Penny, Pain, Problems And Pokemon

‘Evening,

If we were having a butterscotch brûlée latte this week, I’d probably be telling you about three things.

Firstly, for some reason, the week after snowboarding I seem to be hurting more than I was when I was there! I’ve had a whinge pretty much most mornings of the past week about something or other giving me some grief, whether it be my shoulders, back, or the curious case of my right arm.

Somehow, I can lift weights, do press ups, drive, and pretty much anything but if I hold my hand at just the wrong angle by right forearm hurts like mad.  One of those angles, without giving too much away, is when I’m trying to wash myself in the shower.  Hmm.

Anyway, the second point is probably a bigger deal.  So, as you may know, my role at work is getting made redundant on 31st March and, as such, I have signed an agreement with the company to say that I will accept some money and do one without suing them afterwards.

Since I got back off holiday last Monday, I have had three people approach me about staying – one temporarily and two permanently.  No concrete offers; rather sounding me out about possibilities.  The trouble is that, in the meantime, I’m actually busier than I’ve been for probably three years when I was working 95 hours a week.  All this has caused me some problems:

  1. I’m so busy, I’m getting no work done.  I’m jumping from place to place but am effectively doing 3.5 full time jobs while people make the most of me.  This isn’t helped by the fact that I have no motivation whatsoever to do the work.
  2. I was expecting to be spending the next 5 weeks planning my exit strategy, not being given more work.  While it’s complimentary to be told things like “you’re the best person to do this with your knowledge and expertise”, it’s a kick in the balls when I’m the one leaving and the people who have been promoted to high up positions who should be doing the work aren’t qualified to do so.
  3. When you have people coming up to you saying “there is an obvious business need for your role” (they didn’t put it in writing unfortunately), I’m kind of gutted I signed the agreement rather than suing them for unfair dismissal.

All that is annoying me because it means it isn’t the role that my employer doesn’t think is necessary or that I’m not good enough for anything, but that I’m leaving because they simply didn’t want to pay me.  My salary was getting in the way of a budget.

When I was told I was leaving I wasn’t too fussed and, in isolation, I’m probably still not – I knew it was coming at some point.  What is beginning to get to me is that there’s a whole load of uncertainty now.  I realise that the ball is in my court and I’m the one with the bargaining power because I don’t mind taking the money (Heaven knows, I’ve been telling some people what I really think of things over the last week!), but adding all sorts of choice, especially when it’s only potential choice, in to the mix is beginning to prey on my mind a little.

So it’s a good job that Niantic released the Generation 2 Pokémon from Johto region this week! Yes, I’ve been annoying people I’ve been out with by making them walk further than is necessary and generally not paying much attention to them! But I have 34 of the new ones and a few more that I can get but thought I’d save for next week!

I’ve also had a song in my head most of the week.  So I’ll leave you with that, and catch you next weekend.  Hope you have a belter.

Cigars in the summertime under the sky by the light
I can feel you read my mind
I can see it in your eyes under the moon as it plays
like music every line
There’s a rug with bleeding dye under the fan in the room
Where the passions burning high by the chair
with the leopard skin under the light
It’s always Penny and me tonight

On the plane step up with both my feet
Riding in seat number 3 on a flight to NYC
Got my bean in a coffee cup next to my seat
Catch the view and another good book to read
Sitting at home over the friendly skies
Missing her eyes
It’s always Penny and me tonight

Cause Penny and me like to roll the windows down
Turn the radio up, push the pedal to the ground
And Penny and me like to gaze at starry skies
Close our eyes, pretend to fly
It’s always Penny and me tonight

Staring at a million city lights
But it’s still Penny and I all alone beneath the sky
Feel the wind brushing slowly by
If I could soar I’d try to take these wings and fly
Away to where the leaves turn red
But no matter where I am instead
Singing along to feeling alright
Or making it by under pink moonlight
It’s always Penny and me tonight

Cause Penny and me like to roll the windows down
Turn the radio up, push the pedal to the ground
And Penny and me like to gaze at starry skies
Close our eyes, pretend to fly
It’s always Penny and me tonight

Penny likes to get away and drown her pain in lemonade
Penny dreams of rainy days and nights up late by the fireplace
And aimless conversations about the better days

Singing along to feeling alright, yeah
Or making it by under pink moonlight
It’s always Penny and me tonight

Cause Penny and me like to roll the windows down
Turn the radio up, push the pedal to the ground
And Penny and me like to gaze at starry skies
Close our eyes pretend to fly
It’s always Penny and me tonight

Penny and me tonight
Penny and me tonight
Penny and me tonight

Penny And Me by Hanson

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