work uncertainties

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:13 pm
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According to Aunt Boss, New Hire called in last Tuesday with a somewhat flimsy excuse. She was also 15 minutes late on Saturday, and also didn't finish a very simple task I gave her (namely, taking handwritten data from a clipboard and entering it into a spreadsheet). These are not great signs. On the other hand, she was suffering from bad hayfever and then a bit woozy from the Benadryl I gave her, so maybe it was just a bad day. *hands* Anyway, I am strongly hoping she works out despite this slightly rocky beginning, both because she's nice and I like people to do well, and because I really want to have someone else around so I have the option of occasionally taking a Saturday off to go do personal stuff.

The immediate issue is that I need to take Saturday, May 4 off because that's the weekend Susan is visiting and we have plans to do Things -- specifically, the Cayuga Wine Trail's wine & herb fest event -- so I really cannot be at the office. And I want New Hire to be there so we're not randomly closed for a whole day!

*sigh*

I dunno, I don't think my job is especially difficult, but it does involve a whole bunch of separate aspects/tasks that all need to be mastered, and which don't always have any intuitive connection to each other. And Mom Boss has been away on vacation this past week, so Aunt Boss hasn't had the time to show New Hire as much stuff as she otherwise might have done (to say nothing of the missing day). But I feel like... I am pretty sure I asked Miss Cactus more questions about what we do and how we do it in my first weeks on the job, and also read the job manual several times, poked the Gmail account to figure out the canned messages, and messed around with a bunch of folders and spreadsheets to see what information we stored and how it was organized. I'm quite sure Miss Goldberry was also more interested and persistent about learning how stuff worked. Even the previous New Hire (who didn't work out) was more proactive.

...

I suppose we'll see what happens.
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I read the Homestuck epilogue(s) today and... that sure was a thing that happened.

I don't think any of it's impossible as an extrapolation from the main story, but neither thread strikes me as an especially plausible end-path for the characters, and while I do enjoy meta-narrative technobabble, I frankly prefer a less... uh... reductive and negative set of options, shall we say. Like, if your story is thematically about escape from the tyranny of narrative inevitability, why pick THOSE particular possibilities as the ones to narrow in on and explore?

Fortunately it's all fundamentally irrelevant, so whatever. I am officially ignoring the whole thing, just like I've already been ignoring the Snapchats and a bunch of the credits. :)

things and stuff

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:09 pm
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Things I have done so far today:

1. Taken far too many people on apartment showings. (Due to a handful of early move-outs, we now have four sample apartments we can show people with no prior notice. In theory this is a good thing. In practice, it means I have been doing significantly more walking-and-talking than I consider ideal. *wry*)

2. Addressed, wrote, and mailed a batch of thank-you notes for my church stewardship committee.

3. Rented two parking spaces.

4. Stayed on top of office paperwork and now finally have some time to get non-paperwork tasks done, like updating apartment photos on our website and refreshing our ads on rental listing sites. \o/

So I'm going to get on that photo stuff.

help how do I self-promote???

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:22 pm
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So I've been asked to run for my church's Board of Trustees -- a 1-year term to fill out the end of another person's 3-year term, since they're stepping down for health reasons.

I have to provide a one-paragraph bio.

Does this sound reasonable?

"Elizabeth Culmer has been attending FUSIT since shortly after she moved to Ithaca in 2000, initially via a short-lived UU student group at Cornell. She taught RE for over a decade, from Pre-K to the high school youth group, and has been a member of the Stewardship Team since 2017. She is an enthusiastic member of her hospitality team, and has frequently worked at the recycling sale and service auction. Liz grew up in New Jersey, where she was a born-and-raised member of the Summit UU congregation. She currently works for a real estate company renting apartments to Cornell students in Collegetown, and does some seasonal tax prep work for [Not the IRS] on the side."

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ETA 9:10pm Okay, I've sent a slightly revised version to the nominating committee, along with a photo of me. We'll see how it goes. :)
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1. I have been recruited to run for a 1-year term on my congregation's board of trustees. This is kind of... like, on the one hand, I am an adult and I've been involved in church stuff (religious education, hospitality teams, stewardship committee, recycling sale, setup/cleanup for various events, showing up to meetings whenever possible, etc.) for over 15 years now; this is not really surprising. And on the other hand, I'm just sitting here going "...help?" because what the hell do I know about being in charge of anything???

Impostor Syndrome is insidious and annoying.

Also, I need to write a little one-paragraph bio for the annual meeting voting slate summary. Ugh. That's going to be as awkward as writing resumes and cover letters.

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2. In gardening news, I planted my carrot seeds last night, so hopefully they'll be sprouted and ready to transplant in a couple weeks. I need to buy more potting soil, though, since I've decided that they're going in the big plastic tubs I used for my squash two years ago. They're deep enough that this should work out, particularly if I harvest the carrots before they get long and tough/woody.

I'm going to plant the tomato and Brussels sprout seeds this weekend, I think.

I also planted new pepper seeds in the six little peat cylinders whose first round of seeds either failed to sprout or failed to shed their seed coats. (I rescued one such trapped sprout, but didn't get to the other two in time on account of illness and general fatigue. So it goes.)

I probably ought to go do some ground prep and start organizing the raspberries this afternoon, but I am still extremely tired and I may just take a nap instead. *sigh*

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3. I had a dentist appointment this morning wherein I got three new fillings. My bank account is not terribly happy with me. And I have another appointment in July for the fourth (and hopefully final!) round of cavity repairs. I probably could have scheduled it for June, but I figured I'd just shove the whole thing off to after my vacation so I didn't have to dredge up dates while standing at the front desk without my calendar.

