Apr. 28th, 2011 11:35 am
psyche29: little girl watching something with an uncertain look on her face (mary secret garden)
Well, holy shit.

There was a meeting this morning for my little team - me, my two other cash application peeps, and the two people from the cash office, one of whom is the supervisor for us. Also in attendance was our current manager - the bane of everyone's working existence - and the hospital's new controller (not comptroller - I verified).

And beginning Monday, all five of us will be reporting to the controller instead of the collections manager.

Picture me with my jaw on the floor.

I'm looking at this as a good thing, but there are clearly SO. MANY. THINGS that no one thought of when this decision was made. I brought up at least three different things that our current manager should have considered and so obviously didn't, judging by the new person's stricken "deer in the headlights" look.

She thought it was going to be a straight up transfer, but there are more things involved than they seemed to consider; job classes/titles, the possibility of moving us down to the basement, and the file system that I alone understand or have access to store, to name a few things that are - or should be - Relevant To Their Interests.

I'm currently most obsessed with the idea that someone who speaks English as a first language will finally be in charge, and seems willing to hear what I have to say instead of talking over me. I think my hopes are a little higher than past gained wisdom might be comfortable with, but I can't help it.

Still, we'll see where this goes, and how. There are Many Things to discuss, several of which no one considered. It may not necessarily be smooth, but I'm hoping that's a light at the end of the tunnel and not a shitload of oncoming traffic ready to flatten me again.

We Shall See.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (glow)
1. Been a while; work and life have kept me fairly exhausted.

2. I applied yesterday for the Contact Center job. We will have to wait and see what happens there.

3. I keep seeing the words "Yuletide" and "nominations." Internets, I am not brilliant enough this week (month?) to figure out what this means. Is it a contest? A gifting fic thing for the holidays? SOMEONE HELP ME UNDERSTAND, PLEASE.

4. I have next Thursday and Friday off and we're going out of town. Can't wait to get out of here.

5. I'm groggy and anti-work this morning, so I picked up my little container of bubbles and blew some. They're pretty, but one of them popped right back down on the wand and now I taste soap. Ick.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (WTF?)
OH MY GOD, I had the weirdest fucking dream EVER.

I dream the most messed-up shit. )

Seriously, brain. What the fuck?!
psyche29: little girl watching something with an uncertain look on her face (mary secret garden)
So OMGWTF are people smoking?! Like, seriously. I get in this morning and the first thing that happens? My mentally-disabled coworker apparently threw me under the bus in her "meeting" on the sixth by saying that I NEVER HELP HER OR EXPLAIN THINGS OR ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS FOR HER.

I wasn't angry, I'm still not, just mostly baffled! I know that she was lashing out, because she's afraid and doesn't really understand anything that's going on, and because it's a defense mechanism. But at the same time, JESUS, I hope when she was spouting those lies that the people hearing them were considering the source!

Already people who've heard about it are jumping to my defense, and angry on my behalf because I wasn't even here last week to defend myself. And there's been serious mishandling by the manager so far anyway, according to several people. I'm just - GAH. I need a different workplace, and I need it, like, yesterday.

I may start looking on other hospitals' websites for job postings, I don't know. There's certainly nothing in my own hospital, nor would I ever want to have to deal with this manager again. I'm so...fuck, I don't even know what I'm feeling right now. It's not anger, it's not hate, it's not hurt...it's like a mixture of the three, but not even simmering. I'm...I am weary. I'm only 32 years old. I shouldn't be feeling like it's time to retire...and I just got back from vacation, for shit's sake.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (unless I'm wrong)
OK, so I was in the bathroom a few minutes ago, and I heard this horn. It was just a simple little two-note fanfare, and while I wasn't concerned, my brain began to wonder...

And so now I'm all panicked. When the dead are raised and we are all called to heaven, what happens during Rapture if I'm in the bathroom? Because seriously, it would be just my luck, and not the first time I've been in there when something big is going down.

I'm laughing hysterically right now, but part of me is just freaked out!

What do you think will happen to people who are taking care of business when the last trumpet sounds?! THESE ARE THE THINGS I THINK ABOUT.
psyche29: Marvin the Martian, arms crossed with text "very angry indeed" (very angry indeed)


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] superbeffie for the alert.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (where the heart is)
Remind me again why I love my child?

