Well, kids, it's been a while since I last wrote.
- First things first, I left the old job over a week ago. It was stressful for a couple reasons including when I was doing the handover with the old boss and the old IT guy "Why didn't you do this?", "Why wasn't this done?", etc. And then IT guy went on a whole "I'm going to fix this, this and this" spiel, in front of my boss. Must-restrain-urge-to-choke. Later, he told me later that he didn't want my duties.
- I did get a little, tiny bit nostalgic on the very last day. I brought in treats for the office and the usual suspects complained about the extra calories. I handed over the final stuff to the IT guy, who made a big deal of crap, etc. I was made to wait around for my boss as the owner had them out for most of the day. And I did have a final meeting with my boss who asked if I had anything to say and I just said that they needed to focus on $particular_task and that at other organizations the job is usually split into three task based positions. She took pause and asked, is that why you're leaving? And I said yes. After that, I went into my office for one final time, turned off the laptop and said goodbye to my coworkers, even got a "call if you need anything" from the owner and left with my head held high.
- MONDAY BRINGS SOMETHING NEW. Because it truly wouldn't be a yankee tale without something going wrong the first day, I was late for work because a)I didn't plan out enough time to get to work b)there was a car that had recently been in flames just outside of the apartment complex and c) certain state run departments are incompetent when clearing roads. So, even while my boss and the HR guy were there at work before me, more than a few people were calling in late or calling in saying they couldn't get in at all, my faux pas was forgiven. Oh and I forgot to bring in my copy of my employment paperwork cause I followed the HR guy's email to a T and it didn't mention and yeah, I brought it all in the next day anyway and then I haven't seen the HR guy since.
- MY COMMUTE. While it should in all honesty take 15 minutes, it takes about 22 on a good morning. (Thankfully, the coming home commute is not too bad.) There is the frustrating highway commute I can take and sit in traffic for a good 12 minutes or the back road commute which there are some lights, but is just slower.
- NORMALCY in cubes. My boss is a busy guy (yes, finally, get to work for a guy again) with his finger in many different projects, so I didn't get to see him all that much this past week. It was only on Friday that I finally saw a seating chart and phone list. He also gave me his old cube, which is in a quieter place than most, however it is butt freezing cold as it is nearest to the door.
- INTELLIGENCE in coworkers. I have intelligent co-workers. My main coworker is a guy who has been doing Web duties in addition to other projects and he has enough work to go around. He's a character and smart and I can deal with that. My other immediate coworkers include people who write and produce. Again, smart people.
- FIRST WEEK PROJECTS included analyzing sites and writing up recommendations. Also, speaking with customers which was an exercise in hilarity.
- THREEPEAT. It wouldn't be a yankee week at work without someone who sat near me being fired. (Two people at my old job who were in the office next to mine were fired over the year and a half I was there.) So, to start my employment off, my bosses boss was fired on my first day. Aside from the fact that he didn't belong there (a nervous sort, he interviewed me and did not inspire much confidence), his office was right behind my cube, which meant he could watch me in my cube. So, since he's gone, there is no one in that office. Even better, they aren't in a rush to replace him.
- SAVE US! The main sickly business unit was headed by a guy who was fired the week before I arrived. One would think this really wouldn't affect the new person, but I was told, by more than one person that even though I don't work directly for that business unit, I'm expected to help turn it around because of my old job experience. One potential issue is that the guy who is running the business now is a younger, recently out of college kid who has been working at the company for a while. He's smart, and my boss is supposed to be helping him out, but I have questions that are probably going to frustrate him.
- THREATENING! As part of my initiation (heh), I had meetings with various business unit leaders last week learning about what they do. Of course, the best was saved for last and it was with IT. Now I get the feeling IT doesn't know what to do with me, as he doesn't want extra work (if others ask him to do something, his response is "will it make money") and he admitted he doesn't know much about my area of expertise. Plus, I think he's afraid of me, as he told me straight out that some people find me threatening, and proceeded to pin that on my coworker. He also told me that I should work on the sickly business unit and a unit in development rather than other units that may need help. This is the second job I've walked in on that I've been percieved as threatening someone else. I have no idea why.
- WINE. Friday, after work instead of going to happy hour with some coworkers who I don't really know and I was stressed out anyway, I procured some Pouilly-Fuisse, had a glass of it (unfortunately, it was not that great) and fell asleep by 9.30pm.
- OTHER STUFF. LO was sick with a 24 hour flu on Monday and ex was spazzing since he had to take care of her, but thankfully her fever broke overnight. She's doing well, but she needs to read some books for a school project.
- SIN CITY. Miker2 is there for his friend's extended bachelor party. I'm just jealous that he's not around for this cold weather.
- I'm cold right now and I need to run some errands this afternoon.
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