December 30th, 2010

Whale fluke

The Whinge of Work (formerly Friends-Locked)

This stays here.

Right now, I'm not working. Unless something changes, I will not need to be in the office until Monday, January 10th, as on Tuesday my boss asked me to take time off. This means that unless I'm called in next week to help for whatever reason, I will have worked less than 16 hours in two weeks. I worked only part-time in the two-week period before that, again due to not having as much to do in the office due to my boss being gone; in that last pay period, I worked just under 50 hours out of a possible 80.

I did not plan to work this little. This means it's been harder to budget my money, because lately I haven't been guaranteed anything approaching full time. This has been building for a while: I've worked only one full 80-hour period in months. Usually it's closer to 60-65 hours. I've maybe only worked this little when I was on a genuine vacation -- of which I've had only one since I started at Hoffman just over a year ago -- or when I've been sick. No; even when I've been sick I haven't worked less than 16 hours out of a possible 80. As much as I came to hate the dog show company job during the 25 weeks I was there last year, its hours were far more reliable; in fact, even earning my lowest hourly wage in a decade at that job, I managed to accumulate money, though a lot of that was because I stripped down my extra expenses to almost nothing. (The library and my boxes of previously-unread books helped keep me entertained in 2009, I'm telling you.) That's been harder this year.

It's also been harder to budget time. I'm on a de facto vacation, but I had no way to plan for it. It was a decision by my boss that I'd have trouble challenging. And I'm feeling poor and worried about how I pay for my usual stuff, let alone using the time to do something special.

I have ways of dealing with this. Doesn't stop me from feeling cranky and unappreciated. I'm figuring out what to do to improve the work situation (no I'm not going to tell you yet), and what to do with my time off AND what to do once I'm working again. There are options.

But yeah, at the moment I'm feeling needy, and worried about money. I know, join the club I have.

Updates as things get worth updating.
Cartoon Chris

Stormtroopers and Klingons (because "Reptiles and Samurai" would be too obscure)

As there is room in my heart for the universe that gave us

Not to mention

and for the universe that gave us

Not to mention

you're damned skippy this is Relevant To My Interests and on my calendar:
Saving the Galaxy One Pint at a Time

On January 1, 2011, the Red Cross will host an epic battle between the ultimate galaxy warriors: Stormtroopers vs. Klingons! Blood and platelet donors from the greater Portland area will be called upon to choose their side in the intergalactic showdown!

This first annual galaxy blood drive will take place New Year’s Day at the Portland Donor Center and will run from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. On site and available for photo opportunities will be members of “The 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist” and “The Klingon Assault Group (KAG).”

Every presenting donor will cast their ballot for the Stormtroopers or the Klingons, and the side with the most votes will walk away with the Galaxy Drive Trophy! In addition, donors will be given buttons (like the above graphic, plus Star Wars/Star Trek only styles), shirts and can enter into a drawing to receive one of several gifts, including: a one-night stay at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, a “Tauntaun” sleeping bag, two $25 gift certificates from Gartner’s Meat Market, a Mary Kay package and more.
I'm booked for a 10:45 a.m. donation. Of course I'd be there. I am Klingon a little short for a stormtrooper due to donate!
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They battle but they never die...

...well, no, actually sometimes they die, but that's not the quote, and I'm a stickler for this stuff. But! As I will go to a Saturday blood drive where donors will cast their vote for either Klingons or Stormtroopers, joined the battle must be, and the battle cry to let Stovokor know that its greatest warriors are on its way (so be ready) will sound. So!

Poll #1662513 Stormtroopers Vs. Klingons

Who do you support?


Explain your reasoning!

I already know how I will vote, but if you could, if you were among the blasters and bat'lehs and white helmets and craggy foreheads, what would your choice be? And show your work (more detail in comments if you're so inclined). Remember that the drive will have both stormtroopers and Klingons.