Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The end of last month I was brought into a meeting with my boss and our HR person (not a good sign). "First quarter earnings...... tightening the budgets.....blah,blah,blah....you're position is going away.....blah,blah....severance pay......" I ended up with a month's notice and due to my length of time at the company 8.5 years I had an okay severance package. After 2 weeks of looking around for something else in my pay/skill level I decided an extended "vacation" may not be so bad. Just as I got used to that idea and figured out I had enough savings to see me through the rest of the year, the resource center (copy/mail in our building) supervisor gave 2 weeks notice.
The same day that manager came over to me and said he would offer me the position however - it's 3 grade levels below me and the pay scale was below mine. By the end of the day my manager called to say they worked out a deal so they would pay me 90% of my current income for this position. However, that's over the top of the scale and that means come April I won't be able to get the annual increase. But - and here's where they got me - if I don't take the position I lose the severance package because they have offered me a job at 90% my pay scale and I do know how to do the position (after all I trained the last supervisor). I accepted figuring at least I have my benefits and any position that comes up in my grade level I can go for without having to be at this position the usual "at least 1 year".
I should spent the past week and the rest of this week clearing up my current projects and started this new position Friday this week. Life has been playing fun little tricks with my life lately so naturally the supervisor quit early - last Thursday. I was going to work with him this week to get passwords, supply ordering information, billing procedures, etc. I got NADA! I walked into the center Friday with no help (the help was pulled to another site because of an emergency there). Friday, Monday and today have been, to say the least, crazy. We got more copy jobs and projects than normal. One job was 16 cases of books to cut down to 6x9" and 3-hole drill. At least I hunted up some help for this and he's been great. I'm just not used to doing anything like this any more. I've become a desk jockey. Give me a spreadsheet, word document, etc. and I'll make magic happen. Collating 12 documents into one bigger document with slip sheets in between (25 times) and my shoulder muscles will complain!
In the middle of all this I keep getting phone calls from people wanting me to do my former job - the one I thought I'd have until Thursday to clear up. I still have to write the monthly newsletter and update several of the websites for our other sites. ARGH!
Okay - rant over......... I'll survive and I do have a job so I can't complain too much.
Now to make me feel better I'll work on my baby sweater and if I get bored of that I'll work on my socks. At least my off time is still the same and the boys will always give me a good purr!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I like this design with this yarn. The yarn isn't so busy that the design gets lost.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I ended up letting the iPod die (run its battery down). Like I had any choice - it wouldn't do anything else. After it was offically dead. I recharged it and it let me format after it was charged. Of course, all my music and podcasts are on the computer in iTunes so I didn't have any problems getting things back to normal.
I have gotten so used to the iPod Classic in the past few months that I forgot how small the storage was on my old Mini. The Classic has 80g memory while the Mini has 4g. Last night figuring I'd need to use the Mini I loaded up what I could but couldn't get everything on. At least it worked for my bike workout. Riding a exercise bike in a basement with nothing to listen to would have been terrible!
But - as of now I'm back to normal and listened to Sticks & String and a few others that posted new episodes this weekend. I also found a new podcast that sound like it will be good. Diva Knitting.
Since I started talking about podcasts yesterday I decided I'd list the ones I listen to in case anyone is interested in finding some new ones. I'm not going to link them as you can go onto iTunes or google the names.
Belle of the Ball
Changelings Knit and Stitch
It's a Purl, Man
Knitting at Night
Ready Set Knit
Socks in the City
Stash and Burn
Sticks & String
Sweaters for Dragons - he seems to be pretty slow at getting new podcasts up
Some I 've downloaded but haven't gotten to yet -
The Knitting Cook
Knitting Step by Step for iTunes
Knitty Nora's knitting natter
Lixie Knits It
Mamascrapalota Knits and Spins
Stitch Stud and His Bride
This list should give you something to listen to while knitting, or driving, or excercising, or cleaning the house, or ignoring the boss, or -
or what do you do while you're listening to podcasts?
Speaking of technology - just to let other blogger people know. They still haven't fixed spellcheck. If you go up to the right side and click on help you can then click on known issues then outstanding issues. This will let you check what problems they are working on. Spell check has been out since Feb 5th. Sure would be nice if they could get it fixed!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
So tonight I decided to get the iPod ready for the next week of listening. I turned it on and de-checked the episodes I've listened to and got ready to update from the computer. Then it happened - my iPod FROZE! It also froze my computer. I had to Ctrl-Alt-Del to shut down the computer. Tried again and still iPod froze, computer wouldn't open iTunes when the iPod was plugged in. Plus the iPod doesn't show up on the computer. It doesn't charge. It's (da da dum) DEAD.
