It's been two days on the job for me since the State of IL reinstated me after being laid off from June first due to the closure of the facility where I worked.
I am in the same department, Dept of Human Services. I am in a different division (before I was in Developmental Disabilities. Now I am in Human Capital Development). I am working in a Family Community Resource Center (public aid office).
I have no idea yet what my regular duties will be as I do not have a new user ID for the computer. That will probably come from Springfield tomorrow.
I have been fetching people from the waiting room back to a caseworker to handle their applications. I have been opening, stamping and distributing mail, and today I was working in the file room. All this: yawn...except it was lots of steps on my pedometer yesterday.
The filing room is cool, too. At least twenty rows (with files filed on each side of the row) of SLIDING cabinets: picture a rectangle divided into ten rows of shelves across and five shelves down each row. Then the same on the other side. These are like file cabinets. There are row upon row of them going from the front of the room to the back, an aisle in between and the SAME ON THE OTHER SIDE. Thousands upon thousands of files. And each row of fifty on each side, cabinety thing MOVES. You touch buttons to make them separate so you can proceed down through the stacks and do the filing.
I can walk and walk and walk now...at least a couple miles or more. I can do strength training. I can do my elliptical bike. But the STANDING in the heat (no air movement in this room at all) made my ankles and lower legs swell and ache like in the old days before I became more active and lost over 30 pounds. I was told I'll have to get a doctor's slip. Sigh...
The people are very nice...naturally...both my co-workers and our clients. The building and the office part as well as waiting room for the clients is modern and comfortable.
Lunch room more than adequate. Plants thrive on the open cubicle dividers that are about 4 1/2 feet high.
The commute isn't as bad as I thought if would be. I'm already pretty confident and hardly need my directions.
The different thing for me is Sparking! I used to get on right away. Look at my friend feed...read the daily emails for my points (and information), check threads, answer Spark Mails, make comments, give birthday wishes...etc., etc. Enter breakfast and first water, of course.
NOW I HAVE TO WAIT ALL DAY! That will be hard to get used to.
I have been told I'll probably need to go to the Loop for orientation for a week. I'm sure I'll have to repeat the same training I had just before I left the other division. Oh, well, such is life.
I hope all of my darling, dear Spark friends are enjoying their week, accomplishing what they want to and finding time to Spark, exercise and relax.
Now a new exercise for those who are out of shape and/or elderly. It involves potato bags. You need to have 2 five pound ones, one for each hand. Lift your arms up to the sides...a bag in each hand. And lower your arms. Do this slowly. Try for a couple sets of 10 reps. When this is comfortable, graduate to ten pound potato bags. When this, too feels comfortable, put a couple potatoes in each bag.
Now for the triumph (I almost forgot) my shorts (none of them) don't creep up between my thighs anymore. They must be more toned