work-stuff

little library assistant things <3
  • that feeling of ultimate power that comes from being able to waive all your own overdue book fines
  • sweet little old ladies borrowing huge piles of erotic fiction
  • finding a colleague you didn’t even know was working today behind a book shelf three hours into your shift
  • *mobile phone rings* “HELLO!!! YEAH I’M IN THE LIBRARY!!!”
  • accidentally squashing someone in the rolling stacks
  • deliberately trying to squash each other in the rolling stacks to see if it would be possible to murder someone that way
  • the secret librarian art of sneezing completely silently
  • two secret magic words to make the eye of any children’s librarian twitch: Daisy Meadows
  • restraining your seething rage when a parent tells their child they can’t have a book they picked out because ‘that one is just for boys/girls!’
  • “I’m sorry that new book is so popular there’s a long waiting list!” (every single copy is on loan to a member of staff)
  • customers sidling up and putting ‘50 Shades of Grey’ of the counter upside down in a futile attempt to hide what they’re borrowing
  • “I’m looking for a book.” “…um, could you possibly be a little more specific?”
  • petition for James Patterson to STOP ALREADY
  • assuring customers that we don’t judge them based on what books they borrow
  • judging customers on what books they borrow

i used to work at a college bookstore, which meant that along with textbooks we also sold school supplies, clothes with the school logo on it, backpacks, stuff like that. one day i was wandering around the main floor, folding clothes as needed, desperately wishing that a meteor would crash through the ceiling and deliver me from this hell, when i passed this guy (maybe like 20 or 21) who was with his mother, looking for clothes and supplies for school. they’re obviously arguing but i wasn’t really listening until i heard “…FINE! I’ll just ASK SOMEONE WHO WORKS HERE”

and he turns to me and goes “yo do you work here”

“yeah” i say, expecting to be asked which backpack was best for carrying lots of books or something like that

and he goes “do you think a guy can wear pink?” before pointedly glaring at his mother, who glares back

not what a 17 year old is expecting to hear at her first job at 8 AM

“…” blink. blink. “yeah of course”

“SEE” and he just slam-dunked a pink backpack into the cart and walked off to pick out some school supplies, followed by his very annoyed but resigned looking mother

i think about this a lot

Why do customers always think “let me check with my manager” is mouthing off instead of what it really is: me covering my ass.

I wouldn’t check with them if I thought confirming something on my own was within my authority and wouldn’t put my job at risk. I’m shifting accountability bc even after three years of working hard my job is still precarious yayyy

Hey guys! I haven’t done an update in a while so here goes! Work’s been going well, and it’s been a whirl wind these last couple of months. Definitely been learning a lot and growing in terms of storyboarding speed/efficiency. Hopefully when my schedule gets a little less hectic, I’m planning on posting more art. I’ve been in a bit of a mini art block, and have been a bit tired in terms of creativity when I have free time to draw. Most of the time drawing ends up being fanart, but it’s been fun (and an excuse to draw TF2….) I think once things settle down I might want to hunker down and actually draw a new board sequence to test drawing more action based storyboards (or acting etc…..) Anyhoo, long story short, I’ve been tired and busy, but have been having a lot of fun and good growth. Ok that’s all

Some days I work “real” work days. How. In. The. Hell did I used to do this five days a week!? 9 hours plus a workout and it was pizza for dinner. I have a massive project for MLK Day and part of it is outdoors. Of course, there’s a 90% chance of rain, so today was mostly spent contingency planning. 😳 I’m feeling ready now, though! And, talking to the principal and vice principal of the school where the project is taking place was so awesome. I get to feel like Santa Claus all year with my job, so that’s pretty cool. 😉 It’s worth a few long days!

I have a contact at the local shredding/recycling place who gives me boxes whenever I need them for work (which is often). Banker boxes are actually pretty expensive if you have to buy them, and he’ll even have his guys deliver them to me if I’m too busy to pick them up. Today, I went and got a whole van load full and the guys were so awesome! I sent them a delivery of Tiff’s Treats cookies and getting a text of their smiling faces in the middle of a meeting this afternoon totally made my day. Their boss, my contact, then sent me an email saying that “their smiles were priceless. People don’t typically recognize our drivers and warehouse staff, so I appreciate you acknowledging their efforts.” 😁 Made. My. Day. Don’t for one second think I’m really all that nice. I get more joy out of things like that than anyone. It’s just as much, if not more, for me! Life is just better when you’re on the lookout for ways to spread happiness and appreciation.

I’m pretty tired today, but my heart is happy! ❤