Last week before I got down to meet my Spousal Unit for lunch, Mark comes into the lunch room and mentions to my SU that he should expect me to be pretty bitchy for the next couple of weeks. "Oh yeah, how come?" my SU asks (what he really wanted to say was, "welcome to my world" but that's another story). And Mark's response was, "because she has to work with me." It kind of irritated me that he said that (why does everyone think I am such a bitch? I'm really a very nice person--most of the time)
Anyway, on only 2 days of this week has Mark received any of our parts to work with. We're getting pushed from all our engineers to get this inventory moving because we only have a couple more weeks to try and get rid of a little over $1 million in defective inventory (did she say million? yeah, that's right). So late this morning, Mark walks in and announces to us that he won't be in tomorrow because he's taking comp time. And he still hasn't received any of our parts yet today. Oh man, I just lost it as soon as he left the room. Before Lynnea left, she told me that her manager had said if we had any situations where we felt Mark was not taking care of our work properly to let him know, so you better believe I fired off an immediate e-mail to Mark's manager. I tried to word it nicely and read it back to my office mate, just to make sure the note didn't sound as angry as I felt. In less than 10 minutes we had a response from the manager indicating that Mark would be in tomorrow. (So Mark, that prediction you made last week in the lunch room did come true....)
While I was at lunch, my office mate said Mark came down to our work area and he wasn't happy. You know what, that's too bad, because you're not doing your job, Buster! I wouldn't begrudge him the time off if he had gotten even a portion of our parts taken care of for us, and I have yet to figure out what he does all day because there's another guy in his regular area who can help cover Mark when he's over doing Lynnea's job for us. So needless to say, I believe there's now another person at work who will say that "Ruth is a bitch and you sure don't want to piss her off. " All's I can say is that if I'm working hard trying to support my people for that lousy $11.90 an hour vendor wage, you better be earning your $17 or $18 per hour (plus regular employee benefits) too. Is that too much to ask?
Whew, I'm glad I got that off my chest. Thanks for listening. So now I need to relax and what better way to do it than a few hours of knitting. Tonight was the second session of my "Funky Fair Isle" hat class. I had 2 students and here's a picture of us happy knitters.
They did pretty good considering we had only 2 hours. It's always rewarding for me to teach someone something new in knitting and have them say, "wow, that's really cool, I never knew how to do this before," or my other favorite, "this is so much easier/better than the way I was doing it."
Next month I will be teaching a two-part mitten class. A couple of my students have indicated that it would be fun to make some mittens to match the hat they learned in this class. Hopefully I'll be seeing them again.
I want to let you all know that I probably won't be posting as regularly for the next couple of weeks, due to being busier at work and archery deer season opening up this Saturday. I hope to be able to stay caught up with everyone's blogs. I'm looking forward to a week of vacation in October and getting back to my regular schedule (and happy mood) again.