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Well, I'm still flaking out. I had a phone call scheduled to be a reference for a former colleague, and I completely forgot about it. They're going to call me on Friday morning, and that is engraved on my memory. Sheesh. I thought that I was handling all the stuff that was going on, but maybe not.

Speaking of which, the background check on the new Library Director is still not done (I thought that they just had to run a report or something? I wonder why it's taking so long?), but they're still hoping that he'll start on August 7th.

Apparently I have the rep at the Business Office that they should call me if they can't reach my boss. HR called me about a student worker's schedule. I figured out how to answer the question. Go me :)

I ordered more books.

I need to get up very early for a meeting in Champaign-Urbana tomorrow (about one hour and 20 minutes away), so I need to get cracking on getting organized and going to sleep.

I Blew It

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:16 pm
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I was supposed to come in early because the front desk worker was participating in an orientation for new students, and I completely forgot. It was on my calendar too; I just spaced it out. I saw an e-mail this morning reminding me about that, but I had already gotten up too late. I broke speed records throwing myself together. My boss and the front desk worker were nice about it. Heck of a start to the day though. It's nice to get home early though.

We're starting to get new books coming in. That's cool.

I am ravenous.
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Good news: It looks like the Library Director candidate has accepted the offer, and now HR is doing a background check. There is a possible start date of August 7th, with my current boss leaving on the 1st, so there will be hardly any time that I will be on my own.

I got into a lengthy discussion with my boss about the new resources that we're getting for the new majors at the college. I have a long list of other books to order.

I ran to the store tonight and picked up enough cat food to last until I get paid again. The diet and exercise group that I'm in is into riced cauliflower, which I didn't know existed, so I picked up some frozen riced cauliflower with Italian cheese sauce and some frozen broccoli. I'm planning to make it with scrambled eggs and Italian seasoning. I hope that it'll be good.

It was 98 degrees F according to my car when I went to dinner tonight. Sweat is pouring down my face as I type right now. I just clutched a bottle of cold soda to my bosom. Harlee looks like she melted onto the futon. I'm glad that I'm planning to stay home tomorrow, except that I might walk in the park across the street if I can get up the willpower. Speaking of which, my FitBit was estimated to arrive today and didn't. I looked for a tracking number, but the eBay seller never sent me one. Sigh. I hope that it arrives tomorrow.
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Oh, I forgot to mention that we decided to make an offer to our top candidate for the Library Director position. I hope that the negotiation is quick and fruitful. It's obvious that I'll have some time in August in which I'm running the library by myself, but I hope that it won't be really long. Our top candidate has to move from out of state though, so that might take a while. I'm already getting reports that ordinarily would go to the Library Director.
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For some reason, the joints in my left fingers and left knee have been aching today. Acetaminophen helped. It's not tiredness; I don't feel tired. Could the weather have something to do with it? It's. Freaking. Hot.

I've been "weeding" the books having to do with medicine at the library, and oh, is that section in bad shape. I've been getting rid of a lot of stuff because there's nothing so out-of-date as an old book about medicine. I'm been ordering new books to replace some of them. Always fun spending other people's money!

I thought that my road trip blog theme had a three-column layout, but apparently it doesn't. Oh well. I should have gotten the other theme. I'll live with it.

The day perked up a lot though. Someone from a library journal saw my poster from the big library conference online and invited me to write an article based on the poster for their journal! Woo-hoo! (I did a little strut/dance that I'm glad that no one saw.)

Did I say that it was hot? It's too hot to spend a lot of time in front of the computer, so I guess that I'll go clean. Everything has its uses.
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Feeling kind of tired today. Overslept. We're having an "excessive heat warning," which doesn't help. And right now, it's raining.

Started a "weeding" project at work with our medicine-related books (the books that get used the most). They're really old and useless.

One of the members of the search committee is out this week, so I think that is slowing the hiring process down.

I feel like I have less and less to say. I have a few things to get done before I go to sleep, so I better get cracking.
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Work was quiet. My boss wasn't there, which I didn't expect. I haven't heard anything about the hiring process for the new Library Director. Last I heard, we were waiting on the last reference check.

I have not been able to connect with the vet about Harlee. I think that I'm going to e-mail them.

I've gained a couple of followers in my blog's Instagram and Twitter feeds. It's a start.

