sareini: default (chaos...)
Today I started getting my taxes sorted. If you know me at all, you'll be able to guess that this was an adventure all itself.

Being "self-employed" as I am (actually an "independant contractor" according to the contract, but the meaning is the same), I have to be responsible for sorting out all my National Insurance contributions and the like. Well, I'd been avoiding getting this sorted because I knew it wouldn't be easy for me, but yesterday I saw someone on the work forum reminding everyone to make sure their self-assessment was in before the end of the month. Cue panicking from me, and a trip to the taxes website to see what I needed to do.

Cue even more panicking from me when I read the site and couldn't make heads nor tails of it. I ask Nick, but he doesn't have any idea either. The only things I see that I can understand is a part that says that, if you don't register yourself with them as self-employed within three months of starting work, you get a fine.

So this morning I rang the tax people, hoping that they would be able to help me out with some of the stuff I needed to do (such as telling me what I needed to do, for starters). Thankfully, the woman I spoke to was very helpful, and walked me through things with a minimum of fuss:

- First off, it turns out I don't need to do a self-assessment until I've been working for about a year. Since I've only been working (properly) for about two months, I don't have to worry about that till around October (I think). So that's not a problem.

- She also took my details for getting registered as self-employed, and explained how the whole NI contributions thing works. You pay £2.30 a week in NI, and that covers you for pensions, Incapacity Benefit and the like, and you can pick how to pay. However, if you're earning under a certain amount a year (about £4800) you don't have to pay the contributions - but you also don't get your pension and benefits covered. It's something of a trade-off, and one I have to think on before deciding.

- I'm apparently getting a form to fill in through the post in a few days, which I know I'll need Nick to help with (because the chances are it'll be full of numbers), and then I'll see where I can go from there. I still need to investigate things like rebates and claiming costs back though...
sareini: default (Number 48)
When the caller tenatively told me that he had a "thing" for fur, I made a little squeal of joy inside my head.

I'd seen "Rob the Fur Man" discussed on the work forums before now, as a cegular caller to the service who had a pretty unusual fetish - he liked the feel of fur against his skin, and indeed liked to wank off with it. Several of the other girls had discussed their various ways of indulging his fetish when he called, but I figured that he would have had his "favourite" girls to call and so I wouldn't get to "experience" him.

Until last night, when I logged in and the first call I got was him.

In the end we talked for half an hour, with nearly all of that time being taken up with me talking him off while he played with himself and his fur collection. In the end I gave him a fur-wank with a silver mink coat with black marbling, encouraging him to cum all over the fur, and he came very loudly. I'd also wanked him with a pair of black fur gloves and wrapped a fur coat all around him and massaged him with it.

At the end he told me that I was very good at it and jokingly asked if I was sure I'd never done anything with fur before - he is very aware that his fetish is one of the more unusual ones, and made a point at the beginning of the call to tell me that he had mainly artificial furs at home, and any "real" furs he had were second-hand (so very ecologically aware...). While I don't have any particular fetish for fur, I did enjoy the call - he was polite, obviously intelligent and easy to talk to. He also had a nice voice, which just made it even easier.

I've just found that, the stranger a person thinks their fetish is, the politer they tend to be. Strange...

*sigh*

Dec. 8th, 2008 07:38 pm
sareini: default ("bad century")
I like my neighbours, I really do. They're always friendly when they come to pick up parcels from our house, and they have a cat (who seems to think our house and back garden is his, but that's cats for you).

Unfortunately, right now I'm not feeling too well-disposed towards them, because every time I settle down to do work, they start up doing something noisy. Yesterday evening it was being visited by kids, and I didn't feel comfortable working in case they could hear me, and then there was a nice couple of hours' worth of being serenaded by karaoke.

And today it's drilling.

Gah. Gah gah gah.
sareini: default (American gods - riding the lightning)
So. I've been registered with work to do their Text Chat thing for about three weeks now, which coincided with them rolling out a new service where they would have us texting for another company as well, which would gwt us lots of extra texts. In theory. Unfortunately for me, in the three weeks I've been registed, I've not received a single one, while others have been getting loads. So yesterday I rang into work to ask if everything was okay with my console (they'd been asking people to ring them if they hadn't received anything so they could send a dummy text to make sure everything was working).

...it turned out that, despite being able to log into the console, having uploaded three pictures and having changed my intro text and having it approved, I wasn't down as registered for Text Chat. Somehow my details had just disappeared from their system. So now I'm waiting for IT to figure out just what's gone on and fix it. The poor girl on the phone had no idea what could have happened.

