Saturday, February 27, 2010

Corporate Games



Don't know which one. Let's say "Tug-A-War".

Given the recession, all companies have analyzed their workforce to see if they can get better efficiencies with less people. My company also had an initiative to remove layers so the customer, internal and external, has less layers to move through when it comes to getting satisfaction. This could mean laying off more people and re-organizing the lines of business.

At the same time, the company continued to look at other businesses it can get into to generate more greens for the coffers.

Last August, I was informed I will have a new administrative manager. Darn! I really wanted to be laid off. Okay, no problems. I'm a low maintenance employee. Tell me where I need to go, what the client needs done and leave me alone to do it. I'll yell if I need anything.

In November, I find out via an organization announcement that I was moved back to my old administrative manager. The managers are generally good about contacting you before any org announcement. Well, someone dropped the ball. I emailed both managers and asked who do I report to. Old manager replied "You now belong to me". New manager gives me back the name of my old manager but then follows up with another to say call me and let's talk.

Under the new manager, I would have had opportunities to work on the new line of business instead of continuing what I'm doing now and hope that new clients will add adventure to the project. The adventure has totally worn off on my current project by a year and it's still going on.

This month, my manager calls me and asks how would you like to work on the new line of business. It means moving back to the other manager.

*Arghhhh! silently* Sure! I'm more than happy to. Though, when the move is final, I may need to return to current project to help them in a pinch. No problem. More than happy to go back and help.

Since all my administrative manager changes have been done by them, I did not think I had to do anything. It would just happen magically. It had every single time.

New manager contacts me. Oh, no! I have to complete a freaking job posting to move back.

Why did they not leave me where I was in August!

I hate paperwork! Especially when it involves a resume. The last resume I had was 16 years ago. Though the company has made me maintain a company resume for clients. I hope they like the company resume. That's what I used.

Limbo, that's the game.

I completed the posting two weeks ago. Not a peep except for "did you post".

New manager contacts me today. I thought it was an interview. Nope. It was just to explain what the new position encompassed, when training will occur, getting lots of materials sent to me and I belong to new org on Monday. I had to remind the new manager that I'll be needed by my current project until they are ready to release me.

Yeah! New stuff to learn. I was tired of the old stuff.

I will be putting in OT the first couple of weeks juggling my current project, which wants attention now when it didn't several weeks ago, and new training at the same time. Am I nuts because I'm excited!?!?! Maybe no time to play on the internet.

Though I really wish to be laid off so I can go find myself. Crossing everything for next re-org. Doubtful as I read Asians are the least likely to be let go.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shiloh Walker's Upcoming Release - BROKEN

Author of The Hunter series, Shiloh Walker has a new book coming out next week, Tuesday, March 2, 2010.



Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter and bail bondsman in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He’s tempted by her beauty—but he knows from experience that anyone desperate enough to live in his building is damaged goods. Besides, he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.


Sara Davis is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She’s not an abused wife, and she’s not a criminal. But she does have a plan for her future. And as much as she finds herself attracted to her gruff, tough neighbor, she can’t risk telling him the secrets she’s hiding. There’s just too much at stake.

Driven to desire…

But Quinn must get closer to Sara when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and he discovers that there is something more complex and dangerous to her than he thought. Now, both Quinn and Sara will have to expose their true feelings—as well as their fragile hearts—if they hope their love will survive…


He opened the door—

And stopped dead in his tracks as somebody all but fell into his arms. Somebody…a woman. And not Theresa.

He caught her just above her elbows, automatically steadying her.

“I’m sorry,” she said, her voice soft and low.

Then she lifted her face and Quinn found himself gazing into the biggest, brownest eyes he’d ever seen in his life. Feeling a little dazed, he studied her face while she stammered out another apology.

Quinn barely heard it.

He was too busy staring at her mouth. A very pretty mouth, a cupid’s bow mouth slicked with deep, vibrant red. Under his hands, he could feel silken smooth skin and unable to resist, he stroked a thumb along her inner arm.

Her skin was soft, soft and warm. He was also pretty sure she had the creamiest, most flawless skin imaginable. Her shoulder-length hair was a shade caught between blonde and brown, nondescript, but for some reason, he found himself thinking about tangling his fingers in that hair and holding her head still while he kissed that red-slicked mouth.

Well, hello…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We Are The World - Now and Then

NBC debuted We Are The World 25 for Haiti before the 2010 Winter Olympic games opening ceremonies.

When I heard it, I was not that thrilled with it. I posted on Facebook that this would need another listen. Maybe it will grow on me.

I later found out that the broadcast was only 3 minutes of the full video. Here's the official one. I like this version a lot better.

Here's the original.

Old or new? I sitll like the original. Yes, the new one grew on me. I like the new except for the guy (Jamaican?) who sounds like an out-of-tune warbling bird or some animal (time slice 3:14, 6:31 and 7:03). Only good part from him was at time slice 7:41-7:55.

Jay-z felt We Are the World should not have been remade.

How do you feel about the remake?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Turkey Hill Moose Tracks

FoodTV did an Unwrapped episode on Peanut Butter and showed the making of Turkey Hill's Moose Track. Well, it worked. I added this to my next grocery store shopping list. I was lucky that Turkey Hill was on sale -- 3 pints for $5.00. I brought Moose Tracks, Chocolate Mint Moose Tracks and one of my favorate flavors, Chocolate Mint.

Moose Tracks is vanilla ice cream with swirls of fudge and minature peanut butter cups (lots tinier than the ones you get from Hershey).

I had a serving last night and today I finished it. I tried it once and will not buy it again.

The vanilla ice cream was nice, creamy and soft. It was easy to scoop out. I did not need to leave it out at all.

The fudge swirls were hard. They weren't really swirled through the vanilla ice cream but were solid ribbons of chocolate. Like a glob of fudge here and then there.

If the fudge swirls and vanilla ice cream was the same consistency, I would like it more. It did not look like the carton picture.

Peanut butter cups were okay.

This was something I could not leave out to soften. It may have soften the fudge, but I think the vanilla ice cream would be soup.

I think I have a hankering for some Reese's Peanut Butter cups :)