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I Work for a Living

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I don’t write a lot on here about my job and I’m not sure why. Things are actually going pretty well for me at work and there are several things I can talk about but I just don’t. Here are some updates.

I got promoted. That was exciting. My new title is Associate Director of Digital Operations. Fancy, huh? There are two people that report to me now and I promise I won’t abuse my new power. I have to order new business cards. I don’t know what to do with the old ones. I still have a bunch left because they give you a big box full of them so you don’t have to re-order them all that often. What do people do with the old ones? It seems like such a waste to just throw them out.

In related news, I participated in a recruitment video this week. Someone in HR asked if I’d be interested in being a part of it and I figured why not. I was told to wear a vibrant color that I’m comfortable with. “Vibrant” is not a word I would use to describe my vocabulary. I ended up wearing a blue shirt. No one complained. I was the second person to be filmed so I came in as the first person was finishing up. They asked her a question, I don’t remember what, but she gave a great answer to it. You can tell it was great because everyone turned to each other and nodded a lot. One of them wrote something down. I just thought “Crap. There is no way that I’m going to be able to respond to questions like that.” All I wanted to talk about was how I’m the mayor of the office on Foursquare and I get to eat free cookies a lot. The questions I was asked did not pertain to those aspects of my job at all.

I had to sit in this oversized chair for the video. I was already uncomfortable. The camera crew was setting up the shot and they were talking about me. I could only hear mutters of what they were saying but it was stuff like “He needs to move like this.” or “He should move that there.” I finally told them that if they needed me to do something to just tell me and I’ll do it. That started a process of trying to figure out how to get my shirt to not bunch up as I was sitting down. I didn’t notice the bunching but I guess it showed up weird on camera.

The whole experience lasted about 15 minutes. They said I did well but it feels like a blur now. I don’t think I gave that great of an interview, especially when I said that the thing I like the most about where the office is located is that I can eat outside when it’s nice out. I’ll share the final product when it makes it online if I’m in it at all.

So That’s What Stress Feels Like

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I’ve never really let stuff get to me. Most things just flows right over me without bugging me too much. I never saw the point in getting stressed out about anything. I would get nervous about some things such as my wedding last year or the purchase of the house this year, but never really stressed. I think back when things were going to shit at SWMX my eye started twitching a little but I didn’t feel any different.

That changed recently. I thought I made a mistake at work the other day. It was a big one. I wasn’t sure of the details yet so I didn’t share it with anyone until I knew for sure because I didn’t want to cause a panic. Fortunately everything was OK but there was a day or two where I was worried and what I’m guessing is stressed out. My stomach was in knots and I felt like I constantly needed to take a deep breath. It was unlike anything I ever experienced. I lost my appetite and I generally did not feel good.

I’m glad I’m able to look back on it now with a sense of relief but also with an appreciation that the feeling was over. It’s also a kick in the ass somewhat to make sure that I’m always doing the best I can possibly do. There’s a lot of great things coming up in the next year and they’re mine to lose. Bring on 2012.

My Job Can Be Pretty Cool

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I believe I’ve mentioned before that my job has its perks. I get invited to things like baseball games or private concerts in the city and I get knick-knacks like flash drives and notebooks. This past week has been extra cool though. A couple weeks ago my boss picked up a few iPads in an effort to get us better acquainted with the devices and learn about this stuff. Last night I got to take one of them home and play around with it.

The iPad is an interesting device and after having it for a few hours I still don’t know what I would do with one if I owned it. I don’t read magazines and I have a laptop so browsing isn’t really my thing. The comic book apps were interesting but I don’t think I’d replace the physical books for digital copies. There’s a lot more they can do with those apps too but they just haven’t brought them out yet in my opinion. Aside from that, Monica and I played a Bejeweled-like game for about an hour together. She had one half of the screen and I had another. That was fun.

Then there was today. I was taken out to lunch and I “didn’t have a say in the matter.” That certainly beats the Hot Pocket I had planned on eating. After lunch, I’m escorted into the conference room where most of the people I work with have congregated. There’s cake and cookies and a very large bag on the table. It was a Man Shower. I’ve seen baby showers and bridal showers and birthday parties at work but I haven’t seen a Man Bridal Shower. I was flattered. I seriously had not expected something like this and certainly not this big.

That big bag contained something from our wedding registry, specifically an Xbox 360. I had joked about this on several occasions but didn’t think anyone would get it for us, but yet here it was.

Now I need to come up with a GamerTag. “JamesFerguson” is already taken so that’s out. Any other suggestions?

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