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The most important family event of the year, of course, was the March 11 earthquake & tsunami, that thankfully spared our loved ones in Yokohama.

Work-wise, I started the year teaching OChem labs at UTTyler. John was teaching Special Ed at GW Carver ES. Around March he got the word that his position would be eliminated due to budget cuts and tendered his resignation. In late April-early May I got the word that my contract would not be renewed. So, at the beginning of June, we were both without work and with a 2 year-old to support. Not good. Immediately we started pounding the electronic pavement, and the first weekend of August I flew to Charleston for a face-to-face interview that turned into a job offer. For a job that started orientation 6 days later!

Three weeks later, I was teaching at Ashley Hall, where Joanna was enrolled, our stuff had finally shown up at our new apartment, and John was about to start teaching Special Ed at North Charleston HS. Talk about a whirlwind! Since then, life has been nothing but busy.

Joanna has grown so much this year, especially developmentally. She is so articulate for a 2 1/2 year-old. Her teachers love her, and vice-versa. She can be exhausting and aggravating, and her tantrums are, well, tantrums, but most of the time she tries to act like a "big girl". I couldn't be prouder of her, especially after the last road trip we went on. We were originally supposed to drive 2 days from Charleston back to TX for Christmas, and then back home. We ended up taking a detour by way of Boston when we heard that John's grandmother's health is fading. So, instead of 4 days on the road, we ended up spending 7!

On that last note, it is pretty evident that Baba will probably not last too much longer, and I am very glad we got a chance to see her, and she got a chance to see Joanna.

My four New Year's Resolutions:

1) Help John through what is probably going to be Baba's last year
2) Stay at AH more than one year, so that I can (finally!) spend a year perfecting a course, rather than running full-pace to catch up
3) Potty train Joanna
4) Try to conceive Baby #2
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It's official. I will be teaching chemistry and AP environmental at Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC. Now to get back to TX and figure out how in the world we're going to pack up and move in less than a week.

Update

Jun. 7th, 2010 08:45 am
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Hubby: Home from school and ecstatically happy to be so.

Baby: Starting to stand on her own. Pointing at things and saying "Cha?" (Which I translate as "What's that?"). First official word: Dada. Generally getting into trouble whenever she can. 11 months old!!!! WTF?

Me: Interview today (4 pm) including 15 min mini-lesson. Working frantically.

Couldn't be happier.




Edit: Update on the update:

Interview over. Thought it went well. Should hear from them by the end of the week.
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This morning I was treated to the delightful sensation of my first pregnancy leg cramp--quite a severe one. My left calf still hurts, and standing on my feet for a couple of hours during lab today didn't help.

Then, I had to meet with my AFLAC agent because, when I left Ana-Lab, I chose to continue my life insurance policy through them. Only AFLAC apparently thought I wanted to continue my accident policy through them, and I only discovered the mistake a week ago when they sent me the premium renewal form. So I have to file a form asking for reinstatement of my life insurance policy and asking them to apply the premium I paid back in August towards the life insurance policy instead of the accident policy. Hence the meeting today. If they don't agree, I'll have to pay additional premiums. Just when I'm trying to save money for the baby, this is something I just don't need.

Then, I need to attend a lactation class. I was under the impression that the one for this month was being held last night, because the schedule said "First Monday night of each month". So I went through the time consuming and stressful process of arranging a substitute, making sure he had all the notes, lab info, copies, etc. that he needed, only to find out Thursday that the lactation class for this month was not last night, but *next* Monday night, the 12th. I can't afford to do two substitutions so I decided instead to sign up for next month's class, May 11th, since classes will be done by then and I won't need a substitute.

So far, so good. I considered going in last night but after a stressful weekend, I needed a rest badly and I had already given the sub all the material, so I felt that I could take the night off. Mind you, I had handed the copies of the quizzes, etc., and my copy of the text to him, physically, Thursday before I left campus. I went in today to take care of my other lab, and went to look in my box where I had asked him to put all the quizzes, labs, etc. to grade and my textbook. The box had the labs, and nothing else.

I looked everywhere else he might have put the missing stuff, no dice. Dave called him at my request to find out where the stuff was. His response?

"I couldn't find the copies. I looked in your box, my box, I asked the students where they were, I couldn't find them."

