Tag Archives: I love my job

Au Revoir, Apprehension

8 Oct

Last week was a much-needed pick-me-up on the job front! I headed down to Atlanta, Georgia for a few days for a project I’m working on, and it ended up being an unexpected blast! I came back with refreshed confidence and a newly discovered love of hotel room service! I also somehow managed to not a.) dent the rental car while parallel parking and b.) speak in a fake-Southern accent, so all-in-all, I’d say it was a success!

This trip couldn’t have come at a better time, since all summer and most of September had passed with very little on my plate. How I WISH I was the kind of person who relishes in down time, but alas, all slow days lead to are racing thoughts on what I’m doing with my life and whether or not I should move to France. I was just feeling flat and uninspired when October rolled around, and was hoping this trip would get me out of my funk.

…Which it did! The trip was a perfect combination of the things I love about my job: getting to work with great people, challenging myself with new skills, and staying in really nice hotels I didn’t have to pay for! Kidding, (although the hotel was pretty swank!) but it was nice to feel excited about my work again!

Talk about an attitude adjustment! I got into work this morning fresh and focused, ready to tackle the day! Sometimes, it just takes a little shake up to settle my errant and erratic thoughts…I guess my garret et garçon à Paris will have to wait!

Don’t Make Me Sing!

18 Jun

Last week was week three of (drumroll please!):

“My Totally Insane and Crazy Work Life, OMG How am I Supposed to Get All of This Done in Time, The Musical,” starring myself, a gigantic to-do list, and a post-work box of Franzia.

Life has been off the wall lately, but somehow, it’s all magically getting done and I’m having a lot of fun! Last week, I was given the opportunity to do some interviews on my own, and while I was a little nervous, it was a great experience! I really felt like a producer, and it was an awesome feeling. I did my research, wore my best blazer and put on my fake glasses, all in the name of looking professional and journalism-y. And it really paid off! I even sounded like a journalist…at least until the end of my first interview.

When we do an interview here, we’ll usually send it out to be professionally transcribed. I was looking forward to getting them back, and praying that I didn’t say “um”, “like”, or “totally” throughout the entire thing! But it’s always different reading things rather than how you remember actually saying them, and the end of my interview was a prime example of something being lost-in-translation on the page! While I was a little horrified at the time, it’s definitely funnier when you read it out of context:

INTERVIEWER: Cool.  Great.  Awesome.  Very nice.  Well, congratulations.


INTERVIEWER: Yeah.  [LAUGHS]  Congratulations on being alive.  [LAUGHS]

Ok, so….I know how that reads, but I swear it didn’t come off as cold-hearted and maniacal as that! In reality, this was a post-interview chat that just happened to be caught on tape! Plus, I definitely didn’t laugh! Maybe it was a chortle, or an innocent giggle, but a laugh? And you can take me at my word on this one, because a.) they didn’t punch me in the face post-interview and b.) they sent me a very nice thank you email. Regardless, I’m going to have to work on my closing number if I really want to be a star!

Swing battah, battah!

5 Jun

Last Friday started the summer softball season at work! Not only did I play, I wasn’t totally horrible! It was a good day all around! I felt even better about myself once I saw another player run to first base with the bat still in her hand. Compared to that, I was Babe Ruth!

Of course, I was ridiculously nervous to play–I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a softball player. Or an athlete. Or someone with any sort of hand-eye coordination. When I told my loving family I’d be playing, they laughed at me, and then reminded me that this wouldn’t be a game played with a plastic bat and waffle ball. So supportive of my athletic pursuits!

But the hype surrounding the game came to a screeching halt on Friday morning, when I was suddenly the only one of my work friends going to the game! Then when we got to the field, we were greeted with the other teams warming up in coordinated uniforms, lobbing curve balls, and doing calisthenics in the outfield! Then we didn’t even have enough people to make the two full teams, and had to borrow a few players from our opponents to fill the roster! And then…the promised bubble gum was sour apple. Morale=LOW.

But once we started playing, the competitive spirit and lovely summer weather brought us our very first win! I played the outfield, and never even came near the ball, much to my relief. I also managed to make it to first base and bring someone home! All in all a success! Plus it was a good excuse to get a free hat and a two-hour lunch break!

The Future: Ah-Woah.

2 May

The other day at work we had a script-writing seminar with some of the more experienced and seasoned writers of the bunch. While I’m probably years away from actually writing scripts, it was really inspiring to listen to people who have worked here for decades breakdown their own work. Like any gathering of my colleagues, I walked away totally infatuated with my job and the amazing people I work with. You’d think I’d have gotten a grip at this point, but it’s so exciting to see people who are passionate about their work and love doing it.

One speaker in particular gave such a rousing and inspiring speech, you could practically see the passion for his work in his body language as he talked about it. He walked around the room, recited poetry, paced back and forth across the floor, and gesticulated his points with wild arm movements. Sure, it was a little bizarre, but it was also awesome. This guy loves writing. He loves words and telling stories, and he’s extremely good at it.  He gave us lots of advice, one of which was to read and memorize poetry out loud. Rest assured I went on Amazon last night and stocked up. One of his recommendations was Dr. Seuss, so I’m looking forward to reciting “One Fish, Two Fish” at a downtown poetry slam.

