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So update, been a while.

I moved to this position, in charge of the online order database for the POD department, about 8 months ago now. I left two very capable women in the Collection department. However, the more experienced one is now moving off to the Twin Cities for a new job for her husband. The newer woman isn't quiet to the point where she can train new people. They asked me to split my time between current job and training / shadowing the new Collection Project Managers. One guy is moving internally and we'll hire a third. I will have to get up to speed on all of the projects the person leaving has going on, refresh my memory on how to do that job, and figure out a training/shadowing plan with the new people. I'll probably be doing this for 3-4 months. Stressful and adding a lot to my plate, because it's not like my current job will slow down, but it's another sign of the company's trust in me. And I am wrapping up my latest initiative in my current job, so as long as I don't start a new one, I have some time.

Along with this, the Wear house manager we had hired 6 months ago was let go last week. So I'm taking on some of his responsibilities. They might hire a replacement, but not for a while so we can see if we really need one.

They did reward my willingness to take on all of this with a nice raise, so I'm happy about that.

Otherwise I've been doing art for the Teen Wolf Mating Games fest. It's a 6 week fest, with a new challenge each week. Plus there is a bonus challenge and you get points for voting on the entries. At first I was stressing out about it, both because of the deadlines and the competition part. Seeing some of the art (it's mostly fic) and feeling like a looser because it's better than mine. But I've moved past that, realized it's all for fun and if i can't get an entry in, while it causes my team to loose points, nothing is riding on it, this should be enjoyable. Plus I've met a ton of awesome new online friends.

Other things are figuring out the summer vacation plans and when I can go north to see Laura and her family. Otherwise just trying to keep the weekends fun. Paul and I are exercising and eating healthy again, mostly so he can be fit for seeing his family in California this summer. And I'm really, really missing volleyball. The gay club here has put in two courts and the gay league I was in plays there now. Next summer I'm dropping softball (we've played all of 1 night in 5 weeks due to rain) and doing that instead.
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Not feeling very well, mentally, at all. As I said on twitter, I feel like an elephant is sitting on my head.

It started yesterday when I was pulled over by a cop and got a ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a light before turn right onto an on ramp. Paul wants me to go to the hearing and try to get the points deduction reduced. And I should. But I don't expect the judge to do anything, they never seem to. And I don't really have the energy. We'll see, it's a few weeks off.

I'm also not really enjoying D&D as much anymore. Mostly my character is boring and in-effective. The one thing he's good at we never run into. Most of my abilities hurt the other players, if we are next to each other, and combat seems to be crowded all the time, so I can't use a lot of the powers. And I don't feel very involved in the plot. It's probably just me, I've never been a very strong or forceful player. Just sucks that the one fun thing we do a week isn't. Maybe volleyball (if I can play) will be fun again.

No movement on the house. No change in work.

Maybe I need to start looking forward to seeing Laura and her family this summer. Just so there is a light out there somewhere to move towards.
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So sore today. But in a good way. I got to play volleyball last night. Worked out my schedule so I was free to sub on a team for a friend. Got there a bit early (I wasn't positive on the time) and subbed on another team for the first match. I did really well in that first match, for how long I've not done any physical activity at all. Second match didn't go as well, but I think that was because I've not played with those people as much as I had with the first team. Skills are still there, but some of them are pretty rusty. I'm clearly not ready to be a setter again yet.

Not sure if I'll be able to play this summer though. I was really hoping and looking forward to it, but they moved the games to Friday nights, and normally I work at the mall then. We'll see if I can swap a night.

Tonight is <;j user="exarian">'s birthday party. Should be fun. I do have to work a 6am Sunday morning, but it's not like I've not done that before. This will be my last ad set at Best Buy. :)
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I'm starting to really miss volleyball. I just don't have the time or money to play, so I didn't join up again this season. Plus the league pissed me off.

But I'm still on the facebook group, and I keep seeing all of the posts and how many new people are joining. And I miss it. I wish life wasn't so full of "things I can't do" and disappointment.
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It's been a long time since I worked a Sunday at the mall. I normally don't because I have volleyball in the afternoon and the Sunday shift is 7 hours by yourself (it's slow). But we need the money, no one else really could (unless my boss/friend canceled plans) and I really can't afford volleyball at the moment. Which also means I'll have to take a season off or two. Which sucks, I was planning on getting on a team with my cousin Nate and his girl friend Courtney. That'd have been a lot of fun.

