Well, I'm still sick today, but there are some improvements. For example, I'm back to normal snot instead of gallons of clear fluid. All afternoon and evening yesterday I felt like I was having some massive allergic rhinitis attack. Who knows, maybe I was. Today it's more like a simple cold again.
Got tea on hand. Listening to classical music from local public radio. Just achoo'd. So much going on!
For the past few days I've noticed my piggies are acting weird. I keep catching them growling at one another and I think they're fighting a bit. They're definitely grumpy. I am keeping an eye on them. Maybe after I clean out their cage (hopefully today) they will get all nice again.
My birds are very noisy lately. They're very excited the starlings are back in town and have been sitting in the window squawking at them, flying back and forth across the living room excitedly. (I dunno why I put up with them, honestly. They don't get excited over ME.)
Finished 7 products last night and feel less dread about the project now. I don't mind the edits as much as I do work on the product pages. At least these ones didn't have swatches. Any web designers or graphic designers, I warn you, NEVER do a project that involve having to show color swatches, esp. not with close-ups!
Garrison Keillor just came on the radio promoting his show. Grrr. I find him SOOOOO annoying! Even my parents (who are tolerant of a lot) find him annoying. I swear, the show might be OK if he weren't on it, or if he had a different voice. As it is, any time I go to turn the radio on Sunday morning I stop myself because HE'S on it.
I'm nice to my clients.
Just now I sent two emails to the local newspaper about my client with the restaurant. One was to the City Life editor, since they always do pieces on bits of positive news intown, esp. new businesses started up by local people. The second email was to the people who do restaurant news in the weekly arts/entertainment/food supplement. My client has no idea I did this... hope he gets a surprise phone call or review :)
After that Mat Man called me. He is really a very nice man. What he has me do is really tedious and annoying, but HE'S not. I swear, from all I complain a lot of people would think this guy is horrible, abusive, but he's not at all. Very professional, articulate, thorough. TOO MUCH SO! Aaaargh! Bottom line though... he says he's very, very happy with my work. Good thing too or I'd have to kill him!
Worst job I ever had:
Summer job doing janitorial work for my hometown school system, cleaning out an elementary school top to bottom (buffing floors, prying gum off desks, washing walls, cleaning bathrooms, etc.). Even though the job included working through summer with no AC and using hazardous chemicals (like Deep Purple), the worst part wasn't the job, but the fact my coworkers were all guys and there was a huge amount of homophobia and racist BS comments being tossed around, including harrassment of the other student worker Paul. Plus they listened to this "macho" radio station that played "Black Hole Sun" and horrible blues songs all the time.
Worst boss I ever had:
Out of my two permanent "real" jobs, both bosses were incompetent, IMO. I think the second one, Tonette, was worse though. She was annoying, flaky, couldn't keep a schedule, was always "overwhelmed," was too cautious about new technology or software, and generally made it a pain to do my job. The other boss simply didn't know how to treat employees; she would dump crap on me at the last minute and then when I had finished this "emergency" job, she wouldn't ever tell me what she thought of it... except maybe to come back at me complaining there was a misplaced semicolon in it. Grrr.
Best pay relative to work:
My last job paid a lot, for sure, but I stil think Entertainment Week (i.e. Time Warner) was the best. It was only a summer internship, but it paid like $12.50 and hour and for overtime I got $18. "Overtime" included going to movies after work and taking notes or fact-checking -- was paid by the hour to watch Independence Day TWICE, plus The Rock and some other movies. Whoo hoo! In addition to those pay perks, Time Warner gave me a $1000 "stipend" towards my room & board and the second week I was there, b/c they'd done a double-issues, the office was closed... but I still got paid for 40 hrs. Man, that was sweet! Paid vacation in NYC!
Worst pay (relative to work, or not):
I worked at the public library all through high school. For most of that time I got minimum wage of $4.25. I only worked 9 hrs. a week normally, except in summer. What's amazing is I somehow saved up $5000 from that job. And not because I would pocket change I found under the copy machines (I did) but because I was very, very determined to save money for college.
Even though it was really cold, I loved the 15th floor window office I had at the Div. of Public Health. Had to wait like 3 years to get that spot (we moved around a lot) but I finally got it and spent a lot of time looking out the window :)
My last quarter at UMass I wasn't working for the paper anymore so I got a job working for the undergraduate chemistry department. Most of my job involved typing in and mass-printing freshman chemistry exams. This involved: 1) reading professors' scribbled notes, 2) using a giant copy machine I think was possessed, 3) using an ancient coalating machine (also possessed). My supervisor was this incredibly faded out old woman whose only interest was horses. The whole office was dusty and dark.
Most fun job:
I really liked working at the UGA dining hall. Caleb worked with me, which was a lot of the fun, but I also enjoyed the work, even when it was crappy (i.e. working the "trough" or cleaning out guts from barrels of raw chicken). There was a team spirit in it all, because we knew we were all providing a service to a horde of people. Plus when I was working salad bar, I got to spend a lot of time in the salad prep area dancing around to bootie rap with salad chef Regina :)
Didja know if you mix Frangelico, Kahlua, Amaretto, Razmatazz and a bit of tonic water, it tastes like Cherry Coke, only alcoholic? This I have just learned.