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Archive for November 20, 2008

Shake your blog thing, blog thing, oh yeah.

So many stories, so little memory.

Last week my immediate boss came into town.  I like her and I think she enjoys my company as well.  By the end of the week she was touching my arm a lot.  It was kinda cute.  Then at the end of last week her boss came into town, and also an engineer from our Texas office.  On Monday another techie from Texas came in and then we had one big old happy family until yesterday afternoon.  Today it’s just two of us in the office.  Tomorrow one of the founders of the company will show up and spend the day with us.  That’s the day I’m really not looking forward to.  I’ve never met him.

I’m trying to think if anything happened worth relating.  Mostly it was all just training and working and talking and blah blah…Oh!  Got one. so my 5’8″ Blond Swedish boss and I run to Jimmy Johns to grab some sandwiches.  She has a very pronounced Swedish accent (obviously!) and it’s fun to listen to.  She orders some sandwiches and the guy behind the counter asks her if she’s from Italy.  She had the most startled look on her face.  It made me laugh.  I mean, I guess if you’ve never heard an Italian accent and a Swedish accent you wouldn’t know.  But really she couldn’t look or sound less Italian.  We had Paneras, Appplebees, Jimmy Johns (twice) Red Robin, Biggbys  and Bravo’s.  And those are just the places that I went with them! Goodness.  Hard to believe I’m having issues with my weight, isn’t it?

I had some extra duties added onto my list, but they are good ones and well suited to my strengths.  If they had come with a pay raise it would have been a promotion. 😉

Did you know, that in Swedish companies, it’s very common to have reverse bonuses?  It’s not what they call them, but it’s what they are.  They give you a rate of pay, and then a number, say 15%.  Every quarter, or half or year you have goals.  Then they determine how much of a percentage of your goals you achieved. The amount you didn’t achieve is then what determines what percentage of that 15% of your salary you LOSE!  So they do punitive instead of reward.  It’s very odd.  They do not do it in America becuase they realize how bad it could be!  How demoralizing.  Every quarter they are reminded of how much they have failed.  It all started because of their tax laws and the way they apply to salary versus bonus. 

It’s day 2 of a W00t off.  I haven’t bought anything.  I’m giving my daughter my artificial Christmas Tree and buying myself a little tiny one.  yup, I have become that person. 

I have a reoccurring fear that I’m going to be one of those post menopausal, had her tubes tied women you see in the enquirer (not that I read it) that one days doesn’t feel good, goes to the emergency room, and gives birth.   Why, you ask.  I don’t know.

 

 

 

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