A Year Here

November 11, 2011 at 11:45 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Last week, I celebrated my one year anniversary at my current job.  In order to truly mark the occasion, the firm sent a limo to take me to and from the office, gave me an additional week’s worth of paid vacation and presented me with a diamond encrusted pen.

In my dreams.  In actuality, one of the ladies in the HR office said “Happy Anniversary” in an email and that was about it.

So. Totally. Me.

It’s okay though.  When I think about where I was working just over a year ago, I know I’m coming out far ahead these days, with or without the diamond writing utensil.  After my recent raise (did I mention I got an actual raise, not just one in my dreams?  Exciting!) I’m making more money than I did at my last job.  I have better hours as well – for the last year, I’ve been able to sleep an additional 35-40 minutes each morning and I regularly get home about 30 minutes earlier than I used to.  I don’t have to deal with the Metra commuter trains and that alone has been worth the job change.  However, I got even luckier and I actually now work with people I like.  Not that I hated my previous coworkers; in fact, there were a few whose company I did enjoy.  But my management left something to be desired and it’s not like I ever hung out with anyone there outside of the office.  The two fellow cubicle rats that sit closest to me these days, on the other hand, are a riot.  We often have probably not safe for work discussions and crack each other up on a regular basis.  My management here is totally different as well and my boss pretty much trusts me to do my thing instead of micromanaging me to the point of having to ask for written permission from three levels of management to leave my desk 5 minutes early (sadly, this is not an exaggeration of what I dealt with at my last place of employment).  So it’s much less stressful to get up and come into work every day and I’m happier in just about every way.

Which is lucky, since when I quit my last job I didn’t have a damn thing lined up.  I got this gig pretty quickly and while I was pretty hesitant about working at a law firm, things have turned out much better than expected.  I doubt I’ll be here forever but it’s a good fit for me right now and I’m glad I made the jump.  It’s kind of crazy to think it’s already been a year though.  In fact, it’s kind of crazy that 2011 is almost over.  And that I graduated from high school almost a decade ago.  Also, how the hell did I get to be nearly 28 years old?

Maybe I’ll get that diamond encrusted pen for my birthday…apparently it’ll be here before I know it!

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