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Sunday, July 15, 2007

I’m Tired and Cranky!

This is the third weekend in a row that I’ve had to take work home.

I used to love my job, but I’ve been really unhappy lately—mainly because I’m overworked and underpaid, but also because we have a new director, and although he’s a very likable guy, he’s a terrible manager.* And the fellow who was recently promoted to second-in-command is still in the “this promotion hasn’t changed me” phase, which means he hasn’t yet learned to give clear instructions/take charge; he hems and haws and grins and drives me nuts.** But in this economy, I feel like I have to shut up and take it, you know? There aren’t that many jobs out there, and there are probably 100+ people ready to take mine. I also feel a responsibility to the company because they took me back, with a raise, after I quit and moved to Virginia for 7 months (don’t ask—all I’ll say is that it’s no place for an atheist). I never call in sick and rarely say no to extra responsibility—and because I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, I knock myself out to do everything well. And, of course, the more I do, the more I’m asked to do...

There’s no point to this post: I just wanted to say it and send it out there. I feel a little bit better now.

*The previous director was terrible, too, but at least he had the good sense to stay in his office with the door closed all day.

**Which makes me feel like a shitheel to say, because this guy is my friend.

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At 8:53 PM, Anonymous mel said...


That company you're working for doesn't deserve you if they don't recognize your efforts ... and also that you're about fed-up.

My experience has been that most employees and prospective employees lack the dedication you describe.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger lee said...

Thanks, mel. These past few weeks have been tough—but so am I!

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

If you want to passive aggressive yourself into being fired, I may have a few hints to help you begin that process! Of course, at the time I used all of those methods, I wasn't actively trying to get fired, but they seem to have worked towards that purpose anyway! ;)

Get thee to a community college or university woman, you know you have the chops!

At 6:56 PM, Blogger lee said...

Welcome back to the US of A, Amy! Are you fluent in Turkish now?

About work: It's just the crazy summer schedule, you know? I'm DOC again this year, and it's no fun. Once summer's over I'll be okay...

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

Benim Turkcem cok kotu! Siktir git! (My Turkish is really bad! Fuck off!)

Heeheehee! (And I couldn't figure out how to do letters with accents, so it is even worse up there than it usually is!)

Sorry about the summer session! Maybe if you sat down with your co-worker and just told him what you thought that would alleviate *some* stress? He's 28 (29?) now, he's a big boy, he can handle it. Plus, I think he'd rather hear it from you in the long run than from some idiot higher up....(This is, of course, all based on the idea that whom we're talking about is the same person...which I believe we are....)

Thanks for the advice on "the site that shall not be named because it could ruin your on-line rep"! I'm going to apply, anyway, and see what happens....


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