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... ;)