Today, after 6 weeks on the job, I finally got my own account, having passed my interim background check... Argh! They gave me the damn longest email address in history. Why? Because they used my full legal name. I said I don't go by that, and they said that is how I filled out all my paperwork. I said I did that because they asked me to use the legal names on the paperwork. Dumb as shit. It doesn't even fit on my business card now. And they won't fix it. No one I work with (or know) even calls me by my legal first name, let alone the middle one... this is going to be a pain as long as I work here, I can tell... And possibly even worse, people might be inclined to start calling me by the legal name soon. Yech!!
I took the nature walk at work today with a colleague. In a pond in back of the building, we actually found tadpoles. I remember collecting them as a kid until we had little frogs growing in our aquarium... They were teeny, but cute, and lasted until one day when we were out and had a little earthquake. Came home and the top was off and no frogs in sight. We never did find them. Anyway, I was tempted to collect some tadpoles to watch them turn into frogs again... then I remembered a conversation I had shared with a friend recently... I might be snatching one up at just the wrong time, setting them up for a world of hurt. Plucking them away from a life with their friends and loved ones, perhaps just before a momentous event should occur. (The conversation made more sense, but bare with me). So I looked at them, admired them, and walked away.