starting over

Posted on Saturday 7 October 2006

sense :: sight // DL.TV Episode 100

The first week of the new job is over-and lemme tell ya, I’m tired. It’s been a hectic week, having to balance orientation and meetings early every day this week and being thrown right into the fray and doing things I’ve never done before literally every day of the week. It’s been a real challenge, but I like it. I don’t have nearly as much time at the office to slack around and do things like blog and relax as I did at my last job (and even the job before that) but I don’t mind so much as long as I’m doing something and I’m being challenged. And let me tell you, it’s challenging. Literally every single day this week has resulted in me doing something I’ve never done, and usually having to figure it out on my own without much help. It’s frustrating and liberating at the same time-it’s so difficult but it’s still rewarding when it’s all said and done. I’m still settling in, and it’s going to be hard, but I like to think that as I continue to settle into the new position that this will get easier day by day.

Still, it’s difficult getting used to a new commute that requires hitting the beltway and paying attention to traffic reports again, something I haven’t had to do in a long time, but if I manage to get on the road at the right time in the morning, traffic or no I get to werk at a decent time without much of a problem. Besides, I have time to catch the NPR morning news and a little Morning Edition, and sip my coffee while its still piping hot.

This weekend, Raevyn and I are headed to The Maryland Renaissance Festival, and I’m hoping to get pictures. It’s usually difficult because I’m too busy enjoying everything to actually snag pictures, and I’m generally too shy to stop people in garb and ask to take their photo, but we’ll see how it goes. In the meantime though, if anyone was curious about our pictures from last weekend’s trip to the National Zoo, those pictures are over at Photowerks. more precisely in this gallery. Observe the Zoo’s littlest panda playing with his food:

tai shan!

And probably the cutest birds of prey ever:

pygmy falcon!

And there’s a ton more in there, mostly of the panda family and the various friends we made in the bird house, including lots of owls.

In other news, I do have a little time here and there to do some reading and relax a bit and take a few mental breaks at the office, but I can easily say that the days go by quickly. Among the many things I’ve had a chance to scan over this week were the Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves which is downloadable for free from Some of the stories and excerpts from the entire book are astounding and eye-opening, especially for me. Because there are few if any, survivors of slavery still alive today, it’s incredible reading quotes and stories of people who lived through that period of American history-a period that many people wish they could forget or deny or simply wipe out of our collective history. I very much like the notion of staying in touch with that history. It’s mine.

In lighter news, I’m entertained by, kind of a one-stop-shop for online government auctions. I mean come on, ever wanted your own barge? All yours for $35 USD. How about a mysterious non-photographed pair of pajama bottoms? Strangely, more than the barge, at $79 USD. Me? I’ll take the assorted communications equipment for $35 USD.

2 Comments for 'starting over'

    October 7, 2006 | 10:48 pm

    Your attitude to this new job is stellar . . . no wonder you have accomplished so much. I so admire you, and must share with you that I feel inspired by your attitude.

    re: slave narratives Slave housing became a “hot topic” in art history about 10-15 years ago . . . I’m not sure I felt comfortable seeing the flocks of opportunists jump on the bandwagon (less of a sense of caring than of opportunism), but those who gathered the literature, and what **little** existed, were moved and changed by it.

    Are there really people demented enough to buy Doj Bureau Of Prisons pajama bottoms???

    October 8, 2006 | 1:11 am

    Thank you…I’m taking it one day at a time-it’s difficult, very difficult, both doing what I need to do and getting acclimated to things. ::blush:: Hearing that someone whom you admire admires you also is an incredible feeling.

    Youch-slave housing as a topic of study in art history? Hmm. Still, any opportunity to glean more of the past the better, I would suppose.

    And you know, I don’t know if there is anyone willing to buy those pajama bottoms, but it apparently has 3 bidders already!

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