Voting and Zoe and Work.. oh my
I dithered and worried and overthought the entire thing and we're not out of hot water yet but:
I actually mailed it. By this point the mail people know damn well, even more than any other election, that they matter. That they are being weighed and measured and compared to 228 years of their history. So I took a flyer and trusted them on the very first day after I got my ballot. Three hurtles. Get the ballot, deliver the ballot, have it accepted. Still waiting on number three, obviously. My signature it a scribble but it is pretty consistent. Hopefully I licked the flap in the correct manner.
Zoe is back home. I had to wait in the car for four hours as she was at the emergency vet competing for vet time with some sicker dogs. But we got through it. She is SO happy to be home with her abscessed tooth, her antibiotics and her pain pills. My thought is to get her on antibiotics for a couple days to get the infection under control then get her knocked out at the vets and let them do what they need to with her teeth while I stay home and drink and don't think about it. Meanwhile, she seems OK. Not in pain and not too drugged. I think she's got doggie ibuprofen. Looks like it is working so we're all OK.
And I had a meeting with my work trainers. Such a weird set up. They are so careful of being in any position that has legal ramifications. Each employee is an independent company totally responsible for their independent company self. It puts the employer in the position that they are not responsible for anything ... pretty much anything at all. I don't have a supervisor. We don't have teams. I don't have anyone to report to or receive orders from. But I had a meeting with an advisor. She does not have any information about scheduling or pay (aka — nothing over which there might be litigious action) but only over helping me achieve performance. Her comment was that listening to me on the phone was like listening to the radio and I should just keep doing what I'm doing. So I think I've kind of found a niche that will work for me. Until I get a pay period when I'm kind of rocking the tickets (as opposed to OWNING them and making sure they are settled and the customer is happy... not my job), churning the numbers, and dissipating any angry calls I won't really know what the job is worth moneywise. But I'm good at calming the members (not my monkey, no ego in the way, not my circus) and achieving a middle ground where they get what they need and I manage to move them briskly forward. So that might be worth something. Next pay period ends on the 16th.
Meanwhile, I've kind of got the scheduling figured out so it works a bit better. Bigger blocks. Focused days leaving me days off when I want. Not perfect but still is better than I was doing.