ravnsdaughter: (bookworm)
As much as I really enjoyed my 4 day weekend... I am not enjoying the backlog of work that I have this week.  It gave my boss 2 full days to get ahead of me, and though I know it's not really the case, I feel like I'm never going to catch back up.

I think from now on, I'm going to save the 4 day weeks for weeks with bank holidays in them, and possibly the weeks where my boss takes Friday off (this happens frequently in the summer).  There may not be a single occurrence of Virgo in my chart, but sometimes I sure act like one.  Being this disorganized is going to drive me batshit crazy.
ravnsdaughter: (butterfly)
So I'm working with a new file, and there is a document that needed to be filed with the Court and sent to another lawyer on a deadline, that deadline being while I was away last Friday.

My boss hand-wrote a fax cover to send it with, and included what is becoming almost his standard PS - "My assistant is away today and I can't type." This ALWAYS makes me giggle, because he really can't... he can hunt and peck when he needs to, but it works out to about 10 words per minute at the most.

My job's pretty safe, I think. :)
ravnsdaughter: (no RL only AFK)
Summer colds suck.

That's what I'm assuming my problem is... I woke up yesterday morning with what initially felt like a scratchy throat, but it's not actually my throat that is sore, it's the back of my soft palate. My nasal sinuses are doing something funky too. I'm feeling slightly better this afternoon, so I'm really hoping that it's not going to last long. It just totally figures that I'd get this on the last day of a 4 day weekend.

After a 4 day weekend, I came in to a monster pile of dictation to be done. This didn't surprise me in the slightest. This is good in that it keeps me really busy but at the same time... so much for being caught up. Ah well.

I did manage to get some of what I'd intended to do on the weekend done, but not all of it. The bathroom is absolutely spotless, and the kitchen is about 2/3 done, and the enormous pile of laundry is ALL done, but I still have a lot more to do.

An update to my "I'm quitting raiding" post from last week: On Friday night, I finally got a chance to talk to my Guild Leader. He'd spoken to the officer that I talked to on Wednesday, and made the comment that he totally understood that my life had changed considerably lately, implying that I wanted to quit because I had a new boyfriend. I told him that Ian wasn't actually the reason, since he usually works afternoon shift, but that it was just that my priorities had shifted. In the end, he was totally fine with the idea of me being a sort of perma-backup/substitute raider. I'm happy with that conclusion, as it means I will still get to see the end-game instances and raid once every few weeks (I'm hoping for 1 night every 2-3 weeks or so, preferably a Friday so I can not worry about not getting enough sleep for work the next day) but don't have to quit 100%. At the same time, it will be at my discretion... I can sign up when I feel like raiding or drop him a PM on the forums to let him know I'm available, without being kicked for lack of attendance. So I'm getting the best of both worlds.

Of course, this hasn't really impacted the amount of time I'm spending playing WoW... yet. Once I get myself organized, it will, but I played plenty this past weekend. I'm about 150 quests away from my Loremaster achievement now. I've spent way too much time in the past 2 days flying all over Azeroth turning in quests here, there, and everywhere, that's for sure.

yay!

Jun. 4th, 2009 12:34 pm
ravnsdaughter: (happy Kaylee)
My boss had no problem with me working 4 days again next week with Monday as my day off.

4 day weekend here I come! :D

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE my job? My boss is awesome, my job is awesome, and I love it here. Woo!
ravnsdaughter: (domestic goddess)
Today is my Friday - I've been working longer hours all this week so that I could take Friday off. And now that I'm thinking about it, I've decided to take Monday off as well, provided my boss is ok with it. And chances are really good that he will be just fine with it. And then I'm going to spend my weekend cleaning the everloving crap out of my house.

I was planning to wait until the evil roommate was gone to do it, but the past couple of days, I have been getting whiffs of the scent of cat pee in my room, and the mess in general has just gotten to me too much, so it's time to get it done.

So, I tried to quit raiding last night. I talked to a guild officer other than the GM, and he's concerned that I'm going to go into withdrawal and want to go back to raiding in a month or so. That may well happen, but I will just have to learn to deal with it. I know that quitting is the best for my health and well-being. He said he would talk to the GM and stuff, and I noticed this morning that the recruitment section of the guild's website has been changed to be recruiting a holy/discipline priest, so we'll see what my GM says next time we're both logged in at the same time.

I had a lovely dinner out with [livejournal.com profile] songstress1973 yesterday, even though I ate way too much. Next time, we should go somewhere healthy! Actually, we should do another girls' day sometime in the near future... I would host it and do the invites, but she's horribly allergic to cats and my place is coated in a healthy swathe of cat fur.
ravnsdaughter: (frangipani)
Today's BPAL: Blue Moon. This is the June 2007 version, which I bought 2 years ago and it's been sitting since then unused. I suspect I took off the lid, sniffed it, and then it just sat there. Sheesh. Anyways, my verdict? Meh. It's pretty, but it turns to a very typical "floral perfume" to me, with absolutely nothing special about it. I think it's going into the sale pile.

