Dying. Die. Ing.
We just had two departments merge, and as a result, some people are going to be let go. Being a peon, I know nothing about this, but we got an email a few weeks ago announcing it. My boss’s boss saw fit to follow up with a second email, as if we weren’t shaken up enough, that said something to the effect of “Please continue to treat all of your users the same way you always have.”
Makes you wonder which of the approximately twenty of us he thought would suddenly start replying to “Could you write a program for me that will…” with “Ha! You ain’t the boss of me!”
Anyway, it was never really addressed whether it would be us or our users who were cut. Everyone, I think, expects that it will be the users, because they’re the ones that were merged, but we aren’t privy to that sort of information. Or I’m not, anyway. And they apparently sent out an email to the bosses yesterday saying that it’s coming up. It was very unnerving walking around the office yesterday and seeing little swarms of people talking in murmurs, who jump out of their skins when they see anyone approaching, and then go back to whispering.
My point is:
I’d like to introduce you all to my bleeding ulcer, George. George, this is everyone.
I have an awful time getting out of bed this time of year, when it’s still pitch black outside at 6am. And it’s only going to get worse as winter approaches. And crawls past.
I said last year that I was going to get one of those simulated dawn clocks, but never got around to it. So last week I checked, and they’re like $100 and most of the reviews say they don’t work. So I improvised. I bought one of these, and one of these ($9.99 at Target!) and set them up to turn on at 5:45am today.
Weirdly, I didn’t see or hear it come on, but when my alarm went off, I was as awake as I usually am during the summer at that hour. It normally takes me til at least 6:25 to haul my ass out of bed. Today I was up at 6:07. And tomorrow I guess we’ll see if it was an anomaly.
Obviously, I was only at Target to buy these. :o)
I know I’m writing all anecdotal crap that no one cares about but me. But it’s been so long since I could do it — especially without a bunch of assholes going “silly girl, what you need to do is…” like I asked for their fucking advice — that I just need to get it out of my system.
We have these meetings, a few times a year, where they dump company information and numbers on us for a few hours, and then feed us munchies and beer. We had one of these today, but it had an interesting twist this time.
They usually have some kind of company trivia game, but this time we played Texas Holdem. They split us up into 11 teams and gave us nifty baseball hats, for each of 11 of our products, and gave us an hour and a half to gamble. I’ve never played before - hell, it’s been years since I played any poker at all - and it was really cool. As much as I loathe the spam, the game is actually really fun. I can see now why it’s so popular that it has its own tv shows.
I won two hands and almost doubled my “money.” My team didn’t win, but we represented the company’s best product, so we got the coolest team hat. Which is fine with me, because the prize was a set of really nice poker chips, which would just gather dust in this house. It’d rather have the hat and the KMart chips. ;o)
I love this company.
Long-time readers (ignoring the fact that I’ve only been blogging for a month) will recall that I have spider issues.
I’m not afraid of them, I just have far, far more than my fair share. Comes from living in 100+ year old house, obviously. There are no walls that don’t have cracks, and the tuckpointing will help, once I can afford to have it done.
Since the tree guys came and cut away all of the big braches that extended over the roof, I’ve seen a lot more spider activity, and more of the house centipedes (of which I am afraid). Both of them in much larger, skin-crawling sizes than previously seen.
Both of these beasties are insectivores, and while I don’t welcome their sudden appearance (more like drowning them in bug spray), I think I’ve figured it out.
When the Terminix guy first came, last year, he said that after he sprayed, I’d see more of them, because they come out when they can’t find bugs to eat. I think that’s what’s happening now. The bugs were coming in from the trees — which the Terminix info sheet says they will do — and now they aren’t. I’m seeing the giant ones because they already ate their smaller brethren. So hopefully (hopefully!!) this will be the last batch. Hopefully.