Last night I posted that I would blog today. Oh, the pressure! So I logged in and browsed through themes first because, well, that’s just how I am. I like to change things up now and then, and my previous theme just wasn’t me. I was trying something different, but it was just a little too cutesy for me. I like things more streamlined and simple. Then, of course, other adjustments have to be made when you switch themes. I’m still holding out for the perfect theme (that doesn’t cost money!) so this will do for now.
Usually blog posts take a considerable amount of time for me. It’s much harder than it looks – at least for me because to try to avoid being taken the wrong way (it happens a lot), many more words have to be added for clarification. When posting about a particular topic, I spend a lot of time researching. OK, I spend a lot of time getting sidetracked on the internet. :D So my comeback post is going to be scattered free-writing with no particular direction or purpose.
Laptop Crisis Over
Over a year ago, my son fessed up that he … well we’ll say that while in his possession, my laptop took a spill that resulted in a cracked screen. He promised to pay to have it repaired and said my other son could probably do it if we ordered the replacement screen online. Never happened. When living arrangements changed in December, I spent less and less time in my office trying to offer a bit of privacy. This is what I get for being a softy. Others wouldn’t have regard for privacy and would walk on through whenever. I should … it’s my house … that’s my office … that’s the route to my office, but something in my just can’t do it.
The reason for the living arrangement thing had changed even before it occurred; though, I didn’t know this until a few weeks after it occurred. Then it became possible that the arrangement could be extended by months or even a year. That, combined with the fact that I grew fond of being upstairs more, made me really want my laptop back. With my laptop, the plan was to be able to access the files on my desktop downstairs so I could work on my photos upstairs and also to be able to blog again. After seeing how much work was involved in replacing a screen on a laptop, another thought popped into my head. Why not just get an external monitor to hook up to the laptop? Genius! Now I can blog from the brightest, most airy room in my house. :) Accessing my desktop is still a bit of a problem, but we’re working on figuring that out.
OK, so this photo doesn’t make the room look so bright and airy, but it really is! Light pours in from those windows and bounces off the walls and vaulted ceiling. The desk is from IKEA and was originally bought for Miranda’s room for a desktop computer. Then she took over a laptop that I bought at a company auction for cheap and stopped using the desktop. I might try to come up with a way to make it look a little less IKEA-esque. That tiny wireless keyboard is still on a trial basis. The guy at Best Buy told me I had 14 days to bring it back if I didn’t like it. It’s cute, and I like that it doesn’t take up a lot of space, but I’m already making a lot of typos and backspacing and retyping over and over because I’m so used to ergonomic keyboards both at my desktop and for work. I think it may go back today in exchange for an ergo. Plus, I already miss the 10-key pad.
Just before my vacation/spring break, I had my annual review and was promoted to “Senior Agent” (level 4 rep). This is the same level required to be a Lead, but we already have two of those. One other person was also promoted to this level, so there are two of us – one to assist each Lead. Since it’s really a new thing, they are still hammering out the details and coming up with a full list of responsibilities. Until then, we’re making it up as we go along. The promotion came with a surprisingly nice raise (I’m talking jaw-dropping here!), but I won’t expand on that here. Wouldn’t be prudent! That will certainly help us keep our heads above water. At least our noses anyway. Just as satisfying is knowing they have that much confidence in me to give me more responsibility and trust my judgement on certain things.
This is where I must end because, on that note, I have 2.5 hours of overtime to finish before getting out of the house on this gorgeous Saturday!