Monday, June 27, 2016

Something Went Terribly Wrong: Memorandum Monday

I didn't break it, honest. It was broken before I got there. The fact that I had this catchy little tune sung by a purple alien in my head daily as soon as I walked in the door at work was a constant reminder that things were f-ed up. (I'll leave you with that YouTube video at the end. It's worth a watch if your pc ever died unexpectedly).

The first five minutes of my new job involved the guy who hired me telling me that he wasn't my boss anymore.  He was gone two weeks later, RIF'd. Shortly thereafter a senior guy left on family medical leave and his contract was terminated two days later. Then the girl who trained me quit. The fact that she was eight months pregnant and had managed to find a higher paying job even though she'd be starting and then leaving for six to eight weeks was astonishing. I'd walk down the row that my team sat in and people were working on resumes. Outsourcing in two years was the offical word, but word on the street was that by next year, everyone would be gone.

I'm a fixer. In fact, I spent an hour and a half before I left telling soon to be ex boss some ideas. Don't hire another person who will just quit, pay the ones you have a little bit more and offer them overtime to cover the slack. Think out of the box and come up with things that make people happy to stay, even if you can't do much.

And then I fled into the sun and rolled down the hill with the tunes blaring. Randomly, Carry on Wayward Son was playing. I'm off to work today at Habitat for Humanity as a Project Manager. I can go back to fixing stuff. Stuff that I can fix.

And since this is Memorandum Monday, dreamed up by Sian over at From High In The Sky I must leave you with a tid bit of knowledge or in this case a quote for you to ponder:
“A house is to a family what soil is to a plant. A plant needs to be rooted. A family is like that. If a family is not rooted, it will not flourish. But once a family is well-rooted, all kinds of wonderful things will begin to happen.” Millard Fuller
For a giggle, check out the little purple alien below....

P.S. Thanks CW for stabbing my cake. It made a most epic photo...


  1. Goosebumps.... I am so so so happy for you!!! I consider myself a fixer also and it's so frustrating when you can't fix it... Yippee for new beginnings and endless projects and purposeful work!!

  2.! Sounds like you are making a change for the better. And how wonderful to be working for Habitat for Humanity. Surely that's a good move!

  3. Yep, Habitat For Humanity is lucky to have you! I hope you'll be able to share a bit about your new job and the good work they do. Wishing you all the very best with it!

  4. I KNEW you weren't happy with your job....dunno how....but I just KNEW..... So I'm soooooo soooooo glad that you've fixed that:) YAY!!! Looks like it's been a bit of a journey, but you're much more suited to where you're going. PHEW!!! Funny little alien.... Didn't know that song....but seeing your header with Duncan up you know the Slim Dusty Aussie song "Love to have a beer with Duncan"??? Google it. You'll love it!!!!!!!! And congrats.......

  5. Well they say when one door closes another one opens.. I hope this job is rewarding and one you really enjoy and can make a difference at!


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