Daydreams

May. 13th, 2017 09:34 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
People I want to find:

* Whoever planned graduation day for the local university and community college to be the day before Mother's Day
* Whoever decided to give our hospitality graduates a 15% discount coupon for our restaurant well after my own graduation
* Whoever planned any local high school's proms to be the day before Mother's Day

What I intend to do when I find these people:

1. Drag them to my workplace
2. Get them suited up appropriately
3. Put them to work
4. Make them vow to either think more carefully next year or promise to come in and help us at the bakery; either would do

Backup wishes:
- Somehow convince the Sales team not to book anything the week immediately preceding both Easter and Mother's Day, and possibly a day or two after each for good measure
- Somehow convince TPTB to actually convert that classroom into a second bakery like they talked about and maybe even hire a second bakery team so we don't have six people working to cover two departments' needs (the restaurant and banquets)


Today's post is brought to you by me working thirty-eight hours over the past four days. I fully expect to work at least ten hours tomorrow, and can only pray that we don't have too much catch-up to do on Monday. Having no banquets on Monday is already out; we have some ridiculous number of dessert bars to serve, and cutting and traying those will definitely take far too long.

My next day off will be Wednesday. I hope my feet last until then.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Heart" themed Dreamsheep (Dokidoki)
Hello! I am back from Texas. I have actually been back from Texas since veeeeery early Saturday morning (and I know from early mornings), but I have been lax about posting.

(Ironically, this trip to Texas was less stressful for me than the one that was actually a vacation that I took in November. I'm guessing it's a combination of actually being on my meds now, and also not having to rush back before the rest of my family for a huge holiday bake sale.)


Going to rec a few things before I go to sleep tonight, and then share some big news.


For all my fellow fans of femslash/yuri/stories about girls who are into girls, I recommend the following:

* Carmilla, the original video series on YouTube; it's inspired by J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Novella of the same name, and is just amazing. The first season is complete, and I watched it last night with Steve the chainmail guy at his regular crafting get-together; there are thirty-six episodes in season one, but they're all really short (two to six minutes long), so you can get through it in a matter of a few hours. Totally worth it! Link to the first episode. (The second season has just aired its fourth episode, but I'm holding off on watching until the entire thing is out. Or I am for now, at least. We'll see how long I last.)

* Cute Demon Crashers, an ultra short dating sim with a focus on consent and comfort, and a no-sex ending as an option! It is super duper cute, with a female main character, and while three of the four potential "love interests" are dudes, one is definitely a lady. The game is technically unfinished, having only two routes completed (plus the no-sex ending), but one of them is for the lady, so! I'm counting it. The art is perfect, the writing is fantastic, the music is lovely, and you have the option to stop the sexy times at any point with no negative consequences. Learn more over here.

* Shira Glassman's Mangoverse! I've already reviewed the first book in the series, The Second Mango, here, and there are currently three books out, plus a couple of short stories. BONUS: This month, the electronic version of all of these books (plus more!) are ON SALE at the publisher's website! Simply use the coupon code PRIDE2015 during checkout to drop the price of these already very affordable books into downright amazing territory - $3.37 USD for the first and third books, slightly more for the second, slightly less for the short stories. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: In honor of a homeless teenaged trans guy in the third book, A Harvest of Ripe Figs, Shira is donating all of her first and second quarter royalties from it to Casa Ruby (a shelter for homeless trans youth) and Trans Lifeline (a trans-specific crisis hotline, staffed entirely by trans people). If you like femslash, lady friendships, and dragons, this is definitely the series for you. This is also the series for you if you are interested in Jewish characters with absolutely no danger of antisemitism, happy endings for all LGBTQIAP+ characters, characters with food allergies (the main character is gluten intolerant and also can't have poultry), and positively depicted fat characters with no dieting or shaming narratives. There are way more reasons this is totally the series for you, but if I keep listing them, I'll be up all night, and I have to open tomorrow. Learn more about how to buy these books and possibly others right over here, at the author's Tumblr. (Also check out her tags for more art of all the characters!)



Okay, recs done. Time for big news! )
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Rage" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Rage)
[Content Note: Anxiety/anxiety disorder]

So today was not quite as bad as the coconut macaroon incident, but it was a near thing. In fact, it probably would have been as bad if I hadn't had a lot of help from a coworker and at least one student intern towards the end, so many wonderful thoughts to them.

Cut for nightmarish pizza crust endeavor )

I was ALMOST OUT THE DOOR when one of the lead people from the restaurant proper (and coincidentally Geeky Coworker's boyfriend) came over to say that he thought that the whipped cream was a little bland. I tasted it, kinda agreed, and, after nearly deciding to do otherwise, ended up re-whipping it with some more sugar and vanilla to make it an acceptable sweetness level. (Which is not about pizza crust, but I was so done with EVERYTHING at that point that I thought it may as fricking well have been.)

