So... I survived my first day....
It's been a long day, and all I want to do now is crawl into bed and escape into oblivion for a while. But I just want to capture some of my thoughts here.
The good stuff - I have a laptop, which I am expected to bring home with me because of security issues at the office. That's the official line, anyway - but really, having to bring my laptop home means having to do some WORK at home. "Because you can".
The weather today is pretty blah - cold and wet for the most part, which made running around the campus and between buildings to sort out administrative tasks like filling in forms and stuff, not quite so pleasant. On a beautiful day, one could really appreciate the beauty of the campus, and savour the vast open spaces and green stuff around (I know, because I've been up there when the sun is shinning, and people are sprawled on the lawns eating their lunches).
My manager is a decent guy. Having spent an entire day with him, he seems pleasant enough, and that's important because I anticipate having a fairly close working relationship with him.
Mark stopped by my office after lunch to say hi, and it was great to see a familiar face and chat for a bit. He has settled in quite well by now, and I hope I will be as comfortable in the weeks/months ahead.
By the way - the farewell lunch I had on Friday went well. It turned out to be a long drawn out 3 hour lunch - we sat on the patio in the sun and simply enjoyed the weather, good food, and conversation. I can't complain because it was my last day, and I had no work waiting for me back at the office anyway. But after our lunch, when I finally packed up my final bits and pieces and said goodbye to my colleagues, I felt sad and kinda lost. I knew it was going to be tough, but it didn't really hit me until I found myself walking away from the office for that one last time.
But it's a new chapter now. It's a fresh start. I anticipate the work ahead to be challenging. It's all still a bit scary and intimidating. And this first week will feel like a very long week, the way today has felt like a really long day... But it's a journey worth taking, I believe. I only hope I don't screw it up.