Not sure what I'll do today while working. Usually a lot of slow times. The Olympics are on across the hall at the sports/shoe store. And men's volleyball is on. Not the easiest thing to watch across a hallway though. I have the disks for Roswell season 1 and Glee season 1. Plus I have Merlin season 2 saved on Hulu. And I've been meaning to check out the Hulu original Battleground (with Allison Hayslip), which is about a political battle in Wisconsin. Then I have the tablet, so I could draw (have art to do for Gwen) or read.

I do feel bad the dogs will be in their cage 8 hours without a potty break though.

Just wish at this point in my life I didn't have to sacrifice things like that and have to have a second job. It's getting to the point where I'm thinking it actually won't really get better and constantly feeling behind on life will be it.
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I have just been whipped lately, work is killing me. Last two weeks have been 9-12 hour days every day. It just this one project. However there is an end in sight. I'm thinking we can wrap it up next week. Which will be three weeks late. And this last week my boss talked about having a conversation with the client to tell them we are cutting them off. We are just hemorrhaging money on this one, and enough is enough. I don't think we've ever done that before. But with the end in sight we probably won't have that call. But it's nice to know it's an option. I am so looking forward to going in at 8 like a normal person again soon.

After this project ends I've told work that I'll need like 2 days off to relax finally. Looking forward to that.

No word baby wise from my sister. Her due date was last week, but my nephew was late too, so no one is worried. I'll also be taking a day or two off when my niece comes.

Tonight is the softball drag show. Paul and Jess are performing, which should be fun. Lots of work and stress getting ready for it the last few weeks. I'll have a recap later.

Tomorrow will be my last over booked Sunday. We have our final day of competitive softball in the morning. We play at 11:30 for seed play, and then it's a single elimination tournament. I'm sure we'll be knocked out in the first round. Then in the evening I've got volleyball. Not until 4:30, so hopefully the sand won't be nearly so burny on my feet.
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Today is really slow at work (these huge fluctuations in workload are not fun). So a post I've ment to make for a while now.

There is still quiet a bit of awkwardness and dislike from my father about the whole gay thing. And I can understand that, given how and where he grew up. But I really wish he could see me play either of my sports.

See, in grade school and high school I was not good at sports. I played a few, but I sucked. I remember one cross country race where I was the absolute last runner to finish. As I was running down the trail (it's norther Wisconsin, we ran in the woods), I had to yell at the fans that were walking in front of me to clear out so I could keep running. (Worse race of my life, BTW, and it didn't help that our team ended up winning the event, sucks to feel shitty about your own performance when everyone else on the bus is celebrating.)

But now I am good at sports. At least softball and volleyball. And there are a few other sports I'm OK at, and if I wanted to, I could probably do well there too. Last night at softball I hit the ball to the fence. In volleyball, I am a good player at every position. For that last few year's I'm been mostly a hitter (a short one, but a hitter). But that was because that team had good setters, so whenever I'd be in front, we'd swap out so I could hit. But on the new team (at least last Sunday), the new team only had 1 setter. That doesn't work so well in sand. So I set, and did well. And the other players (even on my team) were shocked, 'cause they'd not seen me set. Plus I even coach teams, as in pass on my knowledge to others.

Dad has always been proud of my artistic ability. But I'm sure he'd have loved to have a son that could play sports. Now, in my 30s he dose have one, but since he'll never see me play, it's very abstract I'm sure.
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Work has calmed down to a dull roar. Still busy, but there is the occasional half hour or hour of slow time. Where I either have nothing to do, and spend it organizing and planning for future due dates, or I'm waiting on like two or three clients to get back to me on something. (Three project activities is about my max to juggle at one time.)

It looks like we won't be hiring a new person for my department at this time. Early summer is slow for my department and the sales figures they were hoping for are not there yet. So we have less work coming in than we expected. Hopefully we can manage it. My only worry is if I get one or two more really high maintenance clients. Those are the ones that fill up my day.

The boy friend and I have been on a cleaning kick. I guess one can chalk that up to Spring cleaning. It's nice having a really clean house some times, when we have the time to focus on it.

