Monday, May 31, 2010

Kids today have it made

Allison spotted this "Li'l Squirt Baby Pool" in a catalog (which, I have to say, how these companies get wind of the fact that a baby lives at this address is beyond me) and thought Macias would like it. You be the judge...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Macias at (almost) one year

While he won't be a year old for another few weeks, I thought I'd take a moment to share some recent pics of my beautiful baby boy who is already growing up way too fast before his birthday and all his Grandmas and Grandpas come to visit. Wasn't it just yesterday that I could hold his whole body in my arm (the "football" hold)? Now I feel like I'll blink and he'll be asking for the keys to the car on a Saturday night. He is walking all over the house with the aid of this walker-thing I bought for him and has almost worked up the nerve to take his first steps unassisted. We were finally able to turn his car seat around so he can see what's going on (which he loves) and I even have him helping me play Plants vs. Zombies on the iPad (his job is to catch the sun as it falls from the sky). He continues to amaze me with his willingness to eat whatever healthy food his Mother makes for him (including Kale - KALE, folks), as well as with his even-tempered personality and his always-on smile. I can honestly say that I should have done this a lot sooner….





Monday, May 03, 2010

I'm hiring!

We (The Island Packet) are currently looking to fill the night shift Pre-Press Assistant position. Since I've had limited success going through the traditional channels with some of my past hires, I thought I'd turn to folks who know me already and might know someone who they think would be interested in the position and be a strong candidate.

The shift is from 3PM - 1AM, Monday through Friday. Stop reading now if you don't know anyone willing to work nights….

Still with me? Ok then…the night shift Pre-Press Assistant position needs to be a jack-of-all-trades - in short, me at night. The main responsibility is outputting the plates for the next day's paper and whatever commercial jobs are due, however the position is also responsible for the care and feeding of our AGFA computer-to-plate machines (it's not overly manual, but a potential hire does need to know how to use an allen wrench when needed, and there is a fair amount of cleaning involved), dummying several different sections, creating our comic pages, etc. The position will also be responsible for building ads when necessary, so the ideal candidate would have a background in Graphic Design. As long as I'm shooting for the moon, they would even be able to handle small IT functions as they relate to the computer systems that run our department.

While we put as many procedures and safeguards in place to try to avoid them, problems can and do occur (human error or otherwise) and I am looking for a person who can deal with them without having to call me in the middle of the night. I need someone who can be shown how to fix a problem and remember that fix even if the problem doesn't happen again for another six months. Someone who can be trained on the half-dozen computer programs we use to get the paper out the door and be an expert in them a few months later. Someone who can work well on their own and find things to do around the department during the occasional down time. Most importantly, someone I can count on! This position is unique in that it has it's hands into almost every aspect of the production process for the Newspaper - it's a big job and I'm looking for someone special to do it!

If you know anyone who might be a good fit, please have them contact me through any of the various means there are to contact me. Thanks in advance!