So into the meeting we go and the head honchos are in there, very grim faced. I told Rose that it reeked of the situation I was in with my old company, right before they laid everyone off.
To make a long story short, they told us that they were “restructuring” our department. In other words they need to cut our group from 79 billers to 30 or so and we will either post out to be an O/C, a meter associate, stay in billing or if all the positions fill up before we can post out, get laid off.
Here we go again. The good news is that our team won’t transition out until next August. The bad news about being the last team to transition is that those of us that want to stay in billing won’t have much of a chance to post out to anything when they make the cut in billing because they will probably already be filled up.
So, it’s Arch all over again.
I told Rob and he said to dust off the old resume and update it tonight. He had already asked me if I wanted him to check with his contact at ASU to see if there are any office jobs available because he knows I am extremely unhappy here due to the stress factor. I told him to go ahead so he did that today but he hasn’t heard back from her yet.
It doesn’t matter. I’ll roll with whatever comes my way, I always do. Just, once again may I state for the record that I reeeeallly need to be indepentantly wealthy? Okay, thanks.
It’s laughable that they expect us to work today after the announcement. What’s even worse is our boss told us that they were going to announce it to us in a meeting right before our team outing next week to Golfland. He said he convinced them not to. Can you imagine? “Hey guys, we’re facing lay offs. Now go play and have fun!!”
We just got back from Harrah’s Ak-Chin casino resort. We got there once and a while when the price is right. It’s only about a half an hour away from house and it quells our Vegas urges for a little bit. When we called to reserve our room we requested a smoking room but we were told the only smoking rooms they had available were two queen beds. Being the die-hard smokers that we are we accepted it. When we got to the property and were checking in, the lovely desk clerk told us that she could upgrade us to a non-smoking pool side king room and we could smoke on the patio. Sounded okay with us. We have a queen bed at home so anytime we can sleep on a king in a hotel we prefer it. When we got to the room it was much bigger than the rooms we have had the last two times we visited. How funny is it that I never get upgraded in Vegas but I do at the Indian casino?
It was a nice little break. Rob has been extremely busy at his work as they are starting up the summer courses and he has limited time to get everything done. He really needed this.
The thing we discovered about the Indian casinos around here is that the slots don’t loosen up until around one or two in the morning. That is also when people finally leave so you can actually find a spot to play. Since we got there around nine or so, we putted around the room for awhile just to kill time. We had rented some DVD’s for the portable DVD player so we watched “The Others”. Neither of us had seen it. Rob was of course critical of some of the inconsistencies of the movie but overall we really liked it. I had heard it had a surprise ending, and when you hear something like that you of course watch extra close and think you know what it’s going to be. It wasn’t what we thought at all. I won’t say anymore about it in case you haven’t seen it before, but it’s definitely worth renting.
By the time the movie was done it was time to go down to the casino. We didn’t win, but we had fun.
Saturday was spent watching TV and using the TV internet system. Which was a joke. The tagline on it said: “surf the net at WARP SPEED!” It was more like warped speed. It was just very lame. There is a reason webtv never caught on.
We discovered our room upgrade wasn’t as great as we thought. Our room was great, but we didn’t get as good of a room as the people above us. Apparently they got the room with the trampoline, or at least that is how it sounded. We woke up to it in the afternoon and it went on for hours.
We intended to go to bed fairly early on Saturday night but the Black Jack machines were calling Rob’s name. He didn’t end up coming back until around two in the morning. Needless to say, it was very difficult for us to wake up this morning for check out. As a result when we got back to the house(after giving the dog some much needed affection) we took an hour and a half long nap.
So here I sit, waiting for the WWE pay per view with the dog at my feet just waiting for me to drop one of my Bugles.
We didn’t do much gambling this weekend but it was nice just to sit in the hotel room, get room service, swim in their gorgeous pool, watch DVD’s(we also rented Rosemary’s Baby and Hedwig and the Angry Inch but haven’t finished watching them), and just basically be out of the house but still be lazy.
It was a nice weekend but as usual I am glad to be home to my own bed and my loving(if disturbed) doggie.
I had to have an ultra sound today as I have been having very irregular periods over the last few months and I wanted to get down to the bottom of it. Actually I just wanted to get on the pill to try and regulate them it’s my doctor wants to get down to the bottom of it.
I went to the doctor on Thursday and the male nurse that saw me heard the word Period come out of my mouth and announced that I needed a pap smear. As he was flying out the door to relay this to my doctor I had to shout after him that I was still, in fact, on my period.
