I had to go to the Principal's office this morning.
It was time to review for the mid-year employee goals review. A review review, if you will. As many I'm sure can imagine, this is a rather lengthy process for crossing guards. SO many different areas to cover. I must have been there for 12 whole minutes! Seven hundred twenty +/- seconds of my life, including the idle chit chat.
Since I don't work on actual school grounds, I think of myself as more like a moon of the school. When I do go a-visiting, I need a little recalibration to get into disciplined school mode rather than that of the ruffian outpost.
A highlight component of these visits is to play "What's In Abby's Mailbox Now?", since I check the thing 3, maybe 4 times a year. Let's have a look!
Aside from various pieces of paper with boring but required text for public employees, I managed to find a few goodies.
First was a sweet birthday card from the Principal and Vice Principal. Then was a very mass-produced looking but still appreciated birthday card from the district Superintendent.
Finally, a large bar of chocolate fell on my head (my mailbox is top shelf), labelled "First Aid Chocolate". Along with that came tumbling down a lovely resistance band as "Thank you for promoting a drug free and healthy school", complete with instructions for use.
My job-related goals have not changed from last time. Keep the school kids from being threatened or maimed on the way to school, all the while exuding a cheerful and helpful representation of the school. Sign here, date there.
In other midyear news, I must retrieve Chaco later today. This could be titled "The Retrieval of Chaco in Two Acts", since the first act was Wednesday. His finals were over, and he wanted to pack up and ship off most of his stuff so as to clean the dorm room as required. Once again, I'm glad for the convenience of him going to college so nearby. What is an all day or more event for some college parents is just another errand for us.
The Ellie Mae and I arrived ready for whatever he had to dish out, including much teasing of The Ellie Mae.
Act I was a success, and I will return for the final act later today. While it's been several years since I was in college, I can report that, if Chaco's University is any indication, the "happy penis" remains the college campus snow sculpture of choice.
The more things change...