elfinblaze: (me writing)
It's been a while since I updated. Oops? Blame work. It's been stressful.

But I've left that job now, both because it was soul-destroying work over the long term, and because my manager was a bully. And also a terrible manager. Asking for help does not mean you're incapable of doing the job. So I'm glad to be gone.

I'll miss some of the people I worked with, and I'll miss the office, but I won't miss the work.

And now that I don't work there anymore I can tell you all: never work in Workers Compensation. I don't know how I lasted as long as I did, because it is depressing and stressful, and not nearly paid enough to be worth it.

But hey! At least I get Christmas off now (which was not necessarily going to happen when I was employed).
elfinblaze: (me writing)
I was going to write this entry up twelve hours ago, but then I decided to take a nap. Eleven hours later, I woke up. Wow.

So yesterday was one of those horrible days.

You know... one of those days where you can't find the file you're looking for, so you cancel it and start a new one.

And then you find the old one.

So in relief you cancel the new one, glad that makes it simpler. You get on with work, sending off the file, etc.

Then you realise you still have the old file, the one you just un-cancelled.

And you realise you sent off the new file, the one you just made void.

Made me laugh so hard I was wiping away tears. Just a ridiculous day.

Randomness

Oct. 16th, 2014 07:56 pm
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
- Had my introduction/orientation at work today. Most people find it boring because it's all business and how the company functions, and your legal obligations and just what the laws mean and how they apply to your particular situation. I thought it was interesting. *nerd*

- Also got my period in the middle of the day. At least it wasn't in the middle of a CPR course again.

- Is it bad that I really like the song Que Sera by Justice Crew (Australian boyband)? It's ridiculously catchy.

- I'm just bumming around online looking up my name sakes. Apparently I was born in 1628. I'm also a biomedical expert, an author, a retiree, and I have a street named after me. I also share my real full name with almost 200 people currently in the German phone book. I keep telling people it's not an uncommon name over there. Two hundred Regis! Woo!

- You know that slippery slope of sexual ethics argument? The slope actually goes the other way round.
See, it turns out that building a sexual ethic around consent is actually a good way of discouraging incest. Because, it turns out, most people don't want to have sex with people closely related to them. Believe it or not.
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
I thought I'd tell you all a little bit about my new work place, after my first two weeks. If you're interested, read on.

Read more... )
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
Well, today was productive. I got all my filing done! Yay!

How much filing, you might ask. Well, take a look.

Read more... )
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
Update on how work is going at not-Torchwood.

Yes, I'm going to keep calling work not-Torchwood to not identify it.

I think it's okay so far.

I like the people I work with. Quirky bunch of weirdos. At 4:30pm someone in the office started playing the Oompa Loompa song. If you've ever listened to the words, you'll know why one workmate called out, "that's really creepy, whoever that is!"

We also have a little Chinese gong in my team's section, and whenever someone closes a file they get to ring the gong, and everyone gives them a round of applause for a job well done. The sole man in my team hasn't been able to ring the gong for two days now, and today he got a downgrade! He requested a ring of the gong, even though it's the exact opposite of a success, just to break his run of bad luck.

I'm starting to wrap my head around all the new terminology and how documents are done. It'll still take me a while to get into the swing of things fully though. This whole week has been set aside for training; this is how long it's going to take for me to learn the job they want.

Just thought I'd update you all, considering I'm not completely dead yet today.
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
Look what contract just landed in my inbox!

screencap )

Blacked out identifying details, obviously, but I can tell you that it doesn't involve working for Torchwood.

Still, it's exciting!
elfinblaze: (me writing)
Oh my god, I have a call back for a job. Ooooooh my god... My hands are shaking as I type. This would be a pretty similar job to my last one (allied health, but a different speciality), reception, office administration work. It's far from guaranteed (this is just the first call back), but it's something.

The other exciting thing is my niece. Last week she was going after her grandmother's library book; we explained to her that it was "a book." She repeated "aboo." Then, yesterday, I was walking past our bookshelves and she said without prompting, "aboo."

I'm hoping this is a good sign: at not quite seven months she's recognised and remembered what books are.

Work

Apr. 17th, 2013 01:12 pm
elfinblaze: (me writing)
As of Friday my workplace is closing and I will no longer have a job.

So expect to see me living under a bridge in a month's time, because job ads are still confusing. To me they read like: This job is Jabber and includes Wocky as well as blahblah. Only bother appying if your name is Bob, and your surname starts with BR and rymes with "down", or else you will be fed to the dragon. Vaguely menacing and completely confusing.

I've already had my little meltdown in the break room at work, and it won't be the last. Well, it'll be the last in the break room, but not the last time crying till I have a headache.

So if I never update this blog again you'll know why, but you can still get hold of me under the nearest bridge. Or by carrier pidgeon, I suppose.

