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19 November 2010 @ 06:04 pm
Yay for employment! Yay!  
This week I started my new job, which is my very first actual grown-up job.  I've been substituting for a few years, and it was getting to where I was only being called maybe once or twice a week, which just wasn't enough money to pay my bills anymore.  And as luck had it, one of the folks in my writer's group knew of an opening that was coming up where he worked, and let me know so I could get my application super-early, and I got the job! 

I have a cubicle, and a computer, and my own extension.  You know when you were little and you had those little plastic houses you played in?  And some were little McDonald's or whatever, and you pretended to make the hamburgers and you made your sister go through the drive-thru and order, and you passed the plastic food through the window and you just felt so awesome and cool?  That's kinda how I feel right now.

Yesterday was rough, though; I'm not used to sitting under fluorescent lights all day (when I subbed I would turn half of the lights off before the kids got there - they never knew the difference), and I ended up having the worst headache of my life.  Not hyperbole.  It was the worst headache of my life.  I ended up coming home, taking a shower, and crawling into bed at 6pm.  I approached today very warily, but it was totally fine.  So.

(Does anyone else ever have the problem when you're typing up a post and every time you try to type an apostrophe it opens up the quick find field instead?  This is the third or fourth time it's happened to me, and it's only when I'm posting in LJ.  I have to switch over to HTML to put in the apostrophe and then switch back.  I searched in LJ Help and on Google and got nothing.  It is weird.)

Anyway, very happy to be gainfully employed.  I have benefits!  I have been without insurance for about five years - I had whatever paltry student insurance you have when you're going to school, but that doesn't really count.  Although working full-time is really cutting into my laying around and internet time.  And my writing time, unfortunately.  This weekend I'm going to really sit down and just write write write.  If I don't finish in November, though, it's not the end of the world.
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Shannon: vm spelunkingkungfuwaynewho on November 20th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I know! I may just break my arm for the hell of it.
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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on November 20th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Well, hopefully I won't be part of the rat race for too long, but it's better to have an actual job than just sit around expecting money to fall into my lap some day, LOL.

I need to get a CSI icon. Speaking of which, Amazon had seasons 1-10 for $150 the other day, and I thought about it for awhile. (I didn't get it; :( )
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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on November 20th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Any kind, I guess, since I don't have any - though a nice Sara/Gil working together icon would prob be what I'd want.
enigmaticblues: grownupenigmaticblues on November 20th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
Hooray! I remember what my first big job was, and I know that adult-like feeling. It's very cool.
Shannon: bicycle dadkungfuwaynewho on November 20th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
It's kinda sad I'm having that feeling for the first time at 28, heh.
enigmaticblues: grownupenigmaticblues on November 20th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Eh. I was in school until I was 28, so I totally know what you mean.
ghanima sun: yayghanimasun on November 20th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Congrats! Having steady income is really nice, and pretty much the best thing about a job like that. But yeah, it does eat up a lot of your time.

I've never had the apostrophe problem you're describing, sorry.
Shannon: bsg chief anders helokungfuwaynewho on November 20th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be so bad if I could do my regular internet things, but they have a super strict internet policy. When I subbed I couldn't get on computers at all, which was easier; I'm on a computer all day and the internet is right there, but I can't really get on it much.

I do not know what the fuck this apostrophe thing is. Now it's being totally normal again. :/
ghanima sun: spikeghanimasun on November 20th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
I understand the frustration when the internet is right there, yet you can't do anything you need to do on it!

My work has LJ blocked, but I still find other things to look at. Mostly fanfic on other sidtes. Or I just email myself copy/pasted stuff from LJ to read.

Shannon: spikekungfuwaynewho on November 20th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Emailing yourself c&ped stuff is brilliant! I'm less worried about the actual sites showing up, since I don't think anything's blocked but Facebook, and more that allegedly IT sometimes remotely looks at OUR ACTUAL SCREENS, which I find kind of terrifying. It's less that I don't think I'm allowed to be on LJ, and more that I don't know if I want to let some strangers watch me be on LJ?

Ugh, IDK, heh.
Holly: Mary/Eddie cuddleshollywobbles on November 20th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Heh, when I said my week had been crazy, I meant "I've been pondering my future even more than usual and there was a friending meme at the RememberLaura community so my inbox has been very full, and I've been dealing with that." Your week on the other hand has been *legitimately* crazy! Go you!!

Congrats once again on the job!!! :D Getting a full-time job right now is an accomplishment that's nothing short of miraculous. And benefits, and money... both very awesome things.

[high fiiiiiiive]

P.S. I HATE fluorescent lights they are the SPAWN of SATAN.
Shannon: bsg revelationskungfuwaynewho on November 20th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I read like three different sites on what to do with fluorescents, and they were all like, there's nothing you can do! Ask your employer to remove the fluorescent bulbs! Okay, I'll get right on that.

Though when I was telling my dad about it, he was like, sounds like a migraine, kiddo. So I read up on it - because I know a migraine isn't just a bad headache and is another thing entirely - and aside from the nausea, which I didn't get, I had every other symptom. So I think it was an actual migraine.

I said, but I've never had one before! (Though in thinking about it, I think the other Worst Headache Ever, about five years ago, was prob a migraine, too.) No one in my family has them! And my mom was all, oh, I get them. News to me! So there you go.
a universal sigh: DW - Nine - OMG YEYnaushika on November 20th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
Yaaaay congrats!
nhpw: zoya grinnhpw on November 20th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the job (again!) and I'm glad after a week you still have a YAY!GROWNUP feeling about it.

Headaches are blah :( Glad you are feeling better today!
Shannon: b5 john smileskungfuwaynewho on November 21st, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
I was doing some investigating, and aside from the fact that I had no nausea, I had every other symptom of a migraine - so I think that's what it was. And it was pretty much like what is now the second-worst headache I've ever had in my life, so I guess I've had two. I don't know; I guess I'd have to go to an actual doctor and see, but if I'm going to have one every ten years then I guess I won't worry about it. Anyway - it's all normal now, so yay!

I think I will have even more YAY!GROWNUP after my first paycheck.
nhpw: zoya grinnhpw on November 21st, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Uggghh migraines at work are the WORST. I mean, they're bad enough when you can be in a cold, dark room in your jammies, but when the phone is ringing and people are around it's just... yuck. My sympathies, and I'm glad you're feeling better.