophical views that I find...well, frankly insane, but they're all really nice and we still have plenty of good conversations when we're not busy on the phones.
7) health. I'm doing research on private health insurance. I'm pretty sure that I can afford it while I'm on this temp assignment, but it's what happens after this job ends in February that has me worried. It takes 3-6 weeks on average to find me a new job, and unemployment pays less than half of what I earned. I'll have to see what kind of savings I can build up.
8) money. I have no bad debt, and $1200 left on my student loan. So this insurance thing is possible.
9) politics. On www.politicalcompass.org, I graph as -7.8, -3.5. I'm pro public funding (within reason), pro choice, AND pro death penalty. Hi, I'm weird.
10) WoW (that's World of Warcraft, relatives!). My night elf druid hit level 60, and I made a death knight. I love this game.

*My issue is multi-faceted. Why do private schools that receive tuition from parents also receive any government funding? This takes funding away from public and special-needs schools. Also, and this is one problem that I can't fathom a way out of, private schools existing contributes to the deterioration of public schools. Think about it: if parents counldn't remove their kids from the public system, they'd be more willing to approve tax increases that go to the funding of public schools. There are flaws there, but the argument is basically sound. Problem is, some public schools have gotten so bad from lack of funding that parents would riot if they had to send their kids there now. What do you do?

***Kevin makes a really good point about this in the comments. Read before you reply!***
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Got two jobs: one as a greeter in an office, starts tomorrow and ends Friday. Then a real big girl job working for the SSAT board starts next Tuesday. It's temp and due to end in February, but it will be a very shiny star on my resume.
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So, I lost my job. They canceled my assignment mere minutes after they approved my leaving work to go pick up my car. The temp agency said they cited "attendance issues" but really? I don't believe it. How can it be an attendance problem when my 3 freaking days off work this whole summer were approved and I never received a warning? Then I hear that there are new temps today. Temps, which it takes a few days to process. Which means they knew about these temps before they let me go.

Attendance issues. Yeah, right.

So far I've applied for two clerical jobs at a medical center. I'm getting sick of temping and how easily you get screwed over. Especially now that I know what I want to be doing in two years. I need money, not just to live on, but for start-up capital. And I'd prefer to not need to rely more on loans than on the cash I have.

I'm so mad about this last job. It's sneaky and underhanded and I feel quite screwed over.

So....

Jul. 27th, 2009 08:16 am
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I'm exhausted. Slept horribly. By the time Jay stopped snoring, it was about 4:30 AM...just in time for the noisy neighbors to get up. I swear they wear tap shoes.

Tried to pay my LabCorp bill off online, but they want me to call them. That will happen Saturday, as I am NOT about to take whatever abuse they feel like giving me before I go to work.

Had an avocado for breakfast. It was nummy.

NEED. COFFEE.

I got coffee and filters but forgot sugar, so I'll be stopping at Wawa again this morning.

I found out I like chocolate Silk. Go figure. I think I'll have some before I make like a fetus and head out.

In reverse

Jul. 21st, 2009 10:00 am
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I was sick yesterday with the heartburn that ate Tokyo, and I figured continuing the sleep deprivation of the last few weeks would only make it worse, so I stayed home and slept till 2:30 or so. Then I got the Burning Crusade (finally), so should I want to, I can make a Drannei. I soloed King Mukla in Booty Bay and made level 43, then decided my headache was bad enough and signed out. I really need new glasses. Spent the evening snuggled with Jay and watching Burn Notice, then took some Benadryl and went to bed early.

I'm currently reading The King's Grace, because everyone who reads Elizabethan fiction eventually moves on to Henrician.

Rewind to Sunday:
Breakfast with Jay and Melissa at the country diner. Maybe I shouldn't have had the potato pancakes? But they were so good!
Jay and I returned [livejournal.com profile] fatherdog's car to his house, then drove up to Waldwick for the mass family birthday party. Thanks to turnpike traffic, I missed my mom's cousin OC (Owen Charles). Still had a nice time with the family, and Jay cut through all the Dell bs to get my aunt's internet and wireless printer up and running. I cook, he networks. We are useful couple!
We stopped by Wanaque to pick up some more stuff from the apartment, but it was 8 PM and I was exhausted, so we didn't get as much as we could have. Picked up my lil coffee pot, though. Now I just have to get some white vinegar to clean it.
Also, Sunday was my birthday. I am officially 29 and proud of it. Thank you everyone who wished me a happy. Got a couple of nice lil prezzies, but more importantly, people kind of made a fuss about me. I like fusses when they're happy.

