Sunday, April 29, 2007

First Week

The whole first week at my new job is done. I have two key observations. First is that, in contrast to every other job I've started, where the first few days or weeks have been a very slow going period of ramp-up and figuring out what to be working on... in contrast to that, this job has had me engaged from day-1 and I'm really enjoying that.

I think that part of it has to do with where I am in my career, part of it has to do with where this work is at, and part of it has to do with the personalities of the people on this overall team. I'm definitely excited about the new job and finished the week with a smile (if also with a yawn from not getting enough sleep this week).

One of the oddly comforting things about this job, though it only manifests itself at a corporate level so far, is the faith-based nature of the organization. I'm not planning to convert to Catholicism, mind you, but there is something nice about getting a daily devotional email, being invited to prayer meetings, and knowing that there's a meditation room just down the hall. Very different work environment than the corporate America that I'm used to.

Here's to hoping that week-2, and most of the subsequent weeks are as satisfying!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

First Day

Today was my first day at my new job. As you might expect, it didn't feel like the most productive day I've ever had in my life - lots of getting acquainted, figuring out my default password for my new laptop, setting up printers, and email, and applications; meeting lots of people for the first time that I probably won't remember tomorrow; talking about the thousand things that I need to get up to speed on ASAP....

The good thing is that I'm really excited about the new job. There are a lot of great, exciting opportunities. I can't wait to really start getting my hands dirty!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Super Dad!

I had both of the girls for a few hours on my own this weekend. That doesn't usually happen since Ada still likes to nurse every 2-3 hours (except today when she's been sleeping for the past several hours), but she will take a bottle on occasion. So, Mom went out to lunch with a girlfriend and the kids and dog and I stayed home for some valuable and enriching time together.

We were watching Monsters Inc.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Big Girl Hair

Last post for my barrage this evening...

Ellie's got a new hair cut.


Our daughter is now officially a Ralph's World groupie. If you aren't familiar with Ralph, find a toddler and ask them about red bananas, they'll be happy to tell you all about Ralph. Ellie and Daddy went to see him in concert at the Pageant a couple weekends ago. It was her THIRD time seeing him in concert. She's 3 years old, and she's been to three rock concerts!

I think that next time, Ralph will probably remember us. He has a younger sister with Down Syndrome, and we've met him personally twice now. Maybe during his next Chicago show, we'll drive up for a visit and he'll invite us out to dinner with the band!

New Job

Today, it became public knowledge that I'm resigning from my current position with Express Scripts, the pharmaceutical benefit management company, effective 4/11. I'll start my new position as "Manager of Business Intelligence Architecture" with Mercy Health System on 4/23. Mixed emotions, obviously, because ESI has been a great place to work, but I look forward to the opportunity at Mercy, too.

Wish me luck!