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Archive for March, 2007

why do things have to get complicated???

March 30th, 2007 at 07:44 pm

there are network problems and I cannot print...I NEED to print!!!...otherwise I cannot hand in the manager's travel expense reports!!! H E L P ! ! !....

I already called Help Desk...they are working on, the questino is: can they fix it in time???



March 29th, 2007 at 08:23 pm

yes, inventorIES....I've taken inventory of everything that I was responsible for, including equipment (multimedia projectors, video cameras, projection screens, etc) and training materials (listed all materials on hand, and made a special printing guide for some materials, like the ones that need to be printed in color, or bound, or laminated!)...

believe it or not, a projector had been "abandoned" in one of the meeting rooms!Since this happens so often, I want to have all 3 on hand tomorrow when I say good-bye to my boss, so he KNOWS I handed them in before misunderstandings there! (these are $2k each!)

I have also started removing my personal stuff, starting on Monday this week, so there really isn't much left...I have been sending emails like crazy with all these attachments on how to manage all house expenses (7 houses!) and how to handle the logistics for I feel a bit overloaded....I have been leaving work at around 7:00-7:30 every night...tonight is an exception because I have to go pick up Ale and I know she can't reasonably be expected to behave at my office for more than 1 hour!!, I'm guessing I'll have to come earlier tomorrow, if I want to leave before 6 on my last day!

Have I mentioned that I HATE waiting for things to happen??

March 29th, 2007 at 02:38 pm

Only about a 100 times, I think!...
well, my best friend called yesterday because they need some translations at the place she works. I quoted her $570 (it is about 40 pages)...since it's over %500, she has to get two more, now I'm waiting to see if I will be the one to get the assignment or whether someone else will give her a better offer ...I hate waiting!!! would be SO great to get it!!

$49 for the $20 challenge for March!

March 27th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

sold some toys and my share (of profit) is $49! woo-hoo!!

As if I didn't have enogh to do already!!!

March 26th, 2007 at 07:55 pm

I thought I had 9 vacation days remaining and, according to the HR system I have -2?? meaning I have taken 2 days MORE than I was entitled to??...NO!, I wrote to them to try to clarify it....I mean, I want to be PAID for those 9 days -as per local law!

$30 for $20 challenge for March

March 26th, 2007 at 06:55 pm

just a reminder

going nuts!!

March 21st, 2007 at 09:00 pm

I'm trying to do my day-to-day tasks while filing/throwing away everything that I should have filed/thrown away in the past 3 years, but didn't!! and, whose fault is THAT? mine and mine alone, really!) ...also, I'm trying to write out the programmable admin tasks for April and May, so that things are at least half-controlled once I leave (not really "required", but I know it's expected!)...there's a major training in April and, things should have been ready by April 5th, so now I'm trying to have everything set up by March 30th...that will give the other admin about 17 days before she actually has to take 100% charge of the training logistics (believe me, that is supposed to be an "extra 10% activity", which somehow ends up being a full time job for at least 2 weeks!)...I'm also in charge of a pilot test for the new purchasing process, which started this I'll also have to leave instructions for far, I've managed to list (most) of the tasks for April...but, this is the "programmable" ones, meaning the ones I KNOW when/how will hit me...there are also the many odds and ends that I take care of....needless to say, I'm feeling the stress!!!...(the only good thing about that is it DEFINETELY offsets any sadness I might feel about actually makes me want to run away!!LOL!)

New job!!!

March 20th, 2007 at 05:30 pm

well, it's official, I am starting my new job on April 2nd...yay!!!...Part of me is really excited...of course, part of me is sad to be leaving my "children"...
one of my bosses made me cry yesterday (the one that has helped me with Ale's school)...he made sad puppy eyes at me when he said "I'm so happy for you"...

I'm also a bit mad at the other admin, because she is indignant that "they don't care" ("they" being our bosses)...and, I know that is not the case...but, I cannot tell her because obviously I cannot tell her about the 1001 ways in which they have proven their appreciation to me (plus, that would probably just make matters worse!)...oh, I need to let that go, I cannot really do anything about it...

So, I have two weeks to clean my desk and finish any pending tasks...also to bring the other admin up to speed on my tasks/responsibilities...OUCH!...she's going nuts as it is with all the travel arrangements not only for our unit (22 people) but for 2 sets of consultant teams (6 and 4 people, respectively), plus all the travel arrangements for people that are coming for interviews... It would be simple enough if people would make up their minds as to what they want....she hasn't been in the best of moods lately and, I guess the perspective of dealing with all the admin stuff on her own is not too appealing...

income tax return = $173.00

March 12th, 2007 at 07:11 pm

well, my taxes have been filed and supposedly I should be getting $173.00 before May...which is fortunate because I have to pay for Ale's school books in May, and they cost $, now I need a 3 page translation to cover the rest!...

35 Celsius!

March 12th, 2007 at 02:47 pm

We're frying! has been so hot this past weekend, that the fans have been on 24/7...and I still got a migraine from the heat!...and yesterday none of us could sleep...except Ale, who totally "disconnects" herself at night...and to think rainy season officially starts in May...and we may not even get scattered showers before mid-April....

danger! danger!

March 8th, 2007 at 08:59 pm

well, we had our bi-monthly meeting yesterday and, sure enough, they casually mentioned that the rules of the game will soon be changing when it comes to our monthly bonus (based on X index on performance, which has been constantly achieved for the last 3-5 years, and which has meant a monthly bonus of $120 for all employees...the bonus will soon be based on Y index, which is consistently lower than target...those $120 could very easily go down to $30 or less per month!)...I mean, it makes sense, the idea is to make everyone work towards improving Y index, but...O U C H!

They didn't announce a date for it, so it might still be a couple of months away, but, at least WE get a heads up....other areas will be hit without warning!

going crazy!

March 7th, 2007 at 03:50 pm

between re-locating my files to fit the stuff for the office supply pilot test, and trying to catch up on 1 week of backlogged work at the same time, and running around to get all the info/tests I needed to deliver to the emb assy, I'm going nuts!, the space allocated for the office supplies is really not enough, so I have to re-locate my training materials (of which I shouldn't have as many as I do, but, one of our managers left recently and he found about 10 manuals and other odds and ends in his desk when cleaning up...all of which landed magically on my already cluttered desk!!)...the good news is: I already found the perfect filing cabinet for my materials...except currently it's full of old materials (we use to print a copy of everything for the trainers...we then decided it was way too much effort and now we upload it and have them download it into their laptops...and each downloads whatever modules s/he's teaching!)...we also have a longer session(2 days vs 1/2 day) to review all materials with them, to decide which materials need changing BEFORE they are printed!...
AND, I have to schedule the trainings for this year in my calendar and a reminder to send the purchase order to the printers 3 weeks in advance! (If I do leave, I would then just forward these "appointments" to the person in charge of trainings and then s/he can do it or, forward it to the next victim, er, admin assistant to take my place)...well, gotta go!