Quick update, because I've got crap to do... I got a promotion!
I am the new Associate Director of Fiscal and Administrative Policy of the Board/Department of Higher Education. Pretty much exactly the same day as I was informed of the promotion, we got word that the reorganization bill proposed by the Governor was passed. But all the same, I was very pleased. The title and $$ are lovely, of course, but mostly I was pleased because this showed that my bosses, Pat and Sue, whom I admire immensely, think I'm capable. That means more than anything else.
I also got a new desk. This was unrelated to the promotion, but a nice extra surprise. It's HUGE. It's awesome because I have lots of room to do my work and spread out. But it also means that I have more square footage to accumulate the bits of pieces of paper on which I tend to write really important notes to myself, and then, inevitably, lose. Whereas before, it was just a matter of looking around a little, it's now like finding a needle in a haystack. You might think that I would re-evaluate my organizational techniques, but I am an old dog--new tricks are not my bag.
Speaking of doggie tricks, this is totally going to be me in 30 years: