It’s weird… it seems like something the past few months happened at work, and now I’m at some sort of critical mass where every other day I have a “call.” When you work on national committees and projects, you no longer have meetings, you have calls. Conference calls and teleconferences are the most common form, but I also have those one-on-one scheduled calls. I only really mention this because there seems to be a clichÃ© in Libraryland about how we spend more time in meetings and preparing for them than out. I used to think I bucked that trend, but now I’m not so sure.
I sort of like going to meetings, even though I skipped one this morning for a phone call, because at least I get away from my desk for a while and see other people. With calls you just sit there, staring at the screen. For that reason, I’ve taken to needing pick-me-ups, before, during, and after these calls. Yesterday, it was Go Sailor and a vegan chocolate donut from Pepples Donuts before. During, is usually coffee. After, usually more coffee and music. This time it was Tiger Trap.
It’s sad, but the more I grow as a librarian, the more I depend on coffee. It’s a saviour of many awkward social situations and braces me for pretty much anything.