Saturday, October 31, 2015
'TWAS THE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN
It was quite a day yesterday (on Halloween Eve). We had no librarian at work. A friend of mine from many years ago who is a Librarian Assistant 3 filled in. Threes can do the librarian job (but not the librarian pay of course). I did think about staying and becoming a three but.... It was so much fun to see Clyde again. We spent a lot of time talking and talking and catching up on things because we hadn't seen each other in about six years. Because I was the senior member of the regular staff, we worked together throughout the day.
We had Angela, the Area Administrator, and Stephanie, the brand new Area Coordinator, come to visit us. I gave Stephanie a tour of the building and introduced both of them to our new employees Matt and Denise.
Angela tried to talk me out of leaving. She said I was so important to the library and she had no one to replace me. She asked me to stay just one more year. I told her the reasons I was leaving -- health primarily -- and said I was willing to come in one day a week to volunteer and help out however I can. She understood but was sad.
I was so proud of my newbies. Matt was helping a customer find her way to another area of the city on buses and stayed 1/2 hour through his lunch time to just sit on the computer, write out directions and help her out. Way to go, Matt! I made sure I praised him in front of the visitors and told him to take his whole lunch time. (I stood in for him.) Denise went on the desk by herself even though she was nervous about it. She did really good.
I am sad to leave. I do love my job. But I just know it is the right time.
I wore my Halloween vest to work and got lots of compliments on it. I kept saying, "I can wear it only once a year!" It's very old but looks brand new. That's because I wear it only once a year.
As usual I was exhausted when I got home. So much so that all I wanted to do was sleep. Forget about dinner. So we decided to go out and I headed for the Country Club.
We haven't been there in awhile. We were surprised because they raised all their prices. While two or three dollars isn't much, put it together times two and it was about $10 more than we expected to pay. Joe ordered beef goulash and was disappointed in his meal. It was not what he expected. I got my favorite chicken francaise and it was as good as always. What saved the day for Joe was the dessert. He ordered two chocolate eclairs which he said were wonderful.
We were both so tired that when we got home we just crashed. We didn't even watch TV. I'm feeling pretty good this morning. Of course, I'm always tired. It would be nice to have some energy.
Today we are taking Pumpkin to the vet, and then I am going to church to help out with the Kids' Club. After that it's getting ready for the Trick or Treat kids. Another busy day.
But at least we get another hour to sleep tonight.
36 days to retirement