I’m feeling a little random this week so I’m sharing 3 things that are not connected at all. But still perhaps interesting.
- We recently binged Ted Lasso on the recommendation of our Governor, Charlie Baker. Yes, that’s right. When I attended the virtual Massachusetts Municipal Conference last week Governor Baker was the keynote speaker for our annual meeting and he was asked how he is personally coping with the pandemic. He mentioned taking lots of walks, reading, and then he recommended Ted Lasso. Dale and I watched it in 3 evenings (it’s on Apple TV, which we currently have free for a year due to the purchase of our new iPhones) and it’s wonderful. Heartwarming and silly and also full of some pretty good life lessons. I concur with our governor and strongly suggest you give it a try.
- Like many of you, we’ve been doing lots of Zoom meetings and trainings. Dale and I both have work ones and, as the civic minded individuals that we are, we also have town board/committee meetings. Our Board of Selectmen is currently meeting remotely, as is the Historical Commission and Dale is the Chairman of that. I feel like at least once in every meeting and gathering there is one or more of the following: a barking dog, a family member who wanders in and out of the frame, a person who doesn’t mute their mic when they should, a person who doesn’t unmute their mic when they should, and someone who freezes up when they are talking. I’m very very grateful for the ability to meet this way but I have to say . . . I CAN NOT wait until we can meet in person again!
- Why are performance appraisals so hard to complete? I have excellent people that work for me at the library and everyone . . . literally EVERYONE . . . is doing a terrific job, particularly in a very challenging environment. And yet, sitting down and filling out the forms, meeting with the employee to go over the forms, I hates it. I’m sure there’s some deep rooted psychological reason for all of this and I’m sure I could do some research and gain some insight. But, you know, it’s only once/year and I’ll just grin and bear it and get it done.
That’s what I’ve got for you this week. I hope your Thursday is going well. And if not, well, it’s almost the weekend!
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