things i’m going to miss about my job
This is the last week of my 3-month contract in the Man Lab and I’m not going to lie to you – I’m sad to be leaving. This was by far the most satisfying and fun job I’ve ever had. Sure, there were frustrating moments as there are with every job but I can honestly say there was rarely a day that I wasn’t excited to go to work. And considering we spend most of our waking hours at work, I consider myself very lucky to have landed such a golden (albeit short) position.
Here are a few of the things I’ve enjoyed most or am going to miss about the Man Lab:
- Just having a job in London. The other morning I sat on the counter in the kitchen, eating a bowl of cereal while my husband smeared Bovril on his toast and I thought, this is nice, getting up with him, both of us preparing to go to work. I know it’s silly but it’s so very married. And married life is good.
- The industrial sized espresso machine in the Camden office. Unlimited espresso, people! UNLIMITED ESPRESSO. Ahem. Maybe not such a good thing.
- Cup o tea? Cup o tea? Cup o tea? Ringing down the halls. So very British.
- Researching strange and obscure facts all day. I’d tell you about them but I’m bound by a confidentiality agreement and I’d have to kill you. You’ll just have to wait until the show airs this Fall.
- No two days were alike in the Lab. Sometimes stressful but never boring.
- Getting to meet and work with the lovely James May.
- Wearing jeans or shorts or tank tops or whatever the hell I wanted for that matter. No bullshit corporate dress code.
- Not having to hide my tattoo.
- The creative aspect.
- The way my Production Manager endearingly calls me Old Bean.
- Catered lunches in the studio.
- Boy shenanigans and japes. I learned A LOT about men over the past few months.
- The dart board. I was just starting to get my dart groove on.
- Man Labia sessions. When there are only 4 girls amongst a dozen men, you gotta talk about girl stuff sometimes.
- Spending a day shooting in <undisclosed country>.
- Working in front of the camera and shooting a certain dinner scene with James at 10am (that was not grape juice in those glasses).
- The laughter. Nay. Hilarity. Most every day.
- Competing with the boys – whether it be Google hurdles or eating 3 crackers under a minute or typing competitions or how many times can you click the clicker. I acquired some very important skills in the Man Lab.
- The entire team.
I’m going to miss you Man Lab team. Thanks for making me smile every day for the past 3 months. I hope to work with you again someday. Until then, I’ve left a little something* for you on my desk.
* Inside joke that never fails to crack me up.