WHEN I HAD FUCKING PHYSICALLY HANDED THE COPIES TO HIM ON THURSDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apparently this is not the first time. Apparently he has a reputation for doing this. I almost went through the roof. *I'm* absentminded, for God's sake, and I take extra pains to make sure I don't forget anything and if I were asked to substitute, you know by God that I would make DAMN sure I had everything I needed beforehand where I could get to it. And I have an EXCUSE.

I sent him an email asking him to get the material back to me by Wed so I can give the class the quiz Wed night. If I can't do it then then it will screw up the schedule for the rest of the semester but royally.

Oh, and during today's lab I burned my left thumb on a hotplate that someone had left on and my thumb is still hurting badly. And did I mention tonight is our first childbirth class which runs 6:30-9:30? And that tomorrow is my fasting glucose test? Which means I can't eat anything after 8 pm. So my leg hurts, my thumb hurts, and when I come home tonight I know I will be ravenous and unable to eat anything and then I have to get up early in the morning, drink a foul-tasting dextrose solution (I'm told it tastes horrific) and have my blood drawn.

And did I mention that my weekend had been stressful, too?

I swear, I have no clue why I am not screaming my head off right now. I sure as hell *want* to.
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So, July 2, I gave two weeks notice at Ana-Lab that I was resigning my job there.

Why, you ask? I'll tell you.

[profile] belle_canto was coming to visit over the July 4th weekend, arriving the morning of July 2. [profile] hoya99 and I needed to do the typical hostly thing and make a bed up, get the laundry washed, etc. on the day before, July 1. Which meant that I needed to leave work no later than 4 pm that day.

A little background seems to be in order, here. Two weeks previously, [profile] hoya99 and I were in Boston, visiting his family. I had spent the subsequent week catching up on piled-up work. Which included a large number of huge (100-200 page) organic raw data sets. Which I had almost completed as of Friday (June 27), when the computer connected to the scanner decided to break. Specifically, it refused to recognize the J: drive, which is the drive that the lab computer system looks at when it looks for data. I could scan all the data to the local C: drive for all the good it would do me; the data was not in the system unless it was on the J: drive. Which the computer would no longer recognize. I informed the person in charge of the computer system[1], whom I will call Z. Z acknowledged the problem, and said he would "take care of it". Of course this was fairly late on Friday, so I wasn't expecting miracles.

Monday came and went, and the computer was not fixed. Z had done something to it, because the old programs we used to "post" data from one drive to the other now no longer worked at all. However, the replacement program did not post the data to the J: drive either. It posted to the Z: drive. Which didn't do any good when the computer system was looking at the J: drive. So, it was still broken. Tuesday came and was going, with still no fix, when the company CEO, the big boss, whom I shall call B., walks into my office and tells me that a client wants a Level 4 data disc mailed to them today. Only it's not ready. Why isn't it ready? First of all, the person who burns the discs, T., is off on vacation and has been since last Thursday. She returns tomorrow. No problem, B. says, I will burn the disc, you make the file. However, one file cannot be made because the set hasn't been scanned yet. Why hasn't it been scanned? Because the aforementioned computer was not fixed. B. goes off to talk to Z.

3 pm rolls around, still no sign of anything being fixed. 3:30 comes and goes, still no fix. 3:45 approaches and I go talk to B. I say basically that if Z. fixes things before 4 pm I can go scan the data, make the file, no problem but that I have to leave at 4. I say that in that case, the other files are already made, here is the file path, here is the number of the set that needs scanning. I say that S. can scan the set, you can make the file, it won't take long, and you will have your disc to send to the client. I say I am sorry, I would stay any other day to make sure this got done but today I need to go. I explain why.

B. says "I will tell you what I expect. I expect you to stay until this is fixed."

I say, but this doesn't make sense. What if it's not fixed until 5? Midnight? Tomorrow? Next week? I ask, does he honestly expect me to sleep here every night until Z. fixes the computer?[2] B. repeats his statement and leaves. It is now sometime around 3:50. I go over to S.'s office, scan the file, run the (useless) posting program, which transfers everything to the Z: drive, whoopee, hand copy it to the J: drive, go back to my office, make the file, and leave a note on B.'s desk with the file path. Meanwhile, B.'s schmoozing with some science teachers that were supposed to come visit at 3 and have only now shown up.[3] I left around 4:10, and was still so upset when I got home that I was almost in tears.[4]

As we folded laundry, I unloaded the day's events on [profile] hoya99's patient ear. When I was done, he asked me if they were paying me enough to take this sort of thing. I said "No". Which resulted in him typing up three letters of resignation that night which I delivered the next morning.[5] Which resulted in my last day of work being July 15.

