Got to work at 9:45, did my usual login-and-get-started routine, and went "ready" at 10 AM on the dot. First up--e-mail. Second up, e-mail.
...then nothing, for quite a while, until I got a password reset call.
It works out to about 2.75 interactions per hour, or about one every 22 minutes--which is about 25% of the workload expected of me. Of course I can't do anything if there are no calls or e-mails. Still.
Even worse, four of the e-mails were a recurring issue. Some system, somewhere, pushes out four identical e-mails every day at exactly 12:03 PM. We've been instructed simply to close them, so that's what I do.
Because the work came in little clusters, there were some long stretches where I did nothing at all.
At 10:30 AM, having waited some twenty minutes for something to do, I went into "break", hit the can, and then visited the supply room, where I grabbed two pencils and a steno pad. And I started drawing--for-real drawing, trying to make it look as good as I could--with a view to starting to do pages while waiting.
Can't decide whether to add to Megumi's Diary or Chicory, and in any case my skills are so rusty that drawing narrative seems impossible. But I want to try.
But it's a holiday weekend, the same way last week was, and although people say it's "dead" on Fridays I don't believe it'll be anything like this. The parking lot was virtually empty when I arrived, and by the time I left it was empty.
Still, if I can sketch a page here and there, why not?
For the most part the place doesn't operate 24/7, but the call center must. Next weekend will be my first Saturday in non-holiday conditions (today was my first Saturday, and I had to figure out how to get into the building) and we'll see what it's like. I expect to be busier than I was today, by a significant margin.
The funny thing is, though, that when you have a day with too little work, it's just as bad as a day with too much, because of the lack of stimulation. It's almost as tiring as a full day of work, and you end up fatigued from it.
Please do not get the idea that I'm complaining about any of this.
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So we had snow, and now we've got the usual bitterly cold weather that seems to follow it. Daytime high Saturday was 6°; 1° is what it is now. Frickin' cold.
Jeep's been cranking slow, of course. The battery in it is almost 7 years old, so it's probably due for replacement.
Because of the snow Thursday and Friday, right during my commute home, the Jeep is coated in road grime. I had to spray the windshield about every mile or two because of all the crap being kicked up, and so there's not a single surface on it that's not that dingy grey color. It's supposed to be almost 15° on Wednesday; maybe I can go get her hosed off.
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And that's all I've got for now.