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Hrm. Guess I've been quiet.

But it's for good reasons.

The new job? I think I love.


It came with 14 direct reports, and another 16 on order for two weeks hence. And 8 programs to learn and 6 tools to figure out. And a spike in call volume due in 5 weeks. And a fascinating political situation. The programs and call spike, I anticipated. Ditto with the politics. But the huge staff? Not something anyone thought to mention.


So, I'm a little under water in a good way at the moment. Forgive my scarcity a bit. I'm reading and mostly keeping up with everyone's LJ, but not so much with the replies and email.

I think it's a good thing no Angel til January! By then, maybe life will be a bit more undercontrol.

Would love to hear some recommendations for good books to give to folks with great potential but lousy grammar and writing skills... Adults, but with a high-school vibe in all of their emails and other written comms. Some of these folks have potential to rise above their current hourly jobs with a little polish.


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Dec. 4th, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC)
hee. you typed spike twice.

Dec. 4th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
Okay. How scary is it that we *both* noticed I'd used the word twice? The obsession leaks into my entire life...
Dec. 4th, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the new job is going well and that you love it - it's really important to like what you do since you spend most of your day doing the work thing. Hope it continues to work out for you.
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:43 am (UTC)
Thanks,Brat! I know I'm in the "honeymoon phase", but I'm very hopeful that this will fit for the long term...
Dec. 4th, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
So glad that the job is working out well for you! We'll be here when things settle down. ;)

Depending how open your friends are to this sort of thing, one of my favorite "grownup" grammar books is The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon. It's a fairly straightforward usage guide, but the examples are hilarious in an Edward Gorey sort of way. She also has two other similar books on other aspects of grammar. :)
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)

Yeah, after two years, I know y'all will be here when I finish flaking!

I *love* the Transitive Vampire books, but for these folks, they're a little...high level? I'm digging around for something a little more basic/simplistic, I think. At least for starters. Of the 14 who report to me, I'd say that at least 9 of them need remedial communication help. They're smart and fast, but they don't know from grammar or spelling or standard presentation of business communications. I've been digging around Amazon and think I might post here a list of the ones that look to me as if they're right and see if anyone out here can rec or strike from the list...

Actually, they're probably operating at a level only a year or two above your students. Any exercise tips that might translate into grownups would be most welcome!
Dec. 4th, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hey Chris sweetie! [waves feebly, sinks back down]

I'll think about your book request...
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
**tosses a pillow quickly to catch Lori's fall into the morass**

Thank you, m'dear.
Dec. 4th, 2003 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hi Chris! Glad to hear that the job is going so well. Will think about the book thing ...
Dec. 6th, 2003 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hey! Where'd you come from??


Icon? GUH!!!

Thanks for the good wishes, m'dear. I miss you guys...
Dec. 4th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that the new job is working out well, even if you're buried under a mountain of reports. Hang in there!
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
Thank you ma'am!
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Dec. 6th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
Hee. We get little mini-Spikes almost every day, but the one in late Dec/Jan will be sustained ;-) Lots of fun for everyone.
Dec. 5th, 2003 12:22 am (UTC)
Yay - I'm so happy you love the new job! Good jobs are very important, and if you're happy drowning beneath the work, then you must have a very good job indeed ;-)

Oh, and my heart skipped a little beat at the 'Spike' too. Sad, I know. Really, really sad...

Dec. 6th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
Heeee. I think that's something I need to do soonest -- get some kind of Buffy merch into the office (dear lord, a two window office!) and see if any fans crawl out of the closet. It's possible that there are one or two in the bunch.
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