Of course, none of this could have been possible were it not for the fact that [profile] hoya99 received (and accepted) a job offer from a local public school to teach 2nd grade starting this fall. For which I am grateful. It is a very sad fact that most days, I liked my job at Ana-Lab. I liked most of the people and had some genuine friends there. The job was not very stressful, and occasionally fun. But B. spoiled the whole thing by being a hypocritical, petty, bullying, favoritist. If he had not been the CEO, I could have lived with his personality. But him being able to fire me for any reason or no reason at all[6] was just too much to live with.

And that's the story of that.

[1] And thus in charge of fixing said problem.
[2] In my experience, asking Z. to fix something generally means it will take several days once he starts working on it. And he usually will not start most things right away. He's also really good at not being around when he's needed.
[3] Not his fault they showed up late.
[4] There is a long involved story behind why I was so upset, which has to do with him threatening to fire me back in May for disagreeing with him in a conversation (which he started) about politics. But essentially, I was wondering if now he would in fact fire me and also upset that I got chewed out for something that I was not at fault over.[7]
[5] I had an eye appointment that morning and they were going to dilate my eyes, so I had taken the day off.
[6] Texas being an at-will employment state, there doesn't have to be a reason.
[7] I was also starting my period, which didn't help my mood.
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Life has been good for the most part, though work continues to be stressful, and will for the foreseeable future. In other news, I'm working on a cross-stitch project for a coworker of mine who is due in October; said project being where all of my (not so) copious free time is now going to, in order to try to make it by her due date.

An amusing note, if you read my last entry about a shipment of music boxes that were sent to us to be analyzed for lead paint. I had rather wondered what we would do about them and what *is* the proper disposal for music boxes as samples. Well, today at the periodic[1] company luncheon, I found out.

*drum-roll*

Apparently, the proper disposal technique for music boxes as samples is to raffle them off to your employees, after the testing is complete.

As-is.

Which means, whatever paint got scraped off, oh well.

I didn't win one, which is probably just as well since I don't need and couldn't use one.

Saw Stardust, finally, after almost despairing of finding a local movie theater that was showing it. Liked it for the most part, though I was surprised at some of the changes. On the whole, I would have rather they kept the original story, although since Gaiman produced the movie, one would hope he had approved the changes. Said changes were, by and large, not too bad. The most egregious in my mind was the whole final battle at the Lilim's residence[2]. That seemed really unnecessary for me, and I kinda liked the original ending, with her/them surviving. Oh, well. It was good, anyway.

[1] I say periodic, because there really does not seem to be a set schedule for these. It's not monthly. It's not quarterly. It seems to fall somewhere between monthly and quarterly. Whatever, I'm not about to argue with free food.

[2] House? Palace? Castle? What would you call that sort of building, anyway? Hall?
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I have had occasion, I believe, to comment about some of the interesting samples that sometimes appear at Ana-Lab. Well, today I saw what had to be the cutest looking samples that have ever come through login.

A half-dozen music boxes.

Yes, music boxes...of the sort you give to children[1]...decorated with elephants...and carousel horses...and ballet dancers...and bunny rabbits...and, somewhat incongruously, Betty Boop. Sent by a San Francisco importer to be tested for lead paint. (No doubt related to the current import crises with China...which is where these music boxes come from.) Which means that all that pretty paint is going to look not-so-pretty by the time the techs get through sampling and scraping. Ah well.

I wonder, though, what they're going to do with the mechanisms. Technically, all samples must be properly disposed of...but how on earth do you "properly dispose" of a music box? (Reminds me of the time some advocacy group sent in some frosting[2] samples to be tested for alcohol) Hmmm.....

Oh, and I heard that we're going to be getting more lead paint samples, possibly from this same importer; matchbox cars and other toys, etc. Should be interesting to see those come in.