Anyway, tomorrow I get to teach all the student interns how to make some basic animals out of fondant! Except I'm still not entirely sure which animals I get to teach them to make on account of Boss Related Shenanigans. I want to teach them to make a small basic bird (because it's fast and simple and you can make slight alterations to customize it to be practically any bird, especially songbirds) and stegosaurus (because it's a fairly basic shape and I came up with a great shortcut where you can use almond slices and slivers for the fins and tail spikes respectively), but it's seeming like I'll have to teach them to make at least a more complicated bird and maybe an ankylosaurus/crocogator??? Or possibly a lion. My boss mentioned me using something called scissor clips and told me she'd show them to me/explain them today, but we never got around to it, so.

I have one hour, maybe one-and-a-half, to teach the students in. Basic bird takes me about five minutes if I rush and don't bother to paint; stegosaurus takes me about fifteen. If I assume the students will take two to three times as long as I do when making these, an hour should have been enough time. Meanwhile, the more complicated bird takes me four colors of fondant (though technically two are just little smidgens for the eyes and beak) and fifteen minutes and cannot be customized; it's just a robin. I have no idea what she wants me to do for the crocogator/ankylosaurus, though the last (and so far only) crocogator I made took me about half an hour; ditto to the lion (though the first lion I made took me a whole hour, so at least this one's an improvement on that). Assuming the students take only twice as long as I do, and allowing for minimal individual attention for fourteen of them, that's still half an hour more time than I'm budgeted. Meanwhile, they're learning two complex things with limited applicability: the simple birds, as I mentioned, are super customizable, and can be anything from doves on a wedding cake to the state bird; meanwhile, stegosaurus is way more instantly recognizable than ankylosaurus*, and more popular than crocogators (outside of Florida at least, one assumes, though maybe even there).

None of that matters, though. Or, at least, that's the last I knew of it. Maybe my boss will have changed her mind, or will be willing to change her mind, before four-thirty tomorrow afternoon. Here's hoping!

* Though it turns out that ankylosaurus is actually one of our interns' favorites! Sadly, at least two of my coworkers had no idea what it even was without explanation ("The armored dinosaur with the clubbed tail?" "Doesn't ring a bell." "Maybe if I saw a picture..."), and my boss didn't know the proper name for it/its family. Maybe the intern can stick around a few extra minutes after the main workshop if we don't end up making ankylosaurus for it.

God dammit

Dec. 26th, 2014 08:20 pm
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Doom" themed Dreamsheep (DOOOOOOOM)
Originally I was scheduled tomorrow from six to three with one coworker and my boss.

My boss just called me to say that the coworker that was originally scheduled to work with me has called off for tomorrow, can I go in half an hour early to open?

Oh yeah, this means it'll probably be just me and her there. Lucky me.

I did not need this right now. Or ever.

(I do hope my coworker is okay, but it's harder to be worried about her when I have to be up in seven hours and I probably have a nine plus hour work day ahead of me. No overtime either, since I'm a part-timer - though not getting overtime for shifts more than eight hours may also just be the way things are these days for EVERYONE, not just part time employees.)
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
My weekend at work:

Friday: In at 6:00am; scheduled out at 2:00pm; actually out at 2:45
Saturday: In at 6:00am; scheduled out at 2:00pm; actually out at 2:35
Sunday: Finally out by 2:00~! Actually scheduled out at 1:00pm. FML.

I will probably profess to hate cookies for at least the rest of December, if not longer.
soc_puppet: Words "Epic Fail" in gray (Epic Fail)
Ooo, look! It's the Pathetic Anger Bread tag! Let's talk about how my day at work was terrible 8D

There were two "big" jobs I had the possibility of doing today at the bakery.

One was to mix, scoop, and bake coconut macaroons. The mixing involved a pre-made mix and some boiled water and the second largest mixing bowl we had (40qt). The process itself is exceedingly simple, but because I needed to scoop the cookies extra small (size 70 scoop, which is about a tablespoon I think? About the size of a hazelnut/filbert in practice) it would take extra long. That is, about three hours and forty-five minutes. Anyone at the bakery could do this job, including one or more of our student interns, and the cookies are due at the end of the month. Needless to say, this job is also very tedious, especially for only one person.

The second was to mold the dragon Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon out of fondant. I was told to take no more than an hour and a half at most for cost reasons. This is a very specialized job, and not everyone at the bakery can do it; I was, in fact, specifically selected for this job. It is due in eight days. It is creative and involves complex thinking about spatial relations, as well as translating two-dimensional images (albeit animated in three dimensions) into three dimensional space.

Guess which job I had to stay two hours late today to do/finish? No, really, guess.

If you guessed "Socchan had to scoop over 900 cookies and is both very frustrated at this fact and mildly disappointed that she can't make the obvious internet meme joke", you are correct!


