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I find myself back in the same situations I have been in for years. Thankfully I have found a job, and managed to keep it. Even got myself out of the service department and I am in accounting learning all sorts of new stuff. My life is once again focused on my job. I like my job. Other than being glad that I am back in Washington I am rather miserable in everything else. It puts me in a deeper funk knowing that I am back to only finding solace in my job. I look forward to going to work and I dread coming home.
One of the worst parts is that when I get this way I tend to shy away from everyone I know. It is just easier to ignore the world. Which leaves me with no one really to talk to. So maybe one day I will get it down here instead of letting it rattle around inside of me.
Cooked two new things yesterday. Prime rib and black eyed peas. Now I have had black eyed peas from a can and was planning on doing that but the grocery store was all out. I did find a bag of uncooked beans and figured it couldn't be any harder than when I cook kidney beans for chili. Never going to eat black eyed peas from a can again. They tend to be on the bland side to me but at least cooking them that way they didn't have the slight dirt taste. The prime rib turned out excellent, which actually reminds me I sort of made three new things. I made au jus sauce from the drippings of the prime rib. Costly piece of meat so I don't think it will be a regular staple but for a new year dinner it was rather good. Better than another round of turkey.
The new job will be three months old as of the 17th, and unfortunately they are running out of things for me to do. Seems I am rather too efficient for what they were expecting, I'm sure do to the fact I already have a strong grasp of warranty and the stuff I do at leasing is a lot like the classes I took for accounting years ago. My hours got increased and now they are cutting them back. I am really hoping that since I helped them clean up these two departments so fast that they don't decide to lay me off. I do miss being the one in charge of warranty, since I don't really buy into the whole 'I only do warranty' mentality that unfortunately the current warranty clerk has. She is a nice woman, smart when it comes to warranty, but has an issue with my helping service. Something I do not have an issue with.

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After a few interviews, and some other strangeness, the current job is trying to keep me. It has been a rather strange week actually of emotions I really did not expect or want to go through again. I have fears and concerns both ways, staying or going which given my nature makes the decision harder with each passing day. Though through all of this I have become even more convinced that I need to get out of the automotive business all together, in any form. It started working at the xpress lube chaning oil and since then I have worked around vehicles on an almost daily basis. I enjoy working for GM dealerships and if I could I would work for GM as a warranty rep, but those positions are not the easiest to get now adays. So I am ready to move on. I'd like to get into medical billing. It seems the logical leap from doing warranties for cars to doing billing on humans. I'm smart, a lot smarter than people often give me credit for since I tend to stay on the quiet side. All this rambling means that either way I will be starting school in November. I'll have been up here a year and can get the resident prices for the colleges and there are a few online colleges that offer the accredidations that will be required. That of course adds to the concern of wether I should stay at a full time job which will help with the money for schooling, or go to the part time job which will give me time for schooling. Plus there is the matter of rebuilding all the savings from the move. I just now am feeling like I am getting to that point and it is time to pay for the house taxes. Jeff keeps bouncing around jobs, and even though hopefully he has settled at this one for awhile, there is still the matter of the ongoing lake of medical insurance and the high price of the bloor pressure medication we both take. I am just now getting to the point where I might be covered and my job, and have actually gotten a low cost health insurance through the state. So I can either stay and get that paid for through my present job or go and not have insurance since I am part time and pay for it out my own pocket. Which isn't that big of a factor since the gas and tolls are paid for at Jeff's present job.

