Randoms for April


1) Does anyone else think it’s weird when fans get so attached to a team? I understood cheering for a team… but these people who post hateful things on Facebook against a rival team, get in fights… What. The. Fuck? If you’re that emotionally involved with a sports team? Your priorities are messed up.

2)  I think I should run for a political office. The problem with the government (locally, probably federally too) is that they have all these politicians running the place. We need PROJECT MANAGERS to run the government. Project managers understand their budgets, and if they don’t have the money… they DON’T SPEND IT. They also look at the long term (i.e. if I build this new government building, how much will the electric cost per month?) I think we have too many people who aren’t asking the right questions.

3) I am now a manager. I have one engineer working for me right now and I have a second one I just hired starting next week. Did I mention when I got this ‘promotion’ that I didn’t get a raise? The thing that keeps me going is knowing that when I leave this job with all the experience I have, I will have more job opportunities (in management, project management, etc)

4)  Speaking of management… I’ve done a lot of observing of managers I’ve had and ones around me b/c I’ve always wanted to be in management. That being said, no one ever tells you how to be a good manager. Obviously I’ve seen things that work and things that didn’t. I give regular positive feedback and readily admit when I’m wrong. What traits do you like having in a manager?

5) Last work thing- I obviously still have a lot to learn. But one thing I learned quickly is that I know more things than some people do. Even people who have been at the company for a long time. I went from being silent in meetings to leading them when I notice that nothing is getting accomplished. I don’t back down unless someone can tell me why my suggestion can’t be done.  And it feels good. Even though sometimes I’m wrong, I don’t take it personally, I take it as an opportunity to learn. I’m 28 and a Manager at a major automotive maker. It’s amazing what choices and timing can do.

6)  Last week, we had a chicken die unexpectedly. (As in, she fell off the roost, convulsed around for a while and then died. While I was standing there watching.) I kept thinking maybe she had just fainted (chickens do that) so as MrC was digging the hole, I kept feeling for a heartbeat. When he was done digging the hole, MrC came over and tried to find a heartbeat. Seeing his rugged hands softly searching for a chicken heartbeat made me fall in love with him all over again. Then he suggested we lay her on the picnic table for a little bit, just to make sure she was gone. Make note- sometimes love is searching for a chicken heartbeat in the dark.

7) I think I’m going to start posting random wedding plannings on my Jen’s Farmily blog. So if you’re interested, add that one to your reader too.

8) That’s all for now.

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2 Responses to “Randoms for April”

  1. Wendy Says:

    1. Sports Teams - I have no idea how people get seriously angry about sports teams. I mean, there’s room for trash talking (hey, I do it occasionally) but then there are people like you mentioned who take it the next level and go out to actually seek confrontation over it. Just silly.
    Response from Jen: I agree! I love to trash talk and that’s innocent. But it’s just a game people! And these players don’t give a fuck about you!

    2-4. Congratulations on your promotion (even if it doesn’t have a pay raise). It seems like, as you say, the experience is totally going to pay off and a great opportunity to boot. It’s crazy that you are a project manager at 28. I’m not sure if it is different in the public sector versus the government, but our federal project managers are all in their 40s and 50s. I can’t quite be sure what they do, however.
    Response from Jen: The only reason I’m in the great position I’m in is b/c our plant is pretty new (4 years old). All our other plants have managers in their 30s-40s-50s. It’s very rare to see people my age in management. Especially in a company as big as mine. I’m actually one of the older managers in our department. There are 2 that are even younger than me!

    What is good in a manager? I would say just listening and giving constructive criticism. Not to micromanage, but provide infrastructure where employees and management can regularly evaluate their skills and procedures to find out what works, what doesn’t, and what can be improved (and what steps should be taken to improve it) — not just when the employee does something wrong as a disciplinary action, but often enough to establish some sort of metrics which can be referred to and perhaps prevent the error in the future (which, you know, saves you time and money but also makes the employees feel like you want to help them succeed in their jobs). Sorry, that’s long and a little convaluded. We’re in the process at my work in a massive safety culture overhaul because of some complaints (not with us but with a contractor). So, yeah, been on improvement team and I think it’s getting to me.
    Response from Jen: I agree with all of these. So far I’ve tried to have weekly meetings to review his project list and get feedback from him. I’m hoping it goes how things with my manager went… after I got used to the weekly meetings, I started thinking of things to bring up during them. The hardest thing for me to do right now is keep a positive attitude. With low pay (it’s very likely the engineer who works for me makes more than I do since he’s been there longer) and these long hours it’s hard to keep a sunny face!!

    6. I’m so sorry for your loss! It really sucks when an animal dies, especially when there’s nothing you can do about it. :-(
    Response from Jen: Argh. Thanks! I’m just glad it was from (more than likely) natural causes rather than a predator attack. I always feel like it’s my fault if it’s a predator!!

    7. Will check it out. Congrats!
    Response from Jen: I may have to do wedding posts on both blogs… depending on how many cuss words I feel the need to let flow! ;-)

  2. Sarah Lee Says:

    First, I love that Wendy’s comment was a blog post in itself. :)

    Second, you being a manager at 28 is HOTT.

    Third, I think *I* fell in love with MrC over the chicken. So, so sweet. And I’m so sorry you had to witness her dying. :(

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