Good morning! I’m just chilling this morning, trying not to think about the hundreds of invoices that I brought home to enter today – the downside of still not having a replacement for the one coworker who left for another department. On the positive side, I am taking off of work Wednesday, so with the holiday, I’m looking at a five-day weekend. YAHOO!!!
I cannot tell you how much I need a break from work. Doing the work of two full-time employees is exhausting. Not only that, but I think I have become the next scapegoat. This past summer, shortly after I started working there, they unexpected fired their supply chain manager. This caused huge waves throughout the company, as he was in the process of making some sweeping changes that would improve the way we operate, and I was probably his most vocal champion. I loved what he wanted to do because it involved issues that I had noticed needed to change and I had only been at the company for a few weeks. It turns out my company has some huge issues with change. He was upsetting some people, who then felt empowered to complain about his “attitude” and “ability to work with people” to the higher-ups, including the CEO. That’s all it took. This past week, my boss called me into her office to let me know that she had been hearing some comments from people about my “attitude” and “ability to work with others”. Sound familiar? Yeah. Did I mention I was this person’s most vocal champion and that I continue to tout the need for change within the organization? Between the stress of trying to get everything done and now this, I need a break to rest and recharge.
Jim is still traveling, the kids remain as busy as ever. So, I think we are all in need of some time to just sit and decompress. It has been a long school year so far, and we are only one-quarter of the way through it. Wednesday cannot come soon enough!
Speaking of work, this past Thursday was the annual Grazing Day event. My coworkers made a huge deal about it, describing it as one of the best days of the year. I agonized over what to bring – knowing that at my former company, working with a bunch of food scientists and chefs made potlucks so delicious but also a challenge. So, it was with great trepidation that I brought my caprese skewers and yet with some excitement at the possibility of tasting delicious food all day long. It was with horror that I discovered that Grazing Day consisted of nothing but about ten bags of chips, store-bought vegetable platters and jarred dips, processed cheese and cream cheese galore, plus an entire table of cheese, sausage, and crackers. Not only that but this food was set out at 9 AM and left out All. Day. Long. I actually left Grazing Day extremely hungry because I barely ate anything at all. Not only was the food mostly crap, the bacteria growing on all that dairy or meat-based food after sitting out for a few hours was enough to turn my stomach. I realized that not only have I become a food snob, I was extremely spoiled working with so many chefs, and I really need to get back into the food industry. I still shudder at the site of all that processed food.
Yesterday’s Wisconsin game was a tough loss. I really do not like Ohio State. The NFL players from there are SO pompous with their “The Ohio State University” crap. There was some horrible play-calling but the refs did not help either. Seriously, what is up with football refs and Wisconsin teams? Is it a conspiracy or what? On to Penn State next week to watch Montee Ball break the NCAA record for career touchdowns. At least we got to see him tie the record yesterday.
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I'll continue to be the food snob if it prevents me from getting food poisoning, I guess. Perhaps my mission will be to show that there is another class of food than processed cheese dips and food from a bag.
Go Pack Go!! They need to get healthy quickly if they hope to make it far in the playoffs.
It doesn't sound like you are a food snob to me. It sounds like you're SMART. I can't do foods that have been sitting out either, grody!
The Packer game was a good one yesterday hmm? 😀 I'm still ticked off about that game against Seattle. I think that "loss" should have an asterisk next to it! But our record is groovy and we're #1 in the division. We have to beat the Bears…should be an easy task! (I hope!)
Thanks, Carrie! The atmosphere isn't poisonous. It just isn't me. And at this point in time, I'm having serious thoughts that I am the poisonous one. I just don't know how I get into these situations, and the only thing they have in common is me. I am looking though. One of these days, I'll find that perfect fit.
I'm so sorry that things continue to be unpleasant at work. Not fun to go to a place day after day where the atmosphere is so poisonous. I hope it gets better – or you find something better – soon!
Thanks, Michelle. And I'm sorry to hear about the possibility of the big "D", but ultimately you need to do what will be best for you. Hopefully, it will be relatively painless and drama-free for you!
So glad to hear that Life of Pi was great! It is definitely on the must-see list this weekend. I know exactly what you mean about BD2. It is the end of an era.
Enjoy your five days off and happy Thanksgiving!!
Your work sounds like a real toolbox, if you get my drift. 😉 Hang in there. If they can't recognize the need for change, it might not be the best place to be anyway. Enjoy your time off. I also took off Wednesday so I'm getting five days too. Good thing because I may be house hunting. It's looking like the big "D" is in my near future. I've done just about all I can to make this marriage work. I'm pretty much done.
Life of Pi was totally awesome! The book is one of my favorites and it was very close to the book. It was visually stunning! Also, I saw Breaking Dawn today. It was like saying goodbye to an old friend. Kind of sad. I thought the movie was pretty good and what a damn twist. Whew!
I can admit (grudgingly) that Ohio State is the best team in the Big Ten, but I can still giggle that because they had some lax coaching and violated the rules, their season will be forever tainted. Wisconsin clinched going to the Big Ten Championship again with its 7-4 record. As much as I love my Badgers, it kills me that their record is considered one of the best in the Big Ten. The Nebraska/Wisconsin rematch will be incredibly interesting, won't it?
My new job isn't horrible. It isn't wonderful either, and I've already started looking elsewhere. I always begin to doubt myself and question what I am doing wrong to consistently have such issues as I have been having over the past year or so. No matter how I adjust my behavior or attitude, I still seem to run into these issues, so I cannot think it is just me. In the end, it is just not a great fit, and I just need to keep looking. I'll find that one job someday.
Oh, Diane! There is nothing for which you need to apologize! I have been horrible about visiting and even responding to those kind enough to leave comments for me. I need more time in the day, like all of us!
I am totally looking forward to my two-day work week too. It is the break that has been my carrot for months now. I hope you enjoy yours!
Bryan, I am beginning to think I need to just stop working. I don't know how I could work for a company for so long and have almost no problems and then have it all go to hell in a handbasket my final year there and then have it carry over to my new job. I would say it is me – however, I didn't use to be the problem employee, so I don't get it.
There are very few teams that anger me or bother me. I love my team and can accept all others, except for Ohio State and Notre Dame. Go figure. It is interesting what raises our ire.
I feel your pain about Penn State. I don't know how I would feel either. It is such a tragedy that is going to scar that team/school for years if not decades to come.
And still Wisconsin almost beat Ohio State (I don't like them either although I will admit they are probably the best team in the Big Ten). If Wisconsin and Nebraska both win this week and we have to play you guys again, I'm not looking forward to it; I think Wisconsin is playing at a much higher level now than when we played previously.
What a bummer that your new job is so awful after what you went through with the last one!
Sorry things are stressful at work Michelle. I feel like I need a break as well, but I'm only working 2 days this week and off for 5 so looking forward to that.
I always feel a little guilty when I haven't had time to visit favorite blogs or post much; forgive me. Hope you are having a good day
Ugh. You just can't win on the job front, can you? 🙁 Enjoy your five days off. Sounds like you need them.
As once-upon-a-time a Penn State fan (not so sure anymore unfortunately), I understand about Ohio State. Feel the same way about teams from Miami or any Florida team for that matter. Another ugh. 🙁 😉