Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Day Flutters

I know I may be a little late to the game, but a HUGE congratulations to Luka for new opportunities ahead as well as personal and career growth.  I'm so proud of her courage to pursue greater opportunities!!

I woke up this morning excited to start my new job.  I didn't feel stressed, but it was not possible to even keep my coffee down!  So I tried but gave up after several PB episodes.  Instead of making a shake for the drive as I'd planned, I threw a Matrix Bananas and Cream and a Protizyme Peanut Butter Cookie Protein serving in my purse for later.  No other snacks as usual, I guess I wasn't thinking.

The drive to the office wasn't nearly as bad as I'd expected.  I had given myself an hour and made it in 35 minutes so I sat in my car talking to a girlfriend that I chat with on most drives into work.  When I walked in, I was surprised to find I was in orientation all day with four remote employees for most of the day.  I hadn't been warned of this.  Since they were remote employees, they got laptops (I didn't) so most of the information was irrelevant to me.  I was bored out of my mind and my body was sore from bootcamp yesterday so it was tough to sit still for hours on end!

Although I wasn't thrilled to sit there with nothing to really do, I was impressed with the company's training, organization, Sharepoint site, and IT personnel automatically.  That's a great sign because all of those factors were disappointments at my last company from the very first day.

By 10am, I had to drink my protein shakes because I was famished.  But the 230 calories those two shakes provided just didn't sustain me!  When lunch came, it was a sandwich platter.  I was unaware that lunch would be provided and I would be unable to leave.  So I had no idea what to do!  I improvised.

I immediately threw out the bread, lettuce, and tomato slice.

I cut up my turkey and cheese in fine slices, and gutted two pickle slices to take them out of the skin and chopped them finely.  I then added a packet of mayonnaise because my band doesn't like dry meat.  I essentially made turkey salad :)  It was yummy but  by the time I got home from my very long day, I definitely over ate because I was just far too hungry.  Not bad choices, just probably too much.

The end of my day, I spent exploring the SharePoint site and making my official company CV.  Tomorrow I will get to explore my protocols and write a biography that they will use in proposals to "sell my skills" to clients.

I don't know much yet, but I do know I am the Lead Clinical Data Manager for 3 small studies.  All three studies are Oncology, already built, enrolling patients, and just need me to maintain them.  That means a lot of reviewing data (or 'data cleaning') for now, which I think is a really good place to start.  It is a good way to learn the data management system I will be working with.  The downside, however, is that I didn't have any input in the build so I will just work with what I have.  Overall, though, I think this is a really positive thing.  I think it can be an awesome learning experience if I use it as such, and that's my plan!

I'm exhausted from my first day, and ready to get to bed!

Goodnight Blogger Family.  Thank you for all of your love and support lately.


  1. Best wishes on your new job and improvising with the lunch you were given. Your post really reminds me that I always need to have something on hand in my office for days when I just won't be able to eat when I need to (which is often!).

  2. good work on lunch! I am excited for you and the change you have made! Rockstar!

  3. so glad you had a good first day..way to go on the improvised lunch :)

  4. Now that's some improvisation! Love it.

    I'm so excited for your new opportunities! Best of luck! :)

  5. Sounds like a busy, tiring, good first day! Congratulations!