March 29, 2009

Managing Worms and People

I've been at my current job for a few weeks, and I think I am starting to get the hang of it. There's a lot to learn going from the amusement park industry to the casino industry, even though they are both entertainment-oriented.

One part that is new for me and has given me the most anxiety is managing a large group of employees while at the same time trying to set better processes and procedures for my department.

And mastering new software and reports.
And remembering where on the network things are stored.
And learning how to order stuff and from who.
And constructing the "perfect" work schedule for the supervisors and reps (does such a thing exist?).

I think I have a classic case of overwhelmed-ness.

In another instance of life imitating the worm operation, I recall when the worms arrived and I was so concerned about their environment:
Was it the right temperature?
Was the bin damp enough?
How will I ever stop them from escaping?
How much should I feed them?
Where in the basement should I put them?

It all worked itself out and I'm a pro now!

So, this too shall pass.

March 17, 2009

Worm Slacker

That's me. A worm slacker. You know how I used to say how painfully slow the worms did everything- i.e., eat, multiply, etc.?

I've got news for you. Right now, my worm herd is downstairs saying the same thing about me!

I have become a worm slacker.

I fed them loads of scraps this weekend, finished up the screening, and then...well, then...Then I went shopping, went to yoga, walked my dog, and cleaned my house. Then I helped with laundry and went to dinner with friends. The next day, back to work again.

I find myself in a worm slump.

I want to do worm things, I do. I just haven't been able to carve out the time to make it happen.

The weather started getting nice, the marathon is getting closer (YIKES), I got a new job, and all the sudden I don't have the extra worm hours I need!

Have you ever been in a funk and needed some motivation to KEEP MOVING on a project? That's me right now.

Feel free to share how you were able to kick yourself into action!

March 8, 2009

Slow Going

A month and half after introducing whole apples to the bin, there are finally some noticeable signs of decay. Most of the apples have large mushy spots or thick cracks through them that are full of worms.

Since worms cannot live on apples alone (at least I don't think so), I fed them four whole bowls today of fruit and veggie scraps. Which leads me to my next piece of news...

My finest and most loyal worm bowl contributor ever worked with me at America's Finest and Favorite Traditional Amusement Park. Over the last month, I left my position for the glitz and glamour of the gaming world, but I am hopeful her valuable scraps will continue to be an integral part of my worms' diet. (I have to return her worm bowl for fill up after the most recent feeding...)

She's also one heck of a writer and very I hear "guest post"?

I continued to screen castings- they are pretty dry now- and only have a few scoops left to finish. I should finish just in time for growing season...sheesh, I don't know who is slower: me or the worms?