Softball has kind of started. Last weekend we had a preseason cook out at our house. Not a lot of the team showed up, but we had fun meeting those that did. We were supposed to have a scrimmage game last Monday, but it was rained out. So we will meet everyone else this Monday. It sounds like one of our top players got hurt and might not be able to play. And while winning isn't everything, it's discouraging for the players if we loose all the time. So I might talk to the commissioner and see if the guy who can't play will transfer to another team to help coach (with Jess and I we really don't need a third) and then we can get some higher skilled players from that team.

Today I am also now working Thursday and Fridays at the mall. I had to switch off of Mondays cause that is when the softball games are.

Summer sand volleyball starts in a few weeks. I missed that sport so much, I can't wait to start up again.
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Kinda of a general update.

Last week/weekend Paul and I ripped up the carpeting in the living room. It makes the place seem much more clean and open than when it had the shag carpet. The floor needs work, the previous owners decided to paint things on it before putting down the carpet, so there are lines from painting trim and circles of paint from the bottoms of buckets. We aren't going to tackle that yet.

Last Saturday we went to Ikea, my first trip there. Crazy big. Took all day. We got a few odds and ends and have some plans for renovating a few of the rooms in the house.

Work has been a roller coaster of business. Monday I was here for 12 hours trying to get everything done. Today I don't have much to do (of active work, there is always busy work to get done).

We are finally registered for softball. Time kinda slipped by. I think we pick teams in two weeks. And I missed the last few weeks of volleyball for some impromptu date nights. Now that is off for a few weeks before Summer session starts.

I have lots of art projects lined up. No pressing deadlines, so it's been hard to force myself to do them. When the due dates get closer I'll be able to get my butt in gear.
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We had a great time on Saturday at our friend's Jeremy and Chad's house. Other years they have had a ginger bread decorating party, but after a few years of that it seems that new and interesting house ideas are becoming scarce. So this year they made large, like 8 inch long, ginger bread men to decorate. There were 9 people there, some we knew, some we just met. Jeremy is a interior design major, so their house is always amazing. The food was good too. We brought the pugs, and they seemed to have an OK time as well. There were 5 dogs total, which is a lot, but after a hour or so of crazy running around, they all clammed some. Remy spent most of the night next to me or in my lap, he's not too social yet. And JP peed on Jeremy's fabulous tree. They weren't upset, they have a pug too, but I was mortified.

Sunday Paul tried to buy us the cheap HP TouchPads, but the internets denied him. I went and played the last night of volleyball for this season. I played well, had a blast. I think out team ended up 2nd over all.

Good weekend all and all.
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We had a great time on Saturday at our friend's Jeremy and Chad's house. Other years they have had a ginger bread decorating party, but after a few years of that it seems that new and interesting house ideas are becoming scarce. So this year they made large, like 8 inch long, ginger bread men to decorate. There were 9 people there, some we knew, some we just met. Jeremy is a interior design major, so their house is always amazing. The food was good too. We brought the pugs, and they seemed to have an OK time as well. There were 5 dogs total, which is a lot, but after a hour or so of crazy running around, they all clammed some. Remy spent most of the night next to me or in my lap, he's not too social yet. And JP peed on Jeremy's fabulous tree. They weren't upset, they have a pug too, but I was mortified.

Sunday Paul tried to buy us the cheap HP TouchPads, but the internets denied him. I went and played the last night of volleyball for this season. I played well, had a blast. I think out team ended up 2nd over all.

Good weekend all and all.
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Yesterday was a good day. BFF Becky came into town with family, and after ditching them we did some shopping down on State Street and had a nice lunch at Mermaid Cafe. Then we hit the Charter Center Stage concert (I feel like a tool promoting them, oh well). The concert was free, at the island at the Alliant Energy Center. We saw the opener band, Sunderland, some local kids who won the Charter battle of the bands. They were fine, but like 12--one looked like a Weasley cousin. Then I went to pick up Paul from after he got out of work, grabbed [livejournal.com profile] exarian and we rejoined Becky to see Fritz and the Tantrums (the band Becky was most interested in). We had missed Plain White T's. Last was Panic! At the Disco. They were great, good show. It rained a bit, was cold and windy, but fun. Then we had a late night dinner at Glass Nickel.

It was great seeing Becky, we don't hang out enough.

Later today is volleyball, looking forward to it, being feeling very sluggish lately.