“Well, um, uh, then…we have a problem.” Was his response. He ran out the door to discuss with the doctor and came back asking me when I would no longer be bleeding. I informed him that that was the whole problem. I do not know when I will stop because last month I didn’t stop at all. He got kind of flustered and said: “Ummm, I gotta go ask the doctor again.” As he flew out the door a second time he actually muttered: “I’m so glad I’m not a woman.”
My doctor finally came in and we discussed what was happening. She said the first thing she wanted to test for was to see if I was anemic or not. Ironically the way to test for this is to take blood. I asked if there was a blood test to see if you have diabetes. She said yes but that I should really be fasting when I do it so I told her to write down that test and I will do it some morning on my way to work.
The second thing she wanted to make sure about was that my ovaries and uterus were functioning properly. She wanted to make sure there are no cysts or what have you that might be possibly causing this bleeding. That brings us to today’s lovely visit to another doctor to have my insides checked.
When you have an ultra sound done they make you down 44 ounces of water an hour before your visit. I followed directions. I drank so much water I was sick to my stomach. Yet when I finally got into the examining room and they started using the little scanner looking thing, she told me that my bladder was not full and I would have to go out to the waiting room and drink more water. As you can imagine, drinking more water was the last thing I wanted to do, but I did it.
After about 45 minutes another girl came and took me in a different examining room. She said my bladder was full enough to see my uterus but not my ovaries. She went on further saying that it didn’t matter since they can take pictures of those when she does the probe.
My doctor conveniently forgot to mention that she had ordered a probe as well as the ultra sound. Oh, and it is just as invasive as it sounds. I’ll spare you the gory details, just know that it involves a camera at the end of a very long stick.
So yeah, Kelly was a very uncomfortable girl today.
I don’t know when I will hear back on the results of my tests today. I go in to get the blood work done Wednesday morning.
I’ll keep you posted.
Okay so this morning Brian got an email from his girlfriend Stephanie saying that someone she works with heard that they are going to close our call center down. I know that sounds very he said/she said but The person she heard this from just happens to be the live in boyfriend of the woman that works under our operations manager.
To cease any more doubts that I am just being a drama queen, about an hour ago a mass email was sent out stating that we are having an “All team meeting” at three today.
Dum de dum dum. The last time we had an all team meeting it was to tell us that they were laying off the logistic and accounts payable departments.
So needless to say this place is a SuperRumorMill right now. Everyone is freaking out. At this point I am trying not to lose my mind. I mean, I don’t want to lose my job, but I’m not going to sweat over it until I absolutely have to. I have to admit though that it doesn’t really make me want to run out and do all my work right now. The desire to do my job has been zapped from my body(and let’s face it there was never much desire to work *in* my body)
This company is going under anyway. They are all about finding new little ways to bill the customers for false fees. *sigh*
On a lighter note. Peanut Butter Shakes from Sonic are the best! Hey I have to find joy where I can right??
They gathered us all up in the former A/P department and told us that they were consolidating the call center. Time frame: 60 days.
They told us we would find papers with our managers that would give a date on it. That date is our last day. Some people’s last days will be as soon as Friday but they will be paid for the 60 days.
After the meeting our manager pulled us all into her office and let us know that we don’t have papers. Mainly because corporate doesn’t know what to do with us. We will be on for longer than sixty days but they don’t know how much longer. Corporate thinks that we do a better job than the other offices but they don’t know if they can keep us in the Western division.
So, while I am going to keep my job longer than most in this call center, it doesn’t matter to me. Either way, they are going to break up our little family.
Rob wants to go to a movie tonight but I am going to try and convince him not to go. I am too tired. The thought of sitting through a two and a half hour movie about killing people really doesn’t appeal to me right now.
The other day Rob found two random rolls of film on the table and dropped them off to be developed. He surprised me with them on Friday night. The first roll was half of work people(How old were these pictures? Well Renee and Mike still worked here!) and the other half was Maine in July of 99 when we went out for Mags’ wedding. The other roll was Maine in November of 2000 when took our annual trip and most of that was when we went to the Oakland Legion to see Jeremy’s band play. Some of them are quite funny.
It got me thinking how much vacations have changed now that we have the digital camera. Before we took pictures miserly, afraid to use all the film on bad pictures and you never knew how the picture turned out until you went to your local photo place and got them developed. Now with the digital camera we get instant gratification not only with making sure the picture came out okay but just being able to view and post your vacation shots on the internet for your friends to see. It is truly amazing to me how far technology has taken us. Not to mention the fact that our digital camera has already paid for itself in film and developing costs!