For some unknown reason, I was in a terrific mood this morning, and that has mostly continued up until this point - hopefully the rest of my day will be just as good. I didn't get quite enough sleep last night, but I seem to be getting by just fine on what I did get, and I was out the door early enough to walk to the station and get to work for 6:45. I've decided to work a 4 day week so that I can have Friday off, and come in for 6:45 each morning so I can still be out of here at 2:15. Then on Friday, I'm going to go stand in line at the passport office so that I have my passport in time for my trip in July. Oh yay.

I'm probably going to skip archery practice tonight, since I still have a gigantic bruise on the inside of my left arm from last Thursday's practice, and because I'm in the mood to get some housework done tonight. I need to go deposit my paycheque after work and get some groceries first, and then I'll be heading home. Hopefully that stuff will be done in time for me to get some crafting done tonight, because that's the other thing I'm in the mood for.
ravnsdaughter: (rocks)
Monday and half of Tuesday this week have turned out to be a bit of a wash-up. I felt so crappy on Monday that I only worked three hours (and thank goddess I have the flexibility to do that sort of thing). I went home, vegged for a bit, had a nap, and then actually managed to get the floors swept and mopped, but that was about the only thing I accomplished. On Tuesday, I made the really dumb choice of wearing a pair of pants that make me feel like a sausage stuffed into a casing that's too small, and a shirt that doesn't fit too well either, so while I managed a full 6 hour day at work, I spent it feeling really gross. Despite needing to put in three extra hours that I didn't work on Monday, I only did my regular 6 hours yesterday, so that I could get home ASAP and change my clothes. After I did so, I relaxed for a little while, but then found some motivation somewhere, and managed to accomplish quite a bit last night. There's still more to be done, but I'm making progress.

Today, I was smart and wore clothes that fit properly and have stretch to them (and I even mended my black pants before I wore them, so they don't have the 2 torn seams they've had for the past while), and after a good 9 1/2 hour sleep last night, I am feeling MUCH better and much more motivated. I even managed to pack a mostly healthy lunch this morning too. I am planning to put in one of the three make-up hours in today, and stay until 3 instead of 2, and fortunately I'm on backup for tonight's raid, so I can just be logged in just in case I'm needed, but go off and do other things as long as I'm within earshot of the computer.

Don't forget it's Mother's Day this weekend! I bought a rather cute card on the weekend, and will be putting it in the mail today, but my mom's gift will have to be a bit late as I haven't had a chance to go shopping at all lately. My mother ALWAYS needs new clothes, so I'm going to go pick up a couple cute shirts for her sometime soon.
ravnsdaughter: (butterfly)
After 2 weeks straight of working full days trying to cram my 30 hours into a 4 day week, I am back to 6 hour days as of today. As nice as 3 or 4 day weekends are, I am realizing I really enjoy working shorter days, and that they leave me far less exhausted than a full 8 hour day, which means I am able to get MUCH more accomplished when I get home.

Ian spent most of the weekend at my place, much to PR's (my new nickname for my roommate - it stands for Petty Roommate) chagrin. In exchange, I will be spending the next two weekends in a row at Ian's place. I had actually WANTED to spend last weekend at Ian's, but he had spent last week working like a madman on some freelance work, in addition to his day job, and wasn't comfortable with me seeing the state his place was in. He darned well get it presentable by Saturday, otherwise I'm going to clean it for him. In fact, I'm going to pack some of my grubby clothes anyways and do a bit of it for him while I'm there no matter what.

I woke up all motivated this morning, and walked to the train station instead of taking the bus. After work, I'm going to bus up to the farm market again, as I need to get milk and fruit, and then walk home from the market. And then I have a TON of laundry to do tonight as all I managed to get done this weekend was my bedding and towels. It was quite the feat that I even managed to find clean clothes to wear to work this morning.

And tomorrow I shall get up early again, and go to the gym for a swim before work. *nods*

an answer?

Mar. 19th, 2009 01:47 pm
ravnsdaughter: (knit so I don't kill)
I think I've figured out the source of my antsyness. I was doing so well the first two weeks of my new job with the exercise and crafting and music, and this week I haven't done any of that, and have been spending all my spare time playing WoW, trying to get my alliance toons as high as possible before my RAF bonus wears out.

I'm not going to change that too much, since I really do want to get the toons as high as I can, but I feel better having just figured things out.

Barring anything else going on that weekend that I need to be in town for, I think I will take the Friday-Sunday of Easter weekend and head over and visit my grandparents. I could use a few days of relaxation and spoiling and Gramma-hugs. The office is closed on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, so I will already be working 4 day weeks for both of those weeks, and if I come home on Sunday, I can have Monday for laundry etc. before I get back to work on Tuesday.
ravnsdaughter: (happy Kaylee)
When I was considering taking the job I am now working at, one of the things that fell into the "pro" column was the fact that there was a little grocery market along the one-block walk I have from my office to the train station. I was thinking that would be a big plus, because I could stop frequently for fresh veggies - buying only a day or two's worth at a time to cut down on waste and have fresher produce. Last Friday after work, I stopped in there for the first time... and I won't be doing that again!

