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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!

Date: 2012-06-13 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nights-promise.livejournal.com

$20! Or you can get one of the little weed whackers, that would do the job as well.
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Date: 2012-06-18 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sardonyx.livejournal.com
yup yup, it's just a patch on the front lawn, not very big, and i was ignoring it mostly, but this year i'm quickly learning how crazy powerful plants are! Shit, when humanity dies out, plants are gonna take back all that shit real quick!
We pruned down the grape vines in April to the point where I thought we'd pretty much gotten rid of the whole thing. And now, a few months later it's crazy huge again. And those little weed fuckers who grow out of cracks in the driveway and side of the house, i keep ripping them out and they come back with a vengence! hehe

Date: 2012-06-18 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sardonyx.livejournal.com
I was thinking of looking for something like that!! i'll have to email that person and see if they still have it! thanks lady!

though my dad said he's got a weed whacker they don't really use so he might give it to me!

Date: 2012-06-13 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcoville.livejournal.com
My Step-Grandmother on my fathers side had a very friendly neighbour who mowed her lawn for her, and raked her leaves and swept her driveway.He was a very friendly Asian guy who also did mowed the lawns of several other houses down the block too. He appeared to be an immigrant who was very happy to be in Canada and showed it by being very nice to his neighbours. It's too bad my step grandmother was an ungrateful racist who bad mouthed all foreigners. We only visited her for a few hours once a decade because that's all we could handle.

I like your taste in colours.

YOU. ARE. SMART. If other people try to make you feel you're not (or just assume you're not smart and dismiss you), *they* are being dumb in a human/social skills/workplace behaviour way.

Making somebody feel dumb does not benefit anybody or the organization in any way. It's just stupid to do that. Especially so if they are operating in a managerial capacity. I can rant on about this for many paragraphs but I'll spare you (because I know you're smart and either know it already or can figure it out easily).

Your boss is correct about your calming nature and it will be great for teaching people new and possibly intimidating technology. Fear, anxiety and insecurities are a barrier to learning new things and those things just disappear when you're around. It's what makes you special.

Date: 2012-06-18 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aleotorik.livejournal.com
You are a superstar.


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