finally, a sunny day! it’s nice to look out the window and see some sun instead of a vast expanse of grey. it’s friday, too – nice timing. a perfect end to an up-and-down week. I think I need to cut the coffee, though; I think it’s messing up my nerves.

I moved out of the Publishing department today, and settled into the IT department here at the Conference Board. it’s just a couple of doors down. now that I’ve accepted a contract here, I’ll be working partly on publications (like I was before), and partly on web posting. Everything here revolves around conferences and research publications, of course. so everything I work on is full of buzzwords and deep meaning to business gurus and miscellaneous people with suits. Anyway, this is the first time I’ve worked in an IT-only office; the difference is palpable. IT people are different from publishing people. The atmosphere here seems more laid-back than the high-strung atmosphere in publishing. It goes with the work, of course.

Anyway, I digress. I spent a lot of time making the transition between my new office (read: cubicle) and the old one. I did a lot of what I call “process management” – ie. making my life easier by finding ways to improve the way I do my work. to the untrained eye it looks like goofing around, but it’s not. for instance, I installed Yahoo! messenger (which I generally never use) so that the people in Publishing (who use it a lot) can give me a heads-up when something’s coming down the line. It saves them coming over to bug me for FYI’s. Not that I mind them coming to bug me, though. It’s just cool to see a little note from a co-worker pop up on my screen in a little window in real-time.

so anyway, I’m staying here for at least five months, if not more. I’d better get used to it. I think it’ll be fun. I seem to be tolerating it well so far (except for the coffee thing), and the people are generally friendly and easy to get along with. The work is interesting and varied, and the food’s good. mmmm, hospital food.* I dunno, I like it.

* The Conference Board’s cafeteria is run by the catering division of the Ottawa Hospital, which is just down the street.

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