radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
Another Friday, another post.

Work is kicking my ass. I worked 13 hours yesterday, and 10.5 today. And I only left then because I had to work at the mall tonight. And I'll be in the office tomorrow too.

This is due to two big and annoying projects. One deals with me having a temp check through a ton of submitted papers against a copyright database. Then I have to email the authors for those that had problems and get new files. Yesterday I sent out 49 emails. Today, 71. And of course each email then comes back with clarification on what the problem is, and then one or two more until I get a good final paper. I spend all my time emailing, and thus have no time for any of my other projects. And the irony that I have to use email to do this collecting is not lost on me.

The other project that I have to work on is for a client who was never happy with anything I did while they were working with me on collection. And now they are being a big pain with making the book. So now we have a book that has been laid out, and tons more content to put in. Content that I had collected, but wasn't told was needed the first time I downloaded the data. SO I volunteered to help with the edits. Since I can use the collection system quickly, and I have the InDesign skills to do a good job. I don't think any other salaried project manager at this company would offer to come in on a weekend and do book edits for production.

I think it will be time to talk about a raise soon.

Life is also kinda stressful at home with money issues and the fact that the living room furniture is still in the kitchen.
radlilim: (Default)
InDesign User group meeting went well, I think. I won a seat in an all day InDesign seminar that is in Madison in April. It should be fun, and I might learn something.

I also talked with some of the instructors at the Madison Media Institute (where the meeting was), they showed some interest in having me teach there. Which would be cool. And one of the instructors was Josh, aka DJ White Rabbit, my favorite DJ from the Inferno. We chatted for a bit, he apparently was the one who started up the Web program there.

Good evening, for sure.
radlilim: (Default)
InDesign User group meeting went well, I think. I won a seat in an all day InDesign seminar that is in Madison in April. It should be fun, and I might learn something.

I also talked with some of the instructors at the Madison Media Institute (where the meeting was), they showed some interest in having me teach there. Which would be cool. And one of the instructors was Josh, aka DJ White Rabbit, my favorite DJ from the Inferno. We chatted for a bit, he apparently was the one who started up the Web program there.

Good evening, for sure.
radlilim: (Default)
This post office thing is wacky, I'm now being asked to work eight hour days. Though I do have to be careful not to go over 40 hours in a week. Adding those two requests up, I will be home before 10am on Friday.

InDesign user group went well, they covered web design for the print professional. I basically knew it all, but I did network enough to give out two resumes to people with openings at their companies. Clearly not a waste of time.
radlilim: (Default)
This post office thing is wacky, I'm now being asked to work eight hour days. Though I do have to be careful not to go over 40 hours in a week. Adding those two requests up, I will be home before 10am on Friday.

InDesign user group went well, they covered web design for the print professional. I basically knew it all, but I did network enough to give out two resumes to people with openings at their companies. Clearly not a waste of time.
radlilim: (ani Kaworu Shinji)
I wish we had enough slow time this summer at work to learn things. We were promised a lot of training at the end of spring, but with the new partnership we have too much work now. I want them to show me (or let me learn on my know, but on company time) how to write scripts to make our jobs easier. I want them to go through the various processes that some people here know how to do but haven't been passed on. I want them to let me spend the time figuring out why some files the client provided us are corrupt and can't be used, and then I want to fix them.

I think that is a major reason why I'm not very happy here often. I don't learn anything. This job doesn't help me grow as an employee and typesetter. It's just the same old work every day.

Good thing I didn't believe them when they announced the training plan for the summer. At least I'm not surprised.
radlilim: (ani Kaworu Shinji)
I wish we had enough slow time this summer at work to learn things. We were promised a lot of training at the end of spring, but with the new partnership we have too much work now. I want them to show me (or let me learn on my know, but on company time) how to write scripts to make our jobs easier. I want them to go through the various processes that some people here know how to do but haven't been passed on. I want them to let me spend the time figuring out why some files the client provided us are corrupt and can't be used, and then I want to fix them.

I think that is a major reason why I'm not very happy here often. I don't learn anything. This job doesn't help me grow as an employee and typesetter. It's just the same old work every day.

