At 9:00 AM, my boss finds me in the instructor room.
Boss: Hey! You're supposed to be teaching on-site today!
Me: No I'm not!
Said perhaps a little more vehemently than was necessary, heh.
Me: I was on-site yesterday, and I'm on-site tomorrow, but I didn't have anything scheduled today.
Me (internally): [ vader ] Noooooo! [ /vader ] My prep dayyyy!
Boss: [Lady from Poughkeepsie] called and asked where you were- something about an Access class?
Me: First I ever heard of it! I'm teaching Excel there tomorrow, but...
After a litle checking, it turns out that this Access class in Poughkeepsie was requested by the client, but never made it into our schedule. So, I was completely off the hook- management's mistake, management's problem to soothe the client. But I'm not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot!
Boss: ::finds me again several minutes later:: "Would you be able to head down there and teach the class anyway?"
Um, 'scuse me? Poughkeepsie's an hour and a half away. I'd get there, get the computers set up, and get started no earlier than 11:00. Besides, what about my prep day free from lecturing and stupid people and hassles?!?!
Me: ::about to cry, or scream or something:: ...no?
Boss: You don't have to! Just thought I'd ask. You have stuff to prep today?
No, not really.
Boss: Okay! ::leaves::
I'm glad I didn't let them cock-holster me on that one. Yeah, I'm the lowest of the low around here, but that doesn't give management the right to dick me around. And maybe not everyone does, but I consider a surprise three-hour round-trip to teach a surprise class "dicking around."
Now I need to see what I can do about these weekly forays to Poughkeepsie. I've been going at least once a week, sometimes twice, for the past several weeks, and the trend is going to continue 'til at least the end of February. I shouldn't always be the one traveling, should I? (The other guy's traveling most of this week, at least)
At any rate, I thought I'd be productive with my salvaged prep day, and prepped Flash. I need to teach it soon, and I've worked with it before, but the refresher was definitely helpful. I had the Kenya movie in my head the whole time I was doodling around, but when I wanted to go watch it, the Internets went down in our office. So, for amusement and practice's sake, I tried animating the lion off the top of my head. Click here to watch! Kudos to Remy for hosting. I drew the lion from memory, and obviously, my memory sucks. But, it was good practice.
We went to the mall this evening, and I now have scads of new clothes thanks to the GCs my mom sent my way for Xmas. I also got a sexy new laptop case for Zaal. And a chocolate rose from Remy. <3