Today's soundtrack: Nat 'King' Cole - The Unforgettable Nat King Cole
Right, well that's week one out of the way - and I'm knackered!
It's good to be back at it again and - touch wood - everything seems to be going fine so far.
Turned up at the office first thing on Monday morning, to find out that the bloke I'm taking over from was stranded overseas, caught up in the volcanic ash 'incident' that brought the country to a standstill last week. Still, I was expected, and was rescued from reception, and shown to my office.
My office. Oh yes.
Everything was there waiting for me - laptop, mobile phone, stapler, calculator, holepunch - you name it! I found out where the coffee was, then settled down and got on with it. Over the course of the week, I spent time with the team, met a few of the senior executives (at least those who were in the country) and started getting a feel for things.
And so far, I'm enjoying it - enjoying the challenge, the interaction with people, enjoying the fact I'm not stuck in the house by myself trawling the jobsites on the web. And also, today, enjoying the fact that Saturday is 'special' again. Even if I did have to do the weekly shop first thing...
Oh, and the prospect of a paypacket at the end of each month is rather appealing, as well.
That said, it's still been a shock to the system - I'm sleeping like a baby, knackered the minute I pull on to the drive. Luckily, Mrs W has always been there with a restorative G&T to soften the blow! (Oh, and each morning there's been a fresh cup of coffee waiting for me as I've pulled into the car park as well).
Next week, it's off to the main Head Office, than over to York to meet up with the boss, as my 'induction' meetings kick in. Bring it on!
What with all the excitement of the new job, and the travel, there's been little time to focus on the important issues of the week - like the fallout from the volcano, some of which seemed to find its way onto my car, despite a week of clear, blue skies (proving beyond doubt that clouds are made by aircraft) and the climax to the football season (ManYoo regaining the initiative, 4th a straight fight between Spurs and Citeh, Everton nowhere).
Oh, apparently there's an election soon, too. I'm very comfortable with who I'm not voting for - just need to find someone I can in all conscience vote for, now.
I'm still soundtracking the blog, of course - and today it's my mum's favourite, Nat 'King' Cole - he of the honeyed voice, delicate piano and marvellous choice of material. I'd never have ever listened to this stuff when I was a lad, but with the benefit of age and wisdom, it's possible to appreciate this music for what it is - beautifully crafted, played and sung. He died ridiculously young - aged 45 - but is still one of the all time greats.
Here he is, performing 'Nature Boy'. Check out the guitar work as well - simply sublime!