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Preparation and Anticipation

Dooney Brief CaseI think we’ll all be happy when I get the first day of work out of the way. It seems like that’s all I’ve been writing about lately. And I know that can’t be very exciting to read about.

Matter of fact, I think my days of adventure might be a thing of the past now that I’m employed in the more traditional sense of the word. So I have no idea what’s to come as far as blogging goes. It could be boring for awhile. Or it could be super exciting.

Honestly, I have no idea what to expect.

All I know is that I have to get up at 5:30am tomorrow to get ready for my first day of work. I’m not much of a morning person, so that will be one of my biggest adjustments. This night owl is going to have to flip her schedule around and become the early bird that gets the worm. There will be much coffee in my future.

Oh, and you know what else is in my future? An Egg McMuffin. I never get to McDonald’s before they flip that breakfast sign to lunch. Who wants lunch at 10:30am? No one. And boy are they militant. When that sign flips, by God breakfast is over. Fini. Kaput. Goodbye. Au revoir hash browns. Hello French fries.

I wish McDonald’s would put the Egg McMuffin on the menu all day long or change lunch to a more civilized start time of 11:30am. Not that they care for my opinion on said matter. I guess if everyone got up at 5:30am a 10:30am lunch could make sense.

All that to say that I’m going to grab an Egg McMuffin for my ferry ride into Boston. Dear Lord I can be verbose.

It’s the little things about working in the city that I’m looking forward to.

Munching on an Egg McMuffin while reading the paper and catching up on current events during the ferry ride into the city. Sounds like an entirely civilized way to get to work, doesn’t it?

Walking the few short blocks to my new very smart looking workplace in the Financial District alongside other very smartly dressed people who work in equally impressive offices. (which will be much more pleasant when it’s not 10ΒΊ out) I know people talk about how awful the rat race is, but I’m kind of excited to be a part of that.

Having a Dunkin Donuts right across the street from my office. Not exciting to most people but entirely thrilling to this coffee addict.

Going to lunch with coworkers. Now I’m just speculating on this one. I have no idea if people go to lunch or eat it at their desks, but the idea of having lunch with coworkers sounds altogether lovely. Did I mention that there’s a Wagamama super close to the office? For those of you who have no idea what the heck a Wagamama is, it’s a Japanese noodle bar and wildly yummy.

Spending my day with people who understand what the heck I’m saying when I use the words like hashtag, social share, stumble, tweeting (not in the bird sense), traffic (not the automotive type) and repins. Actually, spending my day with people at all now that I think about it. Most of my time is spent by myself. Β And talking to myself is not as exciting as that might sound.

Having a reason to carry a briefcase. See that briefcase above? I bought that six years ago at a factory outlet in New York knowing that someday I wanted to carry that to work. Little did I know it would be that many years before an office job would materialize. I’m not sure what it is about carrying a briefcase, but it sure feels very grownup. I don’t even know if people carry briefcases anymore. But I didn’t spend $99 for it to go to waste. Even if it’s not fashionable, I’m taking it to work.

Franklin PlannerI also don’t know if anyone uses a real no kidding day planner anymore. In this day of digital it seems like pen and paper have gone the way of the dinosaur. But this girl needs to write things down in order for stuff to stick. So I will be lugging my ten pound Franklin planner wherever I go. I might be a dinosaur but at least I’ll be an organized dinosaur.

So I guess I’m ready for my first day of work. Tomorrow is my orientation day which is a good way to start. We aren’t expecting any crazy weather, so I think I get to have a good hair day.

My clothes are all laid out and my new boots are ready for the frozen Boston sidewalks. My favorite coffee mug is packed along with packets of Swiss Miss for my signature Melanie Mocha which is one Swiss Miss packet to one large mug of black coffee. Once again, it’s the little things that thrill me.

Charging cords are packed. The ferry schedule is printed out with alternate bus and train routes in case of rough seas. And my camera is ready so that I can capture my first day in proper blogger fashion.

I guess that’s about it. I’ve done everything I can on my end to prepare myself to be useful for my new employer. The next step is theirs and I cannot wait to see what they have in store.

