Again, all I can do is apologize for not being able to write more – and to write more often. I have been working my butt off at this new job – and not in the good kind of way. I arrived in HYD on Thursday, March 28th at 3am in the morning. Later that day – 2pm local time – I went into the office to do paperwork, etc. On Friday, March 29th I also went into work for training purposes. I had the first weekend off work (March 30 and March 31). Since April 1 I have been working every day. The first couple of days were normal work days. Get in at 9ish and leave around 6ish. But starting that Wednesday, April 3 I was staffed on a project – and since that day, it’s been minimum 10 hour days. Most days are 12 hour days – and the rest have gone as high as 16 hours.
As I am still trying to get a grasp on exactly what it is that I am supposed to do, I imagined a long transition period, but these hours have nothing to do with the ignorance around a new job, etc. This is because we have some pretty serious and crazy deadlines that were agreed to – and there are so many people working their asses off to meet them.
The entire company was required to work this Saturday in order to meet 1 of the deadlines on one of the projects. It’s been pretty crazy. I actually only worked a half day today because I needed to get out and run some errands – do some of the things that need to get done but that I haven’t had a chance to do because I’ve been working so much.
Today I found the dry cleaner – 3 weeks of work clothes that have been worn in 100+ degree weather – and a pet store, cause my boy Mac needs some good food and some treats. Tonight, I’ll head out to dinner with a couple of friends and tomorrow I will spend the day looking for apartments. Another huge chore that I have not been able to focus on since I arrived.
I promise more updates once I get settled into a place that has internet. Right now, I have to come to a coffee shop to get online and, well, you guessed it, I have no time to get to the coffee shop!
I miss home terribly…and my friends and family!