After losing my entire Saturday due to certain health issues, I’ve decided I will continue blogging about my health. Lucky readers! I think when I say things like, “I’ll be writing less about my health and focusing on [whatever]” it’s because I’m feeling fairly good that day. Then I get sick, miss a day of life, and then come here to complain.
In other news, my toilet seat snapped off both hinges around 2 am last night. Today, I’ve just been sort of balancing it. We did get a replacement but I’m not sure it will fit. As I’ve said to others, this is our first floor “guest” bathroom. So it doesn’t really matter…but it does. To me. Because sometimes it can be difficult to go upstairs. I only go to the second floor if I know I’m going to be there for a certain amount of time. Climbing the stairs for a quick pee is not worth the effort. Right now I need to take a shower, but I’m thinking of ways I can improve it. I can take up a small bag of laundry I have, a new pillow, some magazines, and… That kind of thought process isn’t just because of my fatigue, it’s also been impressed on me by the work I do.
At the library, we minimize the number of times an item or group of items is handled. For example, when I first started working, you would check in a book and place it on a shelf, a shelver or clerk would empty that shelf by placing all its items on a cart, then take that cart to the workroom, remove each book/item and shelve it on its appropriate cart, that last cart is put in order by a shelver who, finally, takes it out to shelve. Now we do the following if you check something in: check it in, place it in order & by group on a cart, whoever is available takes that cart to the workroom, puts each item on its appropriate cart, which — when it’s full — goes into the “corral” of carts. Later a shelver grabs the cart at the front of the line, puts the books in order, and then takes it out to shelve. See? We cut out one step but added two more. Wait. What. That’s not right. I must have messed something up. Ack. Don’t listen to me. Anyway, we want to make sure that we don’t just move items from one cart to another and another. That’s just inefficient and a waste of time; however, it’s also physically demanding on those of us who do this every day. No one wants to get what’s called “shelver shoulder,” although it happens to library specialists as well as shelvers.
Speaking of work, I’ve been keeping a sort of “daily highlights” journal based on my day at the library and posting it on Facebook. Here’s the expanded version:
Tuesday, Day One
The return! Once I got to the library and seated myself at the DVD circulation desk (located in a sort of A/V room but it’s still a full-service circulation desk), I felt like I’d never left. I had missed interacting with patrons and I got to do a lot of that today. There was one little cutie pie who wanted to know if the Tin Tin DVD had arrived yet. I had to tell him that he was #27 on the list and we only had four copies. :( But he was a nice kid! I hope people watch & return the DVD as quickly as possible because he’s leaving the country on 2/25. I guess it’s available on Netflix but a lot of families don’t even have the extra income for internet services. Anyway, day one down. HOORAY
Wednesday, Day Two [my favorite day so far]
Felt terrible today and was really dragging. But I survived! Just before I left the library for the day, I got to tell a group of seriously nerdy, but crude, teens to tone it down because now “everyone knows that he walked in on his friend masturbating and was apparently okay with it.” I pointed at one kid, randomly, because I didn’t know which one had the honor of see their friend jacking off. They all said, in unison, “It was him!” and pointed to this scrawny kid with big hair, who was sitting on the floor between two bigger guys and who looked a little embarrassed.
Then they laughed and agreed that what I said was an excellent reason for them to tone it down. And they did, except the one with the freewheeling masturbating friend. I don’t think he could help it though — the volume of his voice seemed to be permanently stuck in that loud, goofy teen boy tone. When I left for the day, they were having a heated argument about Game of Thrones the TV show vs Game of Thrones the books with something about “worgies” (war orgies?) mixed in. Ah, teens! You make me laugh.
Thursday, Day Three
The pain was pretty bad but it subsided with some help. Today, no one got hurt in the library. (That’s me being positive). I’m kind of out of practice with my ABCs but it’s all coming back to me. Like riding a bike: the ABCs. As I was shelving DVDs today, I realized that there are a lot of movie titles that begin with “Crazy” or “Last.” Boring but easy to shelve. That group of nerdy young adults were out and about today, in case you were wondering, yelling “Huzzah!” and discussing swords, Pokemon, and such.
Friday, Day Four
At 3 pm, I almost cried but I was too tired to cry. When I got back to the desk at 2:45 or so, someone had shooed away my teens. To make up for that disappointment, a little girl, maybe three or four years old, marched from the library entrance to the children’s room yelling, “YAY! We’re going to get free books! Free books! YAY! We’re going to get free books!” It was one of the cutest and funniest things I’ve seen and a good way to end my week. Later an older gentlemen said to me, “Well, that smile doesn’t make me feel so bad about paying my fines.” Aw, shucks.
Tomorrow I might post about libraries goodies: I’ve checked out a number of items, but I’ve also bought a number of 25 and 50 cent used books located in the Friends of Library Used Book room. Always check your local library and ask if they have a used book room/store or some sort of monthly/yearly/holiday sale. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find!