Thursday, April 30, 2009

Update and a Little Happy Dance, Part II!

Being the last day of the month, I weighed in today. I've lost another 2 pounds, for a total loss so far of 7 pounds!

Not as much as last month, but hey, still working in the right direction! I'll take it!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It Can Only Mean One Thing.....

I just read that Arlen Specter, Senator from Pennsylvania, has switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. He has served in the Senate since 1980.

Last year, 200,000 Pennsylvania voters changed their voter registration from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.

This can only mean one thing, folks: Hell has frozen over, and that means......

The Cubs WILL win the World Series this year!!!!


Thursday, April 16, 2009


I am so angry right now I could just spit. Or cry. Or throw something.

Gillian woke me up in the middle of the night, very stuffy and with a sore throat and having trouble sleeping. I gave her some cold medicine and she went back to bed. When it was time to get up this morning, it was obvious that she was sick. Sore throat, stuffy, and puffy from not getting a good night's sleep. So, I sent her back to bed and called her in absent at school. Poor girl, and on such a beautiful day, too.

Now, I'm not angry that Gillian is sick. I feel bad for her 'cause it's never fun to be sick, but being sick is not something you can control.

What I'm so angry about is the way I was just treated by my boss when I called in to say I would not be in. How does it help ANYTHING to be rude and unkind to your employees when you call in because your kid is sick? Her tone was mean and she pretty much hung up on me.

I don't understand -- what is the point of behaving this way and treating people with such disrespect and unkindness? I don't deserve to be treated this way - NO ONE deserves to be treated this way.

She is back to all her old ways, and well on the way to creating a hostile work environment again. When you treat people like this, you don't get the best, do you? How do you expect people to be motivated to do their best and give their best when you treat them horribly?

I am so incredibly tired of this. Something has GOT TO CHANGE.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's Been Awhile!

It's been 10 days since I've blogged! The horrors! Sorry about that, folks. There hasn't been much important to mention, so I didn't see the need to blather away at nothing.

But, things at work are getting weird again. Some of you may remember the insanity I lived through last year. Unfortunately, the passive-aggressive games seem to be starting up again. This time, it focuses around Facebook.

In the public library world, we have dozens of patrons who come in every day and use our public Internet stations. Many of them use Facebook to keep in touch. Librarians use it, too, to keep in touch with other librarians, to stay current on the technology that our patrons are using, and to keep in touch with our family and friends.

It's a great tool for keeping in touch with colleagues, friends, and family. No one on staff, who uses Facebook, abuses it. We don't take a formal lunch or breaks, so a 5 minute mental break to get on and check things is not a big deal.

But suddenly, access to Facebook has been blocked on staff computers. Not on the public Internet stations, just staff computers. Well, some of us, anyway. It's interesting, but our director, who instigated this, still has Facebook access on her computer.

Hmmmmmmmm. As usual, "do as I say, not as I do" is the philosophy that seems to reign supreme. Nice, huh? Some things just can't seem to change.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Weekend of Mixed Emotions

So much going on in the last few days, it truly has been a weekend of mixed emotions....

It actually started Thursday evening. My best friend's father passed away, after several weeks of hospitals and finally hospice. She called me Thursday evening to give me the news, and then to ask if I could drive her niece to the Quad Cities. Her niece doesn't have a car, and her friends could get her to me in Iowa City, but not all the way to Davenport. So, at 10pm, off we drove to get the niece to her family. Can I tell you, there is a great deal of traffic on Interstate 80 at midnight! Who knew?

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down their decision about gay marriage, and unanimously voted that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. This is so exciting and monumental and wonderful. And not as surprising for Iowa as you might think. Iowa, after all, was one of the first states to abolish slavery, end segregation in schools, and lift the ban on interracial marriage. This is just another example of the leadership the state of Iowa takes in Civil Rights. I've been proud of being an Iowan for quite some time (I've lived her longer now than I lived in Illinois) but now even more so! Hopefully we will become an example for the rest of the country.

This is the roller coaster I've been riding all weekend. That, plus a very happy birthday celebration for Dan, and I've spent time very sad for my friend and jubilant for the stand Iowa has taken. It's been a little bit intense, but that's life, right?