The following is why I need to do fundraising and not be an office secretary/receptionist/administrative whatever you want to call it.
On December 18 I received an email from my boss asking me to make nine CD copies of conference materials from a conference he attended in Rotterdam in November.
I didn’t read the email because I had taken off 14th and 17th of December and then had to take the 18th off to get Mitch out of Trembling Hills. (Please refer back to ex-husband sobriety story that I haven’t written yet). I didn’t read many emails from the first couple of weeks of December because I was gone or preoccupied with personal matters and I don’t expect to get emails in the office asking me to do something because I don’t really do anything here. I don’t do anything here that has to do with the job I was hired to do. I do plenty of blogging and emailing regarding other matters.
So I didn’t read my emails, so sue me. My boss asks a few days later if I received the email with subject line: “CD help”. I’m sure I received it and I’m equally sure I deleted it without reading it. I figure if he needed something, he would have taken care of it before I returned.
Nope, he still needed me to make nine copies of the conference material.
Here goes me trying to be an administrative assistant:
1. Find blank CDs that aren’t DVDs.
2. Figure out which slot is for reading CDs and which is for burning CDs.
3. Find documents that need to be copied.
4. Copy documents to a CD and then check CD to see if I actually did it. I did.
5. Realize I should make labels for the CDs or at least realize that is what I’m expected to do so I order CD labels and CD mailers from Office Depot.
Wait for delivery. When delivered, put new office supplies aside and think about it another day.
6. Figure out how to print on CD labels, succeed in printing and applying labels to CDs.
7. Put all CDs in mailers and seal ’em up!
8. Read original email and find that it says boss wants enclosure letter.
Set aside till after New Years.
10. Type up memos for each of the nine recipients. Print them in color so logo looks pretty.
11. Open all mailers, insert memo and reseal with packing tape, hoping recipients don’t notice that I have ripped open and re-taped the packages. Apply pre-printed address labels.
12. Boss gives me the two memos he wanted to put personal notes on and asks if I changed the names on the greetings for each memo or are they all addressed to “Ray”?
13. Mother of Christ! Must go buy more CD mailers.
14. Job should be taken care of by close of business today. So that’s less than two weeks.