Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Job, New Home!

My first week on the job went great! Everyone is so nice and so excited that I'm there.

The actual office part is very small. My manager, a Training manager (I don't really understand his purpose), a Tech Manager, HR Manager, Accounting Lady, Admin girl and Me (Inventory Control &  Purchasing).  Then there are the doctors and the techs and residents.

It is very interesting to be on the other side of the wall in this type of place. I am often right down where the saving goes on. I'm doing my best to not watch. It will be better if I don't look. I do tend to look at the ones in the cages though. They're just recovering.  I am not allowed to pet anything! Safety rules. Makes perfect sense.

I was only "trained" on the first day by the training manager on safety and touring the bldg and stuff. Everything else so far has been learn as you go and do it yourself. I love that! He is NOT a micro-manager. So far I've cleared the piles of invoices from my desk and filed them in what I have completely restructured already! It's not perfection yet but it will suffice. The girl before me and Martin (my boss) must have filed in the existing files of the previous girl and they obviously didn't follow the pattern!

I didn't get a long weekend. Just Thanksgiving and then Sat/Sun. Joey came over and we had chicken, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes, crescent rolls and then he made choc. chip cookies. I only get 6 holidays and that's only if they land on a weekday. So Christmas and New Year's I don't get paid for since I won't be working on Sat.  It's fine. I can use PTO to make it a long weekend if I want once I earn more. Carry over PTO turns to time +1/2 days! Cool. I'm already carrying over 5 days that will turn into 7.

I'm almost situated at home.  I'm still watching for a kitchen table on craigslist or on sale somewhere.  I'll take pictures soon and make an MDS page. So far, I've made Dad's soup, meatloaf, and 2 pumpkin pies. The soup and the meatloaf has lasted, the pies have not.

I pulled out some stamps last night. I want to finally get some things done to put on my Etsy. I created my Etsy account back in 2009! Ha ha. We'll see what I come up with. My goal is to post something by Dec 1. My stamping stuff is mostly put away but not completely. I'm still working on where I want stuff and I need to find just the right hook to hang them in the closet. What I have leaves them dragging. Maybe I'll find another shoe bag at a thrift store that I can just cut short. That would be ideal.

Bridget is living like a queen with Dad. He basically lives at the Provo house now. Max is adjusting well. I think he has stopped barking all day now that I have a routine for him. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Road Trip!

On Thursday, November 11th, Joey and I left Provo. We were driving a Penske Truck pulling an auto trailer with my CR-V on it. All went well. Max did great in the cab of the truck. He only had trouble in the hotel. Wouldn't sit still but there was light under the door and many other dogs in the hotel and stuff even though we arrived at 2am. We should have put a towel to block that. The next hotel he did a little better. He ate some deer pellets at one of the stops. YUCK! Can you tell the difference?? Apparently he can not...
We arrived at my new home at 4pm on Saturday the 13th and was checked in an unloaded by 5:15.  Steve Maxwell met us there to help Joey unload. We returned the truck on Sunday morning. Unfortunately there are things to clean in the apt before I can unload some stuff. I don't have internet yet so I can work on MDS until I do. 
On Sunday Max and I went to Joe's place. It's good because then we'll go home and he'll understand that we've returned. We picked a spot for him to go... He's doing okay with the other dog sightings so far. Barking with excitement but I'm able to get him to stop for the most part and it's getting better each time. Picking it up isn't as bad as I thought. It helps that he's a stationary pooper.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Goals: My 2 Year Plan Update

I thought I should post an update about my 2 year plan. I have completed all four tasks in 3 months. Here's the story:
Before I left for my October vacation to Pittsburgh, I sent over a resume with a cover letter stating that I would be in the area from the 6-12th and that I would be available for an interview. They called immediately and told me they wanted to meet me. When I arrived I set up my interview with Avets for the 7th. I brought a nice outfit for the interview but ended up wearing a zip up hoodie over it because it was just a bit chilly. Nice huh? They told me they would let me know within the next 2 weeks so I continued with my vacation.
The morning after I returned home to UT (the 14th), I received a phone call offering me the job. I waited until Friday to break the news to Mom & Dad and then accepted the offer by returning the signed documents. After a week or so of waiting for test results (I peed in a cup) and researching apartments and stuff I confirmed that the job was official. I was able to proceed with the preparations of moving. I secured an apartment only 3 minutes from work. It allows pets, has a pool, fitness center, dog park etc. I'm pretty excited though packing up my house is just a bit overwhelming. Especially since I'm leaving a lot of it here and moving into a 1 bedroom apartment until I find a house. It will be at least 1 year before that happens. I got a hitch on my car and got a cell phone too.
I have a busy schedule full of friends and packing before I go.  Joey flies in Thurs to help me pack my stuff and drive to PA. That will be in about 10 days. I have my utilities set to turn on for the 12th. I'll be there before I know it and then I'll let you know how the trip went.