What am I going to do? How am I going to get through the rest of the boring database checking without my podcasts!?! Luckily I still have my old iPod but it's been sitting on the shelf for the past 3-4 months. I plugged it into the computer and downloads some of the podcasts I haven't listened to and one of my audiobooks. That's all the space the one has. It will get me through until I figure out whats going on.
So- no knitting tonight. I've been too busy trying to fix the iPod. No knitting tomorrow, I'm having dinner out with several friends. At least Friday will be knit night here so I'll get something done then.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday night only 2 of the "gang" made it over here to knit. One had worked 12 hours and another was sick so they didn't come. Those that did come were very productive. Cousin learned to purl and made a small coaster of stockinette - 2x2 rib - stockinette. It gave her a chance to practice purl and binding off. She's ready for a bigger project beyond her garter stitch scarf. My other friend has been very productive. She made a garter st. blanket for her girl's doll and has been working on a scarf of multi colors for the past few weeks. She's also able to purl now. Next week they'll be making slippers.
The past week I've been trying to survive sinus stuff. It's been over a week of headaches and pressure that "did me in". I ended up working a few short days and Saturday was spent sleeping (and taking Advil). You know you're sick when knitting makes you dizzy! Finally about midnight Saturday I sort of got rid of the headache so today I went to the Knit Out at the Mall.
I was not overly impressed but then- I'm still not totally healthy so I didn't hang around for the special events. I went around the booths, got free samples, ate a burrito up in the food court and went home via the NU Outlet. What I came home with was a crochet hook, some patterns, a pen, the light up needles (size 13), and a skein of Patons Pooch (a very strange yarn!). I didn't wait in the super long line for the Lion Brand tote bag because I have way too many tote bags already and I didn't think it was worth what would probably have been over 1/2 hour wait.
I think the Yarn Out was fun for a few hours but I can't imagine traveling 8 hours, paying for a hotel and having what I saw as the "big event". It didn't seem that impressive to me. What can I say?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Anyone coming to the Twin Cities this weekend for the big event at the Mall of America should also consider heading to to Como Park area to visit the Conservatory. Its a beautiful place and makes you forget the winter cold for a little while.
Some of the flowers in the Sunken garden are so perfect you'd think they're fake.
The past week I've been sick. Sinus stuff. It sounds like it's been going around but I don't like it going around me! I went home sick yesterday after about 2 hours of work and thought I'd try to knit a little bit. After 1 row of knitting I was so dizzy from watching the yarn and needle movement I had to quit. No fun for me! Today I made it through 4 hours of work but finally gave up. Hopefully tomorrow I make it through the whole day because I have to be better in time for the Knit Out at the Mall. Also Sunday night Nicki Epstein is having a book signing Sunday night at Amazing Threads. So looks like I better take it easy tonight and get better!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Baby Boomers Need Glasses
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Enough sad stuff. On to other things - I've been knitting on the Regia socks and the second one is almost 1/2 done. I've been good at using my exercise bike. I decided this week would be "get to know the bike" week so I've only done 15-30 minutes a day and will start with my training next week.
I dropped off my preemie hats to Jeanne's place of work. When I pulled into the lot I noticed a stuffed turkey by the building. Why on God's green earth would a company have a stuffed turkey in the front. That is absolutely the most insane thing I've seen at a company. Give me a break! One problem- once I got out of my car I notice the stuffed turkey moved. They did not have a stuffed turkey, they had a real life big turkey hanging out by the building "sunning" himself. I asked Jeanne about it and she said he kind of moved in after they started building a new section to the building and displaced his former home.
This Friday (Feb 8) noon to 10pm is Yarn Tasting at Amazing Threads. They have lots of goodies (35% off yarn-needle sales,etc) according to the emails I've been getting. They also have many national writers and workshops set up for the next couple months. If you live in the Twin Cities or near them, you should check out their web site for schedules and updates.
My goals for the rest of the week are to finish the Regia sock, work on SIL's neverending Maizy socks and make it through the boring stuff like work so I can go to Amazing Threads Friday night before my friends come over for Friday Night Knit group. This weekend I'll deal with life decisions (after all- tomorrow IS another day).
Sunday, February 3, 2008
The first picture shows the actual color a bit better (but a little 'dull') . As usual I'm doing toe up. I decided the colorway was about as much excitement as my Uncle could handle so I made them in a 2x2 rib. But- I wanted something a bit more than plain rib so these are a cable rib. One round knit all the way around - next round knit 2- purl 2. This gives a bit of texture and interest without so much that the colorway losses the design.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Give it a try and look.
Good plan! - Bert