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Week of Familiarity
July 5, 2014

My first week at work was exhausting but good at the same time. There was a lot to learn about the things I have to do as an IT Technician especially since I’ll be on my own from now on. The first day was the hardest because I had to learn where everything is and how it functions but things got better as the days go by. So far, I learned the basics of using the company’s management software, worked with the network system (internet/phone/scanner/printer), fixed multiple laptops, and met a good amount of the employees.

I planned on going on a pure salad diet during lunch because it’s healthy and easiest to prepare.. But it didn’t go too well because I’m not accustomed to eating salads regularly and ended up giving in to fries by the third day (teach me your secrets, salad enthusiasts!). In the meantime, I’ll look for alternatives to salads (sandwiches too).

Speaking of lunch, ~20 people from the company (including myself) went out to have lunch at an ale house/restaurant because it was the original IT dude’s last day of work on Thursday. It took a long time for the waitress to take our order and bring out our food but the meal itself made up for it. I ordered a plate of 3 carne asada tacos with spanish rice. It has been a while since I ate tacos so I liked it- but it was expensive *o*. And no, I didn’t order alcohol even though it’s an ale house.

Hopefully my workload will be manageable. The biggest challenge I will face is handling projects through the company’s software system. I’m mostly working for the experience at the moment so I’m not too concerned with the pay (but the extra money is nice ☺). I’m taking this upcoming week off to take care of school business/orientation/preplanned stuff so I’ll be out of town. This means when I come back to work, I’m on my own as the IT Technician. I’m normally fine handling things on my own but having to learn as much as I can about the company within 4 days worries me a bit… But I’ll find a way to manage one way or another.

17 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ July 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Eating salad every day would drive me crazy. That’s why I’d alternate between maybe like rice with chicken or something? If you had easy access to Korean food, us Koreans bring like rice, kimchi, and other side dishes, too.

    But I’m glad your first week went okay. Yes, the first few days are rough as you’re trying to adapt and figure out how everything works, but once you get used to things, it becomes routine 🙂

    Yes, managing things on your own will be a bit of a challenge at first, but I know you can do it! Just remember — don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on things you’re not sure of!

    And yum, food. YUM. How much was the dish?

    • Nancy ☆ July 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      I’ll try to pack some rice; I think I can deal with eating rice with sausages XD. I’ll remember your tip the next time others ask me to take on a project. Thankie ♥

      (For others, the 3 tacos + spanish rice was $14)

  2. Chynna ☆ July 6, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Why is it that every time I come on your blog, it’s nearly lunchtime. WHY?

    Chicken caesar salad’s are so nice. Have you tried that? Basically put chicken in any type of salad, add dressing and you’re good to go. Peppers are nice in salads too. I usually just bring leftovers from home, anyway, which is usually rice and some kind of meat. Or lasagna. Or pasta. Or anything.

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2516/chicken-caesar-salad

    I’m glad your first week went well, though! And I hope everyone is nice to you because otherwise they’ll get a talking to from me.

    • Nancy ☆ July 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Salads with chicken sounds delicious! At the most, I’ve had spinach salad with bacon before from a food place except I could never replicate that D:. Thank you for the suggestion! ♥

  3. Holly ☆ July 6, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I’m always looking for alternatives to sandwiches, but I’m not a big fan of salads. I never find them filling. I do like pasta salads though, or potato salad.

    Good luck with your new job. It’s always daunting when you start work in a new workplace but I’m sure you will get use to the way things are done pretty quickly. 🙂

  4. Cat ☆ July 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Wow, that does seem like a lot to learn at once. The beginning of a job is always the hardest! I hope it’s less exhausting after you get the hang of everything!

    There was a period where I kept taking salads to work. I always have to include some sort of meat with my salad, like chicken or fish, to keep it interesting and to have enough protein. I also like making my own croutons. (Cube up bread, toss it with seasonings and olive oil, bake at 400F for a few minutes, flip them, and then finish baking for a few minutes.) Adding fruits and changing up your dressing helps too!

    Yum, the tacos look good 🙂 Good luck with work!

  5. Robin ☆ July 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Good luck with the new job…soon the unfamiliar new-ness will just be a memory. Oooh, that food looks delicious.

  6. Raisa ☆ July 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    The first few weeks at a new job is always rough, but then it gets better! There’s always gonna be an adjustment period. I’m sure you’re doing just fine. 😀

    I’ve started a salad diet recently too! It’s been tough haha! The trick is to mix a lot of different things into it. Toss in some fruits (dates, apples, grapes even) and a bit of brown rice so you don’t get hungry as quickly. I’m not a salad expert though, and I’m not above mixing unusual stuff together. 😛

  7. Christa ☆ July 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    If you’re eating out, my tip is to eat half of what’s on your plate. With portion sizes nowadays, eat half of what’s on your plate, and take the other half home. Same thing with sandwiches– make an open faced sandwich. Fill up your diet with as many vegetables as you can and limit on starches. (I know it’s difficult, but I managed to do it somehow… haha)

    Honestly, it’s up to you and what your body feels! I’ve been working out almost everyday so I tend to eat a lot more. Salad is great, but add some protein. What I like to do is have a bunch of mixed green salad mixes on hand and then just throw whatever I can find in with it. Most days for me, a salad will involve some sort of fruit, some form of protein, more vegetables (usually cherry tomatoes,) a cheese, and maybe I’ll throw in croutons or some nuts. Then I mix the whole thing in with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. That’s my advice, but you don’t have to follow it.

