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29 September 2010 @ 11:32 pm
This is why you havent heard from me this month.  
Figured it was time for not angry updates! Ok thats a lie but I am more frustrated then angry.
I have been employed gainfully with 2 jobs, now this has been great money I am not complaining about that, and neither one has a stupid uniform (other then a tshirt at one of them) and things were working pretty well because I had a steady 3 shifts at one and the other was kind of just fill in here and there.
One is a doggy day care and is pretty much the most laid back job ever. I hang out with dogs keep them playing nice and not barking and clean after them. Its pretty chill most days, I have been watching dvds or reading and or drawing during my shifts. its a sold 3 days, Eve works there and is the one who got me to apply so I get to hang out with her a little after my shift on sundays.

The other place is a fancy grocery store that does import food and I act as a barista/cashier, and I started just filling in here or there on the schedule when they needed the coverage. And they paid well and all that so it wasnt REALLY like having 2 jobs since I was mostly doing 1 or 2 days a week. Also its pretty chill and everyone is nice, I get to work with good coffee and actually talk to people and work with a shift partner which is also nice. Also I can dress nice because its not to messy there, and I can dress how I like since there is no dress code at ALL.

But now the last 2 weeks all of a sudden the food place has also wanted me 3 days a week, at least temporaily. And this week I covered an extra 2 shifts for someone at the doggy place. My only day off last week was thursday, this week I will not have any. And in fact my next day off will be thursday the 7th. Yeah I have an 8hr night shift every single day this week.

Also all my lovely friends who are staying with me for comiccon arrive next wednesday, and I think the manager will throw a fit if I try to get out of my barista shifts. Since she had apparently scheduled me today but I had not realized it, there was some sort of miscommuncication where I didnt get the schedule she had posted or something.  So it wasnt really my fault. Since 2 weeks ago I wasnt scheduled at all there, so I just assumed when I had not heard from her I just wasnt coming in at all. So only today did I discover she wanted me 3 days a week for 3 weeks striaght.

SO now I have to figure out what to do. Neither job can offer me more then 3 days and no more then like 24 hrs a week, which is less hours then I would like from one job. Since I would rather be making full time money. How ever working the 2 jobs at the same time and having to work 6 days a week or MORE is kind of HORRIBLE, also most of these shifts are night shifts. which while yes I dont have to wake up early, its making it hard to get anything done at home or comic wise. Since its my peak focus hours.

I have always liked barista work for the sake of it giving me a social life, even if I am just making small talk here and there it kind of makes a difference. What do comic artists do when they are home? Act like hermits and work on art in solitude. So yeah, the extra interaction is  nice. working the dog job makes me feel a little like a crazy dog lady, I am not sure how I would feel ONLY doing that. Since then I will see almost no HUMANS EVER. Like I have a limited social life as is, do I really need to work a job that only makes me more of a shut in?

However I have a hard time quiting jobs, especially since currently there is no problem with either one. I only quite really horrible jobs and ones with crazy assholes. Both the managers are super nice at these places, and the bosses are ok. The dog boss is kind of a smuck but I dont really ever have to deal with him because he literally no longer cares about his own company.

I guess the only thing other thing I could do in the future is request she not schedule me for more then 2 days a week. But I feel bad about shit like that, since she is trying to schedule me more I think because she thinks I am a good employee. And I am one of the few quality coffee baristas I think.

When it rains it pours, I mean its better then dealing with any of the previous assholes I've had to work with. But it would certainly be easier if there were more issues with one. I know I am lucky to have this problem since I am making quite a bit from this over scheduled problem. But I need days off to get more art/making stuff done. I have been squeezing in stuff during or after work but its not really the same.
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SW pain bringer: Cat Rackam - Silently cryingsw_inku on September 30th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Ugh I kind of want to since while the dog job is CHILL as fuck. But I like barista work better.... I have spent 2 years becoming an expert professional fancy barista.
I hate quitting, its just not my nature.... D:
Karen: Afternoon Teaautumnia on September 30th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
You're alive! I've been wondering since you quit your last job. :-)

After years of working at a desk, I'd love to have a laid-back job for once. However, I think the barista job would probably better in the long-term, and you ARE a terrific barista after all. :-)
SW pain bringer: Idea meetingsw_inku on September 30th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I find laid back more stressful some times. I am a workaholic after all, lack of stress makes me nervous and jumpy lol.

But I do like working with coffee. And you seeing sunlight and talking to actual humans. Not just crazy rambling at the animals.
beetlebumfluffpot on September 30th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose the fact that I like hearing about the dogs on twitter means you should stay at the dogplace?

I guess stay at both until you get absolutely tired of it, or more problems crops up at one place than the other. *Something* will probably crop up (or you happen to get scheduled for less barista shifts)
SW pain bringer: Idea meetingsw_inku on September 30th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Well dog place is kind of winning right now just because of regular shifts, and a regular schedule that doesnt change every other week?

But yeah lol. I am sure with my luck some huge BS thing will pop up at one of them soon.
robd2003robd2003 on September 30th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Tough call. I suppose the best thing to do would be just to talk to your supervisors, let them know your situation, and discuss possible scheduling solutions. Maybe just cut back on one or the other without dropping it entirely? If it were me, I'd probably put more hours into the higher paying job...unless there isn't much of a pay difference, in which case I'd say go for the more enjoyable job.
...unless they're equally enjoyable, in which case I'd say go for the easiest. Then, if they're still on equal footing, just go for the closest. :P
SW pain bringer: Cat Rackam - ]8sw_inku on September 30th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
they both pay slightly more then my last job, but my last job earned me an extra $20-40 in tips every shift. But there is like a 50 cent difference between the two. If the barista job could have offered me consistent shifts instead of this I have no idea how often they will need me stuff.
Plus the dog place needs me more I think since they have only 3 other employees. And I guess being able to draw and ink at work is a plus....
robd2003robd2003 on September 30th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yep, definitely a tough call. But it's still kinda nice to have options, isn't it?