It’s been a very busy two weeks at work since I returned from sesshin. Today, I spent a good chunk of the day in the office, getting a first draft of a manual ready to go out for review. It’s been good and challenging and fun, which has led me to a few conclusions:
- I really am a geek, not just a geek wanna-be. For some reason, I still have lingering doubts about my own abilities. Not so much today. For example, I don’t use Word, I *code* my documents using LaTeX (which I’m having a blast learning). I’m writing documentation for ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits)–those black square things that live on circuit boards inside cell phones and computers and electronic-type stuff. I’m beginning to understand a fair bit of the document that I’m authoring.
- I’m proud of myself. I have been “drinking from the fire hose” for these past two weeks: learning about the chip, learning LaTeX, brushing up on my Visio drawing skills, interpreting text and diagrams written and drawn by people with PhDs in engineering. I r00l!
- I like my job. I like what I do, I like the people (mostly) that I do it with. I love the challenge, I love the geekiness, I love going above and beyond the call of duty (occasionally) to meet a challenging deadline and turning out the best damn document I possibly can.
The last thing I’ve learned is more personal and kind of fundamental. I like myself much better after sesshin. Apparently, so does my spouse. Life is good.
Oh yeah, I also polished up a brochure for the local Green Party and edited a press release for the Ontario Green Party. And I got hold of a list of all the childcare centres in Markham for a coworker who is having trouble finding daycare for his little girl. I managed to cook dinner a few times in there as well, though tomorrow is going to be my big cooking day.
I’m feeling good. Bryan took me out for a belated Valentine’s dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant, which was a complete bonus after he had a dozen red roses delivered to me at the office on Wednesday.
Interestingly, what I’m feeling the most of right this moment is gratitude. I’m grateful to be where I am and doing what I’m doing.
And now, I shall treat myself to a good night’s sleep, just to cap it all off. Woo!