Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tired all the time.

But so are my fellow carpoolers. We are adjusting to the (essentially) 10 hour days.

I get up on Saturday, grocery shop, and off to bed.

But I did take the Huggamutt for a walk on Saturday and Sunday.

Little Pond

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Miss visiting with you all.

I now carpool. That is, I am riding until I buy a car that will stand up to the punishment. The weeks I drive, I will be tired, tired, tired, but it will be one week out of three.

Car shopping today or tomorrow; I have an offer on the Geo!

Looks like Fridays will be a horror show for a few weeks. Yesterday, I worked almost ten hours. Because I took a furlough day, it was all straight pay.

Hope to get Ellie this weekend.

Little Pond

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Morning after the first day

The drive is worse than I thought; the Geo Tracker is not good at high speeds. Every truck simply shoves me aside with its wind, even if it's just a large SUV. I am now a white-knuckle driver, dreading slippery conditions.

Sixty miles up, as many again back: my work day is now ten hours. I will recalculate my actually wages for the 57.5 hour week and look locally for something similar or better, on that basis alone.

The work itself is child's play, with only mastering Adobe InDesign on the to-do list. That will surely come in a week or two.

I was left to my own devices for two hours on my very first day. I fell back on what I already know and worked out resulting printing problems accordingly. Soon everyone else will be on a schedule closer to mine, so I must suck up the peace and quiet while I may.

The whole place is in transition, and everything will change again shortly. Gannett wants to sell the building on Vestal Parkway and move everything closer to the new plant in Johnson City. Except for the inevitable upheaval, the move should make little difference otherwise.

Minus the grueling commutes and its problems, the people are lovely, the work easy. Unfortunately, the ladies room is just as distant as it was in Elmira. For now.

Little Pond

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Poor design alert (update!)

Blue Denim Bakeables.

Husband RJ bought one of these potatoes for a recipe that I never completed. Today I wanted a potato for steak and onions.

On the label it showed that cooking instructions were on its reverse, so I scraped and peeled and scratched long enough to realize that the label was not a "peel off" sort.

I finally broke into it and read the reverse.

The results?

Specially prepared to deliver oven-baked taste straight from the microwave, Masser's BAKEables are fast, healthy, and delicious!

  • DO NOT remove or poke holes in wrap.

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Curiouser and courioser: my email to the company, sent directly from their website, came back UNDELIVERABLE.


Little Pond