Monday, December 28, 2009

In Which I Start Over

Today is the first day of my new job, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. I'm more excited than I am nervous, so I suppose it all comes out in the wash. I'm just glad to be moving on, glad to see the job I used to have getting smaller in smaller in my rear-view mirror, glad to be starting something new that is going to challenge and motivate me.

Working around other people will take some getting used to, considering I've worked from home for the past two years. I had worked in an office environment for a while prior to that, so I'm sure after a few days I'll fall right back into that old routine. I'll just have to remember that I can't burp or fart any time I feel like it, that excavating my nose will have to happen in the bathroom, and the watching of Internet porn will have to wait until I get home. So many sacrifices, but it'll be worth it, I know.

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Christmas at the BAG household went well. I let The Boss sleep in for a while, but once she rubbed the sleep from her eyes, it was present time. We didn't have a very extravagant Christmas this year, but the gifts we did get for each other were meaningful.

I got her the book "Evermore" by Alyson Noel, because she is on a huge vampire kick (much like the rest of the country, it seems). She also got a couple different types of candy, some traveling accessories for a trip she's taking in February, and a distinctive coffee mug that she can keep at work.

She got two big presents this year. The first big present was something that she (not so subtly) hinted at one day when we were walking around the mall in town:




She also got these:




We saw these while trying to find her some winter boots earlier in the month, and she couldn't stop talking about how much she liked them after we had left. I offered to buy them for her, but she said no, that they were too expensive. I was able to get them on sale a few weeks later, and she couldn't have been more surprised.

I will say, though, that a man looking in the Women's aisle in the shoe store does illicit some pretty strange looks, especially from the people who work there. Never again will I shop for women's shoes by myself.

The Boss did very well in what she got for me, too. I got some small gadget-y type stuff and a ton of sweets and candy. My two big gifts were two things that will come very much in handy, both pertaining to my writing. She got me "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk and E.B. White, which, if you've never heard of it, is pretty much a must-have for any writer. I also got the 2010 Writer's Market, which will be very helpful in finding the right places to send proposals to once I get some of my better pieces of writing fine tuned.

We had a family Christmas later in the afternoon with my parents, my sisters and their husbands, and my niece and nephew. My niece, at six months old, is crawling like a pro and can stand up all on her own. My parents got her this walk-along toy, thinking she'd use it once she got a little older, but she ended up surprising us all by walking (albeit clumsily and slow) across the living room. It was quite amazing to see.

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Well, I'm off to work now. Wish me luck.

Happy Monday, folks.

49 Comments:

Natacha Sittner said...

Really strange to start a new job on the last week of a year? I don't think I've heard of this before... but none-the-less GOOD LUCK! I hope it is what you want... for now at least...

argumentics said...

Like your blog, man (in an un-gay way). Good thingy with the new job there. Freaky bookshelf, by the way.

ACE OF BASE said...

i was about to log off, when i saw your post on my dashboard.. Always nice reading your stuff.. all the best on your job.. And I dont have to mention it..but.. do tell us how it went at ur job!!

Brian Miller said...

sounds like you had a good christmas...good luck today...have fun with it...

Marni said...

Good luck! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Feral Female said...

Good luck with the new job! Can`t wait to hear about it!

Jeanine said...

Good luck with the new job. New jobs are pretty exciting and nerve-wracking. Let us know how it went. :)

Sandy said...

Sounds like a great Christmas. Good job with The Boss's gifts! I'm impressed. Good luck with the new job. Can't wait to hear more about it. It might be a nice change to be out working with people again.

Aunt Juicebox said...

Hey, a man who will buy his wife shoes for Christmas gets an A+ in my book! And I'm so excited that you are thinking about sending in some book proposals! Good luck!!! Or break a pencil? Something like that.

Jennifer said...

Gosh, I want the Elements of Style. I saw it the other day in this used book store in town, but I never did pick it up.

I'm going downtown again with a friend today. I think I just might have to get it.

Glad you two had a good Christmas!
Good luck on your new job!

alntv said...

Good luck! :-)

Natalie said...

Good luck!

Remember that people see you as you see yourself so walk around with a smile and your head held high.

Aunt Becky said...

Aw, BAG, you're such a softie. Merry Christmas and good luck, my friend. I know you're going to do very well.

Hipstercrite said...

Congrats and good luck!

minivan soapbox said...

Good Luck with the new job man! and I'm so glad you had a nice Christmas! Let us know how it goes!

mysterg said...

So pleased for you about the new job! 2010 is the year of the Badass Geek.

Melissa said...

Congratulations! Don't forget to wear pants!

Poppy said...

New employment adventures are the geekbomb.

ForeverRhonda said...

Good job on the shoes! I have the same ones in black! Good luck at the new job....

Angela said...

I'm a new follower--just wanted to say have fun at the new job. You seem to be a very considerate fellow, you know, in waiting until you get home to watch porn. I'm sure you'll do great.

Harley D. Palmer said...

I wish you luck on your new job! I have just been let go of my job - which I loved - so I'm trying the work at home thing. Hopefully it'll work out and I can stay at home with my son! Good luck and I'll keep coming back to read!
Harley D. Palmer

Maureen said...

