Today was just one of those days, you know? We had some serious storms blow through last night and there was debris everywhere on our ride to breakfast.
Here was one large branch on the path that we moved out of the way.
Nothing will stop us from bagels!
It was funny, just yesterday I was saying to John how I was starting to feel more relaxed because work had calmed down, I was going to be stopping tutoring andwith that stress and feeling sort of more relaxed about the endless house closing.
As soon as we pulled in to the driveway, my phone rang and it was work. The first of 16 phone calls between me and work today… Not good when the call starts with “Do you want the good news or bad news first?”. Always take the bad first, right? Well, my main account has been threatening to leave for a long time and today they pulled the plug. That is probably 80% of my paycheck right there. I am not surprised, but still this was not news I wanted. The good news was that they had a new account they wanted me to start on right away. However, due to their poor planning and dinking around – it was utterly urgent that I start the account pretty much immediately. That meant new software, which had to be installed on my computer. At first one of the tech guys was going to come to my place, then they wanted *me* to drive up there and pick up the disk. Really? Your emergency is not my problem. Anyway, I agreed to meet them half way – about 20 minutes or so from home – to pick up a thumb drive with software on it. It was like doing a drug deal. Then I had to wait all day while the tech guys virtually installed the stuff on my computer. So, not only did I lose my main account, but then I couldn’t work on any of my backups because my computer was busy. I was not really a happy camper about that because I hate losing money and knowing I have to make this up over the weekend. That’s the bummer about being paid by production and not salary.
Anyway, the new software is *finally* installed and I got ‘training’ on the new account, which was basically “They are really picky and do things weird, so good luck.” No account specifications, no samples, just thrown to the wolves. I wasn’t even put on QA review for the account because they were so desperate to have me working on it right away.
So, I hope this works out, but it doesn’t sound like a great situation. It is really an overflow account that apparently is terribly behind right now to the tune of 3 weeks (should be a 24 hour turnaround). I don’t know what will happen when it gets caught up, but I guess I will just have to wait and see. My company told me that I was their priorityall of the MTs to find work for. Finally some acknowledgement of appreciation for how much work I do for them on weekends and such.
I am trying not to stress too much about it. I will take a money hit for a while until I get up to speed on the account. Again – a downfall to production work. Hopefully it won’t take too long. And I will be polishing up my resume in the meantime.
Never a dull moment around here, I tell you.