Executive Vacuum

Yesterday I started a temp job that will last for five weeks. It is as administrator to the School of Sport and Recreation at AUT Uni and I replace someone who is on sick leave at the beginning of semester, just as the students arrive. I went in yesterday to ‘learn the ropes’ with a head cold, and in that state of fuzziness, attempted to grasp the elements of the crucial databases and software necessary for the wheels to keep moving.

My notes I brought home are indicative of the complexities I face:

Fortunately, today, I felt much better. I do not need to return until next Monday, but if you see no posts or updates for the next while, it will be because I am buried inside some system somewhere, lost, alone, and without knowing how to get out.

On a lighter note, I found a movie from early days in my previous temp job at the same University. In showing the receptionist how to use the camera, I created this very small and silly film. What makes it exceptionally funny is a review my friend John wrote. He squeezed an awful lot of intensity out of what is essentially a 20 second clip. Hope you enjoy it too. [Click below or here]


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  1. bigdoh · February 23, 2016

    Loved the film and the review! You’re a brave woman indeed to take this job on! I’d run screaming into the night!xx

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    • jennyjeffries · February 23, 2016

      Ha! Movie was 2008! My temp job will be terrifying but short term. I can do that. 😘😘


  2. Carol Pickersgill · February 24, 2016

    Hope your head cold goes away and your temp assignment is enjoyable and LUCRATIVE! My advice is to make friends with someone on the IT staff as quickly as possible… They should be able to help you out of any jams you find yourself in, AND they are often quite lonely and appreciate the opportunity to work on their social skills. (I know this because I was one.) (Briefly.)

    In other news, my Gabeaux Tapestry scarf arrived yesterday and it’s fantastic! It’s HUGE!! I love it. Were you planning to do any more “tapestries”? I thought a good tableau would be the time of the wedding through to meeting Hugh Munro and receiving his gift of the dragonfly in amber, which could be a frame of its own and the last image of the piece. These would also make very nice kitchen towels, imho.

    Sorry for the unsought input but I am laid up this week and in the absence of physical activity my brain is taking frequent flights of fancy.

    Best of luck with the job, Jenny!

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    • jennyjeffries · February 24, 2016

      Thanks for the thoughts, Carol. Yes, it would be helpful to have a friend in IT. I’ll work on it. Glad to know you like the scarf! My plan is to do panels of the ongoing story, so I would be carrying on from where I left off with that one – incorporating and finishing with the wedding.


  3. Carol Pickersgill · February 24, 2016

    PS Life-changing film and review! Brava!

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