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After my crappy morning, I arrived in the office to find a small gift bag waiting on my chair, containing this beautiful scarf:

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My friend/co-worker M. got it for me during their recent trip to Cairo, along with a bead necklace.  His wife & daughters picked them out.

closeup of the tag and the weaving )

I have the best co-workers.
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Someone in my little family thinks that 4 am is a good time to start our day today.

I am not that someone.

Most days at work I respond to problems, fixing stuff when it breaks, deciding stuff based on short conversations, which means I can be productive even when I am half asleep, because there is no need to concentrate.  Today's tasks, however, are:  1. write a root-cause-analysis process guide for my team  2. write an email-administration process guide  3. lead 10-person roundtable meeting late in the afternoon to present & refine email-administration process.

Today is going to suuuuuuck.
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Charlie's back at day care, Mike's back on the job (he works from the house), and I'm back in the office. I phoned to check and Charlie seems to be having a good day, so that makes one of us.

I'm exhausted and under-oxygenated thanks to the athsma/bronchio-foo, so I'm stupider than normal, and I have a week's worth of work to catch up on. Someone who doesn't know how sick my little family was just teased me about how I should get a flu shot, and I had to walk away to keep from losing my temper.

I just want to go home and sleep...unfortunately after this I only have 2 days off between now and April. Ugh.
marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (ShutEye)
marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (ShutEye)
Taking advantage of a rare opportunity to use my photoshop skills for my job...it didn't seem like a crazy amount of work, but knocking stuff out on the weekend is a leetle more difficult now that I'm a mommy.  So I'm trying to work as efficiently as possible--it's kind of cool, actually, because in the course of doing something creative for work, I'm learning to use work skills (planning & organization etc) in my creative work, to fit the project into the available time.
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Consideration of all the jobs Homer Simpson has ever had has inspired me to try to list all the types of work I've ever done.

Before I turned 16, I wasn't legally allowed to work for pay, but I liked working so I did a bunch of stuff:

Substitute paper delivery person (cash)
Film projectionist at the public library (volunteer)
Babysitter (cash, starting at $1 per hour when I was 11)
Comic-book shop stock clerk (paid in credit)
Comic-book shop cashier/buyer/general person (different store, still paid in credit)
Falafel maker (the guy who ran the Lebanese takeout place by the comic store would let me help out with cooking sometimes. Also taught me to play backgammon)
Catsitter

Post-16, pre-college, most of my jobs came via my professor parents networking on my behalf. I was home for a couple of summers of college and those jobs are included here too:

Babysitter (one summer I looked after 7 babies on a regular rotation)
Burger King, cashier (already knowing how to work a register saved me from working in the kitchen)
Filing clerk, University archives (my professor dad and mom would hook me up with jobs)
General staff, University Law Library
Secretary, University admissions office

College & Grad School (thru age 24)

Stagehand (minimum wage to work on opera sets. Coolest job I ever had)
Secretary, Journal of American Philosophy, or Psychology, I don't remember (10 cents or so over minimum wage)
Editorial Intern, Journal of Victorian Studies (for school credit)
Bindery temp (putting glue on things in a warehouse with no AC. Quit after a few days)
Research assistant
Writing Tutor (another cool job, working at the university writing center)
Babysitter (my fallback career!)

Chicago (age 24 to now)

Technical writer (Ameritech, Sears)
Secretary/temp (Ernst & Young)
Data Entry temp (Ameritech)
Help Desk (SBC, IRI)
Programmer (IRI)
HTML Developer (Arthur Anderson)
Help Desk (again) (current company)
Writer/Interviewer (freelance gig for 3d graphics company)
Artist (freelance work, pays enough to cover most software costs, but nothing more!)
Sysadmin (current company)
Manager (current company, current job)
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I don't blog about my job, because I like having a job, so I'll just note that work is VERY VERY IRRITATING right now.

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