Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Random odds and ends

 No one particular topic springs to mind for a blog post today, so I'll just post some random junk and observations.

  • It's been the longest school year EVER. I guess that's because last year didn't seem to end, it just stopped in March 2020 due to the lockdowns and became a weird, slow, kind-of-work-from-home situation. Then we went back in September with crazy strict Covid precautions, stress, an extra long winter break, and now we're finally almost at full capacity with students again. The majority of the students returning to face to face learning since spring break has led to the expected return to middle school craziness. Meanwhile, we're in the process of becoming a three grade school (sixth, seventh, and eighth instead of just seventh and eighth) and also becoming a STEM magnet school. In addition, we have to go an extra two weeks this year to make up for our late start. June 11th is the last day this year, and I swear it can't get here quickly enough!
  • Speaking of work, an assistant who was hired this year to assist with part of my job responsibilities has turned out to be a real pain in my.....you get the idea. She's the most worthless employee I've had the misfortune to work with since the days of the bookstore. She's frequently absent, late, and is NEVER where she's supposed to be or doing what she's supposed to be doing. She's always hiding out in the library or cafeteria doing absolutely nothing and I keep having to take up her slack. Then to add insult to injury, she was horribly rude to me the other day, then proceeded to come stand in front of my desk and start screaming at me and attempting to get me to argue with her. The principal heard the commotion and came out and said, "ENOUGH!! THIS IS OVER!" but it didn't stop her from going all around the school running her mouth and talking sh*t about me. One of her complaints is that the principal "always sides" with me over her. Well, you damn straight he does! He knows she's worthless and trashy and I hope (and expect) that she won't be offered a contract next year. It's made work somewhat uncomfortable this week, but she's finally apparently decided that no one is siding with her so she's at least speaking to me again. I only speak to her when it's absolutely necessary and I'm polite, but very distant. Ugh. 
  • I need to see my doctor. Maybe it's stress, but my eczema is out of control again. My feet and ankles are an itchy, weepy, inflamed mess. It's really bad, and REALLY unsightly. My allergies have been worse, too, and it's triggered my latent asthma. I've taken to using an inhaler again at night, otherwise I wake up wheezing. Then yesterday a huge cold sore broke out all over my upper lip. It's all pretty miserable. At least we're still wearing masks so no one can see my lip!
  • Lest you think everything is bad.....I saw my first tiny tomato in the garden yesterday! That was a happy moment. We also got some rain over the last two days after a record setting dry April. We certainly need it.
  • Marco is sitting on my shoulder as I type this, being a sweetie. He's preening my hair and watching the computer screen as I type. George is a love bug these days, too. If only I could hang out with animals all day instead of people!

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  1. It seems work related stress is getting to you! Get to the doctor soon, and get a prescription to fire that useless employee!

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    1. I've been extra stressed out lately. I think some of it is hormonal issues, which I should talk to the doctor about. I'm getting to the age when all of a sudden it's just one thing after another, health-wise. I'm sure it's only downhill from here.

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  2. Only thing that improved my son’s eczema was going to the beach and wading in the Gulf of Mexico. Just a thought...

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    1. I've thought about that. The beach isn't all that far from here, and ocean water always seems like a tonic to irritated skin. Maybe I'll go soon.

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  3. That co-worker sounds like a horribly sad person.

    Eat a tomato, you'll feel better!

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    1. She's sneaky, tells lies, and is always looking to "get over" if you know what I mean.

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  4. I understand about the eczema. I have it. It sucks. That employee is a nightmare.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The employee is just the kind of person I most hate to work with. I finally had to start complaining about some of her behavior, because it was affecting MY job, and also I'm too easygoing and she was taking advantage. I hate confrontation and people like her can spot people like me a mile away. I'm determined not to fall into past habits at this job. I don't intend to be bullied at work, not anymore.

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  5. 2021 seems like it has already been 6 months long.

    And you have my best wishes Jen with that co worker. In these times we have enough stress and worry, without having to take and add on to us with the dramatics of that behavior. Sounds like she is digging her own grave.

    Sending good vibes to you for feeling better.

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    1. I hope she's digging her own grave. We shall see. I think some time off to relax would help me feel better! Summer is coming...though not nearly fast enough.

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  6. It sounds like your work situation has a lot to do with, if not all to do with, your health issues. (Although I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV.) THAT assistant from hell sounds like a nightmare. So glad there's just a month left with her. Wish it were less. I hope you feel better, can enjoy the good staff and students at work, and get all the love you want when your home.

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    1. Thank you Mitchell! You are a good friend. :)

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  7. Oh, I would like a parrot - and hasn't it been shown that animals help us to destress. When I get stressed I eat sweet stuff - which my friend pointed out the other day is amounts to STRESSED spelled backwards !!! Made me smile.

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    1. Marco can be a real handful, but he's a lot of fun. I try to avoid too much sugar, as it seems to make my allergies/eczema worse. I have enough bad habits, so thank goodness an excessive fondness for sweets isn't one of them!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Dear Jennifer, I know only too well how badly a difficult situation at work can affect us. I am not quite ready to write about it on my blog, but I have been under a lot of pressure from someone at my biggest client‘s, and it took me months to find my way to deal with her and not pull out of the contract with that client. My health did suffer, too, and I am not at all surprised that it caused your eczema to flare up so badly.
    Hopefully, the woman will leave (or be made to leave) soon, and you can have your peace of mind back - the workload alone is enough to cause you stress, you don‘t need someone like her on top.

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  9. I know about 'assistants.' We just finished our 'spring hiring' and most of those hired are from the same family as your assistant. They disappear, they spend a lot of time looking at their phones, and can't answer customer's questions. The good thing for us is that they're all Temps and will be gone soon. I don't have tomatoes, but I do have flowers.

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  10. How in the world did that woman get hired? My wish for you is that she moves on to torment different coworkers at a different place of employment far, far away. Of course your body is responding to the stress in unpleasant ways.
    Oh, honey. I'm so sorry.

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  11. We finish school on the same day -- June 11. I'm sorry about your assistant! What a horrible situation, to get someone who's supposed to help you and instead becomes a huge obstacle. I hope the school gets rid of her quick.

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  12. I am glad you are venting about it here and standing up for yourself at work. Hope the situation improves soon so you feel better.

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  13. I am sorry about your coworker. Get thee to a doctor. In the meantime...one more month of work!!!!

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  14. I too have eczema; it has been exacerbated by the high pollen count. I have a rash all over my upper body; lucky I don't have to go anywhere.

    miss lazy-ass bitch needs to be FIRED NOW! she's not helping you, she's screwing off and getting paid to do it. FUCK HER!

    marco & george & gregg are your sanity touchstones.

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  15. Someone like that who doesn't take her job seriously and expects others to take up the slack is a right royal pain. Probably the only solution is, as you suggest, that she loses her job asap. I doubt if she'll stay civil for very long.

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  16. I worked with a girl like that, she wasn't directly involved with me but we shared an office and I got to see it up close. She did nothing, ever and blamed her shocking work ethic on her mental health.
    My boss did an amazing job of documenting everything, getting a health report etc and when everything was ready, she fired her. It took a year but it was water tight.
    The girl asked me for a reference when she applied at another place and I told the absolute truth but they still hired her!

    I hope you feel better soon, eczema is a bitch

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