Rumors of my pregnancy are GREATLY exaggerated


Okay–it all started when I asked for time off– last year. And I did a little paperwork and the time off was approved and vague, mysterious things happened in all bureaucratic layers above my head, and this year I came back to school and VOILA! I only had three classes.

Or so I thought.

Last year something else happened–we switched our pay-check schedule. We went from getting our paycheck on the 30th of the month to the first of the month. Sounds like no big deal, right?

Well, it shouldn’t have been.

The 30th of August I got my 1st of September paycheck–and it was for full time. Because the significance of the paycheck date COMPLETELY eluded me, I thought it was my last summer full time check, and that the next check would be *sob* MUCH smaller.

It wasn’t.

This tipped me off. AHA! I thought. Something vague and mysterious in the upper echelons of bureaucracy didn’t go RIGHT, it went WRONG!!! I went into Human Resources, and all of my fears were validated. My campus thought I was part time, but my DISTRICT thought I was full time. Panic. Despair. (In my case) EXTREME irritation.

Two things had to be done.

The first was, I had to pay back 40% of my first month’s pay check. Since the rest of my paychecks weren’t getting any BIGGER this has made for a rather icky introduction to part time. (If you all hear me whining about money again, you’re going to scream–I can tell!!!)

The second was, I had to become ‘legally’ part time. This was tricky–the school year had already started, and we couldn’t just white out my contract and pen in the right numbers–it seems that’s sort of frowned up on by auditors. The solution was, they would simply put me down for having a partial (40%) leave of absence. But this has to be cleared by the board, so it went on as an agenda item.

“Lane: Request Leave of Absence”

Uhm, for the record, the last two times I requested a Leave of Absence, it was to give birth.

Which is why, in her polite, erm, PANICKED way, Lady in Red was the third (COUNT ‘EM, THIRD!!!) person today to ask me if I am, once again, pregnant.

I am not. Thank the Goddess. I’m just broke, and that’s enough for now!!!

0 thoughts on “Rumors of my pregnancy are GREATLY exaggerated”

  1. Galad says:

    That is enough for now! What a rotten time of year to have to pay back money. Do they not know we are waiting for Bitter Moon II? Stupid school district.

  2. AHAHAH! I actually hadn’t heard the pregnancy rumor, but that DOES make sense, given your *ahem* history. I’d just heard you’d asked for some time off, and couldn’t figure out why you’d only want spring semester and not the whole dang year!

    hehe-my captcha is allyoked.

  3. roxie says:

    Ow! foul-ups with paychecks are second only to foul-up with medicine in causing distress. And they won’t even send an apology or thank you for giving the money back.. It sucks!

  4. Louiz says:

    Oh crap! I entirely feel for you:( We’ve had issues regarding pay and fees, not fun.

  5. Donna Lee says:

    The only thing that keeps me from being a part time worker is that I don’t want to lose half of my already meager paycheck. I could do my job just as well and only work 3 days a week. The other 2 I read blogs and cruise the net. It gets old after a while.

    Sucks to have to give the money back.

    And are you sure you don’t want another baby? They’re cute!

  6. Being honest at times does suck. But the karma payback is wonderful.

  7. ismarah says:

    I was on the train this summer, wearing my lovely new grey knit dress with empire cut. As my station was coming up, I moved from my seat and stood by the doors, where the very old chauvinistic guard told me to go and sit back down again as all this standing couldn’t be good for me. It took me a minute and then I realised he thought I was pregnant (possibly quite far along).
    I really snapped at him for it, but of course I should have told him to get his eyes of my cleavage and to mind his own business.

    Haven’t worn the damn dress since though.

  8. TinkingBell says:

    Ha! But crappy about paying back the cash!

    At least you get paid in US dollars1 – Here we get paid in Aussie dollars which aren’t worth enough against your currency to allo9w me to buy US yarn with a clear conscience. Oh well – maybe ourrs will improve…..

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