Saturday, June 14, 2008

This n’ That

I think I’m going to like my new job. Everyone is very nice, and although I’m sure the quirks will show up soon enough, I don’t have a sense that the culture encourages blaming, dumping, and complaining—all of which were typical in my last department. I also haven’t seen a lot of crisis-oriented behavior. In my last job, everything was a crisis, but now even things that are, aren’t, somehow.

They keep me busy though, and I can already see I’ll have a lot to do. It’s great to be able to be useful from the beginning. All instructions are well-documented and people are very nice about sitting with me while I do things for the first time, even though so far nothing I’ve been given is much different from what I’ve done before. I update database files, do compensation analyses for new hires and reclassifications, create positions and job descriptions, and create ad hoc reports on salary matters. The work itself is easy and the instinct about which of my customers are priorities, problem children, etc, will follow in due time.

One cool thing is that I’m just five minutes from home (as opposed to 15 before), so I can walk home for lunch. Everyone at my new job takes an hour for lunch, which in my last job was something only the lower-level staff had time for. Here, everyone goes to lunch and expects me to do the same. So I’ve been going home for an hour during the day and it’s very nice. I can start a load of laundry, read blogs, have something to eat and work on a creative project before heading back and finishing the day.

The only thing I don’t like is that a lot of things seem to happen in the last hour of the day, so I’m considering how to best arrange my work hours so this isn’t a problem. I figure I’ll give 8-5 another week and then discuss with my boss. Maybe I’ll ask to work 8:30-5:30 or even 9-6.

And did I mention that I’m totally loving not being a manager? I loved my staff in my last two management positions, and unless they’re all liars, they liked me too. But management takes a lot out of me, and it’s a nice treat to be responsible only to people above me and to no one below.

Just think—all this, and I get paid more than I did before! Have I been missing the boat, or what?

Today was long run day, and it was a mixed bag. I was less than enthused about the run and my body was in sluggish agreement that this was not one of my better ideas. Nevertheless, I started my pre-plotted route while my brain and body argued about the matter until I decided to try a new-to-me trail that follows Brays Bayou through the Med Center and to points southwest of town. It’s a route that has been popular with cyclists and runners for a long time, but this was my first time to follow it as far as I did. I like it and I plan to explore it further and add it to my regular routes.

The distraction of a new running route helped a lot and I finished my twenty miles without any more than the usual problems of a long run in summer. I don’t feel completely acclimated yet to the heat, but I will be soon. And I told Dan that when he buys a sprinkler for the front lawn, he can turn it on for me while I’m out running on Saturdays so I can cool off before coming in. I reminded him that such a plan would be to his advantage, since I would come in the house smelling better. We’ll see now if he gets the sprinkler.

Recent Baking:
Thursday: Banana-Blueberry bread (made with the last of my Pagosa Springs blueberries)
Saturday: Carrot-Apple bread

Recent Workouts:
Monday: missed workout—got home too late from conference
Tuesday: 4 mile run, ten minute elliptical
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: 30 minute spin
Friday: scheduled rest day
Saturday: 20 mile run


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

In a similar vein, twelve years ago (today!), I told the Tour Manager that if he bought me a reel mower -- the push kind, non-electric, you know -- I'd mow the lawn.

TWELVE YEARS, I've been making this offer.

the Bag Lady said...

Glad to hear the new job is working out so well for you!
Going home for lunch is always a great thing. Of course, I almost always eat lunch at home... :)

From Here to There said...

Oooh so glad that you're new job is looking good! I completely agree with you about people management - it's tiring. I'd rather do without!

Great job on the run - that's a biggun!

pacatrue said...

Sounding good.

Thomma Lyn said...

Sounds like your new job is going to work out great -- WOO HOO! And I completely agree about being in a management position. I've never been in a management position, and I've never thought I'd be comfortable in one.

What an awesome run -- twenty miles! :) And I'd love the sprinkler, too. :)

LauraHinNJ said...

I'm glad to hear you're liking it Bunnygirl! Can't beat more money with less stress closer to home!

RoadBunner said...

I'm glad your new job is working out so great. At one of my old jobs, I was also a 5 minute walk from home. I only got half an hour, but it was still so nice to get home for a meal and relax a little bit. You're very lucky! Great job on the 20 miler, too! I give you credit for running that far in hot and humid weather. I don't know about the sprinkler, though. It would definitely feel great, but I have a feeling being sweaty & hosed off might be a nastier odor than just sweaty!

Anonymous said...

wow sounds like an awesome new place. glad to hear all the positives! a very functional well run dept and geez, things are even well documented! that's hard to come by!

glad you're settled back in after a great vacation. i'm finally getting caught up on my blogging after a great vacation as well! and loving my new mac!

Vickie said...

I'm curious as to what the new job is as opposed to the old job. Sometimes you wonder why you didn't make a change sooner. Twenty miles! Impressive.