First Day.

Whew. I’m here to tell you that I’m tired. Or as I used to say when I was a little girl with a southern accent, “I’s tiiiired.”

It’s been awhile since I’ve used my brain AND stayed in an upright sitting position for a full day. Now that’s multi-tasking, right there.

Seriously, though, as far as I’m concerned, the first day went well and no one told me otherwise. I’m thinkin’ that’s a good thing, yes? There’s a lot for me to take in, a lot to learn. The typical learning curve of who’s who and who does what, as well as learning about an industry that I’ve not worked in before. I just need to be patient with myself and hope that they’ll see that I do have lights on in my head and that I am making the connections. There’s also the part where I’m used to being the person to whom questions are referred, and it’s a little odd to have the roles reversed.

I had quite the adventure getting to work today. I was told to report to work at 9, and I was all set to get there a bit earlier than that. Mostly because I wanted to avoid traffic. As it turned out, my “early” goal turned into an “on time” target, because there was a minor glitch with the cat’s litter boxes and, since they’re in the garage, those things are the last view I have of our home before I leave. Which means if there’s something wrong with them, I don’t see it until I’m literally getting in my car.

I left the top down on my car since rain wasn’t in the forecast. Well, wouldn’t you know it, I got in the middle of traffic AND a torrential downpour of rain. I kept adjusting the brim of my hat and muttering to myself, “Come ON, people! 35 miles per hour, that’s all I ask of you…” (35 MPH is the magic speed that aerodynamics kick in and send the rain over my car’s cockpit.) I swear, it must have looked like a movie set, because what are the chances the rain and traffic hit at the same spot on the freeway. Then when traffic cleared up, so did the rain. *shrugs shoulder* I guess a little rain never hurt nobody.

Beef stew in the crock pot for dinner, a few nice hours with my husband this evening, and I’m ready to call it a perfect day. Here’s hoping the rest of the week goes just as well.

One day at a time…



Filed under I β™₯ My Miata, I Left Home for Awhile, Money Hump Building

33 responses to “First Day.

  1. I give it maybe three months and they will be asking you the questions. I’m so glad you got this job and I hope things go well. Maybe in just a year or two, you’ll be back to the salary you want.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS, my dear….! And I hope ALL goes well for you in this new job….Does it feel weird going back to work? It must, in a way, but then, it’s really nice to have that paycheck coming in…lol!

    • It IS weird going back to work and actually setting my alarm. Also, not being able to make phone calls if I need to or pushing something off until “tomorrow.” It’s worth it though, because I do like building my Money Hump. πŸ™‚

  3. Caryl

    Now you know why I’m not all into that convertable thing.
    I guess yoiu sneaked Tug along to put under your desk, or at least sneaked the bird along in your pocket? πŸ™‚

    Yes, it would seem strange to be asking the Q’s instead of answering the Q’s, but that will come. A person kind of forgets how much he/she had to learn at the old job.
    Love you,

    • I’ve never been caught in the rain before like yesterday, and it was my bad because I *saw* the clouds in the distance, just didn’t believe my eyes. Plus, normally, I could have pulled over to put the top up, except… ummm, because of the cat boxes, if I had stopped I would have been late.

      So, nope, I have no clue why *you* have an issue with convertibles. HA.

      Hmmm, I remember that I was still learning things after a year of being on the job at my last job. I remember that because I remember going to my boss and telling her that I felt like I should know the answer to this question, but after scanning my brain and notes, I really truly didn’t. We got a laugh out of that. πŸ™‚

  4. daydreambetty

    “It’s been awhile since I’ve used my brain AND stayed in an upright sitting position for a full day”

    I hear ya on that one. I’d much rather not use my brain and be in a lying position all day. But then again, I don’t use my brain all day anyway, so there’s hardly a difference. πŸ˜€

    Hope the rest of the week goes well! I’m sure you’ll get over the learning curve lickety split!

    • I think I could easily and happily become Cleopatra. πŸ˜†
      Today was better than yesterday, which really wasn’t all that bad. So I think that tomorrow will be much better than today. πŸ™‚

  5. glad first day went well.. looking forward to when you finally start moaning as that will mean you’re feeling settled. We’re having beef stew from the slow cooker tonight… what a small world this is…

    • and uh… we dry our hair in the bedroom… and no plugs in the bathroom… in fact you cannot have a plug or light switch within arms reach at a stretch of any water…

    • Oh dear. I really hate to think that I’ll start moaning about stuff. (sigh) I really prefer the honeymoon phase of a job.

