Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today was a good day

All –

I am absolutely 99% exhausted and should be in bed right now. However, I am feeling the overwhelming urge to jot this down so I will summon the last 1% of strength I have left to make this statement.

This week (and especially today) I learned something very important about my job – I’ve run around scheduling media visits for a special event, was out until almost 11pm last night at a partnership-building dinner, I spent almost the entire day doing warrior activities with our employees and I didn’t get home until almost 8 because I had to attend a community meeting.

I’m tired, I’m pretty sure I sprained my foot, I wore kevlar for a few hours in the sun, I got helmet hair from wearing a helmet two sizes too big, I know I walked into at least two spider webs while I was in the field and the most time I spent at my desk today was about an hour.

And you know what I learned?

I learned that I love my job.

There is not a doubt in my mind that I am in the right spot at the right time. I’ve always said things happen for a reason and this is just another piece of evidence for the books.

There were two very distinct events that led me to my sudden epiphany – both of which happened today.

Event 1
As I mentioned above I spent the day outside at our Best Warrior competition. This is where people compete in different events such as shooting, land navigation, combatives and the oral board. These people are amazing. They’re smart, they’re physically fit and they believe in what they’re doing. I was blown away.

But what really hit home for me was when these amazing people started saying how they thought I had the coolest job in the world. How I must be presented with the coolest opportunities and meet amazing people all the time. And asking how I got into the field and that they too, may want to go into public affairs someday.

The fact that these people thought I was the one with the cool job blew my mind. They’re the ones doing all the hard work, you know?

Then I got to thinking and they’re right. I have been blessed with a truly amazing job. I get to travel all over the world, I get meet these awesome people and I get to do cool things like hike through a forest, shoot guns at a range and eat lousy MREs.

How many people can say they do that on a regular basis?

Event 2
The second event that made me realize how much I love my job happened during the community meeting. It was, on a professional level, a huge breakthrough. During the meeting, I was actually able to run through the public affairs tactics I was going to start implementing based on the community’s feedback. Wow. I didn’t know my brain was already starting to analyze and process these things so quickly. I was impressed :)

What’s more is that I have some constructive criticism to give to the two speakers, both of whom are my bosses. Even better is that I actually feel comfortable giving them the criticism! Yes, it’s my job, but it’s never easy to tell someone something they should work on improving, especially when it’s your boss. BUT, I actually have enough confidence in myself and in my advice that I’m going to sit down and chat with them about it. Wow. I’m a public affairs officer…and I love my job.

Just wanted to share this bit of good news with the people I love.

Anyway, this has been me rambling on and on about what a great day I had. I hope all of you had a great day as well :)

PS - I’m not gloating, just excited.

PPS – Fiesta Mexicana is this weekend and Danelli and I are going tomorrow night. Look forward to a new Juicy Bits post!

Cheers,
Jen

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My washing machine is also a dryer

I should really be working right now, but I’m exhausted and I need a break. I had to be at work this morning at 0730 for hospitality training (yes, you read that correctly) so I’ve been up since 0530. I spent all day at work and didn’t leave until almost 6. Then I worked for a few hours at home. It’s now 10 p.m.

I ’ve been working on re-vamping a press release (not mine to being with, but mine now) and it’s taking a while to get my brain going. Granted, I got the tasker on the way out the door this afternoon – I always write better in the morning.

Things have definitely picked up in the past two days of my life. Yesterday, I moved into my new apartment. My things won’t arrive until the end of July, but at least I’m in my new home. I absolutely LOVE it.

People tried to warn me off this location because my building is over a row of shops/restaurants/bars, but I really enjoy the noise. No, really.

If I close the windows I can’t hear anything, but I crack them I can hear a soft chatter coming from the street. It’s like having a wave machine next to your bed – I was out like a log!

The only time I woke up was because I was cold. Yes, that’s right. COLD. Remember how I mentioned we don’t have any air conditioning? It’s been in the mid-90s and I was cold – I’m so excited!

Anyway –

As I’ve already mentioned, work was hellacious today. If it wasn’t training, it was a meeting. If it wasn’t a meeting, it was writing objectives (blah). If it wasn’t writing objectives, it was prepping for a meeting. It’s a vicious cycle.

The rest of the week is busy as well. I ran into the BigMan today and he wants me to attend a dinner with him tomorrow night and a community meeting Thursday evening. I’m also covering a competition Thursday morning/afternoon and finally taking a tour of the building Friday. I figure the tour will come in handy since I’m supposed to give one in about a month. Go figure.

I’m glad I’m getting involved, although I am sad about the dinner tomorrow. Tomorrow is the big soccer game between Germany and Turkey. It’s supposed to be INSANE. Maybe I’ll catch the tail end of it.

Side note: So I have this sign I put on my office door that I took from my Dad’s recruiting stash. On one side it says, Open, on the other side it has a clock and says, we will return at. You know the basic store signs.

So during the past two days, I’ve noticed the hands of my clock aren’t always the way I left them. Although it’s really not all that important now, as I get more heavily involved in work people will actually come looking for me. At least, that’s the idea.

So I ask the person in the next office and she says one of her friends keeps changing my clock because he’s “stalking” me. I guess he’s seen me in the hall and wants an introduction. I guess he thinks moving the hands on my clock is cute. I find it annoying. I’m contemplating putting up another sign that says “YO, BACK IT UP”, but I’m sure the wrong person would see it.

It’s not just me is it? I mean, this IS odd behavior, right?

Alright – better get going. I need sleep.

PS – My washing machine is also a dryer. Weird AND random, right?

Cheers,
Jen

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Teaser

You know you’ve had a long night when you wake up in the morning and your first conscious thought is, “I threw up in my hand on the way home last night.”

All - would love to share this post with you regarding Friday night, but cannot bring myself to publish this on an open site.

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