Month: December 2007

on the web and on the shelf

I just finished reading “What Would MacGyver Do?“, and I was *overjoyed* to find that the last story references my site! :dances: I literally sat agape for several minutes, stunned and flattered …

… until I realized that the site name was misspelled in the book. :slaps forehead: No, I did not originally misspell “MacGyver”. That site has been around since 2002, and for *all* of that time, MacGyver has been spelled correctly.

I was slightly bummed and tried to comfort myself. “Surely people will know to spell the show’s name correctly…?”

Yeah, I wasn’t very comforted by that. Most people don’t give these things that much thought. They’ll simply type in the URL (and that’s assuming they’re interested enough to even go that far), and when it doesn’t work, they’ll shrug and assume it closed down.

Hmm. What *would* MacGyver do? You know, if MacGyver were a chick with a fan website that’s been wrongly cited? Of course! Add the incorrectly spelled page as it appears in the book – page 187 🙂 – and point people to the site:

http://www.rusted-crush.com/macgvyer/macep128.html

Now my only regret is that I wished I’d finished reading the book a year ago, like I kept planning to…

Whitesnake impromptu

Me (standing at a co-worker’s desk, talking about a project. I turn to go, resolved.): Here I go.

Co-worker#1: Again? On your own?

Me (walking away, playing along): Going down the only road I’ve ever known.

Co-worker#2 (whose office I’m passing): Like a drifter?

Me (loving this, declaring grandly): I was *born* to walk alone.

fallout boys

Seldom do I fail to marvel at how fast things can change. When I arrived at work today Ex-Trainer Guy was in my office chatting with my OfficeMate. After a slightly awkward minute or two, OM drew me into the conversation, and ETG actually talked to me. He spoke only briefly of the recent change in his duties, “apologizing” for failing me and OM in training us. (Yeah, I think that remark was very tongue-in-cheek, but more a declaration that he was wrongly accused of Bad Training by the higher-ups than a barb aimed at us.)

ETG said that OM and I didn’t know how bad things had been with Former Employee’s anger management issues during his last period of employment. Trying to help smooth things over between those two former confidantes, I told ETG that, unlike months before, now I don’t perceive an anger from FE toward anyone. (I think FE had a *really* tough November and learned quite a bit from it.)

Before the day was over, ETG and the other fallen-out-with-FE person – to whom I’d told the same thing – had talked to him again, more than once. I think that’s a good start, and yeah, I’m going to take a little of the credit for it. 🙂

In other news, as I chatted with some other employees, the topic of the office Christmas party came up, and Cute Work Guy asked if I’d be his date(!). I replied (mildly disappointed?) that my boyfriend would be there. CWG said with a laugh that he could take him.

I can’t decide whether or not he was serious about the date. We flirt a bit, but – as with the other single guys at work – he typically stops short of saying anything that could be taken to mean that he really wants to go out with me. That’s probably a wise policy at work, to avoid things being misinterpreted and turning awkward, and yet every now and then it insults me, as if they think that I’m desperately waiting to pounce on the slightest show of affection from someone who’s available. Sigh.

The more I think about it, I don’t think he was serious. I mean, he asked in front of people: that’s a sure sign of a non-serious ask-out, right? Still, I had listed on the sign-up sheet that I would be by myself. (Little did I know that I’d mention the party in passing to my boyfriend, and he’d decide that he didn’t mind driving all this way to stay for just a few hours and attend the party with me.) But Cute Work Guy knew that I still had a boyfriend because I’d mentioned it just the other day… Oh, who knows what he was thinking, asking me that? But I bet he doesn’t ask again any time soon.

somebody done somebody wrong

And that somebody would be me – the wronger, that is, not the wrongee.

The “big changes” that were promised at work have been implemented. The biggest change is that the Former Employee I’ve mentioned before has been rehired, and now my OfficeMate and I report to him, as does the guy that formerly trained us.

Ex-Trainer Guy hasn’t said much to OfficeMate and me since the new changes started, and I don’t blame him. Well, he did start speaking to OM again yesterday afternoon, but right before we left today, ETG said (to OM) that he’d been told that OM had been leaving because of him, and I wasn’t far behind. Their conversation was interrupted before OM could respond, but … ouch.

Just the fact that they brought back Former Employee, who was not the most-liked person, and made him our team leader was a huge slap in the face to ETG, but to be told that we wouldn’t have stayed otherwise… Yeah, I’m feeling like a huge traitor.

I’ve written here how frustrated I was with the so-called training process the way it was and the lack of help I received. I understand that ETG wanted me to think things out, but being tasked to design things I’ve never even seen before – things I have no concept of – was positively maddening. I wasted so much time “reinventing the wheel” as I call it, and I really think the business suffered because of it. Why couldn’t he have shown me how to do brand-new stuff just once? He, however, doesn’t want to train by “spoon-feeding”, and he was so supremely set in his ways that I didn’t know how to talk to him about it.

Now, thinking how wronged he is, I probably look extra guilty when he’s around. No doubt this supports his belief that I – and not my OfficeMate – am the one that spearheaded this whole bring-back-the-Former-Employee plan. Yes, I did contribute to it by voicing in passing that it would help me a lot to have him back, but OM truly did agree to stay because he was told these changes were coming.

In any event, I find myself less and less indignant that ETG insists on making me the villain. As I said, I did help bring about the changes, and if he finds comfort in blaming me – because heaven forbid that he admits he could’ve done things better – then maybe things are somehow even between us.

those sexy, irritated eyes

Although I’ve been wearing makeup regularly since I started my job over a year ago, I’ve been avoiding eyeliner, mainly out of laziness in buying it and then putting it on every day.

Yesterday I overcame the first laziness and picked up some of the cheapest kind that Wal-Mart sells. Today I passed the second lazy hurdle and wore it to work. Unfortunately, my right eye has been dry and mildly stinging all day.

Oh, yeah, now I seem to recall that this was the reason I stopped wearing makeup to work a few years ago, when I was a secretary. (Well, I also stopped wearing makeup at that job because the company opened another location, and most of the time I was the only one at the old location.)

Dang it, I was hoping that eyeliner would make me look more attractive: I reasoned that if my eyes look bigger, my nose will look smaller. Now I’m left debating whether to try a more expensive, “hypoallergenic” brand or to just skip it altogether.

Maybe I’ll use the old eyeliner to draw a mole on my cheek. I don’t think I’ll look more attractive, but surely *that* would draw attention away from my nose.