Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Co-Workers Think I'm A Snot

I started my new job on Monday. Actually, I went in for a couple of hours on Friday so the current assistant could show me around. However, my official first full day was Monday.

I like the job so far. Everyone is very nice and helpful, and it seems like a relaxed place to work. However, in the two days I've been there, I've had a few "oh good lord" moments.

Monday morning I had orientation. As my desk is on the first floor and I needed to go to the third floor, I decided to take the stairs. As I ascsended the second flight, I saw a door, but no more stairs. Oh. Crap. We don't have offices on the second floor, so I had a brief moment of panic that the stairwell door was locked. Much to my relief, it wasn't. I looked around but I couldn't find the stairwell for the rest of the floors, so I ended up taking the elevator anyway. Only I could screw up taking the stairs.

Once I returned safely to my desk, I began working on a project. As I was busily typing away, looking all kinds of efficient and professional, I crossed my ankles under my desk and my monitor went dark. I had managed to kick the power strip switch into the off position. Well. Damn. As I scrounged under my desk to turn it back on and to move it to a safe position, I heard footsteps and figured someone was coming to my desk to say welcome. As I emerged (praying I wouldn't bonk my head underneath my desk) I hit my chair and it rolled backward into the nice young man who had indeed stopped by to say hello. However, it was his last day so I don't have to avert my eyes in shame if I pass him in the hallway.

The rest of Monday went smoothly, except for the horrible awful no good very bad traffic and pouring rain that I endured on my way home. We shall not speak of it anymore.

Today, I went out for lunch, and when I returned I decided to park in the parking garage, as there was a chance of rain again this afternoon. I had to park down a level and way in the back in the common folk spots. I decided to take the stairs up to the street level, to try to make up for yesterday's failure (and to offset the bag of Qdoba in my hand). I quickly jogged up the parking garage steps, feeling all virtuous and healthy, crossed the parking lot, opened the building doors and strode through the lobby like I belonged there. Then I realized that someone had brought in potted plants and also stolen the the office door while I was at lunch. Upon closer inspection, I was in the wrong building. Oh. Good. Gawd. So, I strode through the lobby like I belonged somewhere else and crossed the parking lot to my building.

As for being a snot, I've had a cold, or allergies, or swine flu since Sunday night and have gone through an entire box of tissues. I am courteous enought to sneeze three or four times as a warning before I'm going to be blowing my nose. I do have some lovely Nectarine Mint hand santizer from Bath and Body Works that I slather all over my hands. That's all I need - to infect our CEO.

So, here is hoping that tomorrow I don't get lost, turn off my computer, run over someone with my chair, or pass my germs around the office.

13 comments:

Susan said...

Hey Kim, I'm a fan, I've been an avid reader for a couple of years. I'm also a paralegal. Boo, stand up straight, be proud of your journey and your wonderful child. I have prayed for you and Maddy. I have looked to the heavens for Jessica and Kelli to watch over you. Trust your heart, lean on Jesus, there are people out here who care and pray for you, often.

Nancy said...

well gee...it can only go better on Tuesday!!

Here's hoping you find the right building and don't get locked in the stairwell...

willtherebecake said...

Oh man. Well, I'm pretty sure only you and now the interwebs know about the troubles you've had. It will get better!

My Life My Life My Life said...

sounds like a typical work week Monday...DOESN'T THAT SOUND GOOD! lol

A Buns Life said...

What wonderful timing! Not your cold or allergies, but your new job starting right when school starts!! You got to have the whole summer off with Maddie!! :) Good luck the rest of this week!

Cheri and Jesse said...

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when reading the part about you being in the wrong building!!! Seriously, hilarious!! Congratulations on the new job!

Jill of All Trades said...

Oh my, oh my. That was so very funny. I sure hope it gets better.

Annie said...

If it makes you feel any better, I once locked myself in a stair well in the dorms at the University of Louisville while attending varsity basketball camp when I was 15. I spent a good 15 minutes in the stair well trying to rationalize a way out. I was seconds away from pulling a fire alarm when one of the captains found me. Stair wells have intimidated me since! Ha!

Stephanie said...

The stairs thing? Yeah, I've done it. I worked at a bank and had to go from my first floor desk to the third floor for training, except our third floor door was kept locked so that customers couldn't get in that way. Yeah. I had to go back downstairs and take the elevator, too. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Jaelithe said...

Goodness- what a start. I hope you're over the plague soon!

I'm so happy you got a job.

Stephanie said...

Been reading your blog for over a year now and I just wanted to come out from my lurking to tell you that I am so happy that you found a job that you seem to like! Congratulations!!!!!!

Melody said...

Haha! Awwww - Kim! I hope the rest of your week went better!

Gregg said...

I don't see what the problem is - this sounds like pretty much every day of my life!

Congrats on getting the new job! I missed the announcement when I was overseas (and most blogs blocked).