And then, just to continue the theme of the day, yesterday afternoon I had to go into town to transfer money from Nick's account to mine. Just as I get to the bank, one of their ATMs jams and they have to close the bank to be able to fix it, leaving about ten of us standing outside in the freezing cold waiting for them to let us in.

I swear to Eris, I need to just be wrapped in an anti-static bag some days...
sareini: default (000 cats)
It is incredibly difficult to do any kind of work when your cat thinks that you will disappear forever if she lets you out of her sight for more than ten seconds, and insists on talking to you non-stop as well, while perched on your knee and severely limiting your movement.

That is all.
sareini: default (discworld - millenium hand and shrimp)
Here's a question I never imagined I'd be asking.

Does anyone know how to burp or sneeze on command? And if so, can you share the secrets with me?

...trust me, the great majority of you don't want to know why.

Ow.

Aug. 30th, 2007 03:15 pm
sareini: default ("bad century")
My left heel is hamburger. I have a headache. For some unknown reason, my legs were utter agony when I got in from work last night - really, I couldn't sleep for hours because they were so bad. I really should have gotten up for some painkillers, but... I was just trying to sleep (plus I wasn't sure my legs would actually support me).

Gods, but I need a job where I can sit down to work (sitting on the floor to count paint cans and screwdrivers doesn't count).

Wah!

Aug. 29th, 2007 01:05 pm
sareini: default (procrastinate)
I have to go to work today and I don't wanna!

...At least on the plus side, it's a local job that's starting early, so as long as things go well I'll be back not too late (read: still early enough to play CoX for an hour or so, as long as you consider 3-4am 'early').
sareini: default (discworld - tried normality)
I've been looking into the possibility of getting a new job over the past couple of weeks. My current job of roaming stock-taker pays well enough (when there's work, that is), but it leaves me utterly exhausted after each shift and it's more often than not mind-numbingly boring. And I need a job that's able to keep at least some of my attention.

So later today I'm going to be ringing up one of our local casinos to enquire about the job of poker dealer that's been advertised. That should be interesting for sure...
sareini: default (Number 142)
I now at least know that work isn't planning on firing me any time soon.

Last night I got a pair of work boots with steel toe-caps from them, completely free of charge. This certainly makes work a hell of a lot easier, as until last night I was having to wear my office shoes, which are those fashionable ballet-type shoes that look nice but really aren't good for walking around a B&Q warehouse for 8 hours non-stop.

My new work boots are also wonderfully comfortable, which came as a surprise to everyone else, who saw me putting them on while not wearing socks and predicted how much pain I'd be in by the end of the night. Heh. I have Hobbit-feet - I did my Duke of Edinburgh's award in hiking boots without socks and didn't get a single blister, and generally have more hard and callused (but completely painless) skin on my feet than I do soft. (I also have kind-of hairy toes, but don't tell anyone.)

Tomorrow I'm planning on going into town to disappoint myself by trying to get a laptop from Dixon's on a credit agreement (provided I remind Nick to ring the back first to we can find out why they haven't sent us any of the paperwork - or even a bloody statement - since we changed his bank account into a joint account for the both of us). Now that I have a 'proper' job and income coming in, I figure I have at least some chance... until they actually do a credit check, that is...

Whoa.

Jun. 26th, 2007 06:31 pm
sareini: default (speechless)
I get in from work this morning fully intending to have a good ole' bitch about my shift, which was 14 hours long (not including two hours' travel time) and involved three hours working in a garden centre in the pouring, non-stop rain.

The moment I get in, Nick tells me that WWE wrestler Chris Benoit is dead. Not just dead, in fact, but the only suspect in the murder of his wife and son and believed to be have committed suicide as well.

...

Not only is that all types of fucked-up, it tends to put things into perspective.

Everything is messed up right now.

Online Onslaught link to what's known so far.
sareini: default ("bad century")
I'm still alive! Really.

It's just that it's taken me a bit of time to get used to my new job (which I haven't been fired from yet) and the crushing exhaustion I get when I get home from each shift. Also, I've not exactly had the best run of luck at work so far:

On my first shift I came down with food poisoning or something, threw up twice in the toilets and had to sign off after only 5 and a half hours.

On the second shift it rained so badly on the way to work that I was drenched before I even got on the bus.

On the third shift it rained again, only this time it was while I was at work... in the garden centre. I got drenched again.

On the fourth shift a shelf full of heavy rolls of vinyl wallpaper fell on my arm, thus introducing me to the wonderful world of Health and Safety proceedures.

