Posts Tagged "sears"

A New Job, A New Chapter

I’m excited to announce the news that, in August, I’ll be working as a Senior Software Engineer at The Nerdery in Chicago. I’ve kept this news under wraps for a while, but I’m thrilled to be able to share this publicly. I’m over the moon excited at my new role, and looking forward to this next, big chapter in my career.

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New Rooftop Deck

Recently, one of the buildings where we have an office opened up their new rooftop deck. It’s meant to be used by anyone in the building with a keycard, and they had a bit of a shindig with the unveiling (lots of free food, giveaways, etc).

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First One in the Office

The photo above is actually a lot brighter than what it was like here, earlier this AM. I got in around 6:30 AM, and most of the lights were off. Right at about 6:40 AM, I heard this digital tinkling music, and then all the lights flickered on. It was very odd – but I guessed it was the automated process for turning things on.

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Visiting Sears HQ

Most of these photos are from a prior visit, but they still don’t quite do the whole place justice. It’s a campus to be sure, and it’s just a sprawling series of buildings. I’ve only been up here a handful of times, and I get lost every time I go in.

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Decisions, Decisions

I’ve asked for the weekend to consider the offer, and to think on it more. The opportunity is challenging and would set me on a markedly different path than the one I’m on currently.

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Our Newest Coworker: Asher the Dog

It’s amazing how many folks stop by to visit Asher, and how much he brightens up the office. Asher visited once before, and has gone to a few meetings. But today, while Joanna was away in meetings, Asher ended up having a lot of babysitter volunteers – and moved to various desks around the office.

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A New Old Saw

Liz and I had a nice conversation with Bob about our workshop, and the things we’re learning. A lot of what we talked about focused on learning the techniques/tools (as opposed to simply completing a task).

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Hello, Black Friday Shoppers…

She felt terrible and nauseous for a long while. So then she decided to try to force herself to throw up. Which she did, and that seemed to help for a bit. But then the nausea came back. And she threw up again. And after a while, she was no longer needing to force herself to do it… she just started throwing up because that was the thing she needed to do.

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Pager Duty Perk

It’s been fairly quiet of late, and the only real change to my schedule is to ensure that I check to see if any messages come through from 8:00AM – 10:15 PM every day (we have an offshore team that takes over at that time). Of course, I have to have my laptop nearby. And a kind of constant awareness of the closest wi-fi spots, should I ever leave the house. But all in all, nothing too strenuous.

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Accidental Work Selfie

I was in Evernote today, and accidentally hit a button that triggered my laptop’s camera. While it was open, I ended up just taking a photo anyways, since it seemed to capture the background of where I work.

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Work and Whirlyball

Tonight I headed over to play Whirlyball with some folks at work, as part of a holiday celebration. Given the large size of Sears, there’s a general lunch thing that happens for the downtown folks… but smaller teams tend to go and do their own thing separately.

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Late Night Work Nights

And in fact, working late is somewhat discouraged here. I’ve heard several conversations just this week, where a senior manager was warning a co-worker about not making late nights a habit. And overall, it seems a good thing. I feel overly wired to not miss deadlines, no matter what… and work has been really good about trying to manage expectations, and shifting deadlines when necessary.

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