Monday, December 23, 2013

Jasper plays Fetch

I've been telling my friends for years that I have a crazy cat that likes to play fetch.

Here you are.  For your Christmas enjoyment.  Jasper playing fetch.


If you listen you can hear him "talking" to me.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Christmas Trees + Cats

Hey all!

It's been crazy the past few weeks.  Work has been so busy and tons of people I know have been sick.  The time has just flown by.

I seriously can't believe that it is Christmas next week.

So in honoring the tradition of cute things and Christmas I present to you, the reason why I can't put up a Christmas tree anymore.




Yup.  I'm sitting in your tree.






So cute....but so evil.




Bottom line.  Cats + Christmas Tree's are a bad idea. Remember this?




So yeah, we don't have a tree up this year because Jasper would totally electrocute himself.

Cheers,

Ash

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holy Shit-balls Batman....Apparently it's Friday the 13th!

In lieu of our usual Fluffy Thing Friday.

Today I'm going to do a bit of an ode to the Tech Gods who decided to take a big ole crap on me this week.

We rarely do big printing jobs for our clients anymore.  It's a waste of money and not great for the environment.  Not to mention, nobody wants to lug around a 200 page PowerPoint presentation.

But this week, one of our teams decided that they wanted to print and bind their fancy final report.

Ok no problem.

We have 2 fancy Xerox Colour Copiers.  I had the supplies.  And I had 3 days.

Noooooooo Problem.

That was of course till 3 copies in, one of my copiers started getting streaks.

I replaced out all the parts that you can replace and it was still streaky.  I'd switch to my back-up machine but it's a lower quality and not suitable for this level of job.

I called Tech Support.

No problem we'll send some extra parts and someone will be there between Wednesday at 3:30pm and Thursday at 10:30am.

Not the end of the world.  That still left me a day and a half.

10:30am on Thursday.....no Tech Guy.


11:30am on Thursday.....no Tech Guy.

I called back.  "We'll send him an emergency page and get an ETA for you.  Someone will call you ASAP."

12:30am.....NO TECH GUY.  And no telephone call.

I call back.

"We'll page him again for you.  I'm so sorry, the supervisor for the department will call you in a few minutes."

1:00pm.  Supervisor calls me.  The girl at dispatch thought she was working West Coast Zone and slept in so none of our calls were getting sent through to the Techs.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!

1.  Not my problem.
2.  I get that shit happens, but how did nobody else at dispatch figure this out and pick up the slack.
3. How come nobody told Tech Support because they just kept saying....someone will call you!!!
4.  NOT MY PROBLEM.

So finally at 1pm a Tech Guy is dispatched, parts are ordered and he'll be on site mid-afternoon.

Secretly I say, YEAH RIGHT.  I'll believe it when I see it.

4:36pm.  My Tech Guy finally shows up.  He's here for over an hour but finally gets the machine up and running.

I left the office at about 6:00pm thinking....I'll just go in early in the morning and get the printing started early.  It's FINE!

7:45am on Friday.  Not only is my primary machine giving me an error message and saying "Contact Administrator"  but so is my back-up!!  So I couldn't even print lower quality if I wanted to.  Add on to that, WE ONLY HAVE THE TWO COPIERS.

At this point I say fuck it, I'm going back to parchment and quill.  I'm DONE.

I call Tech Support.  He tells me that my service window is 3-5pm.

NOPE!!!

I put my foot down, I haven't had a functioning machine in 2 days and I have already had one service call.  I need you to do better.

How about 1-3pm.  Better but can we escalate this?  I'm usually very laid back about the whole thing but I've got a deadline to meet.

How about 9am to 11am.

Perfect.

I pride myself on being polite to the Customer Service guys because honestly, I've worked retail.  I get that it's not their fault.  Yelling at them doesn't fix anything.  And honestly, it's not going to make me feel any better. 

The good news is that it's just after Noon and I'm back up and running.

Cheers,

Ash

This is for all the people today that asked me "When are the copiers going to be fixed?"


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Where the hell did the time go?

I started off the 2013 holiday season with a plan!

Unfortunately that plan went to shit some time back in November.

I was going to make some crafty gifts for my friends.

I was going to do my Christmas shopping EARLY!

I was going to mail all of my cards by the 15th.

I was going to help mom decorate the tree that we actually can't put up because my cat is insane.

