Jun. 29th, 2012

innocent_man: (shark)
My pay was docked about $500 last paycheck. I have no idea why. Seems to have been a glitch. I called my supervisor, she mentioned that it had happened to someone else, too. I'd spoken to payroll and had them send over a correction form, which I then had to sign and send to her.

And a little voice in my head said, "print the form, sign it, then physically go to her, watch her sign it, and then take it to payroll personally."

Thing was, I had the kids, that was inconvenient, and I can do all of this via scanner and fax. So I did that. And I sent her a follow-up email asking for confirmation. Nothing, but she's not the most communicative of people anyway.

Today I emailed her again asking for a status update. I got an out-of-office reply. She's gone until the 17th of July. I called payroll. No form.

For fuck's sake. $500 is a not-inconsiderable portion of my check. The only reason I was able to deal with it was because Michelle's gone up to full time for her job for the summer and her extra income made up the difference, but if I actually lose that money I'm sort of fucked. But seriously, why would this not be something you'd resolve before you left work for three weeks?

I've got a call in to someone else in ORS, and she's really the person who knows her ass from her elbow where payroll is concerned. Next step, I guess, is call my union rep. But FFS.

Update: Called the department secretary, and she's fixing it all up. Duh. Never go to the suit. Always go to the secretary. Anyway.

In other news, I sent in an application to be on Chopped. I'm a little terrified. I mean, I have no idea if it'll happen; I don't know that I'm interesting enough to be on TV (and this is for an amateur special, of course, because I'm nothing like a trained chef). But I love the show, and I love to cook, so what the heck. I don't actually harbor any illusions that I'd win, but it'd be fun to play.

With that in mind, last night:

Tilapia, golden zucchini, cherries, seaweed topping, french bread.

French bread. Oy. I don't wanna make crostini.

So I scooped the middles out of the zucchini, cooked said middles in milk with the seaweed topping, added some sriacha, blended, added some of the bread because it was too thin, blended more. Roasted the hollowed-out zucchini and then added the mixture back in and roasted it some more.

The cherries I cooked in some rum with some lemon juice for a while, and then strained out the cherries and saved the sauce for the fish.

The fish I sauteed with a bit of black salt and lemon juice, and then topped with some steamed asparagus, the sauce and some of the topping.

Good stuff, all in all.


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