May 16, 2005


Well, it's 6:00am and I've been awake for about an hour now. You see new job = new routine. And I like it. I like it a lot.

5:00am you hear the coffee pot start grinding the coffee. Yummmmm. 5:15am the alarm clock goes off - but it's not necessary. Just knowing the coffee is fresh and hot is all it takes for me to get up and running.

Cody is usually pretty ready to start his day around that time also. So I get him out and kick things off there.

I have about an hours drive to the office. A bit more than I wanted but it's not bad at all. I did see a rather large doe my first morning. Kinda funny. I have only seen Florida deer for the past 10 years - and to say they are rather under sized is a bit of an over statement. This girl looked HUGE to me!

Anyway - it's about an hour drive mostly through beautiful country - what a great way to start the day.

My office. Ahhhhh.....gonna have to work on the logistics - you know secret identities and all - but there is some serious blog fodder there folks!

First off - I am the only female sales person in the company. Me. Tammi. The average years of service in this industry is about 25. I worked in Steel/Metal for 6 about 9 years ago. I got a lot of "little lady's" and "we'll just take it slow til you get the hang of things." Hee.....if they only knew. I'm playing it very low key. I ask lots of questions and just sit at my desk learning my accounts and my plants. I've been quoting new jobs like a crazy woman and have even made a road trip to my largest customer. To say I'm enjoying myself is putting it mildly.

The funniest thing is that the other 2 inside sales guys both have very strong Minnesota accents. Everytime they say something I have to keep myself from laughing. Damn - I hope I don't pick that accent up! But they are nice guys - I think we'll get along just fine.

It's strange how well I slipped back into this mode. I knew the first day just what information I wanted, how I wanted to set up my files and what reports I needed ran. That may not sound strange to you - but this is a completely different kind of sales - a completely different industry. And it fits like a favorite pair of loafers; comfortable, familiar and easy. Yeah - I made the right choice.

In a nut shell.....I really enjoy this job. Everything about it. I'm in an office again, with people. I have a wonderful drive to work - no traffic. I get out of the office about 1x each week, so I don't feel chained. I'm completely responsible for 2 plants - just me.

It's all good.

Posted by Tammi at May 16, 2005 05:21 AM

"I'm playing it very low key"

That is the way everyone should play it at least the first week at a new job.

Because everyone hates that person that comes into a place of work on the first day and act like they are god and tell everyone they are going to change everything, even though they are only a lowly peon like everyone else.

Got a post coming about that when I get time.

Posted by: Machelle at May 16, 2005 06:59 AM

*best Minnesota accent I can muster*

Don't cha know?
Glad things are working out for ya.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at May 16, 2005 08:34 AM

An hour drive?

I'm praying for a warm winter for your sake...

Posted by: Harvey at May 16, 2005 08:37 AM

So I take it in three to six months all the old timers are going to be saying "How in the hell did she take over?!?!" hehehe

Posted by: Graumagus at May 16, 2005 12:26 PM

It is really sounding good, dear. I don't know about the snow in winter, but an hour's commute is not so do get used to it.

Glad to see all is going well.

; )

Posted by: Christina at May 16, 2005 03:49 PM

I had to drive about 35-40 minutes to work for the last 9 years and it wasn't too bad except for a couple days where the snow was coming down too fast for the plows to take care of it. As long as most of your drive is highway (even rural highway) you're pretty much OK.

Posted by: Graumagus at May 16, 2005 07:21 PM

Minnesota. You know I'd be dyin'. I crack up with T1G and his Wisconsin Accent! :)

Posted by: Bou at May 16, 2005 08:31 PM

Um, I think it's time to go truck shopping. 4x4 perhaps? Heated seats? Remote start?

Just thinking ahead...

Posted by: Sissy at May 16, 2005 09:32 PM