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Will Work for Free

Posted by parsingtime on August 5, 2011

I very rarely nap when the baby naps but on a day like today when I really need a 20 minute kip in order to keep my strength up against the bottle throwing, glass breaking hooligan that lives in my house, the fact that I have to work really is just very annoying.

I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that VERY LARGE COMPANY, with oodles and oodles of money has not paid me since January. No that isn’t it at all.

I really hate my responsible nature sometimes.

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Unpaid Paid Work

Posted by parsingtime on June 6, 2011

Sometimes when I’m working late into the night* with my paid work all I can think is, man this isn’t worth it. I would rather be reading or watching TV or just staring into space without someone tugging on my legs to get my attention.

Then I remember my hourly rate. And how I still have something on my resume for when I’m ready to resume a real job.**

And then I remember how my client hasn’t paid me in 5 months and how they owe me a lot of money.

And then I think, man this isn’t worth it but it would probably be okay if I got paid the five checks owed to me.

And then I get back to work. Because I’m nothing if not reliable. Even when you don’t pay me.

* I never work as late into the night as Husband. His ability to be mentally on 18 hours a day is amazing.
** Parenting is a real job, and is 24/7.  By real job I mean one with a pay check, healthcare and a 401(k).

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Work At Home

Posted by parsingtime on September 8, 2010

When we came home from the hospital I had to work. Work for the self-employed does not stop nor is there maternity leave. Husband and I figured that I had reduced my work load enough that when I did have to work, I would be able to do so when N was napping or in the evenings when Husband was home.

We are in month three of my busy week at work and I didn’t account for N’s lack of napping (unless she is in her bouncy seat or car — though she sleeps soundly in her crib at night so I’m not sure what gives) and Husband’s insane work schedule right now.

In the few days after N was born all I had to do was work and feed N. My mom and Husband took care of the rest. Last month, my mom came in and watched her while I worked. This month, Husband is out of town, my mom is in Portugal and I’m at a loss. What is going to happen is I’ll have to work late into the night while N is sleeping, which means I lose sleep. Which means when N wakes up at 2am and 5am (she goes to bed around 8ish and sleeps until 1-2ish which is considered sleeping through the night. Last time I checked 6 hours of sleep is not sleeping through the night) I’m tired and send Random texts telling her just how tired I am.

It’s certainly a full-time job (if not more) to be a stay at home mom but balancing the work at home aspect is certainly not something I’ve mastered yet.

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This Week

Posted by parsingtime on November 4, 2009

This week I saw the Homechicken get married and dance like there was no tomorrow. In ten years of knowing him I had no idea he liked to dance. You learn something new every day. Congrats, Homechicken and Aamrapali! Enjoy Thailand.  It was nice to hang out with friends in Austin as well. Husband and I miss that city.  We hit up Rudy’s, EZs (for milkshakes), Einsteins, Trudy’s, The COOP and Loop 360, which is Husband’s favorite drive. And we got to meet the lovely Ashley/Ashleigh from Taiwan.

I met with my old boss. It went really well. He has a potential new client for me. I just sent him my marketing materials to pass along to new company. He also had no idea that Lucius passive aggressively fired me. That made for some fun discussions as I believe Lucius’ biggest weakness is his inability to make a decision and old boss believes it is his inability to multi-task.  Both are terrible if you are going to be the general counsel to a Fortune 500 company.

I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been so busy hanging out with my family. It had been a lot of fun and hopefully it won’t be ten months before I see them again. It probably won’t since the big news of the last month has been that Husband’s company is shutting down. Yup, totally gone and not even existing as an entity anymore. Very sad. But the right decision in this economy. He is now looking for a job, which stresses him out a bit but it will all work out. Probably in 2010 since 2009 continues to mess with our lives in sick and twisted ways. More on that later.

I’m back in NC tonight, which means I have to do my own cooking and nobody will be spoiling me silly. Sad.

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Youtube Interview

Posted by parsingtime on June 24, 2009

These were the instructions for a job I looked at.

Please email your (1) resume, (2) cover letter and (3) salary requirements to the address listed, in this posting. Please attach a (4) link to a video posted on YouTube.com (or any other video hosting site) in which you answer the question — “Why would you be good at this job?” Please provide an (5) email address and (6) your availability during the next two weeks for an interview Any application submitted without these six elements will not be considered. ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS.

Youtube! You want me to post a video to Youtube? Is this like a pre-interview trick? Do they want to see if you wear a suit or if you have a huge hairy mole on your face? Do they want to limit the number of applicants?  I mean if you want to work at google then maybe using youtube makes sense but a law firm?

Perhaps this is the future of the hiring process and these guys are taking the initiative. It still seems tres bizarre to me.

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He’s Just Not That Into You

Posted by parsingtime on March 6, 2009

I think I’ve mentioned that Husband and I broke up for about a year.  During that year I dated a couple of people. One of the guys I’ve written about before. He was wealthy and on a diet.  It was kind of a blind date…we met up for a drink and then went out to dinner one other time. I can’t think of this person without cringing.  He was nice but definitely not for me and when a week after our first date he showed up with a birthday card for me signed “Love Hank” (not his real name) I knew he was definitely not for me.  It took me over a year to tell Husband I loved him when we started dating. I don’t take the L word lightly.

One of my mom’s friends has set me up with this guy and instead of calling him to tell him I wasn’t interested, I just stopped calling. This is called the passive aggressive break up (not that it was really a break up or anything). I don’t like you so I’m not going to return any of your calls and hope you get the message.

