A Dollar Short

  • Shine On

    A dirty kitchen space at work inspires Molly to purge the mess.

  • Graduation Day

    Call-center extraordinaire Molly finds that change can be a good thing, even at the end of the day.

  • It’s all in the details

    Honors graduate Molly's call-center training continues. This week: nothing is so certain as constant contradiction.

  • Tomato, Tomahto

    Molly gazes longingly into the office building across the alley.

  • Time after time

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: every time I start a new job, I promise myself that I am done showing up late.

  • Who will watch the children?

    Can Molly afford day camp? A real life math story problem.

  • Accentuate the positive

    "Maybe it's going to be okay," I said to myself as I was stepping off the elevator. But it wasn't long before my sense of control dissipated.

  • A poetic interlude

    A passive-aggressive ode to cube farm life, in acrostic poem form.

  • A DOLLAR SHORT

    Is this really happening?

    My second night of training was not entirely successful. I couldn't keep up. I kept dropping important words and phrases. The technology overwhelmed me. I forgot to use the appropriate, soothing voice. I was tired and frustrated. Somehow, learning all this new stuff was incredibly stressful AND somehow boring at the same time. I spent a little time wondering how it was possible to be in a total state of fight-or-flight while simultaneously having a bad case of ennui - and then I realized that my pondering had set me back. The rest of class was about two simulated calls ahead of me.