Phew. It's been way too long since my last update. As you may have noticed, I've been posting a bit of new artwork lately. I haven't had much chance to draw lately, hence the lack of posts. I'll get to that in a minute. First...
So, I'm no longer working with cell phones and electronics. Work offered me a position as the supervisor (basically department manager) of the fabric and crafts area of the store. I accepted it. I'm not so sure that was the best decision, but I had to move after being in Electronics for 2+ years. I do get paid a little more (another raise is supposed to go into effect this summer), but my schedule and work routine have completely changed. I went from 2-10:30 PM shifts five days a week to...well, read on, you'll see.
"Supervisor" seems to mean "jack of all trades", because so far since assuming this role over a month ago I have done a pretty wide variety of work that is NOT part of my department.
I Could've Been An Independent Contractor...
So, here are some of the things work has had me doing for the past five weeks:
Setting up/taking down/stocking shelves in the garden center for a week, complete with hefting 40-lb bags of top soil to fill entire shelf displays.
Working 12-hour overtime shifts for two weeks to paint/scrub/clean various parts of the store.
Scraping/cleaning a decade of wax buildup off of the floors under shelves with razorblades/scrub brushes the size of a toothbrush/mops.
Being asked to work overnight indefinitely to stock freight because the night shift stockers apparently don't do enough fast enough.
I refused the overnight thing. Even though they were asking for "volunteers" for any schedule change, the assistant manager I was talking to pretty much demanded that I come in at 4 AM indefinitely instead, which is the schedule I'm on now. The shift I was told I'd have when getting promoted was 7 AM-4 PM.
Being given a mountain of work FOR my position, then having management show up and tell me to work on some other unrelated task that takes up my whole shift, like fixing late price labels in the department next door (stationary, which I get to "babysit" because they haven't gotten it a supervisor. I'm getting the impression they're not going to get around to it, even though I was told I would NOT be responsible for stationary when I accepted this position.)
Being given a daily routine supervisors are supposed to do EVERY DAY and then never being given time to do it.
Can you tell I'm pretty tired of/frustrated with work right now? I'm getting stressed out just thinking about how I go back tomorrow morning, as today's my last day off this weekend. I'm kind of considering changing jobs. Okay, not "kind of." I've gone so far as to send in applications to a few others. I really, REALLY miss my freelance writing days when I set my own daily schedule instead of having to wake up at 2:45 AM to go clock in somewhere at 4.
Went to Sakura-Con!
Enough whining for now. I HAVE had a few good things going for me lately. I got to go to Sakura-Con again for the first time in years, for one! I cosplayed as Marvel's Doctor Doom, and went along with my brother Iirai , sister Couy-Chan and boyfriend ThePhantomNick . It was a lot of fun, and there were some really awesome cosplayers there. Many pictures were taken. I'm going to try and upload some more of them soon. It was pretty awesome to sew a costume from scratch after years of no sewing, too! I made my whole Doom costume tunic and cloak out of one King-sized bedsheet I bought from Goodwill for $4.18.
Started Actually Using My Tumblr!
Mostly for crackish Marvel fanworks and posting my own artwork there. If you wanna check it out, it is (of course) threshie dot tumblr dot com.
After a month or two of barely drawing anything, last night I drew pages and pages of artwork. I'm encouraged that mushy romance with crackish pairings is within my reach again. Wish me luck.
I've been getting great games on Steam lately at cheap prices. Alien: Isolation for $12.49, the whole Lego Batman trilogy for $16.00, etc. Using my Xbox controller with my computer isn't bad at all--I just need a long HDMI cable so I can plug in and play on my big 40-inch TV and I'm golden.
Hopes For 2015? Let's See, Here...
Continuing the space last journal for what I hoped to change this year. Here's how that's going:
Changing positions WAS like changing jobs. This one makes me want to change employers.
Getting rid of debt:
Haven't had to borrow money to cover rent in a few months, and garnishment's slooooowly getting paid down. I guess that's something.
Getting a cat:
Boyfriend possibly could be written a doctor's note to get a pet for stress relief. If that happens, we could bypass the $500 apartment deposit that has kept us from getting a cat so far. Fingers crossed.
Part-time instead of full-time:
At this point, full-time FREELANCE is my ideal thought.
Eating less sugar:
Not working. Too stressed/broke to eat well; my diet's been utter crap.
Drinking kombucha instead of energy drinks:
See above.How's Everybody Doing?
Hope both longtime DA friends and random visitors to my page are doing well. Feel free to throw questions or comments my way here on DA--I love talking to you guys.