I'm really not sure why, but I've been trying to remain invisible over here. My job is a short term contract for a very much desktop job. I've got one output to produce at the end, no crazy daily deadlines or people ringing up to yell stuff at me, hopefully no memos to write. One long report to get stuck into and take to publication. And if I do that within my timeframe, there's other stuff here that my boss has in mind for me to do.
It just feels like the kind of job one lurks in whilst doing? And as much as I try to be invisible, the team is very welcoming, keep popping their heads in to see how I'm going and that all is ok and I have eVerything I need and am I coming to morning tea? Just now the manager of the other half of the section, someone whom I was introduced to and later told, he's on the phone most of the time (I have no idea what his job is but he is on the phone most of the time), just came out of a meeting and stopped to say hello and said my name when he did. Probably not succeeding on the invisible. I guess I don't want to like it too much here cause I might want to stay.
My office is very noisy - it's in the middle of the building, smack bang in all the action. But damn the roof is noisy!! It sounds like it's being rained on even when it isn't or that there's a whole troupe of ghosts up there drumming their loud and enormous fingers on my roof. I forgot my headphones today to where to drown it out. It's very distracting.
The toilets meet my satisfaction. Which is actually a very hard thing to do. So am quite pleased with that. The kitchen facilities, likewise, are good. Things look clean. I am back on the instant coffee which is bad. Yesterday and today A_ let me go visit her and make coffee with her and I switched yesterday to rooibos tea which is helping. The instant coffee though reminds me of the good old postgrad days.
This section is back to my roots, being far more sciency than where I have been the last 4 years. It's very comforting and soul-lifting, though I wonder if I am sciency enough - lots of specialists in my area here who know lots. But would be a good chance for learning things if I did get to stay.