Thursday, August 5, 2021

A pretty good start

The kids came back to school this week, and the office has been hopping busy. Now that we have no virtual option and all of the students are physically back in the building, it's been a wild few days getting everyone properly (and completely) registered, bus transportation routes settled, a new phone system to learn about and adapt to (it's fancy and high tech: zoom capabilities are built in) and finally, a transition to a real middle school model that includes 6th,7th, and 8th graders instead of just 7th and 8th. I've been exhausted every afternoon upon arriving home and so haven't had the energy to read many blogs and certainly not to comment much. I'm sorry! I miss you all when I'm too busy to be here. 

The year has gotten off to a good start. The woman who caused me so much stress and irritation last year was apparently not invited back. What a relief! In fact, not a single person has even mentioned her name. It's kind of weird, but I'm okay with it! I have some new reports for the state department I'm responsible for this year, and there's a learning curve with that, but I don't mind. Already the year feels easier and better. Best of all, the principal had a meeting with the office staff yesterday and the first thing he addressed was everyone doing a better job of offering me support.....including a rotation schedule of who's responsible for covering a real lunch break for me this year! Things are looking up.

Here's a picture of some zinnias I cut for my desk at work. They reseed themselves beautifully in the garden bed at the entrance to the school.


Zinnias always look as if you've used some crazy Instagram filter. But no, these colors are natural.


I hope you're all having a good week out there! I'll be back over the weekend to catch up with you all.




22 comments:

  1. I didn't plant zinnias this years, yours a beautiful!

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  2. I was worried about the gang of 4 and the nasty person (?) but so happy to know she is not there !
    Flowers so pretty.

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  3. I'm so happy that woman didn't return! Are staff and students wearing masks? The governor of Florida has banned them from schools.

    Love,
    Janie

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  4. So good to hear that the 'bad penny' has now gone. It's amazing how one person can alter the atmosphere in the workplace.

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  5. So glad you got sad good news and support finally. I hope they came to their senses and see your worth. Great news. And those Zinnias are gorgeous...one of my favorites. It was a good year for them this year...my mother's went crazy. I have a picture coming tomorrow.

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  6. I am so pleased to read of these positive developments at work! What a relief it must be not having to work with that particular woman anymore.
    Similarly, my return back to work has gone rather well. Like you, I am exhausted at the end of the day, but I am bravely holding up and still keep taking those important breaks for my eyes.
    Lovely flowers for your desk!
    Has little P. been back yet?

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  7. What great news! May every day at work look like those zinnias.

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  8. I have been wondering about you! We had a pretty awful supervisor at my previous job, and she did not like me at all. It was only when I returned for this 'temporary' stint, (she was not brought back on). that I realized that I was not the only person who found her very difficult. I hadn't noticed.

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  9. Great to hear that the school year has started off in such a positive note. Amazing how pleasant a work environment can be when a disagreeable colleague is no longer part of the scene. Glad the principal has recognized your need for support from others, too.

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  10. Buh-bye, rude lady! Glad she's gone. And glad the principal made a point of trying to alert everyone to the fact that you need a darn lunch break. That's pretty huge in a day.
    Zinnias are almost too much for the camera to behold, aren't they?

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  11. I am glad you are getting the support you need at work. I am sure they do not want to lose you! Good to know that the principal is looking out for you. Have a relaxing weekend!

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  12. That's good to hear things are going better, even with new things to learn. Ontario announced that students will be going back to school as well (we start in September) but I think online learning is still an option. Hang in there, that crazy busy time will end! -Jenn

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  13. Glad things have sorted themselves out at work for you.

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  14. Things are looking up indeed. Glad to know problem-woman has gone and you're getting proper support (and lunch breaks) at last. Long may the improvements continue!

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  15. I'm glad to hear the troublemaker is gone! It sounds like the new school year is off to a good start!

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  16. Zinnias are joyous. That is all!

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  17. Well that's encouraging news from the principal. It sounds like he took your concerns to heart. And thank goodness that problematic co-worker is gone!

    Beautiful zinnias! Mine are still tight buds. In fact I'm a little concerned they may not bloom at all before the cold weather sets in.

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  18. a relief, indeed !
    may the new year be a good one.

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