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Got paid today...nice feeling

February 16th, 2012 at 06:07 pm

This first paycheck was a bit bigger than the rest of 'em will be, only because of the day I happened to start work and where that day was in their bi-weekly pay cycle.

So it was net $449 for 4 days of work. Yippee.

Tomorrow's my work at home day. Today at the office I worked straight through without breaking for lunch, so i got in a solid 8 hours of work.

This past week has been pretty intense. Everything is just new, every process, every procedure, and the brain can only take in and absorb so much at one time. Quark is still new to me, and so is FileMaker. Remembering what it's like to work on a Mac... and since having two computers with monitors side by side is conducive to doing this job, I've using one mac and one PC.

The PC is a pain to use. The keyboard is so old some of the letters have worn off the keyboard. The mouse is not working properly and causes things to bounce up and down when you try to use the center scroll bar. I'm not sure they want to buy a new one. The monitor is so small that you can't bump up the font size, which i like to do cus i can't read mousetype anymore, or else you lose the edges of the website andhave teo keep scrolling back and forth to read it.

The internet/DSL is super slow. Everything at this company is old, and acts like it.

Then there's learning a thousand new procedures, having to keep 2 time sheets (1 for paycheck purposes and 1 to track how much time you're spending on different things, research vs. database, etc.), plus remembering to punch in and out of the digital time clock each day/lunch.

The place is so dingy; I still haven't gotten used to it. There's a tacky, dusty old fake pot of flowers on my desk, but I don't want to start dragging a lot of stuff in there, like a nice houseplant, cus I really hope i don't stay there that long and want to be able to leave quickly and easily when I find a real job.

Half the wallpaper is torn off the bathroom walls, as if someone had started to re-wallpaper but then thought better of it. The floors are not level and the carpet is saggy and wrinkled in places.

The editor seems like a very uptight, edgy person. You can hear it immediately in her voice and the way she speaks, in clipped, terse tones talking 100 miles per hour all the time. That's how it was when I first walked in the door this morning, she and another person. It kind of stresses me out. Luckily, we both like classical music, so we had both tuned in our computers to the local classical music station to soothe the soul. There are just 5 of us in editorial.

But I think the worst is over in terms of the learning curve.

Had a couple of quickie emails to edit for the IT guy when I came home. the United Health Care job evaporated into thin air. Got an email from the recruiter saying the company had decided to put it on hold for now. So I basically have no active leads going on right now, which is so discouraging. The jobs come and they go.

I'm sure I must be becoming awfully boring, like a one-trick pony, cus all i can talk about is work and job prospects. Sorry, folks.

9 Responses to “Got paid today...nice feeling”

  1. Dido Says:

    Glad the worst of the learning curve is over. Sorry to hear aboutvthe United Healthcare job. Hang in there...when you're job hunting, a day can sometimes make a huge difference

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Did you ever get paid for that real estate blog or are they still dragging their feet?

  3. patientsaver Says:

    Lucky Robin: NO! I didn't. When I last contacted him he said let him know if i didn't get it by Friday (tomorrow). I'm really super annoyed with them and if i don't get it tomorrow i can either "bluff" and say i have reason to be in their area next week and will stop by her real estate office OR have my friend R. give them a call. I'm not sure what he'd say that would make them pay, but he's very good at that kind of thing and even enjoys it, so i may just let him give it a try. cus if they called my bluff, i don't actually have any intention to drive an hour out of my way to collect on a $50 bill. But i do want to get paid.

  4. patientsaver Says:

    Dido,that is so true. And I know that's spoken by someone who's been there.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Sounds dingy and a bit depressing. Stuff does change all the time--and it seems like things are moving faster now.

  6. Thrifty Ray Says:

    So sorry its such a pain thus far...but so happy a paycheck is in the mix!! I hope each week is a little better on this new journey!

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Yay for the paycheck!

  8. Ima saver Says:

    Congratulations on the paycheck!

  9. CB in the City Says:

    You are not boring. I always find your posts interesting!

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