Monday, March 31, 2014

Working hard or hardly working?

Tonight is my fourth day working at my new job and my second unsupervised.  Why am I writing a blog post at work?  I have too much free time.  In the last two nights I have watched several hours worth of movies and tv shows, read several chapters in a couple of books, listened to several hours of music and audiobooks, played a few hands of solitaire, etc.  I am a fill in receptionist at a retirement community in the middle of the night and I needed something a bit more engaging to keep me awake.  So I decided that it was the perfect time to put my thoughts down.

Don't misunderstand me, I love my new job.  It just is a little difficult to find ways to fill my time between phone calls, potty breaks, and the rare emergency cord pull that is quiet and I don't mind being caught on camera doing.  For instance, right now I am watching a health show called Know The Cause on my ipod.  Later on, I'll probably watch a couple of episodes of Bones or The Dead Zone and then read a couple of chapters of Dawn or the ebook about Celts I've been reading on Kindle.  Excuse me while I buzz in the newspaper delivery guy...

Okay, I'm back.  Here's an interesting dilemma: What do I write on the get well card of a lady I've never met who's job I'm doing?  If it weren't for her, I would've been hired two months ago (they told me this last week), but if she hadn't needed time off, I wouldn't be here now.

You know how we get told as kids not to take candy from strangers?  Apparently, that rule goes away when one gets a job as a fill in receptionist.  I just ate a frosted cookie that tasted kind of like zucchini bread that was left on the desk today for "the girls" by a resident.

Why does the newspaper delivery guy always seem like he's laughing at me?  Is he always overly jolly?  Perhaps I should just be glad that he's not cranky, I mean, he IS delivering newspapers at 1 in the morning, after all.

I need to stretch my legs.  I guess I'll go for a potty break...

Alright, back again.  Anyway, yesterday morning the daytime receptionist showed me how to turn on the fireplace in the lobby.  Tonight it's still on.  I'm tempted to take my book over there to one of the couches.  Really, who gets to read by a fireplace at work? (Did I mention that I love this job?)  However, I'm worried that I might get too cozy and doze off.  To be honest, I don't think it would affect my work performance due to being such a light sleeper but I would hate to have a guest or resident come in and see me dozing.  Also, I'd feel like I was stealing from the company.  Not cool.  I want to be part of this place for a long time.  Everyone's so nice.

2 AM - Time for a cup of coffee.

3 AM - Time for a potty break and a snack.  I am getting really tired.  I guess I better look for different entertainment.

4 AM - I'm feeling a bit sick to my stomach, not sure why.  Plus, I'm really tired.  I wish I could go to bed.

Anyone seen What To Expect When You're Expecting with Jennifer Lopez?  I'm about to watch it.  I really hope it's interesting enough to keep me awake.

A little slow, but not a bad movie.  I'm still awake.

I wish I had asked someone what to do if I get sick while I'm here alone.

6:26 AM - Starting to get light out.  Almost time to go home and get some sleep.

I just learned that I live in one of the least vaccinated states in the US with 6% of kindergartners having "non-medical" exemptions, that means they have religious exemptions since those are the only two options.  I wonder how many have medical exemptions?

No one taught me how or told me to fax the bus schedule!

Have a good day!  I have to get off here before more people show up!