30 July 2007

There is a word.

I do not use it often.

I don't believe my friend J invented it, but I do know that I first heard it from him.

I don't use this word often, because it conveys such a depth of sarcastic hatred and complete defiance of authority that I would never want to cheapen this beautiful word by overusing it. By allowing it to apply to simple situations and regularly annoying people who would be sufficiently covered by "jerk" or "idiot" or one of the other, more common phrases circulating in the common slang.

But I use it today, to describe my boss.

Because my boss is, in fact, an asshat.

I'm trying to keep this from becoming a work-bitching blog, because those are boring, but I need to share just this one incident from today, because it was the first time I've actually been glad that I turned ratfink and told the DM about what's ACTUALLY going on in our store.

Today, Mr. Boss took one look at me and said, in a worried tone, "Are you okay?"

I thought, maybe I could be honest. "No, I'm not," I said.

"What's going on?" He asked, although he was pulling out his "sincere tone" and I should have known better than to answers:

"I'm exhausted. I'm tired out from all these 48 hour weeks, and I'm starting to be so tired that I'm worried about my health."

And his answer? Now, keep in mind, that this week, both my co-manager and I are scheduled for 45 hours, but thoroughly know that we'll need to put in almost 50 to even keep the store running at all, and he's grousing about being scheduled for 40, because his Friday isn't "really" a day off, since he has family stuff to do. His answer:

"Well, we don't really have 40 hour a week jobs, do we?"

Well, we don't, but you do. Asshat.

Anyway. Thank you for listening. Now, for pretty things.

First of all, my personal slice of heaven:

And second, the Minnowknits sweater in full progression.

I love the construction of this little guy. Knit the back, keep it on the needles, knit one front, three-needle-bind-off the shoulder. Knit the other front, repeat. Pick up stitches from one armhole to the other, knit down the sleeve. Cast off. This will leave me with two seams, and then just the collar to knit.

And, I think I'm going to buy the pattern for EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket when I get paid this week.

I love baby things.

Officially half way there.

Much love.


AlisonH said...

You did it! You got the AC unit! And that sweater is adorable--go Kristine!

(I keep deleting comments towards the boss and not wanting to make it any worse. Having had a screamingly wretched boss once, I feel your pain and am hoping a better one comes in.) Hopefully, being able to come home to a nice cool place will help with the chilling out.

jenknits said...

Congratulations on the halfway mark!

Artemis said...

Congrats to you and good luck, love.



Laurie said...

It is such a shame that the general human race is incapable of putting themselves in someone else's shoes. Makes for a much more conflict-ridden life.

I so agree with the AC. Lifesaving, especially for pregnancies. If you are as hot up there as we are down here, it is classified as a necessity, and not a luxury.

And who decided, might I ask, to discontinue ALL Jaeger yarns?

AlisonH said...

When last we saw our heroine...