Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I'm not sure how much I've talked about my spouse and his job here.  Let's just say he's been in the same job but in various departments and in various roles for nearly as long as we've lived in Washington.. so 18 or 19 years or so.

When he first started he liked his job because he liked the people that he worked for and with.  For the most part my spouse can get along with just about anyone.  He is very slow to anger and impatience (as a rule). 

For the last several years he has had the worst bosses imaginable.  I will not go into detail but for quite a number of years now he comes home from work having been verbally abused and beat down by those above him in the pecking order.  The reason they treat him and every other of thier employees this way is because they can, because especially now, everyone needs the job that they have.  In short, for several years he has worked for jerks.

All of that changed about 5 or 6 weeks ago.  The company he works for finally fired one of the worst bosses he's ever had the misfortune to work for.  We were cheering!  His life improved somewhat.  Then they brought in this new guy.  This new boss is the polar opposite of anyone he's had to work for in the last decade.  He actually appreciates the work his people do, he works WITH them and he thanks them for all of their hard work.

Every day my spouse now comes home tired but satisfied and happy!  It has made the vibe in our house completely different.  Before it would take him a couple of hours and a long talk out before he could relax.  Now he comes home happy and immediately able to chill and do whatever he wants without having to unwind and relax.  Now when he tells me about his "day" it is not so much about what went wrong but about what this new manager said or did that made whatever went wrong seem better.

Needless to say, without ever seeing this new guy I love him (you know what I mean..)!  Hubby has told me this new guy is a multidimensional geek (that is what daughter and I call being fans of multi geekdoms) like me and so I decided he needs a quilt!  Hubs has told me that this guy has done Star Wars stuff in costume in the past and so that is the focus of the quilt that I'm making in appreciation.

I started without a plan and I'm still basically winging it.  I told hubby "since it is a Sci-Fi quilt I'm going with this modern wonky stuff that all the cool kids do".  He chuckled at me.  So this one I'm going to work on until it is done and I'm going to include a really super nice note on the card that I send with it when hubs takes it to work to give to the guy.  I figure he deserves it since my spouse's life is so much better now.

As much as I dislike fussy cutting things I think it is really going to work with this.  I'm thinking snuggle/twin size since he's a really tall guy.  I'm thinking I'll make it reversible with something a wife would like for the 'back'.  Since I don't know anything about her though it is possible that she's a geek too... must investigate... ;)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
The beginings....

9 comments:

Live a Colorful Life said...

Wow. I know what you mean about the boss thing. My husband was a part owner in a business, and then was bought out (I called it a hostile takeover....) because he had the smallest percentage of ownership and the father/two sons who were his partners wanted the whole pie. So he went from owner to employee. And it has been a nightmare at times. But as you said, he has a job...

I'm glad your husband's situation has improved so much. And good for you for making the new boss a quilt!

Kristy QP said...

So glad your husband's work situation has improved! That's a really thoughtful idea to make a quilt for the new boss!

Nina-Marie said...

Its amazing that following the rule "Be Nice" will actually change people's day - thanks for sharing! That said- I want to join your geekdom league. I really can't believe I haven't made a TARTIS quilt yet LOL!

Michele said...

That is great, that he is happier. That sure makes a much happier home life. My hubs made a change early this year too and while he is super busy, he is much happier also.

Very nice that you are making a quilt to thank the new boss for being a good guy. I'm sure he will be touched.

Jamie Lee said...

What a great end to a sad story. I am sure he will love the quilt!

JoAnne said...

I love your idea! I can totally relate to the bad boss thing, too. In the military, they are called "toxic leaders." They can really bring down the quality of life. The good thing about the military, though, is that everyone usually change every year or two! I can't wait to see more of the quilt.

Pen Pen said...

Awesome!! happy that hubby is happy at work. Can't wait to see the quilt!

Rebecca said...

Very cool to make a quilt for your hubby's boss. I have some of that Star Wars fabric too and am not sure what to do with it, your blocks look awesome! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday.

LynCC said...

You are rockin' it! I'm so happy for you guys that a GOOD boss has come in to the picture. I know exactly how awful it is to have absolute jerks for bosses - my husband's coming off a 9 year streak of truly psycho/abusive commanders. He's soooo much more relaxed in this change of duty station, where the commander is actually a normal human being. Your hubby's boss is sure to LOVE this Star Wars quilt!