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Oct. 4th, 2011

So I put in my notice at my present job on Friday before I left. Monday morning the managers said good working with you and good luck at your new job. I know it's prideful but I was expecting some sort of effort to keep me. I was hopefull that they would at least ask me why I was leaving. Instead I got nothing. They've already started trying to get a gal back that left the place due to issues with what this place does to people. She said no, and not to be mean to the place, but I hope she stays with that decision because I would not want someone coming back to the abuse. I am trying not to be upset about everything but I find myself rather anoyed by it. I have been trying to figure out why I should even care about this place since I have a boss that is a chauvanist towards women and treats me like I have no idea how to do anything. I work with people that spend all their time pawning off their own work so they can play on the internet.
This is the first job I have had since moving back to the state. I wanted to like this place, and on many levels I do. I wanted it to be a place that I could potentially stay for many years to come. As much as my last job annoyed me I did like the fact that I had been there for a long time and I knew how to do pretty much everything. I liked having lots of responsibility and having lots to do. I guess I wanted that from this job and it just cannot be.
I have a job to go to. I should be happy about that, I should be looking forward to that and not annoyed with how this place is treating me now that I have decided to leave. I have wanted to leave for awhile now and I should just let them go and move on with things. They so don't deserve what I am capable of doing and won't let me do what I am capable of doing since I am a woman.
I have sort of come to accept that warranty in this state is treated differently than what I was taught. There are different rules for recording of tech time so even though you can only get a set amount from warranty all the dealerships I have dealt with use the different recording rules to get olh on invoices they shouldn't be getting it on. A true warranty clerk that knows the rules and works within the system is frowned upon. Better to have someone who only sort of knows what they are doing so they can better go around the system.
I wanted to extend my warranty services to them since I am going to a part time job but after how they are treating me the past few days I have no desire to do that anymore. In fact I am so uncomfortable being here I don't know if I will be able to manage the two week notice that I gave.

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I have not had the easiest of times finding a job since moving back to Washington. I've gotten past the fact that pay scales seems way lower up here than down in Texas given that the cost of living is about the same. I've been working my present job since March and have been actively looking for a job, even while working this one, since about a month after moving up here. I've had exactly three interviews. One at a Nissan dealership, one where I presently work, and one recently at a big rig shop that is interested in me. The job is part time. More hourly than I am making at the current job, but still only part time. I think I am going to take it. The business seems like a good place and very much like a dealership so I will know a few things going in. I'd be doing more admin stuff that warranty stuff but I think I can pull it off. I've managed to stumble my way around excell and outlook without managing to destroy what I was working on or the computer. My current job has so many issues that I really would like to get away from. It really isn't that much farther of a drive than what I am presently doing and going back to part time would help with what needs to be done around the house.
It's time to get some windows replaced, fix the car port and get the front room finished. All stuff that dad is pressuring to get done before the winter weather comes in. There should also be time to get more of grandma's stuff gone through and packed away properly. We will have to tighten the expenses a bit but it shouldn't hurt the finances too badly for me to be part time. Maybe sometime next year it might go into full time or I can spend the extra time to get some more schooling and switch my profession all together.

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Over the years of my last job I sort of developed a reputation for my voice, especially my phone voice. Apparently my paging stopped a few guys dead in their tracks and some even would ask the receptionist who was paging. There were even a few people saying that my voice would be perfect for a certain type of phone operator job. I always thought of my voice as rather high pitched and squeeky but I made a conscious effort when talking on the phone to pitch my voice down a little so I wouldn't talk so fast, and thus be more understandable, and not be so loud over the paging system.
I hadn't thought much about that until recently. Now that I am comfortable with where I am working I am back to using the same voice on the phone and I've learned to some degree to do it when not on the phone. Thus I am starting to get some of the same reactions I got at my last job. The amount of compliments about the appointment taker have been going up, which is me despite what my boss says.
I'd like to say we got as much done this weekend as last but it just didn't work out that way. Jeff had a talk with the first dealership that he worked at after moving up here and they want him back. They've put a rather good offer down on the table but the main issue is still the commute. He'll be going from Puyallup to Bremerton and the commute it what started us looking for a closer dealership. He was burned out and tired when he came to the place I am currently working at. He has a commute up to Renton right now but so far that commute hasn't compared to the one to Bremerton. Hard to give him advice on this one because I am not the one driving it. I know his position is different up here. For the short time we lived together in Texas I was making more than he was but at that time we weren't really combining bills. I'd give him a check for half the bills each month and buy a lot of the food for the house and that was about it. Up here he makes in one paycheck what my job makes me in a month. So far we haven't really split the bills other than I pay the bills and he pays for the groceries for the month. Living at my grandmother's we don't have a lot of bills since the house is payed off, the biggest one we have to face is the property tax. I know we both want to go back to school but with what little I make I don't see that happening since I'd rather put the extra money into savings and health insurance.
Sort of wishing that he hadn't agreed to talk with them. I'd like him to find a dealership to settle at for awhile so he can get the benefits instead of leaving as soon as they start. This whole thing about waiting six months to get benefits is ridiculous in my opinion. I'll support whatever decision he wants to make in regards to the job and the commute. I'm just afraid he is going to regret whatever decision he makes.

