June 11, 2012



I have done something truly stupid. Well, not stupid, but slightly ridiculous.

For those of you with any sort of longish work history, you’ll get this. You know those people that you work for that are just so extraordinary that if they ever called you and said they needed you to show up again you wouldn’t have to think twice about saying yes?

Well, that happened.

One minute I’m sitting in a waiting room, minding my own business, and the next minute I get a random text message from said extraordinary person and, um, 9 days later I had accepted a position with zero idea of what my salary would be or basically what my job ACTUALLY was.

And so, because I do ridiculous things sometimes (see: previous paragraph), I’m trying desperately to catch up every minute of the day and shake the cobwebs from my brain that may have accumulated by not being in this industry for a few years.

I’ve set up my home office in a way that doesn’t make me want to run screaming from the room (though I do need a really, really good chair) and I’m thinking of employing the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce strategy of a bar cart with ice bucket at the ready.

Join me in a cocktail, won’t you?

My apologies for the lack of shenanigans around these parts the past couple of weeks. Would you believe me if I said I missed it? Because I totally have. Regular posting will begin again shortly.

Until then, humor me. Have you ever been in over your head on purpose? What did you do to get back to balance?

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6 Responses to “Pedaling”

  1. MainlineMom Says:

    Good for you! Except for the whole not knowing your salary part…that’s not so smart 😉 I say extraordinary people are worth following. That’s pretty much how I ended up in my start-up company…where I knew my salary but didn’t actually get paid for an entire year. Yeah, kinda ridiculous. But worth it.

    • Pam Says:

      So true. There are four people I’ve worked with/for that fall into this category – that’s a lot. But they taught me that working with uninspired assholes is no way to spend your time. 🙂

      And just for clarification, I may not have know what my actual salary would be, but I knew what it would NOT be – and that was a good enough guideline. 🙂

      • Amelia Says:

        So….are you going back into fundraising? Can’t wait to hear! Doesn’t really matter…whatever it is, I know you, and know that you will do an incredible job! Does whoever it is know how lucky they are to have you!

        • pamlewis Says:

          Not fundraising, but I did have some discussions around that, too! Back into the IT world for a bit. Not quite as fashionable, but always interesting people and projects. 🙂

      • pamlewis Says:

        You know, when you work with people you already know and love, that ‘risk’ part never shows up. Or maybe that’s just me? It’ll all smooth out soon – I HOPE! Thanks for the nice words, friend! 🙂

  2. Leslie Says:

    Ooo, so exciting! Way to take risks and just go for it. Things will work out just fine, I’m sure. You might need a little extra time right now to get rolling again, but I’m sure you’ll be flying again soon. If I am ever in over my head, I just do what it takes to learn what I need to know. Ask questions, study, buy some books. Best of luck!