    Good luck with everything, including your new job!

    • Nancy ☆ July 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thank you for the tips! Normally, I would finish everything whenever I eat out because the portions are usually small except for this time. I’m trying to add more vegetables/greens in my diet; though it’ll take a while until I get accustomed to it.

  8. Amy ☆ July 7, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Good luck at your new job! I’m sure you’ll get used to it all in no time. It sounds really interesting anyway. Hope it goes well!

    I couldn’t do salads all the time. I usually have one or two a week and I’d just get bored if I had anymore than that!

    xx

  9. Jamie ☆ July 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I find it a lot better to plan things out before doing something. It just makes life a heck of a lot easier. Especially, now when things will be picking up in my life. No more in between period.

    Thank you! I’ll need all the good luck wishes and prayers I can get. I register my classes today. Hopefully, they won’t all be full. I met with the counselor yesterday, and she helped me pick out some classes. I won’t be able to take any math classes this semester. But, it’ll be worth it to ease into it.

    I’m so happy and thrilled to hear that you’re getting acquainted with your new job. It’s always interesting to meet new acquaintances at your work place. Especially, going out to lunch with them.

    Eating healthy, can be a difficult task. One, you don’t really know what to fix every day and night, and two, it’s just hard in general to keep it up. Especially, when it’s hard to remain healthy and to kick your old habits out the door. I know first hand. I was going to Weight Watchers, and had learned that I can still eat whatever I was eating before, but smaller portions. Now, I try to throw in more fruits and vegetables. Though recently, I haven’t really been eating healthy. Been kind of slacking. Soda every day, junk food too. So, I need to go back to my healthy ways and try to lose pounds.

  10. Agent Q ☆ July 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Good luck at work! Seems like this will be a worthwhile experience for you, since you’ll have a lot to learn from being an IT technician! I look forward to seeing how it all develops! 🙂

    As for diet, I would not eat salad everyday for lunch. You must have a good mix! What’s your goal in diet by the way? Is it aesthetics or something more fitness related? Either way, go lifting! 😛 And of course incorporate some cardio be it through dance or running or whatever you wish to do. Just don’t deprive yourself to green salads only. >.< Then again, I could be making lots of assumptions here, so I'll refrain from going further.

    • Nancy ☆ July 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

      I realized I need a variety of food after the third day, haha. It’s mostly for aesthetics. As far as health goes, I’m already eliminating unhealthy stuff (soda) and limiting them as well (pork and anything greasy). Maybe I should go lift so if anyone tells me “DO YOU EVEN LIFT?” I can say yes XD. But in all seriousness, I already do some yoga and stretches. 🙂

  11. Georgie ☆ July 9, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Sometimes even a week isn’t enough to get used to things! Meeting all 90 employees at my workplace was frightening, and recently I was slightly embarrassed to have to introduce a new designer to everyone because I had forgotten a lot of people’s names. I am good at remembering, but 90 people at once is still pretty hectic. The first week of a new job is usually either really busy or really slow… but it’s usually when they expect you to learn the most. I hope you settle in nicely in the weeks to come. 😀 I’m really happy for you, and fully support you in this new experience. :3

    Since I don’t really eat much junk food (or try not to), salads are yummy to me. Why not try replacing your friendly fries with even better plain crackers? I also eat corn thins sometimes, those corn/rice crackers that are usually circular in shape. Another option is to eat a banana or another hefty vegetable or fruit, if the salad doesn’t keep you full. You could actually even opt for a home-baked potato, certainly better than fries and made of the same stuff. 😉

    If you’re sticking with the salad, I would just add more greens… but I know not everyone likes that. Try having a pasta salad with greens – it is just as healthy. Also, you could add a bit of cheese (not too much, otherwise it’s the equivalent of fries, lol). Hope that helps :)) But if you are used to eating fries, just be patient with any diet changes you decide to make, and keep trying. The more you try, the better, even if you do fall back every few days. Just jump back up again and slowly cut out the non-salads.

    Oh, and don’t forget, a pure salad diet doesn’t mean all greens, so like I suggested, pasta salad!

    • Nancy ☆ July 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

      I can’t imagine having to remember all 90 names at once. I actually made a “map” of the employee’s name and where they sit (Since it’s easier for me to remember faces). I’ll look closer at what the store has to offer for a bigger variety of foods. Thank you for the tips ♥

  12. Bhairavee ☆ July 10, 2014 at 1:22 am

    All the best with your new job, Nancy. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
    I’m not at all a fan of salads but when I want to go on a low fat diet, I stick to home-cooked Indian food, because it’s always a satisfying meal. You can try different types of rice instead of salads!

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