Monday, April 26, 2010

The first day

Well, the first day at my new job is almost over! It has been a great day! Everyone has been very nice! From what I've seen so far, the project managers and project assistants communicate in a way that I'm used to and thrive in. Some would call it brash or sarcastic, but I find it to be very comfortable. I'm use to working with guys who fall into the if-they-don't-pick-0n-you-they-don't-like-you category, and I love that. These guys definitely live by the motto: work hard, play hard!

It's nice to be back in an atmosphere where "my guys" rely on me heavily and I feel pride in making their lives easier, or at least it will once I get up and running. And I'm realy enjoying the challenge of learning something new. Thankfully, coming from an architecture field I know a lot of the lingo and understand the basics of how a building gets built. But there is plenty of new stuff to learn.

I have an entire corner cubical to myself, and I'm already loving it! I had almost totally forgotten what it was like to have a quiet place to work. In fact I may have a hard time concentrating until I get used to it again. :-)

All in all, it was a great day! It's nice to not dread coming to work for the first time in a very long time. I'll keep you all updated, but right now, this looks like it was a great move! Yay!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Last 2 Weeks...

I'm just over half way through my 2 week notice. It's been interesting. Telling my bosses I was leaving was not fun at all. Pretending that I'm going to miss this place in order to not hurt the feelings of my co-workers has been a challenge. And then Friday I was called upon to perform one final miracle before I depart!

One of my bosses called me on Friday (my day off) around lunch asking me if I could come in for an hour or two to pull some stuff for a proposal that needed to be finished on Monday. Somehow I understood him to say that the firm we were partnering with was going to actually assemble the proposal and all I needed to do was get them some raw information.

Well, when I got into the office at 1:30pm I found out that that was not the case. We were putting together the proposal and the other firm was getting us information. Very soon I realized that they were asking me to do in a workday and a half what would normally take me three workdays worth of very focused time.

Long story... longer. ;-) I was at work until after 6pm on Friday, and here yesterday, Monday, until after 8pm. Oh well. I'm going out doing miracles and they are going out asking me to. I swear one of these day I'm going to get saint hood. I think you only have to do 3 miracles for that and I've done way more than three!

So... hopefully I won't be expected to be quite so magical at my new job. And I'm certainly looking forward to having a more even schedule! Like I told one of my bosses when we talked... "I didn't go to school to do this! I haven't dreamt of doing this all my life! Therefore, I'm not willing to sacrifice time with my husband, my family and friends, and myself to do it!"

Just three more days left!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


That's right, after 2 years at a job I disspise, more than a year and a half at 32 hours a week, more emotional breakdowns than I can count, numerous missed engagements with friends and family, countless hours of driving to hand deliver proposals out of town, never measuring up to unattainable standards of perfection, and a co-worker I'd like to shove off the balcony on a good day, I HAVE A NEW JOB!!!

I've been truthfully looking for a new one since about 3 months after I got this one in February of 2008. Unfortunately, about that time is when the economy pretty much went down the crapper, and as much as I hated it, I was thankful to have a job at all. I've had a couple of leads over the last two years, but nothing went very far.

To say the least... it's been a LONG two years! Over the past 2 years, I've tried to adjust to post-military life, struggled with moving back to a town that brought back few happy memories, tryed to connect to old friends in the area as well as make new ones, survived the death of my grandmother and the implosion of my extended family, navigated the house-buying process and attempted to be a good homeowner, all while dealing with a job that drains literally every ounce of my mental and emotional energy. And more importantly while trying to establish a solid foundation for the rest of Jay and my life together. Overwhelming... no. Exhausting... no. I truly cannot find a word to describe the last two years of my life.

But during this time, I've come to realize that sometimes getting out of bed every morning and putting one foot in front of the other all day long is something to celebrate! But I'm tired of simply surviving! I want to thrive! And hopefully, this new job will help me attain that goal!

Don't get me wrong... I know it's not going to be perfect. Nothing ever is. (Not even Studio 111, although all the non-perfect parts seem to have fallen out of my memory!) I know that this will be an adjustment, and there will always be at least one person who I don't click with as well as the others. I know I'll still get bored with the detail-orriented work sometimes, and no matter what job you have... you would always rather be at the beach. But I'm confident that it will be enormously better than what I have survived through the past 2 years.

Thanks everyone for all your crossed fingers and toes, your positive thoughts, and your prayers. If I can ask one more thing... please keep me in my thoughts over the next two weeks as I work out my notice. If I thought it was stressful around here now, it's only going to get worse. I'm keeping my eye on the goal though, and trying to keep in mind that nothing is worth my sanity. If I need to, I'll work a shorter notice.

Thanks again everyone! Here's to enjoying life!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Second interview...

That's right. I have a second interview tomorrow! My first interview went great! Not only does this sound like a way to get out of a job I hate, but it sounds like a place I will really enjoy working. The office manager was great! I felt like we really connected. The HVAC department director/project manager was awesome as well and hillarious. He laughed and joked with the office manager the whole time. They seem to have that great work hard, play hard mentality to the office which is the main thing I miss about working at Studio 111 in Cali. I've been looking for that for the past 3 years and have been unable to find. The offices I've worked in since have all been sort of... stuffy. I'm all for professional in front of clients and professional when it comes to getting the work done, but if I'm going to be at a place for 40 hours a week (more time than I spend awake at my house in a week), then I want it to be a fun, happy, playful environment. And this office seems to have just that!

Additionally, they seem to really respect their admins and lean of them greatly. I hate offices that have a "here type this letter, little girl" attitude towards their admin staff. My current boss once suggested that we list only the "professional" staff on the website, meaning architects and intern architects. What does that make the support staff... unprofessionals?!?!? The office manager and I both have 4 year degress and just because we arn't architects doesn't make us not professionals. Grrr. By contrast this company sees their project assistants and support staff as vital members of the construction team.

The commute would be about the same as I have right now, but I wouldn't have to deal with downtown parking (which will save me $50 a month right off the bat). I'll take a per hour pay cut, but since I'll be working 40 hours a week again, at the end of the month we will have the same amount of income or greater, so J and I are happy about that.

I really think this is going to be a good opportunity, and I'll continue to keep you all updated. If I am offered the position, I'll definitely need your positive thoughts as I inform my current office that I'm leaving. If I think my job is stressful now, it will only get worse as I work my two week notice. Not looking forward to that, but I know that over the long run, it will be well worth it!

Thanks everyone for your crossed fingers and positive thoughts over this period! Hopefully, I'm almost there!