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I’ve been so afraid to jinx things with this job interview process that I pulled the “references provided upon request” move since the job posting didn’t require them. I guess now that I’m onto the second round I should start finding references 🙃

The last house we brought they were attach the frame of the house and you could see the evidence on the outside. Upon new inspection there’s a different kind of termites on the underside of the roof. Forgot what it’s actually called but they are there. Thankfully new home has no termites.

Trying to figure out how to get a digital donation that’s 40GB remotely with a vpn that’s questionable. Any advice would be appreciated!

There’s a job opening at Wayne State & as much as I love most of the people that work there I can’t get over the fact that you pretty much have to be a CA to work there. I understand why it’s pushed so hard there but it’s one thing I don’t want to commit to.

moving gripes super thread both positive and negative 

Monday is the day the movers come!!!! We are so close to having everything packed. I’m so tired & want this whole process to be done. However in good but sad news I returned my car today & I will miss my Kia Niro.

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Question: where have we, if at all, come down on the pdf vs pdf/a verdict? Asking because someone is asking me if they should take the time to convert every pdf to pdf/a-3 and embed their xml version as an attachment or just post PDFs.

IT and Collections confusion (humorous hopefully) 

Bless him. He’s trying to understand, but also should have engaged us A LOT sooner to understand our needs.

What he should be asking “why is it important for you to update location by box level over object level?”

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IT and Collections confusion (humorous hopefully) 

The IT half of our CMS implementation team is really into TMS but it doesn’t support batch updating locations by box barcode.

My boss replied to them to say “hey let’s slow down so we can all discuss our thoughts because it misses a major feature we need when moving collections”

IT lead: “What do you mean by ‘moving collections’?”

My boss trying delicately to explain: “when you move a thing physically from point A to point B”

MPOW news mostly positive 

My coworkers still don’t know & the official announcement will happen next week. But with stricter COVID rules it’s gonna be hard to find time to clean out my office & tie up loose processing ends.

I have a lot of tchotchkes filling my office to the brim, which I knew I would regret one day.

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MPOW news mostly positive 

I’ve been approved to work remotely from Michigan so I can do this big CMS swap (which is what we kinda got the million dollar grant for)! It came with a promotion in name and frankly a longer job description 🙄 probably so they wouldn’t have to cut my pay, but not give me a pay raise due to “COL” even though we did the math and Ann Arbor is going to be more expensive for us to live.

My partner doesn’t know his job sitch so knowing someone is making $$ is a relief.

moving gripes super thread both positive and negative 

The living room is sooo close to being fully packed save for the last minute things like tv, game system, and my dad. The records & record player/system is packed. Most of the wall hangings are away expect the ones that need to packed separately because their shapes are too weird to be together.

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moving gripes super thread both positive and negative 

I couldn’t sleep last night because I started panicking that we wouldn’t be packed in time for our January move. So I’ve overcompensated today by doing nothing but packing while cooking a pork shoulder & baking cookies. Osito was so pooped from following us he fell asleep in front of the kitchen. 🤣

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moving gripes super thread both positive and negative 

Honestly, if we had decided to move closer to my mom this whole conversation wouldn't even be happening. She gets it and understands. She would just do the damn thing & let me know when something important comes.

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moving gripes super thread both positive and negative 

I understand it can be annoying to have to constantly check the mail, but this is something we talked about ahead of time. It's what comes with buying a new place months before you are actually going to move in.

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moving gripes super thread both positive and negative 

My brother in law is less than a five-minute drive away and could just pick up our mail for us and throw away the junk. He's checking on the house anyway so mail isn't an extra thing on his plate.

Also, she doesn't understand why the seller is concern some mail won't get forwarded to them. I've had to explain the number of very important things and packages that didn't get forwarded that I've just lost. Mail forwarding isn't perfect.

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moving gripes super thread both positive and negative 

I have learned that my mother in law doesn't understand how mail works. She wants us to put our mail on hold in our new house, but we are more than 30 days out and I don't want to set up mail forwarding to our current place when I have to then do it again to the new place. I've done this and it gets complicated.

She also wants us to cancel receiving junk mail and that is also more complicated than anyone has time for.

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curators and meetings (-) 

The meeting has been rescheduled! But the curator got my title wrong in the email to the very important google folks. 🙃

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curators and meetings (-) 

Of course our curators schedule a very important meeting with Google folks the day before a major holiday AND two days before request a collections staff member to be present. My boss is off all week not checking email and I'm the chump still working thinking "oh nothing will happen this week"

In all fairness the curators probably had no choice in this scheduling but still.

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