Ugh, I am probably facing one soon. I took a fancy new job not quite a year ago that paid much more than my position typically pays. I found out why: horrible boss, horrible office. I've been looking for a job for a few weeks now and just trying to get myself prepared for probably a $10k paycut. But every morning I've started singing a song about how I hate my job and my life, so it will be worth it to be happy and productive again.
@stuffisthings I used to think I was pretty fancy with Excel, until I saw what our accountants were working on. There are layers upon layers, my friend.
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Ok guys - how do you tell your boss you have too much work? I work in a small department and we've been strapped for cash for ages. It's been a continual two-year process of combining positions, people changing positions, people leaving, etc. I think we're more or less stable now, and even making some more money in the next fiscal year, but we're all under a lot of stress. My office within the department has been cut in half staff-wise in the past five years, while our clients/workload has increased almost 25%. Honestly? I just can't get all the work done that is asked of me. I take work home on evenings and weekends and it's starting to take it's toll. And this isn't some high paying field. . .I work in higher education and make a pretty good, but still modest, salary. I love my job and want to do a great job, but we've been in emergency rush mode for about 6 months now, and something's got to give. How can I have this conversation? Can I even have it? The only solutions I'm thinking of are he finds some money somewhere to hire some more help, or I get to somehow pick some duties that we no longer have to cover. I can't really see either happening. What to do?
@mirror_father_mirror It IS the best pen. I have loved that Pilot for years. I just bought a box yesterday and started thinking about how awful it would be if they ever stopped making them, and how I'd have to spend $100 just stockpiling.
@beatricks@twitter Agreed - I was definitely NOT told to follow my passions by everyone, and often the opposite. It's not like my parents told me to be unhappy. But my dad wanted me to be employed and smart with money. However, he seemed pretty unhappy with his job all the time, and I vowed as a kid to spend my best years doing something I loved and not saving up for retirement. Of course, with age I realized my dad was just kind of an unhappy person and it didn't have much to do with work. I love my job, even though it's not my passion per se, and one thing you don't always learn as a kid is that money can bring you a kind of safety and independence that can be a great reward. Not the only one, but still a good reward.
Mike Daaaang! I love eBay. I recently bought socks on there and have been buying Christmas presents as well. When I get shopping fever but I don't have a lot of money to spend, I'll search for things that are under $3 with free shipping and buy away. It's probably an addiction, but it's also fun and cheap.
I had a friend who spent 5 months in Hawaii on a sort of field trip for her masters degree in environmental education. She said she would never go back to any of the islands unless she was invited there by a native person.
The only thing I took away from this was $60 parking. Yikes!
Whaat? There are at least 3 distinct ice cream trucks that drive around my neighborhood. I'm pretty sure they're also dealing drugs, but they look to be stocked with ice cream too!
Also awesome: goat cheese and jams or jellies. Costco used to sell a small log of goat cheese with jellied cranberries on top and it is so. good. We make our own by just putting some jam on top and serving with crackers.