      Beef stew was so delicious! πŸ™‚

      Oh, and re: your hair dryer, I had no idea that where you live was like that. Interesting. When we were in Italy and in Ireland, they had plugs in the restroom.

  6. grrrace

    oh, man. i don’t know if i will be able to join the workforce again after my hiatus here… sitting up AND using my brain? i don’t know… i don’t think i can do it. heh. seriously…

    glad that your first day went well… despite the kitty litter and the rain. πŸ™‚

    although, the chances of rain hitting AND traffic hitting at the same time in socal? pretty darn good. socal drivers freak out in the rain!!! hehe.

    ooh, can you send me your beef stew recipe? πŸ˜€


    • Maybe if you start out slow… you know, just a few hours a day on the sitting up and using your brain you’ll be OK? hehe

      Huh, I guess I didn’t think about the fact that Cali drivers freak out in the rain. It was as if the stupid rain cloud was just SITTING there waiting for me. Stupid rain cloud.

      Yes, yes, I’ll send you that recipe. Argh. You keep asking and I keep forgetting. πŸ™‚

  7. tony

    It sounds like you are having a good week and a good job exprience. It also sounds like the job is happy that you are there. It always is hard being the new kid on the block but the time will go fast and one day you will not be the new kid on the block.
    love you and miss you
    tug is calling you , hehehehe

    • So far, it’s all good. Here’s hoping it continues that way. Yes, I will be glad when I’m not the newest one in the building. Settling in can be a good thing.

      Love you so much. And keep Tuggy off the phone! πŸ™‚

  8. Funny story (now that it’s in the past) about the traffic and the rain. πŸ™‚

    I know exactly how you feel about how tiring it is to go back to work. I felt the same way when I started back after my maternity leave. I was a zombie for the first couple of weeks–not only did I have to sit up and use my brain all day, but they didn’t even let us take afternoon naps! The nerve!

    Hope your job continues to go well!

  9. Yay! Sounds like overall it went well. I’m sure you’ll know everything by the end of the week, right?

    One of my pet peeves is being on time so if it was my first day, I’d be sitting in the parking lot at like 8:30. I’m OCD that way.

    • Rrrright. End of the week. Uh huh.

      I know, it’s one of my things, too. But it was either fix the cat box or have cat feces all over the house and garage. It was not a good situation and the cats have become picky over the last couple years. 😦 But, I wasn’t late, so all’s well that ends well, right?

  10. Caryl

    Good to know things are going ok. Glad you got to work on time for your first day. I miss you.
    Love you.

  11. Caryl

    How funny. Your comment to Vince got under my comment.
    March 9 vs March 10.
    I hope you know I love you!

  12. Back to work – congrats on landing the job.

  13. marigold

    Well, hey! Look at this! You’re gainfully employed! Congrats! I should check my Google Reader more often. . .

    • Thank you — I’m quite thrilled about it. And, yes, you definitely need to check Google Reader more often, if not that, at least MY blog. I would hate for it to actually come down to phone calls or e-mails.

  14. grrrace

    i’ve been sitting up and playing video games… does that count??? hehe.

    beef stew! beef stew! beef stew! hehe ;P

    • Video games…. ha! You make me laugh.

      OK, beef stew.

      2-3 pounds beef, whatever cut you prefer (I’ve used london broil, or whatever is cheap) (you can also buy the pre-cut “stew meat”)
      2-3 medium potatoes (cut up into bite sized pieces)
      4-5 carrots (cut up into bite sized pieces)
      1/4 pound green beans (I just grab a couple handfuls, keeping in mind that you’ll be cutting them up)
      2 cups of kidney beans (just cuz I love them sooooo)
      1 large yam (cut up into bite sized pieces)
      1 onion (cut up)
      Whatever other vegetable you like?
      1 can of beef broth
      Spiced to taste (careful with the pepper, it EXPLODES in the crockpot)

      Put veggies on the bottom, beef on top with onions and spices.

      *revised* Cook 10 hours on low setting or 5 hours on high setting, or until carrots and potatoes are tender.

      That’s it!

  15. grrrace

    Thank you! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. grrrace

    i don’t mind the cutting… of course now that i have the beef stew recipe, the weather’s just gorgeous… and i don’t feel like eating beef stew. hehe. πŸ˜›