Ok, I'm coming clean. Work is a bust. My co-worker and I are on the outs and I can stand to be around it. Yeah, I said it. It. I'm not even acknowledging them as a person, just as an entity that is ruining my whole damn life.
However, this experience has taught me to acknowledge something about myself that I really didn't want to: I really do have the attention span of a gnat.
I can't even ignore the truth of the situation anymore.
Why am I finally acknowledging this? Because I'm ready to leave this work environment.
The co-workers in my department are great. They are fun, professional colleagues who enjoy working together (for the most part). I've been here for 9.5 months now and I know who doesn't like who and I have to say, everyone does an excellent job of keeping those frustrations tightly below the belt.
The pay is great.
The other people outside my department? ...Let's not go there.
All this leads me to an inescapable conclusion: I would do much better on 100% travel. If I could flit in and out of schools on a weekly or monthly basis I would be in a much better position. I would never get bored, I would always enjoy the new cast of characters, I would always be seen as the "expert" (thus affirming Virginia's adage: The expert is always 10 miles down the road), and I could travel more, which was my childhood dream job.
And I've always been a fan of per diem accounts.
So I've put it on my new 2009 plan: Learn as much about portals as I possibly can. Become a genuine product expert. In November/December 2009, start shopping for a 100% travel position.