Wednesday, March 18, 2009

updates to the blog

I'm trying to add a little more to the blog. I'm looking to update the header too, I just have to find the right picture. Unfortunately, my laptop died recently, and I have not transferred the photos from it to my new computer as of yet.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Back-up plan

So, I asked Jman what he wanted to be when he grew up. His response:

J - I want to be a writer
Me - Well, what is your back up plan?
J- I'll be an actor. No, wait, I'll be an artist if that doesn't work.

I don't think he grasped what I was getting at....

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Music soothes the savage beast

Lately I've been a bit tense, what with the job situation, hubby being away, and Jman just being difficult. I'd forgotten one of my relaxation tools until today, a very simple fix. It's music.
It amazes how music can have such an influence on my emotional health. I may be stressed and irritable, but once I slip my headphones on, sit back and listen, the anger leaves my body and a calmness comes over me. It doesn't have to be any certain song, as long as it is not too "energetic". Blue October is a good band for me to relax with, since they are not overly heavy on guitar or drum riffs. I don't have to listen for that long of a time, 3-4 songs worth, before I'm ready to deal with the world again.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I'm lucky, right?

I have an odd situation at my job. Along with most companies in the US today, mine is restructuring and cutting back on jobs. This means that folks at my level may have their specific job cut but a new one will be created to combine that job along with another one. This is the case with my job, they are planning on cutting the position across the board from all the stores.
This is not a problem, since I know that as they restructure the jobs I should have one of the new "combo" jobs.
Herein lies the problem. One of the jobs my boss would like me to take is a salaried job at almost twice my pay (currently I am hourly). This is great, right? Well, I am not too sure. The new job will entail me being responsible for personnel, hiring, and making sure all the underlings are their jobs. Lots and lots of interactions with people. I've had it come up before that I am intimidating and that our temporary employees don't feel like they can approach me because I demand a lot from them (I expect them to do the job they were hired to do, not to stand around and socialize. I hate people and my skills at being "democratic" and "tactful" with others is questionable. I do a good job now; I interact with one other person all day long, with a few interactions with other interspersed throughout the day,I find financial errors, I follow-up on paperwork and I get things done. The people I communicate with are through the computer, no face-to-face.

Obviously, my boss believes I can do the job since she approached me about it, but I don't know if I should apply for it. I don't believe in taking a job if I can not give it 100% of my skills.
On the other hand, the money is nice, we have college funds and retirements to think about.
What do you think I should do?