Career exploration contintues…

In my continuing persuit of what I want to be when I grow up, I have taken one of those “career tests”.  Apparently I am the GUARDIAN type.  After reading the below description, I think they are correct.  Here are my results….

Your Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results indicates that your personality type is that of the Guardian

Guardians are the cornerstone of society, for they are the temperament given to serving and preserving our most important social institutions. Guardians have natural talent in managing goods and services–from supervision to maintenance and supply — and they use all their skills to keep things running smoothly in their families, communities, schools, churches, hospitals, and businesses.

 Guardians can have a lot of fun with their friends, but they are quite serious about their duties and responsibilities. Guardians take pride in being dependable and trustworthy; if there’s a job to be done, they can be counted on to put their shoulder to the wheel. Guardians also believe in law and order, and sometimes worry that respect for authority, even a fundamental sense of right and wrong, is being lost. Perhaps this is why Guardians honor customs and traditions so strongly — they are familiar patterns that help bring stability to our modern, fast-paced world.

Practical and down-to-earth, Guardians believe in following the rules and cooperating with others. They are not very comfortable winging it or blazing new trails; working steadily within the system is the Guardian way, for in the long run loyalty, discipline, and teamwork get the job done right. Guardians are meticulous about schedules and have a sharp eye for proper procedures. They are cautious about change, even though they know that change can be healthy for an institution. Better to go slowly, they say, and look before you leap.

Guardians make up as much as 40 to 45 percent of the population, and a good thing, because they usually end up doing all the indispensable but thankless jobs everyone else takes for granted.

 Guardians at Work

As a Guardian, you enjoy working as a valued member of a team, whether you are leading it or following a credible leader. You like to work with people who carry their weight. You appreciate having clear-cut responsibilities and being recognized for your dedication and achievements. Your natural traits are those that employers have traditionally valued – and that successful companies still respect. You are responsible and loyal to an organization once you’ve signed on.

In any environment, including your work place, you are usually focused on making people happy and facilitating harmonious relationships. You often lend “aid and comfort” by drawing on a combination of tradition, past experience, and the direction of established authority. In your ideal job, people would give of themselves and work toward the good of the group.

 The four types of Guardians are: Provider (ESFJ) | Protector (ISFJ) | Supervisor (ESTJ) | Inspector (ISTJ)

Wednesday and I’m feeling pretty good

It’s day three of my new attitude and it’s going pretty well.  I’ve managed to stay within my calorie range and do some form of exercise every day.  I haven’t been overly hungry either.  Yesterday, around 5pm, I got a little grumbly, but it wasn’t horrible.  I made turkey chili for dinner which was better than I expected it to be. It was only 213 calories per serving.  For an additional 228 calories, I had real cheese on the top.  Very delicious and filling. I have managed to lose 1.8 pounds. I know that I shouldn’t be weighing myself everyday, but the Wii Fit does it for me every time I use it. I am determined to do this.

Libraries…they’re not just for brainiacs anymore….

Emptying the library bookdrop

What does your public library mean to you?  Have you ever really sat and thought about this?  I have to admit that, until recently, I never thought about it.  When I lost my administrative assistant job last September, I was lucky enough to be offered a part-time position as a library technician.  Besides being a life saver for my family finances, it opened up a whole new world to me.  Not only do I love the job, I have learned what a vital part of the community a library is.  Where else can you check out books, movies, and music that will transport you to another world for free?  Besides books, movies, and music, the small library I work at is a bustling center of activity. In the current economic climate, library use is going up. People who do not have computers at home come in to apply for jobs, take classes and tests, book travel, keep in touch with family/friends using email or social networking sites, complete financial aide applications for college, read newspapers and magazines, download music, pay bills, play games, and many other online activities.  Our main library has a very nice geneology section, which is staffed by volunteers, to help patrons learn more about their family trees.  The reference desk is always busy assisting patrons with inter-library loans, helping students with research, steering patrons to websites that can help them find the information that they need, assisting those who are not computer savvy to use the public computers.  With money being short these days, many people have eliminated the “extras” from their purchasing.  I know I have not renewed any of my magazine subscriptions.  Thanks to the library, I can still read my favorite magazines and newspapers. 

Before I worked at the library, I would never have imagined the amount of work that goes into running a quality library.  Besides having to keep their collections current on a limited budget, there is a lot of physical work that goes on in the background.  Book drops have to be emptied multiple times during the day –  no matter what the weather.  Those books then have to be checked in, sorted, and put back out on the library shelves for the next patron to check out.  If a book is damaged from regular use, it has to be fixed before it goes back out into circulation.  When I started at the library, I was shocked at how many movies are circulated each day.  Each of those movies has to be checked in, locked, sorted, and returned to the shelves. The amount of use the DVDs get often causes them to get dirty or scratched, so they need to be cleaned and repaired. Libraries with Youth Departments often have special activities for pre-school children.  Staff works very hard at making these programs entertaining and educational.  Libraries also offer programs for adults.  Our library sytem has book clubs, computer classes, geneology classes, and other cultural activities. 

With the staff cuts, the libraries are relying more and more on volunteers.  The amount of work these volunteers put in is amazing.  When I finally am able to retire (when I’m 89 – at the rate I’m going), I plan to volunteer at the library where I live.

So, have you thought about what your library is worth to you?  If you use your library, how much is it saving you?  If you don’t use your library, why not? 

Go to http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/savingscalculator/ to see how much you save when you use your public library.

Smelt like facking….

Once again I am trying to give my good advice to a friend who asks for it but always ignores it.  How many times can one listen to a friend complain about a guy who has really done her wrong, only to have her run back to him?  If I say what a horrible human being I think he is and she goes back to him, I’m the mean person who isn’t nice to her guy.  If I listen and ignore what every fiber of my being is saying (“get the hell away from him”) then I am enabling her and not helping her out of what may not be a physically abusive “relationship” but is definately an unhealthy relationship.  So, I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.  This has been going on for several months and frankly, I don’t know how much more I can take without losing my temper.