I so love living in the “gadget” era.
Oh, what a day, what a day!
We woke up this morning and Rob announced that he was going to take me to dinner at the Top of the World restaurant at the Stratosphere. He had wanted to keep it a secret so I would be surprised but he remembered my intense fear of heights and had to make sure I was okay with it.
Let me just tell you, it was wonderful!
There was a bit of a wait for the elevator and then they can only fit so many on it. The elevator freaked me out a little because there were so many ppl crammed together on it and it rises at an extremely rapid pace. Your ears pop instantly once it gets going but I guess it would take forever to get to the top at a regular elevator speed. At any rate, it was totally worth it!
The restaurant itself revolves 360 degrees an hour and is completely encased in glass. Just Vegas scenery as far as the eye can see. It was also very elegant compared to what I am used to. Rob and I don’t usually dine anywhere that actually has cloth napkins so I was impressed. I ordered a turkey club on a croissant with fries and Rob ordered a half a chicken cashew sandwich on a croissant with the lobster bisque. Everything was wonderful. The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing and the deserts looked fabulous. Too bad we were too full from the meal to get one.
Once lunch was done we played a little at the Strat and found it pleasant. Not too fancy for us, a bit of a downtown feel. From there we headed to the Venetian for a very anticipated trip to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. I had been wanting to go here for the last two years but we have never had the time/motivation in the past trips to do it. It was very much worth the wait. I have so many pictures! It was really creepy at first because you can’t tell what is real and what isn’t until the person moves, but it was so great!
We joined the Venetian slot club and then played some nickel Yahtzee machines. I bought in for twenty and left with seventy-five dollars and a new feeling about the tightness of slots on The Strip. Maybe they aren’t so bad after all. Currently we are back at the Four Queens and Rob has won us some money on our new favorite Regis machines. We will soon be heading back down to see our favorite bartender Dan and play some more slots.
I just thought I would update really quickly.
It has been a wonderful day so far!
We left the house around seven fifteen in the evening. Not as early as we would have liked but with my new schedule at work it was all we could do.
We made our traditional stop in Wickenburg, AZ at the Basha’s there to get munchies and some sandwiches since we were starving. Also we picked up four gallons of water. We learned long ago not to drink the water in Vegas.
We ate the sandwiches in the car and then headed back out. I was dead tired but no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get to sleep. I fear the days of sleeping in the car for long stretches on road trips might be a thing of the past for me. Another stop, this time in Kingman for gas and then we were onto the final leg of the trip where I finally did manage about a fifteen minute nap.
We stopped at the Hoover Dam to put the top down on the Mustang. I didn’t matter that it was freezing. We had a convertible and we were going to experience it in all it’s glory! Shivering a little we made our decent into my favorite city in the world.
We checked into the Four Queens in downtown Vegas and headed up to our room. I was so tired at that point that I wasn’t into the whole Vegas mood. This happened to me last visit but I shook it off then. I figured I would do the same this trip once I had a few drinks in me but the opposite happened. My stomach started to turn on me.
Rob figured I just needed to walk around so we went downstairs to the nickel palace. I got a mai tai and settled down at a Price Is Right machine, but the price was clearly wrong. Ten dollars quickly donated to the Las Vegas economy. I moved over to a Press Your Luck machine and Rob took a seat next to me on a Let’s Make A Deal slot. We both got some bonus rounds but it was still twenty dollars gone too soon for me.
Rob went off to get a drink and I sat down at a Regis machine. Ireally liked it. I put in Ten and got a lot of play off of it. Rob came back and also had luck on the Regis machine next to me, cashing out ten bucks ahead.
I was finally feeling better so I told Rob while he waited for his hopper change I was going to go up to the room and use the bathroom. Strangely enough, as soon as I got back up to the room I started to feel sick again. It was about 80 degrees in our room. We know the deal with this particular tower at the Four Queens because we have stayed in this tower before in the winter and it was explained to us that they shut off the air conditioning in this tower during the season and apparently crank the heat. Rob came back up and we took the window off the hinges so we could get some fresh air.
He convinced me that I needed to get out again so we went down to Fitzgerald’s next door. I held down a Monopoly nickel game while he tried twenty on blackjack. Overall I just wasn’t enjoying myself. It was boiling in there and I wasn’t feeling good so after losing twenty more dollars we went back up to the room.
Rob got some food from Magnolia’s downstairs so I ate some and went to bed.
I woke up at two this afternoon and feel decidedly better having gotten a lot of sleep. Not a great start to the trip but who knows? Maybe our luck will change.