Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Have mouse, will travel

You may have noticed a dearth of architecture-related posts on WAD here lately. That's because I've been living up to the title of this blog lately: drinking. Okay, I'm kidding. But don't tempt me.

Work has been slow. To keep me occupied, Jann and Howie have been sharing me to work with anyone on any and everything possible. A few days ago, I helped Prudence, the head of interiors, draw up some plans she as-builted in the field, and I helped one of her gals set up a set of drawings in the new software. A day later, I looked up some code issues for a small tenant finish suite for another project team. Last week, I helped Jann tweak a narrative and a floor plan for some possible work at MHRC. Earlier this week, I was helping another associate in the office review and research some of our typical details and notes sheets that we include in every drawing set. This afternoon and tomorrow, I'm helping Mickey and his team work on a drawing set that's going out tomorrow for final coordination. I feel like a hired gunslinger--well, mouseslinger--traveling from team to team to help them with whatever problem they have.

To be sure, I'm very appreciative of the higher-ups trying to keep me busy, ergo employed. But doing lots of little stuff means that I often am not sure what I'm doing from one day to the next, and I'm frequently given tasks that take me less time than I have to do it. Hence, I'm fiddling around or trying to make a 6-hour task s-t-r-e-t-c-h into 8 hours. Added to that kind of stress is the stress of doing jobs that aren't yours. While I do my best on every task I'm given, because after all one's work is one's signature on everything, it's hard to get really into something that you're not really going to get into for more than a few hours. So, combine having to stretch tasks out with not feeling super invested on anything, and I find myself unable to concentrate or just finish a task in the time I know that it usually takes me to do something. I'm having problems just focusing. I feel a little scatterbrained and flighty, and I find myself totally worn out at the end of the day, even though I know I didn't really "work hard."

So, I'm trying to find other things to keep my enthusiasm up until a real project comes up. i mean, I usually have to do this sort of thing where I work on just one project for several months, then I work on lots of little projects for a few months. I'm ready for something to sink my teeth into long-term.

Feh. Just...feh.


ms. kitty said...

Jeezypeezy, I hate that. It feels like such a waste of time. I'm no good at thumbtwiddling while pretending to be busy.

Hope it ends soon, Pixie!

BaxtersMum said...

that's what the first year of my employment at the pill mill was like.

I got very good at reading the internet. In fact, I read the whole thing.


Hang in there. You're a project focus kind of gal - at least they are taking efforts to make sure you stay busy and viable - I worry about the architect world when the economy is so crapoola.

Me, I make power. You want A/C? Lights? yeah, I thought so.


Miss Kitty said...

This is why you people need an office cat.