Good thing I didn't believe them when they announced the training plan for the summer. At least I'm not surprised.
radlilim: (gay Kilts-rat)
My presentation last night went well. It was a small crowd, only 9 people, and some of them looked a bit lost, but there were good questions and I got some compliments afterwards. Again, talking with Cathy made me feel better about my career choice. I need to buy the woman a beer and see her more often. It's too bad my job can't instill that feeling of excitement. I also got a sweet Adobe pen from Cathy for presenting.

I have large bruises on my limbs, I think from the volleyball tournament last Sunday. It's painful.

I'll have to work late tonight to try and hit our Friday deadline, probably tomorrow night also.

Looking at our schedules, we found out we have one more day available for vacation than we thought, so we are staying a bit longer in the Twin Cities. I'm looking forward to seeing Jack and Laura again.

The house is a mess, I need to tackle dishes tonight, like woah.
radlilim: (gay Kilts-rat)
My presentation last night went well. It was a small crowd, only 9 people, and some of them looked a bit lost, but there were good questions and I got some compliments afterwards. Again, talking with Cathy made me feel better about my career choice. I need to buy the woman a beer and see her more often. It's too bad my job can't instill that feeling of excitement. I also got a sweet Adobe pen from Cathy for presenting.

I have large bruises on my limbs, I think from the volleyball tournament last Sunday. It's painful.

I'll have to work late tonight to try and hit our Friday deadline, probably tomorrow night also.

Looking at our schedules, we found out we have one more day available for vacation than we thought, so we are staying a bit longer in the Twin Cities. I'm looking forward to seeing Jack and Laura again.

The house is a mess, I need to tackle dishes tonight, like woah.
radlilim: (gay AIDS boy)
Still not feeling any better today. It took a stiff drink and The Daily Show for me to calm down before bed. Work at the mall sucked. Especially my first customer that needed my supervisor's name and number so he could complain how I "wasted his time".

I'm really not in the mood to present at tonight's InDesign User Group meeting, but I said I would, so I'll deal with it. I'd rather just go home after work and crawl into bed.
radlilim: (gay AIDS boy)
Still not feeling any better today. It took a stiff drink and The Daily Show for me to calm down before bed. Work at the mall sucked. Especially my first customer that needed my supervisor's name and number so he could complain how I "wasted his time".

I'm really not in the mood to present at tonight's InDesign User Group meeting, but I said I would, so I'll deal with it. I'd rather just go home after work and crawl into bed.
radlilim: (CV HP Kiss My Ass-noisywallflower)
Took the car into get an oil change this morning. And of course they found a ton of things "wrong" with it again. I guess my serpentine belt is cracked and needs to be replaced? Of course that will cost like $400. I think I will take it in to one or two other garages and get more opinions and estimates. The discrepancy with the last issue still has me not believing the Saturn dealership. I also need new tires, but that one I agree with. Need to start saving and shopping around for them.

Either that or win some contest for a new car.

The plan for today is I get to print out some pages for someone's job. Wheeee.

I'm also going to work on my presentation for the next InDesign Users meeting, I'm showing them how to do GREP searches, using mostly [livejournal.com profile] cavlec's training materials back form my Impression's days. Work might not make me feel good about my career, but being in a group of people who will ask me for advice and help is a nice reminder I'm not an idiot.

I watched some Supernatural last night, got through "Violence and Sex". I like the plot lines still, though I'd like more of Sammy's powers, I'm sure that'll show up more towards the end. It is nice to see that sometimes they still have the non-apocalypse episodes with the old humor threaded in.
radlilim: (CV HP Kiss My Ass-noisywallflower)
Took the car into get an oil change this morning. And of course they found a ton of things "wrong" with it again. I guess my serpentine belt is cracked and needs to be replaced? Of course that will cost like $400. I think I will take it in to one or two other garages and get more opinions and estimates. The discrepancy with the last issue still has me not believing the Saturn dealership. I also need new tires, but that one I agree with. Need to start saving and shopping around for them.

Either that or win some contest for a new car.

