Monday, August 29, 2011

My first day

To say that I’m tired would be an understatement.  I am exhausted, pooped, out for the count.  Going back to work after being home for nearly five months is nothing to sneeze at.

For starters I didn’t feel all that great this morning.  While being at home I used to go to bed at all hours of the night, whether that be 1:30, 2:00 or even 3:00 a.m.  So, when retiring for the night yesterday at 11:30, I wasn’t at all tired.  I lay there, counting sheep, so to speak.

Still, when my alarm went off at 6:00 a.m. I felt reasonable okay.  I’ve never been a morning person and don’t even talk to me before I had a shower and my first cup of coffee.

The new company is AMAZING.  The building is luxurious, the company modern and spacious, and my office ... oelala, I’ve never had such wonderful accommodation.  Well, office is stretching the truth a bit, EA’s don’t get a private office, but it’s not a cubicle either.  My space is in between two private offices, so it’s a cubicle and not a cubicle.  And the best thing is, I have a window.  A window with an amazing view I might add.  I can see for miles around.

I should also mention the cafeteria.  OMG words cannot describe the place.  It’s HUGE and sort of a combination between a restaurant and a buffet.  For breakfast there’s yoghurt, fruit salad, croissants and other baked goods, or one can order a warm breakfast.  There are eight different types of coffees, and of course there’s tea and hot chocolate.
For lunch employees can help themselves to a salad bar, or a light snack or have a full three course meal.
Those on a budget can bring their own lunch and heat it up in one of several microwaves, or order soup with a bread.

For decoration, one of the walls in the cafeteria holds a huge aquarium, with beautiful life fish.  And no, those are not on the menu.

The work itself ... interesting, but a lot to absorb.  I’m still in training and will be for another two days.  As from Thursday I will be on my own and euh, I’m in a slight panic if I will be able to cope.  There is just so much to do and so much to remember.  To be on the safe side, the current EA has given me her email address, her land line and her cell phone number. 
She assured me that I can contact her any time, or talk to any of my colleagues and they will be happy to help.  A nice offer, but one I’m hesitant of using.  I don’t want to seem incapable of doing the job.  Still, I don’t want to screw up either.

This being a temp job and I don’t want to get my hopes up of this turning into a full-time position.  That kind of thinking can be dangerous.  No matter how well I do, there could be an employee with a sister, a daughter or an aunt who needs the work and if that’s the case, I’m out the door.  I know what I’m talking about, it’s happened before.

See you tomorrow, I’m too tired to go on.  Tonight I think I’ll be asleep before my head hits the pillow. 


  1. This made me smile, well the cafeteria and aquarium description. Some good fortune is due for you.

  2. I'm smiling too. At least for now.

  3. Wonderful working environment. I assume you have to pay for the food in the cafeteria? No wonder you're a happy camper. Don't worry, you'll master the job just as you've done before. I would take up the gal on her offer to help, at least for the first week you're doing the job alone. As you said, you don't want to make any big mistakes. It's always better to ask. Good luck!

  4. Conny you'll do a fantastic job! You are more than competent and you'll rise to the challenge I have faith in you ;)

  5. Hmm, I think you're over estimating me Doreen. I'll do what I can, but I think it's gonna take more than faith.

  6. I hope all continues to go well. A good start! :-)

  7. You hope it continues to go well Glory ... that makes two of us.