Friday, May 03, 2013


I've really been enjoying writing on the blog. The last few days, I got up early, went to a coffee shop, wrote, and then traveled on to work. I'm using my iPad and it works pretty well for this purpose. (I have an external keyboard--otherwise, forget it.) The thing is, last year, I was getting up early and going for a run/jog. Writing at the office isn't an option because I simply don't have the time. Today, for example, I got in late (not due to blogging, rather pure laziness). I sat down at my desk around 10am and didn't get up until 3:30. Ok, technically, I stood up three times to talk to other people and use the ladies room. Otherwise, no, I was stuck there. I didn't stop for lunch, blog reading, or anything else. Yeesh.

What I decided to do is use the wifi in our cafeteria and take an afternoon blogging break (it also turned out to be my lunch break--better late than never) and that's what I'm doing right now. Not a terrible compromise. However, if I ever start going to the gym again, it may not work. I've pretty much given up the gym in favor of taking a relaxing lunch hour. An hour spent reading a novel a couple times a week has helped keep me sane. So...I dunno. The days are longer now, so I can ride my bike the long way home (did that a couple of times last week.) I don't ever see going for a run/jog in the evening, though. Maybe I have to start getting up at 6am to fit in both running and writing? Who has time for a job?

Speaking of which, this is the update on the transfer. First, it's a big secret. Even I'm not supposed to know. TR has told the two managers other than my direct supervisor that need to agree. The three of them will meet on the subject next week. Then they'll talk to my supervisor. If everyone agrees, then it will happen. He's packaging this as a "cooling off" period. I'm not thrilled about that, but I think it's a good strategy. The idea is that we're at an impasse and it's causing a lot of stress for both of us. This will solve that problem, short term, and make everyone happier. It will also be a chance for me to demonstrate that I don't need supervision (at least of the intensive, micro-managing variety). I will have to prove myself.

Of course, I shouldn't have to prove myself at all--but there's this: ever since I stepped up to the major leagues of project management, I've had the terrible supervisor. I've never actually been given a chance to decide how to run things. She's been hovering and second guessing me the entire time. So, while I have no doubt that I will do an excellent (nay, outstanding!) job without the hovering and micro-management, not everyone would necessarily agree. I get to prove them wrong and show that I will shine as a more or less independent operator. I'm kind of excited.
Look, Spring!
The downside of all this is that I bet it will take AT LEAST a month for the detail to begin. It's possible that it will get shot down in the mean time. If that happens then I will have to figure out next steps....but let's just wait on that for now, okay?

Also, had a meeting with the supervisor yesterday and I managed to keep my cool and avoid saying "no" or "I disagree." I did have to talk myself down a little and think about my "happy place" but I made it through the meeting without getting upset or saying much at all. I'm pretty sure I did get a sour expression on my face by the end...but that will just be something to work on next time. Sigh.

Grateful for: knowing the plan.

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