Friday Check-in

Friday, January 13, 2012

Time for my weekly check-in, with splitting headache and all.

I didn't do so well, but I didn't do absolutely horrible either. My food choices weren't always the healthiest, and I got almost no exercise type movement in, but more often than not I went for the fruits and veggies and avoided the temptations. Except for last night. At DH's urging (and begging) I made some brownies topped with frosting and chopped up candy canes. We each ate one (largish) piece and then I dumped the rest. It didn't really taste good and I didn't need that temptation around anyway.

So I weighed in today and I'm up 0.2 pounds. It's better than I thought, but I really wanted to be down.

My rib doesn't really hurt any more unless I forget and pick up something heavier than a pound, which is a good thing. I was planning on trying to run this morning but I couldn't get my lazy tush out of bed. Then I could hear the garbage trucks in the neighborhood and I decided that i didn't want to get run over (always a good possibility on garbage day).

I did nothing useful today and feel terrible about myself for it. Seriously, what can you do around the house if you're not allowed to lift anything heavier than a pound and bend or twist at the waist? Not a whole lot, and definitely not the laundry, which is my Friday chore.

So I sat and read a whole 200-something page zombie book. Then I watched tv. I finally took a shower around 1:30pm. I'm normally halfway through the laundry by then. I brought out the Wii balance board and looked at it in disgust. It looked like a torture machine; it wasn't what I wanted to do. So I goofed off on the internet. The balance board is still in the middle of the living room taunting me.

I have to work tomorrow and Sunday. I have Monday off because it's a holiday. DH wants to get away for the night on Sunday and come back Monday. I don't want to do that at all. It'll mean me doing all of the driving, me doing all of the planning, me doing all of the packing... me doing everything so he can have a night away. But I'll do it anyway. I always do.

I can tell I'm in a terrible mood. I have been for awhile, and I know that it's because I don't feel like I can do anything that I'd normally do. I'm sorry, readers, I know my posts have been "blah" for the last few weeks.

OK, so in an effort to cheer myself up here are some good things that happened:

-The HR manager and the Head of Branches pulled me into a meeting to ask why my library rarely has a shelving backlog, how I know what my pages (shelvers) are doing, how I know what my clerks (people who check things out) are doing, how I schedule them for the desks, etc. I was like "uhhh... the pages shelve and find paging slips; the clerks check things out, make up carts of shelving for the pages, and do backroom work. That's it. That's all they do. And if they feel like someone isn't pulling their weight, they talk about it with the slacker before they bring it to me." Apparently many other libraries have a constant shelving backlog, and they wanted tips and tricks. My only tip/trick is to have them do what they were hired to do (OK, I'm gonna stop now or I'll start to rant about micromanaging being the reason for so many problems).

-During a training, us managers took a communications style quiz. My dominant score was in Systematic (11/24), followed by Considerate (8/24), Spirited (4/24) and Direct (1/24). All it really means is that I tend to focus on details and procedure, and am not assertive when communicating. I need to focus on being more direct.

-During the same training we had a political savvy scenario to answer in the group. Believe it or not I was pretty assertive (!) and told the group exactly what we needed to do. Our group's answer was the only one that the trainer didn't add anything to or correct. She said "That's very good!" I love being correct!

-I got to snuggle with my husband by laying on my side with my head on his shoulder. It's so much nicer than laying on my back, holding his hand.

OK... This next week will be better. I'll try to jog. If it hurts then I'll walk instead. I'll make healthy food choices. I'll drink more water (currently only drinking about 4 glasses a day!). And I'll focus on being happier.
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