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Just in case anyone still checks LJ... [Oct. 28th, 2009|11:02 pm]
Just in case anyone out there still checks up on livejournal once in a while...I've moved my random thoughts to another location. Check out my personal blog www.sarahmadson.com. Send me your comments and let me know what you think!
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Thought [Feb. 3rd, 2009|07:21 am]
While I've never really let anything hold me back from the clothing styles I enjoy, in these hard economic times a few maintenance details are making me think twice.
For instance, items that are "dry clean only". Not only are they usually expensive to purchase in the first place but then you have to pay to send them to the dry cleaners. It's like a maintenance fee or the sinister fine print that always bites you on the back end. When you think about it, it's almost as ridiculous as 'pet rent' at an apartment complex. What is that for? Am I paying rent to keep a litter box or something? 
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God's mysterious ways of working [Jan. 7th, 2009|12:48 pm]
I've been looking for a new job for some time now and still haven't found anything. What's tough is holding down my current job while sending out my resumes and cover letters in a timely manor. Another tough thing is taking the time to browse job listing site without being too conspicuous.

So a couple days ago I started getting these emails from HR personel. Every time it's been from different companies thinking I'm a newspaper. I suppose my email is really similar to a local publication. So these emails have been requests to place ads listing jobs!

So far the jobs have been for payroll assistant, administrative assistant and other jobs of that nature. I could try and respond to let them know they've sent the message to the wrong person...but I love having first dibs!

Thank you Lord for making my job search that much easier.
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Join NCWA!!! [Nov. 9th, 2008|11:15 am]
Want to know where I've been for the last five weeks? I've been hanging out with the Northwest Christian Writer's Association!

Well, not really. I've been working and praying to find a new job. But I wish I could have been hanging out with my writing homies the whole time. Anyways, you should check out their website and join the organization on Facebook.

NCWA is a great place to network, meet other writers from all walks of life and grow in your faith and craft. Check it out!
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Reason # 418 [Sep. 10th, 2008|11:50 am]
Reason # 418 that I should either get a new manager or a new job.

-He has absolutely no sense of humor.
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Ready for a new job [Sep. 8th, 2008|10:06 am]
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

With every day that comes and goes I'm more and more ready for a new job. There are plenty of things I like about this job, but there are other things that I can't stand - primarily, my new bone head boss.

I mean, I think I've thought this through pretty well and considered all my options. I could stay a while longer and devote a chunk of my work time to maintaining a log of all his antics and displays of economic stupidity. Then I could compile all of them at the end of the week and publish a blog series featuring Mr. Bone Head. That has potential to take off, don't you think? Then I could use the money I'd make from the paid advertising to pay for my husband's coffee addiction.

Or I could continue my search for the perfect, purpose fulfilling career that I've always wanted. I know it's a rare occasion that anyone actually finds a job they love and can't wait to sit in traffic to get to in the morning, but I figure it's worth the hunt.

I also know that to maintain my integrity I should stay at least until they hire on a new person. They'll need help training them and stuff like that. Then I wouldn't feel so bad leaving two people (one whom is very inexperienced), to fill the shoes of a six person department.
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Still angry [Aug. 12th, 2008|08:53 am]
I thought I would have calmed down by now...Lord help me.
So I'm going to try and type it out of my system a bit.

So here are a few expressions or phrases that really bother me:

"I need you to...(insert order or command that you really don't have the authority to give)"

"Well, it is what it is."

"Well, I'm the boss."

"You should have..."

Or anywhere one might insert the word "you" to affix blame on someone else instead of taking ownership of their own mistakes.

K, I think I'm done for now. I feel a little bit better.
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Going crazy [Aug. 12th, 2008|08:20 am]
[Current Mood |angryangry]

Normally with my workplace I'm pretty flexible. I go with the flow, do as I'm told, etc.

But since this new manager has arrived, I swear I'm going crazy. I feel like my whole disposition has changed. My patience is running out...and I'm normally a pretty patient person. I've honestly never felt so angry at a person before.

As of this morning I'm seriously considering either leaving this job, or reporting my manager to HR and actively trying to get him extinguished.

I just can't take anymore!

I would list my grievences, but I'm afraid I wouldn't have enough room. Plus if I recap everything I'll just make myself more upset. And I'm already approaching the end of my wick. Grrrr...
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Quick update... [Jun. 30th, 2008|08:02 am]
Friday -Ryan's birthday party was Friday. We had a lovely family dinner then went to see Get Smart. We enjoyed the movie very much.

Saturday -Our car was broken into. They took all my work bags (which included papers and tools) and worst of all, they took my Garmin. Mean people suck.

Sunday -Charlene's baby shower was a beautiful success. Attendence and food were fantastic. We had a lot of fun.

Monday - Back to the grind trying desperately to wrap things up before we leave for CA.
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In one of those moods [Jun. 13th, 2008|01:25 pm]
I'm in one of those moods where I'm questioning my place in life. I know it's probably (partially) due to the fact that I'm tired, over-worked, sore/injured and hungry...but still, it has me writing a post that I'll probably take down in a couple hours.

Kyle sent me a job opportunity via email. No...I haven't lost the job I have now...he just randomly started looking for me. The job I have now is fine, I'm learning a lot about stuff that doesn't really apply at all to what I went to school for...but it pays the bills. It makes me a bit sad to think that I fell into that trap - the trap that they warned us about at graduation, "A large percentage of people graduate and take jobs that are outside their field...blah blah blah."

The thing is, I feel like I'm too rusty to ever take a writing job again. I haven't really written anything worth publishing in years. Granted I am still "young" and "trainable", but with the economy the way it is, and with my interests the way they are...I doubt there is really a job out there that would both hold interest and provide a big enough pay check.

Side note: getting a house really messes with your priorities...a pay check didn't really matter to me until we got a house and I actually needed to earn a certain amount of money. But it's worth it. And our house looks awesome! We've come a long way.

I'm probably just having confidence issues...that must be it. I've grown comfortable in my routine (of not having a routine) and I'm afraid I won't have the discipline or creativity to blossom in writing again.

Isn't that ironic? I manage the critique groups for the Northwest Christian Writer's Association, and yet I haven't submitted anything for critique since I started. What kind of leader am I? I'm like an overweight PE teacher. "Run five laps kids while I sit here and eat my donut."

Well, enough whining for now. Back to work. If you got this far, thanks for reading!
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