09 May 2012

...I'm Beginning to See a Pattern...

Sandlake - Circa 2005
Happy Hump Day!  I wish it was that day in the literal sense instead of figuratively speaking!  Ha, wishful thinking on my part.  Ah, my mind is always in the gutter.  Not that I mind…it’s just part of my Dirty Girl mentality.  Hee hee.  So...Monday sucked, Tuesday sucked and so far today, Wednesday has had minimal suckage, so I can’t complain…yet.  It’s still morning so I’m sure by the time I actually post this blog tonight I will have some serious suckage to write about...at least on the training front.  I hope not, but ya never know around here.  I should just give her the nickname Worthless.  Ah, speaking of…here comes the suckage in the form of an email from Worthless…and so the Shit Show starts!  RARGH!

I may as well illustrate the dumbassery that I have to deal with around here so here is the email chain:

Me:  I noticed when entering into Fieldglass that we missed his partial day per diem on Thursday on the Excel timesheet.  That cell was not in the formula.  I fixed it on the timecard and reflected it in Fieldglass, but we will owe him $38.25 on his next paycheck.  I will put a reminder in Outlook for Monday and then if you have time, I’d like to know how to make the correction on our end in Spectrum so that he is paid for the difference on his next paycheck.  Is there anything else I need to do regarding this oversight?

Worthless Response:  When I was doing corrections yesterday morning, I asked you to take note of what I was doing.  I was training you in this, as well. Do you recall?  Did you make notes?

Deschutes River from Sunriver - Circa 2004
My Response:  No, because you didn’t explain it as you went.  In fact, you said to me that you were just going to do it, and not explain it, but that I should watch.  How can I be expected to pick up on what you are doing without an explanation?  How am I supposed to take notes on something when I’m not given any direction?  Just because you see someone do something does not mean that you are efficient in the exercise.  It takes direction, patience and practice.

That is the reason I am asking you to show me how to do it (instead of doing it quickly in front of me and expecting me to figure it out on my own) on Monday so that I can take proper notes and make directions for myself.

Now, I completely know that I was *slightly* abrasive, defensive and combative, but I have had it with her!  She does not know how to interact with people in any way that is conducive.  RARGH!  I did however apologize in my next email and I was actually pleasant…all the while blind carbon copying my boss so she can see what I am dealing with.  Most people around here agree with me, so that helps immensely.  I’m beginning to see a pattern in my last few blog posts that I DO.NOT.LIKE.  That which is bitching about work.  It’s funny because I LOVE my job and the company.  This part of dealing with her is just a small part of my training in a much bigger scope of things.  It will eventually pass, but I am going to continue to bitch about it until it goes away.  Deep breath…

Sunrise from Sauvie Island - Circa 2003
UPDATE:  After sending that email training was MUCH better this afternoon.  She actually slowed down and explained her procedures as well as the programs she was using.  Perhaps I should be a raging bitch more often?!  Nah…I just think that sometimes blunt, direct and assertive isn’t always a bad thing.  However, I do feel bad about it.  I need to work on being more understanding that not everyone’s brain functions the same way as mine and try to meet her halfway.  However, I also expect the same in return. That will be my focus when training with her for the remainder of the BPA/Fieldglass procedures.  Sigh. One of my co workers told me that after that email I sent her, she probably realizes that she can't push me around and then complimented me by saying that the fact that I figured her out so quickly is just a testament to my intellect and people skills.  Awesome!  She rocks.  I think that we will be getting along very well in the future and I look forward to getting to know her better.  We tend to IM back and forth during the day and our cubes, er...they call them workpods there, share a common wall so I always CRACK up when I hear her laugh at one of my messages and then she still feels the need to type LOL.  Good stuff!

Traffic home last night wasn’t too bad and it wasn’t as hot so that was a plus.  Then, I went home and changed and did some grocery shopping.  I just HAD to pick up a half rack of Pacifico because I was craving beer and since I got all of the stuff to make a batch of my Avocado Salsa, I found it fitting.  BEER.IS.GOOD. Which I suppose I illustrated since I downed 4 of them last night.  Yummy in Shel’s Tummy!  I tried to go to bed early, but it just didn’t happen.  Tonight I want to go straight home, shower and straighten my hair.  I’m tired of this curly hair bullshit.  It drives me nuts when it’s all crazy, unruly and curly.  Icky.

Trees in the West Hills - 2010
Traffic home today was actually REALLY good!  I made it home just after 430.  It is now 509 PM and I am already done showering and having a beer.  Next comes the arduous process that is blow drying and flat ironing after I finish this post.  NO MORE CURLY HAIR, YAY!

Sounds like there's going to be another Girls Night at Duke's on Friday.  Woo Hoo!  Cowboy boots and belt buckles and line dancing!  So much fun.  I can't wait, especially after the cluster fuck that has been my week so far.  I should stay home and chill, but that is not in my nature.  If there is some socializing to be had, I am there.  Plus, I haven't gotten to spend much time with My Butterfly and if we're going to Duke's I'll take Dogface and go stay at the Compound with her.  It's been a while.  I need to remember to pack a bikini in case we go in the hot tub.

Here's to hoping that tomorrow is better than Monday, Tuesday and today.  It can't be any worse, right?!  I know I'm probably wrong, but a girl can dream, can't she?!  Plus, it will be Thursday which means the week is almost over.  Woo hoo!  I really hope I can manage to get some time in with His Hotness, but I really don't foresee that happening.  Sad.  :(  Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised...

Quote of the Day: "You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." -Johnny Cash

Hauser Crew at Spinreel 2011
Random Life Lesson #32: When you go out with the girls to a bar that you used to work at, it is pretty much guaranteed that the bartenders are going to pour you insanely stiff drinks and charge you next to nothing for them. Keep this in mind when trying to elude MASSIVE hangovers the next day. Note to self: Read this life lesson again on Friday night before you go to Duke’s with the girls because you know one of the bartenders there and she has a tendency to do the EXACT.SAME.THING!

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