Thursday, October 30, 2008

Long Time, No See

Hey everybody! Remember me? Yeah, I'm the guy who "runs" this site. It's pretty dusty and cob-webby right now, but I'm hoping to clean it off and get it back into shape. In my last post, I wrote about how I'd get back to you on Across the Universe, then you never heard from me again.

Until now.

Well a couple of events have transpired since then. You see, I wrote that post, then proceeded to enjoy the movie, or most of it, when the phone rang. I investigated the caller ID before answering and discovered it was my boss. Calling me from his home. When he should have been at work. Which = not good. He'd been canned, and I saw my plans for a little self-medicating "me" time spiraling straight down the drain.

I was called into work the next morning and immediately invited into my ex-boss's boss's office, along with the station manager and the corporate VP of engineering. I was calculating in my head how much I could possibly collect in unemployment when they turned the tables on me and offered me my ex-boss's job. Part of me was flattered while the other 99% wanted to throw up. The opportunity was a good one, but the responsibility of leading the department through a major transition was daunting. I told them I'd think about it.

Then I went on vacation to Mexico with the fam.

Here's our boat...

...and the dolphin we swam with in Cabo San Lucas (his name's Ricardo)...

...and the resort pool in Puerto Vallarta where I drank WAY too much tequila.

I returned from vacation and took the job, and life has been an adjustment ever since, mostly for the better. For the first time in what seems like forever, I'm working normal hours, Monday through Friday. I'm having dinner with my family, attending every softball practice, every softball game, and tucking the girls into bed every night. I'm catching up on what I feel has been lost time with my family, and that feels great.

But on the other hand, there's been a loss of personal time that allowed me to be able to engage in activities that I really enjoyed, like writing and updating this blog. That's OK, though, because I'm doing what I need to be doing right now. I hope not to go so long before my next post, but I'm not making any promises.


Greg said...


It seems like you haven't lost a little "me" time, you've just gained a more normal amount of family time. Hopefully it doesn't turn into one of those thankless, working-all-hours-on-salary kinda things -- always my biggest fear about management.

I keep getting told I'll miss all the family time when the kids get old enough to despise me and don't want me to attend their activities anymore, but I don't know :) A few hours a week on my own sounds great right about now.

batteredham said...

Yeah, I'm enjoying the time with the fam right now, though lately it's seemed the sibling rivalry factor has ratcheted up a few notches. When will they learn that there's enough love to go around?

A Musing Mom said...

Congrats on the promotion! And what a great vacation. Welcome back!