Well, back to the trivia for which I'm usually known...
Monday was my first day at the new office. So far it's going really well. I never thought I'd say this about a cubicle, but my cubicle is AWESOME! I have a big desk, a visitor's chair, a place to hang my coat, lots of space for my files, books and snacks, and a huge, brick pillar in one corner for a visual break from all the grey. The high wall is magnetized, so I've hung up all my photos and other office-y decor. The other walls are low and/or glass, so it's easy to see out.
One thing I hadn't anticipated: I was used to putting my feet up on my CPU (don't freak out, IT people), but now that I have a laptop, my knees ache from the lack of a footrest. I may have to buy a small ottoman to put under my desk.
One other drawback: my parking lot is two blocks from the office and it's already starting to sleet and snow a little bit this week. The lot is downhill from the office, so at least the uphill climb is in the morning when I'm theoretically energized from the previous night's sleep.
One gigantic plus: the vending machines sell energy drinks! Yesterday I decided to forego my usual Red Bull and try SoBe. It tasted good - inoffensively citrus-y compared to Red Bull's "cherry cough syrup" flavor - but the energy kick had more of a slow build. Nothing happened at first, but after a while I realized I was having a difficult time sitting still, and eventually I wondered how long it might be before one of my neighbors came over to snatch my Slinky out of my hands and fling it across the room. The good news was that I got a lot of work done.
It's quite a culture shock to go from a company of 17 people to a company of more than 350. It's all I can do to remember the names of the people I'm actually working with right now. The other nice people who introduce themselves to me this week will no doubt need to do it again sometime.