Congrats to Zachary Quinto for coming out, though I guess the article will be out next week. All the cool Sci-fi actors are gay these days. :)

Watching Star Trek reboot in honor of the announcement.
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Yesterday was a good day. BFF Becky came into town with family, and after ditching them we did some shopping down on State Street and had a nice lunch at Mermaid Cafe. Then we hit the Charter Center Stage concert (I feel like a tool promoting them, oh well). The concert was free, at the island at the Alliant Energy Center. We saw the opener band, Sunderland, some local kids who won the Charter battle of the bands. They were fine, but like 12--one looked like a Weasley cousin. Then I went to pick up Paul from after he got out of work, grabbed [livejournal.com profile] exarian and we rejoined Becky to see Fritz and the Tantrums (the band Becky was most interested in). We had missed Plain White T's. Last was Panic! At the Disco. They were great, good show. It rained a bit, was cold and windy, but fun. Then we had a late night dinner at Glass Nickel.

It was great seeing Becky, we don't hang out enough.

Later today is volleyball, looking forward to it, being feeling very sluggish lately.

Congrats to Zachary Quinto for coming out, though I guess the article will be out next week. All the cool Sci-fi actors are gay these days. :)

Watching Star Trek reboot in honor of the announcement.
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I am supposed to be at day one of the two day, end of the season, tournament for the gay volleyball league. Our team ended up like 1st in rankings, I think. Not sure how...

But instead my coworker at the mall (I was supposed to work open, 10am, to 2pm) got sick and needed to go home before he threw up on the customers. So I agreed to stay and work the entire 11 hour shift. I'm a great guy. Plus he gave me $40 to cover for him. so that helped. I was looking forward to playing, so it kinda sucks. If the team makes it through today, then I can play with them tomorrow.

The real job is good but still stressful. I've almost messed up a few times, due to not knowing what I should be doing in some cases. But I have some good coworkers that I can talk to and will point out any mistakes. I haven't cost us thousands of dollars or pissed of a customer yet. I look forward to the day when I know my job.
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I am supposed to be at day one of the two day, end of the season, tournament for the gay volleyball league. Our team ended up like 1st in rankings, I think. Not sure how...

But instead my coworker at the mall (I was supposed to work open, 10am, to 2pm) got sick and needed to go home before he threw up on the customers. So I agreed to stay and work the entire 11 hour shift. I'm a great guy. Plus he gave me $40 to cover for him. so that helped. I was looking forward to playing, so it kinda sucks. If the team makes it through today, then I can play with them tomorrow.

The real job is good but still stressful. I've almost messed up a few times, due to not knowing what I should be doing in some cases. But I have some good coworkers that I can talk to and will point out any mistakes. I haven't cost us thousands of dollars or pissed of a customer yet. I look forward to the day when I know my job.
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Harry Potter 7.2 was good. I liked it. My only complaint was that Harry seemed to have a varying amount of stubble from scene to scene, even in the same sequence. But that is a minor point. Dan was great, I love Maggie and Alan. It had a slightly slower/sadder feel than 7.1, which is good for the end of a series like this.

We went to the 3:15am showing at the IMAX to see it in 3D. I napped from 11ish to 1:30, then we went to stand in line for an hour, and we were not early at all. But we got OK seats and the crowd was not annoying. The 3D was well done, used in a good amount. It added to the experience, it was rarely used just 'cause it was cool.

We got home at 6am, I napped again until 9am, and was into work by 10. It was a lot busier than I expected, mostly because one of the projects I had was a lot more complicated than I had expected. Plus both projects I had to do today were due at 3pm, not 5 like I planned (but only because the project managers needed to leave). So I skipped lunch, which is very rare for me. Now I'm at the mall, and will enjoy Covert Affairs soon. Tomorrow is more mall work and mowing if it's not too hot. And Sunday I'm taking off, except for going to volleyball.

Oh yeah, I start full time work on Monday. The temping span is over, and I accepted the job offer they gave me. It's a little lower than what I was making at Laserwords, but more than when I was on furlough days. Two weeks vacation starting out and a week of sick time. And if I don't use the sick time, it gets paid out to me. I'm looking forward to more normal paychecks again.
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Harry Potter 7.2 was good. I liked it. My only complaint was that Harry seemed to have a varying amount of stubble from scene to scene, even in the same sequence. But that is a minor point. Dan was great, I love Maggie and Alan. It had a slightly slower/sadder feel than 7.1, which is good for the end of a series like this.

