1) Does anyone else think it’s weird when fans get so attached to a team? I understood cheering for a team… but these people who post hateful things on Facebook against a rival team, get in fights… What. The. Fuck? If you’re that emotionally involved with a sports team? Your priorities are messed up.
2) I think I should run for a political office. The problem with the government (locally, probably federally too) is that they have all these politicians running the place. We need PROJECT MANAGERS to run the government. Project managers understand their budgets, and if they don’t have the money… they DON’T SPEND IT. They also look at the long term (i.e. if I build this new government building, how much will the electric cost per month?) I think we have too many people who aren’t asking the right questions.
3) I am now a manager. I have one engineer working for me right now and I have a second one I just hired starting next week. Did I mention when I got this ‘promotion’ that I didn’t get a raise? The thing that keeps me going is knowing that when I leave this job with all the experience I have, I will have more job opportunities (in management, project management, etc)
4) Speaking of management… I’ve done a lot of observing of managers I’ve had and ones around me b/c I’ve always wanted to be in management. That being said, no one ever tells you how to be a good manager. Obviously I’ve seen things that work and things that didn’t. I give regular positive feedback and readily admit when I’m wrong. What traits do you like having in a manager?
5) Last work thing- I obviously still have a lot to learn. But one thing I learned quickly is that I know more things than some people do. Even people who have been at the company for a long time. I went from being silent in meetings to leading them when I notice that nothing is getting accomplished. I don’t back down unless someone can tell me why my suggestion can’t be done. And it feels good. Even though sometimes I’m wrong, I don’t take it personally, I take it as an opportunity to learn. I’m 28 and a Manager at a major automotive maker. It’s amazing what choices and timing can do.
6) Last week, we had a chicken die unexpectedly. (As in, she fell off the roost, convulsed around for a while and then died. While I was standing there watching.) I kept thinking maybe she had just fainted (chickens do that) so as MrC was digging the hole, I kept feeling for a heartbeat. When he was done digging the hole, MrC came over and tried to find a heartbeat. Seeing his rugged hands softly searching for a chicken heartbeat made me fall in love with him all over again. Then he suggested we lay her on the picnic table for a little bit, just to make sure she was gone. Make note- sometimes love is searching for a chicken heartbeat in the dark.
7) I think I’m going to start posting random wedding plannings on my Jen’s Farmily blog. So if you’re interested, add that one to your reader too.
That’s all for now.