Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that there’s been a lot of drama at work. Last week two community listening sessions were held to hear what our patrons wanted in a renovation of the smaller library in our district. The sessions were well attended but people didn’t want to talk about the building. They came to find out why 33% of the staff has left in less than a year. They miss the small town, high quality service they got when most of the library staff knew them. Stay tuned for more details on that.

The weather’s been perfect, rain in the early mornings or at night, temperatures in the 80s and blue skies. It’s a perfect August so far.

I’m really enjoying my census job, which allows me to meet lots of new people. Right now we’re training the listers so I’m tapping into my teaching skills.

There’s a big misunderstanding with the full time job offer I’ve gotten. First I was offered a job, but didn’t get to see the salary. Finally I asked for an offer letter and was told I’d make $9,000 dollars less than a young employee who just has a high school diploma and far fewer years of work experience. I said no to that. Then they discovered that they’d been paying me $2/ hour less than they should have. I’ll get this money soon. Then I was given a small improvement on the first offer, but they still are paying less than the woman with the high school diploma. They seriously don’t understand what an affront that is, not just to me but to all of us with a college degree.

I saw a Japanese noir film called Rusty Knife that was packed with action. I’ll post a review soon. I’ve started listening to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, a master by Alan Bradley. The narrator is super charming, on the verge of almost being too charming, but it’s a fun listen so far.

 

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I regret overloading my schedule. I now have two part time jobs and I’m trying to give as much time to the new second one in case something goes awry with job #1. The director at job #1 has fired several dedicated employees and forced a few out by making them miserable. Also, I’m having fun with my second job for the U.S. Census so I rather like the work and people involved.

On Friday night at almost midnight my mother had to go to the hospital as she had a painful tightness in her chest. When you’re in your 80s (or probably even in your 50s), that is scary. Luckily, her stress test had normal results and there’s no heart problem. What a relief! I will mention that on Saturday I had been assigned to work for the Census. I had all the training materials in my car so I had to go to our workplace. My supervisor was very understanding and got someone over to take over the training.

I watched Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Funeral this week. It’s got lots of bawdy humor so it’s a guilty pleasure, but I did laugh out loud and needed to this week.

My father bought a new car. He’s been mulling that over for two years. His old car was faithful, but just not performing well lately. Well, the car he’s gotten is very sleek and high tech. The problem is we don’t know how to get all the features to work. Often the voice activated features respond with unintended results. For example, when dad asked the car to turn on the radio, it turned on the heat.

My University of the People courses are winding down. Next week is finals week. The required College Success Course has been a waste of time. I’ve written that I don’t think they should assume all students need an 8 week course on note-taking and how to cite. I had to write a 500 word response on what I learned and what skills I’ll apply this week, one of several essays that are hard to write because none of the content is new. I had to be honest and said that I hadn’t learned anything new so we’ll see what sort of grade that gets me. It galls me to waste time. I could have used that time to job hunt or do my own writing. Time is more precious than money right now for me.

My computer class is fun and challenging. I’ve definitely learned in this course, but I miss having a teacher’s response to a question. There’s no live sessions and the teacher seems to sign on just once or twice a week so when you’re puzzling over what to do and want to ask, “Why does this work, but that doesn’t?” you’re not getting an answer. That can happen with a live teacher in a classroom, when the teacher isn’t a good teacher. Nonetheless it’s always frustrating.

I’d write a bit more, but I’ve got to get to my computer homework. Anyone good with Python? I wouldn’t mind a tutor.

Thursday Door Challenge

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Looks quite French, but it’s in Chicago

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

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All my photos this week were taken in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I just finished watching Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders. I was charmed by the innocence captured in some scenes and appalled by the soulless actions of some characters. All in all, it’s a film that captured my attention and was beautiful in many respects. It sure was original and I wish today’s films were half as creative.

I’d tell you that I continued my Census job training. It’s a short term position and quite interesting. Part of our training was to go out into the field and verify the addresses the Census Bureau has. Most people were very nice; one was very suspicious. One of our assignments was in a part of my area I’d driven by thousands of times, a trailer park down the road from my high school. It was vast, much bigger than I thought and it was cool to see how many people decorated their porches and put flowers around their homes.

I think the Census still needs workers and for this assignment the hours are flexible once you get your training done. Apply here.

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I’d tell you that yesterday I decided to visit another church on the list of Eleven Churches You Must See in Chicago. I went to St. Mary’s of the Angels in Bucktown, a Chicago neighborhood. I wasn’t prepared for the glorious interior. It just blew me away. I’ll share more photos when I get my computer to cooperate with my memory card.

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Yesterday I had dinner at my brother’s house and heard about my nieces’ summers. One was in NYC for an internship and the other was in Nashville for an internship and to volunteer for a scientific study of the environment. My nephews were there as was my sister-in-law, but I’ve seen them throughout the summer since they’ve been home.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I finished the Dervla Murphy book The Ukimwi Road and I’ll soon get another one of hers to read next. I love her outlook and spirit. Perhaps I’ll get her first book Full Tilt about her bike journey from Ireland to India.

Work’s gotten strange and nerve-wracking, but hopefully that will change.

I began working part time for the U.S. Census. We had one day of training last Monday and got our equipment for our task of systematically checking addresses block by block to make sure the government’s records are up to date. We had about 15 hours of online training, which was really done well so that it’s easy to remember what we’re supposed to do. Tomorrow we gather for our next training.

I just finished watching Gate of Hell, a Japanese film from the 50’s about the samurai era. The costumes were gorgeous and made me wish I had lived in that time — as a royal.

I’m in the 6th of 8 weeks in my University of the People courses and I’m learning quite a lot about coding with Python. I have to take another class in college readiness, “because their program is unique.” I tried to get out of it since I know how to take notes and I know all about active learning. I’m learning nothing and the homework takes a lot of time. That’s the weakness of this program.