That's about it.
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I finished my blog post. Then I took a nap while it stormed. (I didn't get my walk in.) Then I fell down the Facebook hole, and spent too much time there. Threw myself together and ran to the store. Fed the girls, and now I'm feeding myself.

One of the part-time workers at the library is insisting that there were typos in our top candidate's application materials that I can't find. She's the type of person who looks for problems though.

I need to do a few things online, and then I'll work on the kitchen until I go to bed.
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I did go the coffee shop. I bought a large iced chai, and read half of a book by the founder of Messies Anonymous (yes, that's really a thing) about reasons why people become "messies". She said that readers won't have all of the reasons. Guess again--I have almost ALL of them. I haven't gotten to the part of the book about how to dig out though. She has a separate book about organizing techniques.

At least part of the problem is that I get so BORED with cleaning and organizing. When I'm done here, I'm going to 1) do Pomodoro sessions on the kitchen, and 2) listen to audiobooks while I clean. (I keep wanting to say "books on tape". Yes, I'm old.)

I also went for a walk, starting in downtown Lincoln. I went to check out a park, and then kept on walking until the houses stopped and the street turned. Probably a little over a mile?

At the coffee shop, I noticed that one of the part-time workers sent me a text asking me to sign her timesheet for her. I meant to stop by work on the way home, but forgot. Said a choice word, and drove back and signed them. I was feeling a little cranky about having to go there though.

I just looked to see if there are any "messies" groups in the area, but they're all in cities.

I'm feeling a little down on myself, but don't know why. I 1) took Harlee to the vet, 2) did some personal development (reading), 3) exercised, and 4) started laundry. I guess that it's just that I feel like my entire life is two steps forward and one step back.
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Because I've been getting up so early, I woke up before my alarm went off and ran with it. Getting up early gave me time to run to the post office before work, and still get into work early.

A bit of good news: the pay cut doesn't affect our part-time workers. I went to a town hall meeting about the cuts, and there was nothing earth-shattering to add. I wrote my dad about and he asked me if I was going to look for another job. Not quite right now, but that gives me added incentive to cull my stuff.

Another bit of good news: I called a reference for our top candidate for the Library Director job, and she was very positive about him.

And a final bit of good news: I'm off for three days. But I need to take Harlee to the V-E-T for a checkup tomorrow, which is always fun. Not.

Interview

Jul. 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
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The person whom we interviewed today was excellent. As far as I'm concerned, we should make him an offer, but we have a phone interview with another candidate tomorrow.

We had another big storm this morning. We held the part of the interview with the search committee over the phone because most of the search committee (such as it was; it keeps on shrinking) and the candidate were in one building, and I was in the library. Eventually the storm died down though.

The city of Lincoln has declared a heat emergency because of high temps and humidity, plus some places in Lincoln still are without power. The college has offered up one of the dorms as a cooling station.

I really need a nap :)

Time Off!

Jul. 10th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Oh, and my boss said that it was okay for me to take three-day weekends for the next couple of weeks. Woo-hoo!
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It was a red-letter day in some ways. I found my other hiking boot! Huzzah! In a text conversation about it, I found out that a friend of mine from work would like to go hiking with me. Also, she previously had told me that she had a new FitBit, and I could have the old one, but she forgot about it and her daughter sold it. I found a FitBit on eBay for not a lot of money, so I bid on it and got it. So that's all good.

I also finished my part of the big conversion project that we have been working on. I did a happy dance that I'm glad that no one else could see :)

However, we had a mother of a storm here tonight. Power lines down, branches down, streets flooding, power out in a lot of places. The street in front of the library completely flooded, and the water was up to the bottom of my car doors when I ran out and rescued the car. In the process, I had to wade through the water, and my shoes and socks were completely soaked. Boy, was I glad to change shoes and socks when I got home. I don't think that my shoes will dry by the time I have to go back to work in the morning (I need to get in early for an interview), so I'm wondering if brown shoes would look awful with gray pants and jacket, and a white and black top. Then again, who's going to look at my feet?

No salad tonight. It's a hot food and hot tea kind of night. And I'm almost out of Earl Grey tea, so I need to get more.

TGIF

Jul. 7th, 2017 09:26 pm
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I had my phone call as a reference for a former colleague today. I hope that I did okay.

Today was the last day that my boss is out; she'll be back on Monday. I'm going to ask if I can take three-day weekends for the rest of the month. We'll see.

