Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Want A "Do-Over" This Week

Car Problems? Check.

Computer problems? Check.

Work Problems? Check.

Monday started off as any other Monday for me. Wake up, eat some breakfast, shower, and head to work. The only problem is that my car apparently wanted the day off. Trudged back inside, called son the mechanic to make arrangements for car problem, then called taxi to ferry my ass to work that day. Relatively cheap repair as the shop where my son works gives healthy discounts to family members. Car tow, new starter, and new oil pan gasket replaced for less than $260.00. (Apparently small oil leak from oil pan shorted out starter.)

My daughter's car also felt it was time to rebel against her as well. She fried her clutch on Monday for the second time in the last year. This wasn't a complete surprise, but not one I saw coming quite this soon as we'd replaced her clutch last summer. The kid likes driving a stick, but driving a stick isn't her forte. Mom and Dad raided their respective "piggy banks" and shelled out about $4000.00 for a different car, with an automatic transmission to keep the kid mobile.

My computer has been dying a slow death. Not a huge surprise since it's over six-years-old and gets a lot of use. Talked to the "Geek Squad" at Best Buy and they summed up the problem in a few words. After doing some remedial math on repair costs versus a new computer cost a new desk top computer was purchased last night. Nothing fancy but another $525.00 down the drain. (Well not exactly $525.00 but who counts pennies?)

I worked the last couple of days with the new kid we recently hired. I've been pretty impressed with him honestly. He's pretty sharp and nothing like the "Worthless Co-Worker" he replaced. He informed me yesterday that his girlfriend dumped him the day before Valentine's day. I momentarily felt bad about this until he told me the reason for the dump. Apparently she doesn't want to move to the other side of the state with him for a new job he accepted. His last day is an undetermined day next week. The boss, who has been off the last two days, has yet to be informed. That will happen today I guess. I don't see him staying beyond this weekend because the new place that hired him wants him "immediately" and he's raring to go. Since I'm off today and tomorrow I'm guessing Saturday will actually be his last day.

So the hiring process commences again. Hopefully it won't take 3 months to get him replaced as it did with the "Worthless Co-Worker." I'm not holding my breath though as it always takes an ungodly amount of time to get people hired here. The one thing I do know is that the boss will be thrust into panic mode about this. March isn't a good month to be short handed for us as we do a couple of off-site sales events in addition to having a store to staff. Compounding this is his wife is pregnant and due in late March as well. He had planned to take one week of vacation when the baby arrived which probably isn't feasible now.

That's been my week so far, how's your week going?


ChiTown Girl said...

Ugh! Your wallet must be aching this week!

Wow, I can't believe you're going to be short handed again at work. That kinda sucks, huh? I actually feel bad for Boss Man, well more specifically, Mrs. Boss Man.

I hope the week finishes out better than it started.

Just Plain Tired said...

ChiTown Girl -- Well, all the overtime I worked in November, December, and January pretty much got spent this week.

Kev D. said...

I just had to replace my clutch last week... sucked! Granted, mine lasted six years and 90,000+ miles... So... yeah, sorry, maybe your daughter should STICK to automatic.

darev2005 said...

Bad karma always seems to travel in packs, doesn't it? Mine has been pretty rough as well. One of these days my fingers will have healed up enough to write about it.

Dazee Dreamer said...

geez. why did he even come to apply in the first place if he was thinking of moving. stupid ass

Bouncin' Barb said...

Boy you've had a very expensive week. Two clutches in a year would definitely mean an automatic is necessary. Wow.

Sarahf said...

Wow, what a week! Your wallet must be a fair bit lighter anyway.

Smart Ass Sara said...

Now if you had emailed me about your computer- my techie husband could have either A) helped you through it or B) gotten you a better deal on a computer. Like the brand new laptop someone threw away because they couldn't get the screen to come on. Yeah-- they turned the monitor settings down. SO.. Matt has a new laptop sitting here that he's going to sell at a computer store for cheap. Which will be nice since hey! My utility bill is $500+ and we froze all month. Awesome. :/

Sandra said...

Worthless coworker may have been worthless but we could always count on her stupidities to lighten up the week. Sorry about the car troubles. Next week will be better, I can feel it!

CrunchyVTMommy said...

ugh im sorry 2011 is sucking so much right now. you havent posted since so ill just hope you won the lottery.