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Another Busy Week

As long as I am taking these museum studies classes, it’s going to be busy. I spend the week reading and preparing assignments, while at the same time getting my real work done on my job. I have so much to edit and it’s going so slowly. It’s like I can’t do two things at once when I know with good time management I can. I should have done some reading yesterday, but I had a headache all day which makes it hard to concentrate. Hopefully, today will be a much better day and I can get a lot done. One night this week, I have to take out our guest speaker to dinner. I’m not particularly looking forward to this, but it’s part of the job. Then this weekend I have to visit yet another museum. Last week’s was an art museum, this weeks is a history museum. So much to do, so little time to do it in.

Need to Do

I have to admit, I haven’t gotten as much work done at my job as I needed to get done this week. I’ve been working on other stuff. I know I should focus on my job when at work, but there is so much to do. I can’t get it all done when I get home from work. Some days I’m just too tired. I will work extra hard today and try to get caught up.

Tomorrow, I will be going to an art museum for my museum class. I think I’ve mentioned that I have to go to a different type of museum each week, and this week is an art museum. I will be heading up to Burlington to visit the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art. The Fleming is supposed to have quite an interesting collection.

Long Week

I was thinking last night that it’s been a long week. Then I realized that it was only Wednesday. I think I almost cried. Luckily, there are only two days left in the week. Work has been very busy, and what other time I have has been spent reading for my class. I’m behind in watching The Voice. It’s okay though, all of my favorites have been eliminated. Now we are down to my second tier folks. I haven’t gotten to vote because I didn’t watch the shows live. Work will be busy today. One thing I have to do is work on the paper that I am presenting at a conference next month. I have to edit it down from 25 minutes to 10-12 minutes. That’s half my paper. I’m so bummed. I had a really good paper, but it’s just too long. I also, and shhh because it’s not actually part of my job, but I need to write my assignment for my class this week. I’ve gotten most of it written, it just needs a few more things. So I’ve got those two things plus I still need to edit some more oral histories and I’ve got some emails that I have been putting off that need to be sent. There is just too much to do and not enough hours in the workday.


I had a reception and dinner to attend last night at the university. So no real post today because I didn’t get in until late.

It’s Friday Again

Yep, it’s Friday again. TGIF and all that. It’s been a busy week. I got in one or two more job applications this week. Plus, I’ve been super busy at work. I’ve been cranking out these oral history edits. My evenings have been spent working on my class. I’ve been reading and writing my assignments. It’s going to be a busy weekend. Saturday, I will be judging a history fair. Sunday, I have the assignment to go visit a natural history museum, so I will be driving up to St. Johnsbury, Vermont to visit the Fairbanks Museum. There is no rest for the weary.

Then on Monday, I will present the paper that I’m presenting at a conference in May to my coworkers. I’m hoping that goes well. Also, Tuesday, I have an interview for an online adjunct teaching job. It’s at a major university, and I’m looking forward to talking with them. The job will be good experience if I get it . So it will be quite busy for some time to come.

In addition, we are looking at 1-3” of snow today.

Busy at Work

For the past two and a half years at the museum, I’ve rarely had busy days. In fact most of those days were spent trying to find something to do. Conducting oral histories only takes up an hour or so here and there, the real work comes when the oral histories are transcribed. Luckily, transcribing has never been a major part of my job as I loathe to transcribe. For me, the real work comes with editing the transcriptions to make sure they are accurate. This takes time. If I barrel through, I can get two done in a day, but it is usually just one. Once that is done, I have to mail the transcript and recording out to the interviewee for final approval. Getting the mailings ready usually takes between thirty minutes to an hour, according to how long it takes to burn the interview to CD. Currently, I have a lot of interviews transcribed for which I must do this process. The reason I had so little to do before is that my former boss only allowed me to get a few oral histories transcribed at a time, so between transcriptions I had very little to do. Now that the project is coming to an end, I was given permission to have the rest of the interviews transcribed, and so they have been. Now they must be edited and sent out for approval.

Once they are approved, then comes the real tedious part. They each have to be uploaded with their audio to the website. They then have to be indexed by subject and time stamped. This is a laborious process, but luckily, I have work study students doing this part for me on the ones that have been transcribed and approved. When all is said and done, we hope there will be a fully functioning website where the oral histories can be listened to and studies by future generations. There will also be a book compiled of excerpts from the oral histories, telling a unique history of the last 100 years of the university. There is a lot to do before the end of October, but I firmly believe that it will get done.


I’m on my way out the door in my current job. When I took the job, no one actually told me it was only a three year stint. Once I found out that it was only a temporary job, I was told it would be made permanent. This has turned out not to be the case. My job will come to an end in October 2018. I have a mere seven months to finish my project. In the meantime, I’m also looking for a new job. Most of the jobs I’ve applied for would have me leaving before the October deadline, which is all right with me. I don’t really have a sense of loyalty where I currently work, especially after the lies that were told to me. Looking for a new job, is almost a full time job in itself. I knew that from the last time I was on the job hunt. I have faith though that something will come along.

Monday Again

It looks like it might be a mild week here in Vermont. The temperature will be mostly in the 40s with rain on Wednesday and Friday. We may even have sun on those non-rainy days. Mud season seems to have arrived. The snow is melting and the mud is everywhere.

Work should be fairly routine this week. There is nothing unusual going on this week. Well, maybe one thing out of the ordinary. We have to take samples off an artifact for testing, which will be interesting. Otherwise, it should be a routine week.

Not much else is going on. I’m disappointed that Duke and Texas Tech lost last night. I just hope that Loyola Chicago can win their next game and make it to the final. It’s exciting when a Cinderella team does well, especially when the team chaplain is a dynamic 98 year old woman named Sister Jean.

What A Week!

It’s been quite a week. It’s been a busy week, and I was out Wednesday for a headache. Yesterday was not a productive as I’d like because I still had said headache. Hopefully, today will be more productive and headache free. I have several work items to do, but I also have an interview to teach part time online. Many of the jobs I’m applying for are looking for online teaching experience in addition to in class teaching, so I applied and they want me to interview. Today, I will do the practice interview and then do the real interview on Monday. It’s a strange type of interview, where the question comes on the screen and then they record your answer. It’s just you in the process, which seems not very personable to me, but it is for an online class. If I make it past the interview then I will have to go through their training before I am hired. I’ll let you know how it goes.


When I went to bed last night, we had gotten nine inches of snow. Now I love a good nine inches, just not of snow. It was supposed to snow through the night, and I have no doubt that it did. To top that off, it is supposed to snow all day today. The news was predicting six to twelve inches of snow in total from this nor’easter. It looks like we will get more than predicted. Maybe it will slow down and lightly snow the rest of the time. I really wish that the school would close today. There are no students here because of spring break, so there is no reason to be here. We had three people come into the museum today, besides the three of us at work. One was our interim director and the other two were there on business. No one came to the museum to see the museum. No one will come in today either. The university’s excuse for no snow days is that we have to cater to the students who live on campus, but since they aren’t here, there is no reason for us to be at the university either. What makes it worse is that I will probably be the sole person in the museum today. One of my coworkers is in Florida on a family emergency. The second lives in Burlington and has an hour commute which can be quite treacherous in these conditions. The third coworker’s babysitter has the flu and so he may not be able to come in today either. I just wish someone would listen to me about closing, but the powers that be won’t.

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