Janet (j4) wrote,

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Well that was fun. Yesterday I basically got told that if I do any more personal email or anything on work time they're going to fire me. Of course, they haven't actually given me a contract yet... Anyway, I got a long lecture about how I should be really grateful that they're taking me back on after I quit, and how they're doing me a big favour. Ah-huh. A key person on a time-critical project is leaving, there's a hiring freeze on, and by hiring me they can quietly let me take over the other half of Al's contract, and not have to tell the US parent company that they're breaking the hiring freeze. They can also pay me less than they're paying me as a freelancer, and expect more unpaid overtime. And they're doing me a favour? Ri-ight. And in return for all this, I get a tedious job, on a four-month contract -- just long enough to stop me applying for anything else, but not long enough to offer any security -- and now no chance of a good reference at the end of it.

Anyway: from now on I'll only be able to check email/LJ at lunchtimes, and on Fridays (my day off -- I insisted on only doing a 4-day week, for my SANITY). So if anybody wants to contact me about anything time-critical, please SMS me instead. (And bear in mind that I still can't always answer immediately.) If you don't have my phone number and you want it, email me and I'll send it to you.

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I thought my karate lesson last night was going to be awful -- last lesson before the grading, overwhelming heat, and I was exhausted from crying about work -- but actually it was quite good, if sweaty. Still don't think I stand much chance of passing the grading but I don't think I can put it off any longer.

After that I went to the Carlton -- couldn't face the twice-as-long walk to get to a pub with worse beer when everybody else was just going to leave soon after I got there to see a film that I had no interest in seeing. As it happened lots of people turned up there, including iwj and ceb who I hadn't seen for ages; and I spent half the evening playing on the Spot-the-difference machine with emperor, senji, claroscuro and ceb. Silly but good value for money IMHO, we only spent the equivalent of a couple of pints between us and it was more fun than beer.

This morning I dropped sion_a off at work, then went to the Citizens Advice Bureau to have a chat with them about training as a volunteer. It does sound like it'd be really interesting, but I'm worried that I won't be able to commit to enough time for them. However, I've provisionally signed up for the next lot of training, which starts in January; I have no idea what I'll be doing by then, but if I'm still able to do it then I will. We'll see.

Lots of other things I'd like to say about Stuff and Things, but it's all just too awkward. :-(

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