Because seriously, I could have completed the remainder of my life without having watched this...

I'm going to have it in my head all damn night, now. And if I have to suffer, then so do the lot of you! *LOL* XD.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (woodland creature)
1. I've been lax about commenting the last five days or so, but bear with me - I'll get there. It's been a ridiculously busy week so far.

And I'm forgetful on top of it. Image and video hosting by TinyPic

It's the world's longest car, I swear. It reaches from Beale Street to Washington Square. And once you get in it To go where you're going, You simply get out, 'cause you're there. )

12. OK, I think I'm out of stuff to say for the moment. I think the majority of this needs to go behind a cut, because HELLO, RUN-ON-AT-THE-MOUTH DISEASE. Or I suppose that'd be fingers, since I'm typing, yes? *snerk* Either way...I used Shel Silverstein's poem "Longmobile" as the cut text, in case anyone was wondering.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (marvin hmph)
Homeless Good Samaritan Left To Die

Do people DO this? Who and where are they?
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (Default)
1. Happy St. Patrick's day, flist! I haven't got a drop of Irish in me - and no, I don't particularly want any at the moment, thanks - but I'm wearing green anyway so as to avoid being pinched, because DAMN, people pinch hard! And as everyone is generally aware, I am pain-phobic. Because they always go for my upper arms! WTF is up with that?! God, those are the worst place EVER to poke me, pinch me, even TOUCH me with anything smaller than an entire hand. Ahem. Sorry, rant over.

2. It's Wednesday, but it feels like Tuesday. I want to say the time change is at fault for this, but it's really because I stayed home with Mike yesterday and it's apparently thrown me off. *rolls eyes at self*

3. A little bit of promo: the forum I participate on, Obliviate, is sorely in need of members. So few of our people go there now, and we've been contemplating shutting it down, which none of us really want. It's really not Harry Potter-oriented anymore - we discuss many various things, although it's harder when the four or five of us who still go there have said most of what we think already. We would LOVE some new blood in there, and I especially would enjoy it because I truly love it there and think that others would, too. We are friendly and welcoming and open; there's a serious/debate section and sections for books, movies, general lives and silly games. There's also an arcade with some fun games that are great for loosening the tension when you have a few minutes, and a market as well. Please feel free to check it out!

4. I went to Half-Price Books last week and found about twenty Betty Neels books - she's one of my very favorite Harlequin romance authors. I managed to narrow it down to four that I ended up buying, and I've now read every one of the four and added it to my swiftly-growing Betty Neels collection.

5. I also went to the library last Saturday and picked up The Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis) and The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) since I never got around to picking them up the last time I had them on hold, Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding), What Jesus Meant: The Beautitudes and a Meaningful Life (Eric Kolbell), a website-building-for-dummies book, and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Maggie Stiefvater).

I've gotten a few pages into Bridget Jones and been giggling, and last night I opened and read several pages of The Alchemist, which is lovely so far. I also have What Jesus Meant in my shoulder bag because I really do want to read it and will be more inclined to do so if there's nothing else in there to distract me while I'm out.

I've got maybe a chapter or two left of Born Round and still have From the Kingdom of Memory and The Golden Compass to be getting on with, as well.

Why, oh WHY do I keep checking out so many books? I'm telling you, it's a sickness. Can I just please move into the library?

6. Huh. I think that's everything for the moment! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

For real?

Feb. 11th, 2010 07:29 pm
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (inconceivable)
Sorority's Strict Fashion Rules ... Image and video hosting by TinyPic Seriously?


In other news, we've just recently discovered the show "Big Bang Theory" and find it exceedingly hilarious, so we've found the whole first season. We watched the first episode last night, and will watch another couple tonight. XD.

Oh, my GOD.

Feb. 8th, 2010 07:32 pm
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (WTF?)
US Soldier Waterboards 4-Year-Old Daughter Because She Can't Recite the Alphabet

Why does this shock me? I know people are capable of this, but just-. My heart breaks for this little girl, for any child abused like this or in any other way.
psyche29: Emma Watson with her head to the side and mouth wide open in a laugh, text "laugh" (laugh)
That strange phenomenon wherein you have a child, raise him, house him, clothe him, feed him and provide for his education and entertainment. You love him unconditionally, would lay your life down for his. But "parenthood" is when you calculate the cost of all his toys, all his video games, all his clothes and food and educational tools...

