I’ve been busier at work these days… aggressively seeking a raise and job security, I’ve taken on supporting two more executive level people (in addition to the two I already support). I’ve been at this job for 4 years now, this month. Hard to believe, given that I still have no idea why I’m there… I came from a job where I never felt like I could catch my breath, I was challenged every time I turned around. I don’t really feel like that here. Part of it is that I don’t support the “head guy” like I’m used to doing, so I can kind of ride the gravy train and follow the lead assistant’s initiative. She takes the brunt of things and I handle the fall out. I appreciate that, and also appreciate that I now get 3 weeks vacation per year. Sweet deal.
I’ve also been working to organize my life a bit more at home. It just kind of feels like there’s not enough room for all the things, like paperwork, CDs, DVDs, even a few VHS tapes… all this stuff just takes up so much space. We won’t even mention the state of my closet. So I’ve been working to consolidate things digitally. It feels overwhelming, because I already had all this stuff before digital became the norm. I wish I were driven enough to spend 2 months, nonstop, on it, but that’s not the way life works. Especially when you have a toddler in your life. So I do what I can. A scan here, a CD ripped there, a pair of pants donated, one hanger freed up.
The other big thing that happened, that I’m slowly embracing is, I finally got a smartphone. An iPhone. It was kind of an accident, a fluke… Tony got one for free from Verizon for opening another account and the guy offhandedly said, “Oh, yeah, you get an iPhone for that…” Tony handed it to me and I thought about it and decided to activate it. Of course, once you go smart you can never go back to dumb. So, I’m embracing it and enjoying it. It’s kind of fun discovering new apps and such. My favorite app so far is the Kindle reader app. I can’t even begin to count the number of books I’ve read electronically in the last month! It’s so convenient and small. Yes, I’ll always bring a paper book on an airplane, because I don’t have to turn it off and on when landing, but for when I’m on the go? Nothing more convenient.
For the record, though, I still prefer typing on a big keyboard. And although I do my fair share of it, I still think texting on that tiny keyboard on a phone is ridiculous.