Today I was given my own cube to work in. I'm no longer a "squatter" in the nearest available working space. My first week of work was rather uneventful. Sure I'm learning new things and meeting my co-workers but I'm not encountering anything that will make this assignment sheer drudgery.
I'm working on the re-design team for a rather large company. We are using "TeamSite" to plan, design and implement a corporate extranet. I'm officially a "Content Entry Specialist." In other words, I build the website using their template system and the approved documents.
Working in a large corporate environment is very different than what I'm used to. In the past I was a generalist who was in on every aspect of site development. Now I'm a contractor working on one stage of the development. Before getting this assignment I was working on my own site(s) so doing content entry is like getting paid to do my hobby. Too bad it is only a contract job.
The hardest adjustment for me is the rescheduling of all the "stuff" I used to do. I simply don't have the time available to do what interests me. Now I'm stretching out my timelines for things and taking it slowly. What I miss the most is the time to contemplate. Those slow morning talking with Christ, reading, thinking, processing. Now I'm out of the door and on my way in 45 minutes. (And no, I don't want any cheese with my whine.)
Saturday, I spent time with friends, gave away Easter flowers, practiced other "random acts of kindness," and tried to get my "honey-do" list taken care of. The next time I'm out at a restaurant, I'm going to pay for the meal of a complete stranger and see how they respond to a random kindness.
Tonight I plan on spending some time with my wife, reading some blogs (I'm so behind on it.) and working on my book. Overall, I'm adjusting to being yet another drone in the American life. ;-P