Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A Crazy Day in the Library
Remember the wonderful children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst? I thought of that book today because I was living it right in the library.
The day started off on the wrong foot. I was late to work because my hubby is out of town so I had to take care of the dog before I left for work. The dog wouldn't potty but I needed her to potty since she is in the house all day with no doggie door. You can lead a dog to grass but you can't make her... you get what I mean.
As I opened the door to the library I knew it was going to be a busy day and it was. We were mobbed all day with kids checking books in and out. I love it when kids read and want a new book but it is often so spurty... no patrons for hours then everyone arrives at once. In the midst of the mob scene at the circulation desk a teacher came to pick up the digital cameras which I was supposed to charge for her over the week-end.. but didn't. Eek. I just wrecked a teacher's lesson plans for the day. Sigh.
Incredibly only five minutes have passed since I got to work and I've already been mobbed and I disappointed. Now other teachers began to show up asking for just "small favors". Alone the things that were asked were no big deal, but together it was like being hit with a titlewave. I was swamped and the first bell hadn't even rang, yet.
The rest of the day went along like that with no let up. To make matters worse I left my lunch on the counter at home (I'll blame it on the dog.) So I just drank a cup of tea and found a bag of dried apples. I nibbled/sipped on these as I listened to a Webinar during the half hour set aside for my duty-free lunch. I was so distracted by all the stuff going on in the library just beyond the walls of my office that I hardly got a thing out of the session.
Finally the end of the day approached but not before the monthly district librarian meeting which was held at, you guessed it, my school. I ran around setting up tables, the computer/projector station, and the treat table when I realized that I had beverages to drink, but no cups. Oh man. Could the day get any more stressful? Well, after I ran around the high school to see if I could find any cups possibly stashed around someplace, I was actually able to sit and hoped to enjoy the meeting. That is until I learned that our director wasn't able to get to the meeting so now I was the ad-hoc leader by default since the meeting was in my "home."
Thanks for letting me debrief my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day...I think I'll go to Australia.