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Saturday, January 26, 2013

So today is the last work day before my weeklong vacation to AC. Woohoo! I'm broke but still. Woohoo!

Things are looking up at work since my last blog entry and it mostly had to do with my clerical boss setting me at ease during a meeting. She complimented us and said we were the best staff she's ever worked with which really made a lot of the pressure roll off of me because I never knew how she really felt about us. If you are a boss or supervisor, compliment your staff regularly, build some morale. Everyone can use it.

Today started off rough and yesterday did too (although yesterday was kinda worse because someone shoved their way down the staircase to the train while I was trying to pass around them so I almost actually fell down the stairs which...would've sucked) but since that meeting I've been feeling much better to the point that a lot of stuff that regularly sets me off hasn't felt too bad. The branch almost didn't open this morning because we had no custodian and the branch grounds hadn't been shoveled (we had snow last night). We were given the choice to stay closed until a custodian showed up or shovel ourselves and I predicted what the public would be like if we didn't open (which was angry, perhaps volatile and definitely loud with their gripes) until someone came to shovel so I just told them I would shovel the front stairs and a small path directly outside and that the public would just have to wait outside until I was done and had tossed some salt down. Sure enough, even doing that there were gripes. One lady sent her daughter out of their car to return books and I felt bad for this kid, I really did. She marched right by everyone waiting outside and tried to get in and the librarian turned her away because I hadn't finished shoveling. And then the mom got mad from her car, how dare we turn a kid away, it's after 10am, we should be open, etc etc, to the point that the librarian had to explain to her that we were doing this for their safety and completely outside our job descriptions. She was still mad and just took off. And then another lady got mad because I hadn't shoveled the wheelchair/toddler ramp (and sorry, but I wasn't going to. That's just too much work for my achy back) and she snapped something about getting frostbite and who knows what. I raised my music on her and kept shoveling and salting the front while she berated me. But I can't say I was feeling bad because of those few words the clerical boss had told us. That was literally all I needed to feel some of the burden fall off me. So all in all, this public is uppity but it doesn't make me burn as much right now.

After work today I need to go home and pack up the luggage and get together Tucker's stuff. Our friend is watching him for the week. We came home last night and he had pooped his crate and he looked miserable, the poor little thing. I spent an hour giving him a bath and then washing out the crate and then we didn't want to take him out to walk because he was still wet. So while he pooped inside the house on a weewee pad, he was still whimpering at 3am to go out. So I took him out, LOL. 3am and outside in the pitch dark walking him in the park across the street. Hopefully whatever hadn't sat well with him yesterday is out of his system. I don't want to hand him over with his walk habits all skewed. I can just picture our friend taking him out at 3am and cleaning up a sudden poop mess in the middle of the day.

Anyways, chances are I will not be updating any blogs within the next few days so have a great week, sparkers! Woohoo!
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WILDEMOON 2/21/2013 4:43PM

    I hope you had fun and that things are still feeling better!

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KATRENIAH 1/28/2013 3:14PM

    I know you won't see this for a while, and I hope you're having a wonderful time in AC. I look forward to hearing about all your shenanigans!

I don't think people realize just how powerful words are - positive ones can really change the moral of a place, as can negative ones. That's why I think that when people call for job references, they should not only talk to the person's boss but also some of the person's peers and any subordinates.

And look at you, getting a workout shoveling and icing! I bet your arm muscles were PUMPED!

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NGCHILD 1/26/2013 2:36PM

    SO GLAD things have turned around for you!! Thanks for the update on my page! It was great hearing from you. I hope you have a great vacation and happy reading!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/26/2013 2:35PM

    Glad it's a happier ship Daisy, I dare say the sight of little Tucker after a hard day's grind is also a tonic for you.

Nice of your boss to give you all a well deserved boost- there's hope yet emoticon

Have a great weekend emoticon

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