First day at a new job!

by Christine on January 4th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today was my first day at a new job! I’m a new Director of Marketing for a small engineering firm. Today was easy-peasy: just meeting my co-workers, reading some old proposals, talking to senior staff people to find out their priorities for my marketing department. I’m formulating some ideas and plans and to-do items, but I have plenty of time to work all the details out and finalize my game plan for the coming months. Overall, I’m THRILLED with the new job! They are so flexible and down-to-earth. I think I am going to be really happy there.  The pay is good, the benefits are good, there is a lot of trust and respect and enthusiasm for me and the marketing department.  I have a large, windowless office that I can play music in and work to my heart’s content. I had plenty of visitors in my office, so I won’t be lonely like I was in my last job. I still need to sit down with the President and Vice-President to ensure that they have reasonable expectations of me (I know my direct boss does, but I want to make sure the senior staff people know that I can’t start bringing $12 million worth of work in the first year) but that will come in due time.  I’m very happy!

I still have to figure out what my game plan is going to be regarding food and eating at my new job. Today I was so busy I did not get a time for a mid-morning  OR afternoon snack, which is very bad.  They are flexible about my hours, so I’m free to take a longer lunch if I want to, which is nice. Today I went to a local diner for lunch and had part of a bowl of chili, maybe 150-200 calories worth. (I thought it was a little strange that nobody offered to go to lunch with me today, but maybe *I* just have strange expectations? What do you think?)  There is a large kitchen with a big microwave so I can certainly bring in some food to heat up and eat at my desk. There is also a vending machine with a bunch of junk in it, and I’m trying very hard not to even NOTICE that monstrosity taking up room in the kitchen.

In the summertime, I’ll be able to walk at lunchtime, which is nice. There’s a cute pond outside the building (great for picnics!) and a sidewalk for safe pedestrian walking. The sidewalk ends at a Wendy’s, so perhaps I’ll try to find a few healthy menu options there and walk to get my lunch. There’s a recreational path along the Mohawk River that is located within just a few blocks of my work, so I can rollerblade or ride my bike after work, too.  Since I have flexible hours, when the weather gets nice I can come into work early/leave early and get a few miles in on my bicycle while soaking in the view of the river. I’m really excited about it!

My job is going to involve, to some extent, schmoozing clients. The types of clients we serve (government agencies, highway superintendents, university planners, private businesses, contractors, builders, miners, and construction crew) are a brawny, rowdy bunch that enjoy good food and lots of drink. That type of job will be dangerous to someone looking to lose or maintain their weight, so I will need to come up with a plan for handling these events when they begin to arise.

Today was a good day. I hope today is a good day as well.

Happy Tuesday, Revolutionists!

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  • Patrick

    Whoohoo to the first day on the job!
    The start of new & welcome challenges.
    Taming the brawny hungry clients may be a tough challenge, but I have no doubt you succeed at doing just that & the job itself as well.

  • L_halliday

    So excited for you Christine! Well done on getting your new job.
    Happy Wednesday!


  • Drfattofit

    Congrats on the new job. I’m sure you’ll settle in to a routine soon. Enjoy being the new kid.

  • Sarah G

    You can do it Christine!