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Wow, this last week has been full on. I’m back in that whole finding a new routine, getting overwhelmed with a whole new normal and doing all that background reading to get up to speed. That’s right, I started my new job this week. And I also might have written my car off on Monday in the most understated, not dangerous accident one could ever have.

After the car bingle, I discovered that I can cross the street right outside my house and get on a bus that is 10 minutes from the train station, get on the train, get off the train, go up the stairs, walk round the side of that building, get in the lift, walk to my desk all in under an hour. I have absolutely no complaints about the public transport to my new job and back. It’s actually MUCH easier than driving (finding a spot to park at the train station is a pain). AND I get to sit on the train and read. A Book! Fabulous!

And I’m pretty much loving the new job. My new team is great, I feel like I fit in pretty well. The office space is pretty good and it’s inside a building designed to avoid sick building syndrome – it’s new and it doesn’t have that new building smell! It’s pretty awesome. No headaches. No feeling lightheaded by the afternoon. No fatigue when I get home. Not bad! It’s designed to make you walk around a fair bit so going to the bathroom or kitchen means you get some good movement in. I get two computer screens, to encourage paperless working. The job itself is going to be full on as the project is already behind schedule. And it’s going to be challenging. Which I’m kinda really looking forward to. It’s also kind of weird to come into a new job and be all over a lot of the issues and history. It’s a bit of a brain adjustment for me as I am taking a step back from the approach I’ve been requiring in my day job for the last 7 years and am now being more of a straight water engineer, if that makes sense? I don’t much like to talk about day job stuff here so I’ll just say that this is taking me more back to the nuts and bolts of my training as I learn to apply that in a new philosophical approach/role. It’s cool in that it feels like a breath of fresh air through my brain.

Then I’ve been coming home and pulling late nights for Twelfth Planet Press. Leaving little time for much else. Hopefully that won’t last too long, once I have the last few things done for Natcon, things should ease off a bit. But I’m kinda having fun and that is the point, I think!


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  • By Tansy Rayner Roberts on 6 May 2012 at 9:15 am

    You sound busy but happy. How wonderful to have a job that’s full on & challenging but surrounded by supportive aspects which help instead of hindering. That means when you get home tired it’s from the job you’re paid for and not all the surrounding crap you’ve had to deal with in the past (long/bad commute, difficult boss, sick building etc.)

  • By Sean the Bookonaut on 6 May 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Yeah sounds like you have landed well and truly on your feet. Enjoy!

  • By AlisaK on 6 May 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Very busy, hopefully happy. I’m very aware this is still the honeymoon period. I guess this second week will tell.

    Yeah – tired from the job, which is a different kind of tired – weird but also a world in which I don;t feel i have to apologise for really crappy tv watching!

  • By AlisaK on 6 May 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you! I hope so!

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