In Which I Prove to God and Everyone That I Have No Business in Business

I’m a stay-at-home mom by trade, call, and desire. I also like to write, which doesn’t seem like a job, but more like a way to process the world so I can move on with life.

Currently, I’m a researcher masquerading as someone who has an actual job with a work-related email address, payroll paperwork, and administrative folks I communicate with on a daily basis.
The research of the job is fascinating to me, and I’m liking it a lot. The administrative details? Let’s just say I’m not as administrative as I thought I had the potential to be.

Case in point #1: I locked myself out of my gwnews.com email address this week and had to get help from the Tech Master to get me back in. (Hi, my name is Megan, and do you think you could explain how email works again?)

Case in point #2: I have not been able to submit my reimbursement paperwork correctly to the Payroll Master and I’ve tried, oh, about five times. (Hi, my name is Megan, and do you think you could just give me an allowance so I don’t have to keep track of paper and remember how to do hard computer tasks like type inside boxes on a standard form?)

Case in point #3: I’ve been working on surveys to send out to folks that will be going in official-looking formatted and html-enabled emails. I’ve sent 3 of them to the Email Master two times each, each time with “These are ready to send!” typed in with them. Each time, 12 hours later, I’ve emailed her again with a, “WAIT! Those can’t go yet. Just throw them in the trash and I’ll get them to you again.” Like she’s going to believe me the next time I send her anything with “Yes, send these now, please!” (Hi, my name is Megan, and I just like to create extra work for everyone.)

The upside? Everyone I’ve been working with has been extra gracious with me, and nobody has cyber-sighed in my direction (at least not that I’ve heard). They seem to be okay with the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing yet.

So the only one being hard on me is me. I told Craig I’m feeling this weird need to bake cookies for the entire administrative team of GWN and apologize with sugar.

Maybe just getting my details submitted properly the first time would suffice.

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9 thoughts on “In Which I Prove to God and Everyone That I Have No Business in Business

  1. martha10 says:

    a lot of what you are going through has to do with a learning curve that many go through on new jobs. if you are the only one who is unhappy with yourself, give yourself a little more time to adjust to the new way of doing things before you write yourself off as a failure. for many of us, we get orientations to jobs along with demonstrations of the forms and ways of filling out forms, etc. you have had a LOT of changes happening all in one week andd the job you started was not a pre-existing job…much harder than walking into a job that already exists. be patient with yourself. this will take a little time to develop into the job that you will do well:)
    i’m sure that baking some cookies won’t hurt anything:) God sent your parents at just the right time didn’t He?

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  2. Margaret says:

    I think it is so nice that you demonstrate how difficult navigating new waters is-and I am grateful to hear from someone else for whom ironing is not a top skill!

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  3. Margaret says:

    I think it is so nice that you demonstrate how difficult navigating new waters is-and I am grateful to hear from someone else for whom ironing is not a top skill!

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  4. Jess says:

    Well I feel I personally deserve some cookies too just because I’ve been thinking of you so much and sending warm fuzzies your way faithfully for weeks. Just kidding…. Love you…

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  5. Jess says:

    Well I feel I personally deserve some cookies too just because I’ve been thinking of you so much and sending warm fuzzies your way faithfully for weeks. Just kidding…. Love you…

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  6. Nick says:

    Sorry, Megan. I can’t take this as sufficient proof that you “have no business …”, etc., etc., etc. You need to keep at it. I just okayed your expense report. You’re doing great!

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  7. Nick says:

    Sorry, Megan. I can’t take this as sufficient proof that you “have no business …”, etc., etc., etc. You need to keep at it. I just okayed your expense report. You’re doing great!

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