Coober Pedy

Feb. 3rd, 2013 03:18 pm
elfinblaze: (me writing)
One of our elderly patients recently told us her son-in-law has a retirement place for her in mind. "He said he's got a place picked out for me in Coober Pedy."

My boss once took her family to Coober Pedy years ago, promising her daughters that they wouldn't camp out there, but that they would stay in a motel. When they arrived both daughters protested. "You said we'd stay in a motel! It's just a heap of dirt here!"

The motel was under ground.

Our patient was laughing as she relayed her son-in-law's words. "So when I die he can just stick a rock across the front door and that's it."
elfinblaze: (fire dancer)
- Listening to my boss and a patient comparing babies: "This one only crawls backwards. She hasn't figured out forwards yet. She pushes herself backwards under the coffee table, anything she can get under, and then she starts crying because she can't get herself out again."

- The blue winged flower wasps are back! Seeing little flashes of bright blue flying through the air outside my office window. It's beautiful.

- I might not be able to say anything if I'm unhappy with a patient, but you'll know I don't like you if I give you a pen from a funeral parlour to sign your name.

- Update for [livejournal.com profile] starwolvie and [livejournal.com profile] viciousdisorder: the house is fine. News from one of our patients who's been down there.

- And this is in Drum Media this week, if you can get your hands on it. It's only a paragraph on page 62, but he wasn't expecting this when I showed him:

scan )
elfinblaze: (me writing)
I'm in one of those writing funks where my writing sucks, my story is awful, why can't I construct sentences, everything sounds clunky, I hate my story, no one is going to read it anyway, I'm wasting my time, and I hate everything. Logically I know that's not true. I love the idea behind the story. It's just the execution that's pissing me off at the moment, to the point where I don't even want to look at my own writing.

At least our patients keep me amused.

Patient 1: Did you enjoy the carols?
Patient 2: No, I didn't.
Patient 1: No, neither did I.
Boss: Why? What was wrong with the carols?
Patient 1: Well, the rector has this habit of making up his own words to the songs.

I suppose my habit of singing carols backwards would be even more annoying. "Light of star, wonder of star~"

The top NSW schools of 2012, according to yesterday's Herald:

The top 20, and then some, cut for length )
elfinblaze: (fire dancer)
Who wants to hear a story about how not to run a business?

There used to be A Medical Supplier near my workplace, which was handy because we could drop by in person to pick up supplies and we didn't need to pay for freight. Especially because the only other supplier in the state - let's call them Nice & Good Supplier (N&G Supplier) - was out in the middle of Tumbleweed No Where. So we were very happy with A Medical Supplier.

Until American Juggernaught decided to come in and monopolise the medical market. They bought A Medical Supplier along with all the warehouses and staff across the country (not to mention several other companies). Over the course of a few months American Juggernaught decided to implement some changes. They shut the Sydney warehouse, despite the fact that this is the most populous state in the country, so all goods had to be shipped from interstate. They made most of the old staff redundant, despite their experience. They moved the remaining staff and offices into a different part of Sydney, complete with new phone and computer system that took a while to get off the ground, which made all their customers cranky because no one could get through to them to place orders. It was a mess for a while.

In the meantime, the savvy guy who runs the N&G Supplier saw his chance, and pounced. He moved out of Tumbleweed No Where into the old warehouse space of A Medical Supplier in suburban Sydney. He then re-hired all the former staff who had been made redundant from A Medical Supplier, along with all their years of experience.

So now all the old staff are in the same place they were before, operating out of the same offices, just with a new boss. A Medical Supplier on the other hand has succeeded in alienating their entire customer base. Guess where everyone is shopping now?

A Medical Supplier doesn't like this. A Medical Supplier has now decided to sue not only N&G Supplier, but all the old staff they made redundant in the first place! A Medical Supplier is clearly full of hot air and no court in the land will side with them, but it's a huge waste of time and money for everyone that has to defend themselves now.

The lessons that can be learnt from this? Be smart with your business. It shouldn't be that hard. Do your research and don't treat people like idiots. Don't be arrogant (see also the American movie studios vs iinet case, the Burger King vs Burger King case, etc). Small Australian businesses might not have a lot of money or resources, but there's this idea of "the little Aussie battler" for a reason, and they will fight to the death for every right Australian law grants them, and they have a history of winning (see the above cases).

Because egg on your face is never a good look.
elfinblaze: (Default)
Gah! So much to do this week! Writing and making Christmas presents/cards and appointments! (Don't worry, no major medical emergency this time, just my skin acting up again. I'm not sure if I want it to be eczema or an allergy, and which would be easier to deal with.) I think I'll be running around non-stop like a headless chicken between now and Christmas. Six weeks, people!!

My poor boss. She had two smart arses to deal with this week.

Boss: It was the wrong thing to do, but I thought it might ease that down...
Mrs Chimney: 'I think', she says.
Me: Don't you know you're a guinea-pig here?
Mrs Chimney: I'm going to put up a sign when I leave here: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Me: Then I'll add a note underneath: If you've already abandoned all hope, feel free to enter.

