Luckily, Mondays are quiet

By , October 18, 2017 7:05 am

I was in the office on the first day of my detail and wore a white blouse I had bought the previous weekend. Nothing like wearing something new on your first day with a new team, to give yourself a confidence boost, right?

Yeah, until halfway through the day, when you look in the mirror and realize the blouse is basically see-through in the back. And not that much better in the front.


Luckily, it was a Monday, and Mondays are quiet in my office – my branch and team weren’t even in that day. Phew. (But a few other people were!)

And I definitely remembered to wear something under the shirt today.

I’m also trying something new today – one of those bun maker do-dads for my hair. I always wear my hair back, usually in some messy bun/knot thing. At least this looks less crazy than usual!

I’m already in the fourth week of my detail! It’s flying by and the dread of going back to my old position* is creeping in just a little bit, but I’m trying to ignore it and enjoy what I’m doing now.

The work I did before was design and external client based, and the work I’m doing now is data and internal client based, which suits my interests** much better. I am also the team leader in this detail, overseeing four people.

I’d been feeling stagnant in my old position for years, and more recently, was really disliking some of the new work we did (which I was vocal about)***. A few times, I’d mentioned to my boss that I was itching to learn something new, and had planned to ask if I could go on a detail about a month after my teammate came back from maternity leave. But, my boss ended up offering me this detail (to the first team I would have asked about!) before I even asked! I immediately said yes, and was so excited about it (and busy with my old position and getting ready for the new one) that I didn’t even take the time to be nervous about the fact that I was going to be on a new team, and in my first time in a leadership position.

I felt happy at work, that day, for the first time in a looooooong time. And it felt so good.****

There’s been a learning curve (duh) on the new team, and there’s been stress, but overall, my mood is much better. And I feel like I’m fitting in with my new branch and team well, and connecting with people.

So I am going to enjoy it now for what it is! When I go back to my old position, I can be grateful I got to do something different for a while.

*I am on a four month loan to another team. When it’s over, I have to go back to my old team. For me to stay on the team I am detailing in, my detail has to be extended. And to be permanently placed on the new team, the job position has to become open, and I have to compete for it against other applicants.
**So what if I am good at what I was doing before if I didn’t enjoy it at all?!
***And there’s more to it that I’ll leave off here.
****Even though I was anxious that this detail wouldn’t happen – I had tried to do two before this one that were both canceled!!!

16 Responses to “Luckily, Mondays are quiet”

  1. Chaitali says:

    I love the hair, it looks great! Was it hard to do? And the detail sounds like a great opportunity. Sorry to hear that your permanent role isn’t as good a fit 🙁 Here’s hoping that maybe a position that’s a better fit permanently opens up.

  2. Troy says:

    It’s great to be interested and challenged at work. Almost makes it almost worth getting up during the week!

    • kilax says:

      It really is. I went for so long being assigned work that I didn’t care for at all. It’s refreshing!

      Almost! We have breakfast to thank for getting us out of bed!

  3. Kathy says:

    At least if a position becomes open you have some really specific experience and as a leader! I hope it comes available soon.

  4. Mica says:

    Oh, I’m so happy for you that you’re enjoying your stint on another team. I hope it continues to be a positive experience for you!

    I like that bun doo-dad a lot. It definitely makes buns look super neat, which I can’t always do when I try to make one “from scratch.” I might have to try the sock trick (which I think is basically the same thing)?

    Nice necklace! 😉

    • kilax says:

      Thank you!

      Yeah, I have heard the sock is the same thing! Let me know if you have success with it. I have no idea how to make a bun look nice without this.

      Thanks! A good friend gave it to me! 🙂

  5. Anne says:

    Is that a Kohl’s blouse? 🙂 I have that style in a couple different colors, love it. But I’ve had it happen way too many times where I’ll get to the office and notice something is lower cut, more sheer, or maybe not as flattering as I thought at home. Oops!

    I need to try that bun thing! I do the messy knot thing, and then my hair is all kinky when I take it out at night. It looks like that may be smoother?

    I’m happy you like your new detail so much! I definitely understand feeling stagnant at work – it really sucks, and it’s pretty demotivating. I hope you can find something more permanent that you like 🙂

    • kilax says:

      Yes! I get most of my stuff from Kohl 🙂 And how is it that that happens?! It does to me too. I blame the office lighting. Ha.

      My hair was a bit smoother when I took it out, probably from not using a hair tie. It was still textured from it though!

      Thanks! I hope I can too!

      • Anne says:

        Oh right, Kohl 😀 My bad. The other one that always got me was skirts being too short! They’d look totally fine in the mirror when I was getting ready, then I’d sit down on the train and notice it was way too short for sitting. Which I generally do all day.

        Yeah it’s the hair tie that messes my hair up. I’m just super lazy about doing anything with my hair, so I want something easy 🙂

        • kilax says:

          Oh man, that is such an issue with skirts. And it’s so horrible when you sit on the train and the seat touches your skin. And when you walking with a backpack and it makes your skirt ride up. Peep show!

          This thing was super easy, once I got the hang of it!

  6. Kandi says:

    I feel ya on the work stuff, particularly ***. I should apply for a detail! They started offering them at my agency a few years ago but I was always either pregnant or pumping and didn’t want to deal with either of those while on a detail.

    • kilax says:

      I hope you find a detail you like and apply for it! A huge part of this being so great for me is getting away from the *** issues too. I hope you can find that 🙂

  7. I really hope you can get into a much more permanent position like the one you’re on detail for right now soon! Having recently changed what I’m employed to do at my current company, I definitely understand how much of a night and day difference it makes to be doing something you find enjoyable compared to something that doesn’t make you happy!

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