I learned just how overdressed you can be on a first day on a new job. The answer is: very
. As in, I think I was the only person in the building wearing a blazer. Even the VP types were not beblazered. And I wore a skirt! And pantyhose! I think I saw one other person in anything skirtesque, and it was more like a sundress. As in, spaghetti straps, no hose and sandals.
Tomorrow, I wear chinos, a decent top and loafers.
I also brought some stuff but need to bring more. I eat oatmeal every day (part of the diet thang) and there are no paper cups, which was my bowl of choice at my last gig. I had to make do with a plastic cup and was concerned it would burst. That woulda been delightful, my first day and oatmeal all over me. At least it didn't happen. Anyway, I need to buy myself what is essentially a mess kit. Someone, somewhere out there, is going to make a mint selling individual knife-fork-spoon and bowl-plate combos for professional folk like myself. Market it as saving the environment. Green Urban Camping. Kindly give me a share of the royalties. Thanks in advance.
It was a confusing day, more than anything else. As in, should I take the benefits? Should I buy more life insurance? What the heck does this big-ass memo say? Is it in English? What about the two meetings I went to? Do HR people ever stop being perky? Do training people also drink the perk-o-lated Kool-Aid? Is Gargamel perk-o-lated? Inquring minds want to know.
My boss, by the way, wasn't even in, as there is an option to work at home and so the boss took it. I got some emails but nada else. I have a peer, too, who sits next door. The peer comes in late, I'll start to come in early (I'm one of those disgusting morning people) and we'll each have about two hours without the other one around. Not that this person isn't pleasant, but we will be more or less joined at the hip so I'm figuring that that will keep anything from getting hairy between us. Plus the database server will catch a break for four hours each day if we do this. Much good can come from it.
Tonight I'm mainly just mentally winding down. I'm a little overwhelmed and very tired, but it's a good tired. I'm happy, too, happier than I have been starting a new job in a really long time.
Nicknames will come later, when my head is less swimmy. Enjoy the video.