Friday, August 10, 2007

It's the weekend - not working!

So, I survived two full days of work this week, but for those of you who expressed concern about being sucked back into "most-time work", as Joan put it, I don't think that's going to happen. In fact the timetable is every Monday morning from 9 - 12.30, and every second Saturday morning, and even that is flexible. But having set times makes it easier for me to plan something in advance. So far I'm happy with that.

A few of you have asked what I do in an optometrist's practice. Well, it has nothing to do with librarianship, but does require organisational skills. Already I have updated the opening up and closing procedures, something I was involved with as a reference librarian. Basically I'm doing receptionist stuff, answering the phone, making appointments, typing letters, cleaning the dummy lenses when there are no customers, unpacking supplies and entering them in the database, and sometimes helping people choose frames. Did you know that glasses are considered a fashion accessory these days? As I looked at the bewilderi1ng display of frames and then looked at myself in the mirror, I realised that I am very out of fashion with my round glasses, and glasses in general these days are very small. I will try to resist spending what I earn on some new frames! Much better to spend it on craft workshops.

Tonight we are leaving for Castlemaine, and I look forward to the prospect of meeting up with another blogger buddy. Catsmum lives near Castlemaine, and I am delivering to her a CD of songs that Meow made for those of us who sent her our favorite titles. I have been enjoying my copy immensely. In fact, the other day I was listening to them on my headphones while blogging, and didn't hear MIL ringing the doorbell. Got a surprise when she knocked on the window. I think I'm in the bad books.

Have a good weekend everyone!


catsmum said...

see you and the Man who Cooks tomorrow or Sunday then!! DD is now arriving tomorrow so come over whenever you please

lindsaylobe said...

Hi Val

Congratulations on the position at the Optometrist.
No doubt your talents and knowledge will be greatly appreciated.

Glasses have certainly improved dramatically with technology and I think nowadays usually enhance ones appearance. I have found my graduated lenses ideal for both reading, outdoors and as sun glasses. But I additionally have another set just for prolonged computer work or reading.

Best wishes

Jeanette said...

Hi Val. Congratulations on your new part time job, I understand what you mean with new glasses I got plain metal smaller frames last time, and my daughter said next time you get glasses im comming with you.
I also was listening and enjoying Meows cd had it up loud so i could hear it all over the house, I didnt hear my friend come in and as spoke to me gave me such a fright.,.. Have a good weekend ((((HUGS))))

Joan said...

Ah yes...organizational skills are a must for a librarian...and a receptionist!!! It sounds like the perfect job with the perfect hours.

And yes...frames definitely make a fashion statement. Last year I was almost talked into buying very expensive, very funky frames but I resisted temptation. This year, however, I do want to try something new. So please keep an eye out for what's popular at the office and let me know (honest, I didn't mean that pun.) :~)

Enjoy your weekend!

Susie said...

Picking out new frames is my least favorite thing to do, as I can't see a thing without my glasses. (so it's hard to tell what the frames look like)
I have to rely on someone else's opinion.
I'm putting my organizational skills to work this weekend moving everything back into the office. Big job!!
Have a great getaway..

Annette said...

Organizational skills are an interesting topic. My creative friends in Texas loved having me come over and make sense out of their craft rooms which were in total chaos. But being called anal retentive when they didn't need me was something I took offense at until I realized that without us anal retentives, those crafty people wouldn't get their dinners during a hurricane evacuation. When I told them that, they admitted they needed to be appreciative of organizational skills, lol.

Frankly, I don't know what is so hard about straightening up a routine so it flows more easily. What is so difficult about making a system to do things and then following it? Is it like map reading; either you feel comfortable doing it or you don't? Have fun in Castlemaine!


T*mmy said...

I've resisted new frames for 5 years now...mine are still good and close enough to the lens with tri-focals cost enough, my heavens!!
Got a giggle out of you being in the "bad books"!!

Rebecca said...

I find it hard to resist new frames - even on reading glasses...My daughter came home from work with news of some new ones she had seen today and thought I would like, and I am eagerly awaiting three new pairs from Mongolia ( where they cost 29 pounds instead of two hundred) - they will be in my fat little hands and then quickly onto my face at the end of the month. No...not all at once!!!!

Merle said...

Hi Val - Glad the job sounds as though it will be interesting and not too many hours. Have a lovely weekend in Castlemaine. Carlton played very well today, but couldn't finish.
(As usual) The Cd is so nice,that
Connie made for us. She is a clever girl. Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Kerri said...

Sounds like just the right kind of job for your efficient nature Val. I could use a few of those same skills.
Ross has had the same frames for over 25 years. They've served him well. He could use a clean new look. He's worn these to milk quite a few cows :)
Have fun in Castlemaine as always.
Hope your MIL cuts you some slack :)

Gwen said...

Hi Val.
The job sounds as though it suits
you fine,nice to have a say in hours worked.
Enjoy your trip,see you when you get back.

Gina E. said...

Retiring to find part time work is a trap.. I know, coz I've been there done that! I had a wonderful six months of actual retirement, then I was offered part time work through a volunteer position, and things snowballed from there. But as I love my work so much, I really don't mind being in the workforce.
I had to giggle at Susie's comment about choosing frames when you can't see what they look like - I feel the same frustration when I have to get my specs upgraded!

Diane J. said...

Hi, Val.

In regards to your comment on my blog, here in Arkansas in the Southern U.S. where I live, dinner is our noon meal, not the evening meal. It's mostly a rural thing and the bigger cities have adopted the evening meal as dinner. The evening meal here is supper.

And there's a big time difference between Australia and Arkansas. I know it's the wee hours of the morning here when Connie (Meow) is on messenger. She's just coming on in her evening when I'm headed for bed, so we usually miss each other. It's now 11 pm on Sunday night here, and I'll have to see what time this comment shows when it publishes, but it's a big difference.

Anyway, hope I didn't confuse you worse than you already were. ;-)

Love and hugs,


Diane J. said...

If the publish time on your comments is correct, you're 15 hours ahead of us as it's 2:10 pm on Monday, Aug. 13th there where you live.


Susie said...

Hi Val,
Just stopping in again to wish you a Happy Birthday. Hope you have a wonderful day and spend it doing something very special!