Thousand Calorie Realization

December 22, 2004

I woke up this morning, having a craving I haven’t had in a few months. Back when I was at the big “E”, Erlanger (when they were making money, btw), we had a nice cafeteria that had these toasted bagels with egg, cheese, and bacon…utterly awful for you, but oh-so good. Then I realized, “shit, I’ve been away from there for 6 months now”.

I’ve been out of the 9-to-5 web design gig for right at 6 months. In this time, my current employer has given me time to readjust to working in the I.T. sector, but I’ve been very lucky to see the actual design side and the printing side, while not being on the client’s side. And I’ve just started getting back into web design.

It’s really been a break, a crash course in how to go from creative to analytical in 8 Easy Steps . I’ve been grateful to have been on the creative user side, because that’s how I approach my current position. I’ve also started to be a resource as the company starts their own website again, so they’re just learning as much as what I’ve learnt so far.

It’s sad that when you look back on a very high-profile job, the only thing you miss is a bagel.

The pay was decent, the people were decent, I had a great mentor/VP whom I worked with for years, but it wasn’t where I wanted to be. Healthcare is a bitch, and I’m counting my blessings that I wasn’t around this month, as Erlanger started cutting positions right at Christmas, and knowing I’d probably have to help spin this where the current CEO didn’t look like a grinch.

This coming year, I’m fairly sure I’m gonna stay with my employer. They’ve been very generous with bonus’ and just in the fact I feel appreciated as an employee. I hope that I can chill out a little more and cut back my long hours, but we’ll see.