Good Morning -
Tweety - About 10+ minutes ago, I saw you "down there". Glad you finally posted here. I waited to post until you posted first, saving all kinds of work for the moderators to combine today's "Good Morning" thread. L O L! Regarding that "psycho nurse". Damn! I'd be royally pissed off if a nurse was On Call and didn't respond to a phone call or text message to come to work. I hope that nurse is held accountable. I certainly trust your word that the nurse was On Call, and not Called Off. Damn!!
Joe - I saw you "down there" too, and waited until you posted! L O L! I can see how it can be stressful, as you start a new job, and as the new division formulates new policies and procedures. Hopefully those new policies and procedures won't be too stifling. In the meanwhile, enjoy your dinner with J tonight!
Been up for a couple of hours, now. Already drank First Coffee. Will have Second Coffee before I go to work tonight. I'm working tonight, which will be the 1st of three nights in a row.
I took Call "Without Pay" (which is a choice), earlier this week. It was nice not having to go to work that day. It "extended" my planned summer vacation. BUT, being On Call "Without Pay" (due to no time in the Earned Time Bank), is very expensive. I'm losing a good $500+ by doing this. It makes paying monthly bills a challenge. So, it'll be a while before I take Call Without Pay. Ugh! I need to build up my Earned Time Bank. Again.
Regarding my decision to remain as Music Director for my church. That decision was with much thought and self-reflection. There still remains part of me that would like the freedom and proper sleep (every other weekend) that would be offered by resigning as Music Director. That lack of sleep thing surely is an issue. But I actually started thinking about remaining on as Music Director after my father passed away, a few months ago. This church is my "home church", and a source of emotional and spiritual support. In the meanwhile, we were getting applicants for this position. We got three applications, actually. This was encouraging! But two of these applicants were from different parts of the country, one from California, and the other from North Dakota. The person from California ended up taking a job in Texas. The person from North Dakota, who, apparently, is moving to this region of the country, decided not to pursue this and other Music Director gigs "for now". A 3rd applicant was actually from a near-by city, which would be about a 20+ mile commute to our church. Unfortunately, this person does not drive. This person couldn't even make it to a planned interview because her husband (or boyfriend) needed to go to his church that day. In addition to getting weird and unreliable applicants, the church is going through its own stress as it seeks a new Pastor. Adding stress to an already stressed church is something that I do not want to do. But the bottom line (and that bottom line has changed, admittedly), is that I do like being Music Director. This holds true despite that lack of sleep every other weekend. I like the few individuals that remain in the choir. I like the creative opportunity offered me as I play my own improvised music each Sunday (during various times of the service). So, I'm staying. At least for now.
Yesterday. . . I modified our church's sound system to accommodate the important interview process, this Sunday, for the Candidate seeking one of the two positions as full-time Pastor. Although I won't be there during the interview process (because I need to sleep before going to work Sunday night), it felt nice being a part of the process, preparing for this important interview. I felt part of a larger community as we work to continue on as a community.
Well. . . Gonna have me some breakfast!
Hope all who travel here today have a pleasant day!