Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Is This Thing On?

After many years of non-stop daily blogging, it's kind of strange for me to not write for so long. The combination of the new job and a rather intense semester conspired to keep me from the documentation of my life within this space. There are six days left until a five week semester break, so the many blog topics, and several restaurant reviews will soon spring forth from my keyboard.

The job has been the perfect one to replace the prior one. It's a large company and I feel like it is home. My cube mates are fun people, including the former classmate that I encouraged my boss to consider-he started this week. When it comes to recommending people, my manager hat will always be on-there are very few people in my discipline that I'd put my name on a recommendation, but it was nice to be able to do so for one I think has what it takes and watch it come to fruition. I have plenty of work to keep me busy, and will be traveling to my client school in August and September for several days each time. Woohoo!

One of the classes of the doctoral program is a philosophy class that I'd been told would be a killer in the quantity of reading it required. It is one of the first classes I should have taken, but my first major professor offered no direction on which classes to take when, so it has waited until the end of my second year. In my logical mind, it makes sense to condense the insane reading class into the 10 week semester, instead of prolonging it for 15 weeks.

I'm glad I did, for the professor is fantastic, the topic is incredible (to the point that I want to take more philosophy classes!) and I'm finally settling in to good habits that I knew I eventually achieve, once I started taking the ADHD meds. For the first time in a while, it looks like I may scrape out a 4.0 semester, instead of procrastinating so much that my A turns to a B for late submissions. Huzzah. The latest anything has been is 30 minutes.

Speaking of which, I have two papers due tonight, 8 issues chapters to read between now and Friday (debates in special education), and one more paper to write for Tuesday night, then I have off until August 25th. It will feel good to have a longer break!

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Eye...

Is jacked up.



I started feeling some tenderness Friday, but it wasn't really red. I was thinking it was a chalazion, which I've had a couple of times in the past (think stye, they're like that). No crusty stuff, so this isn't pink eye. It's sore like I strained my eye, but no clue what is going on.

At least my doctor is close to my new job, so if they can fit me in tomorrow afternoon, I'll get to the bottom of this.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Prior Engagements

When I interviewed for this job, I told them I would be unable to work the 19th and 20th as my family would be going out of town Alas, the ability to book such travel would be really narrow, so I told them before I knew for sure. Alas, the travel opportunity window isn't going to open for this week.

Last Friday, with three days on the job, my boss and I talked about the situation and how it was somewhat tenuous. She told me that she's selfish and hoped it wouldn't come through, mainly because all our client contacts wanted to have meetings on one of the days I would be out of the office. She's also rather snarky and funny, so when I shared the news that I wouldn't be going, and thus, would be there to have these meetings, she turned away, then turned back trying to hide the grin 'I'm so sorry you won't be going on your trip', failing miserably at a pout.

Informed her of plan B, she liked the alternative date I came up with to try again.

Haven't even been there a full week and she doesn't want me to leave? What a difference a new job makes!

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Are You Watching..."

Game of Thrones. World Cup Soccer. Nascar. The baseball game.

Well, me, probably no. However, it seems that lately, there are more people crying foul over the immediacy of information, the fact that they cannot avoid finding out the results of something before they return home to the DVR to see what was being taped while out living or working.

Sometimes, there is a courteous 'spoiler alert', but other times, not so much. The person who texts 'Wow, can't believe the Rangers didn't win', or 'Hey, that Jimmy Johnson stunk up that race," or "they killed off the KING" doesn't get why the other might be upset. To them, I say put yourself in the other person's shoes.

So, if you're excited about the outcome of an event, and want to share, how about prefacing the news with 'Are you watching...?" and if the answer is no, hold your words. You just may save a friendship.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Starting Anew

The Friday before last, I accepted a new job as an instructional designer. While the interview left me guessing, the structured environment that they offered did not, so I accepted the offer and started Wednesday. My rationale is that Mondays are usually hectic, and it's best to give the new boss time to get a game plan together.

After the last job, where my coworkers in my immediate office rarely talked to me (only if they needed something, it seemed), the experience there left me very gun-shy on what to expect at a new job. However, it seems that I've landed in an environment that is a complete 180 of where I was. There is a project management timeline, there is an established protocol for how we develop content and there are defined roles for each member of the team. It seems my boss really likes some qualities I bring to the table, as they balance out with hers. This is good.

I came to find that my strategy for building knowledge about what I need to know about the client is not typical, and resulted in my boss sharing some very complimentary worlds at the end of the day Friday. What, people don't go onto their client university's website and pore over all the content they put there for prospective students? To me, it is simple-learn what they consider important to know, so that I can have a better partnership with the instructors I work with.

In the interviews, I was told that there may be travel. The first meeting I had with a client, I found out that yes, there will be travel, and for this program, it sounds like it will be all mine. (My team will get two more instructional designers, but they haven't been hired yet.). I haven't traveled for work in ten years, it will be nice, and because I'll be with the same school for a while, it means repeated trips to the same area. Bonus is that it's one place I've been through, but never in.

The workspace is a cube farm, and I hit it nicely with mine-they are all Disney freaks. However, the geeks and nerds are everywhere, and I'm finding common ground with just about everyone I've met. Probably the funniest thing is that my shoes have a reputation-a few others were looking to see what I had on Friday (the Alegria owl shoes). I run out of different Allegrias on Tuesday, and then the jig will be up on my 'cool shoes' title.

It will probably take a while to relax, after the time in the toxic environment I left, but so far, so good.