I've decided that I want to move to Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois, my alma mater. I don't have the money now; I'll have to save up. I'd have an hour commute, but living there would make me happy. It's a very pretty town, plus there's a lot of stuff happening at the university.

I'm planning to stay home tomorrow and get stuff done around here. I want to go to Moraine View Recreation Area on Sunday. It's supposed to rain here, but not at the park.

It's beastly hot and humid.

The domain name finally finished processing, so I can set up the blog. But I better feed the girls first, or I'll have a mutiny on my hands.

Idiots

Jul. 6th, 2017 11:47 pm
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Idiots were setting off fireworks a little while ago. The holiday is OVER. And some people might need to sleep and get up early. (Not me, thankfully, although I do have to cover John's lunch.)

The nap helped. I have to hand it to the girls; they let me sleep, although they were glad when I woke up. Zara was showing me her pretty belly, but I don't dare touch it because she'd probably shred my hand.

I think that I'm going back to sleep soon. I have a lot of stuff to do this weekend, and it would help to start out well-rested. I need to talk to some people as a reference for a former colleague tomorrow, however, so I need to read up on the position to be prepared.

Speaking of time off, I apparently am taking vacation at the same rate that I'm accruing it, so I still have 80+ hours to take. However I don't know how I can take any, unless I take an odd day here and there. In July, I'll need to do knowledge transfer with my boss, plus be available for interviews. In August, I'll need to cover John's lunches until we have a new Library Director. Once we have a new Library Director, I'll need to help him get situated.

Oh, I was shocked to learn that my boss's boss, whom I thought was much older than me, is actually five years younger than me. I think that would shock everyone else to know that.
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I was underwhelmed by the Library Director candidate. I think that he'd do an okay job, but isn't the leader that we need.

I'm exhausted. Getting up early is for the birds. I think that I'm going to take a nap now.

Oh, and the domain that I bought for the blog is still processing. I don't know why. I now have a link to download the theme though.

Gray Day

Jul. 5th, 2017 08:44 pm
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Kind of a gray, dreary, headachy day. Fighting a sense of foreboding.

We have an interview with a Library Director candidate tomorrow morning, so I need to get in early. I need to eat and then wind down for sleep.

The person selling the blog theme that I like has gotten back to me with his PayPal address, so I hope that I'll be able to download the theme soon.
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Now I'm off for four days!

I was going to start by getting a jump on laundry tonight, but the siren call of a nap is winning.

Not much else to say. Work was work-like. Oh, my boss's boss did say that I could have asked the part-timer to work this morning, but it wasn't necessary. There's going to be an onsite interview for the Library Director position next Thursday, and it's going to be in the morning, so I'll have to get up early. And I'll be eating lunch late because the interview is running into lunchtime, and I'll need to relieve the front-desk worker first. But I'll deal.

I'm tired. It's my own fool fault, though, because I stayed up late reading reviews of what it's like to work at a certain multinational company for which I used to work. They were not positive. I would agree.
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The front desk worker said that he'll be in tomorrow. I'm glad that things are going well enough for him to feel that he can come in, and also that I don't have to make an executive decision to overrun payroll. If we can just get to July 1st, then we'll be in a new fiscal year, and it shouldn't be an issue. But I'm well aware that crises happen at the worst possible time.

Added: Oh, and I joined a Facebook group led by a blogger who has been faithful about walking his 10,000 steps every day. It should be motivating.
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We're in a mini-crisis at work. The front-desk worker's mother-in-law was taken to the hospital with problems breathing. Meanwhile, we don't have anyone to cover for him tomorrow morning. (I could get up at the crack of dawn and open, but then I wouldn't get lunch.) I asked a part-timer if she could cover the morning, and she said "Yes," but we don't have extra money in our payroll fund. I e-mailed my boss's boss, but she hasn't responded. What a mess. In my mind, that's a good reason to not completely drain payroll, but it wasn't my decision. I haven't heard back from the front-desk worker yet on whether he needs time off. I'm going to wait until 9 PM, and then ping him.

Otherwise, my corned beef hash, eggs, and toast for dinner tonight was delicious, quick to make, and cheap. I think that it would cost $8.00 in a restaurant, but it cost me around $0.60. Definite win!

I found a photography class on Coursera that's relatively cheap, and doesn't require a DSLR. I'm going to take it. I've always wanted to study photography, and it will help me with the blog.

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