Tuesday in the Working World

Saturday Night
by Bon Jovi
Hey, man I'm alive I'm takin' each day and night at a time
Yeah I'm down, but I know I'll get by
Hey hey hey hey, man gotta live my life
I'm gonna pick up all the pieces and what's left of my pride
I'm feelin like a Monday, but someday I'll be Saturday night

Saturday night here we go
Some day I'll be Saturday night
I'll be back on my feet, I'll be doin' alright
It may not be tomorrow baby, thats ok
I ain't goin' down, gonna find a way, hey hey hey

Requests, Tasks, and Other Duties as Assigned:
"Call the H/R VP and tell her she needs to be at the 10am meeting I told her she didn't have to attend."

"Book those flights we talked about yesterday, but make it for the original dates we discussed two weeks ago."

Coworker: "C.B. Bakery sent over this statement with two invoices from May that have not been paid."
Me: "Yes, I know, I asked them to talk to you about those. If they were my charges, I would have put through a requisition for them."
Coworker: "That's what I thought. Anyway, I need you to look into why these haven't been paid."
Me: (not said) "Um, isn't that YOUR job?"

Coworker: "Remember that meeting on Friday that Boss was going to be in with Finance and the corporate types and UberBoss?"
Me: "Yes. Corporate Assistant said she is checking with corporate types and UberBoss about UberBoss' role in this meeting, and I'm waiting to hear back from her."
Coworker: "Ok. Well, we need to cancel that meeting for Friday and reschedule."

To do list:
  • Meeting notes
  • Book flights
  • Check into why C.B. Bakery hasn't been paid
  • Process expense reports
  • Screen calls
  • Send documents to out-of-state office
  • Shoo away other VPs looking for the Boss (who is still in a meeting in the Conference Room, or on a conference call, or meeting with someone else)
  • Gather info for three other trips for the Boss
  • Gather info for the conference at the end of September -- The conference being in Las Vegas where a potential casino and laundry workers strike is happening.

  • Important emails from Facilities:
    "We will be doing some interior and exterior painting. We are scheduled to start prepping the outside of the building tomorrow for painting. We will be bringing in a lift and will need to block off some parking space while the painting is being done. Also we will be painting the lobby and the restrooms as well. The lobby will be painted during off hours and the restrooms will be closed one at a time for painting. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!"

    "We are currently in the process of swapping out the snack and food machines with new to better serve your needs. Please use caution when entering or exiting the lunchroom during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and as always if you have any questions please let me know!"

    Help from the Help Desk:
    "I'm calling to help you remap your drive..." (goes through steps)
    "Great! Thanks! That's working!"

    Five minutes later, I attempt to map a couple of other drives, only to find out I no longer have access to those drives. Access is restored two hours later.

    Lunchtime Errands:
    Rather than pull into the parking lot of the corner pharmacy, I have to pass up one entrance (can't turn in that way), turn left at the intersection, pass up another entrance (can't turn in that way either) and finally pull into the last entrance. As I exit the eternally flameless Mommyvan in the pharmacy parking lot, I hear a train coming through the little "blink and you miss it" downtown area.

    After making my purchases and getting back into the externally flameless Mommyvan, I notice the freight train is stopped on the tracks, blocking traffic. Rather than attempt a foolish left turn out of the parking lot (and straight into the traffic waiting for the train to pass), I go "around the block", wait a while with all the other cars, and eventually get passed the tracks and head over to my next stop. As I start to gain speed, the police cars arrive to redirect traffic. Apparently, it was more than just a stalled freight train.

    I knew staying in bed wasn't an option today, it rarely ever is. Truthfully, there are more days than not when I consider the pros and cons of staying home rather than going in to work, even before I get out of bed in the morning. The past two days have been pretty busy at work -- the running around, spinning your wheels, putting out fires kind of busy that wears a person down.

    Here's hoping Wednesday is better, eh?*

    * I'm holding out hope that it will be, even though it isn't starting out any better. Today, my mantra is "fake it until you make it" -- be happy and cheerful until you feel that way -- and "more chocolate".

    So far, "faking it" may be working... this is the actual note I sent to the Help Desk this morning about a stubborn copier:

    The Copier on the second floor in the Copier Room is holding all of our copies hostage until it gets more Toner.

    Please, I'm begging you! GIVE IT WHAT IT WANTS!!!

    We just want our copies back safe and sound...


    Brudder doug said...

    Uh - - les see. oh yeah today is Monday number 3 !

    Been retired since 1990 but still remember the sequence.

    eclectic said...

    "We just want our copies back safe and sound."


    I love you, Kelli!

    Nilbo said...

    Just don't get Dooced, there, Ms Smarty-Pants.

    Laura said...

    On the other hand, getting dooced worked out for... well, Dooce.

    Hang in there, Kelli!

    MrPhred said...

    Great note to the Help Desk! I always help the funny guys first.

    Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

    Sounds like my years in the army as a staff officer. At some point after I’d been the Adjutant for a couple of months, I asked the XO when things would return to “normal.” Of course he replied, “This is normal.”

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