Waiting on the desk in my office: a lovely bag, decorated with the Reed griffin, filled with all manner of treats: a mug, a pen, not one but two chocolate bars, a mousepad, more candy . . . oh, and a pretty card, signed by my department.
Lots of new faces, lots of friendly greetings, lots of offers of help.
A delicious department lunch.
Plenty of time to settle into my new office, get familiar with my computer, fill out the load of forms from HR, and just take in my new surroundings.
The news that two of my department-mates run at lunch and would welcome my company! Plus, I have full use of the campus athletic facilities, including a pool, weight room, etc.
A gorgeous, sunny, warm, lovely day, probably the nicest day since I've arrived in Portland. In a way, this was a bummer since I had to be at work. But it sure makes a beautiful campus look all the better.
On the home front: a sweet, gentle nanny who was ten minutes early despite a rather lengthy commute on public transportation. Reports (verified by my mom, who works from home) of play-dough, a trip to the park, and lots of stories. I think I found a good one.
It was a good first day, but I'm tired. Time for a glass of wine, a little down time, and then early to bed with a good book.