Friday, June 30, 2006

Birthday goodies

Birthday goodies are starting to roll in from the parents. I told them not to bother shipping anything since I'm driving out to MT in a couple weeks I can just pick the stuff up when I go out but since they are starting to buy most of their stuff online these days they are just having stuff shipped to me. There will be some stuff for me to pick up while I'm there though. So far I've gotten candle wax, candle scent, gift cert for Home Depot and an 8 piece china set. Luckily none of the pices broke in the mail. I was pretty impressed/

Here's a pic of the new china:
china

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bye Bye IM's

Well it looks like Cingular finally blocked our IM programs. Bye Bye MSN Msgr, Bye Bye Yahoo Msgr, Bye Bye AIM.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Another job update

Job situation

I posted before about a manager job I was thinking about applying for. Well I applied and I sat through 4 hours of interviews which I thought went alright. The first one was the hardest. It's been about 7 years since I've interviewed for a job and it was a little tough. After the first one though the rest were a breeze.

My manager is holding onto a promotion until I decide what I want to do. If he sends it in to HR then I most likely wouldn't be able to take this job so I thought it was nice of him to wait. Waiting doesn't lose me anything the raise I'm getting with the promotion will be back dated to April 1. The more I thought about the manager job the more I realized I didn't really want it. At least not now.

So I had a talk with my manager and he's going to submit the paperwork to HR for my promotion and raise. We also talked about an idea he had to give me more responsibility in my group. He got approval for me to hire my own contractor. He got the approval for one and is going to try to get me two. These will be people that I will get to hire myself. I will have to call around to contacting companies, interview the candidates, pick one or two and give em stuff to do. Sounds kind of fun. It will be like being a manager only I don't have to worry about doing employee reviews and all that crap cuz they will be contractors. I also need to write up some job descriptions. I've just had so much stuff to do that has fallen to the wayside because I don't have time to do it all. I'm sure I would be able to keep a couple contractors busy with stuff. I guess this would tell me if management is really what I want to get into. So I'm looking forward to this little change.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Bunnies!

Don't look moo cow you really do not want to see this. Oh you already did? Sorry I tried to warn you.

You would not believe all the tiny bunnies I found on one of my rhodies in my yard. This isn't even half of em if you can believe that. It's just one of a few clusters I found. I hope they don't get big.


Friday, June 02, 2006

Damn Orkins

I will never be doing business with the Orkinman again. I cannot believe how unorganized these people are. I don't have rats or anything like that, that I'm aware of. I called these people to take care of the yellow jacket nests that are covering my house.

Step 1: inspection. Sounds easy enough right? WRONG. They have this online form thingy you can fill out and someone will call you to make an appointment. umm ok. Fill out form click send. Hour or so later chick from Atlanta calls. Cingular HQ's are in Atlanta so when I saw the 404 area code I knew where it was coming from and I automatically thought it was people from work calling since I talk to people everyday over there. Turns out it was the Orkin people calling me to set up an appointment. Ok so I set it up for my next work from home day between 10-noon. Work from home day noon time comes and no Orkins are at my door. I call the place and they dont know what happened and they transfer me to the local Orkins in Everett who are actually doing the work for me. I talk to them and they say stuff seems to get lost when it goes through their HQ. *sigh* So I re-schedule the appt with the guy and he claims he will be the one to do the inspection and he will be there at 10:00. Not only was he not there at 10:00 he didn't come at all some other girl came and it was more like noon. She did her little inspection gave me a quote and told me they'd call and let me know when they'll come out. Oh and I forgot to mention she had the wrong address and called me asking why I wasn't home. Luckily she wasn't too far off because she showed up a few minutes later.

Step 2: Get rid of the nests. Apparently this is even harder to do than the inspection. This appointment was scheduled for the next work from home day between 10-noon. They seem to really like these hours. next work from home day come noon and no Orkins are here. I get a phone call saying they'd be here in a half hour. Well at least they were nice enough to call. The guy comes in this little truck with a ladder that looked no bigger than the ladder I have in my basement that is only tall enough for me to reach my birdfeeder. He spends about a second looking at my yellow jacket nest collection and says ummm I don't think I will be doing this today. I thought it might be cuz his ladder wasn't tall enough but I was wrong. He claims "I have never seen so many nests on one house before" and goes on to say he only brought two cans of spray and will need a case of spray. Apparently the inspection chick didn't tell the truth when explaining my yellow jacket situation. Why do you think I called professionals? If all it took was two cans I could have done it my damn self, morons. Here's a couple pics I just took to give you an idea of what I'm dealing with. This is the biggest problem and here are a few smaller ones. He wanted to come back the next day and I told him sorry I work. He asked what time I will be home from work. 5:00 I say so he says he'll try to be here at 5 the next day. That day is today and I got a call at work saying he can't make it and would like to reschedule. So I rescheduled for my next work from home day which is next Tuesday. They claim they will be out early to mid afternoon. Gee do you really think that's a good time to be spraying yellowjacket nests? I think not. And these people call themselves professionals? Do they even read the directions on the can of yellow jacket spray? I'm really getting fed up. If for some reason they don't come or can't do their work on Tuesday I'm telling them to piss off and don't come back.