Update on My New Job

So at the end of tomorrow I will have completed my first week at my new job, and I’m still in a daze. To think that there could be a job that actually fits me so well . . . . I’m in shock. Writing. Proofreading. Computer work. Web editing. It’s everything I love to do. PLUS I get to work with some really nice people too. The only frustrating part at this point is learning how to do everything. I have so much to do, but I’ve only been trained on a small part of it at this point. For instance, I’m going to be maintaining a couple of different company web pages, but I haven’t really been trained on the web site program yet. It’s a specialized program that I’ve never used before, and while I’m fairly certain that I can probably dink around and get into it, I don’t want to mess anything up. So I’m waiting. Meanwhile, everything that needs to be done to it is slowly accumulating. But that’s all right—as soon as I’m able to figure it out, I’ll get it all done.

I’ve got a lot to learn very quickly. There’s a bunch to absorb, and I hope I’m doing all right. I’m kind of stumbling along. There are so many acronyms I have no idea how to translate. I still don’t know what POP means, but I figured out that DM means District Manager. I still don’t know a whole heck of a lot about pipes, but I’m starting to learn the difference between some of the Viega products . . . starting . . . There’s a whole lot of Greek to sift through . . . .

The Marketing department is pretty small, actually. There is the head of marketing who is the giant German man I interviewed with (he had to bend down to shake my hand). He’s very nice. Then below him are the two strategic heads of marketing, who are also extremely nice. Then there’s my boss, Tricia, who is the head of Marketing Operations. Then, the little worker bees are myself, Roberta, Davanh, Katrin, Nicole, and Judy. And that’s the whole marketing department. I’m already making friends. Roberta and I are going to go walking some time, down by the river, over lunch. And it turns out that Nicole’s daughters just recently attended a birthday party at NewSpring!!

I’ve done a lot of talking on the phone already, and I’ve got an article written—it’s just very rough. Tomorrow Nicole and I are going to the plant in McPherson for a photo shoot on the supply chain for the next issue of the magazine. That should be fun, I think. Sometime next week I’m going to call the president of a pipe-and-supply company in Dallas and ask for an interview, and I’m waiting on an article that one of our sales guys was going to send me to proof. I’ve also been proofing a bunch of different things—from full-page ads to interoffice memos and letters. A lot of their editing/proofing work they had sent out of the company to have done because apparently no one here was qualified to edit and proof. Now they’ve got me, so I anticipate that I’ll be doing a lot more of that in the future.

I also have been told that I will be going to New Hampshire for a small training seminar. And it’s a pretty sure deal that I will be going either to Chicago or Kansas City for an on-site interview. I think I’m going to have business cards and I will also have a company credit card (which scares the living daylights out of me).

In any case, I am constantly reminding myself that to whomever much has been given, of him shall be much expected. I’m looking at this job as a real gift from God, and I want to do my very best to meet not only my employers’ expectations of me—but especially what God expects of me. No matter how many ways I figure it, I did receive a significant raise in pay as well, and I need wisdom to know how to handle that. I’m also still reeling at the difference in the morning hours. I’m used to leaving the house at 6:00 am . . . now I don’t have to leave until a little after 7:00 am and I’m still early! I want to balance my morning out. I don’t want to get up too early, but now that I have some free time—maybe I can actually do a real devotion in the morning instead of my usual prayer-and-praise time in the car on the way to work.

I guess I just need wisdom. So that’s what I’m seeking, and there’s no better source for wisdom than the Bible.

So that’s what I’ve got to say for now. Thank you to everyone who’s been praying for me and for this transition into this new job. Your prayers have worked over and above what even I was anticipating. I not only feel like I fit in here, I’m very much enjoying the work all the way around. Granted, it’s still early on in “my new career” (lol . . . that’s funny to say) but so far it rocks hardcore.

Okay. Break’s over. Back to work! And I can actually say YIPPEE! about that now!

Just want to say

I’m so freakin’ cold.

It’s still about 27 here in Haven.

I’m ready to go back to Guatemala where it was “cold” at 68!!!!

I think I acclimated to the jungle, and my system is saying, “What the heck? Where’d the heat go?”

Okay. Enough griping. I’m just in awe. It’s spring now so it should warm up. . . . . . Right. =)

Changing over

Hey, everybody. So this is where my blog is going to be for the next little while. I figured I’d better change since I’m not working in a library anymore . . . and I’m actually going to be writing for a living . . . So . . . This is the new blog:


My plan is to update as often as possible and to actually use the tags and stuff to keep better track of everything. I’ll have my Guatemala journal up here as soon as possible!