Forty two dog years accounted for

People make a big deal about work anniversaries here. I think it's partly because time passes so quickly and slowly. I still feel new and I feel like I have been here through so much; gotten so much done, changed a lot...changed my hair color.

Six years ago today, I had to pinch myself in orientation (yes, you officially work for Microsoft now, Heather, now mellow out!) and introduce myself to my new manager that I had only met via video teleconference. I got my badge picture taken when I still had flippy Chicago hair...the kind that doesn't work in the misty Seattle climate. Sat down in my office...MY OFFICE...AT MICROSOFT (no window, of course). My first week I sat through a whole acronym laden meeting, only understanding "the" and "and". Met my clients and realized that I had a lot of work to do before they trusted me to hire their people (luckily, that happened quickly). Worked through my first Seattle winter without realizing that it was seriously  dark at 4 PM (remember, interior office). Went to the company store and bought a bunch of stuff I didn't need just because it said Microsoft on it. Painted my office purple. Made some stupid mistakes that I thought I would get in trouble for, but didn't (see previous sentence). And finally figured out how to get my job done.

Six years later (different job of course), I realize that I have never done anything for 6 years. Never lived in the same place, never had the same job. I miss being new and I am so glad I don't have to do it again!

Comments (8)
  1. Barry says:

    Is it a requirement of all corporate meetings to use acronyms for everything? CUAFE? (Corporations Use Acronyms For Everything)

    Six years is a good amount of time to look back and consider your life/actions. That’s the same amount of time I’ve been with my company and I’ve lived through some of the most defining stages of our company.

    I tend to gloss over anniversaries publicly- but I also personally keep track of them and set new benchmarks for the future.

  2. Mark Tookey says:


    Am I allowed to say that six years ago I was still at University?! Mind you, it seems about 600 years ago…


  3. Yesterday was my 6-year anniversary at Microsoft, so I guess I was at the same orientation as Heather!…

  4. Heather, today was my 8th day at Microsoft. It’s challenging, but really feels great. Hope to be still there in 6 years, as enthusiastic as you are…! (at least if I do better than my car, see my blog for more explanation about this disaster).

  5. HeatherLeigh says:

    Barry-I still can’t believe 6 years, not sure why I get so philosophical around anniversaries.

    Mark-you can say it but you are in big trouble next time I see you! Making me feel old ; )

    Adam-cool…as I recall, our orientation class was pretty big. I was the idiot in the skirt ; )

    Jean-Bernard- it gets easier the longer you are here! I’m scared to hear about your car…doesn’t sound good.

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