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Happy Workiversary To Me!

Yesterday was the my third anniversary of working in my current job! It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s been three years, as I still think of it as my “new” job. And as much as I can sometimes be frustrated with the bureaucracy of working in a big organization (while, several big organizations, actually, as the project I’m working on crosses quite a few), overall I quite like my job. I’m doing work that’s challenging, where I can see that I’m making a difference, and where I have a lot of leeway to figure out how to do my job best – it’s actually got the three keys to motivating someone to be a high performer (autonomy, mastery, and purpose), now that I think about it.

The other thing I really like about my job is the people I get to work with. Case in point: I found this on my desk the other day:

Workiversary card from my team

It’s a card, handmade by one of my team members, that my whole team had signed with some really thoughtful comments to celebrate my workiversary! I’m very lucky to have a team that are not only very good at what they do, but also a super fun group of people to work with!


All My -iversaries

While I’ve been busy with this whole being-way-too-busy life I’ve got going on right now, I appear to have missed both my cariversary and my workiversary! Hard to believe that my baby car is three years old! She’ll be in kindergarten before I know it!

Equally hard to believe is that I’ve been at my job for three years! I have to say that I’m still loving my job. In addition to my AWESOME grant, I’ve got a couple of other grant applications in various stages of admission and a couple of publications in the works. I’ve just started working on some really cool new projects – and I even have an amazing Master’s student working for me this summer – with another student potentially coming down the pike1!

Gosh, looking at that – in combination with this – and I can really see why I’m forgetful about such things as -iversaries and why I’m falling asleep at my keyboard at 10 pm. Methinks it’s time to hit the hay! G’night!

Update: I also missed my fifth half marathon-iversary! Five years ago I ran my first ever half marathon! And now I’ve run 6 of them, with #7 on the way! w00t!

  1. I may or may not be trying to build an empire. []


Happy Workivesary To Me!

Today was my one year workiversary! One year ago today I stepped into the role of “evaluation specialist,” excited to meet my new colleagues, learn some new things and take on some new challenges. And I have to say that it’s been a pretty fun year!  The people I work with are very nice1, and the work I do is interesting, challenging and, most importantly, makes a difference. I like going to work knowing that I’m going to learn some new things and do some work that will make people’s lives better.


As you can see from my messy desk, I’m right at home in my office.

Also, I would like to brag point out that the plant I received one year and one day ago as a parting gift from my trainees at my last job is STILL ALIVE:


And not only is it still alive, but it actually has new leaves sprouting!  Sorry the photo is kind of dark, but if you look below the big leaves, you can see the new little leaves.  Considering that (a) I kill most plants on contact and (b) I have no window in my office, I’d say that’s quite an accomplishment!

  1. and bring waaaay too many treats to the office! I gained about 10 lbs after I started working here []


Workiversary Chocolate

Yesterday was my second workiversary.  I wasn’t actually in the office as I teach my class out at UBC on Thursdays, so I was on campus instead.  In lieu of yesterday, I brought in this workiversary chocolate for my co-workers today:

I just realized that I should have put something in the photo to give you a sense of the size of that bar.  Because that’s a gigantic sticky note paper I have attached to it, but with nothing in the photo for scale, that bar could be any size.  When, in fact, it was redonculously ginormous.  Like, a foot long, at least 5 inches wide and probably half and inch thick.  It was the biggest chocolate bar I’d ever seen.  And my co-workers and I polished off 3/4 of it in about a half an hour.  And there were only 5 of us on my floor today (one of whom doesn’t eat dark chocolate!).  I ate mine with my morning coffee, making it taste like mocha!

Happy workiversary to me!