Friday, September 21, 2007

Climbing the Ladder

My big meeting on Monday morning had my boss giving me a new job title and more responsibility than I anticipated (he put 9 people under my management), so I am moving into the Staff room. Previously I had spent 3 years in the Graduate Student room and it was a lot of fun. I do get the perks of multiple desks, a computer, private phone line, and a big pay increase, but it will be sad to leave the "fun" room.

I'll post pictures of my new workspace shortly, as I moved in a hurry and so everything from the old desk is just piled high on the new desk and doesn't look very pretty.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Busy, Busy Weekend

I survived the Cheese Course and ran around Friday morning in preparation to leave in the early afternoon with Ben and Jesse for the concert up in Concord, and it was worth it! Alice in Chains gave a great show and Velvet Revolver's was even better! It was quite a mix of the generations, which was definitely evident with the mix of cell phone lights and lighters being held up during the ballads. I am happy to say my hearing is now back and I really enjoyed my first rock concert! This experience has really increased my excitement for the Bridge School Concert at the end of October - I can't wait!Saturday morning was spent having breakfast with Ben's parents, and then we quickly hit a few stores in Walnut Creek (purchased two nice looking bar stools) before heading down to Menlo Park to have a nice lunch with Alex and Kaitlin. It was great to catch up outside over some yummy salad and enjoy the cute downtown in such wonderful weather. We made two more stops at Crate & Barrel and Ikea, where we picked up a very lovely wine cabinet and Jesse got a nice bed frame before making it back to Paso late that night.

I slept in on Sunday (I was very behind on my sleep) and made it down to SLO just in time to have lunch with my mom and sister at Natural Cafe. My sister and I had eaten here earlier in the week and I just love their fresh, natural approach to food.

The weekend was finished off doing what I usually do - working!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Office Headaches

In all of the jobs I have had, I have been lucky and have gotten along with pretty much everyone. I can only remember two people I had a difficult time working with, and it wasn’t really that bad. Well it seems that my luck has run out, and I find myself in the middle of working with someone very difficult. It’s not that she isn’t a nice person, just we have very different personalities (mainly I’m organized and a planner and she’s more of a last-minute/frenzy person). Add in two very stressful simultaneous week-long conferences my company is hosting, and life around the office becomes very tense.

After I was about to rip my hair out at 9am (after having been at work for 2 hours already and 11 hours yesterday), I had this online conversation with Ben:

Me - So frustrated…blah…blah…She’s an idiot…blah…blah…blah…
Ben - :(
Me - It’s ok. :) I am strong.
Ben - :) I know you are!

And with that I feel better. I am smiling, taking a deep breath, and will survive the week!