Hard Things

Sep. 6th, 2017 04:49 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

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Date: 2017-09-06 10:26 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Got the last of my crap out of West-bi-Goddess Seattle... and survived the apartment inspection, which meant having to run my Desti-cat up to Whidbey, which she did NOT enjoy... there are new kittens up there, and she did NOT like that... survived the mini-heat-wave (which once again, has been snuffed by smoke)... and I'm hoping we can mojo up enough rain here to drown the smoke... wheeeeee...

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-09-06 11:17 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Huh. *gives it the side-eye* I wonder who that was, then.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-09-06 11:19 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Actually, yay storage unit that costs half what I was paying in WS for more space, *and* is walking distance... and double yay for my favourite movers, an outfit called Gentle Giant... They had me loaded in an hour, and then *both* drove across towns *and* unloaded into the new space within the next hour.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-09-10 08:20 pm (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
That's some major wins, right there.

Disorganized electronic files

Date: 2017-09-06 11:53 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I've got a total freaking nightmare on my hard drive, (and backed up recently), but it's so flipping hard to find anything that I don't know where KEY description sheets for characters might even be hiding!

I need, quite desperately, to create a filing system, open one file at a time, tear apart the notes and things that go to OTHER bits, and create an organized World Book for each universe, and probably half a dozen of them JUST for Polychrome stories.

I don't have time to do this, not if I need things like food and sleep and writing time.

Worse, I tend to mis-remember names like Tamson versus TamsEn, for example, which is a huge honking mess, and Winlock House versus Gutner House is MINOR in comparison. This, in turn, means I don't remember FILE names either.

Drowning, drowning in unidentified files that have actual started, incomplete stories, and becoming more depressed by the minute when trying to figure out how to do this.
Edited (typo) Date: 2017-09-06 11:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Disorganized electronic files

Date: 2017-09-07 04:16 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Arrgh. Something kept running in the background and crashing my 'net access. I'm lucky I got my POST up.

This machine needs to be run through an industrial shredder, I swear!

Picking one thing out of the pile is going to be tough, but I'm trying, starting with Joshua's ex wife's CS, since I need it for the next story.

Re: Disorganized electronic files

Date: 2017-09-07 04:31 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*hugs?*

You can get the things one thing at a time. <3

Re: Disorganized electronic files

Date: 2017-09-08 05:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pronker
my hard drive Oh, the very best of luck on this frustration. It's just darn tedious to hunt for things ... :(

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Date: 2017-09-07 03:03 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Well done.

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Date: 2017-09-07 04:32 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
You = awesome.

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Date: 2017-09-07 02:22 am (UTC)
cornerofmadness: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cornerofmadness
Hard thing I did: Created a new class on a topic I don't like but it needed teaching and I'm the only qualified professor.

Hard Thing I still need to do: Send in a novel re-write that the publisher asked for after rejecting it in the initial form.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-09-07 03:59 am (UTC)
cornerofmadness: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cornerofmadness
Ugh that's the problem here too. Epidemiology has SO much statistics in it and I'm not stellar at that.

thanks!

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Date: 2017-09-07 03:03 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Thank you for doing your hard thing.

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Date: 2017-09-07 04:31 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
:)

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Date: 2017-09-07 03:01 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Managed at work with a new schedule I don't like.

I'm in three classrooms instead of one this year, each for part of the day, on a schedule that changes slightly but significantly every day of the week. It bother me because I'm not good with transitions or processing new social data so it is making my beloved job much harder and less fun for me.

And I don't necessarily agree with the theory that this will help kids form more/broader positive connections, because while it does provide that opportunity, it means that kids who need to *bond* with someone consistently *there* during the day only have the one full-time adult in kindergarten, instead of one classroom teacher and one educational assistant (aka a teacher with a lesser degree requirement (not necessarily a lesser degree though) who doesn't get paid like one, not that teachers are paid more than beans anyway, but it's fewer beans).

Swapping around might work for people assigned to work one on one, but when it means we have to get to know 3 times the kids in 1/3 the time, it means those connections are not being supported as much.

More, it is indicative of the brokenness of hierarchical divisions in teaching staff between 'classified' and 'certified', since there have been a lot of indicators of thinking of people with my job title as less real or important - like giving us an 'office space' that turned out to be a room that per fire code cannot have furniture in it, and like putting our breaks at transitions from room to room without building in any additional time for the actual transition of papers, materials, and self from room to room. And a lovely meeting in which I was reminded to speak up significantly less in meetings but participate, go home on time but nonetheless keep spaces spotless, ask for help but also be independent, apply self-care to manage stress but don't be stressed at work, and think of working on these things as professional development *eyeroll*. Not that classroom teachers don't get that BS too, but, WOW. In fact, I speak up in meetings *less* than quite a few people - I'm just a statistical outlier ***for my job title*** because I speak up *at all* - and the mathematical incorrectness of this subjective impression of my air time bothers the hell out of me because it's so clearly indicative of the hierarchy of racial, gender, and economic privilege existing besides and on top of the already problematic hierarchy of job descriptions.

And it highlights my own underemployment, given my paper and actual qualifications, that I feel stuck on fixing.

So it's quite crummy, the whole schedule thing.

I'm going to devote a few minutes tonight to working on job hunt related things or at least thinking about them without panicking, but in some ways, the most annoying part is that I really really like my school and my job - so they had to go and make it less of what I like.

But doing my very best work under the circumstances is challenging, even though there are lots of bright spots - like being able to be in immersion Spanish for math, which is *already* helping polish my language skills. Nonetheless, I will do my best for the kids.

Whether or not that's the best for admin, insofar as THAT is feasible. Sometimes I hate not being able to tell *how* squeaky of a squeaky wheel I'm being, since that makes it hard to calibrate to get a productive response. Sometimes I love being a prismatic peg in a cubical hole since that means I see things other people miss and may even have the chance to advocate for a student or family. Usually it is both.

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Date: 2017-09-07 04:08 am (UTC)
cornerofmadness: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cornerofmadness
That is definitely a hard thing. GOod luck.

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Date: 2017-09-07 04:32 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Thank you.

Edumacation marches on!

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Date: 2017-09-08 02:32 am (UTC)
cornerofmadness: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cornerofmadness
so it does

Being an adult

Date: 2017-09-07 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] caera_ash
Applying for workstudy jobs when I have no experience and no particular skills. I could grow to hate cover letters.

Re: Being an adult

Date: 2017-09-08 03:06 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Whew! I am deeply impressed.

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Date: 2017-09-07 02:32 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
The hard thing done: Hauled myself through a month-long surgical recovery. Did not push myself too hard; ironically this required major effort. Am now back to work and remembering all the /other/ reasons I slept way more than normal.

The hard thing that needs doing: I have to thing-a-day myself toward moving. Not yet, but the day is coming, and I'll know more about exactly when in a month or so.

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Date: 2017-09-10 08:24 pm (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
Woof! Good luck with all that!

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