Jul. 15th, 2004

jakebe: (raven)
It's what I call a whole pack of them. Woo, clever.

Yesterday, I kicked the collective ass of the entire German language. Well, in a very abstract and symbolic form. We got a full box-load of German language books that I had to shelve. While I was at it, I stopped Russian from sprawling, made Spanish look somewhat presentable and straightened French out of it's sloggy little attitude problem. You know, French really have a tendency to let themselves go. :P

There's likely to be still more German waiting for me at work today, but there's an entire shelf of emptiness waiting for it, coiled like a tiger, waiting to strike. Yes, there will be much, much ruthless shelving, this I can assure you.

I got fantastic news from my boss (details later) but this also means I have a lot more to whip into shape this month. More than likely I'll be trying to work six days a week as much as I can to make sure my sections are all right. Religion is constantly overstocked (there *are* holes, so there's room...I just have to make sure it's all evenly distributed and such), Philosophy could use straightening, Travel is a nightmare and Poetry really could use some tender bookshop lovin'. Photography is a shambles, too, but I really don't know what I can do about it. People are so horrible with that section any attempt at straightening is rendered useless almost immediately.

Of course, what *really* needs saving are the duplicates in back. Religion, Philosophy, Education, Cooking, Games, Occult/New Age, Travel, Foreign Languages, Crime, Law, Anthropology, Archaeology, Essays, Pets and Vietnam really *really* need to be straightened. I can't even check duplicates to half of them just because they're so messy. I mean, ick.

It's not as easy to take care of them because we're buying stupid amounts of books, and there's all kinds of things involved with that. Moving boxes into back rooms where there's space, checking books to make sure we need them, boxing the little fuckers first and foremost. That eats up a lot of time by itself. Time I could be spending away from customers in the deepest bowels of the bookshop. :P

As such, work has been a minor beast for the past, oh...week and a half. Exhaustion has been my middle name.

I still adore my job. :)

Changeling, I felt, really sucked last night, but no one had a whole lot of bad things to say about it. Stuff that should have been exciting fell flat, though, and I think it was mainly because people didn't have time to get *absorbed*; the action was scattered among different locales for each of the four players, so there were great gaps in which three folks weren't involved. Prismo really seemed to have fun, though, and Chaser had mild heat stroke (after blowing off my game to do SCA fighter practice), so maybe I'm just being a bit hard on myself.

I have a couple of things on my mind, but they'll have to wait until later. For now, though, happy birthday (belated) to [livejournal.com profile] dellway and [livejournal.com profile] shadowstalker_w!!

Is it wrong to see myself volunteering to be on an amateur sports team just so I could have a buffed-out cereal mascot as a coach?

Continuing on with "Lord Foul's Bane," (*proper* punctuation, Eliahn!) I was almost mortally offended by Covenant's actions after a bit. I wanted to put the book down but decided against it. What he did seemed to come, literally, out of nowhere; his attraction to Lena was obvious, sure, but I never would have figured him for someone who would do *that*. The consequences are interesting enough, though, and the reactions honest enough that I want to ride it through to the end. The character interaction is, to me, really intriguing. They snap at each other, hate each other, have their own little hang-ups and insecurities, and no one seems remotely strong enough for the task at hand. I wonder how on Earth people like this will ever do what they need to do. For some reason, the idea of a group of heroes who just can't get it together enough to save the world is really awesome. The characters *are* pretty unlikable, but that's kind of what makes the story so cool. :)

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