Currently, I am the girl waiting for the guy to call. Lucius is the one thinking, “I’m not that into you anymore so I’m just not going to call. If I don’t call then maybe I don’t have to fire her but she will go away.”

Right now I have one goal on my career goals list: Force Lucius to man up, grow a pair of balls and fire me in person and not by omission.

I’ve never been fired before. I need for my first time to be memorable.

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The Outcome is the Same

Posted by parsingtime on March 3, 2009

This post in a nutshell: I haven’t slept well in a long time. I might be getting laid off this week. And the Dow is not functioning in a normal rational manner.

I am so exhausted. We had a crazy busy weekend which included a dinner party, book club, a dinner we got roped into that sort of sucked.   The rest of my weekend included driving in snow and ice pellets and refusing to participate in a boat race involving beer (more of a drinking game than a hey let’s go sailing type of thing) and basically getting a look from a friend that I was un-fun. I don’t like to chug beer, not even in the name of fun, what can I say.

On top of all of that Husband and I haven’t slept well or at all on some nights for over week now.  Husband has his own reasons for not sleeping. If he had a blog he would tell you all about them…or maybe not. His reasons stress me out a bit, but I have no real reason why I’m not sleeping. Oh except, that I may be fired! FIRED!  Husband says I should call it being laid off. Technically it is since Lucius called and said that the company was trying to economize and of course that means outside vendors like myself. Except because it is Lucius and he can’t make a real decision to save his life, in the same breath he talked about economizing he said that “we can’t load people up with work they can’t handle”  and that there are “gaps in terms of her ability” about the girl who is potentially going to do what I do in-house for the the company (yes, I take notes during phone calls). We ended the call with him telling me he would call me Friday (last Friday) and let me know what is going on. He hasn’t called. I’m not surprised.

And then my horoscope came out and it said that a romantic or business partner would bring unexpected news, that wouldn’t be pretty and that possibly you and your partner would break up.  I’m pretty sure that Husband isn’t breaking up with me so it must mean Lucius.  Susan Miller knows what she’s reading in the stars.

I’m really more upset about being in limbo than being fired. I’m not terribly worried about the fired part.  It happens right? People are getting laid off left and right.  I still have other clients.  I mean it sort of sucks but it isn’t a huge deal.  I don’t really think that is causing my sleep issues. It’s probably the economy in general….like how is it possible that the Dow was over 12000 a year ago and now it is below 7000. It took over ten years to get from seven to twelve thousand and in one year it is back to where it was a decade ago.  That is not normal. 

And then last night while I wasn’t sleeping do you want to know what I was thinking about? I was wondering if in Utah it is hard to get a table for two at a restaurant? I mean people have big families out there. Do most of the restaurants have tables for 6 and up? If I ever go to Utah I’m going to check.  The rest of my “I should be sleeping but I can’t sleep” thoughts are just as ridiculous.  Be glad I’m not sharing them with you.  You would want to poke your eye out. With a spoon.

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Back in the Saddle

Posted by parsingtime on January 31, 2009

I worked until 10:30 on Thursday night. I’m up at 9am to start working today and after three months of relative inactivity that has made me question whether I can make it working for myself in this economy, I’m thrilled.

My “new” client has finally come through. I landed them early last year and they pay way more than any of my other clients but they never sent me any real work of substance until now. I now have a project I’m managing and because I haven’t done it in so long I’m enjoying working nights and weekends.

In other news, tonight Husband and I are going to the private invitees only grand opening of a…bowling alley. Yes a bowling alley.  Supposedly it is a fancy one with martinis and cool sofas to sit on while bowling. We shall see.  All the girls in the website photos look like they probably are wearing high heels.  Sigh. I guess this means I can’t go bowling in jeans and a sweater…this is good looking people bowling.  But don’t worry I’ll take some socks in my purse.  Even if it is a new bowling alley,  I don’t want to risk a fungus or worse from those clown shoes.

Oh, and I practiced by playing Wii bowling last night. That’s really going to help my real life bowling, don’t you think?

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Restaurant Week

Posted by parsingtime on January 29, 2009

The other good thing about working for yourself is when you join friends for dinner on a weeknight, don’t get home until midnight and don’t wake up until 8:30…it only takes 5 minutes to be ready and be in your office.  This is if you count being “ready” as brushing your teeth, not wearing bra and flicking on the kettle. Your office may require bras.

We had a really nice meal last night. It is restaurant week in Charlotte and we went out to Custom Shop and enjoyed three courses plus a glass of wine (I did not partake – I wouldn’t have been able to wake up at all this morning if I had) and a side dish for $30 a person.  We were there with some friends and were having such a nice time that we lost track of time.  Anyway a really nice dinner though I’m too old to be out late on weeknights.

It’s a good thing Husband works for himself too…otherwise the fact that he is still getting ready at 9:30 might be a problem.

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Update on Lucius

Posted by parsingtime on December 5, 2008

Remember how I wrote about Lucius a few weeks ago?

He is the GC of one of the companies I work for.  In an enlightening conversation with someone else very high up in the organization I discovered that I’m not the moronic douche-bag he has been making me feel like for the last six months.  In fact he is the spineless moronic douche-bag.

Seemingly he likes to surround himself with people less intelligent than himself so that he looks smarter. He likes to “celebrate mediocrity.”  I don’t fit the bill and that, according to my source, is one of the reasons he has been so unhappy with my work as of late.

Quite frankly, I’d rather lose him as a client than continue to let him make me feel like I was a f*cking idiot.

It isn’t a pleasant feeling I promise.

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