Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Fortunately, I am home and quite comfortable. It's our slow season at work, so in between handling small tasks, I can read, or I can open my personal laptop for some blogging. I'm not neglecting my work. I simply don't have a lot of work to do now.
We were under some pressure to be in the office once a month for in-person meetings and to socialize over a provided lunch. That pressure is gone for now because the higher uppities decided they want our offices to be in a different part of the city, close to many restaurants and high-end shopping. Our former space was rented to someone else immediately, so a month-to-month continuation of the lease was impossible. The new space is being remodeled and it has been alleged it will be ready in March. I'm betting on June or July.
I don't want to go to the new office. The traffic is terrible. If I should be required at some point to return to the office full time, that would be my breaking point.
I was supposed to go to a friend's for Christmas dinner. She texted me during the morning to say she was ill. I'm sorry she didn't feel well, but I was fine with staying at home to enjoy my favorite Christmas movies and a simple dinner.
I thought I was done with Christmas shopping for myself after I bought three pairs of flannel jammies from Victoria's Secret. But I ended up getting myself a new office chair, too. I couldn't relax in the one I bought from the furniture store when I purchased my desk. On Mondays, I had no back pain. It commenced on Tuesday afternoons, and by the end of the week I had a constant sharp pain in my back, beneath my right shoulder blade. I needed a chair that allowed me to lean back and get comfy. And I found one. It even has a heat function, similar to a heating pad on the lowest setting. The warmth comforts my back and bottom.
I did not want to make any purchases on the larger side until at least March, but my back demanded I spend the money.
I'm especially happy that work is slow now because I'm having annoying issues with the work computer stuff. My supervisor noticed yesterday that I don't have access to a particular application that I would seldom use and am not trained to use. He insisted that I call IT so they could make the %^&*$#! piece of shite work for me. No one in IT knew how to take care of it. Finally, someone who is supposed to know this stuff contacted me to ask what the problem was. He said he would send a temporary password for the application and once I used it to gain access, I could set a new password for myself.
Instead, he sent me a password for an application I use all the time, which caused me to be kicked out of the system and unable to perform the little bit of work I did have. Again, I called IT. Again, no one knew what to do. Again, the knowledgeable person contacted me. He helped me get into the application I need and asked me to share my screen so he could be sure of what I needed with the application I don't need. When he saw what I was trying to do, he said, Oh, no. We can't help with that.
Christ on a cracker.
I was again locked out this morning but managed to get back in on my own. I am ignoring a message from the knowledgeable person and communicating as little as possible with my supervisor in the hope he will forget his need for me to have an application that no one can help me get into and I don't know how to use.
I was very grumpy upon being locked out this morning, but my mood is gradually lightening. Florida is out of the freezer. My backdoor is open so Franklin and Penelope can run in and out as they please. I can use my important work systems, at least for now. I enjoyed reading your most recent blog posts. They helped me feel better as well, as did writing this post with my complaints, which you should feel free to ignore.
My recent training was not very successful, and more training is to take place soon. I fear I'm being made a jack of all trades and a master of none.
Infinities of love,
There's nothing more important than a comfortable work chair! Glad you found the perfect one!ReplyDelete
I am comfy in it right now.Delete
Ah! Laughter helps whatever ails you or has you down. Happy New Year, Janie! Let's hope 2023 is a good one. ;)ReplyDelete
I certainly want life to look up for you.Delete
Now I can see why you needed the laugh!!!! There is nothing worst then a long commute. A waste of time each day. I know, I did it for 13 years straight when I use to commute to NJ from Bucks County, when I worked for Bloomies.ReplyDelete
Bucks County to Jersey? How awful.Delete
I love The Far SideReplyDelete
Hope you get your tech issues settled and don't have to go in person to the office. At least seldom enough that you can continue your job there.
You've probably noticed that I love it, too. At least I don't have to be concerned with going to any kind of office for a while.Delete
Computer problems can drive me crazy in a way that no other things can. At least you have a comfortable chair in which to get frustrated!ReplyDelete
This is true. Computer problems AND back pain would be too much for me.Delete
Isn't technology great? When the bank I worked at went to computers, some of the older tellers had to retire. They could not perform the function of double click.ReplyDelete
I had a professor in college who was an older gentleman. He tried to use computers but when he needed to double click, he had to hold the mouse with both hands and even then, it didn't always work for him.Delete
Hi Janie, thanks for following my blog, I like yours and look forward to reading more! A perfect office chair, exactly what I would like to find too. Mine is uncomfortable, and I'm so jealous that yours is heated!ReplyDelete
I got my chair from Wayfair. It was delivered in two days. I had to put it together, but it wasn't very hard.Delete
I left a comment, it disappeared so I hope it came throughReplyDelete
Comments seem to disappear because I have comment moderation turned on. After I read the comments, then I post them.Delete
Far Side always makes life better ! Wayfair is a great shop.ReplyDelete
Wayfair deliveries are fast.Delete
Computers are great when they work . . . And tech guys - have you tried turning it off and on again? But a warming chair! Oh yes please.ReplyDelete
Oh, yes. It's been turned off and on.Delete
The far side made me smile today thank uReplyDelete
I would challenge anyone NOT to smile when looking at a far side cartoon.Delete
Having had the recent experience of trying to make our new phones work on our carrier's network, using the only one that did to talk to them (an old cheapy flip phone) and getting nowhere, I can relate to IT folks who are less than advertised. We switched carriers, BTW. Kock-on-wood, all better now.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed the cartoons :D
I'm glad that worked out for you, but I'm sure it was frustrating.Delete
Oh good lord. Office bureaucracy! Beware the tech department. They mean well but they are the merchants of doom.ReplyDelete
The teach guys we had in the office are angels. But now we have to call a phone # for tech support and it's hit or miss.Delete
We gotta keep our bottoms comfy. We spend a lot of time sitting down! I'm glad you found one that works for you. And I just love Far Side comics!ReplyDelete