So yeah... it's been an interesting time. The job itself isn't that difficult - you get a special barcode-reading gun and get sent out to scan everything in the area you're assigned to, making notes of how much stuff there is as you go along - but it's usually in B&Q warehouses in the middle of the night, after several hours' worth of driving to get there, and then several hours back (Earliest I've gotten in so far is 5:30am). So there's lots of walking up and down aisles, and lots of shifting stock around so that you can scan it, and a fair bit of climbing on ladders and the like. It can get tiring very quickly.

Still, they've not fired me yet, so I only have nice things to say about them. Honest.

This upcoming week, I got to go to Exeter on Monday (five hour drive each way), Warminster on Wednesday (wonder if I should look out for the 'Thing') and Chester on Sunday. So I may not be posting too much in the first half of the week again.

Oh, and here's something I saw on Amara's journal:

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating



I did it for my writing journal too (you know, the one with the slash), only it came out as G-rated...
sareini: default (Blackadder - Bugger)
No work this (upcoming) week.

I called them on Wednesday, after I got the letter, and left a message as that seemed to be the only thing I could do. I never got called back, but since I don't know how this all works yet I didn't think too much of it.

I called again on Thursday, trying a different phone route, but got cut off entirely.

This morning I was supposed to get a work schedule for the upcoming week in my e-mail. I didn't so, as the letter advised, I went and called them again. Left another message. And actually got called back this time.

Turns out that until I've spoken 'voice-to-voice' with an actual person I'm not put down for anything. Woman on the phone seemed to be implying that it was my fault, despite the fact that I've called them repeatedly, left messages and not a one has come to it till now.

Also, apparently since it's a bank holiday next week there's no to little work anyway. She said that the woman who should have called me when I called the first time and left a message will call me on Tuesday to sort everything out.

Ah well. I guess this means I get to go to both nights of the SG recruitment fair...

Today...

May. 22nd, 2007 09:02 pm
sareini: default (Bubba Ho Tep)
First and foremost...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] ebon_bear!
Not to mention a happy honourary birthday to Jelli as well, as it's been a year (give or take a few days) since she decided we were interesting enough people to move in with.


Nick's brother [livejournal.com profile] wantmybed is up at the moment, gracing his brother with his presence for his birthday and buying him stuff like this month's issue of Powerslam and Green Goblin figurines. Right now they're downstairs playing poker, with Mac occasionally trying to join in by trying to grab the cards as they're dealt or pouncing the chips, which is quite possibly one of the most adorable things ever.

In other news...

I have a job. I got a letter this morning from the stock taker - sorry, contractual auditor - people, and they've put me on their database to get work. It's casual, as and when required, but with any luck I can still get a reasonable amount from it. Even working once a week for them would get about £200 a month for us, which would help a lot.

Becuase it's casual, however, I'm still looking for work, and I've got an assessment-interview on Thurday with BT for a job of "Foundation Billing Advisor", which sounds really good. So at this rate I might end up with two jobs for a while...

Arrgh.

May. 14th, 2007 07:51 pm
sareini: default ("bad century")
Vodafone were supposed to be ringing me this evening to do something involving roleplay for my application to be a retail monkey at one of their stores. They didn't call.

Instead, I get an e-mail an hour after they were supposed to call, telling me that they're cancelling my face-to-face interview for the call centre drone job that I was supposed to have on Wednesday (due to "recruitment at the current time", according to the e-mail, whatever that means) and that they'll call me to rearrange. Only they don't call, they just send a text telling me to call them.

And no word about the call I was supposed to be getting this evening.

Screw it, I'm going on the JSA. Filling out forms and jumping through hoops for the government actually seems like a better prospect round about now. And easier.
sareini: default (Number 119)
Well, that was a fun morning.

First off, we all (me being the only girl and the only one who'd bothered to turn up in a suit) got to watch a short video telling us about the glamourous work of the stock taker. No, really. We get to travel all round the country (and sometimes out of it!) in a minibus and work long unsociable hours scanning barcodes and counting how many of each item there is. Sometimes the work even requires us to stay overnight somewhere (Harrods, for example, takes six days to audit and so that requires a five-six night stay in London).

A fair few of the guys at this presentation though worried me somwhat, in that they didn't appear to have the intelligence to understand the job spec as it had originally been given to them. They thought 'permanent' meant 'full-time', for example, and needed some convincing otherwise. A couple also thought they could work seven days out of seven (even though the ad had said shift work, nights and 'when needed') or were guaranteed at least four days' work a week. One guy in particular was pretty damn adamant about these things (at one point he insisted that no-one could stop him if he wanted to work more than 40 hours a week in one job... well, you're more than welcome to try but I think the Health and Safety executive and the EC Commission might have something to say about that), and just spent a ridiculous amount of time arguing about how the job wasn't what he wanted. Finally, though, when he had to make a decision he said - quieter - "I'll have to speak to the wife," and went to call her. He came back in a couple of minutes later, somewhat more subdued, and filled in his application form with barely another word.

