Friday, March 21, 2014
The Two-Job Blues
This has been quite a morning. Three sick teachers and lots of phone calls. I have everyone covered with substitutes now, though, thankfully!
You know, when I resumed this sub coordinator job on top of my duties in the school library, I toyed with the possibility that I might be able to do both in perpetuity. It would certainly have given my income a healthy boost! But the schedule is seriously exhausting, and to be honest, I'm not sure I could maintain it in the long term. I never get to escape from school and relax, except on Friday nights and Saturdays.
It's fun to have a lot to juggle, for a change. I sometimes get kind of bored hanging around the library checking out the 50-zillionth computer charger of the day. (God forbid any high school student should ever want to check out an actual book, much less talk about books.) But the fun has a scary sort of pressurized edge.
I even toyed with quitting the library and going back to sub coordinating. There are some advantages -- more flexible free time, more opportunities for photography, I could be home with the dog, we could fire the dog walker. But the pay would be less, even once I subtract what we pay for dog care. Besides, as a full-timer in the library, I'm contributing to a pension fund and socking away a minuscule amount of savings. (I couldn't do that as a part-time sub coordinator.)
Still, this morning it was nice to sit at my dining room table, making sub calls, and watching tiny tits pecking around in the houseplants outside. I kind of miss this job. I miss my long days at home, my long photography walks, the canine companionship of Olga.
On a completely unrelated note, our avocado is going through some kind of crisis. The lower leaves have developed these unsightly brown, dead patches. I don't think it's related to repotting -- after all, I just did that less than two weeks ago. I think instead it's because we recently fertilized the plant, and apparently avocados are very sensitive to over-fertilizing. This morning I gave it a long, slow water in an attempt to dilute or flush some of the fertilizers in the soil (a trick I read online, so God knows if it really works). We'll see if that helps. Hopefully the problem isn't too much water!
(Top photo: Bolts on a building scaffold in Ladbroke Grove.)