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Feb. 25th, 2014

Wow, nothing like browsing facebook for making one painfully conscious of one's shortcomings, particularly career-wise.

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Sep. 9th, 2013

I am so fucking pissed off with CVS right now. Last Thursday, I received an e-mail from their automated HR system saying that I started today. That Friday, I quit my job. Today, I find out that I won't actually begin working for a month because I need to go through a bunch of training (naturally, I won't be on the clock for this). This was alluded to in the interview, but in such vague terms that I figured when I got the e-mail that I'd be doing online training and on-the-clock training concurrently. I'm going to try to see if (a) they can take me on as a sales associate in the meantime or (b) if my old job will take me back for the month. Fortunately, even if neither of these things happen, things will still be okay.

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Sep. 6th, 2013

I got a call back from a job I applied to yesterday, wanting me to start Monday. Today was my last day of work. EEEEEEEEEE!!!1111eleventyone1111!!11!!

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Roleplaying

I spent the last hour and a half role-playing a scenario in a D&D campaign that my girlfriend has been trying to run for the past several years. I have a doctor's appointment in less than four hours. Believe it or not, I'm not being totally irresponsible since I was asleep until 8pm yesterday trying to sleep off a migraine(I had the day off anyway), so I've been up for less than 12 hours. In any case, this kind of makes me want to play in a tabletop RPG. I should clearly try to revive the F!S RP group that kind of imploded from lack of GMs. Hell, I may even be finding the wherewithal to GM myself.

I've GMed before. I just haven't in a while due to mental health issues, and I've gotten really rusty; like to the point of no longer being able to write games. Also, anxiety over GMing/being in a position of authority/responsibility more generally. Still, running something online and making liberal use of pre-published adventures might make things possible. Maybe once I'm done with this pharmacy technician course...

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Sudden Realization

Ever look at your facebook and realize that there's almost nobody you know anymore or wish to continue knowing? Yeah...

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Late-Night Pharmeceutical Adventures

So, around midnight, I went to take my meds only to discover I had run out. "No problem," I think, "the pharmacy I use is open all night, and my doctor called the prescription in last week." Now, I've had some bad pharmacy adventures, particularly of the kind where my meds for a month cost what I make in a week without insurance. Fortunately, that was not the kind of adventure I had: nothing so dire.

I got to the pharmacy to encounter an agitated woman at the counter alternating between wheedling and throwing a tantrum over the pharmacist not giving her her prescription because she's not due for almost a week, and the earliest that the pharmacist can legally give it to her is in 2 days. She continues, becoming more and more agitated, and it soon becomes apparent that (a) the circumstances here are shady and (b) the scrip she's attempting to get filled is probably CIV (Schedule 4) or higher.

(A brief explanation: Schedule refers to how tightly regulated a drug is, based on potential for abuse. For instance, heroin is CI, which means it has severe potential for abuse and has no meaningful therapeutic use. By contrast, a lot of psychotropic medications like benzodiazepines are CIV, which is to say that there is some potential for abuse, but on the "college students selling their ADD meds" scale rather than the "break into houses, rob liquor stores, etc for a fix" scale.)

Finally, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, the pharmacist gets her to leave, at least until the morning, when she will--most likely--go through the same song and dance with whatever pharmacist is on shift. I suppose that's what I get for going to a pharmacy at midnight.

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Adjustments

A lot has been going on this week. I started working a new shift (11:30 to 8 at night). My computer died (I've been borrowing Jackie's for basic things like e-mail and bitching on LJ). I started taking a class in preparation for certification as a pharmacy technician. As a result of the second, I have to stop participating in an online roleplaying game that I was just starting to get interested in and feel included in. I have the option of continuing to read the logs, letting the Storyteller know what my character is doing in the background, and coming back once my class ends, but I'm not sure it's worth the effort. Between all these changes, I feel like I'm barely holding myself together. I'm hoping that I'll adjust to these changes and that things will seem less crappy when I'm not in sleep-debt (I worked 10 hour days last week and there was a Quest game that weekend). On the plus side, I had an interview last Friday for a job that I feel like I have a decent chance of getting and that would exceed my most outlandish expectations (entering the job market during a recession and subsisting on minimum-wage work has a way of lowering one's expectations). I just need to try not to think about it until I hear back, and if I don't get it, there's still the pharmacy tech plan. Things are going to be okay, I'm just having trouble believing it.

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Jan. 6th, 2013

It's been awhile since I last posted, so here goes:

-I managed to get my meds resolved. Thank you, kenjari and cakemage.

-I've been temporarily lain off, which will be a lot less of a drag once unemployment kicks in. I'm having trouble finding ways to fill the time. I have all these vaguely creative things that I'd like to be doing, but I can't work myself up to doing them. I've had trouble working myself up to doing anything, but that's another thing.

-There's a job I applied for shortly before Christmas that I heard back from a few days ago when they sent me an official application to fill out. I assume this means they're interested. Whenever I think about it, I freak out a little, because the job sounds amazing, but that kind of makes me worry I won't be qualified. I found some resources hat have important things to know for the job that I've been studying, except for the last couple days, as my sleep cycle is really off-kilter.

-As just mentioned, My sleep cycle is WAY off-kilter. I've been alternating between sleeping for only a few hours and sleeping for like 12 hours. Some days I get up in the morning, some days I wake up around 5pm. I tried to reboot my circadian rhythm by stayinng up until the next night, but that did surprisingly little to realign things.

-Between depression and not having anywhere to be, I've been having trouble working myself to doing things. Working on my story, working on a game packet for Quest, hell, keeping the apartment and myself clean is proving to be a challenge.

So yeah, that's where things are.

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Nov. 13th, 2012

So, insurance issues have been a thing since I get it through my father, who only gets it from his union when they've been having him work for a certain period of time, which means that I currently have no insurance and ran out of meds yesterday. Fuck.

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Adventures in Work-Related Injuries

So, I managed to sprain my neck at work yesterday, and spent half of today at the clinic my employer uses to handle on-site injuries. Basically, I had to squeeze into a tight space, then lift boxes containing 12 pairs of shoes while keeping my shoulders stretched outward and my neck stretched back in order to fit in the crevice. Now I can't do any lifting or bending over. For the rest of today, I did paperwork, but there isn't enough paperwork to occupy me for 8 hours. It remains to be seen whether they'll try to find 8 hours of busywork for me or just decide to give me medical leave. On the plus side, the sprain isn't very bad, so I'll probably be better in a few weeks.

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