Take A Chance On Me
Quote du Jour:
â€œLady, whatâ€™d you do? Wake up this morning and say, â€˜Today, Iâ€™m going to ruin a manâ€™s life!â€™â€
–Jack, Romancing the Stone
Thereâ€™s nothing like getting woke out of a dead sleep at 4:30 in the morning by your 4-yr-old. â€œMom, I need to go potty.â€ Aahhhhhhhâ€¦ So up the stairs we trudge once again, I flip on the light (the horror) so he can go. And then I hear this, â€œAh, dangit.â€ Which means heâ€™s probably peed all over himself. (sigh)
I clean him up and he climbs back in bed and immediately falls asleep. Back down the stairs I go and climb back under the nice warm covers. Falling back to sleep was easy but getting up this morning was not. I wanted to stay under the nice warm bedcovers.
A stop at the gas station and Starbucks got me here a little late this morning. The line at Starbucks was horrendous. Just what do these people order that it takes 20 minutes to get through the drive through? I donâ€™t get it at all. And my vanilla latte didnâ€™t taste all that vanilla-ie. What a let down.
Anyhooâ€¦ yesterday, I did something that Iâ€™ve never done before at work. I actually volunteered for something major. Let me see if I can explain.
I was hired by this architectural/engineering firm (the one I work for now) in 1999 as Database Administrator in the Marketing department. My job was to build this marketing database using this software now called Deltek. So, I learned the software all on my own and how to write custom Crystal Reports for the data. I trained the entire marketing staff in the company (at the time 7-8 offices). I was the Goddess of the Database. In my spare time, I updated the internet/intranet site, helped with proposals and presentations, the newsletter, and basically just helped whenever I was needed. It was a great job.
I left after three and a half years and went back to construction for a very fast-paced high-energy job building the new RadioShack headquarters in downtown Fort Worth. I had the perfect commute at last, but a really stressful job. The love of construction couldnâ€™t hold me there. I knew it was time to move on. Sooâ€¦ to make a long story LONGER, I ended up in the hunt for a job again. One Monday evening, while Husband was in Baltimore, I opened the Sunday paper and lo and behold there it was. The large ad in black and white from my former company looking for a marketing assistant in their Fort Worth office.
My heart began to race and I got that really excited feeling in the pit of my stomach. You know the one you got when you were a kid and you were going to Six Flags for the first time. Or getting to do something really cool that youâ€™ve always wanted to do. The one where you see/feel/do/know something and you suddenly have that feeling that THIS is what itâ€™s all about. Am I making sense?
Anyway, I immediately sent my resume via their online application and then called up my friend (I had wisely maintained friendships at the company after I left) and asked him to put in a good word for me. It seemed to work and my boss was overhead as saying that â€œshe certainly has a fan clubâ€. Talk about a shining moment. I knew I had the job in the bag.
I came back to the architectural/engineering firm I had worked at for nearly four years. I was back but as a marketing assistant. Not as the database administrator. The rumblings Iâ€™ve heard about the database were that it was in sad shape. That they had decided to ditch the â€œoldâ€ one (the one *I* built) for a new â€œpureâ€ one. They wanted only complete information in the new one.
(Are you completely bored out of your skull yet?)
So yesterday, as Iâ€™m sitting at my desk, wondering what was going to become of someone who basically has a lot of downtime (itâ€™s true â€“ I mean, come on, I can write a whole novel on my down time), and worrying I could possibly end up getting laid off for lack of work, I decided to take matters into my own hands. (That was a really long run-on sentence, wasnâ€™t it?) I went to the Sr. VP of Marketing, asked her if she had a few minutes. She was happy to talk to me.
I asked her how much history she knew (sheâ€™s only been with the company a few months) and when she said nothing, I proceeded to enlighten her. I told her I was the original database administrator. I told her everything I knew about it and that I felt it would be a benefit to the company to give it back to me. I have enough time to really work on it. Basically, I tooted my own horn, told her when it came to the database, I was her gal. Told her lots of things she didnâ€™t know and needed to know. She seemed excited about the prospect, thanked me for stepping up. I figured it would either backfire on me or Iâ€™d look like a hero. It seems I achieved the hero goal.
Now itâ€™s just a wait and see what happens. People are afraid of change (I am) whether good or bad. But sometimes, you just have to hold your breath and take a chance. Iâ€™m asking for that chance. Maybe they will be brave enough to give it me.