Sometimes it’s just so hard to articulate how much I love what I do, because a lot of the time, it’s not the things that I actually do during the day that are exciting, but the idea of what I’ll be doing down the road. It’s not that I especially enjoy filling out travel requests or figuring out rental rates for hotel suites, but the idea that someday, I’ll be going on those trips or sitting in those suites, finding and producing amazing stories.  And hey, if I’m half as jazzed about my career as this person was the other day, life will be awesome!

Office Perks

16 Apr

As a full-time employee, there are a few perks that come with my job, 90% of which I had no idea even existed until my friend was also hired full-time and cashed in. For the past month, she’s pranced in with a new blackberry, a corporate card, countless discounts–all things that I’d been blithely unaware of. I was happy enough with my vacation days and dental plan, but the world of office perks has been slowly opening to me, exposing a land of milk and honey. Well…that might be a slight exaggeration.

Nevertheless, I am now the proud owner of a blackberry, and just signed up today for a corporate card. Free lunches ow oww! Kidding, kidding….although it will be nice to not rack up hundreds of dollars in over-time cab fare on my trusty little chase card! The blackberry on the other hand is a great perk that I didn’t even know I needed until I had one! On the one hand, it’s nice to be able to check in when I’m running a little late, or leaving a little early, or when I’m sitting in long meetings and screenings while the emails pile up. On the other, my “I didn’t see that email” excuse is essentially null and void. I’m also pretty much reachable 24/7. For someone who barely answers their cell phone, this will take some getting used to, but I definitely like the decreased stress of missing loads of emails while otherwise occupied.

I certainly feel like a professional lady now, and who knows what else this place has in store! I’ll just have to wait for my friend to get to it first and I’ll jump on the bandwagon!

Secret Santa!

23 Dec

Have I mentioned lately how much I ADORE my job?! Between the cube decorating contest, the office holiday party, and the free Christmas cookies that got dropped off yesterday, work life is pretty grand. But throw in a Secret Santa party, and BOOM! Best week ever!

The past few weeks have been really fun, because I’ve been getting to know some of my coworkers a lot better. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been working a lot lately so I see them more often, or because I’ve been so much calmer and happier since moving to the city, but we have quite the little social circle at the office these days. And one of the most brilliant ideas to stem from our scheming was a Secret Santa.

Now the last time I did a Secret Santa was in 6th grade, and I don’t even remember what I received. All I know is that it was NOT a set of milky pens, and I was devastated. My family never really fares well in these random gift exchanges anyway–one year my sister got a bottle of nail polish with bite marks in the cap and a used barrette. Gross! But of course, this Secret Santa was organized to the T–we could even make a wish list, to avoid–as one co-worker put it–that “O…thankssss!!!” moment.

We had our little party yesterday, and everyone loved their gifts! I got my person a gift card, but tried to disguise it in a cupcake box. Despite the fact that she shook the box, flipped in over, and opened it upside down, the cupcake was miraculously still in tact! A Christmas miracle! And I got exactly what I asked for–a new pair of headphones! I’ve been blasting Christmas music all day–I’ve heard Sleigh Ride ten times so far…with full stereo mix in both ears!

It was a fun afternoon, and everyone walked away with some Christmas cheer and another nice work memory. Friends!

The Peppermint Pavilion

21 Dec

So the results are in and I walked away EMPTY HANDED. So upset. I’m drowning my sorrows in peppermint schnapps and my leftover candy canes. Looking back, I think I peaked too early. I was finished with my creation on Tuesday, and people were putting newer things up everyday. Maybe I was the cool kid on the block on Tuesday, but by Friday, it was old news. Plus, the placement of my cube put me at a disadvantage–I was behind the famed “gingercube”, which, sure, was cool….but I wrapped my pencil cup people! Isn’t that worth anything?!

Apparently not. Out of four awards given last night, I didn’t even snag “Most Traditional Christmas.” Perhaps it was my lack of bribes. Unlike my coworkers who plied the judges with cookies and sweets, I was handing out peppermints, like a musty old grandma. Well, I thought it was pretty. AND I THINK I SHOULD HAVE WON SOMETHING.

The finished product! Listen, you can’t say I didn’t stick to my theme!

HOW DID THIS NOT WIN AN AWARD? Like, for serious. I hung streamers from the ceiling in a visually pleasing way! I hand-crafted thirty peppermints! I HUNG TINSIL! The world is unfair.

I lifted my computer up to paper underneath, and I have zero upper body strength. And all for naught!

Of course, everyone’s favorite detail was my screen saver, something that took me 3 seconds to choose. Disregard the fact that I spent 3 hours decorating my cube and suspended things from the ceiling. The highlight was obviously this screen saver. Obviously.