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May, 2016

  1. They Moved My Desk at Work (And Why I Don’t Like It)

    May 31, 2016 by Lady Unemployed


    So last week, my boss moved my desk to closer to the center of the room. And I’m not happy about this.

    Before I was at a desk tucked in the far corner where I could comfortably play online and mess around on my blogs with an early warning of who was coming so I could flip to a work screen. Yes, I know this isn’t very mature. I should be working. In the three years I sat at that desk, never had a problem.

    Now I am sitting where not only can my boss see my computer, so can everyone else walking by.

    Total bummer.

    Things could be worse. This is major first world problem scenario.

    But there we have it folks.

    I just hope they don’t take my swing line red stapler (hehe).


  2. The Homelessness Discussion I Overheard at Work

    May 26, 2016 by Lady Unemployed


    I found this photo above five years ago. Seems more fitting for me now than five years ago.

    The thing is there is a homelessness problem near my job. Homeless camps, drug users, people have been photographed shooting up and having sex on sidewalks, people have had tents and camps on sidewalks in front of my building.

    So it isn’t great. And it makes me uncomfortable enough I did buy pepper spray to carry with me when I walked to my bus. And I would be a liar if I didn’t say I wish this crowd was somewhere else.

    But as I hear the owner of my company plead with city officials to fix the problem and groups organize to document the footage of what goes on around us, sometimes I feel sad about what all this sounds like.

    What made it worse and what made me want to blog about it was a discussion I overheard in the break room.

    I walked in to get coffee and I overheard with tones of disgust two coworkers talking about the surrounding problem.

    And I can’t remember the conversation verbatim but it left me feeling like we could apply that same discussion to a pest control discussion.

    “Some even have cell phones!” One woman said with disgust.

    I turned and said, “Oh I think shelters give those out or so I’ve heard.”

    The conversation died. But I thought…

    The homelessness we see are people just like us. Kids who have become adults who once had dreams and desires to become something that surely didn’t include shooting up on the street and digging through garbage cans. And I know it’s not as simple as that. Nothing is.

    I learned in college we are people first. These are people.

    And from what I’ve learned in my own situation of barely making ends meet things can go off track so badly. So I think as I walk down the street trying to get to work and ignore the obvious pain all around me….there but for the grace of God go I.

    I don’t want to judge my coworkers too harshly. I am not exactly striving to be part of the solution. I cross the street when I see tents surrounding the city block, look away when I see signs begging for money, shake my head sadly when I hear people asking for me change and I don’t exactly volunteer either.

    But I just wonder if we started talking about this problem differently what would change. If we started thinking of those who we see struggling the most as people first instead of as an insect infestation that must be gotten rid of.

    Just a thought I wanted to share.

  3. My Snobbish Decline to Someone Just Trying to Be Nice

    May 16, 2016 by Lady Unemployed

    I might be overthinking this whole thing. But to give you some background, I’ve gotten very strict about being gluten-free and unless I can assess the ingredients to a food item, I’m trying to be better about declining this. Not so easy at a job that has an onslaught of treats and birthdays coming in.  Also, add to this, I’m trying to stay away from artificial dyes too.

    Fun times right?

    So on my way to get fruit, I noticed the front desk person talking about a delivery for my department. Someone said, yup! This goes to this department. Being nice, I said, “Hey, I can take it!” So I did…

    I brought it upstairs, asked the people in my department if anyone knew of a gift they were expecting from this specific company. It was mostly mugs, jelly beans, and chocolate. The people in my department said no, but then some other guy from a different department says, “Oh that’s for us; we usually get gifts from this place.” So I go, “Oh! Okay! Here you go!”

    All he did was peer into the box, smile, and say, “Oh you guys can have it…” Something like that. But I instantly felt weird about it, because I realized, oh I totally took whatever was meant for them. So I go, “Oh no! I can’t eat this stuff any way, it has gluten in it!” [This was my attempt at being jokey’] A few of my coworkers from my department were saying, “Jelly beans don’t have gluten! Chocolate doesn’t have gluten!”

    Mostly, the guy wasn’t taking the box. He kept insisting we take it. I said, “No, that’s okay. [In a failing joking mode] This has red 40 in it! I don’t want it!” I know, I know. But the guy was NOT taking the box! This is like people waving each other on at a stop sign and no one going.

    So I feel like I sounded like a snobby bitch to this guy. Who probably thought, “Whoa, I was just trying to be nice!” I feel bad of course. And this will go under the category of awkwardly rude conversations on my part (like the time I told a coworker about my disliking of ranch dressing and she ended up being very offended as a result).

    Tell me about the time you were rude without intending too. Please. Quickly.