The plan for today is I get to print out some pages for someone's job. Wheeee.

I'm also going to work on my presentation for the next InDesign Users meeting, I'm showing them how to do GREP searches, using mostly [livejournal.com profile] cavlec's training materials back form my Impression's days. Work might not make me feel good about my career, but being in a group of people who will ask me for advice and help is a nice reminder I'm not an idiot.

I watched some Supernatural last night, got through "Violence and Sex". I like the plot lines still, though I'd like more of Sammy's powers, I'm sure that'll show up more towards the end. It is nice to see that sometimes they still have the non-apocalypse episodes with the old humor threaded in.
radlilim: (QAF lust-_hellsbelles)
I hate it when you don't notice the big stain on your pants until after you get to work. I'm pretty sure today's is puppy slobber, as it's at shin height.

Volleyball was pretty meh last night, just not very fun anymore. Everyone tries hard, but I get frustrated and bored with a certain level of play now. I'm hoping it will get better when Kiki can play again.

Trying to figure out movies for this weekend. I want to see Twilight and Bolt, but there is a bachlor party Friday, hockey/volleyball on Sunday and Saturday Jess works (and we wanted to see Bolt with the girls). Maybe Twilight on Saturday, though it'd have been nice to go with [livejournal.com profile] exarian and Shannon. We will see.

The InDesign User group meeting was fun. I had to skip out early for my game, so I don't know if I would have won anything. But I'm kinda excited about my industry again. It was good to see people again, people who are also good at their jobs and are interesting to talk to about work, that isn't also about a hellish project like at Four Lakes.
radlilim: (QAF lust-_hellsbelles)
I hate it when you don't notice the big stain on your pants until after you get to work. I'm pretty sure today's is puppy slobber, as it's at shin height.

Volleyball was pretty meh last night, just not very fun anymore. Everyone tries hard, but I get frustrated and bored with a certain level of play now. I'm hoping it will get better when Kiki can play again.

Trying to figure out movies for this weekend. I want to see Twilight and Bolt, but there is a bachlor party Friday, hockey/volleyball on Sunday and Saturday Jess works (and we wanted to see Bolt with the girls). Maybe Twilight on Saturday, though it'd have been nice to go with [livejournal.com profile] exarian and Shannon. We will see.

The InDesign User group meeting was fun. I had to skip out early for my game, so I don't know if I would have won anything. But I'm kinda excited about my industry again. It was good to see people again, people who are also good at their jobs and are interesting to talk to about work, that isn't also about a hellish project like at Four Lakes.
radlilim: (BSG Boys)
I dislike insurance agents and their industry. We are trying to find insurance for Paul. He has one black spot on his driving record, which is two years old and has been taken care of as much as he can. But they still jack up the rates. Apparently things hang on your driving record for every (or at least 5 years). His black spot happened when he was 22, he's now 24. Now a lot can change with a person in two years when they are that young. They just don't want to help people fix their mistakes.

However, GEICO will give us good coverage for half what AAA wants. We will talk on it, and after I compare home insurance there too, maybe I'll bring all my business to them and screw AAA after 8 years of business. You'd think they'd care about my money, but it seems they don't.

InDesigner User's meeting tonight, then volleyball. Meanwhile I'm tired and have a headache and would rather just go home and veg.
radlilim: (BSG Boys)
I dislike insurance agents and their industry. We are trying to find insurance for Paul. He has one black spot on his driving record, which is two years old and has been taken care of as much as he can. But they still jack up the rates. Apparently things hang on your driving record for every (or at least 5 years). His black spot happened when he was 22, he's now 24. Now a lot can change with a person in two years when they are that young. They just don't want to help people fix their mistakes.

However, GEICO will give us good coverage for half what AAA wants. We will talk on it, and after I compare home insurance there too, maybe I'll bring all my business to them and screw AAA after 8 years of business. You'd think they'd care about my money, but it seems they don't.

