26 June 2012 @ 10:26 am
I kind of disappeared from LJ...it happens.  Tumblr moves a lot more quickly and my life's been kind of weird the past several months.  So here's a quick rundown:

I got fired around mid-to-late February.   There were a lot of feelings surrounding this, the largest of which was embarrassment.  It's never easy to admit these things and I spent about a week hyperventilating about what the fuck I was going to do.   Then I got taken on full time at the second job and have since earned a raise that's put me back into stability.  I still have a lot of mixed feelings about that last job, though I definitely do not miss it.  Mainly because I feel like I was fired as a scapegoat for my supervisor's BS. 

But that's reopening an old wound and let's not, shall we?

The "new" job can be tedious at times (what job can't?), but is mostly just awesome.  I really get to flex my artistic muscles besides doing web based stuff.  And the Commander likes my work enough that most of the time it remains reasonably intact (as opposed to ex-Lady Boss ripping everything to shreds for no good reason. Like forcing me to put Comic Sans on everything).  Even when it doesn't, I understand her reasoning as to why. 

The only draw back to this is that it leaves me creatively drained come quitting time.  Most evenings I don't want to do a damn thing except talk to friends and game a bit...so that's what I've been doing.  XD Not the best response ever.  And addictive.

Most recently I acquired a new kitten, named Sillabub:


That's another awesome thing about the job:  we can bring our pets to work.  She still not too crazy about her carrier, but it's getting better.  Next on the list is leash training.

Also: if there's anyone in the SouthEast Texas / SouthWest Louisiana area who wants a kitten my sister still has four she's trying to find homes for. Most of them are grey / tan, though.

So...yeah.  That about sums it up.  Job change, kitten, Mass Effect and Dragon Age.   XD I'll try to get back to posting more regularly.

20 January 2012 @ 10:05 am
Sir Sales Manager comes in and asks how I feel about having my old marketing position back--HE mentions that he thought I seemed somewhat frustrated with the office work the past month or two (note: I've been doing that job for over a year, so a little frustration in the last two months is not exactly indicative of me hating the job, IMHO.) I agree that, yes, I was a tiny bit frustrated in general, and that, after awhile, explaining the same thing repetitively to customers who don't want to listen (IE, the exact same customer who asks the exact same questions month in, month out, despite having been with us for over a decade) can get a little old.  This is not something I ever said TO a customer, or got frustrated about to their face.  I know better.

So he immediately puts it off on my generation having no patience for anything, ever

Um, no.  Thank you very much, but I put up with a LOAD of shit with a smile.  My expressing a moment's frustration (BECAUSE YOU ASKED) does not make me, or people loosely related to me by age alone, "constantly impatient with other people's 'stupid' even though we've had to watch y'all grow up and let me tell you~."

Of course, this is the same guy who thinks he's not racist because he's "colourblind," proudly proclaims his "Non-PC" status at least five times a day, likes to go off about how he managed to pay off his student loans with no problem twenty fucking years ago and doesn't see how anything has changed in that time so what are these people bitching about, and believes that socialism equates to communism. 

30 July 2010 @ 01:19 pm
Best instruction manual line ever:

"Do not allow children or incompetent persons to operate this machine."

Gotta love those Italians.
07 May 2010 @ 05:26 pm
Let's say you puchased something from a company far away from yourself.  Obviously the product must be shipped to you, and, in this case, it relies upon a secondary shipping company (we'll refer to them as "Shipping") to do that. As it's a large order, the product is shipped in several different boxes. The company you've purchased this product from does not charge for this shipping--they eat the cost in order to get it to you.

Two days later you receive the order, but one box is missing.  The company tracks the shipment for you and discovers that Shipping  has damaged said box in transit, and the box is being sent back to them.  They state that they will re-ship your product out to you, and apologize for the inconvenience. At no time have they asked you to pay any shipping charges what so ever.


How, exactly, do you figure that the company owes you a special refund/discount, or extra free product? The damage was not Company's fault--the damage came from Shipping--and you did not pay for shipping charges, just the product itself.  Product that you will be receiving in full ASAP.

I would understand if you asked for a refund of shipping costs (had the company charged you any,) except that you have not paid any. 

Am I the only one who finds this behavior to be rather entitled?  If you want a product you pay for that product.  Sure, damage in shipping is disappointing as hell, but life happens. 

People, man. People.

Oh, and also, I fail to see how Shipping's damages are any reflection on our company.  Except possibly that we keep using their dumbasses.

04 May 2010 @ 01:14 pm
C'mon guys. This is way too much drama for so little reason.
22 March 2010 @ 12:03 pm
This morning's moment of funny:

For those who don't know, I work for a liquor wholesale company--restaurants call us to place their orders, we deliver, blah blah blah.  Considering the area (SE Texas), we get a lot of A) Mexican restaurants, and B) restaurant owners/employees that speak little to no English, or who have C) extremely garbled accents. As no one in our office speaks fluent Spanish, at current, this can lead to the occasional issue, but we usually manage to work around it.

