Useless Blogging

December 17, 2007

Out with the old

Filed under: Family,My World,Thoughts,Work — steegness @ 11:14 pm

Starting January 2nd (or another mutually-agreed upon date) I am to be an Academic Data and Reporting Specialist for Connections Academy, a “school without walls” teaching grades K-12 over the internet. For those keeping track:

  • Day 0: Verizon serves notice of a reduction in force
  • Day 4, morning: I send resume to Connections Academy
  • Day 4, evening: I get a phone call to set interview
  • Day 5: Interview set
  • Day 7: Interview
  • Day 15: Phone call offering job

The speed of this process has been insane, but I couldn’t be much happier with the result. I get to apply skills I have in spades to a position where I might be able to actually make a dent, and my family gets to keep eating into 2008.

As speedy as it was though, it was still plenty difficult, and I certainly would not have even sniffed the success I’m experiencing were it not for my family and friends. Too numerous to name, I offer a single heartfelt thank you to the lot of you: it is only through your strength that I was able to find my own.

Guess I need to buy some new shirts.

December 14, 2007

Offered a job

Filed under: My World,Work — steegness @ 8:41 pm

Title says it all, I think. I’ve not committed yet, as I’m waiting for things in writing so I can see exactly where the chips fall, but barring insurmountable differences, yay.

November 29, 2007

RIFed

Filed under: Rants,Work — steegness @ 1:18 pm

Today was notification day for the reduction in force.
I got tapped.

More to come, believe it.

October 2, 2007

Things that have happened since my last post

Filed under: Family,Friends,My World,Thoughts,Work — steegness @ 11:43 am
  • In-Laws and Grand-In-Laws came to spend the night
  • The girls started taking martial arts classes (in Emma’s case: add “again”)
  • I attended a pair of college fairs, and helped with off-campus interviews
  • Work ate my brain. Guess technically it’s still doing that, though…
  • It became October
  • Julie went to Atlantic City (and lost 🙁 )
  • I took the girls to see Ratatouille
  • The Mets lost a playoff spot in AMAZING fashion
  • I discovered Verizon’s Games On Demand (and my employee discount)
  • I got sized for a tux

There’s probably more, and it’s interesting and all. But I refer you to the fourth item for my failure to communicate the interesting things.

August 1, 2007

Poignant Haiku

Filed under: My World,Rants,Work — steegness @ 7:01 am

This month’s ThinkGeek haiku winner:

Client with no specs.
Wants results in two weeks time.
Must. Not. Kill. Must. Not.

June 21, 2007

New Developments

Filed under: Family,Friends,My World,Work — steegness @ 7:04 am

In work, I’ve been reassigned. No longer am I primarily a reporter, writing reports and doing data certification. I now am part of the data side of the house, developing the database and the information within. This is (likely) one of those “change is good” changes.

Two days until The Cash-Kester wedding. I’m still trying to figure out what, if anything, will change after the wedding. Besides the ability to file taxes together, I mean.

Work has another reduction coming up in August. I’m told by reputable sources not to fear too much.

I shot off a letter to my VP last night. The web form I used said that I could expect a private response. That will be fun, I bet.

Last but not least, I’ve started cyberstalking Zig and Lance.

April 6, 2007

The Return

Filed under: Work — steegness @ 7:12 am

(cross-posted to the internal work blog)

The past three days found me in Tampa (I’m back home as of the writing of this post), and things are looking… well, simultaneously exciting and scary.

To say work has a full plate would be an understatement. Work has a seven course meal, and then biscuits and coffee back at home once the meal is over. And maybe some bacon before bed. Or during.

I’m actually kind of jazzed for that though. It’s going to give a lot of opportunities, and a lot of new knowledge.

What I’m not so jazzed about is how much the effectiveness of my job will come to depend on other people, people whose plates aren’t as full and therefore don’t feel the same kinds of pressures I’m feeling. People that won’t be fired for slowing me down when my job hangs in the balance. People not on my team and therefore out of the purview of managers and directors and etc. who can influence the folks slowing me down.

Exciting. Scary. Rollercoaster? Maybe.

March 15, 2007

The Effort Effect

Filed under: Family,Philosophy,Thoughts,Work — steegness @ 2:37 pm

From the minds of Stanford: a thirty-year study on static and dynamic mindsets.

Read over the link, and then come back. I’ll wait.

Done? Good. Now, for those with kids, think about your kids. For everyone, think about your co-workers. Can you see where they fit in relation to this study?

Emma seems to be a pretty classic case of stasis. My mom says I was too, but I don’t think I was, certainly not to the extent that Emma is. Emma complains of boredom, and then shuns every suggestion given to her since she can’t excel at it. I don’t remember being that bored. 🙂

Sara’s a different nugget to crack with regards to this study. I’ll have to think a bit more about her (though commenters who know her are welcome to jump in with thoughts).

Deep, deep thoughts.

March 8, 2007

Apply head to desk in swift fashion; repeat

Filed under: Rants,Work — steegness @ 10:50 am

Mandated day in the office for the purposes of finding our if I get to keep my job. The good news; apparently I do.

The bad news: today was easily the most aggravating day of travel I’ve had in years. Indeed, the traffic reporter (who has covered this town as long as I can remember) repeatedly proclaimed to day to be the worst day for commuting that he’d seen in many years. The only good thing I can mention is that I got to see a car propped up on its driver-side door, which I don’t get to see on a regular basis.

January 9, 2007

Custom Bookmarks By Emma

Filed under: Family,Work — steegness @ 11:14 am

Emma is now an entrepreneur.

You too can own your very own Custom Bookmark By Emma. Pictured are a few samples from the inagural batch. Emma has set the price at $2 (USD), but in reality, if you’re willing to offer 25 cents or more, you’re a cool person.

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