InDesigner User's meeting tonight, then volleyball. Meanwhile I'm tired and have a headache and would rather just go home and veg.
radlilim: (Gen Maxxie)
The InDesign meeting last night went well. I picked up one or two short cuts and mostly just helped Cathy answer questions from the group. I like going to those meetings, I feel smart. And talking with Cathy always leaves me with a happy and positive feeling about my industry. If I ever want to be as successful as she is I will have to get my butt in gear and move on soon, I think. There is still nothing to do at work but we are having a company wide meeting this morning with the owner of Laserwords, so who knows what that means. I think I'm doing a good enough job that I'm not on any chopping block.

After the User Group I met up with aunt Carol. We chatted, it was nice to talk with her and Nancy Mae again. Then Paul and I went out to hang out with some of his friends at his friend Kristin's birthday. I went home at 2ish and he went out with Jess for Denny's.

Tonight I am working at Wolff's (the clock place). And then I need to clean something in the house. But might do yoga. Or watch TV. We'll see how I feel.
radlilim: (Gen Maxxie)
The InDesign meeting last night went well. I picked up one or two short cuts and mostly just helped Cathy answer questions from the group. I like going to those meetings, I feel smart. And talking with Cathy always leaves me with a happy and positive feeling about my industry. If I ever want to be as successful as she is I will have to get my butt in gear and move on soon, I think. There is still nothing to do at work but we are having a company wide meeting this morning with the owner of Laserwords, so who knows what that means. I think I'm doing a good enough job that I'm not on any chopping block.

After the User Group I met up with aunt Carol. We chatted, it was nice to talk with her and Nancy Mae again. Then Paul and I went out to hang out with some of his friends at his friend Kristin's birthday. I went home at 2ish and he went out with Jess for Denny's.

Tonight I am working at Wolff's (the clock place). And then I need to clean something in the house. But might do yoga. Or watch TV. We'll see how I feel.
radlilim: (Gen Laocoon)
The pumpkins and other fall veggies that I bought from a guy at work yesterday are very nice. I spentl ike $35 on pumpkins, gourds and corn. The house will look nice for my party, though the pile of veggies on the kitchen floor will get annoying after a bit. I don't think I can leave them there for a month.

The first Madison InDesign User group last night went well. Saw a few people I know from various business dealings. The presentation covered sutff I already knew. Basically these events are just an excuse for me to reassure myself that I am a power/expert user. People were just amazed by things that I've been doing for years.

Volleyball went OK. I am starting to feel like I'm being pushed out of playing. I've been taken out of passing when in the back row. And I rarely get set. As for the passing, I'm not the best passer, but I am just as good as some of the other guys. I think I have been removed from passing because of who I am next to in the rotation, not because of my abilities, though. And while I understand that I'm a weak side hitter and thus will be set a lot less than middle or strong side, I still feel that the other weak side hitter (on the other side of the rotaion) gets set more than I do. I'm chalking that up to the different styles in the two setters, and once again not my abilities. I can't start thinking that I'm not a good player, else I'll get depressed and just quit. I'm not sure how to fix this, I tried talking to someone about it, maybe I'll talk to the setter. Last night I mostly blocked ineffectivley (the hitter that I was blocking could jump high enough that his belly was level with the top of the net and he could spike the ball so it hit the ground in front of the 10 foot line, so it's not like anyone expected me to block him) and ran deep as a hit would richette off another team mate. I was able to bring back wild hits about 4 or 5 times in the match. I was kinda annoyed that I was the only one who would run for the ball though, but that might just be due to the age of the rest of the players.

After that I watch an episode of Grey's and then drove Paul to Cub so he could get something for dinner, as he didnt' want anything in the house. 2am seem kinda late to run to the store, but since the two of us never see each other I guess sacrifices need to be made.

Now I'm tired and working. I have stuff to keep me busy today and I'm getting better at stretching work and not plowing though it as fast as I can.

I had to change another auto-withdrawal to the account I am closign due to the wallet loss. It really annoys me when my agent leaves a company and no one tells me or informs me who my new contact person is. You'd think that would be common curtasy when accounts are transfered. I know that in my industry when a CSR leaves the one who gets the abandoned accounts introduces themselves to their new accounts. Seems only right.

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