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Tuesday blahs

I feel crummy. I'd better not be getting a cold. I've been assuming the congestion has been due to allergies, but it's so constant and so difficult to breathe, accompanied by body aches and tiredness, that I'm wondering.

It's also very hard to type with a blister on the tip of one's index finger. I repeat, do not touch hot sugar.

Almost all the Op-Ed pieces in today's Times were incredibly good reads. In particular, Paul Krugman (which disturbed me mightily) and Tom Cahill. Very interesting, Cahill's.

I'm the only Catholic at my regular lunch table, so everyone's asking me questions about what's going on in Rome. Like I actually know anything other than what I learn on NPR. After all, it's been 26 years since the last pope was chosen; I was only 14 when JPII was elected and didn't pay attention to such things then (or much of anything, then; I'm amazed I emerged with any knowledge whatsoever). The most I remember from then was the black smoke/white smoke and a bit on SNL Weekend Update where the anchor (Bill Murray, then?) said, "Didn't we do this last month?"

Why is it that when you're good at your job, your company bends all its efforts to see you move to another department? ("We're sure you don't want to stay here all your life, right?") My problem is I really have very little ambition when it comes to office work. I work so I have a paycheck, and yes, I am extremely anal about doing a good job, but I also like being good at my job, so why change? The only reason I left Word Processing was because of the stress.


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Apr. 6th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
Why is it that when you're good at your job, your company bends all its efforts to see you move to another department?

The Peter Principle. You're not incompetent, so you must be promoted/moved until you are.

Who, me, cynical?
Apr. 6th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Or that. They just phrase it more nicely. :D
Apr. 6th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
Go to the doctor. Go go go. I ended up really sick and I would prefer for you to avoid that fate. So in case you've got what I had, go get help. And drugs.
Apr. 6th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Boy, here I was dickering whether to call in/come home sick. So far it only shows signs of being a mild yucky-cold; not even a sore throat yet, just that head-floaty feeling. Nyquil helped me sleep last night and I actually woke up feeling better, just with the sure knowledge it is, indeed, a cold. HOWEVER, if something else rears its ugly head in the next day or so, I'll take your advice. :)
Apr. 6th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
Poor Kats! ((((hugs))))

Wish I could give it to you in person...
Apr. 6th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Apr. 6th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
Sorry you have the yucks. My sympathies about the blister -- no fun.

What job are they wanting you to move to? Is it one you'd like? If not, tell them that you're happy where you are.
Apr. 6th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
Blisters are annoying. They feel okay except for the fluid, so I made a teeny hole in the skin to drain it. Once drained, it felt better. Then the loose skin tore off (okay, I worried it off), before the skin beneath had healed. Now it REALLY hurts. :P

Oh, nothing in particular, just that "train and develop in case you want to move on from here" push they give to anyone who is competent and might actually be better at doing things than some of the bozos out there in supervisory positions. Of course, in my case, they're actually leaning on me to get even better HERE in case MARIA moves on up, so I can take over her job. Which I wouldn't mind, really, although that would mean I'd have to handle all the connections our unit has to {gasp} people.
Apr. 6th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Several bosses back was someone who was like that. "Don't you have plans for career advancement? Don't you want to move up?"

And I would say that I really loved me work and everyone agreed I was good at it and I wanted to keep doing it.

My next boss taught me how to respond to those questions in the future: I like the challenge of working in the fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment where the challenge is mastering new products and delivery options, developing new specializations as the product landscape changes in response to market needs.

Which is a lot nicer than "leave me alone and let me do my job."
Apr. 7th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
Good answer. :)
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