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Woo Hoo!

As a rule, I strenuously avoid meetings on Monday mornings or Friday afternoons. If I’m doing the set-up, I don’t even consider those times. But I don’t always get to pick. I’ve been dreading my 3:00 p.m. meeting all day — and it just got canceled! My brain cells are just not working this afternoon, even though I have work I should be doing. Can’t wait until the end of the day.

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Real Life vs. Fun

I haven’t blogged in a long time. It’s mostly work-related: I’m spending a lot of time online at work lately, investigating social networking (which I don’t know that much about) and getting ready to send out our institution’s first all-alumni email (which sounds easy, but it so isn’t).

I have to say, I’m not really into the whole social networking thing. I do belong to Ravelry, though I don’t participate in any groups. I like it because I can organize my stuff; and when they provide mobile access, I can check what I have from my cell phone and not buy yet another pair of size 13 needles (I think I have four pair now). I belong to LibraryThing, but again that’s mostly to catalog what I have. I’ve been invited to a few groups, but I’ve never participated. And in both cases, I have a user name which has nothing to do with my real name.

The younger alums at our institution are all into Facebook and MySpace, which means I have to pay attention to it. When I blog, it’s fairly anonymously. I try to keep the personal stuff somewhat to a minimum, so I can talk about anything I want to without worrying who’s going to see it. I have never told even my closest friends about my blog; it gives me a freedom that this introvert really covets. I can sort of be me and someone else at the same time — a little schizophrenic, I know.

I now have profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn for work purposes, but I don’t want to connect my blog with any of them. I can blog about my love/hate relationship with my job, but not if my boss might read it!

If I had a different job that had less to do with social networking, I think I’d be much more comfortable being the real me in social networks. But for now, I’m going to stick with keeping as much of my privacy as I can.

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Promotion?

This is kind of one of those “if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?” kind of things.

I’ve recently been given more responsibilities at work — which I’m happy about — and my pay will be raised to reflect that. My title may or may not change. And I’m still reporting to the same person (well, two people, really). So I’m not sure if that’s really a “promotion.”

The weird part is that it’s being handled with kid gloves. I’ve been given new stuff to do primarily because the person who was doing it was doing a really bad job. He’s male, he’s older than me and he doesn’t really like losing power to a younger woman. Let’s just say he’s not taking it well. I knew about it two weeks ago, but the official notice to the rest of the department wasn’t made until today.

Working in higher education is just really crazy. I have to say, of all the places I’ve ever worked (and there have been a few), this is the wackiest — with the wackiest bunch of people. I thought I would be surrounded by really smart people committed to helping young adults learn. I was somewhat wrong about that. I’m painting with a pretty broad brush here; there are certainly some people who are smart and dedicated. But they seem to be in the minority.

Hey, it certainly makes the day interesting!

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Announcement

I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job.

Thanks. I feel better now.

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Sad, but True

I work in one of Michigan’s 15 public universities. I don’t want to say any more than that. Even the slightest description will prompt local readers at least to figure out which one — and I want to be able to write about the craziness that goes on here.

This quote from Henry Kissinger, which I stumbled over the over day, is quite apt: “Academic politics are so vicious because there is so little at stake.”

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