I finally put on pants and drove into the office again today. And, because I feel better, my sinuses decided to celebrate and drain. Oh joy! I was just a fountain of phlegm today!
I just felt generally disorganized after working at home all last week. I should have looked at my calendar yesterday. I thought my every-other-Tuesday full of meetings was last week. But it was this week. And I missed my 8:00 am meeting. Whoops. Well, I think that’s the first time I’ve missed it, so I’m not going to feel horrible about it. It just wasn’t the best way to start the day. Running late, and then finding out you’re later than you thought. Bugger.
I was also buried in e-mail. I guess everyone is back from their August vacations, because suddenly I can’t keep my inbox clear.
And my boss’s boss, our Director, is in the Westford office this week. He’s based in Minneapolis, so I hadn’t met him yet. Since he was here, the local Technical Writers all came into the office (including the new hire who started yesterday) and we went out to lunch. It was pretty cool getting to have a casual chat with him. He’s been with the company for twelve years; it was interesting to hear all the different roles he’s had over the years. And hearing some of the thing things he’s working on as far as initiatives (we’re doing a lot of thinking about how to re-work our Customer Portal to improve customer experience).
And I really love working for a company where, after you end a video conference call, the three people in the room have a discussion about how our team’s first task (and main mission until we complete it) should be to “get Gary a helper.” The local Pride chapter (LGBTQA diversity and inclusion group) met today to reorganize. Our company recently opened an office in Boston, so our local leader moved to that office. But he’s the only Pride member in Boston. And he’s currently overloaded (working 14 hours a day). So our first priority is going to be recruiting someone else in the Boston office to help him and keep him from working himself to death by taking on more work doing all the Pride stuff for the Boston office. Because he will. He’s just that kinda guy. And we don’t want him to do that to himself.
Also, one of very few “out” trans folk is out on medical leave right now. But when the folks on the conference call from HQ asked what our local group wants to focus on, three of us immediately said, “Trans rights.” Because we knew if she was here, that’s what she’d say. And also because MA is a bit ahead of North Carolina when it comes to LGBT rights, so we’re dealing with some different issues. We were the first state to legalize gay marriage way back in 2003, North Carolina didn’t legalize it until 2014. Plus they had that HB2 bathroom bill debacle.
Came home to a hairball on The Comfy Chair. Thanks guys. Nice to know you missed me while I was gone. =P