Sunday, July 22, 2012
Employed at last, #2
I have a few dilemmas now that I've started working. I know my whining will fall on been there, done that ears and I know I was darn lucky to have had six years of not working, although I will note that the first few of those years were before SH and I got married and when I was living off my savings and worrying that I would be a bag lady. I didn't want to be unemployed, but I was doing really stupid things in my job search and then I didn't interview right and I messed it all up. I am a good worker, but I am not a good job hunter. Then I started reading Ask a Manager and following her advice and voila! Eighty seven cover letters and four interviews later, I am employed. This despite a six-year gap on my resume. So I know it's not me, it's how I was doing it before.
Anyhow, my whining is that it's hard to do everything you want to do every day when you are away from home 11 hours a day. At my old job, I had enough tenure and I knew what I was doing enough that there were a few things I could do at work, but when you are new, you have to suss things out. Is it OK to check your eBay watch list while you're at work? I already got the Hand of Death for going to the public library site to see when my books were due. That's harsh - to track people who go to the library site, although you have to admire an organization where that has become enough of a problem that IT has to address it.
I don't need to violate the IT policies and find I am a top violater. At my old job, I was in the top 25 violaters one month. This, in a company of over 100,000 employees.
Because I kept going to sex sites.
As in, I was trying to figure out if I had a UTI. I didn't want to waste time going to the doctor if I didn't have to. Honestly. I was not going to porn sites. If I want naked women, I can see them at the locker room at the Y.
How do I get everything done now? When does the house get cleaned? Before, I did not have shedders in the house: no husband, no cats. My house did not get dirty. But now, it does need to be cleaned. I do not want to hire a maid because the purpose of my getting a job is to come out ahead on the money, not behind.
When do I cook? When do I do laundry? When do I goof off and read? When do I blog?
SH has been stellar. He has taken over the bedmaking and the cat-box cleaning and the trash taking out and the dishes, but he is starting a new project that is going to have him working even more hours than he works now. We might have to learn to live with a dirty house.