*Two months?!?!?*

How have I gone two months without showing up here at all, let alone making an entry?? And I was so determined to start writing regularly again. Although I suppose an entry every two months could be considered “regularly”. I’m only doing one now because I am ticked off at my workplace– well, to be specific I am ticked off at another department which I’ve just decided I’d best not name. Because this department is the Golden Child and it gets all the money and all the support and all the glory… and it’s just gotten my department’s lovely plans for a renovation.

We work in a building which was old and decrepit when I was a student, in the 70s, and not in any sort of historically interesting way. It’s just grimy and dark and depressing. To try and make a long story shorter, when our newish dean arrived a couple of years ago, she decided she was going to hit the beings who are in control of funding up for a renovation. And, much to our astonishment, these renovation plans actually became reality. None of us really expected anything to come of it – there is never money for ANYTHING, not for normal not-golden-child departments, and although our office suite is dark and gloomy and badly lit, it’s not at the point of being condemned, so we didn’t think she’d ever get the funding. But… she did!! And she had plans drawn up and we were getting high airy ceilings and wood floors instead of icky carpet and a straightforward floor plan instead of a maze and new furniture and windows all around, and a kitchen, and – well, you get the picture. It actually did seem way too good to believe, but we had all begun believing, and we were supposed to start moving to some empty offices downstairs next week so the work could start up here.

So, today the dean tells us…it’s off. Because the damned department which shall not be named is getting a whole new building, and until it’s built they are moving in all the empty offices in our building. Including the suite that we were slated to occupy during our own renovation. Which are empty because another department moved out – Health Sciences, I’ll name them because they are an enormous and fairly new department and it made sense for them to get the fancy new building over by the hospital that opened this fall. And we can’t just reschedule because this building is swing-space now for a bunch of other offices who have buildings that are being renovated or built, and we would mess up THEIR schedules. Never mind that Golden Child Department just destroyed OUR schedule. That’s okay because they are the Golden Child Department.

So yeah, a week before it was all going to start, it’s over and we’re getting nothing. I actually really like my current office – it’s tiny but one wall is floor to ceiling windows, which is horribly cold in the winter but worth it for the light – but I was so looking forward to working in a NICE office suite. A pleasant and welcoming and cheery office suite. For once. And to have it snatched away by this particular department, which gets everything it wants and more, and never lacks a thing in funding or amenities and is quite spoiled…well, you get the picture. It’s VERY galling.

So I am just going to catch up on my writing instead of doing the loads of work I have, because I am annoyed.

Now I’ve gone on too long to write about the tons of snow we got Sunday and Monday – 17 inches!!! And it’s still here. Happily we didn’t lose power, although we were snowed in completely for two full days, and we’re still having ice issues. And I don’t have time to write about the unexpected trip I got to take – which I found out about just after whining in my last entry that I had NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. I actually went to a conference, in Philadelphia last week! I never get to go to conferences, I’ve never been anywhere for work since I got this job, but I saw this advertised- it was held by the company we just started using for our paperless system, and I’m the “team leader” for our office which means nothing, but I thought why not ask if I can go?? And to my astonishment the dean was thrilled that I wanted to, and OMG I GOT TO GO SOMEWHERE THAT WASN’T BOONE, ASHEVILLE OR MORGANTON!!!

You know, I’m going to do a whole entry about that. It will give me something to write about, hopefully SOON, and I took a zillion pictures. So I’ll leave with a few pictures of Snowmageddon, since to my surprise they’ve all appeared on Flickr even though I haven’t opened the app on my phone or iPad in ages.

Our buried cars:

Out the front door at night, with the nearly-filled-back-in footsteps going to the cars and the birdfeeder! I did shovel it out a path the next day.

The deck on Monday, when the sun finally came out:

The neighbor’s house:

The cleared walk:

And trying to get out the front door!

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December 12, 2018

*Random noter, here.

Oh my god, looks like you just had a crazy snowstorm.

Sorry that your renovation plans for the new offices have been brushed to the side, so that the Golden Child department could have their building… to me, that sounds like university politics. At least you like your office, with it’s floor to ceiling windows. Hopefully you’ll get to enjoy the new office renovation soon.

December 15, 2018

@justamillennial Yes, it it TOTALLY politics. Annoying omnipresent politics!

December 12, 2018

Where do you live? Snow is so pretty

December 15, 2018

@serenadeoliver In western NC – it WAS really pretty. I just am not a fan of winter, which is very unfortunate given where I live!

December 12, 2018

When I get our dump of snow should I snail mail it to you?  looks like you could use some more?

December 15, 2018

@jaythesmartone LOL! No, thank you, this will do me for a few more years.

December 12, 2018

Your office situation sucks!  And the Golden Child is getting a new building?  I worked in universities and community colleges most of my working life,and sometimes the politics is enough to make you kill yourself.

That’s a whole lotta snow.  I bet getting to work on these dark, winter mornings is not fun.

December 15, 2018

@happytrails The politics is SO AWFUL. Even when you KNOW it’s all politics, it’s really really crazy-making.

December 12, 2018

wow lots   of snow

December 15, 2018

Another random noter who dropped in for a visit;

You write wonderfully! It was a pleasure reading your thoughts…all that snow, well not so much. Living in Michigan we’re used to such storms like this, but it seemed a bit much for so soon into the season. I hope it warms up and gets rid of most of it for you guys.   :/

Nice to meet you, Michael

December 15, 2018

@commonsensechristian Thanks for the note! I could not live in Michigan- I couldn’t live a foot further north. I often wonder how I ended up here, when I am SO not a winter/snow/ice/freezing person!