September 23rd, 2007

officemax aubrey

I demand that you return me to my home!

I've been half-jokingly nudging management over the last couple of weeks, playfully reminding them that I'm overdue for my yearly evaluation. As time goes by, the playfulness has started to turn into slight miffed-ness, as my four year anniversary was well over a month ago.

Finally, though, Ted came up to me and said in a low voice, "I just wanted to know that you WILL be getting your review next week. It WILL be good. It will involve a merit raise. Just so you know."

I feel better now. I was afraid that since they gave me a dollar more an hour in July due to my new position, that they wouldn't ("they" in this case, meaning district, who are bitches about any monetary increase, no matter how good the individual) be willing to fork over any more. I don't expect it to be MUCH more, but it's still good to be appreciated.
disco star

Ladies and gentlemen, it's Lacey!

Being beyond sick of radio stations and their repetition and awful commercials, we have been listening to my mp3 player whilst working overnights. Ted and I like the same general types of music, so I put stuff on there that I know we both like, plus Electric Doormat, Sloan, Jale, and other stuff that I know he won't know but that I can force feed him. If we have anyone join us, it's generally Liz, who likes hip hop but is able to put up with the majority of it. One morning, the store manager and other assistant (Kirk and Jason) came in to reset the printer aisles. I could tell that they didn't like all my choices, as... well, I didn't hear WHAT was said from where I was working, but from the inflection of the words and the laughter that followed afterwards, I could tell that they were most likely making fun of it. Granted, it was LOUD, so we could hear it all over the store, and I was a bit... embarassed when Better Than Ezra's "Pull" came on..

You subjugate me
Feel your pull
Fuck me up
I'm begging you please
We both want the same thing (sugar)(keep him busy)

Okay, yeah. Come witness me play a blantant sex song across all of OfficeMax in front of all THREE of my superior "officers".

Then on Saturday, Liz was with us again. During a Muse song, she said, "I'm sorry, I just can't handle this anymore, I have to change it." As she got to the mp3 player section and realized it was mine instead of the radio (how she would think otherwise, with no commercials or repetition), she said, "Um, you'll have to do it." I went to the displays and plugged in the radio, thinking that it was all my music that she hated. After the current song finished and they went to commercials...

Ted: (across the store) WHY ARE THERE COMMERCIALS?!?!?!!?!?!?
Me: Liz hates my music!

Well, that makes me feel better, thinking I was torturing him.

And no, Liz wasn't offended by that - we live for giving each other hell, we do.
disco star

We're slowly chipping away this shield...

A fabulous, amazing, strong woman on my friends list... I don't even know how to 'splain it (it's past my bedtime! My brain is all "der".), so I'll let redscorner - Erin - speak for me:

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I suffer from two neurological disorders (Chiari malformation and cranial lesions)that will require a combined total of 2-4 brain surgeries. I'm unemployed and uninsured and the state I live in is so broke, they have strictly limited who qualifies for Medicaid. Because I have no children and am not pregnant, I don't qualify.

I have been working with several hospitals and organizations in my area to get the care and treatment that I need, but have only made so much progress. Bottom line: In the USA, if you don't have insurance, the healthcare system doesn't exist for you. I have had a surgical consultation and it has been recommended I have the first brain surgery as soon as I possibly can. The only catch is that there will be a deposit required ranging anywhere from $1500-$5000 dollars. I have not worked for almost a year and therefore do not have this kind of money.

Living with a Chiari malformation is painful and exhausting. Living with cranial lesions in addition to the Chiari? Is beyond any kind of description.

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