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24 January 2006 @ 07:29 pm
Roll for Sanity Check  
I dodged a massive bullet today. Today, I was prepping, not scheduled to teach. Now, ever since they made me teach a cancelled class when I should've had a glorious prep day, I've been very paranoid about the same or something similar happening on my other prep days, and it damn well nearly did today.

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.

Me: Yeah.

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
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: The Cranberries- Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Applesapples491 on January 25th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
If you need a place to crash down here ... I'm just over the bridge.
Miusherimiusheri on January 25th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
I appreciate the offer! May have to take you up on it if some freak snowstorm traps me in Po-town one of these days ;) If you wouldn't mind emailing me your address, just so I have it, I'd appreciate it (miusheri at gmail dot com). And of course, you're welcome to crash with Remy and me if you're ever in Albany and in need of that sort of thing. Do you have our address?

Heh... I do like the rainbow lights on the Mid-Hudson Bridge... ^_^
K: carebears secret bearaurra_sing on January 25th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
which reminds me! i live at home with the folks and it's in Red Hook, not Po-Town, but you are more than welcome to stay with me should something happen :)
Miusherimiusheri on January 25th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for offering! =) And I reciprocate, though I'm sure you have no shortage of people willing to put you up for the night in Albany! ^_^
K: scar lion kingaurra_sing on January 25th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
anytime! :) And I really appreciate the offer will def keep in mind should something happen :0)