Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Whoosh! There Goes Another One!

Gosh, I feel like the days are literally, literally (haha!) flying by! There aren't enough hours to get to everything that I need to get to. As for Xmas shopping, all I can say is thank goodness for and expedited shipping...

Now, a rant! How fun, right?

Okay, PSA (that's public service announcement)...if you are a busy parent, you certainly have my sympathy. However, I am not sympathetic enough to take charge of your children every afternoon when school gets out until you wander in to pick them up at 6 or 7 in the evening. I spend more time explaining to parents that the public library is not exactly the child-safe environment that they seem to imagine it to be. Also, when a kid has been sitting in school all day, he / she needs a little time to be active and the library isn't the place for that! I feel bad when I have to ask children to leave, but this place would descend quickly into complete anarchy without some consequences for inappropriate behavior. I am really not an old witch, but sometimes working here makes me feel like one.

An additional stress here at work is that one of the only three full time people that we have in this department is on Family Medical Leave indefinitely. This just means that her work falls mostly to me and the other full time person (my boss). Having been on the other side of this, though, I would much rather be in my position of having some extra work, than in her position of caring for a sick relative. So, I willingly tote that barge and lift that bale. But I still might get a little cranky now and then.

I have been so frazzled that I completely forgot about Team C's birthday. I actually remembered at this exact are seeing me remember it...oh, I thought it was yesterday, but it is today! I can still redeem myself as a decent indecent friend. *whew!* That's another thing though, I am all confused on my days! I don't know what day of the week it is, let alone the date.

Does anyone have a secret method for slowing things down a bit? If so, send me a letter, drop me a line, stating point of view. Um, spontaneously quoting Beatles songs might be a symptom of my stess. I don't know.


evil-e said...

They have no time to even think about the kids and whether they are safe in a public place...they have to go go and keep going. They are busy and have no time to ......

The work thing has been a bit crazy for me of late too. I don't have the added attraction of other people's brats to worry about..but crazy needless to say. I just try to remind myself that it is just a job, it is only work, it all gets done. Usually after that I sharpen a couple of knives and check to see if my shotgun is loaded.

I have no real advice in this case. Just keep thinking that because of work, you can barely pay your bills.

Tara said...

Well usually what slows things down for me during the week is to have something to look forward to for the weekend. Then it goes too slow. But don't do that, I wouldn't advise.

Does Team C usually remember your birthday? Tell him I wish him a happy birthday! He won't have a clue who I am, but that's kind of funny.

Mrs. Big Hairy Woman said...

Since Christmas is right around the corner, I think that has a lot to do with what you are experiencing.. If I worked in a library I too would feel like a babysitter.. These kids need to have something more than just reading.. (they do that all day) but it is good that they still want to learn.. As long as they respect their enviroment and make you feel not so witchy..

Viki said...

Concentrate really hard. Maybe time will stop. I keep hoping it does - it only makes me look stoned!

Churlita said...

Take a long hot bath at night. Preferrable with some kind of good stinky bubble bath. It might not slow down forever, but time will slow down while you're bathing.

laura b. said...

Evil-E: Just keep thinking that because of work, you can barely pay your bills.

haha! I love that :-) And you are right, I do need to chill and remember that work is work, not life.

Tara: Can you hear the tiny violin play as I say I don't have much to look forward to most weekends? Awwwww....
He does remember my birthday, but it is sort of a cheat because of it being on Valentine's day.
I will send him your birthday wishes and let him try to puzzle out who you might be :-)

MrsBHW: Yes, it is an extra stressful time of year
As for the kids, I wish they were here to read and learn. Unfortunately, they are told to come here by their parents and I'm sure that is what their parents imagine them doing. Instead, they are playing computer games, card games, texting on their cell phones, and just generally hanging out and acting up.

Viki: Hm...using the power of my mind for stopping time...I am willing to try anything once, even at the risk of looking stoned.

Churlita: Calgon, take me away! I do love a bubble bath. Excellent suggestion :-)