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No way, lookie, I DO still exist!

1. I do not have cancer. That was my concern in 2013. I am perfectly fine with this result.

I may have a little bit screwed-up brain, but then, we all knew that already, didn't we. ;¬P

It isn't cancer. It's just occasionally wonky brain function...and to a large degree, it seems that this may have been brought on by stress, from an escalating cycle of bullying and stress at work, and chronic sleep deprivation.

Which leads to
2. I have a new job! Woohoo!

University. Development. Different management structure entirely. I can definitely live with this.


And so life continues on. I hope to catch up with people I knew, way back in the day....
Well -- it's not a "new" new job, now, as I've now been in this job for just over a year. It's just new since 2013....


I take a more-than-somewhat smug comfort from the fact that, after several years in that job of being told by my manager(s) that I was not measuring up, it took *four* people to replace me. And, even after being out of that job for a year they are in fact still trying to buy my time back as a consultant because they have had problems that the current people couldn't solve, whereas they knew that I could.

As my current manager said, however, "they should have kept you happier when you were there." The last couple of times they tried to buy me back for consultation, my current manager said a flat "no", and I didn't exactly protest too much. I am doing other work now. Yah-boo sucks.

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Whatever you do, never ever forget to show your appreciation of your manager, because you have managed to find that most elusive of creatures; a manager who actually looks out for those working under him.

You probably consider having him bronzed or possibly even gold-plated and put on a pedestal somewhere... ;-)
Oh sweet hopping green jesus on a lilypad, you ain't kidding.
He's a she, but you are NOT KIDDING.

I have a miracle for a manager at the moment:
She is not only technically literate, she is technically good. (I know. Seriously.) There have been a few occasions I've had a glitch or a problem that I was stalled out on, and she's had a look at it and pointed me at a sensible and very workable solution.
AND, she regards her people as actual people. Like, human being people, with rights and everything! And she says things like "look, you have to take holidays sometimes -- don't let this job rule your life. It's not worth it." And she MEANS them.

She does look out for her people. She's shielded us from a lot of shit from upper management, simply by standing up to them at meetings and saying "that's ridiculous", and by god, she has the knack of documenting everything.

I think I already have her on a pedestal. O_O
Re: Oh sweet hopping green jesus on a lilypad, you ain't kidding.
I'm also going to clarify, this isn't just the "honeymoon" period -- I've worked for her for just over a year now, and it's the same.
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I was JUST re-reading your latest post last night and suddenly got terribly concerned about point 1. Thanks for clarifying!

And congrats for the new job thingie! Whenever you get some vacation time, remember our offer still stand. We have beer, chocolate, whiskey, tea and the complete set of expansions for Cards Against Humanity.

You know.

Just sayin'.

Cheers.

All myt best to Book!
(Sure, LJ, the one time I need to post a comment you don't log me in, hmm hmm, uh huh, I see how it is... :P)

I was JUST re-reading your latest post last night and suddenly got terribly concerned about point 1. Thanks for clarifying!

And congrats for the new job thingie! Whenever you get some vacation time, remember our offer still stand. We have beer, chocolate, whisky, tea and the complete set of expansions for Cards Against Humanity.

You know...

Just sayin'...

Cheers!

All my best to Book!
I am so glad you are here!
Really good to hear from you. Book, by the way, still misses you.

And I have not forgotten your offer. Be careful, I might actually take you up on it!
Re: I am so glad you are here!
Well, I really hope you will! And things seem to be going nicely on the job front, which is nice. I didn't realize workplaces treating people like actual people were so rare.
Re: I am so glad you are here!
I passed your comment on to Beloved Husband who said to tell you that we DEFINITELY will. so consider yourself warned! :)

Next summer? How's next summer sound?

>I didn't realize workplaces treating people like actual people were so rare.

The UK is attempting to follow the example of the US in workplace practices, it seems -- so yes, sadly, it is rare. :-P
Re: I am so glad you are here!
Next summer sounds great!

We'll just need some proper scheduling to fit it between our French vacation and Eurofurence. You may want to send me a quick e-mail so we can get started on the haggling. ;)
Re: I am so glad you are here!
I'll look up when Eurofurence is so as to be sure not to conflict, and I promise to give you at LEAST six months' notice. Can you work with that?
Re: I am so glad you are here!
That's more than enough -- EF is at the end of august, BTW. :)
Thank you for not having cancer! x_x

Also YAY new job! No job is worth losing your health over. I hope the new one is as awesome as you deserve. :)