Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Amazing Personell Office (insert sarcasm here)

Ok, so the state of California is in quite a pickle financially.  Let me break it down for you: basically, we have no money.  This has caused a riot in the whole "state workers" contingency because there isn't money to ohhh...PAY them.

Thus started the illustrious "Furlough Fridays" once a month, which then extended to twice a month...which then ballooned to three times a month.  I think that's where they are holding.  I think. 

I thought my work escaped.  I was wrong.  Last year they told us that we either take 2+ weeks off without pay (and lose benefits and vacation time and retirement during that time) or implement this new-fangled program with a fun acronym.  Don't ask me what it stands for, I don't know and I really don't care.  They take my money.

Anywho, with this program you take the time you would have to furlough all at once and spread it over the following 10 months, so every month your pay is cut by a certain percentage instead.  I was wacked 9%.  Awesome in a can.

The people coordinating the loss of my paycheck?  The personell office.  The people who do what we refer to as "special" math?  The personell office.  The people who have NO IDEA what they are doing with my timesheets?  The personell office.  Are you beginning to see the problem here?  First, they mess up the hours we are supposed to take off.  Then they tell us that we need to total everything per month.  Then they start randomly taking away my vacation time for NO APPARENT REASON.  I haven't had a real vacation in over a year!  Today, I find out they decided to change how they want us to report hours to weekly instead of monthly.  Really?!  I mean REALLY?!  (insert SNL Weekend Update joke here)  What does this all mean?  My timesheet for this month is once again going to be "wrong" because of them and I will get more vacation time docked.  Excellent. 

I just can't even work up the will to care anymore.  Go ahead.  You already cut my pay, yelled at me for working too much, capped out my vacation time, took away random vacation time, and lied to me about all the WHATEVER.  Do what you will with my timesheet.  I can't even claim it anymore as mine, just put down whatever you think I should have worked and let's go with that.

Oh yeah, and have a nice day!

*end of rant*

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Adopt A US Soldier

I ran across this great website that connects volunteers with soldiers who are deployed overseas.  You "adopt" a soldier and write them and/or send them care packages.  I just signed up for my second soldier and if you have the time, they really appreciate it!!  :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Freaky fish

Is it just me, or are these little suckers staring at me??!

The inaugural post

The pressure!  The pressure!

Actually, there really isn't much pressure because no one is even reading this there you go.

Mainly I am starting this for my little sister who will be moving 3 states away the end of May.  The stories must continue!  I mean yes, I know we will text and e-mail and talk...but you never remember all the funny little stories. 

For instance, I got smoked on the highway yesterday by a hearst.  No joke.  It was a dark green hearst, with the curtains in the back window and it was freakin' flying!!!  At least 80 in a 55.  Impressive, no?  I thought it was a good omen...of course, someone could have just been late for a funeral, which is less good...but you know what I mean.

I shall have lots of work stories of crazy clients, spastic students, rude clinicians and random work drama...which are really not funny when they are happening, but get much better when you tell the story later.  The story is usually followed by "can you believe that?!"  Seriously, there are a lot of crazy people out there, and they aaaaaaall call my lab.  It's a curse.  Good thing I'm not an archealogist in Egypt because I would be screeewed. 

I also practice two kinds of martial arts; Taekwondo and Hapkido.  I often have funny stories involving either the students, or what my Hapkido Master yells at us during training (he's a funny guy). 

Here goes nothin'!!