In my experience, day one of a new job is typically pretty anticlimatic. All the build-up, all the excitement of actually getting the job, in this case - the process of actually relocating to do it...it all starts for real on Day 1.
Today was Day 1. I met several people. I got a temporary badge, and a parking pass. Laptop not ready. Don't know about emails or logins. But I listened in on a couple of meetings and spent a good part of the day reviewing documentation. All in all - good Day 1.
This company I'm working for has a food culture. There's free food everywhere. Candy. Cookies. Chips. The same for drinks. It's like having vending machines full of "stuff" thatyou don't need to put any money in for. After a few Twix bars today I realized I'm going to have to be careful. It's like having an open bag of peanut M&M's around....you take two or three here and there almost unconsiously. Anyway - I need to be good.
Home for me right now is a hotel room. I'll be here for at least a week, but honestly I wouldn't be surprised to be here for two or three or even four weeks. I'm investigating options of "what next" but until that happens this is fine. It's a fairly large room, good bathroom, fridge and microwave, enough closet space, free breakfast, washer/dryer, pool, fitness center....for anyone who has traveled for work you know what I'm talking about when it comes to spending weeks on end in a hotel.
They say that home is where the heart is. Perhaps. My heart is firmly under control right now, right here. I do miss Charleston. But I'm not looking back over my shoulder at this point. Too much going on in front of me....
When you get home to a hotel room there's not much to do that doesn't involve TV. I don't usually watch much TV, so I'm watching "Diners , Drive-In's and Dives" on the Food Network. That's leading me to investigate good local places for burgers, and breakfast. Uh oh, there I go talking about food again.
As far as I'm concerned, that's one of the best ways to get acquainted with an area. Through its food.