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 I were having coffee with you this weekend, I would tell you that I finished reading the book, rather I finish listening to the book, Getting to Yes by Robert Fisher. Is not a new book but this book about negotiation is still is relevant.

Rather than teaching people how to beat the party they’re trying to negotiate with and just teaching you to be a Better horse trader Getting to Yes offers more positive solutions.

On Saturday I had lunch with four former colleagues it’s been our tradition to meet once in the winter and once in summer however since one of our group job to full-time we never got together in winter. So we have a lot to catch up on. My colleague with the new job has changed from advertising to healthcare. Her title is Engagement Coach for local hospital System. She coaches nurses and doctors on their communication skills by evaluating talk and how the patient reports how well the Conversation went. Then she coaches to health care givers on how to improve.  It’s cool that the hospitals are systematically working to improve communication.

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Manet. Still life

After lunch, I went to the Art Institute of Chicago for its final weekend for an exhibit on Manet’s paintings. Usually I take a lot of my own photos, but with one arm I didn’t bother. I did get the audio tour and that was worth every penny. The only downside was it was extremely crowded so I didn’t see every piece. 

I’d tell you that I enjoyed the Japanese movie I am Waiting, a noir gem.

I’d tell you it’s getting cooler and a few trees’ leaves have begun to turn. I’m still not ready for fall.

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I’d tell you that it’s been hard continuing to work at the library with one arm. They aren’t legally bound to make accommodations for people so the choice is either do all the same tasks go home and recover. I have been juggling answering the phone while using a computer with one hand. The patrons are quite sympathetic and patient. The higher ups don’t give it much thought and actually see my injury as their inconvenience. 

On Wednesday a nearby library hosted a training session on customer service. To evaluate how you’re doing, however a lot of what we learned I’ve learned other positions. Also half day program tried to pack a full day into a morning. So the last hour was quite rushed. Given that they charge $316 per person, I love to start my own business in this field. 

I’m continuing with my census work and am grateful for my wonderful team. I got a couple blocks done yesterday myself enjoyed exploring neighborhoods I never gave a second glance.

Two more people have decided to quit the library. That’s now 16 for the year from a staff of 43.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

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Indonesia

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of signs. What will you share?

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Taipei

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Cambodia

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: M or N

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Mural, National Museum of Mexican Art

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of things beginning with M or N. What will you share?

 

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

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old music thing, Dawes House

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of things made of wood. What will you share?

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Gramophone, Dawes House, Evanston, Ill

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

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In Tianjin, China | View from a Ferris Wheel

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of water. What watery photos will you share?

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Sydney Opera House

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Tasmania

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

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Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s asking us to share any black and white capturing lines or angles. Again, this prompt is open to personal interpretation so I expect even more variety than usual.

All my photos this week were taken in Sydney, Australia.

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