Monday is a Federal Holiday so we’re off again.
Thursday we meet Kathryn and Melanie in Portland for a 4 day visit.
So that means this week we work… all of… Tuesday and Wednesday….
The following week the ladies don’t leave until Monday, so we’re still off on Monday. Another 4 day work week.
Oh how can we bear it?
I thought I’d share the other two loves of my life, our daughter and our grand daughter:
Melanie and Kathryn
Melanie and Kathryn
Now who wouldn’t want to spend time with those lovely ladies!
I’m not exactly sure what we’ll do while they’re in town. Often when we travel together we have an agenda but this time, not so much. I know the ladies will want to see more of the Oregon Coast, and we don’t get tired of that either. We’ll try out some food trucks in Portland, go to a big bookstore there, have a few meals out and enjoy the local seafood/cuisine, and certainly show them around our digs here, and in the location to which we’ll be moving. But mostly we’ll chill I suspect. We have a lot of catching up to do.
I haven’t been taking pictures lately. Just too busy. Ironically we have been stopping along the road to just LOOK at the scenery a little more. When we got here we were pushing to learn our caretaker job. Then when we found out about the Coordinator opening we were sort of pushing to GET that job. And most recently we have been pushing to dig ourselves out of the hole we got into by OBTAINING the job. This is kind of the first time since we’ve been out here that life is actually starting to slow down and take on some semblance of a ‘normal’ schedule.
We have sort of settled into regular 9 till noon office time. Sometimes we’re still there at 1:00 or 2:00 — but I’m pretty adamant about getting out around 2:00 at the latest. Even once we leave we sometimes have a stop to make on the way home. Yesterday we left the office at 1:30 and never made the 15 mile return trip to Journey until after 3:00 p.m. You see something and you stop; or you want to ask a question of a volunteer and … a 1 minute question turns into a 45 minute gabfest — or in the case of one of our volunteers, a complaint session.
The forest service is looking for an honest 20 hours a week from us. No one has ever said we aren’t working hard enough; and Lord knows we honestly put in a lot more than that because we choose to; call it pride of accomplishment or whatever you want. But, if we work three to 5 hours a day IN the office and take care of our volunteer visits when we leave we are well over that 20 hours without even trying hard.
I can see that once we get some of the development work out of the way this will be a reasonably easy pace to maintain. It may not sound like it, but it will be.
The jobs like revising Operating Manuals aren’t going to be that hard — just a lot of photocopying — once we decide how to revise them and simplify them. I discovered that we have a comb binder. Yeah — I was snooping around in the warehouse and there it was. Almost unused. I have been considering converting our looseleaf manuals to comb bound products. Still thinking on that. No one takes the pages out and the multiple fingers help prevent pages from falling out for a longer time than three bigger holes do. We have several large sections that are interchangeable and rather than put the manuals into a 3″ or 4″ diameter three ring binder it might be a better idea to produce a 1″ host manual with procedures and maps and forms, as well as a separate 1 ” manual with all the MSDS data and power tool manuals and other miscellaneous stuff that rarely get looked at. The latter are hardly every revised, but the operations manual will always be in a state of flux. And, 3″ binders don’t last long, they just get abused and disaligned.