...and see him sitting on the sofa, buck-naked after a shower - on your own rainbow-colored bath sheet - and he's playing with...

...kleenex and a fan.

And he's laughing hysterically.

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Dec. 3rd, 2009 01:00 pm
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (woodland creature)

It feels like there's 8436546421873541 things going on, and going wrong. I know it happens to other people too, but just-.

This and That )

OK, that's all. I think...


Nov. 23rd, 2009 03:30 pm
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (care so little)
I sent an email to my boss this morning:

My grandmother took a very, very bad fall on Saturday evening and is unresponsive in the Trauma unit at North Memorial. She’s being moved to a hospice room, and no one expects her to be holding on much longer.

I wanted to let you know, as I’ll need to leave when she goes.


This is what she sent me back. Verbatim:

I hope all is well


What the fuck?! Of course all isn't well, you moron. She's dying!!

And just because I'm in the mood to be irrational, I'll tell you all how bloody irritating it is that there was no signature, neither automatically added nor typed in, no name signed or whatever. Literally, that's all the response said. *rolls eyes very, very hard*


In other news, she's been moved to a hospice room now, about seven this morning, actually. Dad says her breathing is slower and shallower now, and alternates between sounding like a percolator and sounding like a purring cat.

psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (return of my King)
Sorry to hear you are having a rough night of homework. The math can be confusing. Math nowadays is taught very differently than when we were in school, and the expectations of 5th grade learning are much higher too. I will get time with Mikey tomorrow and go over the work. Don't worry about it tonight.

As far as the math text... We have textbooks, but they aren't the kind of book that explains things. The first sheet attached to the homework sheet is actually the textbook copied off for the students so they can take notes on it to help them with homework. Not the best scenario, but it's the best we have :(

Hope this helps some. If it makes you feel better, we are moving on to geometry next week :)

Thanks for contacting me! That's what I'm here for.

I have to say, I love teachers who understand why it's frustrating and who get back to you very quickly.

My response to this:

Thanks for the math reassurance. It's all I can do not to just chuck it off the balcony. It's also kind of humiliating to admit to your own kid that you can't help him because you're not really smart enough for it. I know that's not the intent, I know that times change, but that's what it feels like from our end.

And thanks for being so quick to get back to us; I'd be worried all night and all tomorrow that he'd get in trouble for not doing it when the truth is that we simply couldn't help him.

Thanks so much!
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (marvin hmph)
Dear Mikey's Teacher:

Good evening. We are extremely upset and frustrated this evening because we can't help Mikey with his math. This is not stuff we know, is not stuff we have any way in the world of remembering, AND the fifth grade website thing for the school doesn't work. We're searching online for "factor puzzles," trying to find a way to learn this - which makes the whole situation even worse. Mikey's absolutely stuck, can't even tell us what he was told in class, and what seems like an obvious answer to me is bogged down by little, superfluous details.

What are all those little lines around the square? What do they have to do with anything? I'm looking at number 14 on the worksheet, and I think the answer inside the box is 12. 5 times 3 is 15, so 4 times 3 would be 12. 4/5 is the same as 12/15. Why does it have to be more difficult than this? DOES it have to be more difficult than this? We found something that was talking about prime numbers in relation to a factor square, but it just seemed like far more info than was necessary when I can see the answer is simply 12.

Beyond having to go back to school just to help this poor kid with his math, what do you suggest we do? Mikey said the kids don't have math textbooks, then amended it when we didn't believe him to "well, I think we do, but we don't use them." Why not? Is this text book something he could bring home that would help us to understand so we can guide him in the right direction?

Please forgive my abruptness; I'm generally not an unhappy person, but this is so, so frustrating. Please help, we just don't know what else to do.

Mikey's Mom and Dad

This is the email I just sent her, only I obviously used her name in the greeting and signed it with our names in the closing.

So. Pissed. Off. Right. Now.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (inconceivable)
Someone on my FaceBook friends posted this link earlier today, and I felt the need to comment here.

Pencils, anyone?

YUCK. I mean, to each his or her own, but just-. No. Note to hubby: Please don't turn me into pencils, honey, OK? Just donate all my usable organs and then bury me someplace pretty.

Thoughts, anyone?


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