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 I finished reading Kafka’s The Trial, which I liked, but I need to reread it or do some research so I understand it fully.

I completed my training to be an election judge for our primary election on March 17th. We’ve got new sleeker equipment, which should be easier to work with and quicker to set up and take down. Fingers crossed.

I am rather disappointed so many candidates dropped out just before Super Tuesday. It doesn’t give states that come later much voice in the matter. How can a state change when it holds its primary, I wonder.

Saturday I attended a Lenten Retreat organized for alumnae of my high school. My all girls’ school closed in the 1990s, but we still have alumni events. It was a small group of just 35 or so and no one else from my year was there. Still the program was a good start to Lent (though Lent started 10 days before. My former freshman homeroom teacher was one of the co-leaders and I did sit with two sisters of one of my classmates.

I’ve continued to work a lot and I am enjoying recruiting. This week I attended a nearby Toastmasters and not only did I get some people to apply, but I got to see a very active group, again of all ages and a mix of first languages.

 

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 I’m enjoying watching the classic film Giant with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. I’m about half way through this saga.

I went to Massachusetts for small claims court and I’ll describe that experience some other time. In a nutshell, mediation failed and I’ve asked for a continuance. I did get to meet with Jane, a friend I taught with in 2009-2010. I’d seen her a couple times since then, but I think it’s been about 8 years since the last time we met up.

One of the things I wanted to do for Lent is to use my writing talent by writing for 20 minutes a day. That hasn’t worked at all. I put a lot of my time into work and it’s hard to avoid that and will be for the next couple of weeks. I’ve also given up wine and chocolate. The thinking behind this isn’t just to make life hard for no reason. I’m influenced by a friend who believes it’s good to examine what little crutches she’s turned to when things get tough and to eliminate them and turn to God as one should. Some of my wine and chocolate consumption is just out of enjoyment, but Lent is also a way to experience deprivation. I’m also doing a 40-day Bible study for Lent and I like how it challenges one to do a different act of kindness each day.

Last Monday I attended a Kiwanis meeting to recruit for the Census. The people were lovely and I got to hear a nurse speak about a book she’s written called Getting the Best Care: Rescuing your loved one’s from the healthcare conveyor belt. It’s got a lot of insight into how the healthcare industry effects the elderly and how a trip to the hospital can be the last thing they need because they’re likely to come out more confused and less healthy. She writes for the average reader and her style is clear and concise. The author Margaret Kilpatrick offers information on how to stay in control of what can be a confusing journey, which makes people acquiesce to the people in the white coats.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles, Curves

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

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rectangles

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

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Ignore the cakes on the left, the rest are rectangular

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London

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Writers’ Museum

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Edward Hopper, Art Institute 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 I were having coffee with you this weekend, I would tell you that I had a great weekend working. Well, sort of great. I did hear this horrible information about how cold heartedly my coworker whose mother died has been treated. Yet, because I worked with good teammates the time flew by and everyone pulled together that made things fun.

I had a good birthday with dinner at my aunt and uncle’s new condo that overlooks a small lake. They moved from the home they’ve lived in probably since the 70s, but the stairs were too much for my aunt. We had a great night with lots of laughs.

I started reading a mystery called The Beautiful Blue Death. Set in Victorian London, it reminds me a lot of Sherlock Holmes stories.

I started a gofundme campaign to help defray the costs of my doctor’s visit given that my employer’s error got me kicked off my insurance.

Next Monday is my last day at this library. I’d go back if there was a new Director. This woman is pernicious and inefficient. It’s hard to believe she was ever hired or that she’s kept her job.

I began watching Buster Keaton in Saphead, a sweet comedy with less slapstick than I expected.

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.