multitasking, roller skates and Minerva germs


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A colleague asked to borrow my office this afternoon for some parent- teacher thingy. I moved to the circulation desk. It was a mistake, as I was required to be nice.

Parents would come in for their appointment and just because Minerva and I were sitting at the circulation desk they had the cheek to expect us not only to know what was going on, but also to assist them.

I tolerated it for awhile, until I retreated to a comfy corner couch to catalogue websites, laptop on my lap, coffee cup on coffee table beside me, leaving an ailing Minerva to be the social niceties. Yes, I was a coward and pulled rank to designate the common people to her. There has to be some perks in my job!


So many teachers are ailing that this morning I ended up with my own class, and a supervision of a year 10 class at the same time. One class  was suppose to be at the far end of the campus, but I at least negotiated them coming to the library, so I had my class on one side of the book stacks at the tables, and the other class sitting on couches, on the southern side of the stacks. I should have had roller skates.Somehow  I managed to teach literacy and home economics at the same time!

Minerva was ill from when she walked through the doors, and though I tried or most of the day to make her agree to go home, she held her place at the desk. I kept a wide berth. I refused to answer her phone. I have enough ill health of mine own without running the gauntlet of other ills. It is not a battle I expect to win however.

She is on a day off tomorrow so I will have to woman the circulation desk from lunch time when the help goes home. It is tough at the top!

define : understanding, and CAN I GET FRIES WITH THAT?

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A member of our School Administration has been at a conference, and sent back an email to everyone with a link to a blog on tips to avoid burn out. One of the tips was “yelling at an understanding superior”.

What could one yell at a supervisor, even a so called “understanding” one, that would not get you fired, or at least hamper your future career prospects, if not long term continuing employment?

“I’ll have fries with that!”

My mother wears army boots!”

“I’ll pay for the next round!”

“Let’s hear another cheer for the Boss!”


Minerva now wants to yell at me. I showed her the stick. Silence reigns in the library.

sweet dreams are not made of this

Ah the soft midnight murmurings of the marital bed…

Mr FD: “Have you ever noticed how much James Caviezel looks like Paul Kennedy?”

FD: “Who and Who?” It’s 2.30 in the morning and I had been asleep for a couple of hours.

Mr FD: “James Caviezel, the actor and Paul Kennedy, the ABC journalist.”

FD: “Don’t know the actor…now go back to sleep.”

Minutes later…

Mr FD : “You have to admit though that James Caviezel looks more like James Caviezel than Paul Kennedy does, and Paul Kennedy looks more like Paul Kennedy than James Caviezel does.”

A pause, then… “I suppose if you extend that out to its end point, you could say that James Caviezel and Paul Kennedy look nothing alike.”