Well, Internet friends. As of last week, I could officially move on to worrying obsessively over work projects other than Black Friday. Isn’t that nice?
I’ve complained about it around here before, but my job has prevented me from blogging much over the past few months. If you’re new to Blunders and Absurdities, I work in corporate finance at Abercrombie & Fitch. My team develops a promotional calendar for the Hollister Co. brand based on financial targets, inventory levels, yada yada. Our workload is heaviest from late summer until about Thanksgiving as we plan promotions for the highest-volume weeks of the year.
Luckily for me, this year that time period coincided with the departure of the entire team for new jobs and replacements that, while perfectly capable, had to miss lots of work to care for an ailing parent in one case and deal with yours truly as a first-time supervisor in the other.
So, a busy time to begin with turned into many thirteen-hour days and Sunday afternoons spent banging away at my ugly work laptop instead of brainstorming content and writing up blog posts. I spent the last couple weeks consumed with anxiety and dread (Happy Thankgiving!) over Black Friday, but actually managed okay up until then. The increased control over decision-making (even if it was completely by default) definitely made the workload more bearable.
Personal Life Lately
In the midst of all this, Adam and I realized that the long-distance thing had stopped working. You can only connect so deeply when the majority of your interaction consists of fitting a thirty-minute FaceTime chat into your evening after a stressful day that’s followed you home. Plus flights between Columbus and Ft. Myers are expensive and usually involve two-hour layovers in the Atlanta airport, plus it had been three years. So…I moved to Naples!
But, psych, I only spend like three days a week there. As my last day approached in late October, my manager asked if I’d consider staying on a few more weeks while the team got back on its feet, so I spend Monday through Wednesday in Columbus and the rest of the week in Florida. Since I want to make a pretty significant career change (I don’t know exactly what, only that it will involve more writing and be significant), I figured I should hang onto my health insurance a while longer.
I scheduled my last day for November 25th but, psych, A&F and I have extended the agreement. I’ve regretted this slightly since every day I spend in this job is one where I spend little time writing and no time with Adam, but the voice in my head (and also my mom’s actual voice) kept telling me that if I double down and figure out a way to explore writing jobs while employed at my current one, I can come out ahead in the end. I’m just trying to have it all, you know? Can’t hold that against myself.
PS – the photos in this post came from a hike I took at Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve the weekend before my dad and I drove all my stuff down to Florida. I’m trying to upgrade the quality of the pictures on the blog, so I used these rather than shots of our messy apartment. Fall colors = change = the theme of this post, right?