October 3rd, 2007

Chicago - cell block tango

Ho hum.

Today has been quite a strange day... Morning started off all right. Our side ran out of work and the other side had two urgents in a row (one was 1.25 tapes long) which I took off their hands, then I picked up the next in their pile which was also 1.25 tapes long and subsequently took me until 1.00pm due to the team meeting in the middle which was just over 2 hours long.

The meeting comprised mostly two things: panicking/grumbling about Single Status (notification letters have been put back AGAIN to November. We were meant to get these in June. It's not like people have BUDGETS TO WORK OUT or anything...), and arguing about Christmas leave.

We're only allowed three WPOs and three secretaries off any any one time, which is fair enough (equivalent to one WPO per team). I didn't bother trying to book any leave because essentially you get what you want a third of the time (there are nine of us) and in most cases the people with childcare problems get first digs anyway. Also, the Council are complete bastards, and Christmas Eve has been grudingly given as a concessionary day if we want to take it off...

Christmas Eve is fully booked off. I managd to sneak in one day which only had two people off before anyone nicked it. Subsequently, my Christmas period looks like this:

Monday 24 December - at work
Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 December - bank holiday (generous of them, I'm sure)
Thursday 27 December - at work
Friday 28 December - day off
Monday 31 December - at work
Tuesday 1 January - bank holiday

And then back to work again.

I honestly think that days like Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve should be bank holidays... who wants to go to bloody work on New Year's Eve when you're going to stay out until the small hours that evening? I certainly don't. I'm knackered enough at Christmas as it is without this on top of it.

Our leave allowance at Christmas entirely depends on how many fee earners are off; if nobody is in, Jane (AD) will allow more support off, which is fair enough. But for the interim, it's looking a bit grim. So apologies in advance for being a Grinch nearer the time. I'm mostly annoyed about Christmas Eve, because last year that was when I did all my last-minute shopping. I've determined to be uber-organised this year and get everything sorted well in advance, but meh. Already, MEH. That can't be a good sign...

(One of Ladywood's redeeming features was I pretty much got the leave I wanted WHEN I wanted it. Sucks to be in a team of mothers when you're young and sprogless, I guess...)

So, yeah, the leave thing probably put me in a bad mood, to be honest. I was going to stay until normal time today because Noor had to run off early (Wednesday is my early day, Noor usually stays until hometime) but after struggling to listen to a bloody awful fuzzy dictation at 4.15 I gave up and went home. ALL the dictation has been annoying today, not least because the long thing I picked up prior to the team meeting meant I didn't get to eat until 1.15...

Hello, moodswings. It's so good to have you back.
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Book meme stolen from frightened

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

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There should be another way of formatting so it means "That's by Thomas Hardy and I therefore have no intention of reading it ever in my entire life..."