First thing in the morning, I come in and check our voice mail to see who placed orders there over the weekend. There were only two messages, and one was not an order.  The one that was I listened to five times to get all the information.  Most of it made sense, except for the name of the restaurant:

Super Tardis ala Coco

After searching through quickbooks for awhile, I found the correct name: Super Tortas Acapulco. XD

In other news, I was mildly productive this weekend! :3 Just... not in the way I was supposed to be. D:  I got most of my room cleaned and re-organized--all that is left is the bedroom area, which doesn't really bother me so much.  I need to strip the bed and wash the linens, but I can do that tonight.  The business end of the room is nearly complete, however.

I moved furniture, dusted everything, and basically got myself set up with a much better work-space than I had before.  I really, really wish I had a place for my old art-desk, but that isn't going to happen--at least not until I get rid of some shit.  I wouldn't mind being able to take down the rickety make-shift "shelves" my cousin rigged up in there, but that is the sort of job that requires a weekends worth of full-time attention to, plus enlisting Jr.'s strength. (The structure is part aluminum siding, part concrete blocks stacked to the ceiling. It's dangerous, and not at all attached to the wall. x.x)

If I were to get rid of those, I could find a cheap desk/shelving unit at IKEA or something that would give me MUCH more organization and work space (hell, I already picked out two from their uncatalogued that would be awesome)... shit, now I want to do that. =.=  But I shouldn't.  Not, at least, until I know if I'll be moving soon or not.

All this uncertainty is ruining my nesting tendencies.

Another product of this weekend is that I'm thinking about getting into the Artist Alley con-life. I've thought about it before, but I now that I have friends who are doing it, and I'm not in school anymore, it seems like it could be fun.  Navigating the tax laws for it is difficult, but I think with a little bit of research that it's navigate-able.

The bigger issue is about things to sell, and if I even have a chance at it.  Original works are all well and good--and I would obviously be trying to produce some for con purposes--fanart sells better. I wouldn't (and don't) really expect conning to be lucrative, but I would hope to be able to at least make back my investment, after taxes and everything is concerned. The only real "issue" with this is that I don't have much to do with the current anime fads.

I'm going to be going to the Anime Matsuri con two weeks from now--for Saturday, at least, and maaaybe Sunday--and doing some market "research" there.  What people are offering, the major characters...but more importantly, what characters are missing.  I have a strong feeling that doing buttons or the like of characters who are lesser known might have a bit of a market.  For instance, Sailor Moon is still VERY popular, but I rarely see any buttons/chibis/etc of the Amazon Quartet, even though they have a fanbase. Or the Shitennou for that matter.  Most of what gets made are the Senshi and/or Tux Max.  

Granted, this might not be true at all cons, but I don't remember seeing anything of the like at the few I've been to, or posted to places like dA, where button designs are often displayed with a "will be at X con" note.

If anyone has suggestions of lesser-noted characters from like... Naruto, Death Note, Soul Eater, Kingdom Hearts, etc... pls to be mentioning it.  XD

Right now I'm looking at getting a table at the Delta H con in august as a test run.  Mostly because it's a tiny, second year con with cheap tables.  So if I hate it, I haven't wasted that much money.  I'll also (probably) be dragging Ami with me, who is uber excited.  She was supposed to go to Matsuri with me, too, but that is, sadly, not working out. D:

Which reminds me, if anyone is going to be at Matsuri on Sat, and you wanna get together, SAY SOMETHING. :D I would love to have company!  I know I need to mention it to you, Natalie, since you asked a few weeks ago, but there are a few other Texans on my f-list....

Hmmm, what else.

V, you need to help me beat Keanu into shape or something if you want that chapter.  Though Nick has been making noise that his chapter might come first.  If you're wondering what is taking so freaking long, it's the fact that I ended up writing 6k words of useless material for Keanu because I started the chapter "too soon."  (I seriously had to cut it, or else the chapter would go massively slow and be about fifty pages long--aka, the problem with MIN.)

Also, I cannot breathe.  GD I LOVE ALLERGY SEASON. /slits wrist/

04 September 2009 @ 04:07 pm
This morning it felt like Autumn; this is not natural.

Not that I'm complaining--I LOVE the Autumn (what little we usually get of it) but in Texas it usually doesn't stop being 100+ degrees everyday until about, oh, November.  Occasionally December.  So being able to step out the door t his morning without breaking into an instantaneous sweat was a very welcome surprise.  Considering that I only got about three hours of sleep last night, if that, I was very happy about this.

Much to my amazement, it's getting closer to noon and still hasn't broken 80 degrees. (It hit 83 at noon. Still, not bad, Weather Gods, not bad.)  Please, Gods, let this continue!  It would be such a nice break from the norm.  And if it continues, we're less likely to get another hurricane.  Which reminds me that I need to go check the news to see how Mexico is faring.

Since finishing the SSFPs I've taken a bit of a break from writing full prose and have been concentrating on outlines.  I'm pleased as punch that the JSoI (South park fic) outline has gotten a good start to it, and a thus unnamed Resident Evil one is beginning to take some serious shape.  There's a couple others that are about in bits and pieces, but I'm starting to become more organized about my writing which is a HUGE improvement over how I used to be.  Also, I'm begining to believe that WiP might wrap up in about three to four more chapters.  Which will be nice.

