Sunday, October 01, 2006

Drinking and Blogging Don't Mix

I am done with alcohol. She has betrayed me for the last time. This body took three days to fully recover from four beers and a shot of Frangelico. And then I pop over to my blog, and find some unauthorized nutjob has posted a lot of information about my life I would normally not have shared in a public forum. After all my years of loyalty, this is the final straw. No more liquor for me. Carry on, there is nothing to see here.


So, Friday, my boss from Seattle popped in. I knew he was coming, so I managed to clear off the top of my desk so that I could appear organized. But then he started asking me for things. August's P&L. A random file. A copy of a pad order. And then it was very very bad. I spent a good fifteen minutes searching for each document as he sat on the opposite side of my desk, staring at me. Tapping his pencil on his leg. Tap-tap-tap-tap.

He showed me how to populate my spreadsheets and authorized a $3000 chargeback. He told me I need to try to turn a profit, not just because the manager before me had lost $36,000 in one quarter, but so I could hire a secretary. Because then I wouldn't have to spend my day searching for things. Making him wait. Tap-tap-tap-tap.

When he left at two pm, it was not soon enough. I was so off-kilter I forgot to order my supplies for next week, forgot to close out payroll and forgot to send in my inventory.

My last job, (not counting Pizza Hut) sucked, but I don't ever remember feeling this clueless about procedure and where everything is. Probably because back then, I did have a secretary and support staff. Now it's just me, make or break time.

I have to say, I love the company I work for. In terms of volume, it's essentially the Wal-mart of the installation industry. Which should be bad. But they treat their people very, very well. No chinese sweat-shops here! The business itself is inherently troubled, always has been. I will always be dealing with unhappy customers and flaky, underpaid installers. Fortunately, because this is the only type of work my company does, or has ever done. They get it.

I have more to say, but the children are awake now and would like to be fed.


Anonymous Marti said...

LOL on no more alcohol - lordie, I've been there!

I'm sure you feel overwhelmed with the new job. Trying to stay orgaized is so hard, especially when you're new! You sound enthusiastic though, and that is a huge plus! I wish you all thebest hon!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I have been there, with the boss. Mine, the president, likes to tap his fingers on the desk when he is waiting on me to give him something.

Hang in there at work.

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12:11 PM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

Intresting story look forward to more when the kids are fed.
Dr John sent me.

4:10 AM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

Nice to see you've got your priorities right, no not with the kids, I meant drinking copious amounts of alcohol! Dr John sent me too.

5:19 AM  
Blogger jafabrit said...

you are on dr. john's link of the day to visit, so hi there.
Did he have to sit there tap taping, mean spirited little power play to make you squirm huh, he knew it the (insert rude word) head.

well ta ra accidental housekeeper, was nice to visit with you today :)

6:00 AM  
Blogger sleeplessinoklahoma said...

Been there, done that. Glad to see you are off the sauce. Hope to day is a better day at work. You might consider taking a time management class-really a boost for the work day experience.

Just stopped by from Dr John's. Wishing you a blessed day. By the way, I love Yakima. I used to live in Portland & spent alot of time in Seattle over the last 4 yrs (long distance relationship)

Blessed be...

6:15 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

oh i absolutely love your is hillarious..sometimes life has to happen in a certain way to make sure what has to be is..
..i don't drink alcohol..i shouldn't drink alcohol because of's Cuppojoe's fault that i'm seduced once in a while to have one..but just the fear of having to do any house work would definetely keep me from any more drinks, lol..

i'm glad there is a super company out there that actually is nice to work for and treats their customer fair and with respect. i hope you feel more secure soon. i'm sure it won't take long, don't worry..if you didn't belong they would have never hired you..Dr. John send me here.

6:25 AM  
Blogger candy said...

I am a secretary and I still have the problem of finding stuff when the boss needs it so I know how it goes. Dr. John sent me too!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

A Mom, homemaker/housekeeper, wife "and" you work?!!

Know the feeling. =O(

John, my husband. (aka: Gon) has his own business and thus, he is my boss and my two fulltime jobs. The stress alone is enough to send me to a Doctor.

God bless!

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Geez, maybe you should send your boss a copy of "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Sitting there staring at you, tapping impatiently and then letting you have it verbally....not exactly good at motivating employees is he?

I'm another of Dr. John's foundlings.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

what a refreshing blog. I read your profile and realized how appropriate the name of your blog is! DR JOhn sent me here but I think this may become part of my daily blogging! I love your sense of humor!

10:13 AM  
Blogger Kat Campbell said...

My sympathies! I once had a boss that would sit at his desk two offices away and yell for me. So annoying, but it was a decent job.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous sandy said...

Oh dear! Bosses who tap pens are so infuriating, don't they realize that it is distracting! lol Have a better day.
Dr. John sent me.

4:11 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

I have learned not to clean my desk in a hurry. I either take the time to do it right, or I don't do it at all! At the end of the last school year one of my students suggested that if I would just clean my desk, I could probably fill the paper recycling bin single-handedly. Cheeky brat.

I lived in Yakima briefly. I spent a good part of my senior year of high school in a bowling alley near Eisenhower (the city bus stopped there first ....) Please don't tell Dr. John what a horrid teen I was.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

I neveer had those problems because I don't drink alcohol and I was the boss.

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2:29 AM  
Blogger Marti said...

Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Belle said...

I am glad you like your job....reading about it made me nervous for you :)

9:01 AM  
Blogger RuKsaK said...

booze opens some odd doors - and some of them slam back at you real hard. personally - gotta keep looking in every now and then though

7:03 AM  
Blogger mrsmogul said...

At least yo love the company you work for! It's important! I think I want to do the opposite and revert to drinking! came by BE

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Marti said...

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I wanted to say hello to everyone on my blogroll, and wish them well, because this is Thanksgiving weekend, and I am grateful for my Internet friends!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Marti said...

Wishing you a glorious holiday season and happy new year!

12:44 PM  

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