Jun. 13th, 2012

missvitriola: (meowbum)
I got home from work last night, and found that some lawn ninjas has cut my grass for me. It has been almost knee height and had been stressing me out a bit. I don't have a lawn mower and can't justify getting one for what amounts to a few metres squared of grass. I suspect it was my neighbour Joe, or his son. Joe had some sort of stroke or heart thing happen a few months ago and was in the hospital in a coma for over a month. He's been back home for a while now and it's pleasant to chat with him in the morning as I'm waiting on my porch to go catch the bus.

I finished painting one of the upstairs room. It went from a very very Maple Leafs navy blue, to a pale soothing grey-blue called Bear Run. I have no idea what I'm going to put in there yet. I had contemplated making it my new bedroom but it gets dreadfully hot up there with no a/c and will likely be chilly in the winter time as well.

I had my private meeting with my supervisor today to finalize my Performance Agreement for the year. This is going to be an exciting one. We're changing the way our courses are delivered so that you'll be able to interact with the course materials from most devices in a seamless way instead of using clunky PDFs. This meeting left me jubilant. I love this new boss lady. She made me feel very good about myself and my skills. She told me that she thinks I have a great teaching ability and a calming effect that makes the person I'm teaching feel relaxed about learning and makes them feel like they can do it. So she wants me to be involved in training our staff to support the new interfaces we are putting forth. And she said it's nice to have someone in the tech side that is female. You do not know how much this affected me. For many years now I've felt uncertain about my abilities. Several of my earlier managers subtly made me question if I actually know what I'm doing and it's been awful. I already have self-esteem issues and having a new boss immediately think you're dumb enough to not have normalized some database tables you designed is just insulting and hearing that enough times makes you doubt yourself.
In 15 minutes she restored my faith in myself. It was amazing and I am so looking forward to this year's projects, even if they are gonna be difficult as all fuck!

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