Oh my goodness, this place was AWFUL. Dirty floors, rusty shelving, the produce had seen better days (seriously, I couldn't find a banana without a black spot on it anywhere), and ripped labels on cans. Gross! I ended up buying a bottle of Pepsi and the only red pepper I could find that looked like it was in good shape, and hightailed it out of there, rather disappointed that I wasn't going to have a reasonably accessible market.

But this morning on my walk to the train, I had a flash of inspiration! I remembered my roommate mentioning that the Langley Market up on 12th Street is really nice and reasonably priced... and the bus that goes right past it stops right at the train station that's a block away from my work. And then the market is within reasonable walking distance of my home - probably about 6-8 blocks or so, and all either flat or downhill. So today after work, instead of taking the train home, I will be taking the bus up to the market, picking up a couple of days worth of produce, and then walking home from the market. My walk to the train this morning was quite easy (definitely easier than last Tuesday's), and after only a 6 hour work day (1 of which is already gone, wow... fast) it should be very doable.

And now to get some work done. I shall be making a longer post later about my weekend, which was absolutely splendid.
ravnsdaughter: (grow)
The new job is going very well so far. Yesterday morning, I was feeling very meh, but I think that had more to do with the fact that I wasn't feeling well either. I bought a new pair of shoes on Saturday (which are absolutely adorable - they have a mary jane upper but a decent sole with traction, therefore being dressy enough for work but still comfortable and not likely to mess with my feet) but when I wore them out on Sunday, they ripped up my right ankle a bit and that's still healing, and they definitely need to be broken in a lot more before I can wear them as everyday shoes. I also had an upset tummy yesterday, so that probably contributed to my mood. Today, I am getting lots of work done, and really getting into the swing of things here.

When I got home from work last night, I was absolutely exhausted; no doubt this was due to not having worked a day job in almost 4 months. Which meant I collapsed into bed very early for me. I also slept until 7am this morning (since I didn't have to be at work until 9am and have a 20 minute commute), so I am very well rested. I didn't do a whole lot besides making dinner and gaming last night, but towards the end of the evening I was really having the urge to get off the computer and be creative. I didn't, because I don't really have any projects organized at the moment, but hopefully these urges will continue.

My new job has a few perks I hadn't even anticipated... I have my own office, so it's nice and quiet and I can shut my door whenever I want. I get to set my own hours, and if I get here a bit late, it's no big deal... I just leave a little bit late. And I'm allowed to work right through my lunch to minimize the wasted time spent here. I'm only working 30 hours a week, and starting next week I am going to go down to 6 hour days, 5 days a week. After a while of doing that, I will try doing 7.5 hour days, 4 days a week to see which I like better. A 3 day weekend every week would be nice, but so would short days.

big news!

Feb. 24th, 2009 07:44 am
ravnsdaughter: (Default)
As I was poked by [livejournal.com profile] kairotic elsewhere on the web, and reminded that it's been an awfully long time since I've posted, I figured it was about time I got off my butt and updated you all on my big news.

I got a new job!

In fact, I start today. I'm slowly in the process of getting ready here, but I am up much, much earlier than is really necessary, so I have plenty of time to putter around before I have to leave. This is partly due to the fact that I have a VERY short commute now! It's about a 15 to 20 minute commute from here at the most, and I'm actually working within the same community as I live now. Once I work up to walking to the train, I will need to leave about 20 minutes before I need to be at work. This is one aspect of the job I am definitely looking forward to!

I'm going to be working, once again, for a sole practitioner lawyer who does mostly family law. He seems like a really nice guy though, unlike the last one. I'm also going to have only a 30 hour work week, and flexible hours, so I will be allowed to choose what hours I want to work and how many days I want to split those 30 hours over. I haven't decided yet whether I want to do 4 days of 7.5 hour days, or 5, 6-hour days per week. I'm going to try both and see which I prefer. I'm making enough that I could stick with the 30 hours and be just fine (it works out to 2k more than my previous job, even with only 30 hours a week), but I'm contemplating various options of supplementing my income, though I haven't decided on anything yet.

So now that I will have an income again, I have many many plans. At the top of the list, is to get out more and be social. I actually did a good job of this last weekend - I had a date on Saturday night (another dud, won't be seeing him again), and then on Sunday night, Ian and I had a celebratory dinner for my new job at Shabusen downtown. Mmmm, korean barbecue. It was awesome, and I even tried fish! I had 1 piece of a tuna roll, 2 pieces of a california roll and 1 piece of a prawn tempura roll. I've decided to try and train myself to like fish, so this was a start on that goal.

When I was on my way downtown on the train on Sunday night, a couple of guys got on the train a couple stops past me dressed in tuxedos, and were carrying musical instrument cases. I asked them what group they were from, and they said the Academy Symphony, and I mentioned that I hadn't played in an ensemble since highschool and that they were making me miss it even more. I've been missing music for a long time, actually. So I am thinking that some of my extra spare time from my new job will be rectifying that.

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