Remember the thinly veiled posts about not being valued at work, or being told that my professional development was not important, etc.? There were lots of them. I had days where I had to blog or I'd lose my mind and, even worse, my temper.
Not anymore. Even though I am still working insane hours (some weeks in this semester, for instance, contained multiple days where I worked upwards of 10 hours...in the past that would have still equalled 37.5 but no longer), I have gained the power/kahones/whatever to say to whomever needs telling that I have worked more than my fair share and will be taking some time off, or that if the students aren't here I really don't have a need to be here.
Gone are the days of hearing second and third hand that I am lazy and need to be given work to keep me busy. Adios to the insinuations that because my desk is clean, I must not be working. And it isn't just the replacement of one person that has led to this over all office climate change...there are only two of us still here that were here when I started working in this office.
The culture has shifted, and I believe for the better. Though the Canadian tourists above are often the first and last thing I see in a day AND are often in the dark due to early starts and late arrivals back at my car, I really am enjoying my work and that has been a long time coming.