So I applied, of course (I knew what I'd be getting into at least). Downsides - I'm not going to know if they're taking me on for a couple of weeks, and even then it'd be a while before I actually got paid as they pay monthly rather than weekly, and it's on the 15th of each month for the month just gone. Bah. Still, at least it's another opportunity, and it's not like it's the only one as I've got Vodafone calling me this evening to do some roleplays for the retail monkey job, and then on Wednesday I get to go into town for another Vodafone interview, this one for the position of call centre drone.

I'm starting to have problems keeping track of what I've applied for and where I'm up to with them...
sareini: Amanda from the Saw movies wearing an reverse bear trap (Saw)
This morning I had an interview for a call centre drone job at an insurance company. It was a three-part interview, the three parts consisting of a maths test, a date entry test and a customer service test. Oh, and after that there was a generic interview thing as well.

I don't know how I did yet - the lady who was doing the assessment/interview said they would 'be in touch shortly', which is the sort of thing that always fills me with dread. Especially since I'm convinced I messed up on all three of the assessments - I had to guess on the make of a car that I'd never heard of before when I was doing the data entry (I was taking mock calls and having to input data from them), I'm always terrified that I didn't do something right on customer service calls and as for the maths test... They asked for me to show all my working out. I mean, everything was pretty simple stuff (no triganometry or anything like that), but as I'm dyscalculic, I've had to develop my own ways of doing a lot of sums. Which means that my working out often has nothing to do with the answers I've actually gotten (my maths teacher hated me for this), or uses some really strange methods.

So now I guess I'm waiting for the rest of the day to see if I actually did better than I'm currently fretting about. The company's really nice, you see, and the salary and hours are good, so it would be a good job to have (even if it is somewhere where there's only one bus out and it comes once an hour).

I tried to improve my karma on the way back by giving some money to the Cats Protection people who were collecting in the shopping centre, but I guess now I'm just going to have to wait and see...
sareini: default (normal people...)
It can get quite disheartening sometimes, to go through the job listings online week after week and see jobs that you applied for weeks ago and never heard anything back from still up there. You really start to wonder what exactly the companies are looking for, and just how desperate they'd have to be before they'd consider having you in for an interview (because they're obviously not that desperate just yet).

On the other hand, I have a couple of leads so far this week - one is for a Stock Taker working evenings and nights, doing, well, stock taking. The job's actually been up for a few months now, and I was feeling slightly desperate this week so I applied. Got a call from them this morning, and I'm now going to a presentation on Monday about it. My one hope is that there isn't some hidden clause about needing your own driving license (the bane of my life now!) that about 90% of jobs seem to demand now. The job spec mentioned travelling extensively using the employer's transport, so I'm hoping that's like a bus or truck or something that ships the employees from supermarket (or whatever) to supermarket. Pay's not too bad either - £50-60 per night.

I've also got an interview with another recruitment agency on Friday, which should be interesting as right now I've actually got no idea where the recruitment offices are. Google's been no help to me, so I'm hoping that my job advisor can save me on this one or it's going to be an interesting Friday morning...

I just wish I'd gotten more than two hours' sleep last night...
sareini: default (B5 - 15 things)
I really need to remember to update this more often sometimes...

So, what have I been up to?

Had a job interview last week, for BHS, which I think went well, but of course I'll only know that if, by the end of this week, I've been called back for a second interview. It't be a good job to get - easy to get to, nice people, good hours... but we'll have to wait and see.

[livejournal.com profile] jackthecake worked some magic and managed to get us a pair of sofas for the house today. They're very nice indeed, as well as very big - we can't currently open the front door properly, so we're either going to have to enter and leave the house through the back door for a while or rearrange Nick's office. The cats certainly like them though.

Put my back out somehow, so I'm having a few problems standing, walking and sitting at the moment (no word on lying down as I haven't tried it yet). Just waiting now for the painkillers to kick in.

Been neglecting my writing over the last few days, which is especially bad of me as I'm taking part in this year's April Fools. Then again, it's not like I've been consciously doing so - I just keep getting caught up in other stuff whenever I sit down to write, or getting short-term writer's block. I intend to try and fix that this week, though.

Tonight I'm pulling an all-nighter too, as my RP SG in CoH is meeting, and we're going to be running missions, doing a TF or something like that, all in-character. So I got all my sleeping in this afternoon. It's all go around here sometimes...

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