The SSFP projects have rolled into another multiverse SM fic which will begin.. probably sometime in January of next year.  I have to give the Thon time with them, of course, and actually write an outline for it since THAT particular one will have to have some serious attention given to date and time within the fic.  The ideas for it are mounting up, though, and that's a good thing. :D

Ugh, I really need to stop adding more to my To-Do list and yet I feel like i've hit a creative surge here lately, even if it is all in a fan-fic related direction.  I think Nanorimo might not happen this year, or else I'll do a fanwork for it instead of anything original.  I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing, or if it merely is.

On a more personal note, I'm fairly confident in graduating this quarter.  Thus far no major hangups have occurred, and Norm has said that he'll happily pass my Reel, so I don't expect him to flunk me. It isn't the best thing in the world, but I never expected it to be.

Also, I feel like wringing someone's neck.  This time, at least, my anger has a very obvious instigator behind it.  To jackass programers worldwide:  If  you update software that your customers RELY ON to get their work done, do NOT take away the ONLY method we had to get something done, and replace it with NOTHING.  Seriously. I counted on that little loop hole that let me force your program to do exactly as I wanted it to, even if it wasn't technically designed that way.  I do NOT appreciate your sewing that hole up and leaving me at a loose end with my bosses breathing down my neck (even though they're the ones that make me use your shitty program in the first place.) You know DAMN WELL that a ton of people used that loop hole to begin with, I  was told so by your own customer service people who help us all take advantage of that loophole. WHY THE FUCK DID YOU DO THAT D:< Why does it bother you so much that we want to redirect back to our own fucking website instead of using your horrible looking, cookie-cutter shit?

Thanks to you, i will be probably be stuck here until late tonight.

Current Location: work
Current Mood: grumpy
20 July 2009 @ 01:26 pm
I think I'm officially retarded.  I'm actually sitting here, upset, that I cannot get any work done rather than enjoying some slight "downtime" at my job.  Seriously, the boss-lady needs to get back to me on this so I can finish my list! D:

16 July 2009 @ 12:42 pm
So today has been filled with adventure! (Adventure, charlie, adventure~)

First thing this morning was the Quest For The Single Hole-Punch.

There's a large difference between working for a retailer or fast food place to having a desk job at an actual office.  The largest of these would be office supplies that don't, somehow, smell of urine and/or beans.  That was pleasant.  Since my job in the office involves computers and art, you can probably imagine that my sort of office supplies would differ from other persons--but it did finally come up one day that I needed a damn hole punch.

So please, someone explain to me why on earth we have five three-hole punches in various states of dysfunction, at least three two-hole punches, but not even one single-hole punch in all three buildings that we inhabit?  I spent an hour and a half tearing the offices apart for one this morning and finally had to track down and trek to a CVS to buy one for myself.  I am currently guarding it with my life.

The second adventure was the Battle of the Panasonic Printer.

Actually, this has been an on-going situation that has recently escalated into a full-blown war.  It started with the printer disliking our idea of printing the new, single-sheet table tents on both sides of single shit of paper (duplex, for those of you who have done this) and has run the mill up to the printer deciding mid-print to change it's operation standards just to spite me.  Not kidding, it really did.

So I'm once again attempting to get the printer to do double-sided printing for me on some menu inserts we're using at one of our resturant campaigns.  I know that this time I've set the file up with the appropriate margins and bleed, I've triple checked it on regular letter-sized paper and the line up matches perfectly.  Therefore there shoudl be no problem, right?

Yeah, I didn't think so either.

Well, we want to "save paper" and print at least four per large 12x18 page.  I think this is a waste, but the boss insists and she gets her way.  Only the Printer has decided that it isnt' going to print duplex on 12x18.  After a short discussion of changing paper size, we decided that figuring out how the printer would print and then flipping the pages over would be the "easiest" method.

First of all, the Printer has decided that it doesn't particularly approve of our cheating it OR the paper we're using.  Each sheet must be fed into the printer singly, because it doesn't like it when i put more than one on the tray.  Then it "Misaligns" five or six times until I wear it out and it prints the goddamn first side of the page. HOWEVER, it changed it's operation standards when I switched to the good paper.

The first print i did was on "plain" paper, in order to keep from wasting glossy. Makes sense, no? I marked the "top right" side of the paper and let it run through, figured out which direction it was printing, and then turned it over and place it down to run it on the flip side.  That worked perfectly.

However, when I put in the glossy it suddenly decided that it was going to print on the bottom instead of the top, and printed both back and front sides on one side of the paper.  One expensive sheet of glossy down.  I try it again, flipping the paper over so the printed side is on the back.  This time it prints on both sides, but they're running two different directions.  SECOND expensive sheet of paper down.

The last print I did today came out in all the right directions, but all the margins are off. Something needs to be shifted about two millimeteres one way and I'm not really sure how.

And tomorrow I get to do fifty of these.  D: I swear I will win this war, but there may yet be casualties!

Tl;Dr:  Printer troubles and Office supplies