[1] Usually, but not always, little girls.
[2] Yes, as in cake frosting. Boy did we have a lot of people volunteering to dispose of those samples. Alas, 'twas not to be.
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When we receive a sample at work, it comes with a Chain of Custody, or CoC. This spells out the sample's ID, who the sample is from, who took the sample, when it was taken, how it is preserved, what tests need to be run, who gets billed for the work, who gets the report, etc. This is a legal document which includes evidence of where the sample was from the moment it was taken until the moment we received it. As such, the information in our computer system has to match the information on the CoC as closely as possible.[1]

The people who login the samples are quite good at their job: helping FedEx, UPS, and other carriers unload their many coolers; separating out rush and short holding time samples for priority logging; dealing with customers as they walk in, sample in hand; officially receiving samples; fielding telephone calls about this, that, and the other thing, and why isn't this logged yet, it's a rush sample; obliging techs who want QCIP samples logged; oh, yes, and by the way, actually logging samples. I'm sure I couldn't keep my head while doing that, but they manage to.

But, of course, when you get somewhere between 300-500 samples on an average day, there will be mistakes made. The more samples, the more errors, and it tends to go up logarithmically, not geometrically. Therefore, one of my jobs is to check the CoC's against what is in the system and make sure all errors are found and corrected.

All of this is to explain, as succinctly as possible, that I found a CoC in my stack today for a sample that came in over the weekend. The reason this sample caught my eye was the ID: Peter Pan Peanut Butter. The tests requested? ECMF/TCMF[2] and Salmonella. Well, we don't do Salmonella in-house, so that one got subcontracted out. Still, it is interesting to see something that's making national headlines come up at work.

[1] There are, of course, errors and omissions that crop up on a regular basis, such as miswritten dates. This was particularly noticeable back in early January: "Um, this CoC says that the sample was taken December 29, 2007; I don't think that can be right..." and similar instances. When this happens, we have to get the information fixed.

[2] ECMF and TCMF are Microbiology tests that look for 1) Ecoli and 2) Total Coliforms in a sample. We actually do about three different tests for these, but each one has a different method, and each is used for a slightly different purpose.
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As I may have said once or twice before, I work at an environmental analytical laboratory. Which means that our job, day in and day out, is to test the various kinds of samples we get for various kinds of things. In order to achieve the best, most reliable, most accurate results possible, most, if not all of the samples we get have to be preserved. The point of preservation is, of course, to retard growth, decay, degradation, or other change that might affect the sample's characteristics. Sample preservation comes in two forms, chemical and thermal.

Chemical preservation includes such things as acidification (for which we use either H2SO4 or HNO3, depending on the test), basification (NaOH), and other miscellaneous chemicals such as hexane and sodium thiosulfate (which is used to preserve bacteriological samples).

Thermal preservation is simple; every sample, whether chemically preserved or not, is supposed to be shipped to us on ice. In practice, of course, this doesn't always happen, especially when someone comes in the door with a sample in their hand, but in most cases, when a sample is shipped, it is shipped on ice. This lowers the temperature of the sample to approximately 4 C.[1] For some types of samples, such as BOD samples, this is the only preservation they get.

I heard today at work that one of our clients, apparently inspired by the "If a little is good, more must be better!" school of thought decided that if putting samples on ice at 4 C was good preservation, putting them on dry ice would do the job even better.

Think about that for a second.

When the sample cooler was opened in Login, the glass containers had shattered from the cold and the plastic containers were frozen solid. By the time they had warmed up enough to thaw, the samples were out of holding time for their tests. So now, the client has to resample everything.

[1] I should add here that once a sample gets to us, it is also stored at 4 C, either in the huge walk-in cooler or in a dedicated refrigerator.

Random

Sep. 13th, 2006 06:53 pm
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I suspect that I'm not the only one hearing about this news story and hearing Tom Lehrer singing Poisoning Pigeons in the Park in my head.

You know how you sometimes get a song stuck in your head? Yesterday, I had a phrase stuck in my mind, without any music. It was "Happiness is a warm gun", which I think is a Beatles lyric, but I can't remember from which song. Except that my mind pronounced "happiness" as if it were "a penis", making the phrase "A penis is a warm gun". Which, oddly enough, makes sense[1].

Have shifted away from doing weight-based exercises in favor of walking around the neighborhood. I imagine that when the cold weather hits, I'll go back to staying indoors and doing weights.

Have finished, by and large, my editing of lecture notes, quizzes, quiz keys, and other class material for the Chemistry in the Health Sciences course I taught last spring and am scheduled to teach this coming spring. Still mulling over adding some more material to the syllabus.

