The "Friday before the storm..."

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
The "Friday before the storm..."
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Fri, 01-10-2014 - 9:36am

Life is going to be crazy busy for the next three months.  :O  I need to download some nice, soothing music for meditation!  I need to do some major cleaning, sorting, and organizing this weekend.  Next week, I have a two day meeting which kicks off a TON of administrative work in preparation for our new product launch.  On top of that, I have to transition to the new company which includes understanding all new benefits - insurance, 401k, benefits, in addition to the starting to follow the new compliance rules for this new company.  I feel sad, since I have been with my present employer for 11 years, now, which is the longest I have ever been with one employer.  <sigh>  "The onlly constant is change."  As a "dog that can learn new tricks," I scheduled a vacation just prior to the launch...I know that I need some R&R to focus on what is important...ME.  :D

Karla, I think you were right, and I need to take it easier with my foot.  I modified my moves during yoga, and, unfortunately, my foot swelled up.  It's odd, but the swelling makes my foot hurt more where it was broken two years ago than where I injured it this time.  :O  I feel ike a slug, as I would really like to workout for stress relief!!!  But I can't because of my foot.  Ok, ok, "first world problems."  :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Fri, 01-10-2014 - 11:03am

I am venting re: the employees jockeying for position now that we are getting thrown together in the mix.  One of my "partners" actually expected me to hand over the business plan I put together (with data analyses and strategy) so that he could "tweek it" and then present it to our managers at the big meeting next week.  Really?!  The audacity of some people!  Is this a male chauvinistic tendency???  I just pushed back, stating that I could present the data and strategy that I put together, and he was verbally not ok with it.  So I asked him to put something together and that we could combine our data, but it would require him to put a plan together, something that he has never done in 3 years.  :(  How annoying!!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Fri, 01-10-2014 - 11:12am

FSN, check out Dixon's Violin.  He's got a Pandora station and his music is absolutely breathtaking.  I saw him perform several times at BM events and have met him a few times.  That might be perfect for relaxation.  Sorry to hear about your foot and all the company stuff.  I'm glad you are taking a vacation.  And I completely agree that the only constant is change - but I don't like it either. Cool

I finished up my projects that were due this morning.  One of the articles was particularly hard because the words were just not coming but my contact loved it so I guess I did alright.  I've decided that it's important for me to do stuff like that because it proves I can push past writer's block.  I think i'm going to do some strength training here in a bit.  Haven't done any of that in quite a while so I'll probably spend some time stretching as well.  

We're going out tonight to see stand-up.  We're seeing Joe Rogan, who hosted Fear Factor way back when.  It turns out he's actually a decent comic (at least, according to the videos I watched) so I'm looking forward to it.  We got some type of VIP package so we're having dinner there and we supposedly get good seats.  It's a group of six so it should be fun.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Fri, 01-10-2014 - 11:20am

Oy.  How frustrating.  I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this but GOOD FOR YOU for pushing back.  *hugs*  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 01-10-2014 - 3:13pm

Sorry to hear about all you're going through w/ work. I have to say, it sounds like the most frustrating workplace and co-workers!  LOL, I think it's funny that you say you've been w/ your company for 11 years and then follow that w/ the only constant is change. You've been at a workplace for 11 years! That's an accomplishment.  Have you thought of moving on?  

I've been feeling like a slug lately so decided to try to take it up a notch. I went to a boot camp class at the yoga/pilates studio but it's just not the place for me.  It's mostly women who aren't fit and are trying to get fitter, but not by much. I'm not complaning about that because it's a perfect safe environment for them but it doesn't work for me.  Step touch 30 secs, squat 30 secs, repeat isn't a workout. I followed it up by going to parkour where the instructor has been taking it up a notch and it's been a good workout. It would be a great workout but I've gotten lazy and tone it down as I get tired. But, a lot of unusual sprinting, climbing, precision/agility work.  I'm off tomorrow to ski again.

Oh, I finally got my act together and lost that odd weight I'd put on over the summer and fall. It was such an unusual weight gain but I'm feeling good now!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 01-10-2014 - 3:14pm

Glad the writing is going so well. I think that goes to show that even at your worst, you're good!  Have fun at the comedy show. I never knew Joe Rogan was a comedian. He didn't strike me as that funny on Fear Factor.






iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 01-10-2014 - 6:06pm
FSN, i am so with you on work annoyance. I took two days 'off' so that I would have time to work out and go tothe Figure Skatink...I knew I couldn't fit in all three...but I have ended up working a lot...and I swear if I say 'we have to do A' there are people who say 'no, do B' but if I had said 'B', they would say 'A'. It wears me out....andi haven't worked out...uuuughhhhh....Jean, I wonder what 'intense workout' means to you, because to me, your day to day life seems Intense. Gymrat, your journey to writing is very interesting to me...hope it continues to go well. Karla, how was the audition? Are we opening on Broadway anytime soon? I came home to get warm, back to skating soon....the rink is cold...guess that's because it's ICE skating....
Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Sat, 01-11-2014 - 10:45am

Hey Jean, maybe you missed my post on the change?  My company sold my division to another company, so I will be working for a new company in about two weeks.  It IS scarey, but I don't have a choice.  The contract even reads that I cannot be rehired into my "old" company for 12 months.  :(  So, unless I want to quit working, I get an offer letter from the new company next week, and, then, I have one week to sign.  That is why my partner is getting pushy - I find that everyone gets scared when change approaches.  He works for the company that is buying us.  I called him yesterday afternoon to "clear the air," and then, he started sending emails out, copying his manager.  UGH.  "Here we go..."  We work in a "house of cards," and everyone fears that the house will fall.  I hate this part of the job, but I enjoy the actual work.  Luckily, I have a new partner that was just hired on, and her boundaries are higher than mine, and she is on my side, so I will be able to lean on her a bit, as long as she remains my ally.  We shall see.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 01-13-2014 - 8:14pm

I've been thinking I need to get back to ice skating, too. I really miss it and it's been years. Good question on what intense means...I normally go by sweat but that's completely inaccurate as I learned when I did parkour in an unairconditioned warehouse this summer. It means working hard and my body wanting to stop and it takes mental strength to finish.  But that sounds obsessive and extreme and I don't work that hard!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 01-13-2014 - 8:16pm

I did miss that.  Interesting. I always loved change because, to me, it was a chance for things to get better. But, when change happened at work, it seemed most people were fearful and scared. And one co-worker said, "The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know."  I still prefer to hope for the better, even if I'm crushed later.  Good luck w/ your change!  And, 11 years is a good run!  Or, maybe a too long run given how stressful the workplace seems.