What’s up party people! Christina here. Since I’ve done a bang-up job keeping the blog updated (sarcasm tag), Amy graciously offered to take the reins. You are in extremely capable hands, and I’ll just be like the googly muppet-eye of Sauron back here.
Why, hello there!
My name is Amy, and I’m your new Atalasoft Office blogger. I was hired in March, two months before I even graduated from Smith College, as an office administrator (well, the office administrator, as I am the one and only). I have spent the last few months making the absolute easiest transition from the world of academia to the world of the 40-hour-work-week. And why? BECAUSE I WORK IN THE COOLEST OFFICE EVER.
Gee-whiz, Amy, you’re probably thinking, that’s a pretty bold statement to make! This is true. But I’m hoping that my blog will give you some idea of why I feel comfortable making that assertion. I’ll be posting pictures, videos, and little text tidbits of all the latest office going-ons so that you can learn more about Atalasoft and the intelligent, hilarious, passionate, and quirky individuals who make up this company.
And I don’t mess around. I’m starting out with a doozie.
BACON WEEK, JUNE 2012
As you may or may not know, Atalasoft has a thing for bacon. And by thing I mean a burning passion of a thousand fiery suns. Traditionally, we celebrate this love on Bacon Day. We order some gourmet cuts of bacon and fry them up on the griddle, along with a few side dishes (English muffins fried in bacon grease, scrambled eggs fried in bacon grease, coffee cake/potatoes/sticky buns fried in bacon grease if possible, etc.), and have a big breakfast for everyone in the office. And then we get back to work with bacon-y goodness in our bellies and a greasy grin on our faces.
Yeah, I made those. Peanut butter bacon cupcakes. Mmm.
Part of my job is event planning, and with this being my first encounter with any sort of bacon celebration, I wanted to plan something extra special. So Christina (Director of Human Resources/Director, Ministry of Culture) and I came up with the idea for BACON WEEK. Each day, we had volunteers bring in a bacon-y treat for all to share in anticipation of our Big Bacon Breakfast Fiesta on Friday. I also ordered some novelty bacon items to raffle off as prizes, and we gave away the new company t-shirt (also featuring bacon) to everybody at the end of the week.
The event was a great success! Christina and I were a little nervous about the timing due to the looming year-end deadlines, but I think the bacon ended up nurturing productivity by keeping spirits high during this time of stress.
Personally, Bacon Week left me feeling inspired. I don’t mean by the bacon itself (although, being in the presence of the Best Meat Product Known to Mankind can be pretty inspiring…). Rather, I was inspired by the atmosphere it created – an atmosphere of creativity, excitement, teamwork, and good humor; an atmosphere you can’t wait to be a part of once again the next day, and the next, and the next. And I am so grateful that I am in a position to help create that sort of environment, because making other people happy is what really tickles my fancy/fuels my fire/floats my boat/rocks my socks/makes me want to speak in clichés.
I can honestly say that I ate more bacon last week than I had for the entire last two years of my life. And I can’t wait to do it again.
Check out our Bacon Week album here on our facebook page.
And I shall leave you with this: