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Friday 5: The Whole Trial Is Out of Order!
Friday 5: Performance Evaluation
Lynda, the Library, and me

Friday 5: The Whole Trial Is Out of Order!

Happy Friday 5 on a Saturday! This is a day late because … wait for it … I went out again last night. This time was happy hour with my mom and my aunt who is recently back from a multi-year stint on Kwajalein Atoll. Go look it up. It’s very far away from New Jersey. It’s been an incredibly social week for me and is shaping up to be an incredibly social month.

I went back to work on Thursday to this…

cubicle decorated for birthday

My job is great! I hope it never changes!

and then 10 minutes later my A+, understanding, would-be-subordinate-to-him-again manager of 6.5 years told me that he’s leaving TNP at the end of the month. I spent the last two days like this:

beaker from the muppets

*insert endless meep*

And that’s that. Change is inevitable, even when things are going REALLY WELL DAMMIT.

Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is The Whole Trial is Out of Order! Let’s get to it.

4. What’s to look forward to in the fourth quarter of 2018?
We have a Walt Disney World trip coming up between now and the end of the year! I’m very excited. I went from going multiple times a year to going once every 2 years and that’s okay. A LOT changes in 2 years so we’re guaranteed to always see something new.

believe in something meme, related to Disney vacation costs

Found on Facebook. I’m not anti-Kaepernick.

2. What’s something at which you’d like a second chance?
If I was punished somehow by being returned to my freshman year of high school, I’d like another shot at the Qualitative Physical Science class that I dropped before the first quarter was out because I was getting a D. I was only 14 and thought a D would ruin my life. Now that I know it’s not the case, I wonder if it eventually would have clicked. Switching out of that class (and adjusting my schedule accordingly) meant that I fell out of sync with the small group of friends I had at the time.

1. What’s something in which you took first place?
Every family Easter Egg hunt from age 10 until the embarrassing age I stopped.

5. Who had an especially good fifth film, fifth book, or fifth album?
I’m drawing a blank on this one. I usually quit series early on because I get an “okay, I’m good with this franchise ending on this note” and walk away. It’s how I managed to quit watching Scandal after a few seasons. I’ll turn to WM for guidance, because he finishes EVERYTHING.

WM: Tom Waits’s fifth album is good. Blue Valentine. It has several good songs that I enjoy, up to and including Somewhere from West Side Story.
Me: Was Tom a Jet or a Shark?
WM: I don’t know. (continues on about Tom Waits and liking his original album best and that’s not really a thing that Tom Waits fans agree on)

3. When did you last feel like a third wheel?
Anytime I’m the woman in a conversation about kids. I often get the “but your dogs are your kids” which feels like being handed a consolation prize of Turtle Wax instead of a shiny sportscar with California emissions. I often think “certainly there is something else to talk about yes” but really it’s no. I’m not even hurt about it anymore. I have very well-waxed vehicles, though, so win-win.

Today it’s raining, which is autumn in New Jersey in a nutshell. Which is okay. I’ll have time to practice on my sewing machine which I haven’t done all summer because I’ve been outside. I’m trying to make reusable coffee cup sleeves. If that goes well, my next task is canvas shopping bags.

Friday 5: Performance Evaluation

Hi! Time to get back into the swing of real-ish time blogging after a bunch of scheduled posts designed to mask the fact that we were in Seattle on vacation. (That lily? Died 3 weeks ago.) I used to liveblog vacations until I realized it’s a big ol’ “ROB ME” invite. We came home on Tuesday, picked up the dogs on Wednesday, pulled stuff together on Thursday and I went back to work yesterday.

I should have the Seattle blog post ready for Monday. I should break it up into smaller posts, but meh. It’s my space.

This morning we had breakfast with 2 of WM’s graduated students. Now I’m sitting outside in the shade of my giant tree. I have the new DMB album playing on my Tap, a bottle of cold water, my Kindle, and some crossword puzzles to conquer.

It’s past time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Performance Evaluations. Let’s get to it!

1. In what way do you maintain a tidy and efficient workstation?
I take the last five minutes of my workday to put crap away so it’s not a fright the next morning. I’m trying really hard to move away from actual paper, so it’s not as hard to keep a clean desk as it was years ago. Home is harder because I have a small table as a desk and it’s a dumping ground for everything.

2. In what way do you maintain positive relationships with others?

By being honest, earnest, and supportive. By trying to believe the best of people until they prove otherwise.

3. What effort do you take to be punctual?

My train runs every 7-8 minutes on weekday mornings, and there are three trains that will get me to work on time. With the first two trains I can take the shuttle and make it to work on time. The last of those trains requires me to take the subway. I aim to take the first of those three trains every day, which not only gets me there on time, but gets me there about 12 minutes early, so I can slowly get settled. And if things go poorly in the morning (dog puke, hating my clothes, train malfunctions I have a cushion.

4. What are your strengths and challenges in communicating effectively?
My challenges all orbit the possibility of looking bad. If I have to say no in an email, I will put that sucker off as long as I can. I also hate having to ask questions that might make me look stupid. Many times I’ll make “WRITE THE EMAIL TO XYZ ALREADY” on my task list so when I finally do it I can have the thrill of crossing it out.

My weakness is the word “so.” I use it all of the time. I also abuse commas.

My communication strength is taking something that others would create a meeting to talk about, and bullet-pointing the crap out of it so it can be an email instead. Avoiding this mug…

5. What will be your focus for growth in the coming year?

I’m continuing to grow my SQL and Crystal Reports skills, and I’m learning Microsoft Power BI. At home, I want to learn to sew my own clothes. Currently, I’m failing on making reusable coffee cup sleeves. I have a LONG way to go.

And now my dear cookie crumbs, I have some summer reading to do. 🙂

Lynda, the Library, and me

The Big!Work!Project! which surely you are tired of hearing of by now involved new software, and a new-to-us way of writing reports. It’s Crystal Reports, which while it’s new-to-us, isn’t very new-to-me. I was using it over 10 years ago at the C-P, and I won’t lie, seeing it re-emerge sent a shiver of dread down my spine. What I needed was a refresher.

Last Tuesday night, I had a dream that I went to Lynda.com (a training site that’s been live since 1995) and signed up for Crystal Reports training.

Wednesday I woke and thought…good idea, dream-Kim! Lynda is free to try for the first month, and then $20-30 each subsequent month. I looked online and saw that there was a Crystal Reports Essentials class. Niiiiiice.

And then I paused. And started to Google. Because I’m a member of 2 different library systems, I thought maybe one of them had a discount available. Turns out, The Philadephia Free Library offers free access to Lynda.com. That partnership started on September 5 — my birthday.

Which is how I earned a digital certificate in Crystal Reports for absolutely free, and how I’m going to take SQL and other data classes each month FOR FREE.

You probably thought this was a sponsored post for Lynda.com but instead, I’m going to tell you to join your local library and get stuff for free!

But if Lynda.com wants to give me money to talk about them, I’m all ears! 😉

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