This week is my “Week Without Chaos.” The other librarians and I have been quite busy for quite some time, so our supervisor has given us each one week this summer to be at work, but not at work. We can close our office doors, take a laptop down to one of the study rooms, or do anything else that will help us get some uninterrupted time to complete whatever tasks we choose to complete. And this week is my week.
Up until today, this week hasn’t been all that different from a normal week. Four of my co-workers were preparing two posters to take to ALA, and I wasn’t mentally prepared to have basically no human interaction all day, so I spent portions of each day helping people with posters and handouts and whatever else they needed help with. This probably wasn’t what was intended, but that’s fine with me. After all, I was interrupting myself. I was in control of my schedule for the first time in quite a while.
But today… Today everyone but A and I were off to ALA. Today I took full advantage of my WWC. I took a laptop and my project out to the sumptuous red couch that has been tantalizing me all year. It sits in the center of the huge bank of windows in our reference area, and it lures students into its deep, soft suede cushions. They think they’re going to study there, but it doesn’t take long for the couch to exert it’s soporific powers.
Well, now that no students are around, that couch looked so lonely. I vowed that it wouldn’t get the better of me. I was stronger than the couch. If push came to shove, I could quit any time. And somehow, through sheer dint of will, I managed to stay awake all day. I sat on that couch and read my Immersion pre-reading. It was glorious. THIS is what a Week Without Chaos is good for.