I’ll get to sleep in a little bit today. Not much, but I can sleep until 8 or 8:30. That’s an hour later than usual. Yesterday I was up at 5 am. Yuck! Anyway, my coworker and I have some errands to run in the morning. The set-up for the exhibit will be this afternoon. The truck with the exhibit will arrive around 2:30 and the set-up will begin around 3. I have no idea how long it will take to set up the exhibit. I’m guessing a few hours to get everything uncrated and set up. Tomorrow before the big gala, we will install the artifacts that we brought down. That should be a relatively easy process. I have no idea what we will do during the day tomorrow before the gala.
Today, I am flying down to the sunny beaches of south Florida. It’s a work trip, so not that exciting. The weather is predicted to be beautiful and sunny with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. It will be a huge contrast from the frigidity of Vermont. Here in Vermont, they are expecting huge amounts of snow over the weekend. I won’t be here for most of it, but if the heavy snow goes through Sunday night, I’m not sure our flight will make it out of JFK to get us back to Burlington. The weather up north is going to make our trip home rather iffy. If all goes as planned, we won’t get into Burlington until midnight. If that’s the case, I will probably stay in Burlington for the night and go home the next day. Maybe the snow storm won’t be as bad as they are predicting and travel plans will go smoothly.
It’s supposed to be -2° (Actually it was -7) when I head to work this morning. It’s going to be a cold week. It has been a very cold weekend. I have tried to stay in as much as possible though I did have a few errands I had to run Saturday and Sunday.
Today will probably be a busy day. We are getting ready for our traveling exhibit to go to Florida at the end of the week. It’s a lot of packing and preparing. I hope everything goes smoothly because there’s major worry that things will not. We are basically working with the development office which knows nothing about museum exhibition. They have gotten so many things wrong over the course of planning this exhibition that we can only hope and pray that things will go smoothly. I have every faith in my colleagues at the museum that we will get through this with a minimum of problems.
Like I said Monday, I returned to work. It hasn’t been easy. I’m not sure it would be easy for anyone coming back after being gone nearly a month, but it’s especially not easy when you’re still sick. While I’m not coughing as much, I still have occasional coughing fits. In addition to that, I am very easily out of breath and need to rest. I also haven’t been sleeping well due to some stiffness in my neck and shoulders (they’ve ruled out meningitis so no need to go there), but the pain is severe enough that it wakes me up and all I can do is sit up, let the pain subside a little, and find a new sleeping position. Then it’s a little bit of sleep before the whole thing wakes me up again. Needless to say, I am tired. I’m surprised I haven’t bitten somebody’s head off at this point.
I’ve been out of work for nearly a month if you count the vacation time the school give us over the holiday. First I was out sick with an upper respiratory infection, which progressed to atypical (walking) pneumonia. I went back to work feeling some better, but only stayed half a day each on the two days before I flew home. I got the all clear to go home, hoping I’d continue to feel better. I only felt worse. So I called my doctor and saw him on Friday. He now says I have bronchitis and gave me steroids to reduce the selling, he said that with the steroid, I should see significant improvements by the end of the day Monday. If I did not see significant improvement then I’d have to go to the hospital for further tests and another chest x-ray. Since I do feel better, I’m not sure about significantly, I will be going to work today.
I went back to work yesterday, but only stayed half a day. I sweated the whole time I was there. It was so hot in the office, I almost wish I could have worked outside where it was 15 degrees. At least I could have bundled up for that, but I’d purposely worn something cool so that I wouldn’t be hot. I was still sweating. I guess it comes with being sick. I’ve sweated a lot with this virus, but it had been better for the last day or so. Not so yesterday. I will go into work again today, but I don’t know how long I’ll make it. I’m just ready to get on that plane and fly home tomorrow morning.
I’ve been out of work sick for over a week. It’s time to go back. I’m already out on Thursday and Friday because I’m heading home. So I will only be at work Tuesday and Wednesday before I am out for two and a half weeks. I am feeling much better, thankfully. I am still coughing some, but that’s kind of to be expected. I knew I wouldn’t be miraculously well over the weekend, but I do feel remarkably better. I wish I didn’t have to go back to work, but I don’t really have much of a choice. I’ve got several meeting to attend and dozens of emails to answer. It’s going to be a busy two days.
As I wrote this post last night, there was a 50/50 chance that I was going to work today. I’d been leaning toward not going, but I’ve been out of work for a week and I feel guilty about being gone so long. I do feel better but I’m short of breath, I barely have a voice, and when I do cough I can barely stop. I’m pretty sure it will be one more day at home.
They called and made their monetary offer yesterday. It appears they would usually add 5 percent to what I am currently making; however, because I am making close to the top of the salary range, 5 percent would put me over the salary range. Apparently, they can’t do that, so they would offer me just a few extra hundred dollars a year. With the reduced benefits, it’s just not worth it. I had already pretty much decided I would not take it. I think it would be a step back in my career at this point. I talked it over with several people, and the truth is, I am happy where I am. Maybe in five years when I have experience as an educator, public programs manager, and more experience in collections, then I can look again, but I need some experience before I try to move forward. Honestly, the only thing I don’t like about up here is the winters and being away from family, but I can handle those things for now.
I’d interviewed for a job about six weeks ago. It was for being a historian at one of the coastal forts. If you are not familiar with the coastal forts, there were quite a number of them built in the early 1800s, many of them on the gulf coast. I’ve always loved the coastal forts and their various designs, their history, and so many other things. We used to go to Ft. Pickens in Pensacola, Florida, when I was young, and I loved exploring the fort. This job was not at Ft. Pickens because it’s part of a National Park. The one I interviewed with is a state park. While being a historian at one of these forts would be a dream come true, there are too many drawbacks to the job. My vacation time, sick time, and holidays would be significantly diminished. I wouldn’t just be the historian, I’d have other jobs as well, such as working in the gift shop, manning the entrance, reenactments, firing guns from historical periods and other duties I’m not thrilled about and all in the heat of the summer. When I weighed the pros (closer to home and good retirement) against all the aforementioned cons, I ultimately can’t accept. They are supposed to get back to me today with a salary, which will be based on my current salary. I will continue to mull it over, but I think I’ll have to say no.