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So... remember me? No, seriously.

I am back for an update, for those who care. I FINALLY finished season 7 of Criminal Minds JUST NOW, and I wanted to talk about it. And this is the place I do that! But I realized as I turned on the tablet, that SO much has changed. I can't remember what all you know, and I'm too lazy to read back through old entries.

Hey, I'm updating here, and that's a big enough step, right? lol

First and foremost, I GOT THE FUCK OUT OF THE HOTEL BUSINESS AND HAVE A NEW JOB! So, if I never mentioned it, I left the hotel I'd been at for 5 years and went to another one under the same management. It wasn't really much of a change, as it was even at the same exit, so yeah. But the front desk manager had walked out on short notice, and I was still hoping I'd get promoted. And guess what? A few months later, they offered me the supervisor job... and I turned it down. The GM there said they needed second shift, 3-11pm, 5 nights a week, and after 5 years of first shift, I didn't want that. Last time I worked second shift, it was one of the most depressing times in my life, and I never saw my hubby. I said, "What about 10am-7pm? That would allow me to supervise both day shifts, and still leave at a reasonable hour." She said no, that they needed someone second shift all the time. So they promoted a girl who'd only been there a few months. Fine, that was my choice that time, so I was ok.

A few months later, management changes, and they tell me it's not fair for me to have first shift full time anymore, and start making me flip flop shifts. The girl who was promoted was working as many first shifts as I was, so I started looking for a new job. The last few weeks I was there, she literally never scheduled herself after 7pm. She scheduled herself 10am-7pm, actually, exactly what I'd offered to do. So I basically turned down a promotion and a raise over my schedule, and got totally screwed.

On top of that, I hurt my foot (plantar fasciitis), and was told that if I couldn't stand for 8 hours, all they could do was offer me unpaid leave. Because a chair is too much to ask for a long term, stupidly loyal employee, I guess. I also got written up THREE TIMES in the less than a year that I was there, and I'm pretty damn sure it was all because my "manager" (the girl who took the job I turned down) felt threatened by me. Funny how she was a bitch to me since the day I walked in, but the day I put in my notice, the attitude stopped and we got along just swimmingly!

THEN I found out that the owner was losing properties, and the one I moved to was in bankruptcy. The only one that was safe was the one I left! LOL

I really think moving hotels was an attempt by me to stall the inevitable. I was hoping for the best, but I know I felt like it was a last ditch effort to change jobs without actually having to do something scary and REALLY change jobs. I interviewed in August at a vet's office, though, and she said she wanted to offer me the job, but had a schedule change with her current staff, and probably wouldn't have a full time spot open until the fall. When I emailed her again at the start of the semester, she was excited and said she was just about to contact me again. I started on the 12th!

It's looong days (10 hours), which sucks while I'm there, but it means I get more days off during the week. The husband works 10 hour days too, and has for a while, so we now have the same hourly schedule, even if our days aren't the same. I worry a little, because it never seems like there's enough to do to fill 10 hours most days, but I think it's gonna take a while for me to relax in a new place. And I feel relatively secure, as they keep telling me that a lot of people start the job, expecting it to be playing with puppies all day instead of actual work, and usually only lasted a few hours to a few weeks. I think they were so interested in me because I worked at the shelter for a while.

One of the vet techs the other day said they were worried they'd scare me away, because they just sort of threw me into it without a whole lot of training... meanwhile I worry that I might not be doing things right, because they threw me in. She said they would tell me if I wasn't, and I guess it's a good sign that they are "worried" I might leave. I just really want to be doing enough to get a raise after 90 days. I'm not making a whole lot more than I was at the hotel, but it's still more, and I discussed a possible raise based on performance after my probationary period was over.

ZOMG, this got long, and the husband is now poking his head into the bedroom and demanding to be fed. I guess I will have to come back to talk about CM later. Needless to say, I thought this season was way better than 6, and I plan to actually keep up this year instead of watching it all months after it aired. I was seriously watching episodes from January over the summer, seeing commercials for Rick Santorum, and going "WTF?! That idiot is back in the race?! What the--Oh wait, this was recorded months ago. *headdesk*"

Just one thing, though, before I go... Prentiss in that dress in the finale? ROOOOOOWWWWWR.

How is yous guys???

Date: 2012-09-24 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats on the new job, hope you like it a lot and do get that raise in 90 days. I know how much you didnt like the hotel thing. Go you for turning down that promotion they finally gave you when they should've years ago.