Saturday:
Got up around 10 to drive out to Clinton for an 11:30 oil change...which the owner never bothered to inform his mechanics that he had scheduled, so let me tell you, they were THRILLED to see me 30 minutes before close. But, it got done. Then we went over to WalMart and got a couple of camp chairs, and stopped for sushi lunch before going home to shower and play video games.
Melissa came by around 4 and we hung out till Dave showed up around 6, and then we went to Ewing for a Bear Tavern party & BBQ. It was madness on par with the usual. Objects of interest were a cute baby, a broken rusty trampoline, a pair of agitated mini schnauzers, a moth, cookies, Dancing Bill, and a pile of cushions on the floor. I laughed till I hurt, which in retrospect may have contributed to the evil, evil heartburn, but fsck it. Also, if you own hentai and get married, your spouse now also owns hentai and needs to accept that. Photos/video if I get them.
Got to see Aaron before he moved away to Seattle, so that was bittersweet.
[livejournal.com profile] fatherdog got drunker than I've seen him since college, so after putting some water in him, we decided to drive him home and call it a night.

Friday:
Went to the Red Rooster Grill in Flemington with Jay and had a lovely fancy-pants dinner. The place is Zagat rated Excellent. Om nom a nom nom. Then we went to see Potter. I understand why the detractors don't like it, but honestly I was perfectly satisfied. There is also already some good fan-parody out about it. It is kinda weird how ripped Rupert Grint is. His biceps are as big as my head.

Tonight's plan is to visit with Travis and Kelly for a bit, and give Kelly some of Flap's extra things that Jay and I don't need anymore now that the kitty has only one home.
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My job is not particularly hard, and I have a coworker that I can completely geek out with.
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My skin is healing. Much of that healing was done last night in my sleep, and I swear to you I FELT MY SKIN KNITTING. I had the creepy crawlies all night, and it kept waking me up. Last year when I had the spider infestation, one would occasionally walk on me in my sleep, and the similarity of the sensations had me checking the bed over all night. Verified: no bugs.

I have a coworker at the current temp gig who has a strong psychosomatic response to the mere sight or mention of a bug. He gets itchy all over. And it is taking all my restraint not to tell him about last night and watch him freak out.

I swear I'm not a bad person.
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I have a job. I start tomorrow.

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...and then my friend tells me he needs a professional blogger.

Go agency!

May. 20th, 2009 12:21 pm
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Interview tomorrow 10AM in Princeton!
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Temp agency always comes through for me. It's really outside what I would normally do, because there's some overnight travel involved. But maybe it's time to take a step outside my comfort zone. The company helps get child support paid, and that's something I have very strong feelings about. So maybe. They submitted my resume today.
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*begin nutshell*
Leafstone called me today. They want my updated resume, and they may have a receptionist gig in the works for me till I move. I'm not getting my hopes up, since they haven't yet performed for me at all, but hey. Any help is good. Meanwhile, I'm working on samples for my brother's business.

So I think I'm going to make eggs Benedict tomorrow. Have I ever made Hollandaise sauce? Why no, no I haven't. Nor have I separated an egg since the fifth grade. Let's see if it's like riding a bike for me.

Weight it dropping slowly, a few ounces a day overall. Good thing I like step aerobics.

Jay bought me new sneakers. He's so awesome.
*/nutshell*
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Work is kicking my butt at the moment. I'm covering for two people, and as a temp, am not allowed to work overtime. I go from very high-stress, high-energy days to nearly collapsing when I get home in the evening. I'm not able to complete everything I am assigned in a day, as per the norm for my department. But there are a lot of people out, and so everyone else is worn thin from covering for them. And it will calm down soon.

Tick tock

Mar. 12th, 2009 06:43 am
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I'll be eligible for health insurance through my temp agency in 7 weeks.

Not good.

Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:59 am
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I am so sick. I cannot afford to be sick. I don't get sick time. But this couldn't come while I was getting unemployment, no. It had to be now. Today is my one-month anniversary with my company, and I can't take a breath without coughing my head off. I'm pumped full of cough suppressants plus Albuterol and Nasonex, and does it matter? No. Because I'm one of the special few who get bronchitis with every cold. I've been coughing so hard and so long that every time I move, my head hurts more. All I want to do is sleep, but the urge to cough won't let me. And I can't take more albuterol for another half an hour. At 3:30 AM.

It stands to reason that work will be understanding of this, and not penalize me for the day that I took off to see a doctor and get my inhaler. But I don't know them that well, and maybe they won't be reasonable. I won't find out for a few more hours. They're perfectly within their rights to just swap me out--I'm only a temp, after all. It's happened before. And even if everything is fine, I've still lost a day's pay, which means I will probably have to borrow money. Again.

All I wanted to do tonight was stay on Jason's couch again, but I have to work. No matter how much it hurts, no matter how tired I am, I have to work.

I've had a few concussions in the past. It feels like I get a spike jammed into my skull every time I cough.
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Granted, you can't make a completely informed assessment of what it's like to work somewhere after only a few months. Still, this is fairly reflective of my life at Babies R Us, as well. Except that we didn't get raises after taking our mandatory training courses.

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/02/01/life-at-walmart.html

Job!

Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:21 am
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I start tomorrow!
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Background check release has been filed. I start as soon as they're done screening me. Good thing my record's clean.

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