After promising pictures of [profile] hoya99 and my trip to Japan, I finally managed to finish (last month) the uploading, changing of dates and titles, and describing some 190 of the 460 pictures into the new Flickr account I created to hold them. Then I looked around and realized the time it had taken and wondered if anybody still wanted to see them. Here's your chance to let me know.

Pre-wedding planning is proceeding. No dates have been set, but details are slowly coming together. Going dress shopping with one or both my parents this weekend[2]. It is very surreal to me to try on a dress and wonder if this one might be "the one".

In light of that, the folding of the 1001 cranes is proceeding apace. It is a Zen experience for me. Repetitively folding the same folds over and over, which might be a boring sort of thing, kinda sends me into a strange state of serenity. The finished cranes, reposing in a plastic bin, look somewhat like an Escher print, being a repeating patter of blue and silver[3].

Have purchased a reference book showing all 1900+ "everyday" kanji; that is, the ones that everyone in Japan is supposed to be familiar with, plus the 200+ name kanji, with stroke order and meaning and have started on an ambitious attempt to start teaching them to myself. In that light, I need to pick up a good, comprehensive, Japanese-English dictionary. I was told once that it takes at least 5 years of effort to become fluent in Japanese, including the kanji, so here I go. We'll see how good I am in 5 years. *grin*

Some of you are probably scratching your heads wrt to me and Japan, but it's perfectly true that I was interested in Japan, the country, culture, people, language, customs, well before I met [profile] hoya99. I took an elementary Japanese class in college because I needed the credit and I had a lot of other heavy lab courses so I wanted something fun. Which is what got me into anime, not the (more usual) other way around. It also got me into sushi, which (like most Westerners) I had thought rather disgusting until I tried it[4]. So now my interest comes as something of a bonus.

[1] And gives you an idea as to what living inside my head is like[5].
[2] My dad is invited but hasn't said for sure if he's coming or not.
[3] Have not broken out the cream paper yet.
[4] "Slimy" raw fish; which is actually not slimy at all. Yum!
[5] IOW, scary.
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Last night I dreamed that I went to work...

Stop sniggering, it's not *that* kind of dream. *wink*

I went to work and I found this piece of paper on my desk. It said that, due to increased volume, everyone was being assigned to different shifts, in order to spread the load out. Since there are only three people in the QC department, my shift was going to be 5 pm - 5 am (or something like that). Effective immediately.

Now, normally, I don't verify anything except for Micro tests, which are maybe 1/100th of the total volume of samples. Which meant that, in the next 24 hrs I would have to learn everything there was to know about verifying the *rest* of the tests that we do. Oh, and move my sleep schedule around, of course, because I would be working during the time I currently sleep. In 24 hours.

I remember thinking, "Hell, I *knew* this place was crazy, but now it's even crazier. What kind of crap is this? It's *impossible*." Or something to that effect.

Heads up

Jun. 23rd, 2006 05:11 pm
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I got an email off of my account on Monster today with the following job info. I don't think I'll be applying for it, but just in case there's anyone in the Dallas area who might be looking:

Functional Title: Remote Support Technical Lead

Required Experience:
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Work Location: Dallas TX
Estimated Duration: 1 year

If interested, please send me your updated word format resume and also let me the following info:

Availability Date:
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Thanks & Regards,
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Phone: 973 993 9383 Extn: 3525
Mail Id: Maria_Lavanya@artechinfo.com
ladynox25: (moon)
Life has been so busy lately. What with working, and teaching, and grading, and all the things in between, I've hardly had time to keep up with everyone else's LJs, much less sit down and write in my own.

Let's see....news:

Japan )
exercise )
teaching )
car )
last week )

So, to sum up: At the moment, things are okay. Could be a lot better, particularly on the financial side. The car repair I'm estimating to cost me a minimum of $600. I'm budgeting as much again for the trip. And a new computer system would probably be a minimum of $500. That's a significant chunk of my savings right there, especially all at once. Ouch! But I suppose it could be a lot worse.
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I usually take a ramen cup or microwave meal with me to work for lunch. Today I took a Michelina's meal with me. I like them; they are suprisingly high quality (when it comes to microwave meals) for a very reasonable price. Today's special (as it were) was shrimp scampi. But when I opened the box, I notice something interesting: no shrimp. I ate it anyway, and it was okay. But does anyone out there know what the name is for shrimp scampi without the shrimp?
ladynox25: (rain)
A little note that probably matters very little to anyone but me:

Today was my first anniversary of being employed at Ana-Lab.

