So yeah sorry for the radio silence. Since I moved to Ohio things have been a heck of a lot different than they were before. Up until recently I had very limited internet access at work. Now that I am at my new job I might be able to swing a post here and there. Things have been pretty busy here though.
I guess I should back up a bit.
When I moved to Ohio I originally got a job through a temp agency. It was in the AP department of a large corporation in downtown Columbus. I was originally hired to be an AP clerk as temp to hire. Instead, I was put on email bitch and scanning bitch duty. This meant that for 8 hours I was printing emails or scanning documents. A trained monkey could do this job. Something I related to anyone who would listen to me. The AP manager kept telling me that she had to wait until they allowed her to hire someone new before she could move me over to the actual AP work all while going on about how their system was so outdated and it just takes forever to train a new person.
I was making much less money than I needed to be making, I had almost an hour long commute, both ways, and I was absolutely miserable. I didn’t outright quit because some money coming in was better than no money. I kept applying to other places and just hoped that I could get something new soon.
After about 2 weeks into the temp job I had an interview with a landscaping company to be their bookkeeper. While it wasn’t financial planning or insurance, it was something I could do and know I would do it well. I *thought* that the interview went really well but when I didn’t get a call back from him on Thursday for my 2nd interview, I figured I didn’t get the job. Two more weeks went by and suddenly here he was calling me back for a 2nd interview. I went in, showed the office manager that yes, I do know how to use Excel and QuickBooks, and then waited to hear back from the owner. This time he called me back fairly quickly and asked me how soon I could start. Since I was still temping, and hating it, I told him I could start Monday (it was Thursday) but that I would need that Thurs & Fri off (for Thanksgiving) since I already had plans. He said yes and I started cleaning up my desk area so I could leave on Friday and never look back.
Now as a disclaimer I have never just left a job. I always give notice. I felt so guilty just bailing on the company since I did like the people I worked with, but I just couldn’t take one more day of that job. You don’t go from running the show to being the lowest grunt on the totem pole with people who shouldn’t be in charge lording it over you. Yeah my guilt didn’t last for a long time. I had it for a bit, but not for too long. To this day I don’t answer calls or emails from the temp agency.
Thus began my career as a bookkeeper.
Short lived as it was.
It took me all of 1 day to discover that my new boss was a nut job. I am fully convinced that he is bi-polar, especially when I was informed of his family history of the disease. The operation manager described him very eloquently: “He will tell you to paint the trucks red. While you are painting them red he will change his mind and tell you to paint them blue. After you finish painting them blue he will get mad at you for painting them blue because he wanted them red and obviously you didn’t listen because he told you explicitly that he wanted them red.”
So yeah that was my new job.
The work wasn’t hard and it was close to home, but the money was again, just not there. While I was making the hourly rate I needed, I wasn’t getting full time hours. It came out to just a little bit more money than I was making temping. Add to everything else the crazy that was my boss, I just wasn’t happy. Now I was in a better position than I was at the temp job, but not by much. I knew that I had to find another job, but I had gotten so depressed I had all but given up on finding work here where I would be happy.
Then lo and behold I got a phone call out of the blue.
Prior to moving to Ohio I had interviewed with an insurance agent based out of downtown Columbus. He seemed to really like me and sounded like he wanted to offer me the position for when I moved. Unfortunately he needed someone to start October 1 and I wasn’t even leaving CA until October 10. So I was justifiably bummed. The job sounded like a perfect fit for me.
Well luck was on my side.
Every semester the insurance office gets a new intern from OSU Business school. The intern for the Winter semester decided that she didn’t want to come work here so they were short a person. That is when I got called.
It was definitely out of the blue. I had been trying to figure out a way to leave the landscape company without causing problems when this fell on my lap. Over the course of about three weeks I had two more phone interviews and two in person interviews before I was given an offer of employment. I gave my two week notice (which went about as well as you would imagine) and agreed to help out on Saturday until the new person gets on her feet.
So now I am at the new job and loving it. It is similar enough to my job in San Diego that I know what I am doing yet different enough to where I am enjoying the new challenge. I have been crazy busy though. When I started I was thrown in the middle of about 20 different projects and I am still trying to make heads & tails of them all. I am very confident that once I get caught up to speed on everything that I will have everything flowing nicely. All in all it is a really fantastic position. Definitely a career move for the better.
Now onto the world of games!
I had been burned out on WoW for quite some time. I still log into raid every week because Sorak & Slice would kill me if I didn’t. It really isn’t because of TOR either. Yes I am playing TOR and enjoying it immensely, but I don’t even log in to that game on a daily basis. I think a large part of my burnout is due to not HAVING to log in every day to talk to Slice. Now that I live with the bugger I don’t HAVE to log in to a game to spend time with him. I could just be in the same room with him and we’re cool. We have our date nights and spend quality time away from the computer/TV so I don’t HAVE to be playing a game with him every day. Honestly, it is refreshing to not have that pressure on me.
SR killed Deathwing a while back and just got our 2nd kill last night. Afterwards everyone agreed to run a fast Firelands run to get me some more embers. I had been sitting on 158/250 and ended the run with 183/250. So about 4 more runs should do the trick for me to finish my staff. Then Arv and Van can get their pets.
In TOR news – I started out with a Sith warrior (pure evil baby) but Slice decided that he didn’t like his bounty hunter so we decided to level Sith inquisitors together. For the first time we are actually sticking with it. We don’t level these toons without the other person. The problem has been either he will want to level and I don’t or I will want to level and he doesn’t. It has been a vicious cycle and we are stuck at like 23. Not even half way there. In the mean time he has started leveling his bounty hunter again and I started playing the one I created.
When I installed the game I created one of each class, partially as a name holder and partially so I would already be in the guild. I didn’t originally have any plans to level the alts until I had already finished leveling 1 toon. So much for that idea. So now I am enjoying the bounty hunter. This toon is going to be a self serving character. She will go light side or dark side depending on the situation, usually if money is involved. If you are willing to pay her, she’ll help you.
For example: There is a quest on the starter planet where this elderly couple ask you to get some charged power units so they can sell them for food. They lost their jobs when the rival Hutt took over the factory they worked at. They told me they would give me everything they had in order for me to bring them back some units. While you are in the factory getting ready to charge the units a guy runs up to you and tells you that the rival Hutt will kill his family if another person steals energy to power the units. He asks you to not charge the units. I gave him the option to pay me to switch sides and instead he started whining about his family. Um no buddy, credits or GTFO. So I told him no and went on my merry way. He THEN started bitching about “what will we do? where will we go? we have no credits to run!” blah blah blah. Not my problem buster. You didn’t pay me to make it my problem. I then took the charged power units back to the elderly couple who gave me a green quality chest piece. They were super happy because the four units I brought them would keep them fed for months. Go me!
Slice called me a horrible person for that. Uh no. Not everything has to be pure buddy.
I think the best part about leveling these toons with Slice is he HAS to choose the dark side options and I HAVE to choose the light side options. When we made them that is how we decided to roll with them. It is hilarious to see me get pissy cause I have to pick light side and the same for him.
Makes for good times let me tell ya!
So I don’t know how often I’ll mention SW on here, since I’m really not playing WoW, but it shouldn’t turn into a SW blog. If it makes you feel better my inquisitor is specced into DoT damage.
As for my Screenshot Friday posts, I haven’t been taking pictures in TOR nor have I been playing WoW, so I haven’t had anything new and/or pretty to share. So I’ll put it to you: If I take pictures in TOR would you guys like to see them?
Anyway, if you haven’t already, go over and wish Rep happy birthday!