First week of work report

Well, my first week of work is done.  It was long and short at the same time.  How does that work?

I spent the last two days doing some online training.  There were about 15 courses on various subjects including security, procedure, ethics, and sexual harrassment.  I had a hard time concentrating on the dry subject matter but was able to force my way through it.  Each course included a test that had to be passed.

I spent some of the rest of my time shadowing other employees in the IT department.  I am almost overwhelmed at the variety of bank specific software in use.  It is kind of freaking me out as I wonder how I am going to learn and remember so much.  At least I am not on my own here so I will have people to consult.  I am not expected to be an instant guru so that takes a lot of the pressure off.  I have so much to learn.

I’m taking notes and trying to make a brain database that I can refer to until I get the hang of everything.  Overall I am happy with my new job so far.  I feel that it is somewhere I can hang out for at least 5 years.  Maybe more.  Benefits are great.  The pay is great.  The atmosphere is fairly laid back.  

I like it.



I just got back from my second day of work at the bank.  So far so good.  I think it will be a good fit for me.  It will be a lot different from my previous job that that’s a good thing.  It feels really weird but I guess that’s to be expected for a while.  

I spent most of today shadowing the girl who’s front line at the help desk.  It gave me a good idea of what kind of things to expect and how to deal with them.  There is a lot of unusual banking software to learn how to support.  So many acronyms, people, places, things.  It’s almost overwhealming but I know I have time to learn it and am not expected to know it all at once.  

The people are really nice.  Lunchtime is flexible though we have to clock in and out.  There’s no coming in late or leaving early unnoticed.  I can deal with that.  It is probably best to have discipline anyway.

The drive to and from work takes about 40 minutes to go 12 miles.  There is a lot of traffic but it’s not too annoying yet.  I will have to allow at least an hour to get to work because you never know when there will be an accident and Loop 410 is going nowhere.  I’m going to investigate all the alternate routes.

I am already feeling the loss of my free time.  Being off of work for 10 months was so wonderful.  Too bad I didn’t spend it well but then I knew I wouldn’t so no surprise there.  I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with it.  I just need to do my best to enjoy being at work and try not to think about it.  Thinking is bad.  I guess I’ll get into the groove soon and figure things out.  There are a lot of unknowns still.

The main point is that now I can buy stuff.  I plan on going on my spending spree next month when the cash starts rolling in.  In today’s society, stuff is what makes the world go around for those of us who don’t have love.   

The Walking Dead – What would you do?

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead on AMC since the beginning.  After a few seasons they group is pretty much just wandering around with nowhere to go.  If it was me, I would find a really nice house in the woods that has solar power and set up life.  If you have comfort, friends, and food then what more could you want?

You know there are plenty of empty houses and surely at least one nearby might have solar panels and batteries.  If not, I would gather stuff together and make it work.

They have plenty of guns and weapons to protect themselves from the walkers and hunt for food.  The only fear would be from other people.  As long as the place is off the beaten path you could probably get by for quite some time without being found.

Of course that would make for a boring TV series but I would watch it.

Bluetooth keyboard

I just got a cheap $16.00 bluetooth keyboard from Tuesday Morning and wanted to test it out on my iPad.

Works great.  The keys feel a little loose but what do you expect for $16.00.  Now it might be a little more convenient to blog since my laptop died.  I’ll probably buy a new laptop next month.

Be careful what you ask for. You might get it.

bktowrkA new chapter in my life is about to begin.   After two awesome interviews at a local bank I was offered the job!   Woohoo!  (I think.)

I just got off the phone with the HR department.  They offered me more than I could have expected plus we get 4% year-end bonuses!  I’ve never gotten a bonus before.  Sweeet!  It’s not as much as I was making before but I did not expect that anyway.  I am more than satisfied.  It’s almost three times the amount I need to live on each month.

On the other hand, my sabbatical ends in three weeks.   Booo!  Oh well, that’s OK.
Had I been more confident that I would easily get a new job I could have spent it far more effectively.  Even though I knew it would not be a problem I still had the worry that held me back.  I still had a great time off.  I’m perfectly happy being at home anyway.

I am looking forward to the new experience with new people.  I plan to start with a fresh new attitude which I’ve already cultivated.  Attitude is everything!

Being a bank, I will get all the real holidays off.  I missed that for the last 18 years.  People like George Washington and Columbus got no respect at my old job.

They are hiring two people so I will have an immediate newbie buddy to learn with.  A little less pressure on me.

So there you have it.  I have three weeks to live it up big-time before I get strapped down again.  What do do?  What to do?   Damn.  I better make some plans and fast!