We went to the 3:15am showing at the IMAX to see it in 3D. I napped from 11ish to 1:30, then we went to stand in line for an hour, and we were not early at all. But we got OK seats and the crowd was not annoying. The 3D was well done, used in a good amount. It added to the experience, it was rarely used just 'cause it was cool.

We got home at 6am, I napped again until 9am, and was into work by 10. It was a lot busier than I expected, mostly because one of the projects I had was a lot more complicated than I had expected. Plus both projects I had to do today were due at 3pm, not 5 like I planned (but only because the project managers needed to leave). So I skipped lunch, which is very rare for me. Now I'm at the mall, and will enjoy Covert Affairs soon. Tomorrow is more mall work and mowing if it's not too hot. And Sunday I'm taking off, except for going to volleyball.

Oh yeah, I start full time work on Monday. The temping span is over, and I accepted the job offer they gave me. It's a little lower than what I was making at Laserwords, but more than when I was on furlough days. Two weeks vacation starting out and a week of sick time. And if I don't use the sick time, it gets paid out to me. I'm looking forward to more normal paychecks again.
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I was put in charge of my area at the post office today. Which is kinda crazy since I've been there for about 3 months. The guy who is usually back there had to cover for someone else and his back up is off this week. The third choice is pretty useless, and it turns out I'm faster than that guy. So I was telling the others what to do (though they know their jobs, they've both been there longer than me), deciding what task to do next. And I was in charge of all of the accountable mail (delivery confirmation, certified mail, registered mail, etc.). It went well and I was told a few times that they wish I wasn't leaving. Which makes me feel good, but I'm still excited to be out of there in a week.

It snowed again today. I don't think it will stick, but not nice weather at all.

All of the paperwork for Areoteck/Omnipress is filled out. I'm all set to go. And I'm really excited that I get insurance though Areoteck right away (advantages to starting out as a temp through an agency). I really need new glasses, mine are so scratched up. So I need to look into that insurance and get into an eye doctor soon. It's also nice to know I'll have health insurance as I start playing softball and volleyball soon.

Laura, Jack and co. are having fun in Thailand. They are there with Laura's in-laws for spring break. I'm looking forward to a few months when they come back home and I can see them.
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I was put in charge of my area at the post office today. Which is kinda crazy since I've been there for about 3 months. The guy who is usually back there had to cover for someone else and his back up is off this week. The third choice is pretty useless, and it turns out I'm faster than that guy. So I was telling the others what to do (though they know their jobs, they've both been there longer than me), deciding what task to do next. And I was in charge of all of the accountable mail (delivery confirmation, certified mail, registered mail, etc.). It went well and I was told a few times that they wish I wasn't leaving. Which makes me feel good, but I'm still excited to be out of there in a week.

It snowed again today. I don't think it will stick, but not nice weather at all.

All of the paperwork for Areoteck/Omnipress is filled out. I'm all set to go. And I'm really excited that I get insurance though Areoteck right away (advantages to starting out as a temp through an agency). I really need new glasses, mine are so scratched up. So I need to look into that insurance and get into an eye doctor soon. It's also nice to know I'll have health insurance as I start playing softball and volleyball soon.

Laura, Jack and co. are having fun in Thailand. They are there with Laura's in-laws for spring break. I'm looking forward to a few months when they come back home and I can see them.
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The on site interview at Omnipress went well. I was supposed to meet with the hiring manager first, then the team. It seems the team was mostly gone since it was Friday. So I am going back tomorrow to meet with them (third interview). It sounds like they are leaning towards to offering me the production position over the project manager one. I'd prefer the project manager, just because I think it's a new direction and would be more fun and challenging. But I can start in production (mostly web stuff) and move on from there. Not that I have a job offer yet.

I played volleyball on Sunday, my team needed a sub. It was the last games of this season, so I made one week all season. Not a bad thing, the break was fine. And I played fine, I didn't seem to forget anything and played well. And didn't hurt myself, though I'm a little sore.

It's a rough week at the post office, since the two main organizer people that work in my area are gone this week. So we have slower and/or less confident people instead. And I just need to not stress about it. cause clearly management doesn't, so why should I?

I continue to work at Laserwords. On to my second project, as the one I had been helping with is on the way to the printer. No idea when that job will end, yet.

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