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Friday, December 28, 2012

Quiet can be distracting. The building has been pretty empty this week following Christmas and preceding New Year's Day. While I returned each day to work with high hopes of productivity, something got in the way daily. If I didn't know better, I would think I was an extrovert, as I welcomed the many interruptions throughout this past week. The most frequent interruptions were construction-related, as various crew stopped by to correct punchlist items, cut the building's power and test the generator, and the final fire inspection by Chief Steele was conducted.

So it is Friday at 2:30 p.m.--the computers will be shut down at 3:15 p.m. today for a re-boot, making some of the items on my list impossible. I don't mind in the least, as 1) I am extremely flexible and 2) I still have three boxes of files begging to be unpacked and filed in my new office. And what am I doing? Blogging! (So that our public relations coordinator doesn't send me a message reminding me to do so)! That's also how I know I am not an extrovert--blogging is not really a chore for me, but it seems pointless to just chat daily about my day, even though it is a one-sided conversation. In looking back at past blogs, I have not written from such a casual persona. Perhaps a New Year's resolution will be to write more informally about each day's schedule and my favorite parts of the day at Vantage. If anyone has ideas on what they would like to read in this blog, please let me know.

P.S.:  I also know I am not an extrovert because the weekend is coming up, and I am looking forward to staying home to practice my painting. Yet, I can't wait for the staff and students to be back on January 2 and rescue me from this silent building!

Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012

The week is in full swing, and it's only Tuesday! Yesterday began before 5:30 a.m.with a fog delay, which means that until 9:15 a.m., there will be several phone calls, county radio "talk", and website checking for our area schools postings and radio stations to get updates on delays turning to 3 hour delays or closures. Vantage makes its decision, often based on Van Wert county schools' decisions, but also considers our associate schools' decisions in Paulding county, Putnam county, and Mercer county.
Nonetheless, any potential calamity day begins with a flurry of activity, and I can count on several phones ringing at once, making for a crazy start to the day ahead.
Yesterday, our delay helped out the construction crews,who took advantage of the nearly empty building, to work on the fire alarm system and other final checks, which are necessary before we close up Phase 6 of construction. All is on schedule, and our office and remaining business programs should relocate to the new areas during the week before Christmas. While we gained something there, the rainy damp weather put the siding and landscaping crews behind slightly. (It's always something. . .). As I have said before, the Vantage staff and students are so excited about our new facility. I can't wait until we are all together under one roof again, which should be just a few weeks away!