The 700 Club

I have broken the 700 mark in posts.  Go figure.

My output in 2013 has been a bit puny, but work with me.

I've been running full throttle since last Friday night.

I spent the weekend with my colleagues Susan and Michelle, who came in from Maine.  Michelle on Saturday, and Susan Sunday.  I think they had fun.

Monday AM, we started my department's annual meeting.  In the days that followed, I learned several things:

1.  We're all frustrated with the same other departments.

2.  Those departments absolutely do not give a shit.

3.  My manager is changing/has changed. Since I like my new manager reasonably well - and, since she was my manager for about six weeks in 2011, I find that this affects me only as much as I choose to let it.  Am I bummed that I'm not under my old boss any more?  Yes.  Does this mean I can hang out with him outside of work and feel less guilty about it? Yes.  I'm going to call that a win, or at the very least a draw.

4.  The colleague who has been a thorn in my side since October 2008 is leaving the company.  To be fair, I found out about a week ago.  Today, he and I finally had the come to Jesus meeting we should have had a year or two ago.   Basically, he called me on being unwilling to document, and I called him on alienating customers.  And then we felt better.  I still think that fundamentally, he's a colossal dick at times.  I also now understand that I caused him more angst than I intended.  I don't deny I enjoyed messing with him, but I didn't realize it bothered him as much as it did.  I think he realized that there's a lot  more substance to me than he ever realized.  So we called a truce, I guess.  I'm such a grownup.

5. I'm fucking hilarious.  Oh, wait - I already knew that.  But I got to share my gift with a large group of people.  I made a few new friends in the process.   And that's what makes me get up every morning.

6. Our sales people are crybabies.  But I'm also going to have to start getting diligent about paperwork so that they can wipe their tears on it.  See #3.

7. I may have a learning disability. Or I may just be undisciplined.  I'll be Googling a diagnosis. And I'll get back to you.

8. I'm fat.  I also need to re-examine my relationship with food.   Not new, but I got to revisit it at meals and snack times.

9.  My hair is in an awkward stage.  The bangs, layers and shorter cut were a mistake.  I'll be picking up a few headbands until such time as my hair stops growing up and out, and starts growing down.

10.  I may not be the most stylish woman in my company, but I am certainly not the least stylish.  I'm not naming names, but I think we need our swag next year to be company branded Spanx.  This would also mitigate some of the pain felt with #8.

11.  My boss' boss' boss has been relieved of some responsibility due to a recent reorg.  So, now he's going to have all kinds of time for us. Squeeeeeeee!

With that - I'm tired, dyspeptic, and basically recovering from sensory overload.

More to come, but that's why you haven't heard much from me since last time.

A bientot.