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First week
Well, I survived my first week at MISD. I keep feeling like I'm being so slow to pick things up, but really when I look at what I've actually been doing I suppose I'm not doing so badly. I've been on two afternoon courses already (one on tables, and one on stylesheets) -- they were serious about being willing to train their staff! I've helped produce one issue of the Reporter, and done another issue (which isn't live yet) more or less on my own. I've done lots of little updates which are easy but so satisfying -- not least because it's so good to know that if I see a blatant abuse of an apostrophe I can just fix it! I've already learned to use emacs better than I learned to use vi in three years. And in between all that I've been frantically reading everything I can get my hands on that might possibly be useful. I think I've done more reading and learning in the last week than in the previous three years.

My cow-orkers are lovely. The office is nice. I have a PC and a Mac on my desk. There is plentiful coffee. And right next door is the USSC, which does chips and cheap beer. :-)

And I get paid as well!
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bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: February 13th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!! For nice jobs, freedom to correct punctuation, cheap beer, getting paid, getting trained... it's all sounding rather excellent.
k425 From: k425 Date: February 16th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

What she said!
taimatsu From: taimatsu Date: February 13th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really glad it's going well - long may it continue! I know what it's like to feel slow - I have been at my job three and a half months now and I still can't reliably put together an invoice/VAT slip (I made a stupid mistake yesterday and felt very silly). But I have made lots of progress in many other areas, and I try to remember that :)

Yay! Good luck!
mobbsy From: mobbsy Date: February 13th, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. You're sounding more enthusiastic about stuff than I've seen for ages. That all sounds good stuff to me, especially learning interesting things to get a job done.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: February 13th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah! Thrilled to hear it. Fingers crossed that the job gets better and better; you deserve your pleasing position in a job that suits you well and you're bound to do lots of excellent work there.

Thinking about your other posting, would it be too awful a pun to wish you sweet dreams? (I'll be interested to see what you make of Weaving The Web - it did rather less for me than I was hoping, first time through in 2000, and I have felt no desire to give it a second chance.)
From: bibliogirl Date: February 14th, 2004 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
It all sounds good! Keep fixing the apostrophes ;)
julietk From: julietk Date: February 14th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds ace! Remember that the first week in a job you *always* feel slow, as you absorb HUGE QUANTITIES of information. Sounds from here like you're doing pretty damn well :-)
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: February 16th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

erm...

9 Febraury? :-)
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: February 16th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
This all sounds excellent. *hug* Long may it last. fwiw, it usually takes me a lot more than a week to feel I'm up to speed somewhere new.
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