We got snow . . .
Started out as a “winter weather advisory” when I went to bed last night. Was an “ice storm warning” when I got up for work this morning. Car was caked in ice. I walked through the yard so I wouldn’t slip on the sidewalk. Poor dogs didn’t want to go out to potty this morning because even the covered part of the deck was slick because of the ice.
Just about every school in three counties closed because of the weather. The rain/ice stopped about lunch time and it started to snow. We have about an inch of snow on top of the lovely layer of ice . . .
And, for the first time in three years, I didn’t get to enjoy the snow day . . .
Gosh I miss working at a school . . .
But it was FREE BOOK DAY so I guess I can’t really complain . . .
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The loss of my job was rather sudden . . . for me . . . I kinda had an idea that it might happen but didn’t really think it would . . .
It was rather sudden for my co-workers . . . and for my friends . . . they knew I loved my job and was very happy at the Local Catholic School . . .
There have been rumors for years that Local Catholic School was struggling financially and that it might close . . . these rumors were floating around way back when I was in high school almost *cough* 40 *cough* years ago . . .
I haven’t posted anything on social media about my unexpected adventure into semi-retirement . . . and anything I’ve said to anyone has been positive and upbeat . . . I promised my boss I would paint a positive picture of the events and emphasize my support for Local Catholic School . . . as a lifelong resident of this town, I love Local Catholic School as much as the alumni and want to see it succeed as much as anyone, it wasn’t personal . . . it was business . . . it happens . . . and I’ve survived way worse than the loss of a job . . .
So picture me surprised when my former boss contacted me to ask about a FB post that had been shared with him about my use of the words “declining enrollment” describing the reasons why my job was eliminated. Picture me even more surprised when I remembered that the post in question was not about my job situation but about a national hotel chain allowing dogs to stay for free at their properties . . . the use of the offending words was in a response to a response of a comment someone made on the post . . . unless you read every word of that particular post you would have never seen that particular sentence.
I told my former boss that it wasn’t my intention to ever paint Local Catholic School in a negative light (in the comment I expressed my hope that things turned around and enrollment would increase in the coming months) and that I would remove the post to avoid any further problems.
Then I got to thinking . . . who the hell has that much time on their hands that they read every word of every one of my posts and then has to run to the COO of Local Catholic School to ask for verification of the “facts” that I presented? Who in their right might wouldn’t automatically think that budget cuts two years in a row didn’t have something to do with declining enrollment? Are the parents that much in denial that they don’t already know that the school is struggling? Or are they trying to keep the perfect picture of Local Catholic School out there for the community and don’t want anything to tarnish that image?
So once again . . . I have to watch what I say to avoid stepping on someone’s toes on my own FB page . . . social media is a powerful thing . . . and it fucking sucks . . .
Today was my first full week at work since December 19 . . . with Christmas break, the MLK holiday and snow days caused by the horrible weather we had early this month I’ve only worked two or three days a week for almost a month. It was heavenly. Until this week . . . no holiday, no snow days, and the anniversary of Prince Charming’s death all conspired to make this a long awful week for me . . . I am thankful that it’s over . . .
But there are things that made my heart happy this week . . ..
I figured out the 5k races I’ll be doing this year . . .
I finalized my vacation schedule for this year . . . three cross stitch retreats and a trip to Florida . . .
Rocky seems to be responding well to the meds for his arthritis. His “slow getting up in the morning” turned into a significant limp and I took him to visit Lovely Vet to have it checked out. Turns out the limp was a sprain of some sort and the “slow getting up in the morning” is probably arthritis . . . “he is getting older, you know” is how Lovely Vet described it to me.
The school where I work is installing new playground equipment for the little kids (k-2) that moved into our building earlier this year. I’ve gotten to watch the workers install the equipment with great delight . . . I’m going to swing on the swings and go down the slide this summer during my lunch hour!! Today’s highlight was watching a bobcat expert move a huge pile of mulch from the staging area to the playground area. It was fascinating!
So now I’m headed to the couch with my dessert of choice to watch “Friday Night Frasier” on Netflix . . .
Even during the darkest weeks, life is good . . .
Seems like “senioritis” has hit the kids at the school where I work extremely early this year.
The seniors are hanging in the office during their last period study hall and annoying me and the school secretary . . .
Is it strange that the staff are counting the days until Christmas break as much as the students are?