Hope the "short" week is going well for everyone. I managed to survived my third day! I am sorry, I had every intention in checking in to give you all an update on the job. My first day was Tuesday. I couldn't sleep at all on Sunday due to the thunder and bad dreams, so I spent most of the night awake. My commute is about 2 miles (just down the road) and it is lovely to not have to commute for over an hour or pay parking.
The people in the office are very nice, just like everyone I have met so far in Sioux Falls. On the first day, the director greeted me and introduced me to everyone in the building (about 40 people) while my computer was getting set-up. I have a huge space to work in and the whole building is very quiet; it is definitely different than what I had at Target. I was immediately granted access to learning about the South West Power Pools through several modules online. I have been doing these modules and taking tests before being able proceed to the next module.
My role is being the key contact to oversee our involvement with this organization and provide the support to the departments who are impacted by the SPP; in addition, I will also be responsible for managing a vendor and working on projects to optimize our assets. My manager yesterday said "I already can tell you are a hard-worker and will catch up quickly" and our director is already planning what my involvement with SPP will look like in five years with the company and our operations in MT. I been wanting to be rooted somewhere, and this company is stable, so I pray that God's will for my life is to be rooted with them for as long as He wants me there.
I have been learning a ton about energy markets and I believe my role will be really neat because I will be learning about how energy rights etc., are traded in the market, how we supply our resources, and optimize them. There seems to be resemblance to the "Stock Market" and I can't wait to have the foundation under my belt and know the business well, so I can become the most competent that I can be for them. I definitely think God went above and beyond by giving me this role. Just the idea of getting up and going somewhere were you are expected and wanted is a privilege for me. I have no words to describe how grateful I am for your prayers, the support that I have received from many of you, and for allowing me the opportunity to share my failures and success along the way.
Right now, I am a little "overwhelmed" because I have high standards for myself to learn this information asap, but I know that God gave it to me, and He will help learn. I need to figure out a way to get some caffeine in the system without going back to drinking pop to keep my energy levels high. I was thinking on trying out tea, but I don't know about what tea flavors I should get. Any ideas?