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And now, yeah, I am going to take a nap.

wherein the paperwork strikes back

Apr. 15th, 2019 07:53 pm
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I hoped today would be a day of "Liz gets non-work stuff done during slow periods at work," but instead it turned into a day of "Well, you sent out ~150 reminders for people to turn in this form; why are you surprised that over a third of them did what you asked?"

So I spent most of my day processing forms. *sigh* I mean, it's necessary work, but man, it is so tedious.

There was also the usual round of package deliveries and pickups, we rented one studio, I gave a very confused prospective tenant a tour of our sample apartment (which exists because a tenant moved out early so we dressed up the vacant room to look pretty), I generated and sent out a couple parking leases, and so on and so forth. But mostly it was a never-ending flow of forms, which I had to print, scan, send emails acknowledging their receipt, mark them off on my clipboard tally sheet, mark them off on my Excel spreadsheet (the tally sheet is for quick visual reference; the spreadsheet is finer-grained and also includes useful info like tenant emails), upload to Rent Manager, attach to the relevant tenant accounts in Rent Manager, file a second electronic copy in our shared office drive, and file the paper copy.

(Paperless offices, my left foot.)

So that has been my day.

wherein Liz defeats her paperwork

Apr. 13th, 2019 05:55 pm
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Today's work achievements:

1. I finished emailing all the people who still owe us a parental lease guarantee form (which is what we do instead of credit checks or past housing checks, because those are kind of useless for undergrad college students) and we've already received forms from over a dozen people. So that's good.

2. I continued showing New Hire some basics of document scanning and electronic file management. I also took her out to see two of our smaller properties. We would've done the other minor properties as well, but they're in the opposite direction and both she and I were feeling under the weather, so we left that for another day.

3. Stayed on top of email and phone inquiries LIKE A BOSS, despite still feeling under the weather.

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In other news, I took my meds around noon today, on the theory that it was better to sort of ease back into my regular schedule. Tomorrow I will resume taking them with breakfast, and hopefully this will be a one-time lapse.

good going, genius

Apr. 12th, 2019 08:10 pm
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So I've been feeling kind of weird and vaguely off all day, more so than the lingering dregs of my cold should account for, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why.

...

I just got home and found my antidepressant pills that I forgot to take with breakfast this morning.

*headdesk*

Twelve hours late is better than never, right?

this and that

Apr. 10th, 2019 08:06 pm
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Stuff done so far today:

1. Watered my houseplants.

2. Boiled some eggs.

3. Read another chapter of SPQR.

4. Volunteered to write thank-you notes for church members who've made pledges in the past week.

5. Withdrew some cash from the bank.

6. Put away some of my air-dried laundry and set up to put away the rest when I get home tonight.

7. Clocked in to Not the IRS shortly before 4pm. I had two scheduled appointments today, and then caught one walk-in client and talked him into one of our additional products, so that's good. (It's a perfectly reasonable product -- they all are, really -- but this particular one I don't even mention to a lot of people because it's amazingly useful to people in certain life situations but completely useless to everyone else. And given that the time to offer it is just after I've finished doing somebody's taxes and therefore have a pretty damn accurate idea of the relevant aspects of their life situations... *shrug*) I am technically scheduled to be here through 9pm, but I don't expect to have much to do in this final hour.

My last day is Sunday the 14th, at which point I get to clean out my little office mailbox and fill out my end-of-year paperwork. I will do my CE over the summer and apply again for next year, but I think I will not lose any sleep over the process. Doing taxes two days a week isn't really enough to maintain emotional investment, though I do like my coworkers and it's always nice to help people wade through a sea of numbers and arcane rules.

whoops

Apr. 9th, 2019 09:40 pm
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Oh, dammit, I was supposed to sit in on tonight's Board of Trustees meeting at my church, wasn't I?

Well, I will blame my absence on my continuing slow recovery from illness.

Also I am going to bed now.
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I was at Not the IRS this morning (9am-1pm) basically to catch walk-in clients. I got two.

The first I sat down, asked a couple questions, and said, "You need to see Office Uncle. He's the guy who specializes in handling people in your particular tax situation. Let me schedule you an appointment with him." So that was quick and painless.

(The situation, btw, is "graduate student in the US on a non-resident visa". We get a lot of that in Ithaca, because Cornell. Some of them are very simple, but once you add in any complicating detail, things can get very messy very fast. Hence Office Uncle's specialization.)

The second client, on the other hand, was a TRIP. She brought in six W2 forms, and as I typed them up, proceeded to tell me, in a very loud voice, how she'd quit every single one of those jobs because either they made her work with underage alcoholic drug addicts, they refused to let her organize appropriate safety procedures, or both. (I have, shall we say, my own opinions about why she can't hold a job.) She also told me a number of confused stories about her parents and the zero population movement, how she should have been a twin but wasn't because [train roars past], how she got a stress fracture in a large bone but she would say no more because [train roars past], how we were both people and the computer isn't a person and isn't that remarkable, and so on.

I am actually pretty good at navigating that sort of conversation for short periods, particularly in a structured encounter -- which a tax prep interview is -- so we ended with her thinking I'm the bees' knees and very happy to return next year. But wow, that sure was something.

She's going on my list of most notable client encounters, right up there with some of my old smoke shop customers. Still not as out there as the man who told me he'd cured his girlfriend's diabetes by giving her a diet of foods balanced from all seven continents, and wanted a coffee blend similarly balanced, but I don't think anyone's ever going to top that level of disconnect from reality. (Coffee doesn't even grow in Europe! The climate is all wrong! *headdesk*)

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I think I will now take a short nap (just half an hour or so) before moving on through my to-do list for the day. :)

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