Awesome! Sounds like a very nice Christmas. Good luck with the new job; and yes, it IS a good thing you went thru that list of Do's and Don'ts in the workplace.

I think you are very brave to shop for women's shoes. I hate it and I'M a woman!

Michelle said...

{this is my first time here} it sounds like you had a nice Christmas too... meaningful gifts that you dont expect are simply the BEST!! Good work man! My husband got me a puppy this year, who we have named earl... and i JUST LOVE HIM TO BITS :) so he did well too! Good Luck with the new job man AND the writing :)

Miss Iris said...

Good luck on the beginnings of the new job! :)

Caron said...

I just got home from the trip to my mom's for the holiday. As such, I'm a little late in my good wishes. I hope the day went well.

MIT Mommy said...

Good luck with the new job. Glad you are getting a head start on the new year. Merry belated Christmas.

Chibi Jeebs said...

Too late to wish you luck on your first day, but I sure hope it went well, and good luck for tomorrow! :)

P.S. Extra points for the shoes, dude. Totally awesome. ;)

Braden Rosner said...

I've always been recommended "The Elements of Style" but never managed to get my paws on a copy. So far so good or what?

Mad Woman said...

Hope the new job is going swimmingly. Love those shoes. Good job man!

mjingham said...

Good to start a new job before the end of the year. Means that it is one less thing to clog up the new years resolutions!

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Mainak said...

Good Luck! But yeah... it is a bit strange that you should start on a new job at year end! All the same - Good luck!

Kim said...

Good luck at the new job!
And honestly I cannot think of a time that I have ever seen a man wandering the shoe section of a store alone other than this one time and well, I don't believe he was shopping for a female at all unless she had some huge feet.

Notes From the Grove said...

Nice job on the shoes! Those are adorable! Glad you guys had a nice Christmas. Good luck at the job (not that you'll need it)!

Beatrix Bernadotte said...

Very cute shoes I have to say!

toywithme said...

Day two of your new job and I hope things are going great for you!

P.S. Your wife has fantabulous taste in shoes. Next time she wears them out please let me know, I might want to mug her :)

LiLu said...

Love, love, LOVE those shoes. How freaking thoughtful!

Kate said...

Great Shoes.
No really. Awesome!
The Boss has great taste and more hubbies should follow up on the not-so-subtle hints we bosses give out!

Johnny Virgil said...

Congrats! I hope if I ever quit a job, I can do it in a similar fashion.

BugginWord said...

I hope it went well...and that your sexy new red pumps make your calves look fantastic. (Bought 'em for your wife, right!)

Rebecca Knight said...

I hope you had a wonderful first day of work, dude! :D Also, those shoes are gorgeous--great work!

Badass Geek said...

Natacha Sittner: I suppose it is strange, but it works for me!

Argumentics: Yeah, I'm trying to read through all of Stephen King's books. I'm a good portion of the way there.

Ace Of Base: The new job is going well! Update coming soon.

Brian Miller: Thank you!

Marni: Thanks!

Feral Female: Thank you!

Jeanine: It is nerve wracking, but I'm excited to be making a change.

Sandy: So far, it has been nice to be around people. My opinion may change.

Aunt Juicebox: Thank you! I'm not sure what will happen with all of that, but I will be sure to write about it here.

Jennifer: Do it! It's an essential.

Alntv: Thanks, dude!

Natalie: That is very good advice.

Aunt Becky: Thank you very much. =)

Hipstercrite: Thanks, and thanks!

Minivan Soapbox: Will do!

Mysterg: I sure hope so.

Melissa: Hasn't happened yet!

Poppy: They are indeed.

ForeverRhonda: Thank you!

Angela: They probably have all the good porn sites blocked, anyways.

Harley D. Palmer: Thank you, sir. I wish you the best, as well.

Maureen: I did get some pretty strange looks, looking at women's shoes.

Michelle: A puppy! Nice!

Miss Iris: Thank you kindly.

Caron: It did go well, thank you.

MIT Mommy: Thank you!

Chibi Jeebs: Thanks! I earned major points for getting her those shoes.

Braden Rosner: I haven't opened it yet to fully read it, but I've heard it is pretty much indispensable.

Mad Woman: Thank you!

Mjingham: Exactly!

Mainak: Thank you!

Kim: There's a first time for everything!

Notes From the Grove: I think she may love the shoes more than me now. ;)

Beatrix Bernadotte: The Boss thinks so, too.

ToyWithMe: I'll keep you posted. =)

LiLu: That's me!

Kate: I'm very perceptive like that.

Johnny Virgil: Thanks, JV. Quitting was incredibly liberating.

BugginWord: They didn't have my size, otherwise I would have gotten a matching pair.

Rebecca Knight: Thanks!

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x said...

Good luck on the new job. There's only one first day.

BeautifulWreck said...

I hope your first day went well.

You got your wife some excellent gifts.

O, and I love Elements of Style. I am using it this year with my daughter for homeschooling, and it reminds me of so much I have forgotten. :)

Jana said...

Like your Post! Good luck, though, with your new job!!

Nej said...

I can't wait to hear how the first day went!!!

P.S. Buying shoes for the wife...nice! Don't let those evil shoe store employees scare you away from doing it again. :-)

Moonspun said...

You are a good husband to get those shoes for the Boss!

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