Considering that my first anniversary of being employed at Hydroseal was marked by the termination of my position, I feel what I hope is understandable relief that my day today was normal. Well, as normal as a day at Ana-Lab gets.[1]

When I first started, I hated my job, most of my coworkers, and my life in general. After battling my way back from a horrible, black, suicidal depression, I had finally surmounted it only to see myself stuck in a sort of quicksand. Nothing was going the way it was supposed to, professionally. I wasn't moving anywhere, at any speed, and I was profoundly frustrated and stressed thereby.

Today, not so much with the frustration. My job has become more varied and interesting, and I get to do some truly important (and even fun) work on rare occasions. I've found more and more of my coworkers that I like, and some are becoming good friends, in the go-to-lunch category.[2]

Most important, I can see where, if I wanted to stay at this job, I could go very far with it. Ana-Lab, for all their growth, is still very much a small company at heart, in all the best ways, and one of those is that if you put your time in and make the effort, you do get ahead. You get tenure. You go on.

I could conceivably spend the rest of my working life here, unless the company folds, which doesn't seem at all likely. And I think I would enjoy it, mostly. Unfortunately, or fortunately, that's not going to happen. But at least I get to enjoy the time I spend here.

[1] One of my coworkers put it best: "We're all crazy here. You have to be crazy to work here."
[2] Which, considering that I have no friends living closer than Dallas, is a big thing for me.
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He is gone and I am missing him.

On the way back from dropping him off at Shreveport, I saw a man, nicely dressed, carrying a duffel bag walking down the interstate. Which wasn't all that unusual, except that he was also towing an almost life-sized cross on his other shoulder. Painted white. On wheels.

Work is becoming more interesting since Cornelia came back two weeks ago. She's the woman who used to run the BOD lab and since she's back and now signed off again, she's largely taken BOD back over. I'm still scheduled to work Saturdays for a while, but this leaves me free during the week to learn new tests. Right now, it's oil and grease, officially known as HEM or hexane-extractable materials. The only problem is that since the audit of this summer, company policy no longer allows you to handle any production samples on any tests until you are signed off on that test. Except that you can't *learn* how to do a test until you start handling samples. So first you have to run a set of QCIP standards to show that you can do the test, and then they sign you off and you can handle samples. Ass-backward, and most of the techs don't like it, but the auditors do, so what the hell.

On that note, Dr. Whiteside (the owner) has tried to institute a no-profanity policy in the lab. I don't see how he can possibly expect that to fly. The first week after he made his announcement, half the people in the lab were making fun of it, usually by swearing and then pretending to apologize.

Saw the new Wallace and Gromit movie today. Loved it. Of course. *grin*

Finally, I don't know if anyone has noticed, but I have a new icon. I hope y'all like it.

Ow.

Aug. 20th, 2005 04:51 pm
ladynox25: (moon)
I slept hard last night so of course I woke up early. Like 5:20 am. And I knew if I tried to go back to sleep I'd oversleep so I got up instead. Which led me to being at work at 6:45. Which was a good thing. 9.5 hours. 'Nough said.

Ow.
ladynox25: (moon)
I got to work at 7:30 am today. This is late for me; I usually get there at 7. I left at 6:30 pm. I had two 15 minute food breaks in there somewhere. You do the math. Keep in mind that 95%+ of the time I am on my feet. On concrete. Do the math again.

If I had more energy, I would write about the UBOD and how a customer wanted that test run and how we had never done it before so I had to look up the method and figure out how I was going to do it and coordinate with several other people. And then actually set it up. And about the BOD soluables and filters and special filters that I had to do on top of that. And the metric shitload of regular BOD and BODc samples I had to set up on top of that. At least I didn't have a read-off today. Thank Deity for small blessings.

I'd also gripe about hitting my left elbow a good crack so that my funny bone was hurting for minutes later and about the nice mouse that's already appearing on the spot. But I really don't have the motivation right now.

Oh, and a few minutes before I left, guess what I found out? The same asshats that sent us those three UBOD samples today sent more for tomorrow. 7 more. Assholes. Bastards.

In the good news department, I might actually clock overtime this week. I better, that's all I have to say about that.

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