Monday, July 16, 2007

Dog Days of Summer

This must be what they mean when they say dog days of summer...cause I am working like a dog!

I had a day off on Friday, but spent a good deal of the day watching Miss Personality, while her mama (Princess Diva) and auntie (Girlie Girl) were off shopping and getting mani-pedis. Must be nice! Anyway, by Friday evening I was not feeling all that well. I spent most of Friday night sort of nauseous and achy.

By Saturday I was still not feeling so super, but I knew it would be a really, really bad day for me to call in sick, so I decided to tough it out. I guess its a good thing I did, because one of my co-workers did call in sick. Saturdays tend to be the hands down busiest day at the library, so when someone calls it makes quite an impact on whoever is left. Actually my boss ended up having to come in and work extra hours. So, the day was busy with the normal crowds, plus I had a big program in the afternoon to set up for and then present. Every summer I do a party for the "big kids" (ages 8-14) during the Summer Reading Program. This year I ended up with 91 people in attendance, including the parents who stayed and all the younger kids who somehow wound up crashing. I think everyone had a good time so it is definitely worth it. By the time I went home though I was dead on my feet.

I did get to sleep in a bit on Sunday...and that felt reeeaallllly good. Then I had to get up and get moving though, because it was the day of Princess Diva's baby shower. Fortunately for me I was not in charge of too much... it was sort of a pot luck event and we had it at a community center. It was one of those newfangled family style showers with men, women, and kids in attendance. I am old enough to remember when baby showers were for the gals - haha! We had food and the traditional shower games and all those gifts. I was so excited about my gift. I had been watching the registry and when no one got them a bassinette, I was all about it. I lugged that thing home, wrapped it, and thought it would be a cool and also necessary gift. I was trumped though, by some friends of theirs who not only bought them the bassinette, but also put it together. When mine was opened they told Kick Back Dude and Princess Diva about their gift that they were going to bring by their apartment later. I was like, oh, no problem, let me just put that right back in my car and return it on the way home. Inside I was really disappointed though. I just don't seem to succeed so much in the gift giving arena. I told them when the dust settles to let me know what they still need and I will get them whatever they haven't gotten.

Now it is Monday and I am starting up again with a thrown off schedule, because today an entirely different co-worker called in sick. That meant my boss and I had to absorb her desk hours, plus a few other little odds and ends that we all have on Mondays during the summer. To further pollute the day, it was in our best interest to take our lunch hour today to go to a meeting regarding our current contract negotiations with the city. I would have rather had some Weinerschnitzel... At this point I have only a couple more hours left in my work day...all I can hope for now is that there are no disasters waiting for me at home.

Sorry for the long ramble, but it has been a long few days!


evil-e said...

Holy busy...I had a couple of weeks like that the past two and barely had anything in the tank. Looks like you made it through the muddle and came out the other side. Keep on truckin.

Tara said...

Eww, a meeting during lunchtime? I'm so sorry! Ick! I hope they at least supplied some sandwich fixings and beverages for you.

With baby showers I figure that even though they might have been given the same thing by someone else, they can always use an extra one of those. They could've put your bassinet in the living room or something. Well the good thing about babies is that there's always something to buy for them.

Viki said...

I think its summers. Everyone says its lazy but its not.
Its a trick to get ppl working

l.b. said...

Evil-E: What a long, strange trip its been...

Tara: In fairness, we were given pizza and water so it wasn't a total bust.
And you are so right, babies always need something...or at least their parents imagine that they do :-)

Viki: Right! It is like some psychological trick they are playing on us!

Churlita said...

I hope things get better and better for you this week.

l.b. said...

Thanks Churlita. I can't say that I am having my Best Week Ever...but it has gone uphill since Monday :-)