Of spinning plates and collapsing in heaps

While promotions are awesome, the learning curve isn’t. My (soon to be ex) coworker blew off work again today. Of course, she kept stringing us along until after 1p. Until they officially replace me, I back her up and do her work (formerly my work) when she’s not there. I’m still learning what my new position entails. The woman who now reports to me and knows *everything* about the process is out until January 2. She taught me a few things, sent me a few procedures, and I was off on my own. Just one task takes me pretty much all day. I ended up killing 90 minutes getting all her stuff done so things wouldn’t be ridiculously far behind. On the up side, I have it down to a science. I can knock out the worst of it fairly quickly. If I wanted to go into all the nitpicky bits, that would take all day. Then toward the end of the day, the internal auditor came by with a stack of all the errors they found for the past 3 months. When I was in charge, the audit was almost perfect. If I screwed something up it was either minor or I had an explanation for why I did what I did. The only time there were pages upon pages of errors was the first time the process got audited.

It’s not rocket science. It’s a straightforward, step by step process. There isn’t a whole lot of brain power involved. That’s why I was given other tasks and eventually moved out of it. I’d gotten it down so much that I could finish it in a little under 2 hours. She can’t be bothered to do the work and it’s come back to bite everyone else. The auditor kept apologizing and we kept telling her it wasn’t her fault. She’s just doing her job. It was the other girl wasn’t and that’s where the problems kicked in. Nature will take its course, but it would be nice if it could speed up a bit. I’ll keep doing my best and putting as much as I have into it. No one can point to me and say I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing.

I literally came home and collapsed in a heap. After getting some food in me, I’ve perked up a bit. I’m still too tired to feel angry or upset. My brain just feels like it’s grown peach fuzz. I think a long, hot bath and some trashy reading is in order. I was too tired to even go to dance. That definitely got me bummed. I was looking forward to having a chance at taking an earlier class tonight. Nope. I was too tired to do much more than get up the stairs and fall in bed.

Hope everyone had a good holiday and more good things coming.