Sunday, November 22, 2009

This and That

I'm watching Sunday Night Football. It's the Eagles at the Bears. I hope the Bears win, but I have my doubts. They're just not cutting it this season. Dang it.

Things, for the most part, are still going well at work. However, the one thing that is really the rock in my shoe - and other people's shoe - is my co-worker Mari. She has got some serious issues and it's really starting to interfere with work. She's still doing her job relatively well, but it's getting to the point where no one wants to work with her or deal with her. She and our manager, Candy, had a huge blowout Friday right at the end of the day. I was away from my desk, so I don't even know exactly what happened or what was said (or yelled). But I think that Mari is digging herself a hole that she's not going to be able to get her way out of. She was already on probation (the disciplinary kind, not the initial kind) before the incident on Friday, so I don't really know what will happen now. The only reason I want her to still be employed with us at this point is because it's going to be a huge hassle for us to have to take over her job and try to find someone else. But I think that might really be the best thing at this point - short term pain for long term gain.

Master and I are still struggling. Still trying, but still struggling. We do have an appointment one evening this week with a marriage counselor. I'm hopeful that it will help. And the bonus that comes with that is that my extended health benefits cover the first 12 hours of counseling for free, so we don't even have to pay for it at this point! I definitely appreciate that. I just hope it'll really help us move forward and grow closer.

In case I miss this later in the week (since it's not a holiday up here and I'll be working): Happy American Thanksgiving everyone!!

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chinese, Anyone?

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently completed my three month probationary period at work. As is standard in this organization, at the completion of probation, the new employee is given their official job description, goals, etc. (They have a specific name for it, but it's a little unusual, so I don't want to mention it here on the off chance that someone from my job Googles it or something.) I already pretty much knew most of what we went over, so there weren't any big surprises. I met with my manager, Candy, this past Thursday afternoon to go over how things have gone so far and what the expectations are going forward. The meeting - which lasted a couple hours - went really, really well. Apparently, everyone that I work with loves me! :)

As part of the meeting, an interesting possibility came up for something that I might get to do in the future. But first, a little backstory to explain. Our organization has been finding recently that a growing number of our members/customers are not native English speakers. We have a couple people who speak French (which, frankly, doesn't come up that often) and we have a woman who is originally from India, so she can help out with others who are also East Indian. However, that certainly does not cover all the different languages that we encounter.

A certain amount is budgeted for all of us in the organization for individual professional development. It's typically used for a management course, a computer class, etc. I'd had a thought a couple weeks ago: what if I used my professional development to try to learn a new language that would help in communicating with our members? So I brought up my idea to Candy in our meeting, and before I could even completely get it out, she said, "What about Mandarin? Could you learn Mandarin?" She was so excited about the possibility! It made me feel good that I'd thought of it and suggested it, and I certainly like the idea of being that much more indespensible to the organization. But I have to admit that learning something like Mandarin is a little daunting, mainly because we're talking about a language that doesn't even use an alphabet. I mean, at least when I was learning Spanish, it's using the same basic alphabet, even if there are some differences. With Mandarin, I'd really be starting from scratch. But I like languages, and I usually do well enough with them, so I'm trying to keep that in mind. In any case, Candy told me to look into it and let her know what I find. So I might be learning a new language before long!


Friday, November 06, 2009

I am actually going to try to blog

It's Friday night and I am soooo glad for that and the chance to sleep in!! I don't feel like I've been sleeping all that well the last 2-3 weeks. I'm not even sure why. Part of it is Master, but certainly not all of it. In any case, I'm tired tonight and it feels like one of those nights when I'll sleep well. Yay.

I've learned in the last week - as many of us have because none of us are there and didn't know - that my granddad's health seems to be going downhill somewhat. He's 94, so it's to be expected, I guess, but it's still upsetting. He fell last week one night before bed and didn't have the strength to get himself off the floor, so he spent the night there until my second cousin (who's staying with him while she goes to college a couple blocks away) found him the next morning. He didn't break anything, which is good, but the rest of it is bad. He apparently just doesn't have any strength at all at this point. He's going to have to have home health care and such. One of my cousins is going there this weekend, so I guess I'll know more after I hear from her. I just have the feeling that it's only a matter of time now. Truth is, I've felt for a while now that my granddad is ready to go. Even when his health was still okay, I felt that. It breaks my heart to think of him dying, but it also kills me to think of him having to live a long time in pain and not being able to care for himself. So, if he's ready, I'm trying to be ready too.

This past week marked three months at my job and therefore the end of my probationary period. (You know, the typical probationary period that comes with most new jobs.) The biggest that comes with that is that my benefits have kicked in, namely my drug coverage. I'm so happy to not have to pay full price for all of my diabetic stuff now!

My job is still going quite well and I'm happy to be there. My one co-worker, Mari, is still the cause of drama, and maybe more so now than before. I'm starting to wonder if she'll even be around a whole lot longer. She does a good job, but there's so much "other" that comes with it... I just don't know. I don't really want to take on more work at this point, having just gotten all of my normal duties under my belt, but at the same time, I think it would be a relief if she wasn't around any more. However, either way, I'm still very happy with my job and I really do enjoy the people I work with. Yay!

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Sorry, folks. I just haven't much motivation to blog lately. I'm sure I'll come back around to it eventually.

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