off to a good start

New cubicles

I worked hard today. Okay, hard is relative. I did no backbreaking labor, didn’t sweat, didn’t work with toxic waste or bodily fluids. But I did come in an hour and a half early, stay an hour late, and take only one thirty-minute lunch… and I still didn’t have time to get done what I needed to do. All this – on top of the Cough and Cold of Death – made it a long, tiring day.

It was the first day of a “new” job for me. A longtime co-worker and friend retired last Friday, and it appears that I am going to take over her workload in addition to my own. She has been on four-day weeks for ten years, so I have been doing her job at least one day a week for all that time, but now that she’s gone, it is all up to me.

I got to make a physical transition, too. Sandy had the big corner cubicle, and I moved my things into it over the past few days. I needed the space for all my accounting stuff as well as all the binders and files her job requires, and the squished space I’ve been in for the past few years wasn’t going to cut it. I like the sun coming in through all my new windows, though I think there will be a learning curve on glare-and-heat management with the vertical blinds.

(Speaking of learning curves, I didn’t know how to do a couple of things I needed to do today, but I figured them out. I’ve got to put that college degree to use somehow…)

I was proud of myself for handling both the old job and the new one today, on top of being so sick. The biggest surprise? My old desk was separate from the main part of the office, so I’ve been completely cut off from all social contact for most of the day, and after three-plus years I think I had gotten really used to it. It felt weird today to be able to hear what people were saying, to hear their phone conversations and hear them chat with one another. I guess I need to be re-socialized!

Any big job changes for you lately? How about difficulties in being around others? I’m sure I’ll get used to it, soon; hopefully I won’t get so used to it that I am distracted from my work!

Thanks to Plutor for the photo.

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