I loved Season 7 so much more than six too. And I'm definitely looking forward to eight in a way I havent looked forward to Criminal Minds in a couple of seasons at least. I thought Prentiss' dress was super hot but thought she looked a bit uncomfortable in it. She looked uncomfortable period but I guess it wasnt easy for Paget to film those last scenes. What do you think of the addition of Jeanne Tripplehorn? I actually like her as an actress so I look forward to seeing what they do, even if some recent interviews about the character have me a little wary. It wouldnt be Criminal Minds these days if it didnt do that.

Glad to see an update from you : )

Date: 2012-09-24 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, it was hard to say no after that long wanting a promotion, but the hours weren't worth it. Of course, the girl who got it was eventually working the hours I wanted, but I couldn't have seen that coming. And it probably was a blessing in disguise, knowing what I know now.

Yeah, I think Prentiss was uneasy in general. I'm bummed she's gone after we fought to get her back, but hopefully this was on Paget's terms this time. I haven't read about it.

I like Hotch's new girl! She seems nice and good for him and Jack.It's about time he has happiness! :)

How have you been?!

Date: 2012-09-24 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was on Paget's terms...she quit before her contract negotiation came up. I love Beth as well, even though some in the fandom give her flack, I love her and Hotch and definitely adding Jack in the mix. They're cute and a bit of levity in the darkness is always good for me.

A blessing in disguise is a good way to look at it. This is a new opportunity for new things and something fresh when you've been doing one thing for so long. And it sounds challenging, which is good because its easy to just kinda sail through your job with no changes. This one sounds like it might keep you on your toes : )

Same old with me. Still on my plantation, would like something new next year if I could. Still writing fic, coming up on 900 in the Criminal Minds fandom which is a little insane but I'm still Having fun. My sister got married on New Year's Eve and gave birth on Friday, July 14th so I'm an aunt now too. Now that's an adventure. Its so good to talk to you again. I've missed you around.

Date: 2012-09-26 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh man, I hope the interpersonal drama has died down a little at your job. I know it was pretty shitty there for a while.

I've missed you too! I thought of you when Strauss walked out of that hotel that Rossi had been in. Can't say I was happy about it, though. Pretty sure if it was writing fic, I'd be coming up with a way to write it away! Lol

Also, isn't being an aunt great?! Enjoy it! they grow too fast! :D

Date: 2012-09-26 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Its always drama on the plantation but its gotten a lot better. I just had to put it out there that I wasnt going there anymore. I'm getting along much better with the assistant now than ever before. We finally just sat down and talked and I realized she didnt like what was going on as much as I didnt and there was too much third party interference. We put a stop to it.

Any fic writer can write around the Rossi/Strauss thing, there was very little interaction in the episode, and speculation more than anything. Hell I think the writers are going to back pedal on it anyway from what I've been hearing even though they endorsed it after the finale. Who cares, I've never needed them. I squeed in the moment but now kinda wish they would've left it alone to be honest.

Being an aunt is fabulous. He's getting so big so fast I feel like if I dont see him everyday I miss something. My sister lives close but I still only see him about once a week. I'm having a lot of fun.

Date: 2012-09-24 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey! Glad to see you!

Very happy about your new job; of course, most happy you got away from the hotel. Good for you.

Date: 2012-09-24 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! How have you been? :)

Date: 2012-09-24 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! *waves*

Date: 2012-09-24 05:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-24 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh hai there!

Glad to hear you're out of what seems like a fairly toxic work situation. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for a promotion after the probationary period is over!

How awesome was it to see JJ the Profiler? I was wary when they announced her switch, but thought it worked really well over the course of the season. Of course, I'm mourning the fact that Prentiss has left, but I thought this was a great way for the character to exit instead of the clusterfuck we got last time.

Date: 2012-09-26 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yes, I thought it made total sense. After what happened, just going back to the way things were would be damn near impossible. Really glad she and the boys got through it. Made me so sad Reid almost relapsed over it. Poor baby.

You know, I didn't think it would be a huge amusement with JJ being a profiler. She did a lot of profiling even from her press liaison position before.

Date: 2012-09-25 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's nice to see you! I'm glad things are going well :D

Date: 2012-09-26 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me too! ;) I hope all is well on your end too! I have yet to have much time to start reading here again.


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