Monday, June 25, 2007

Manic Monday

I had an awful day at work today. Sometime between last Friday and today, one of my suppliers who's supposed to be taking back all of their NCM (non-conforming material) parts has decided that they now can't manage to do anything with it, so all the requests I spent last Wednesday through Friday preparing (opening boxes, scanning barcodes on parts, looking up pricing and PO information, and then repacking) were no longer acceptable today. That was hours and hours of work down the crapper and thousands of dollars still in inventory! I was able to copy and paste all of the information into new RMA (return material authorization) requests going to another supplier, but that wasted a lot of time when I could have been working on new requests. (I have close to $900,000 of inventory that I need to try and get moved out by the end of the quarter--this Friday.)

The other problem was another IBM plant that is now refusing to accept my RMA requests, because they don't have time to (or don't want to) do the failure analysis on their modules that are failing in our machines. All in all, it was a pretty disappointing day and I must admit there was a fair amount of profanity flying around in my brain and trying to get past my lips. I got to work at 5:30 this morning and didn't leave till 4:30 this afternoon, so that added to my tiredness also.

The absolute worst thing is that I'm so darn busy I don't even have time to look at anybody's blogs during work time and now tonight I'm just too tired. I'm looking forward to next week and going back to my "normal" schedule that allows a little time for non-work-related activities during the day.

I'm really trying to keep a positive attitude, but this has been the worst end-of-quarter ever and many people are starting to become very short-tempered. I heard about 1 person getting fired over the weekend and another person who made an inappropriate comment to a co-worker (a Manpower vendor like me) and was suspended from work for 4 days without pay, put on probation for a year, and demoted to the manufacturing line.

So, long story short, I have no inspiration for a lovely post tonight. I need to run the dishwasher, do some more laundry, and then go knit to get some sanity back.

Here's the picture I took yesterday morning of the Gray Catbird and her "kitten" in their nest (see the little beak in front of her at the edge of the nest?) Aren't they precious?
I noticed she incorporated a string from the blue tarp that's blowing to shreds in my neighbor's yard.

Thanks for listening to me rant. I'm hoping for a better day tomorrow.....


Lynne said...

Hang in there Ruth! Relax tonight and know I'm thinking about you, hoping things settle down at work.
Love your catbird and "kitten" picture! I've never seen one on the nest before. I thik catbirds are my favorite backyard birds.

Body Soul Spirit said...

I hope the rest of the week improves for you. And take time for yourself in the evening. Your inspiration will return.

Jayne said...

You just rant on Ruthie. I hope you had a wonderful night's sleep and awake today to feel more rested and relaxed. Sweet, sweet cat bird with kitten!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you had such a bad day yesterday, I hope today is better, glad your knitting relaxes you. This is sort of like working at Mayo Clinic,different people different faces, same stress, remember that!
Loved the catbird and kitten!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for your kind thoughts. I'm pleased to report today went much better (as I expected it would). No unexpected notes in my work e-mailbox and all work progressed smoothly. Must have been the knitting....

Larry said...

and the kitten-I like that.
The only thing about a bad day or week at work is that it feels so good when it stops.-I feel your pain!

RuthieJ said...

Oh Larry, you are SO right! Plus it makes me appreciate my 'home haven' that much more too.

Mary said...

Ruthie, Ruthie, Ruthie. We all need to rant. I hope you felt better after you clicked "publish". I know I do when I feel that way.

Business is brutal, especially when dealing with large corporations. I tend to throw things. Makes me feel much better! LOL!

Hey, at least you were able to smile at those little catbirds. So sweet!

RuthieJ said...

Mary, I did feel better. It's really nice to have such a great "blogger support group."

Thanks again everyone :-)

nina said...

Thanks for the kitten! :-)
Next week will be better.
If it's any consolation, I sense a thunderstorm, too--figuratively speaking. Why is it that life seems to cycle that way? Simmering and building, and then the thunder--all better.q

RuthieJ said...

Best of luck to you....hopefully it won't be a 'supercell' thunderstorm and very little damage to clean up. I guess that's why they call it work and not fun!