Friday, May 2, 2008

Why I had champagne for dinner last night

First reason: Today ends a three-month weight-loss contest at work. So I couldn't very well eat ACTUAL FOOD the night before final weigh-in. The good news is I lost 15 pounds in the contest, maybe good enough for 3rd or 4th place. And in a field of more than 20 men, I think that's awfully respectable.

Second reason: Yesterday I put in my notice at the newspaper, because I got a new job. A sparkling new job! Here's the announcement that went out to the staff last night:

-----Original Message-----
From: Fong, Katharine
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 11:33 PM
Subject: amy pizarro

We’re sad to let you know that Amy is leaving the Merc at the end of the month to take a job as public relations director with Presentation High School in San Jose. Amy says it’s been her dream to work with students and teachers at just such a school – well known for its educational excellence and nurturing environment.

Amy began at the Mercury News as a sports designer/copy editor six years ago, quickly showing her editors that she was organized, hard-working and able to handle just about any task. She was soon tapped to become preps editor, improving our coverage both in print and online. Amy was part of getting our high school blog up and running, she edited and designed the All-Mercury News prep sections and worked with online folks to develop Web forms where coaches can send in stats from games, a technological breakthrough that we had craved for years.

Amy spent much of last year on the Rethinking team, and was critical in our development of the Play! section many of you heard about. Say what you will about where Rethinking ended up, but Amy's creativity, drive and determination to push for new ideas was critical within the group.

Most recently, Amy has served (ha! get it?) as our Food+Wine and Home+Garden editor. For those of you who know Amy well, you know how easy it is to get her to laugh at a pun.

Amy’s departure leaves an opening for a F+W/H+G editor. If you're interested, please talk to Katharine as soon as possible. Thanks.

Kevin and Katharine

UPDATE: Happiness stage over; now paralyzed by fear, realizing I went and got myself a job I haven't the faintest idea how to do.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the club of Professional Imposters. There are a bunch of us. Imposters are people with a slightly better-than-average skill set who manipulate and decieve upper management into believing that we can take on any task, at any time, with grace, dignity, and purpose. All the while we're thinking, "I hope they don't find out that I know NOTHING about ANYTHING and am completely my way through life."