  4. I Now Feel Better About Worrying

    May 12, 2016 by Lady Unemployed

    Today I was worrying about my worrying. I feel like I worry WAY too much and I’m not entirely sure it’s all that good for me anymore.  But then I came upon this article with PureWow that talked about how worrying can actually be good for you – or at least be a sign that you are a smart person. Something like that. Anyways, you can read about it here.

    I don’t know how true this is entirely, but I’m feeling pretty good about it. So as I worry about things related to my job, or my finances, or the future, or family stuff, I’ll feel good in knowing that I’m making myself smarter in the process. Who needs to do crossword puzzles when you can worry your way to a higher IQ?

  5. Yes, People Still Text and Drive

    May 10, 2016 by Lady Unemployed

    Here’s my observation of the day!

    Take a public bus for a while and it gives you a unique vantage point of people driving in cars. I’m curious and nosy by nature so I usually look into the car driving past (does that make me look like a creeper?) and twice this morning I saw two people texting as they drove.

    I think all the laws and all the warnings of the dangers of texting while driving made people more cautious of cops around them.

  6. Why Do Lunch Issues Make You Feel Like a Kid?

    May 9, 2016 by Lady Unemployed

    Here’s my random thought of the day…why do lunch issues make you feel like a kid all over again? On my bus into work this morning, my lunch started to leak. My container of very healthy peas and potatoes covered in balsamic vinegar and seasoned salt started leaking which got onto my lunch bag which I was holding. Now I smell like dinner.

    Things like this take me back to the days of lunch tables and desperately not wanting to be the kid with the smelly tuna or sticky jelly that got everywhere.

    Of course people have begun to sniff around me and it could only be the odor of my lunch.

  7. Monday Rant – Share Your Gripes!

    May 8, 2016 by Lady Unemployed

    Have you ever felt really stuck in your life? Like no going forward kind of stuck? An eerie stillness has clouded my life and I have no idea what to do about it.

    Anyways, that’s a hint where my gripes are coming from today. Not to mention I don’t like Mondays as a rule so there’s that.

    So what about you? I would like to see if I can breathe life into my blog again so share in the comments what is bugging you and I’ll gripe right along with you!

  8. My Random Post [An Update from Lady Unemployed]

    May 4, 2016 by Lady Unemployed

    So it’s been a while since I’ve posted. How have you all been? It’s been a long time since I’ve had much activity on this blog, and to be honest, I thought maybe for a while it would grow to be a place where people can talk about their work woes and their unemployment stories. This is definitely the reason I started this blog.

    But why continue it? I have a feeling I’ve lost the handful of dedicated readers I did use to have – I don’t take it personally though.

    I am paying for the site though and my website is coming up to be renewed. And I feel like I want to make something more of it. On the personal side of things, I’m already writing a review blog under my real name, I have a book and creative writing based blog so that takes care of my reading and writing loves. So where can I take that she hasn’t been before?

    Should I discuss my work life? Not much is happening there except an onslaught of unhappy people are surrounding me and I have a gut feeling that many people are trying to get out of this place. As am I, really. But I’m not interviewing quite yet. I’m working some other things out.

    Financially though, I need to get myself out of a hole (notice that previous post I wrote up? That disclaimer at the bottom? Yes, times are that hard).

    We’ll see. I’ll try a few posts out and see where I can take this blog. My blog will forever be entitled and so I do need to keep that in mind.

    Where are you on your journey? Any ideas for me on where I can take



  9. Why Are There More Drivers on the Road and What Does It Mean for Truckers?

    May 4, 2016 by Lady Unemployed

    Commute times and local traffic patterns can play a big role in the stress levels experienced by truckers, especially since it seems like there are more drivers on the road in general. There are several factors that contribute to how much traffic is on the road. Do you live in a city or a rural area? Do you travel on highways or take local roads? Are there major trucking lanes that pass through or near your starting and ending points?

    All of these factors can contribute to the amount of traffic truck drivers face day-in and day-out as they make their short-distance and long-distance deliveries at their trucking jobs.

    According to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the average travel time for workers 16 and over is 25.4 minutes. As that number grows, commuters are becoming more impatient with their long commute times and this leads to more issues for truck drivers.

    Irritated drivers are more prone to road rage, and more likely to try to multitask by talking on their cell phone or even texting while driving. This can lead to more accidents and more congested roads for drivers trying to do their jobs.

    Freeways, where truckers spend most of their time, are getting more congested. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute predicts that by 2020 the annual delay per commuter will grow from 42 hours to 47 hours. This in turn will impact how long it takes truck drivers to complete their routes and could cost them money in wasted fuel sitting in traffic.

    So when you are looking at trucking jobs, be sure to take a few minutes and consider how traffic for the areas you will be operating in can impact your travel times!

    This is a sponsored guest post.