There's more to it than that, but I'm already bordering on an anxiety attack just thinking about the details, so I'm going to leave it here for now. I only hope my boss doesn't try to punish me by taking me off the Toothless sculpture.
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Omnomnom)
Today I found out that my boss is supposed to make an "airplane cake". As in, it needs to have an airplane modeled out of fondant (or similar material) on it.

I desperately, desperately want to make that airplane. As soon as I heard the phrase "airplane cake", I started thinking about how I would make it. At the time, I didn't know it would be made out of fondant, and my boss had me color some chocolate recently, so I also made vague plans for molding it out of that, but fondant wins the day. I don't care for the taste of fondant, but damn you can do neat stuff with it.

Unfortunately, I will not be making the airplane. My boss was noticeably stressed out about having to make the airplane and was procrastinating on starting it probably even after I left. Before leaving, I asked if I might be allowed to at least try to make the plane, and even offered to do so on my own time, but my boss turned me down. She thanked me profusely for offering, but said, visibly unhappy, that she would have to do it herself.

My coworkers were very surprised. Teacher-coworker thought for certain my boss would go for it, given how stressed out my boss was about the whole thing and what a huge weight it would take off her mind. I was both baffled and disappointed. Really, I didn't offer for my boss' sake; I just can't stop thinking about how I would make that plane! I could even make it with an actual spinning propeller, I'm pretty sure! Alas, it is not to be. Though I may try with knockoff play-doh and/or Sculpy at some point, or maybe marshmallow fondant or marzipan, because I wanna make that plane, dammit! (I was planning to try this afternoon/evening, but decided that sleep would have to be my priority. I slept horribly the past two nights, which was definitely not helped by having to get up first an hour and then a half-hour earlier than usual for work.)

*sigh* At least my boss is letting me help make the plane's dog pilot tomorrow. I plan to give it a little aviator's helmet, goggles included, and, if I can manage it (I'm pretty sure I can), to have its mouth open with its tongue flapping in the wind. I am sooooo looking forward to that!



(Brief AnimeIowa report forthcoming, I just wanted to get this written down first.)
soc_puppet: Words "Full of Rage" in dark red (Frustration)
E-mailed my boss yesterday to see about coming in later than six on Monday morning, since I have Quire rehearsal the night before and would like to rest up after the seven-and-a-half hour work day preceding it. My boss said she'd see what she could do. Just got the revised schedule; not only am I not working any later on Monday morning, I'm now working eight hours on Sunday and an hour later that day, reducing the time I have to rest up between work (roughly eight hours on my feet, lifting, measuring, mixing, baking, cutting, and possibly even teaching, plus half an hour commute either way) and rehearsal. And that's if I don't have to stay later, which I have had to do a time or two. I really desperately don't want to skip rehearsal, either, since the concert is a week from Saturday.

I am up half an hour of time from the previous schedule, which puts me at a full 39 hours of work next week; I've also got six days in a row that I'm working, five of them at full time hours. While I know that at least one of my frequently coworkers has it worse, she actually lives in town and is officially a full time worker in a managerial position. I am not. I don't get benefits. And, as a part-timer, I can't rely on getting these hours regularly. My hours are supposed to "average out" at 28 a week. That means I get some weeks like this, and some where I work only four hours, if that. If I knew I could count on getting 40 hours a week regularly, I would look into getting my own transportation and a place to live that was closer to my place of work. Since that's not something I can count on, though, I'm still stuck in my parents' basement, borrowing my mom's car, and driving at least an hour every work day.
soc_puppet: Words "Full of Rage" in dark red (Socchan SMASH)
Part one of the reasons I hate my boss can be found here [Content Note: Trans*phobia, sexism, bullying, controlling behavior].

This one doesn't have quite as many, but there's a real doozy here.

Long detailed rant [Content Note: Danger, fire, bullying, emotional auditing] )

I've started typing up a letter to send to HR (and/or the executive chef, and/or whoever else is appropriate in this situation)I've got rough estimates for dates for a couple of incidents I'm going to include, and am going to check with Geeky Coworker tomorrow or the day after to find out some number stuff and possibly also get a definite date for that last incident I've got listed up there. I might even have enough material to send off the letter within the week.

Hugs and pictures of cute things are both welcome, though I'm feeling much better today than I was yesterday.
soc_puppet: Words "Full of Rage" in dark red (Frustration)
Okay, let's make this official: I hate my boss.

Long, detailed rant ahead [Content Note for trans*phobia, sexism, bullying, controlling behavior] )

I'm going to have to put a To Be Continued on this post; there's at least two or three more items for me to get to (emotional auditing, the way she speaks more at us that to us, the way she keeps making everyone cry), but I am tired of thinking about her for now and need a mental break before I go back to work tomorrow, which I am not exactly looking forward to. Maybe I'll write part two if I wake up again between now and then. If not, though, maybe tomorrow afternoon. Or maybe Monday, since I don't work then. We'll see.

Edit: Content note updated to include more accurate info.

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