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How to get something accomplished December 22, 2016

Posted by mareserinitatis in family, humor, teaching, work, younger son.
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I’ve been wondering why I felt like I got little of what I wanted done the beginning of the year, but the past four or five months have been amazingly productive.  Part of that is, of course, due to the fact that I have been regularly employed since August, and having a job to go to makes you feel productive just because you show up not wearing pajamas.  At least I haven’t yet… (And I must’ve had an exceptional class because I don’t think any of them did, either, despite our class meeting at 8 a.m.)

I think I realized the other thing that helped: I moved to another town.  You may laugh, but I’ve been back home a couple days now, and it’s kind of hitting me that driving my offspring around really chews up my day.  (No wonder I was under a lot of pressure to get a drivers license when I was in high school.) Doubly unfortunate, we are down to one vehicle because someone ran into Mike last week and his vehicle is waiting to be assessed by our insurance company, so I’ve been responsible for driving him around, too.  However, he begins his vacation tomorrow, which means he gets to play chauffeur, even if only to himself.  Conveniently, there’s no activities for the offspring to go to, starting tomorrow.

My next goal is to get him to do all the cooking…but I already failed that one since I promised to make meatloaf.

Anyway, the gist of the story is that people are more productive when they have a lot of time to themselves.  That being said, I am glad I get to spend some time with the family, even if some days it feels like it’s mostly in the car.

Driving Miss Crazy February 25, 2014

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I had a workshop in Minneapolis today.

Or…I thought I did.

I needed to attend some training, and to get there, I have to drive about four hours each way.  It’s not a huge deal.  The weather was relatively nice (aside from the 35 mph head/cross wind on the way back).  I have done day trips like this a million times before.

Except that when I got there, I found out that the training had been moved out two weeks and I hadn’t been notified of the change.

If you’re exhausted from getting up very early and being on the road for a long time, hearing something like this is bound to make you blow up at the person delivering the bad news.  I almost did.  However, I got a grip pretty quickly and asked if there were any materials that would have been available at the workshop that I could start looking at.  Obviously having a fit wasn’t going to solve anything, so I figured I’d try to salvage what I could.

The admin person was very nice and helped me find someone who could provide such documentation.  After hearing about what had happened, this person did something even better: he found an instructor for the training who sat down with me and ran through all the stuff I needed.  When he couldn’t find someone at first, I said some documentation would be helpful, so that would be enough.  He responded,

You drove four hours to get here.  I’m not going to shove a piece of paper in your hand and turn you away.

I was surprised at how emphatic he was that I get something out of this trip…and grateful.

He did find an instructor after a bit.  I was able to ask the instructor specific questions and pretty much avoid all the pointless stuff.  We actually fixed a couple problems I was having, and, better yet, I spent half the time working with the person that I would have spent in the training.  (I do feel bad that I sucked this person away from other responsibilities, but he was extremely polite about it.)

The day was still a very long day, but I definitely feel like it was worth it.  It’s always nice when someone behaves in a professional manner, but it’s beyond awesome when they’re willing to go out of their way to help you out…although I’m sure the driving bit had something to do with it.

Thank you, I think I will February 22, 2013

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