“I’m not even supposed to be here today!” — Dante Hicks, “Clerks”

I really didn’t want to come in to work today. I actually wanted to call in sick, but that would have left poor Gretchen in the dumper for covering for me. Plus, I really missed my co-workers over here. I felt really detached when I came back in.

For those of you keeping score… I’ve been in sort of a work-based limbo for the past 2 months. I’ve been promised promotions and transfers; a couple of departmental level managers have asked me if I’ve been interested in joining their group. My immediate superior’s been really helpful in talking with me about career options with Walmart.com, but nothing’s really materialized except moving from one shift to another, which was awesome, because for the first time in a decade, working grave has been slowly killing me. I must be getting old.

I got back into work today to find out that I’ve been named as a manager for a project that I know really well. I’m hoping my success with this project will give my manager enough of a basis to consider me for movement out of the operations center and into a project management role. All I can say is, “wow.”