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Hrm. Guess I've been quiet.

But it's for good reasons.

The new job? I think I love.

But.

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.

Wow.

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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10zlaine
Dec. 4th, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC)
hee. you typed spike twice.


Missedya!
chrisjournal
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...
psubrat
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.
chrisjournal
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...
wisteria_
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. :)
chrisjournal
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
*grins*

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!
ljs
Dec. 4th, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hey Chris sweetie! [waves feebly, sinks back down]

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

Thank you, m'dear.
cindergal
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 ...
chrisjournal
Dec. 6th, 2003 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hey! Where'd you come from??

And...

Icon? GUH!!!

Thanks for the good wishes, m'dear. I miss you guys...
dettiot
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!
chrisjournal
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
Thank you ma'am!
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chrisjournal
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.
onetwomany
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...

chrisjournal
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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