Monday, November 10, 2008

Slacker!

Over the years I've told my fair share of hair-raising, and bizarre library stories. I've also disclosed the fact that the money ain't all that great. Now, I do make a nice living. But when you factor in that I have a graduate degree? Yeah, the money ain't all that great.

So why do librarians do it? Why do we spend so much time in school only to receive little pay and recognition once we're out in the real world?

The holiday time.

Quick rule of thumb? If your mailman isn't delivering mail that day, chances are the library is also closed. Tuesday is Veteran's Day here in the U.S. First, big wet sloppy kisses to all the veterans out there (thanks Dad!). And since I have Tuesday off, free and clear, My Man said to me last week - "Hey, why not take Monday off as well?"

Why not indeed. Have I mentioned how much I love My Man?

So I did. And here I am at home, in front of my computer, procrastinating on starting the laundry and typing up a blog post. Ahhhh, heaven.

Of course the downside is that even when I have time off, I don't really have time off. Today it's cleaning, errands and the aforementioned laundry. The upside is that My Man has promised to take me out to lunch, and I've promised myself that I will get some reading done. Oh yes I will. Now to stop procrastinating....

7 comments:

Lori said...

Have I mentioned I hate you? *crying* I'm here at work, boo-hooing, cause I have to be here tomorrow, too.

nath said...

Enjoy your time!!! Ugh, I'm like Lori, stuck at work... and everything is just getting worse :(

librariesandliteracy said...

I wanna work at that library, I have to work today, tomorrow, and almost every other "legal" holiday--after all parents have to send their kids somewhere, so some library has got to be open!

ifer said...

I agree with librariesandliteracy. I'll be at work tomorrow and I work at a public library. Jealous!

Michelle Willingham said...

And this is why a luuuuuurrve being a stay-at-home writer. The freedom! Glorious freedom. :)

Wendy said...

Wow - my condolences to both librarians checking in that have to work tomorrow!

During my brief flirtation with academic libraries, I did work most holidays (except the "biggies" like Christmas and Easter). But since moving over to the public realm? I've gotten most holidays off (although my former employer made us work on Columbus Day). My mother continually reminds me how lucky I am. She's a nurse though. I tell her if the hospital shuts down for a holiday, people will die. Even thought the Internet junkies might think they will - nobody's likely to die with the library being closed for the day ;-)

Sarah said...

My library doesn't close on Veteran's Day. We close the day after Thanksgiving to make that "holiday" a bit longer.