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I find myself longing for the worst days at my last job, since even those seem wonderful compared to the strangeness I find myself in now. I see the potential. Yet everyone in management on down seems determined to make this place as messed up as it possibly can be. Maybe once a day I go to accounting to pick up and drop off stuff. I say hi to a few of the people that can be bothered to talk to anyone. Accounting being snobs doesn't bother me, we had a few of them at my last job. I'll stop and chat for a minute with one or two of them but nothing that takes up considerably time and if we have something to mull over we'll go outside. Now I find that my name has been dragged into a talk with one gal that she is no longer allowed to talk to me at work. Just hello. Our work paths do not cross so we have nothing to talk about. This really really really annoys me. If I have done something to get her into trouble they should be talking to me. The least bit of courtesy would have been to have me in the room when they talked to her about me. I understand that they also talked to her about other things, but to me if they wanted her to stop talking so much they should have been general about it not just throwing one person's name out. It also annoys me that they might be using my name because there are people here that are mad that Jeff found another job. They had their chance to convince him to stay and all they could do was talk about how good it was. Hardly any incentive to stay since all the things they talk about have been taken away. If they are going to give her a hard time over not helping to convince him to stay, when will they start giving her boyfriend who also works here a ration of shit over stuff.
The stupid thing is that this state is an at-will-employment state. Meaning they don't have to give us any reason why they let us go. If they don't want me here then tell me that I am terminated. If they don't want her here then tell here she is terminated. Yet they don't fire anyone for any reason around here. Threaten the life of your coworkers, take lewd pictures, make jokes at the expense of the gay guy, steal money and supplies from the company....and you still have a job and you don't even have to apologize. Oh but you can potentially get fired over taking a stock unit and getting in an accident but that guy never came back to work so they probably put it down as job abandonment.

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Sep. 7th, 2011

Labor day weekend certainly lived up to its name this weekend. I painted the back family room while Jeff was out tearing up the rotten floor section of the shop. Took both of us Saturday and Sunday to get everything done with both projects. Monday I cleaned and organized the house after the mess of moving stuff for painting. During that time the light in the laundry room stopped working. No power to the light fixture but there was light to the switch. Replaced the switch, replaced the light fixture (just in case) and moved around wires due to the house being wired oddly. Jeff crawled around in the attic looking for broken wiring, none found. Finally we started pulling off plate covers that I had replaced and chased down the loose wire to the switch that powers the back patio light. It was in the wrong slot from the Dad rewired the light. Now we need to put up more shelves, replace the window sill, replace some trim, mount the t.v. and hit a few spots that decided it really didn't want paint to be done with that room. Then we will either move on to the laundry room or the kitchen, both will take quite awhile to get done.
The laundry room needs flooring, wall patched and painted, ceiling popcorn removed, textured and painted and cupboards cleaned out. The list for the kitchen is pretty extensive itself. Trying to get a little done at a time to not have so much of a bill all at once and to make the place more like we want it to be.
The house is half mine and dad keeps saying I need to treat it like it is all mine. I also need to get a quote on three windows being replaced, the carport being redone and something else I can't remember right now.

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I've worked at dealerships for years. I have been in charge of accounts for years. They always made sense to me until now. I've never had a service manager before that doesn't really care how much money the department is wasting, how much money is going to policy, due to stupid stuff that can be controlled. But then I am used to working for managers who get paid based of sales less what is coming out of policy. We are abusing rentals terribly, to the point where there is no way I can get them paid. At the end of the day I have to live with my work ethic and what I can consciously bill to the factory. Making up rental on the labor knowing we shouldn't have put the customer in the rental or that we sat on a vehicle because a tech was being a prima donna is not what I can do. I've raised alarms about advisors scamming extended warranty companies and I cerainly am not going to suddenly stoop to scamming factory warranty now that I am at a new dealership. There really can be no way that this department, let alone this dealership, is turning a profit with how stupid things are being abused. I'd like to get out of here before we go to flag time just so I don't have to get into daily shouting matches with techs that have long forgotten what it is like to be on flag time.

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