I was going to do all of this because I wanted the week before our office closes for the holidays to be as calm as possible.

Pfft. 

Clearly I was delusional.

I'm not done my Christmas shopping.

I'm not done making my crafts.

Shipping Internationally is insane.

The tree isn't up because yeah, my cat's crazy.

Oh and work is so incredibly busy right now that I'm lucky to find time to pee. 

Exhale Ash.  The holidays are FUN remember?

Does anyone else find the holidays incredibly stressful?  It can't just be me?

And is everyone on track with their shopping/decorating etc?  Feel free to rub it in if you're on track and I'm not.

Cheers,

Ash

Friday, December 6, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - For the love of Kittens

Hello all,

This week has been insane at work.  December always is because our clients are trying to wrap up projects and blow out budgets before year end.

Also, this week has been a klutzy one for me.  I'm pretty accident prone as it is so once you add snow and ice into the mix, it's a disaster waiting to happen.

We had our first ice/freezing rain on Monday and I fell flat on my ass, as per protocol.  It's not winter till I've fallen on my ass.  Just sayin'.

Then to top it off when I was digging in my trunk to get my ice scraper, the weight of the ice on the trunk slammed it down onto my arm.  I have a huge bruise now and why is it that the second you realize you have a bruise you're constantly bumping into things!!!!

So to distract me from this, I've been going through the cute pictures people have sent me.

This week's themes is kitten.  Because seriously, kittens rock.

That and it was my furbaby Jasper's 4th Birthday on the 1st so I'm in a kitten loving mood because I'm reminiscing over when Jasper was a baby.

He's learning to poop in his litter tray!  Pooping has never been so adorable.


So pretty.

 

Look at that little grump!



Look at that tail!  That tail could be a model!


  So much floof!



Cheers,

Ash

Here's a picture of Jasper the day I brought him home from the shelter.  He was about 8 weeks old.




















Now 4 years later, he rules the house.  Although apparently nobody told him that he's actually supposed to go INSIDE his new house (That my parents got him for his birthday.  Clearly they want grandchildren.)


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013: A Year in Review aka. It could have been a hell of a lot worse

Every year, as I approach my Birthday, I take some time to think about what I've accomplished, or in some cases not accomplished.  What I've done to get closer to my goals.  Who I've met.  How I've lived my life.

This year my review has been particularly difficult.  I'm turning 30 in a few weeks.  For the first time in my life I have felt utterly out of control.  My job has been crazy, and oh yeah, my apartment burned down.

But despite the chaos I've accomplished a few things.  They may be small but amid the craziness of my life these past months, those small accomplishments have been so dear to me because honestly, the way things have gone?  It could have been a hell of a lot worse.

Last year was "The Year of Therapy".  Despite losing my home and living in a situation that is not the most emotionally healthy, I'm not nearly the mess I could be.  No joke.  Yes, I've lost some of the progress I have made but I'm still in a better place psychologically today than I was before I began Therapy.  Despite my mother's efforts to the contrary.


My insomnia is all but cured.  I don't want to say totally cured because one I get back to a normal work/travel schedule it may go to shit again but for now, it's more common for me to get 6-7 hours of sleep a night than 3-4.  It may just be because I'm travelling so much more for work that I'm exhausted but I'll take it.

I've made an effort to talk to more people.  Yes, because of the fire and my moving out of the City, I've lost touch with some people.  But I've reconnected with others.  And the people I've been in contact with most have been incredibly supportive and I appreciate them every single day.

The biggest of all for me has been a direct result of the fire and has truly been a blessing in disguise.  A year ago I was stressing about money because I was turning 29 and was still looking at $17K in Student Debt.  I felt like the money I was putting onto my debt wasn't truly making a difference because I was paying disgusting amounts of interest.  If I put too much money on my debt, I found myself running short at the end of the month and relying on my Credit Card.  It sucked.  But living with my parents for 9 months has allowed me to all but eliminate it and I'm hoping to have the rest paid off within the next 3 months.  When you've been paying off a debt for almost 8 years, being this close to debt free is huge.  I mean HUGE!!!

So despite everything, 2013 hasn't been all that bad.  I mean I totally could have gone my entire life without losing my home to fire but you know what?  It's going to be fine in the end.

Cheers,

Ash