Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sometimes I feel so catty talking about my coworker, Queenie, but she sits right in my face every day.  She is a piece of work.  At one time, she was the executive assistant to the "City President" of our bank, but she never did anything, but just sit there.  Occasionally, she would do a two minute chore for a customer.  Now that she is looking for a job, she is all over the executive assistant positions that are out there.  She has never taken minutes, coordinated meetings, made travel arrangements, etc.  Every time she posts for an EA job, she says, "It sounds more like you."  At least she admits that I did all of the things that I mentioned earlier.  What really irks me is that she always tells people that she was the "President's assistant".  It makes me feel like when I tell people that I was the "President's assistant", which I was, I'm lying.  What's so funny is that I think in her own little fantasy world that she has no clue that my boss was the President and CEO of the bank. 

Another strike that she has against her is her attire.  I hate to point it out to her, because I would never in a million years do anything to hurt her feelings.  She wears a lot of satin.  She'll wear a satin blouse with a pair of pants.  Most of the time, she will wear some kind of satin shell or tank top-like top.  They look like some sort of lingerie.  Queenie's not young, she's 50.  And, she is a full figured woman.  You would think that she would know better by now.  BFF MAB says that she dresses like Ugly Betty.  That is a good description.

Now that we have been displaced, she is drooling over her severance.  She says that she wants to just leave when her time is up and get her severance.  I'm not a risk taker.  I'm looking for a job internally.  What is so weird about her wanting to leave is that she keeps posting for internal jobs and complains because of the lack of them.  Go figure.  She has gotten a call about a job at another bank, but took herself out of the running because she wants to stay and get her severance.

I hate to harp about it, but I have to put up with this day in and day out.  I'm hoping that a position that I will enjoy comes along and I can get away from her.  Don't get me wrong, she is a nice person, sometimes too nice, but she lives in her fantasy world and does not understand normal things that happen.  I may have more Queenie stories as the months go by.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

I had a very relaxing weekend.  I think I deserved it.

It seems longer than two weeks ago that our department at work received our bad news. I have spent the past two weeks scouring the job postings, getting my resume together and thinking about what I want to do.  There are supposed to be many possibilities at work.  I just hope that they get posted soon...real soon. 

Queenie had a telephone interview for a good position at another bank.  She was so excited.  The next day, she called the other bank and told them to take her name out of consideration.  She wants to work through her work through date and then get a job a couple of weeks after that.  I hate to be so negative, but I would want to be guaranteed another job before I make the decision to be let go.  She is drooling over her severance.  She sees it as a chance to have some money in savings and not have to worry about living pay check to pay check.  Did I ever tell you that her husband has not worked in approximately 18 years.  He's too good.  She is the bread winner in their family.  In order for her to be able to pocket this extra money, she needs a job waiting for her.  She is getting advice from someone who has never worried about money and who has no clue what it is like to live pay check to pay check.  Like I said, I hate to be negative, but I'm not a risk taker.

I spent the weekend, planning what I'm going to do.  I also came up with a few nice professional outfits to wear in the event that at least one of my job postings works out.    I'm trying to lose weight and my skirts are gradually getting looser.  If I can lose 20 more pounds, I will have a lot of different outfits.

Tonight, we are expecting bad weather.  It is suppose to be out of here by about 9:00 am tomorrow, but it is supposed to be really bad as it moves through.

I hope everyone has a great Monday.  Please stay safe in the weird weather that we are experiencing.
So sad to hear about the passing of former Penn State coach, Joe Paterno.  Even though I live in Alabama, our family has always been a great fan of Coach Paterno.  My father always said that he was the greatest football coach ever.  That's a lot coming from an Alabama fan.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Last week was probably one of the worst weeks of my life.  Monday started off with finding out that our entire department had been eliminated as of June 1. 

I've been reconnecting with contacts to let them know that I am in the market for a new job. Everyone was so sympathetic.  A former coworker is going to see if her boss may have something for me.

I posted for a Executive Assistant position at work. I didn't even notice who the assistant would support.  My boss pointed out that it was the Regional President.  He already has an assistant...a good friend of mine.  YIKES!  All of a sudden, I felt like a back stabber.  I finally got up the nerve to let her know that her job was being posted.  She checked with HR and found out that it was a mistake.  Thank goodness.  I would have hated for her to be moved without her knowledge and then me get the job.  I'm patiently waiting for more jobs to be posted on the job postings site.

My mother, my cousin and I went to Nashville on Saturday.  We stopped off and visited with my cousin's brother (also my cousin).  Then we hit the malls.  I went to the Brooks Brothers "346" store in Franklin.  I bought 3 blouses: pink, blue and white.  I also bought a navy merino wool cardigan.  At Green Hills, I bought a pair of Tory Burch Revas in black at Nordstrom and some organization and cleaning supplies at The Container Store. 

Sunday was a lazy day.  After church, I took a nap and watched TV.  Can't get any lazier than that.

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Yesterday was not a good day at work.  I don't know if I have mentioned this or not, but our bank has been bought by a big bank.  Our department has been excited about being able to expand our business and be the bank where I customers want to bank.  Last week, we started getting a bad feeling.  Yesterday, one by one, we were told that we would all be gone after June 1.  I have a few people looking out for me.  There is supposed to be a massive job postings on Friday.  Maybe there will be something there for me. 

I had plans to go to Nashville shopping on Saturday.  I may have to cancel my plans since I don't need to spend any money, but I really need to get some new blouses to wear with my navy suit.

I hope everyone has a good Tuesday.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

I noticed on my live traffic feed that several people have been to my blog to read the 100+ Preppy Things compiled by the readers of Preppy Cafe.  Isn't it a wonderful post?  I do wish Elizabeth was still blogging.  She did a great job at Preppy Cafe.  I believe that she was the original preppy blogger.  Look what she started.

I've made it through two days on my diet and have done very well.  I just need to keep it up so that I can get back into my old clothes.   Plus, I need to take care of myself by eating right. 

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday.

Monday, 2 January 2012

I hope everyone had a nice New Year's holiday weekend.  I did.  I'm sort of glad that the holidays are over so that things can get somewhat back to normal.

Friday, I was able to leave work early.  It was nice to get to my mother's house about an hour and a half earlier than usual.

Saturday, we went to Huntsville.  We went to Sam's, Belk's, Tuesday Morning, Books-a-Million, The Fresh Market, Publix and Target.  My sister gave me a Keurig machine for Christmas.  For some reason, she gave me a pack of Holiday coffees.  I don't drink coffee at all, and she knows it.  As soon as I opened it, she told me that I could take it back to Belk's and swap it for tea. That's what I did on Saturday.  While in Belk's, I bought some Lauren by Ralph Lauren towels in green.  They are so soft.  We went to Tuesday Morning looking for Peacock Alley flannel sheets.  We had to go to both Tuesday Morning's to find them. It was worth the search.

After our shopping trip, we relaxed and watched the Auburn-Virginia game.  Fortunately, Auburn won...War Eagle!

Sunday was a lazy day.  Even though we planned to relax, we still cooked turnip greens, field peas (we don't like black-eyed all), pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes.  YUM!  We had enough left over for lunch today.  My cousin and nephew also enjoyed leftovers.

I made the mistake of weighing myself this morning.  I weighed 10 pounds more than I thought.   YIKES!!!  I started my diet immediately.  I think I am going to ride my stationary bicycle while I watch recordings of Murder, She Wrote.  For all of you Murder, She Wrote fans, the show it now on TVLand at 11:00 am Central Time (Noon - Eastern Time). 

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday.