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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Myspace Migration: I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends....

Well, maybe the help they've offered lately is mostly moral support, but whatever... I.LOVE.MY.FRIENDS!! I just wanted to take an opportunity to say "THANK YOU!!" to all of my fabulous friends who have waited anxiously with me, cheered me on, checked my email, sent me stuff, groused at me when I was being impatient, etc... ya'll have been great through this whole changing jobs thing.

So, I accepted a position with Sotherby Homes to head up their Human Resources and Recruiting efforts. I'm extremely excited and grateful to be joining SUCH an amazing company and team. It's been a really busy week and will be even moreso in the next two; but, this is my official notice that I want to have everyone out in the next month for fajitas, drinks, and water fun. Ok, well, water fun is optional.. but, I want to do something with the crew. My birthday is only 50-some-odd days away (see counter) - but, I don't want to wait that long!! :)
Ok, I'm going to go have a congratulatory dinner with some of my friends now. Later!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Myspace Migration: No, No, I'm NOT HR! LOL

Current mood:happy
I.Crack.Myself.Up. Which, given my current situation, is good - I have a lot of time on my hands. Anyway, I've been rather engrossed in Employment Law and HR Policy in preparation for a meeting with a firm on Thursday. I've written sexual harassment policy, outlined discrimination in hiring and employment practices, dealt with the ADA's stance on recovering addicts in the workplace... ok, so you get where my head is.

Anyway, after having the "Worst.Date.Ever" in the last couple of weeks, it becomes apparent that I need to end relations with a new acquaintance. I really don't have the time, nor the privacy (I had a one-on-one time with my eldest this weekend - we needed some Mommy/Daughter bonding time) to talk with him on the phone... and truthfully, that date set aside, I'm not in the mood to meet someone new right now. It's too much work and my head is elsewhere, given the employment sitch. So what do I do? I send him an email that SMACKS of HR:

"It has been lovely getting to know you. While I've enjoyed spending time with you over the last few weeks, it has come to my attention that given my current situation; I really have neither the time, nor inclination, to give this new relationship the effort it requires and deserves. As I am unclear when I will be able to do so, I think it is best at this point to withdraw my attentions so you can focus yours elsewhere. Please understand that this is in no way meant to be a direct reflection on your person; indeed, it was a decision based solely on where I find myself in my life at this time. Between my family obligations, the maintainence of my current friendships and my employment situation; I simply do not have the ability to pursue this relationship further. I wish you the best in your future endeavors."

Um, maybe it's time to get my head out of the Labor Laws and Human Resources books???
In other news, Lindsey and I had a lovely weekend. We had breakfast in bed, we watched movies, we played games, we read together, we went to the park with Amanda/Maddox and Eric/Dylan and watched Cars Saturday night (which, by the way guys, was keen fun - thanks!). Really, this might have been one of the better weekends I've had as of late.

Now for the rant: dry cleaning is rediculously expensive. And the ratio of dry cleaning that I have as a chick in comparison to my guy friends is just flat out unfair.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Myspace Migration: Change is In the Air....

Current mood:relaxed

I have spring fever, I think... or I'm burned out from work, not sure which. LOL Some major change is in the air; I can feel the winds a' blowin'! So, stay tuned in the next few weeks as I unfurl my plan to take over the world! ha!

In other news, I guess I put myself back in the game - because the girl that said she was 'benched' agreed to a second date Monday evening. Nothing big, we're just going to have dinner, but still... I guess that officially puts me back in the game, right? Well, maybe a second-stringer or something....

I just want to say, that anyone who's looking for a new workout program, should check out The Core workouts - you know, the one with the ball and Nick Lachey that they sell on TV? Amanda and I have been doing that in the mornings and let me tell you, it kicks our collective and individual butts! Seriously though, it's a good workout.
Finally, I want to address Government Workers. Specifically, the Government Workers at the Child Support Office. I called because they're taking too much out of Jason's check. Not like obnoxiously overpaying me, but they're overpaying me none the less. I told Jason about it, but two months later, of course they're still taking out the same amount. And I don't want them 10 years from now asking me to pony up 4 grand because he paid more than he should. Ok... first of all, I had to give our case information THREE TIMES - which, let's face it, is extremely obnoxious. And serves no purpose. But, yet, I had to do it anyway - first with the recorded system, then with the first tier of CSR and then with the second tier. When I asked why, the first tier literally said, "MMm,mm?" with the syllabic sound of "I don't know." But, she didn't SAY "I don't know" she said "MM,mm." WTH? So, I asked the second tier - she said she didn't have access to the first tier's information. Here's the exchange from there:

I said: "But you KNOW I talked to her, right?"

"Yes, ma'am. You can't get to me without talking to the first tier of CSR."

"Ok, so you know SHE verified my information and she's really the second one because the recorded system did it before I was even allowed to talk to her."

"Yes, ma'am. How can I help you today?"

"Really? That's it? You're not even going to attempt to explain the logic behind this to me?"


"Oh. ... Well okay, then... so my ex-husband is overpaying on his child support - well, at least on what you guys are taking out...."
What passes for Customer Service these days is really quite laughable. And I get that they have all kinds of crappy people giving them a hard time and they get the brunt of everyone else's bad day but A) they CHOSE that job, they get the baggage that goes with it [we ALL deal with that] and B).... I forgot what B was. I'm hungry. Ok, off to make myself a Southwest Egg White Omlette. Enjoy your Sunday Morning - did I mention how I love Sunday Mornings??