So far so good

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.

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10 Responses to So far so good

  1. stchucky says:

    And by “aptly”, I meant “eloquently”.

    The coffee here is okay but they’re out of milk and the process for getting new milk is a headache I don’t need right now.

    Speaking of headaches I don’t need, I left my glasses at home today. I never miss them ’til they’re gone.

  2. dreameling says:

    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.

    Considering that I supertotally got you your new gig with my glorious recommendation, I’d say we’re even.

  3. aaronthepatriot says:

    Awesome! I’m so glad I’m not alone feeling this way at a new job, particularly with the names! Actually, first chance I got, I self-deprecated myself as being horrible with names until I’ve interacted with someone, and emphasized it has nothing to do with how important I think you are as a person, and everything to do with how my brain just thinks names are not important. Or something like that, but more brilliant. I’m sure ’twas, because scores of engineers were laughing by the end of it.

    Except for your little decade/decayed bit at the end. That was a little bit my mom for me. And by “a little bit” I mean “exactly”. And I’m not even kidding. *shudders*

    • dreameling says:

      I’ve always considered the introductions round (and all the naming of faces) more of a welcoming formality than an actual now-you-need-to-remember-all-these-names-and-faces thing. Nobody can possibly expect you to remember more than a few new names.

  4. brknwntr says:

    Hell, I’ve met dreameling like 10 times now, I still don’t know his name.

    I’m FAIRLY certain aaronthepatriot’s name is James.

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