It's cold today. I even had to put the little heater on just now and frost is promised for some areas.
I very nearly didn't make it to the office this morning - I woke up last night suddenly nauseous, thought I was getting food poisoning but didn't, and took antacids and fell asleep. (All I had for dinner was Bombay potato curry with a couple of thin rotis.)
Ugh. So I drank milk with a cereal bar for breakfast and was completely hollow inside by lunchtime. I went to this stupid vegetarian Thai restaurant which served 3 types of chicken curry.
So anyway, the morning was quiet and I stuck new phone number stickers on 250 brochures; I know this because I did the whole box. On Friday the secretary had told me I could do that if I ran out of things to do, and I said, "I bet I won't need to." How wrong I was.
After lunch, I spent two hours with nothing to do so I practiced mail merging and dared to check my email, once. Typically, an hour before I had to leave it got busy. So again I stayed an extra half hour and still wasn't done. I would have stayed till 6, but I was contracted for 9 to 5 so half-five is a good compromise.
So basically, I've been paid 7.5 hours for doing 3 hours of work!
I called my agent and told her I was doing secretarial, not audiotyping, and she was as shocked as I was on Friday. HR had asked for one thing and needed another. She said if I had problems to let her know, but I never give up a challenge once accepted.
I like the people at this office. I would even consider taking a job there if they offered. Imagine! In corporate property. They're so laid back and easy going. Every time I get something wrong and apologise, they don't even let me get the words out. But at least by now they know I'm not really a secretary so they don't mind talking me through a few procedures. It's funny, a lot of it is common sense, but it's not easy because knowing how you'd do it versus how other people do it is what confounds me.
So there. A day in the life of this slightly-working girl :)