It’s a new chapter in the book of Melanie. Unwritten and eagerly anticipated. To be continued…


  1. I’m super excited for you Melanie!! I can’t wait to read all about the first day!

  2. Good luck on your first day!! I’m sure it will be everything you are hoping for (and more). Your briefcase and planner are great – Although they may give you an iphone for organizing, you’ll definitely need paper to keep things organized! I’ve never taken the boat over, so I’m interested in hearing about the adventure. I’d have a very similar commute as you.

    You’ve started during a great time – spring in Boston is so beautiful!

  3. Good luck on your first day. πŸ™‚

  4. I can definitely say this post made me less nervous than your last one. I wanted to tell you to take a Xanax but then I didn’t want to make you more nervous! Lol!

    Yes, people still go out to lunch. You haven’t missed out on the fun. πŸ™‚

    You’re cracking me up. I love that you’re so excited about this. You’ll make a great employee because you’re so dedicated and well, you still have that spark! It’s nice to hear from people who are still excited about their jobs. I’m kind of just gliding through right now, collecting a paycheck, not loving, but not necessarily hating it, so it is definitely good to see someone with motivation and genuine excitement. Good luck tomorrow! πŸ™‚

  5. Vandi R says:

    Your coming to my neck of the woods!! Maybe I’ll bum into you sometime ( :

  6. Congrats! The boat can be dreary in the winter but it’s beautiful in the spring and summer. Watch out for those Friday evening party animals.

  7. Dorothy Fisher says:

    You got this..Knock ’em dead..Can’t wait to hear all about it..

  8. Aimee CST says:

    How exciting! Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do great!

  9. Jenn J. says:

    Congrats! I’m so excited for you. I worked from home for a couple of years and just transitioned back into an office last year. While working from home in my PJs was wonderful, I too was excited about being back in the office… much like you are.

    I hope you have a wonderful first day and can’t wait to hear all about it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Good luck Melanie! Very exciting stuff and yes, us office types do go out to lunch still but it does get expensive if you do it all the time. Maybe Wagamama has a lunch club where you get $5 off after 5 visits or something like that for frequent visitors. Love the brief case and day planner. I still use a zippered portfolio with a pad of paper for taking notes and recording significant events and track tasks and reminders. I have totally succumbed to the iPhone for digital calendar reminders. The relaxed ferry ride with a breakfast sandwich and a fresh Melanie Mocha (too funny!) sounds marvelous. Much better than bumper to bumper all the way into the city and then hoping the ‘affordable’ parking garage isn’t full already and scrambling for an alternative. Good luck and knock ’em dead!! Have fun!!

  11. Enjoy!!!! xx

  12. Good luck on your first day!! I still use a Franklin Planner and have for the last 25 years. As much as I love technology, there’s nothing like writing a task down and checking it off when complete.

    Can’t wait to hear about your first day.

  13. Melissa T. says:

    I hope your 1st day is all you hoped it to be and that it is blessed!

  14. You’ll rock your new job…because I know how good you are at doing whatever you set your mind to do – and look good doing it!

    Have a great first day Mel. Looking forward to hearing all about it and following your new chapter in life through your posts.


  15. kristin m says:

    Kick some booty lady!

  16. So excited for you! Enjoy your day!

  17. As I say to my kids every day before school…”Go get ’em!”

  18. haha I drink the same coffee – “mocha”! Hope you have a wonderful first day!!

  19. Kathryn K says:

    Good luck tomorrow!

  20. Good luck and have fun!

  21. Kathy O. says:

    This sounds like the perfect job for you! Best of luck. They are lucky to have you. And, yes, the ferry and city will all be even more fun in a month when this winter is behind us!

  22. Hope you had a great first day!

  23. Good Luck πŸ™‚

  24. leftofordinary says:

    I’m just catching up on blogs after the first crazy week of a March Madness. I hope your first days went well!

  25. Jennifer B. says:

    Reading what you write is actually very interesting, and is probably why most of us come here. Please update us on your first week, even if it is just to say, “I survived!” although I am certain you THRIVED!!!

  26. I’m so thrilled for you Melanie, and hope you have a great first day. They are indeed lucky to have you and your years of experience on the team – a great hire for them, and a fantastic new chapter in your life. Best of luck to you!!

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