What a Weird Strange Trip It’s Been
January 26, 2010 2 Comments
The brain child of Bobbi Newman (aka LibrarianbyDay) is going on again this week. Library workers all over the world are recording their days so people can understand all the different duties we do. So let the fun begin with round 4 of Library Day in the Life (via blogs, Twitter, Flickr and other social web sites).
Monday January 25, 2010
My day started way too early for my taste. Maryland was under a flood warning due to heavy rains during the night. Since our basement tends to flood when we have flash floods (ground water levels rise too quickly and spill into our laundry room) I was waking up every hour and checking the water levels. So my day actually started around 3am – considering I didn’t go to sleep until 12 midnight this didn’t bode well. Luckily we didn’t have any flooding problems and I didn’t have to turn on the sump pump.
Crawled back to bed around 4:30 only to have the alarm go off at 5am and then the patter of 8 legs and 2 wet noses assured me that I wasn’t going to snooze the morning away.
Went downstairs and let the 8 legs out (Lab mix and an English Springer Spaniel). This was a bit funny to watch as the Lab mix hates to get wet (sure she’s a Lab??) and the wind didn’t go over with her either. She basically did her business real quick and came back to stand right next to the door. Had to hunt down her sister who doesn’t mind getting wet but hates the wind. Had to force her outside and she wouldn’t go unless “big doggie” was out there too.
Turned on my Wii to weigh myself and found I had lost 3.3 lbs for a total of 10.2 lbs in 3 weeks! So I immediately ran upstairs to my computer to log into Weight Watchers and record my progress. Happy to know my indulgent night out on Friday hadn’t hurt me as much as I thought it would.
Let very sad-looking dogs back in. Went downstairs to check the water levels again. We dodged a bullet this time!
Upstairs to shower, dry and set hair in curlers (thinking that it will be pointless with all the rain and wind but what the heck).
Back down to feed dogs, watch morning local news WBAL-TV, and fix breakfast.
After several attempts of trying get hubby out the door (he forgot his cell phone and couldn’t find it) finally saw him off.
Upstairs to do hair, makeup, brush teeth and get dressed. Away we go – took back roads which was littered with debris from trees because of the high wind gusts.
Reach the library parking lot at 7:25 am and checked in as Mayor of Howard County Library Central on Foursquare.
Unlocked the elevator, rode up to unlock office door.
I had morning duties which included putting in the cleaning tapes and swapping out the backup tapes on 2 servers, unforwarding the helpline phone (goes to one of IT’s cell phones for nights and weekends – we answer it in person during the day). Fired up my 2 machines (running Ubuntu and Windows).
In desperate need of caffeine but with only a $5 bill I went downstairs to see if the only two other people in the building had change so I could get a Diet Coke. Alas no luck so back up one flight to get ice from the ice maker and Diet Ginger Ale 😦
Back at my desk I log into Tweetdeck, work email via Thunderbird, Gmail and open Firefox which loads Staff Intranet, iGoogle and Meebo.com. Check the IT helpdesk to see if there were any tickets over the weekend that needed to be assigned.
On to the rest of the morning duties which include checking Day End in Horizon, checking servers remotely to make sure backups had completed, making sure that notices from Unique and AquaBrowser arrived.
Tweeted a reminder to participate in Library Day in the Life round 4.
Started working on the bounceback emails. A lot from the weekend so Mondays always takes a while. Have to remove email account from Horizon record, put a block on their account asking for new email address and forward any hold notifications to our ILL dept. so they can force a printed notice which would then be mailed to the customer.
Then the bittersweet part of the day really began. Previous Friday my boss let us know that she had resigned her position at Howard County Library and would be working for PTFS. She was asked to come in Monday for an exit interview. Her kids wanted to stop by and visit one last time with us all. Nice to get my Hannah and Darren hugs. I am happy for her as I know this new job will use her skill set better than her old one but it was still a shock to think of her not being here. I feel like I lost a boss and a friend.
Reviewed my RSS feeds but found nothing earth shattering for the day or maybe the weird mood and lack of sleep just made me feel blah towards things going on in the world.
Ran to the bank across the street to get money for our lunch – we took our now ex-boss out to lunch to wish her farewell and good luck. Food was great but our mood in general was just dismal – guess it matched the weather. While eating lunch we laughed some (seemed when the sun poked its head out) and were contemplative about what this all meant for those left (seemed to happen when the skies clouded up again).
Back to work. Worked on an open helpdesk ticket that was assigned to me (removing my boss from email aliases) not my favorite helpdesk ticket to work on. Then assigned another ticket that came in to the appropriate IT staff person.
Updated the IT blog on our staff Intranet which the latest entry was my boss’s resignation (she asked that I change some wording for her).
HR came over to speak with each of us. Just wanted to know how we were doing and to let us know that things would be okay.
Hugged our now former boss goodbye.
After the password to her email address was changed, I went about moving over shared emails to my account (that I needed) and moving a shared folder she had created to the Admin account so that all of IT could link to these shared files again.
I left to go home with a heavy heart. I’ll find out tomorrow what the plan is for my department during the time of transition.