So… thanks for being kind, understanding, supportive folks while we re-calibrate here in the woods. One week and two days into the new job and I’m starting to not feel lost. To be fair, the guys – I work with four men in the podunk branch – have been great about making sure I’ve felt “at home” from day #1, but the database I spend most of my time with and I are getting acquainted so I don’t have to ask for help so very often, and it’s not all overwhelmingly new anymore.
I have no idea where and how blogging will fit into things. I’m shocked at how off-kilter I am just adding an hour to my work day. Full disclosure… it’s significantly more than that, really. I used to work 8-4, with about a 15 minute commute, but as things slowed down at the former employer’s, I’d gotten ridiculously sloppy about wandering in later and later. So… 7-4 is more like about 90 minutes longer, even though I do get a proper lunch hour now. The good news is that my commute is averaging about 20 minutes. Every minute I stay at work past 4pm compounds the traffic I have to battle on the way home, but it hasn’t been as bad as I feared… yet.
And it’s CASUAL attire. VERY casual attire. I’m struggling to not be over-dressed, and yet, to feel comfortable. It’s funny… I’ve always had this struggle with my very casual, jeans and boots “farm” self and my preppy heart. I’d gotten rather business-preppified over the last couple of years, and now, particularly with a parts room that REALLY wants some quality time with me, I have to really dig deeply in my closet and find shop-friendly attire that doesn’t feel too sloppy to be in town for me.
Can y’all help a girl out? I know truly casual offices are the norm in lots of places. Ironically, this summer I told a League leader that I envied her very relaxed, no dress code office. (Not that I had a dress code at the inlaws’… but …) For those of you who do it, how do you straddle being very casual and still feeling put together?