A new career path?
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Not that my being an instructional assistant was ever going to lead to a career path, 'cause I didn't want to teach, anyway!
So, y'all've known me for a couple minutes now (sorry, just had to--all of you have known me for a good while now), so this may be a bit of a surprise (or maybe not). I started as a corrections officer at the county jail on March 7. In fact, that was the job that the interview that I had to reschedule was for. So far, it's a lot like being an instructional assistant, just with taller charges I am taking care, though, since the only things I'm allowed to have on my duty belt so far are handcuffs and keys (and a flashlight, but I don't have one), since I've not had a chance to get certified in anything. The hardest part has been adjusting to 12 hour shifts, especially since my last job was very part time. Heck, in 3 days at *this* job, I work an hour longer than in 2 weeks at the last one! I've not been assigned a shift yet, since I'm still training. I'm hoping it'll be one of the day shifts, or maybe one of the overlapping (I think D's usual hours of 11am to 11pm would be great, but he already has that, so...) Shifts are normally 6am-6pm and 6pm-6am, rotating. Shifts A & C are the day shifts, and B & D are the night shifts. They rotate, so everyone has every other weekend off.
Been a long time...
Posted Feb 10, 2019
...and I wrote a really long thing about the last couple of days.
I'm fine, though.
A Scare A87930174
Posted Nov 4, 2018
I've done quite a bit since my last journal!
Since it's now NaJoPoMo time again, you can find out what I've been doing (in chunks) in the conversations hanging off of A87921093
July 11 again :-)
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Today is PaperKid's 15th birthday (I know, right?)
'Tis also my 17th h2g2 anniversary.
The roofers arrived an hour and a half early, about 2 hours ago...
Busy, busy, busy!
Posted Jun 23, 2018
Those of you that have known me for a while (which, to be honest, is likely everyone that's bothered to be subscribed to this journal) know that late June/early July is normally a busy time of year for the Paperclan, since we (the adults, anyway) sell fireworks to support the nonprofit that Tom is director of, which means from June 23-July 5th, Tom is selling fireworks from a big tent in Brookings, which is just on the other side of the Oregon/California border, while from June 28-July 5th, I'm selling fireworks from a 16'x8' plywood box (and am technically the boss over another plywood box here in town, but L, my partner in crime, is a very competent manager). The weeks before the selling time are for preparations, and the days after are for counting the leftover inventory, returning the returnable inventory, and running around planning PaperKid's birthday celebration and what on earth are we going to do for our anniversary, anyway? Then things generally calm down, though the last couple of years I've been making and selling fudge at the local farmers' market, and some of you may have heard of a little trip I took last year
This year's a little different.
We're selling fireworks, as usual (got the tent up in Brookings all stocked up for start of selling at noon tomorrow), and I still need to get my staff down here sorted (I've got the people--I've just got to figure out schedules for the majority that *aren't* available at all hours for all the days, and work B into the slots that are left). We're *not* bothering with fudge this year, because we're not going able to be around for enough Saturdays to bother, because of the next item...
We are moving to Tennessee. Our house is in escrow, and, all things going well, will be no longer ours around July 15 (we had to change the original escrow end date, because it would've fallen midway through fireworks selling season!) The house is very empty--the only furniture left is the 3 whole pieces of living room furniture that we're taking with us, PaperKid's loft bed frame (should break down nicely to flat panels), folding chairs and a card table, and a couple of pieces that will be going to the dump, as they aren't good enough to donate, and not worth the trouble for anyone to take anywhere. We've been using air mattresses, and most of our clothes are packed away. A couple of days after the house changes hands, we will be flying to Tennessee for a couple of weeks to go house hunting, then coming back here to use up some of *that* escrow time. (We will be staying in an RV.) There will be a long roadtrip starting in late August/early September (PaperKid is planning to vlog about it on her channel, since she will be getting a decent camera for her 15th birthday). We are going to take our time crossing the majority of the continent--I know that we're definitely going to see the Grand Canyon, for example, and, once I know when we're going to start the roadtrip, I'm going to try to arrange some micromeets along the way.
I am *not* promising Dmitri anything for out of all this, though I suppose it *could* be decent fodder for NaJoPoMo 2018