Monday, January 14, 2013

The Numbers

In 3 days I saw 25 classes equaling approximately 600 kids.

There were the initial 400-500 books left all over the library PLUS the roughly 800-900 more that were returned by the classes I saw.

By quitting time Friday I had shelved every last book....in three days...in between seeing classes...every.single.book....by myself.

Today I organized 700 library cards.

I kicked library butt.  I took names....and I alphabetized them like any good wannabe librarian would.

However, none of that seems to match up to the billions of cavorting wee beasties* carried on the coughs, sneezes, grubby hands, and runny noses of 1400 cavorting wee kiddies in two schools.

I am feeling less than healthy.


*Descriptor used by Anton Von Leeuwenhoek, father of microbiology, when referring to single-celled organisms.  It's a job in a school, I have to be educational here. 

19 comments:

Hilary said...

Ugh.. don't go getting sick now. Take garlic and Vitamin C.. nip it in the bud.

I admire your organizational skills!

Stephen Hayes said...

Protect yourself with Vampire sneezing if you must. Don't sneeze into your hands. I hope this terrible bug passes you by.

Craig said...

You rawk, library lady!

Sounds like yer immune system needs an orientation t'yer new job, too. . .

That corgi :) said...

Oh no! You did great work though!! Maybe next time use gloves? I hope you don't get too sick (or sick at all!)

betty

Leave It To Davis said...

lol. That is too funny! I work at a hospital. I pick up charts at every desk in our big hospital every Saturday and Sunday morning...and I hate having to punch those elevator buttons and the automatic door buttons, much less all those charts. I know what you mean...you start feeling like you MUST have taken in some germs. I have found, though, over the 12 years I have worked there, that I must have built up an immunity to most bugs. I never get the flu shot and (knock on wood) I never get the flu either. So take heart. All that contact with germs will make your immune system impenetratable!

Beach Bum said...

Already beat you to the punch, even though I had a flu shot over a month ago last weekend was a ride down sickness lane.

Chills, sore throat, body aches, but only a slight fever.

Bijoux said...

Feel better! I was so glad when my own kids were out of that perpetual sickness stage.

Tabor said...

Yes, the hotbed of germs is the school library. I have worked there and the first winter I was sick all the time. By the second I had developed an immunity to the little beasties.

haphazardlife said...

Hand sanitizer and echinacea will become your best friends.

Daryl E said...

uh oh ... between the dust and the germ carrying kiddies its a lot for a body to take in .. lots of fit C and echinacea ... plus much hand washing/purell ...

Other Mary said...

Damn those beasties, they are cavorting in me too. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Craver Vii said...

It's neat how people can be wired so differently. There's no way I could do that as my regular job.

For me, the word "filing" is a migraine trigger.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? I hope you feel better soon.

lecram sinun said...

ahh... the snotty little darlings will get you one way or the other.

(M)ary said...

The viruses saw you coming. They probably sent out an alarm: fresh meat! new staff member!

coopernicus said...

germ factor...um...schools are a wonderful place. way to be uberLibrarian

coopernicus said...

germ factor...um...schools are a wonderful place. way to be uberLibrarian

Jocelyn said...

Oh, no. With the sheer amount of human contact you're having, you need to start heading into work like an Asian tourist getting off the tour bus: wearing a respirator mask.

Kat said...

Oh wow. That sounds EXHAUSTING. The weekend can't come soon enough!
There is so much sickies going around right now it is unbelievable. I have multiple friends who have been down with the flu for 2 weeks. And now the colds have started. Tommy has had a cold for the past two days and I am feeling really crummy today too. Nothing too bad, I think I can kick it pretty quickly. I can handle the little colds, I just hope this crazy flu doesn't come calling.
Hope you feel better!

Secret Agent Woman said...

I knew a priest once who said that the communion cup was safe, but that he always caught bugs from children who spoke to him "with moisture."