Day 41. 133 pages, 60,943 words. Tomorrow I might get back to the rig. Finished Part Two though, and I have to say it was pretty fucking amazing.
Day 2 of the new job and all’s well. The cods have settled into a very minor twinge of discomfort now and then, and my first day of information overload and they’re-going-to-find-out-I’m-a-big-phoney panic has faded into a sort of right, better get on with it, this ramp-up isn’t going to perform itself feeling. Getting all the to-do piled up in some sort of order. And re-learning everything I’ve forgotten about FrameMaker. And meeting fifty new people and instantly forgetting their names.
So far the biggest challenge for me has been the 95% increase in Finnish use. This has set me close to first-days-at-Lionbridge levels of not knowing what’s going on, because back in 2005 even the English-language instructions were like gibberish. If this job was all in English, I think I’d be bored already.
To be honest, I think moving into an all-Finnish office is exactly what I needed at this time. It’s kicked my brain into actually thinking in Finnish, at least a little bit. It’s the next step I needed to take. A bit daunting, but exciting too.
Well, as dreameling so aptly put it yesterday (which was his first day at a new place too, and he totally owes me for getting him in the door there), Lionbridge has been preparing us for this. Moving to a new customer site, starting a new project every year or two (or three), has basically given us first-week-at-new-job experience that would otherwise be lacking in decade (decayed?) veterans of the business. It’s trained us not to fall into huddled balls of I-can’t-do-this panic … or if we must, then we huddle on the inside, damnit, and we act like Goddamn professionals.
That’s the plan, anyway.