I’m a stay-at-home mom by trade, call, and desire. I also like to write, which doesn’t seem like a job, but more like a way to process the world so I can move on with life.
Currently, I’m a researcher masquerading as someone who has an actual job with a work-related email address, payroll paperwork, and administrative folks I communicate with on a daily basis.
The research of the job is fascinating to me, and I’m liking it a lot. The administrative details? Let’s just say I’m not as administrative as I thought I had the potential to be.
Case in point #1: I locked myself out of my gwnews.com email address this week and had to get help from the Tech Master to get me back in. (Hi, my name is Megan, and do you think you could explain how email works again?)
Case in point #2: I have not been able to submit my reimbursement paperwork correctly to the Payroll Master and I’ve tried, oh, about five times. (Hi, my name is Megan, and do you think you could just give me an allowance so I don’t have to keep track of paper and remember how to do hard computer tasks like type inside boxes on a standard form?)
Case in point #3: I’ve been working on surveys to send out to folks that will be going in official-looking formatted and html-enabled emails. I’ve sent 3 of them to the Email Master two times each, each time with “These are ready to send!” typed in with them. Each time, 12 hours later, I’ve emailed her again with a, “WAIT! Those can’t go yet. Just throw them in the trash and I’ll get them to you again.” Like she’s going to believe me the next time I send her anything with “Yes, send these now, please!” (Hi, my name is Megan, and I just like to create extra work for everyone.)
The upside? Everyone I’ve been working with has been extra gracious with me, and nobody has cyber-sighed in my direction (at least not that I’ve heard). They seem to be okay with the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing yet.
So the only one being hard on me is me. I told Craig I’m feeling this weird need to bake cookies for the entire administrative team of GWN and apologize with sugar.
Maybe just getting my details submitted properly the first time would suffice.