Wednesday, January 27, 2021
I think I had forgotten how exhausting working - even at a somewhat sedentary job, even part-time - can be. This morning I spent some time with some other ladies working on crafts for our religious education program (peg dolls, wooden models of things like the manger, etc.). It was fun, and certainly not physically taxing. Then I went to my part-time job. The first two hours, I had a few kids come in for some time to regroup. Then one of the teachers came to ask me if I would help her with a time-consuming task.
I am always glad to help the teachers whenever I can, especially since staffing the Recovery Room is pretty boring a lot of the time. Not to mention that it wouldn't look good for me to refuse such a task. So what she asked me to do was basically punch out some cricut words. The cricut machine didn't do its job properly, and didn't fully cut through the paper. This may seem like an easy job. It was NOT. Because when I tried to punch out the letters, in many cases the paper tore. I had a scissors, but it was too big to be effective. And the words need to look nice, because they are going to go on the kids' work folders for the upcoming Academic Showcase. And there is a page of these words for each child in a large class. The teacher told me I could take several days to do it. I was starting to think I might need several *weeks!*
I didn't get that much done during my time in the recovery room. I took the pages with me to after-school care, and the other aide there offered to help me when we had a few spare moments. She instantly realized that what we really needed were X-acto knives. I called the librarian to ask if she had any, and was quite surprised when she said she did. Not just one, she had an entire box of knives and blades.
So we worked when we could in between dealing with the kids and parents, and got maybe two pages done. I cleaned up and got ready to go home just before six, and managed to drop the box of X-acto knives on the office floor. I lost one of the blades - got on my hands and knees and searched the entire floor. It was that kind of a day. Didn't find it.
So I stopped at Hobby Lobby on the way home, and bought blades so I could replace the lost one. By the time I got home around 7, I was so exhausted and hungry, I went to the kitchen and ate just about everything in sight, which is what I always do when I get that tired. The thing is, there is no *reason* for me to be this tired. The most tiring thing I did was wipe down some tables with disinfectant. I mean, really! I didn't do anything else but walk around the room a little bit - otherwise just sat.
I am still facing a huge pile of these pages. To top it all off, my desktop computer stopped working. I just had it fixed, and it seems to have un-fixed itself, since it is doing the same thing it did before. So I am having to use my super slow and annoying laptop tonight.
Good thing tomorrow is another day.