Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jane Eyre

It seems like everyone is having trouble reconciling themselves to the fact that today is another work day.

I just tried to make tea, and while I was attempting clumsy pre-caffeine conversation I forgot if I had turned on the kettle or not. How to check? Touching the water. I had turned the kettle on. Turns out it does a good job boiling water too.

Someone just came to ask Amy a very simple question. Response? Blank stare. Looks like she too has no idea where she is and what she is doing here.

This is the kind of stuff that happens when you work a job that forces half your brain to wither and die of boredom.

Did you hear that some guy in Newfoundland won a huge chunk of the lottery? My lottery? I thought that I was going to win the lottery, I had made plans and everything. Step 1: Quit my job. Step 2: Travel. Step 3: I didn't get as far as Step 3...figured I could make do with Steps 1 and 2 and kind of take it from there.

Apparently while I was fantasizing about all the different ways that I could quit (I'm torn between just never coming back and coming in and making a scene that ends with me yelling something like "so long b*tches!"), I should have been on my way to Happy Valley Goose Bay, Newfoundland to buy my ticket.

Yes I am actually really bummed I didn't win! I really thought it was mine this time!

I probably should look into some medication for these delusions, thanks.

Could I ask you guys a question? I guess that is rhetorical since a) I'm going to ask you anyway and b) its not like we're having an actual conversation here.

If you were running a department that was going to close down within months and a bunch of your staff would be out of work, would you hire extra people at the end to help with the workload?

Seems to me you would want to keep your existing staff on as long as possible, and therefore not hire additional people. Then give those existing staff members the option to fill the positions available going forward, instead of hiring on newbies to fill them. Obviously I'm not management material since the powers-that-be did exactly the opposite of what I would do. Shame really. Ever since I was a child I have dreamt of being in middle-management.

Yeah, no, that's a lie. Obviously.

Hey this Tuesday might not turn out to be so bad- Amy is in and out of meetings all day. Or at least all morning. Weird how she is OK with being in meetings all day on site when Veronica isn't here to babysit, but when the same meetings are off site, she wants no part of them. Are they not basically the same thing?

Consequence of Amy's micormanaging? One of the newbies is pacing up and down the hall looking for Amy to tell her what to do. Amy is in a meeting, newbie's day is completely shot.

I was reading Jane Eyre on the bus this morning and one of the characters dies (the one in the beginning for those of you in the know. For those of you not in the know- why have you not read Jane Eyre? Its only one of the greatest books ever) and so I had to sit on the bus pretending not to cry while inside I was dying a little. Do you think it will ever become acceptable to cry on the bus? I don't mean running on the bus hysterical, missing a shoe, mascara all over your face- that's scary. But quietly sniffling in the corner because your book is sad? That's gotta become OK one of these days right?

If that newbie doesn't find someone else to tell her what to do, this day could turn ugly real fast!


  1. Yep, sounds like a management decision to me. Completely ass-backward and totally without merit.

    At least you aren't yelling random things about Jesus and God on the bus like some guy on the train was this morning.

  2. i have lottery winning delusions too.

    as for crying on the bus...i say give it a try and then report back to us immediately.

    i don't think i would try it where i live though...most of the people who ride the bus here are crackheads (not sure why, cause if it weren't so scary i would totally try it too)

  3. I think the problem is you're seeing management and the business as this physical being with a soul but stand corrected it is not. While real people do run these companies they are somehow (and somehow it has been deemed acceptable) able to hide behind the phrase "It's only business". Much like everything in society if it benefits the business then it's OK regardless of who it hurts because in the end the people in charge would just love to help you I'm sure but they have a business to run and you don't matter to the business.

    So as for hiring more temps to rush the job to be finished? Sure why not? It'll save them a few pennies. While yes they will probably pay more in wages they will save more through closing the office down and not having to pay rent! You may be hurt but the company does better therefore your pain and suffering is acceptable.

    If ever it gets you down just remember it's not your employers fault, they'd love to help you but it's only business.

    Go Capitalism Go!

  4. I think crying at your desk should be OK too. I did a little sniffling and trying NOT to cry the other day, and when a coworker asked if I was OK, I said, "Yes. I'm just overreacting." Which was true, but I don't even remember what it was about now.

    And Jane Eyre IS one of the greatest books ever written. However, I obviously need to read it again because I have no clue which character you're talking about.

  5. I'm pretty sure I've had a little cry on the bus/train once or twice. I didn't think about the fact that it's probably socially unacceptable...

    Have you ever laughed on public transportation? I read Angus, Thongs, & Full Frontal Snogging on a flight once and really embarrassed myself by cracking up spontaneously over and over.

  6. P.S. I've never read Jane Eyre. I should probably get on that. My To Read List is just sooo looong. (Seriously, it's over a page in length.)