Brain Sludge

I’ve been learning about report configuration for a new system today. I also gave someone detailed interview feedback, and did some troubleshooting on new kit with staff, more or less all at the same time with some expert time-slicing.

So, I’ve rewarded myself with getting a frame for a small print I got at Christmas and I shall shortly enjoy finding a wall space for that.

But first: time for a shower

Juggling Roles Day

There’s only another three weeks of the month left, and a lot still to shuffle through in terms of the restructure and a tech refresh and system migration that’s pretty much all happening at the same time.

Sounds chaotic, and there are elements that are dancing round each other like tightly contained dervishes, topped by sparklers and accompanied by cries of confusion…

…and yet its happening, more or less to plan, and with the wider view I now have with inclusion in conversations I have a better appreciation of both the scope and pace of change and of the essential kindnesses that lie behind decisions taking place.

I am reminded again that the people driving what appears to be a chaotic dance are just that: people. I’ve always tended to be mostly blind to titles, for better or worse, but having a chance to actually engage with the new level of management has finally put personalities to the names seen on emails.

But it is still three weeks until I am actually in post, and in the meantime I still need to juggle this engagement with keeping the day job going: managing the day to day business of an individual library and the staff and customers based there. It puts me on both sides of the process, so I suppose it’ll keep me busy…

Meanwhile, Happy Pride

Building The Team

I had the great pleasure right at the end of the working day to be able to confirm positions for another two managers who will be part of my team as of next month. Its been a long day so it was a nice capstone on it all to finish that way.

The rest of the day was filled with stock management, directing cabling works, and a variety of the more colourful customers who frequent our doors, so it has been somewhat varied, as days in the library go.

Lady M, in the meantime, is going to go back to her offices tomorrow – for the first time in about 15 months – so it’s an early start for her in the morning. Hopefully that will go smoothly.

And in polycule news: myr s became the last of us to get their first vaccination jab. My second will be on Saturday morning, and Lady B has already had hers so it’s good to see progress back towards life regaining some form of equilibrium.

Oh, and I saw this the other day, and couldn’t resist snapping it up:

Easing Into The Week

Today started a bit frantically as I picked up various emails from yesterday, but I soon got things settled, and had a conversation or two to address some not-so-hidden elephants. So all in all not a bad day.

Tomorrow will be busy with a variety of things, not least of which will be interviewing people who want to work for me, or at least are looking for jobs and don’t object to me being their manager (hello imposter syndrome) – oh and apparently there’s a photoshoot booked for a project launch in the building so there’s that too.

So to unwind I drew a thing this evening:

Monday Musings

My weeks normally start with a day off, but with the new job starting in a month or so I’ll be working full time so I want to try and use the time while I still have it.

So today I finally got round to catching up with Lady G for lunch, and the first pub visit since I can’t remember. As is traditional, we both waxed lyrical in our gossip about work and people we know – and it was just nice to see her again.

We both play (I use the term loosely as it’s a mostly zero-interaction game) Godville, so I got challenged to draw her hero and their animal companion – as if I need an excuse to doodle away – so thought I’d share the results here:

Meanwhile, I’m trying to limit checking on work emails while I’m off, but there’s an awful lot happening all at once so I did respond to a couple of them. The very minor issue that it has highlighted is the continuing tightrope I’m walking where I’m still substantially working in my existing job but am being called upon in the new role, while that new role is also still occupied by someone.

I shall have to have a conversation or two about how best to manage this over the next few weeks to both manage expectations and limit any treading on toes.

Migraines and Musings

Yesterday was lost to a migraine, today in scrambling to cover for an error in rota planning – so that was tiring. I have at least been creative on the drawing front in the evenings

The first picture is my post-migraime brain buzzing, the second a competition entry for a friend’s cosplay group that composites the cosplays of all the moderators of that group.

On a musing front, I have had two members confirmed of my new team of library managers. Three more need to be found in the next round of recruitment interviews.

In the meantime I’m getting drawn into wider project conversations and needing to step up into the role early while the current boss is on holiday – so far so good…

Polling Day

–Edit– This was meant to be published on the 7th May, but for some reason it lurked in my drafts folder until now…

It was a very very long day yesterday, starting before dawn outside one of my libraries as a small cluster of people I’d never met before gathered, bundled up against the morning cold. Eventually the person who had arranged this meeting appeared and I let them all in.

Not the start of a mystery novel, but rather the start of a day of local elections – and I’d agreed to let this library be used as the local polling station. I ran through all the building access and fire safety information, including how to lock up, and after an hour of helping to shift some furniture I was on my way.

A full day at another library, and a significant portion of that was spent meeting the new supervisor for the cleaning contractors and bringing them up to speed on issues and priorities, and then it was back to the first library to check up on the election.

They said they were happy to lock up, but I agreed to be on standby as I lived locally – and so my day ended a little after midnight.

Today I need coffee. Lots of coffee. I am very tired. I am dealing with today’s storms in teacups. All will be well.

Next: A Day Off

Somehow this week has sped past while simultaneously seeming to go very slowly, which has done wonders for my stress management – but at least I’m off tomorrow and can recharge my batteries a little.

That said, I am working again on Saturday, but that’s okay – I’m then off for Sunday and Monday and can pretend to be relatively human during that time.

I’ve managed to scribble a couple of doodles along the way during breaks and in the evening, which both satisfies my creative little brain and serves to centre me.

Just Ambling Along

Today has mostly been spent on rotas and preparing for opening up more options for people visiting our libraries next week. The restructure continues apace, and people are naturally worried, so I’m trying as best as possible to continue at a steady pace.

In the meantime I’ve put up a few more designs on the Amazon UK store – most notably one based on the sketch of Odif I showcased the other day. There’s now colour and a bit of rendering, and almost universally I’ve had people saying very kind things and asking for links. So to that end:

The Odif T-Shirt

You’re welcome, and I look forward to how the DDC adapts to their new travelling companion. I suppose I should finish off a couple of maps I’ve got in development. I’m off on Friday, that looks a good goal.

Shut Down

Yesterday was exhausting due to a number of people going sick, but in general it was still just as rewarding. There are so many young families rediscovering the libraries and hearing the laughter of small children back in the library has been uplifting.

We were going to game this evening, but general exhaustion and lack of spoons led to us deciding to have a night off – so I’ve been making random spare battlemaps on www.inkarnate.com that may end up being used, or may not. I’ll add copies to this site in the next few days.

Meanwhile, here’s some pretty dice that arrived this afternoon:

Clicky-clacky