Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One of those days

I woke up to rain,which by natural meteorological extension means a lack of sunshine.
Not a good start to my morning.

I did get a seat on the bus, which is a bonus, but I soon offered it to a woman who needed much more than I did and she seemed very appreciative. I felt like my morning got a bit better.

Then I arrive at work to find my closet..I mean temporary office loaded to the tits with AV equipment. Definitely not a good start to the work day.

Now I'm a calm person. I'm flexible. I have no issue relocating AGAIN if the need requires it, but for Pete and my sake - couldn't someone have given me a head's up last night. Really, it's not like I would fall under the "FYI" category in this situation. A quick note saying..."just so you know, you will not be able to get to your desk without risking injury" would have been good.

And in the old days (approximately 3 months ago), I would have walked away and found somewhere else to sit. And stewed.

But not today. Today, in my nicest HR voice, I asked "is there a reason why all that fuckin' stuff is in my office?" (exact words). And to my surprise, they said.."No, it was a mistake, let us move that for you..."

Now as I sit in my temporary office, my day just got a bit better.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Nothing to see people, move along.

God I suck at consistency.

Except, perhaps... at being inconsistent....

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Tread lightly: asking questions that will help, not make it worse

I turned forty last year which apparently means that my body is now scheduled to start falling apart. As such, things ache and hurt, but I'm taking it in stride. Literally.

One of the issues I've developed is a problem with my foot, which likely stems from an issue that I had with my knee which was the result of an injury to my hip. Yeah - take me out to the back forty and just shoot me already.

Anyhow, after much resistance I called the doctor's to make an appointment. When I called, I told the receptionist/nurse that I wanted to see my doctor about concerns with my foot.

She asked me "what's wrong with your foot?"

This really irritated me. If I KNEW what was wrong with my foot I wouldn't likely be going to the doctor. It wasn't as simple as saying, well, I dropped an anvil on it - so I believe it may be broken.

What I wanted to say was: "well I did some research of my symptoms on WebMD and I either have a tumour or its Football toe.

What I actually said, " hurts when I walk". Wow. Could I have sounded more like an idiot.

And this made me thing of how we respond to HR issues - I know we like to throw the ball back in a manager/employee's court by asking them what they think the issue might be, but there needs to be some guidance within these questions.

Asking more pointed questions can get to the real issue and it can also alleviate making the person feel like an idiot...because sometimes you just don't know how to go about explaining what the issue is or where to start.

All you know is that something is wrong.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I see dead people

Wow - all those tongue-in-cheek books and articles about the impending zombie apocalypse...yeah, well they may be onto something.


I took a good look at the people riding this bus yesterday morning and I swear that most of them were dead. I know it was Monday morning, but I honestly spent the ride contemplating my fight or flight options should things go bad.

Top of my priority list for today: Google how to survive a zombie attack on bus.

I also find it interesting that despite the public safety campaigns reminding people to wear sit belts and the amount of time, money, and effort you have to go to when strapping your child into the back of your car (rivaled only by NASA) ...people (myself included) are still willing to pay money to hurtle down a highway while standing in the aisle of a bus, with only a pole to hold on to and a few passengers to potentially break my fall.

I'm starting to doubt that these two ideas area unrelated.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Friday Playlist

So I think I might have mentioned that I'm taking the bus to work now.

I use to take it all the time in high school and university, but after that my commute was either too short or busing not an option. But here I am, back on the system again.

Overall it's been good. It's nice to read or listen to music instead of dealing with the stop/ start of driving, but I do miss the lack of control in my schedule. And I do like driving.

However, this is for the best and I'm trying to determine what the best music to listen to on a bus is...something that I didn't really put too much thought into when I was in the car. So I find myself flipping until I hit one that I can listen to the whole album (and yes, I still call them albums even when they are on my ipod).

So this past week, these are what I settled on :

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Paramore - Brand New Eyes
Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
Adele - 21
The B-52s - The B-52s

I would be really interested and/or happy to receive any recommendations. I will listen to pretty much anything. Except country.

Have a good weekend.