At any rate, that meeting went so much better than the last. Once he was fully aware of exactly where I stood and that yes, there is an end date in mind for the travel "ban", it was much better. I still have a TON of things that he wants to see improved/worked on. I'm OK with that because it gives me direction. It also tells me that I'm not the only one feeling like the whole training gig needs work and in what areas. I'm still not looking forward to traveling again any time soon, but alas, it is part of my job description. If I don't like it enough or if it gets to be too much, I do have options. I can try and petition for a more permanent job description change or, more than likely, I can attempt to find another job either within or outside of the company where I won't have to travel. I'm just hoping there will be a few occasions where I'll be able to take Boo with me. Of course, that'll mean I'll have to travel somewhere where I've got friends or family who are both able and above all willing to watch him while I do my training. Either that or be able to take Gak with me too. (Of course, that's a little more problematic since if he's not at work, he's not getting paid, so a double whammy...)
So, yes, I'm feeling a good bit more positive today. I'm still swamped and not sure how to get un-swamped, but I'll get there.
I'm just glad it's the weekend after today. I could use a couple of down days just chasing Boo.
Anyway, just thought I'd let all 5 of my readers know that everything seems to be heading in a better direction at work, or at least not as bad a direction.
Peace to all and may meetings not be scary and things work out in the long run.