Random Thoughts and Interoffice Politics

Now that I’m in this weird middle management position, where I’m the Lead of my department, I’m discovering a lot more about inter office politics. I’m balanced between two worlds-the worker bees and the administrators. It’s an awkward place to be and I see both sides, but I also see the ugly parts.

Sometimes my favorite part of the job is hanging out with the cool Electrician vendors I work with.

Some days the mundane tasks bring me the most joy, like setting up a computer for a pumping mama so she’s more comfortable when she pumps her milk during her lunch break.

Shared workspace and open offices are really, really stupid, especially when you’re constantly bombarded with questions all day. Also putting in earbuds doesn’t seem to help when you’re trying to concentrate. I wish I had an office. Or even a storage closet!

Teaching my staff how to be decent humans is really challenging. They are sooo awkward. The whole awkward IT people is a stereotype for a reason.

Some days I really miss being a stay at home spouse and mama. Other days I love the challenges. Today I’m just super excited that it’s Friday.

2018 To Do List

The results are in for 2017’s To Do List. I wasn’t able to accomplish everything, but overall I think it was a pretty productive year, especially considering how busy work was this past year.

2017 Goals/To Do List:

Financial:

  • Save up for an SUV or all wheel drive vehicle (used, preferably something that can handle all the rough weather we get up here)  I got my super cute RAV4. I LOVE it! 
  • Save for a family trip, ideally to the Gorge  We didn’t go to the Gorge, but our family trip to Newport was amazing.
  • Start contributing to our IRA accounts again

Personal Growth:

  • Get the lead promotion this summer when my manager retires
  • Get Project + Certification
  • Go to the Gym at least 2x per week, walk the dog, wrestle Piglet, or do a workout video on other days. Goal is to lose 10 pounds, but really just get back to feeling fit. (I did work out at least 2x per week, but I also ate a ton of junk at work. I didn’t gain too much, but I definitely didn’t lose any weight.)

Travel and Family Adventures:

  • Visit the Gorge
  • Take a family trip, just the three of us, not to see family, but just for us We went to Newport, and it was such a fun weekend. I’m realizing I never blogged about it, which is super sad. We went to the aquarium, the beach, and just relaxed together.
  • Visit our California family this summer
  • Hike Silver Falls

Home DIY & Crafts:

  • Build shed
  • Build porch swing  I made my own bench instead 
  • Build built in dressers or storage in master.  I still really want to do this!
  • Landscape the yard
  • Plant a garden

Here’s my list for the new year.

2018 Goals/To Do List:

Financial:

  • Save up for a trip to Hawaii and set a date to go.
  • Pay down car loan.
  • Start investing for Piglet.

Personal Growth:

  • Take part in a 30 day fitness challenge
    • Goal is to get back to Driver’s License weight by the end of the new year
  • Learn how to play at least one song on the keyboard
    • Ideally take a course someday to learn more, but I’ll be happy if I can just learn one for now.
  • Take a leadership training course

Travel and Family Adventures:

  • Visit our California family/friends
  • Go on a trip to the snow
  • Go camping with friends
  • Visit the Gorge (someday we will finally do this)
  • Go on a family train ride
  • Take a trip to Hawaii

Home DIY & Crafts:

  • Build built in dressers or storage in master
  • Build a printer cover
  • Night stand for guest room or filing cabinet cover
  • Paint the exterior of the house
  • Finish mixbook for 2017, update the 2018 book regularly.

Survey Says

So way back when I first started college, I had a friend tell me about Pinecone Research. It’s a fun and easy way to make extra cash online. I have since branched out to other survey sites, but this is by far my favorite.

If you’re interested in their surveys, check out this link, and let me know what you think! I like taking surveys while I watch TV or just to kill time while waiting for appointments.

Musical Wishes

I’m finally at a place with work where I don’t have to spend every evening studying or working a second job. I’ve started listening to podcasts at http://gc.guitarcenter.com/podcast/ which have motivated me to take up learning a musical instrument again. I want to learn to play keyboard so badly. First I have to tackle learning to read music. I don’t know what it is, but I have such a hard time learning to read it. I have a mental block that I need to learn to move past. It would also help if I practiced more, maybe even took a formal class. These are goals I have for this year, and I hope to see them through.

2016 Goal List Results

It’s time to check in and see how I did with last year’s Goal List. I would say we did pretty darn well. I’m happy to report that so many of this list was checked off.

Financial:

  • Buy a home and settle in
  • Buy an investment property (this was a pretty lofty goal, it’s more in the 10 year plan really)
  • Build back up our savings account

Personal Growth:

  • Lose the 10+ pounds I’ve held on to since last year. Work is really getting in the way of my workouts! I did get a standing desk last month, so hoping that helps.
  • Get a promotion or better job I got a promotion! I am so, so grateful!
  • Read at least 60 Books this year (I only made it to 32 this year, but with the busy year we had, I think that’s not too shabby)
  • Get Google Admin certified. I epic failed this one, but now I have a different cert I need to work towards my next promotion…

Travel & Family Adventures: We didn’t go all the places I wanted, but we had a lot of fun adventures.

  • Visit the Columbia Gorge
  • Go on at least one camping trip this summer
  • Take Piglet on the Zoo train
  • Explore the Japanese Tea Gardens in Portland
  • Hike Silver Falls
  • Visit Imagine Play in McMinnville (it closed before we could go, so sad!)
  • Take Piglet to OMSI (sis-in-law did this, but we’d like to go too!)
  • Teach Piglet how to swim

Home DIY & Crafts

  • Build mudroom closet
  • Whole house paint makeover
  • Build office desk (made over a Goodwill desk instead)
  • Paint kitchen cabinets white
  • Make Piglet a train room
  • Repaint the deck
  • Repaint the house trim

This year I have some great new goals:

Financial:

  • Save up for an SUV or all wheel drive vehicle (used, preferably something that can handle all the rough weather we get up here)
  • Save for a family trip, ideally to the Gorge
  • Start contributing to our IRA accounts again

Personal Growth:

  • Get the lead promotion this summer when my manager retires
  • Get Project + Certification
  • Go to the Gym at least 2x per week, walk the dog, wrestle Piglet, or do a workout video on other days. Goal is to lose 10 pounds, but really just get back to feeling fit.

Travel and Family Adventures:

  • Visit the Gorge
  • Take a family trip, just the three of us, not to see family, but just for us
  • Visit our California family this summer
  • Hike Silver Falls

Home DIY & Crafts:

  • Build shed
  • Build porch swing
  • Build built in dressers or storage in master
  • Landscape the yard
  • Plant a garden