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Today is day 5 of me being back on a diet (Pirated Weight Watchers). I'm back on the diet because when [livejournal.com profile] bractune and I stepped on the scale on Sunday, there was not nearly enough of a difference between my weight at 5'6" and that of my 6'2" boyfriend. That was enough to kick my oversized ass into gear. So I've been to the gym three times this week, and I've been counting my points like a madwoman. On the plus side, the amped up physical activity has me waking up easier in the morning. On the minus side, I could eat an entire pizza right now. And I fear next week because my weight this week was close enough to the range border that I know I'm going to lose 2 of my daily points after Sunday. So, I'll be hungrier. Possibly crankier.

On the other hand, if all goes according to plan, we'll be planting the grass seed in Dave's backyard tomorrow. (If all doesn't go according to plan, we'll be doing it next weekend.) Possibly finishing up the painting in the dining room, and stripping the wallpaper from the bathroom too. It all depends on how motivated we are, I guess.

I suppose I should get back to work. It's build Friday, so things are actually pretty calm, just a lot of administrative clean up and prep for the upcoming new build on Monday.
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Question posed to co-worker:

Does it mean I hang out with musicians too much that I can sit in my office, typing away at my computer, listening to the guitar playing on the other side of the cubicle for a good 10-15 minutes before I realize, "hey, there's a guitar playing in the office! That's not normal office noise!"?

Co-worker:

Nah, you've only been hanging out with musicians too much when you know what the circle of 5ths is and the significance of I, IV and V, musically.

Response:

nodding I also know the 12-bar blues chord progression.

Co-worker:

That might actually mean that you are a musician.

Response:

Hrm. Too bad I can't really play anything, huh?
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Lunch break. Finally. I've been here since 6:30. I'll be here until 5. It'll be like this, or worse, for the rest of the week, and I'll likely be 2-3 days behind on my plan come Monday.

Why?

Remember about a month ago when I mentioned that an error in the IT deparment caused 500,000 eligible members' records to be reset to ineligible, requiring us to check every one that comes in? Well, not only haven't they fixed the problem, but it's now happened to four other plans. On top of that, the woman whom I have been helping out because her plan went wacky is out of the office for the rest of the week. So, I'm solo on her plan.

It's kinda like being a salmon. Everytime I clear an authorization from the queue, there are two more to verify. My own plan, I won't even be able to touch until after 2:00, when the east coast will close and the new requests will stop coming in.

The overtime pay is nice, but I'm exhausted.
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I discovered last night a serious flaw in my financial plan. Apparently my bills, not counting food and gas, total approximately $100 more than my monthly income. No wonder I'm so broke. See, not too long ago, I worked the better part of a year putting in 50-60 hour weeks, bringing home $300-400 more than I should have been. I was comfortable. I had money to spend on things. Then it stopped and now, I'm trying to figure if there's anyway to manage this without quitting jujitsu.

I'm looking at the drawer of work that's starting to pile up at the office again. I'm looking at the tiny size of our team that's supposed to handle this work (they let go 20 temps last month due to a lack of work). I was asked yesterday if I'd be interested in working Saturday if OT was offered. I gave a resounding yes. Oh, I hope this is a sign of things to come. A few weeks with Saturday work or extended weekday work will help. Another 2-3 month period with regular OT will be even better.

Crossing my fingers.
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I had horrible dreams last night that some angry customer (who had previously come at a customer service rep with a bat) had hacked into my email and set it up so all email that came to me went to him first, and he'd change important words and phrases into silly words like chipmunk before he'd let me read it. He had also set up a virus that would be released if I tried to change my passwords or do anything else to keep him out. I accidentally released the virus and destroyed my computer and part of the L: drive.

I kept waking up partially but not enough to come out of the dream. Had to actually force myself awake and get out of bed so I could accept that I hadn't really destroyed my company.

Then I fell back asleep and went to a wedding with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Work? Bah!

Jul. 27th, 2001 11:33 am
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I'm getting absolutely nothing accomplished today. My production is at an all time low. And yet today, the Uberboss has set a goal for us to break a production record. Silly Uberboss. See, today is the last day my department is in our current building. We're all packing to move to the building next door (where I'll now be sitting right in front of the Uberboss' office... lucky me - I imagine my worktime LJ entries will be decreasing some due to new levels of discretion). We're also having a potluck lunch and possibly a Birthday Cake for July (not sure if we've done that yet this month.) So amidst the packing, and the eating/socializing, we're supposed to activate a record 2000+ accounts? Hah! Ain't gonna happen.

Do you have any idea how much crap my desk has accumulated in the 2 1/2 years I've been sitting in the same place? I've got one box full of my Happy Meal toys alone! I hate moving.

Decisions

Jul. 19th, 2001 10:24 am
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I have to leave my job soon. I'm sure of it now. This changes my plans. I was hoping to stick it out another year before making any major life changes, but I just don't think I can. I like the people I work with, but I'm just not happy here anymore. Partially just due to the fact that I have no interest in finance and investing in the least. Partially due to recent changes in my department, that are probably for the good, but I'm not liking the direction we're heading. Partially due to the fact that I fear the ship is sinking and I want to get off.

So what now? The plan was to use this year to get in shape and start applying to Law Enforcement agencies next spring. Okay, so what changes if I up that to this fall? I'm not in any position to relocate so I'll need to apply to Sacramento area agencies. FBI is out because I won't have the full three years of full-time, non-temporary employment that is required. Of course, that was a long shot anyway, and there's no reason I can't apply there in a couple of years... as long as I'm still under 37. There's nothing saying that I have to stay in Sacramento permanently, if hired here. I'm sure there will be some time commitment to cover their costs of putting me through the academy, but it won't be my whole life.

Of course, the final question: Is this what I really want to do with my life?
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I'm sad today. No major reason. Little things.

Got a thanks but no thanks email back from a person to whose personal ad I replied. Pure, unadulterated rejection. I suppose it was polite to let me know my message had been received and read, but this is a little harder to take than never hearing anything.

My job is annoying me. I've been doing the job of a higher ranked associate for years. Now with recent restructuring of my department we actually have someone on our team to fill the positions I've been unofficially handling. So, no promotion, but that's okay. I was kind of looking forward to being able to relax a little, have a little less of the responsibility weighing on my shoulders. But no, everyone still comes to me with every freaking little question. I can't even get any of my own work done today... and I'm still not getting the paycheck of a Senior Rep.

Belt test in two days. I shouldn't be freaking out about this, but I am, so my stomach's even more knotted.

I'm tired. I want vacation. Just gotta hang in there another week.
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Soup is good.
Soup doesn't ask you to clear your browser history.
Soup doesn't lock you out for 15 minutes.
Soup doesn't say, "its up... uh... its down... uhh... oh wait, its up again!"
Soup is simple.

I love soup.
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Y'know, I bitch about my job a lot, but I actually do like it. It's not exciting work, but I'm currently surrounded by a group of fun, and mostly competent, people in a laid back environment where the Head Honcho (and yes that is an acceptable title for our CEO) actually states an official company goal as "kick the competitition's ass." I don't hate it here. That's still a relatively new idea for me, that work can be enjoyable.

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