Today marks the end of two of the fastest and most amazing years of my life. I have never laughed nor learned as much as I did in my time at Schipul.
When I first started here, I was a Facebook addict and dallied in Twitter, but I knew next to nothing about how the actual Internet worked. At this point in my life I was pretty sure it still lived at Al Goreâ€™s house and was sort of couch sized. I also thought a DNS cloud was that white fluffy thing that rolls over your house before a big storm. But thank goodnessâ€¦ at Schipul, you learn a lot and you learn it quickly.
Less than six months after arriving at Schipul, I not only knew that HTML wasnâ€™t someoneâ€™s initials, but Iâ€™d decided I wanted to launch the Schipul blogâ€¦ all by myself. Makes total sense right? Thank goodness I had a manager that believed in me enough to let me try. And thank goodness Schipul hires patient people, because I was by no means an internet expert at this point… I believe I walked back and forth between the IT Directorâ€™s desk, the Creative Directorâ€™s desk and mine about eleventy-billion times with questions about the Schipul blog before it went live.
I imagine being a fly on the wall during one of these discussion with Rodney (our IT guy) would have been extremely comicalâ€¦
Maggie: So. I think WebFaction is possessed by the devil. I canâ€™t get the domain to shoot the right way and the nav makes no sense and their help files are WORTHLESS.
Rod: Are you sure youâ€™re pointing the DNS to the right server?
Maggie: I think so. I wrote them a support ticket.
Rod: Yeah. I saw it.
Maggie: Did it make sense?
Maggie: No? Okay. Iâ€™m going to rewrite it. Be right back! Alsoâ€¦ when I get back, remember to tell me what the heck Akismet is. It sounds like an alien food group. Also we need to talk about what â€œthumbnailâ€ means.
Rod: (puts head on desk)
Nowâ€¦ two years laterâ€¦ I know what Akismet is and could launch a blog with minimal questions. But the amazing amount of knowledge is not the only reason why Iâ€™m going to miss Schipul so much thoughâ€¦
I am going to miss the coffee, the LOLcats and the hilarious IMs from Brandi. I donâ€™t know where Iâ€™m going to get my funny internet fix from now on. I suppose I should let her know I expect daily emails.
I am going to miss my morning meetings with Katie, my manager and partner in crime. I have learned so much from this gal over the past two years and I could not have asked for a better cheerleader. We Irish girls gotta stick together.
Iâ€™m going to miss my silly little cube and my angry mullet bear picture.
I probably will not miss forgetting that I donâ€™t have an â€œinside voiceâ€ and accidentally announcing things to the entire office from said cube.
Iâ€™m going to miss the excitement in the office when Jenny lays the smack-down on some code and Iâ€™m going to miss talking to Iris about what kind of day itâ€™s going to be based on Edâ€™s morning music selection (techo? Itâ€™s going to be a fun one!).
Iâ€™m going to miss calling David to announce â€œI just hard coded something and FTPed some stuff!!â€ (whatever that meansâ€”Iâ€™m sure he usually just rolls his eyes) and watching Benâ€™s super amazing videos.
Iâ€™m going to miss tiny Foofs and her not so tiny-voice and new music Thursdays.
I am going to lunches with JJ where we solve all of the universe’s problems and I’m going to miss her amazing little family.
I am going to miss sitting with Kerry and learning all about Tendenci and Dreamweaver and Iâ€™m going to miss trying to explain to her why all of the sudden the font in my Outlook is size 27 (I blame the demons on this too).
I am going to miss hearing about Brandi and Lyndiaâ€™s wedding plans and Courtney showing up in my cube just to chat. We Tomball girls stick together! Iâ€™m going to miss hearing Kimâ€™s baby stories and hugs from Ella when she comes to the office to see Katie.
Iâ€™m going to miss the silly stories we share at the beginning of every Monday Morning Meetings and pretending not to tear up when Ed makes us watch some cheesy youtube video about lions. You knowâ€¦ because I HATE cheesy things.
Never in my life have I been surrounded my such a diverse and supportive bunchâ€¦
In Schipul I have found my second family. Itâ€™s big and itâ€™s weird, but it is certainly lovely. No matter where I end up, I will always be a Schipulite.
Love you all.