New Job Minus Stupid People

I’ve been at the new job for just about a month now, and I wanted to put down some of my thoughts.

The job is nice.  Really nice.  It’s at the academic library on post and serves mostly captains going to school in a six month course.  I’m officially a contractor, which  means the government hired an outside, civilian company to provide manpower for certain jobs like mine.  It’s nice yet weird.  I have bosses in triplicate.  Some of my co-workers doing the same job are government employees, meaning they have different bosses, paydays, and dress codes.  I get great benefits and pay.  I’m treated like an important employee, valued for my knowledge and skill.  It’s all so foreign compared to MWR.  But when the company’s contract for this particular job runs out, I’m cut loose.  The company has to re-bid to the government to get the chance to provide manpower again.  Anyone can be the lowest bidder.  I’m ok with the situation because I probably won’t be living here when the contract runs out, but it’s still a weird position to be in.  I like my co-workers though.  They’re all sane and drama-free.  I’ve transitioned into working with the team really easily, and I’m loving it.

It’s still a library.  I do a lot of shelving and checking out books and cataloging new items just like the other job.  Libraries, regardless of who they serve, are fairly similar.  I’m still finding it much slower to adjust than I thought however.  These customers don’t ask me pens or directions.  They don’t continually jam the copier.  They are wonderful, courteous, intelligent human beings.  It’s lovely.  It’s refreshing.  And it really highlights how jaded and cynical I’ve become working with the scourge of the Earth at the regular public library.  I expect and anticipate stupidity, and that makes me a little sad.

My favorite part is that this library has a large archive, and I’m getting to do original research again.  I’m helping students find primary sources for their projects.  I’m creating finding aids to help them use the archive better.  I love doing this, and I’m really, really good at it.  I was hired for my education (!!) to do exactly this.  Someone looked at my resume and transcripts and said, “damn, this girl’s brilliant and we can’t pass up her skills,” and that still boggles my mind.  I’ve been working at shitty, underpaid jobs way too long.

Anyway, the library’s been moving to a new building the last two weeks, so I haven’t even gotten a chance to do my real job very much yet.  I feel giddy that I love it this much already, and I’ve only gotten a small taste of what it’s really going to be like.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.

Baby 4.5

So much to catch up on and so little time!  I’m going to make an effort to get some stuff down here soon.  I’ll limit this to a mostly beebs update.

Beebs is doing good. … So yeah, not much to report really.  I’m growing like nobody’s business.  I’m full maternity clothes and the whole shebang.  I’ve started feeling him wiggle around here within the last two weeks.  We have an ultrasound coming up, and I’m really excited to see how much bigger he’s gotten.

As it looks now, it doesn’t look promising that DH will be in town for the birth, and I’m totally devastated.  I know it’s not for sure, but I’m completely broken up by the thought that he might miss it.  It’s a memory and feeling that cannot be recreated, and I think it’s absolutely unfair that it could get taken from us.  I feel so angry at the Army.  I know and accept that birthdays and holidays will be missed, but I cannot be ok with getting robbed of this to.  I cannot fathom how I will be able to do this with anyone but him even though I think everyone we know has volunteered.  It’s just not the same.  As always, we’ll wait and see.

My sister-in-law is coming to visit us for the first time here at this house, so we’ve been cleaning and prepping for that.  I hoped to get curtains made for the guest room by then, but really, after two years curtains are a bit superfluous don’t ya think?  I want to maybe try my hand at a process post with those, so it all works out.

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend.  If you’re lucky enough to be with people you love, enjoy the memories.  If you’re unlucky enough to be stuck with family, well, I feel for ya.  My sister-in-law is having a small case of baby fever, and I’m afraid for my bulging gut.  Good luck out there.