|Josie Triceratops! Grrr!|
This week has brought some upsetting news. Some of you caught my tweet a few days ago about being really angry and frustrated. That was in regards to my position at the PHSA. I still (STILL) haven't been paid for the two days I worked at the beginning of August, and still hadn't been able to get a hold of my boss or someone in payroll. So, I finally got in touch with someone in payroll at the beginning of the week. She tried to tell me that I needed my boss to send in the hours, but I explained that I had tried contacting her by phone and e-mail about 6 or 7 times so far on the issue and hadn't heard back from her. I was transferred to someone else in payroll. Do you know what she told me? I have been terminated and my file would have to be re-opened to deal with the issue and I should try someone in HR. Yes, I had been fired and no-one had told me. I have no idea how long I have not had that job. Maybe when I was stressing about whether I should take the pet supply store job or not (because of my PHSA position) it was a moot point because I'd been fired! I have no idea! I was a bit infuriated. This lady has not only not submitted my hours so that I can't be paid, and ignored my phone calls and e-mails, but also fired me for some nebulous, unknown reason, and not felt the need to inform me. So I talked to someone in HR and she said that it still has to be my boss who submits my hours and explains to me why I've been "terminated." She sent an e-mail to my boss and her co-worker and copied me on it explaining this and guess what?? I still haven't heard from her. It's not that I'm heart-broken about not having that job anymore. I've had hardly any work there and obviously it's given me way more stress than is normal for four days of work, haha. It was almost a bit of a relief because the decision of what to do about that position was made for me. It's just that I worry about what she put down as the reason for my dismissal if I were to want to apply to a real job (ie. not casual) within the PHSA at some point. Ok. That's that. Time for a new topic before I pull my hair out.
Amidst all this RA nonsense and job stuff, Ben and I found time to go to the bank and get pre-approved for a mortgage (say what?) and to talk to a realtor and we saw a few townhouses last night! Crazy talk! Unfortunately our realtor sort of squashed some of my hopes & dreams. Apparently there is no such thing as a townhouse with no pet restrictions. So even though I've felt so good about squirreling away all this money, and trying to grow it, and even though we're looking at moving a bit further away than we'd like, to a neighbourhood that is not at the top of our wishlist (etc.) we can still not afford all that much! And even though we are looking to -buy- our own place, with no-one above or below us, with our own yard (I mean come on! It is it's own house, it just happens to be right beside another one!) we still can't do what we want in it. I was really upset. We really wanted to adopt an older big dog, and maybe a cat, but MJ, our realtor, said that she's never seen a strata that allows more than 2 furry pets, and of course all townhouses are strata. So I'm kind of struggling with that right now. We obviously want to buy a place that we'll want to stay in for awhile, like at least 5-10 years (because who wants to move a lot, and moving when you own is reeeaaally expensive!) and so for that time frame we'll be constrained on the pet thing. Our realtor knew it was a big deal to us and was sort of suggesting we could try to get away with another pet, but I know I would feel really stressed about it and I don't want to feel that way about my own home, you know? Always worrying someone might see/make a complaint. And then what happens if someone does? I would never consider giving up one of my pups, and it's not like we could "just" move into a new townhouse because they all have those rules. Sigh.
Ok. I got that all off my chest. I think that's that for now. I have errands to run before work today :) I will try to share some FUN things here soon :) We are looking at some more places on Saturday in a neighbourhood I feel more excited about then the one we were in last night so wish us luck!