We were laughing. My boss was despairing.

Boss: Between the two of you, I'm not having a very good day.

Mrs Chimney was on fire that day. Every word out of her mouth was a joke. She's brilliant. She said when she was leaving, "any more rudeness from me and I won't be allowed to come back." But considering I haven't been fired yet, she's not in any danger.

[EDIT: Hannah's surgery fund raising closes in two days, so I guess this is my last call out for help.]

Last Day!

Sep. 7th, 2012 08:13 pm
elfinblaze: (Default)
So this happened:

Mr S.: Is Regi having holidays too?
Boss: She is.
Mr S.: Aww. I was hoping you'd be here so I could drop by and talk to you.
Boss: No, I warned her about strange men coming in off the street.
Mr S.: Oh, she'd be alright. She doesn't like boys. She plays for the other team.

Meanwhile I'm standing there thinking, "How did you work that out? Or was that supposed to be a joke?" Because I don't think I come across as any particular queer lady stereotype.

Anyway, yes, I'm officially on holidays from next week until early October, so if anyone has some time off and wants to meet up, we can!

My job...

Jul. 8th, 2012 06:37 pm
elfinblaze: (Default)
The thing about my job is that as soon as I tell people where I work, they start listing their ailments. For example:

Me: I'm a receptionist at a physiotherapy practice.
Random Person #1: I used to go to a physio. For five treatments. But they couldn't fix my shoulder, so now I need to go see a specialist.

Or:

Me: I'm a receptionist at a physiotherapy practice.
Random Person #2: Oh, do you think I should see a physio for my back? I have this pain...

It's quite funny.
elfinblaze: (Default)
The most interesting thing I did this week was to defrost the fridge. So unless I tell you all how thick and cold the ice was, I really have nothing to write about.

So I'm going to leave it to one of our patients to tell you the interesting story for the week.

*eherm*

One doctor I work for calls me, while I'm on holiday, and do you know what he asks me? He asks me, "How do I get one of the girls to stop saying 'yeah' to the patients instead of 'yes', without upsetting her?"

I told him, "You have a sense of humour don't you? Try singing the Beatles next time she does it. 'She loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah.' And tell her you wish they'd sung 'yes, yes, yes,' instead of crucifying the English language."

They take me so seriously down there, I dare say that's what he did.
elfinblaze: (Default)
I got a Certificate of Excellence from my boss last week.

scan )

Ok, not really.

It was a place holder/advertising junk, with other rubbish written on it, but she filled it out for me anyway. ^_^ I just scanned it and it fixed up properly on my computer.

Which is lucky, because if she hadn't got to the paper first, I would have. I was even thinking about what to write just before she got to it! And I would have filled it out with something ridiculous, such as "in recognition of outstanding madness" or "commitment to saving Swedish dancing" or "services to the colour yellow".

We have a pretty good sense of humour around my workplace. And it was nice of her to fill this out for me. ^_^

On another note, I'm thinking of going to see A Chorus Line. Does anyone want to come with me?

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Feb. 24th, 2012 07:15 pm
elfinblaze: (Hummelberry Tardis)
Glee review is coming, I'm just feeling a bit emotionally vulnerable after reading the most shattering book since The Bell Jar, and that last episode just stuck a great big pin in on top of that. v.v But I'm working on it.

In the meantime, I still love our patients (except for that one guy). Yesterday:

Mrs J: Now I've been here, I've learnt how he should stand.
Me: Now you can nag him at home.
Mrs J: Yes.
Mr J: No! That word is banned in our house.
Me: Well, she'll just have to badger you instead.
Mr J: That's even worse! You know, I liked you when I first came in here.
Mrs J: *laughing madly to herself in the background*

Nope, I still haven't learnt to restrain my tongue. But our patients really are awesome.
elfinblaze: (WM Spears Write Hard Die Free)
Quotes from the day:

Me: *walking along street*
Guy: Hi there! What's you're name?
Me: I'm Regi.
Ed: Hi! I'm Ed. I just thought I'd say "hi" cause I thought you were really hot. D'you want to exchange phone numbers?
Me: Actually I'm gay.
Ed: Really?
Me: Yeah.
Ed: Bummer. I guess I'll see you.
Me: Yeah. See you.

Easiest coming out ever!

He was right though: I do look good in black. ^_^

The other quote comes from one of our patients. He used to live on a property with an outhouse, but he rebuilt the house and added an indoor toilet when his wife got tired of jumping Black Snakes every time she needed to use the toilet in the middle of the night.

"When I was young we were happy to crap outside and eat inside. Now everyone wants to eat outside and crap inside."

I love our patients.

And finally, I just need to share this.

12500 / 13000


Ok, so I suck at estimating final word counts, but I'm close now! Of course then I get to draft and re-draft and edit and rewrite. But still, first draft almost done!

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