Lots of stuff happened in the office today, in fact it was so busy, I think I spent more time standing than sitting, although I think that makes me luckier than the others, who spent nearly the whole day sitting down, processing as many documents as they can, while they still can.
Okay, a little background: Our team in the office uses a special software that’s unique to the company. Let’s call it Program X. Anyway, Program X is being upgraded to Program Y. And today was the last day for it. By Monday, Program X will be un-usable, and we should all be using Program Y. Hence, everyone today was trying to do as much as they can in Program X, so that by the time Program Y comes, there wouldn’t be any unfinished documents left.
It’s a little hard for us, letting go of Program X, since we’ve been using it for several years. I think that’s why some of us have got a slight case of separation anxiety. Hehe. Anyway, one of us suggested we should have a farewell party for Program X. It was really just a joke, but come 4PM, we realized we were all hungry, so we called and had some pizza delivered. And just like how we normally are when there are parties, we all ate at one table in the pantry. Sometime in between the meal one of us said, “Hey, the farewell party for Program X came true after all!”
Okay, if you’re not my officemate, you probably won’t be able to relate, but anyway, the reason I’m telling the story here is because I just want to remember these moments that happen in the office, as they don’t happen often. I don’t know, call me sentimental, but I feel really lucky to be working with such a friendly bunch. Although I know we all have separate personal lives, and that inevitably we’ll have issues with each other that’s work-related, I mean, nobody can always agree with everybody all the time, right? Still, I’m happy that there are at least times like these where we’re all getting along and having fun, which brings me to the next part of this post, our mini-photoshoot!
Don’t tell anyone yet, but I’m planning on submitting an article for our monthly department newsletter. I don’t even know if it’s going to be accepted and published, but I’ve showed it to the team and they liked it, so hopefully the people behind the newsletter will as well. Anyway, the article is really just a self-introduction of our team, containing our names, our designations, and a few sentences about our personalities. To make it look nicer, we decided we should put our pictures in as well, we’re introducing ourselves after all. And so, earlier today, we had a mini-photo shoot at the break-out room (it’s like an informal meeting room, with red couches, and a low glass table).
We took solo pictures of each member, and then one with the whole team in it. We just used my officemate’s cellphone camera, but I think the pictures turned out nicely (I hope. I haven’t actually seen them yet on the computer). Especially because coincidentally, the colors of our clothes complimented each other, and so did the red couch that we were sitting on. 🙂
Just like the with the Farewell Party (although the photo shoot actually happened first), we had a lot of fun just goofing around with our teammates, as if it was a team-building activity. I’m glad to know that we get along enough that we don’t really have to go out of town and hire some other company to organize “team building activities” for us just to get us to spend time with each other. Not that those out of town trips aren’t fun, too. But I’m happy we get to bond with each other, even within the limited space of our office building.
I really do hope that the other people in our department will view my article as our way of reaching out to others (we’ve been accused of being snobs -_-), and not some form of vanity, though. I guess we can be easily misunderstood since we’re not really all that friendly, but in my case, well, it’s just because I’m shy! I mean, why would I talk to somebody who doesn’t even know me, it’s not like he/she really cares what I have to say, right? And okay, I guess you can say that blogging is the same thing–why write, when the people out there probably don’t care about who you are and what you think about things, right? But I think blogging is different in the sense that, because you have to deliberately read what’s written, then you have more control of what you’re going to do. Like, if you get bored with my post mid-way, you can just close the browser, or click on a link that gets you out of here. But if we’re talking with each other face to face and you decide I’m a boring conversationalist, you’d be rude to just suddenly stand up and walk away, right?
Anyway, I just wanted to post something before I go on my 2-day vacation (which probably isn’t really a vacation, considering it’s just for 2 days hehe) to the beach. 🙂 Although that means no internet, no computers and no TV (can you believe it, the resort doesn’t have TV sets in its rooms? hehe, well, it’s supposed to be a getaway place after all), that’s really fine with me since there’ll be sun, sand and the vast ocean that connects us to the entire world.
Happy weekend everyone! 😀