Christmas Cheer

Isn't it amazing how time flies?! One minute you're packing to visit family, full of festive cheer and the next, you're back in work and full of festive flu. Ahhh, Christmas!

It's been a full week since I had the opportunity to bash away at a keyboard so, to start with, I must apologise for not wishing you all a Merry Christmas! It was purely because time was against me. So, belatedly, I hope you all had an excellent break and managed to spend some quality time with the people that matter most to you.

Well, I don't know about you, but when Santa emptied his sack under the tree there were a fair few goodies for everyone. My list of goodies included the boxset of Heroes, Season 1 ... yay ... some photography books, Season 6 of Family Guy, a new watch and a fridge magnet telling me how other people are having sex on my behalf!

Well, someone's got to, cos I'm not getting much!

So, who out there had the most intriguing presents? Or did you receive something that made you realise that the giver walked into a shop with their eyes closed, picked something up at random, and wrapped it just for you?* The weirdest present gets ... um ... naff all actually, but it would still be good to see how the competition hots up, so get commenting!!
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On another note, this Christmas has given me some time to mull over some work issues.

I don't know how many of you recall, but earlier in the year I was offered a Directorship. However, due to a lack of any kind of job spec or consistency in the offer (one minute being told by the boss he can't afford to pay me more, and then when I turn down the offer, telling me he would have paid me more, as one example), I turned it down ... several times.

Then one day we had a meeting where I told the boss that I had turned it down because he hadn't defined the role and that I needed that definition. So he sent me to a life coach who helped to sort my head out ... and write my own job spec for the role!

Last week, I finally sat down with my boss and told him that I didn't think I was right for the position as I would need to put in extra time that I am not prepared to do at the moment. His response was that he has never asked me to do the extra work ... which he hasn't, he's just put pressure on me by increasing my workload and giving me nigh-on impossible deadlines which can only be achieved by working overtime.

It appears that he was expecting this, as he said that he agreed that if I hadn't made a definite decision to take the job after all this time, then I obviously wasn't ready for it. However ... and this is the killer ... he will still expect me to do the work that the role would have entailed, but it would just be without the extra pay and job title!!!

He then followed this up by saying he would sort out my ADA pay increase for the end of January ... what's the bet that it doesn't get back-dated to last July?!?!

So, it appears that I have little choice but to take the job ... assuming he is still offering it ... and to give up my personal life once again.

Strong-armed once again into a job I didn't want ... its getting to be something of a habit.
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Anyhoooo, think happy thoughts!!

2008 is less than a week away and is scheduled to bring us a lot of interesting stuff ... most notably for me is that February will see the 10-year anniversary of when I moved into my pokey little flat! 10 years - totally crazy!!!

I had always thought I would move on within 5 years, but I seem to have gotten settled, despite the desire for something bigger ... which I can't really afford with all the price increases over the past few years.

Perhaps that should be a new year's resolution, to pick up sticks and leave the area for good ... but then, who keeps new year's resolutions? Anybody?

Well, whether you keep resolutions or not, I hope you all have a great party night and that the new year brings the best life has to offer!


* For me, this is covered by the fact I received a scarf. I never wear scarves - apart from the fact I'd look like more of a tit than normal, I heat up really quickly, making it totally redundant.


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