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Tattoos: *counts* 7 so far and I know I want at least 3 or 4 more.
I have a: bloody pentacle on my upper left arm; 'hope' on my inner upper left arm (just above the elbow) in the style of Raintown's Hope In Trouble Times album; a little red heart on my outer left wrist; blue stars on both inner wrists; the home glyph from Stargate on my outer right wrist; 'love' on my inner upper right arm - mirrors the hope one and is in Emma Steven' handwriting
Surgeries: I had a something on my knee when I was younger to deepen the groove my kneecap runs in. It didnt work and I have a scar that looks like a noughts and crosses game!
Broken bones: fractured and dislocated right knee, disrupted right collar bone, broken left wrist, broken left little finger way too many times
Shot a gun: Yup.
Quit a job: A couple, yes.
Flown on a plane: Yup, about five or six times
100+miles in car: Well. Yeah. I mean, hi, I regularly drive like 280 miles to Glasgow to see Raintown
Gone zip lining: Nope, I don't want to
Watched someone give birth: Nope, and I really hope not to
Watched someone dying: Sadly, so. Both my parents :(
Ridden in an ambulance: Three times, I believe
Been to…
Canada: yup, went to Vancouver
Europe: Hi, I live here. I've also been to Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark and Cyprus
Washington D.C: No, but I'd like to
Florida: Yup, I went to Orlando in 2002
Colorado: Nope
Mexico: Nope
Las Vegas: Yup. About 5 times..
Sang karaoke: Yeah, a couple times
Had a pet: I've nearly always had one until I moved into this place
Been downhill skiing: Nope
Gone snowboarding: Nope
Ability to read music: I used to be able to but I've not done so in about 20 years so I doubt I can
Rode a motorcycle: Only on the back
Rode a horse: nope
Stayed in a hospital: A couple times, yes. I was in hospital for months after I was born, for a couple days after the operation on my knee when I was 16, and then a couple days the other year for an upper intestinal infection
Driven a stick shift: Yup
Ride in Police Car: Yup - but I used to WORK for them so...
Driven a Boat: Nope
Eaten Escargot: Nope
Seen a UFO: Nope
Been on a Cruise: Nope
Run out of Gas: Just the once - and it was in a rental car so I didn't know how far I could push it.
Eat Sushi: Are you not aware of my love for Yo! Sushi?
Seen a Ghost: A few times, yes.
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I’m watching the last episode of the first season of “The Chronicles of Shannara” and I think I’d forgotten just how emotional I got about this last episode. I know it’s a bit of a cheesy show and there’s lots of ridiculousness going on, but I really did end up enjoying it and I ended up very attached to “the main three.” I know there are a lot of people out there who have OT3s that they’re really attached to. I’ve had a couple of shows where I “could see” three of the characters being in love and stuff, but the three of them weren’t my main pairing. This is the only show where I’ve ever felt absolutely convinced that three people were all in love with each other and should live happily ever after. That’s not how it went, but I’m just saying it should have. 

I’m looking forward to the new season though… mostly because my bi (maybe pan?) baby rover (turned scavenger) is getting what looks to be a very cute romance with a very pretty lady and I am here for that. 

Today was good at work too. I had a meeting with my new manager about my progress and she seemed happy and so far I’m happy. I called my dad on the way home today and he asked me how things were going. I was glad to tell him I was enjoying things. The schedule is a little harder. I may need to start dedicating some of my lunch time to writing a few days a week or something so I can get some more writing in, but otherwise I’m really enjoying myself. It still feels a little odd, but it is definitely good. I hope to be more confident soon, but even so dad said to me “You don’t sound stressed like you used to.” And as much as there were so many things I enjoyed about Scholastic, I was pretty much always stressed. Even when things were quiet, I was stressed. I had nightmares about the sound of the phone ringing and I used to hear it in my sleep. Every time a phone rang in the office, I’d have this flash of fear and stress. 

Yes, every job has stress. Yes, every job has downsides. Yes, I’m sure there will be things that I don’t love, or even like about the new job, but honestly, I just feel like I can breathe again. Even with all the work and craziness and exhaustion from the sheer volume of stuff going on, I almost feel as though I’ve been on vacation since I’ve been working at the library. I can’t explain it well. Maybe the best thing to say is just that I enjoy most of the work I’m doing, not just the breaks I take from the work to talk to my coworkers. There is the constant fear of numbers being under. I’m not constantly staring at daunting numbers that only cycle into another barrage of daunting numbers. And it’s kind of amazing. 

My new manager asked me how things were going and I said, “well, I think they’re going well, but I don’t know what anyone else thinks.” We had a chuckle and she said they were really pleased to have me and that things were going well. She asked me what kind of things I needed to help me on my way and you know what was amazing? I knew what to ask for. There are probably still things I don’t know that I don’t know, but I knew what to ask for next. I knew what things I need now to build on what I’ve learned. Maybe that seems like an odd thing to be excited about, but I regularly got asked what would help me with my job at Scholastic and there was rarely anything that anyone could do for me. When Scott (Scholastic manager) would ask me what he could do to help me, the answer was basically “nothing” or “I’ll let you know” and the only time I could really ask for help was when something had gone extra wrong and I didn’t have the “permissions” to solve it myself. 

I’m still nervous and unsure about a lot of things, but I am gaining more knowledge every day and the choice I made seems… more like the right one. I was fairly sure I was making the right choice for me when I made it, but I felt so much love for the people at Scholastic that it was hard to say for sure. 

Anyway, I need to sleep so I can get up and shower in the morning. 

