This week will be a short and quiet week. We only work Monday, Tuesday, and part of the day Wednesday. The week will be quiet because all of the students have gone home for Thanksgiving. I know of only one thing I have to do at work this week, and it may take all three days. I have to wrote a lecture on something I don’t know that much about, but I know I can do it. The lecture is just a matter of getting my material together and then forming a coherent lecture. It will get done. Other than that, I don’t know of much else that needs to be done. I’m sure something will come up though.
I wish I could stay comfortably in my bed this morning. Instead, I’ll be getting up early, brushing the snow off my car, and hoping I can get into work. There is a high probability I will be the only one there today. Two of my fellow coworkers had planned to be off long before we were expected to get 8-12” of snow. The other coworker lives on a mountain and may not be able to safely make it to work. So it will likely just be me. That’s going to make for a long day. Most of the students are gone for Thanksgiving break, so it will be quiet around the museum. Oh well, I have a few things I can work on.
Today is the last day of the conference, and secretly, I’m just ready to be home. It’s been a fairly good conference, but there have been protests by the hotel workers about low wages; they are in the midst of labor talks. It means that many people didn’t want to have sessions at the hotel, so they moved them off site. The offsite locations are hard to get to and many of my sessions I’d looked the most forward to were moved. So at this point I’m fed up a little and just ready to be home.
I’m at a conference in Connecticut. We had drinks while watching the returns come in. There was good news and bad news when I went to bed. I hope the good news wins out, but it wasn’t looking good for Christine. It seems that everything else in Vermont went Democrat except for the governor. I’ll check final results this morning if they are in, but I just couldn’t stay up late last night watching returns. I had to be up early this morning for breakfast before the conference sessions start.
First of all, I wanted to answer Roderick’s inquiry about my job interview. It was short which isn’t a good sign to me. However, I am everything they seem to be looking for with one exception. I don’t have experience with living history. In addition to my job as a historian, I’d also have to learn to fire weapons from the War of 1812 through World War I…in costume. I am not too thrilled about this part of the job, because I’m not a fan of guns. I know how to shoot one, and I’m a damn good shot, but that doesn’t mean I like guns. Anyway, I was supposed to hear from them by the end of last week, but I still haven’t heard anything. Also, I seriously doubt they can or will meet my salary requirements.
In other news, I will be teaching a class this morning, which I think will be fun. I enjoy being in the classroom. Afterwards, I have a speech to give to a group of the corps of cadets about the school during the First World War. I am also looking forward to this. We will be meeting them while they take a lunch break from a march from the site of the original school to the present location. The meeting will take place on a covered bridge. Hopefully, this will all go without a hitch.
I have to be at work an hour early today. I am not a morning person. I hate getting up early and usually wait until the very last minute to actually get out of bed. My morning routine is simple. I get up, take a shower, shave, brush my teeth, and get dressed. Then, I head to work, where I make a cup of coffee. No one bothers me before my coffee. The trade off for coming in early is that I get the afternoon off.
Yesterday did not go as expected. First, we only got rain and not snow. That part was okay. The longer we can keep the snow away, the better. However, the event I had planned at the museum did not go as well. The speaker was great, but basically, no one showed up. Actually, two people showed up of their own free will, the other dozen or so people were dragged in from the library staff. Some of the library people may have come anyway, but the majority probably would not have without some coercion. It was gentle coercion, but coercion nonetheless. Then came my interview. The interview seemed to go great. It was just a short interview, which was not expected. Out of the myriad of things they were looking for, I had experience in all of them. The only thing I do not have experience with is living history. It seems that part of the job would entail being in costume and firing weapons from the War of 1812 through the First World War. This would not be a major part of the job, but it would be part of the job. That might be interesting, but it’s not something I’ve done before. Otherwise, I seem to be a near perfect fit for them. Will they offer me the job and a salary exceeding what I already make, and thus make it worthwhile for me to take the job? I sincerely doubt it. I was told I’d know by the end of the week.
The weather people are predicting heavy snow all morning, which probably means it won’t snow at all. Then Sunday, they say we are in for a nor’easter. Isn’t it too early in the season for a nor’easter? It’s not even winter yet. It’s going to be a busy day too. We have a major event at the museum this morning. It’s the first of the public programs I have fully developed on my own since taking over this new job. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it goes well and people actually show up. Then I am taking off this afternoon because I have a phone interview for a job back home. It would be a really cool job, and I’d be closer to family, but I don’t think they can match in salary what I am currently making. Even though I‘m quite happy doing what I‘m doing, if they offered me enough money, I‘d have to seriously consider it. Right now, it’s just a phone interview. So it will be a busy stress filled day today.
So far, the conference has been a good one. It’s just a couple of metro stops from my hotel, so it’s easy to get to. Usually conferences are held in a hotel, but this one is being held at Concordia University, so all the conference hotel are away from the conference. While they are closer than mine, the walk has to be longer, since my hotel is right at a metro station and the other metro station lets out right in the building of the conference. It’s very convenient. I decided to forgo the receptions and only attend the sessions. Receptions are okay if you’re going with someone else, but I hate going to them by myself. The individual sessions, I don’t mind going by myself, but the receptions I hate.
Yesterday was a long day. I got to work at 8 am and didn’t get home until after 9 pm. We had an event in St. Albans yesterday and last night. It was a good event and I enjoyed it, but it made for a long day. Today will be another long day. After the museum closes at its regular time, we will be doing tours for dignitaries for an hour or so and then we have another dinner to attend. Since the dinner is at the museum (and I don’t want to go to the talk afterwards), I will have to stay after the dinner until the caterers clean up and get out. I will get home earlier than I did last night, but probably not by much. Thankfully, for all this extra work, I will be off Friday, though I have to work Saturday.