New Schedule Fun

10/10/17 23:26
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I promised myself I’d write a little a little every day and of course, I’ve browsed Tumblr mindlessly far too long to do anything helpful or relevant writing wise tonight. I’m still working on getting the hang of the new schedule. It’s certainly different. In some ways it’s similar but in a lot of ways it really isn’t. Today was fun because Tuesday is the day that I work 11 - 8pm which I have to say I definitely enjoyed. I slept like a rock for nearly 9 and a half hours and ate breakfast before I went to work. The only tough thing is then turning around and having to be up at 6 something in the morning to be at work 8 am. I’ve done tougher turnarounds. 

Back in the Borders days, there were times I’d close up which meant leaving the store around 10:30pm and being in the next morning at 6 or so to shelve. It’s not even as bad as closing at CVS on Sunday night and then having to be into Scholastic Monday morning. Not to mention when I was juggling three jobs, one of which was a hotel, and I basically didn’t sleep unless it was in my car for a nap between jobs. 

Still though, it’s not something I’m used to doing any more. And the shifting schedule in general is something different than what I’m used to. Even when I was working retail and/or the hotel, I didn’t have a set schedule at all. It was just whatever they needed. This is a structured, patterned schedule but one that goes through a cycle. It’s a bit like the moon I suppose, which is sort of a fun way to think about it. The working every third weekend is still weird too. I’ve had a schedule where I worked every other weekend, but every third is just weird. It’s not bad. I mean I’d definitely rather do every third than every other. And my favorite part of the schedule is that after you’ve worked a weekend, you get a three day weekend the next weekend. Which is super nice. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find a way to go down to the beach soon using one of those weekends. Just heading down after work on a Thursday. 

Because it was a busy day and I didn’t get home until almost 9, I needed a bit to unwind as well as eat something since I was starving and that put the writing off until late. I think what I’ll have to do moving forward is make a point, at least on Tuesdays, of writing before work. Since I don’t have to be in until 11 and going to bed at midnight feels pretty natural to me, getting up around 9 am to write a little before heading off to work doesn’t seem like it would be too hard. I guess we’ll see. 

The other thing I like about the Tuesday thing is that if I have worked the weekend, it’s a 6 day work week before the 3 day weekend, but Tuesday is in the middle of those days so I get a mini recovery morning to help me make it through the last couple of days of the week. 

Anyway, I’d better pass out. Night y’all! 

I’ve only got one more episode to rewatch of The Shannara Chronicles before I’m ready for season 2 which is just in time for tomorrow’s premier basically. Woot!

New Job

8/10/17 22:57
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I still think of myself as working for Scholastic Book Fairs which probably sounds bizarre, but I guess four years and a couple of months of thinking one way doesn’t change easily. I’ve had an amazing few days off, thank goodness. I needed it the break like nobody’s business. I’d been on social and work and activity overload. I slept like crazy on Thursday night and pretty heavily on Friday night. Last night was more in the moderate normal range. I might have slept more but I wanted to finish my book, “Not Your Villain,” which was wonderful. I loved and I can’t wait for the next one. 

I’ve also started going through the stuff that I’d brought home from my cubicle at Scholastic which has been a little weird. Like I mentioned, I still sort of feel like I work there. Well, I’m not sure that’s entirely accurate. I think it actually feels like I’m unemployed. How that can be when I’ve had 10 days at the library, I can’t begin to imagine, but there ya go. It could be that it doesn’t feel like work yet? I mean, sure I have to get up, fight traffic, and stay 8.5 - 9 hours depending on my lunch break, but… yeah. I mean there’s a lot I’m still trying to understand and deal with and a lot that I haven’t had to do yet (at least not on my own) so I guess maybe that’s part of it. But I’ve been to orientation, been there for two weeks, put up my very first display, ordered restocks for FAFSA forms, and have been through a ton of different training sessions. 

And yet, I still don’t feel like I work at the library. 

Maybe it’s because I’ve been dreaming about working at the library for so many years. That’s my best guess. That the reason I don’t feel like I work at the library is because I still can’t believe I got the job. 

I think that might be it. I still can’t believe I got the job. 

I’m guessing that only continuing to work there and getting more immersed in the projects and minutiae are going to change that feeling. Tomorrow may help too. Tomorrow is “Staff Training Day” — a system wide shut down of the library branches and a day spent all together in sessions, etc. From what I understand there’s something like 400+ staff members which if you think about staffing 20 (well, 19 since one is under renovation) branches with Circulation staff, reference staff, teen staff, and children’s staff as well as a branch manager… well that’s a lot of people. There are a lot of part time staff members, especially, I think, in circulation. But then you’ve also got all the administrative people. This system is one of the few that has a Director AND a CEO. Most libraries, at least so far as I’m aware, only have a Director. They also have in-house marketing people and I don’t know if that’s normal either. So yeah, I can see how if you’ve got 19 branches that are open 7 days a week most of the year how you would end up with a ton of staff members. 

I’ll be curious to see just how many people it is. I’m super curious to see how it compares to going to SKO at Scholastic as far as the number of people. Well, also in the “drink the kool-aid” comparison. It’s only one day instead of the marathon event SKO is over the course of four days, but I’m betting that I will see a few comparisons. 

Well, that was a tangent. I meant to delve into my emotions about “Magnus Chase and The Ship of the Dead” and “Not Your Villain” as well as more examination of my “this is not real” feelings on the job transition, but those will have to wait because I’ll need to be up early and I imagine that training, no matter where you work, is tiring. 

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