July 11, 2018 – “Humpty Dumpty”

Hello, everyone!

Today represented how someone’s time and effort could be meticulously spent in accomplishing a goal only to have fall apart due the slightest error in judgement. There will be more details on the incident in question, but there is a silver lining surrounding it. The goals set forth from yesterday were met as Boxes 26 and and 27 were completed! While these were the main highlights of today, there were some other happenings that deserve a better mention than in an introductory overview. With that point in mind, the report for today can commence.

As I entered the office, there two objectives for today that needed to be completed before I left at 1:00 PM. The first was to complete Boxes 26 and 27, the second was to be sure I was on the same box that Courtney left off from by the day’s end. After logging onto a computer and opening the Excel file, I retrieved Box 26. The relabeling process was not extraneous and eventually the last folder was remaining.

The last folder and the first two in Box 27 contained office expenses of George L. Stuart during his time as a Florida State Senator, ranging from 1978 to 1989. I wanted to reduce and stream line the contents by merging one folder and chronologically sort all of the contents. This process was time consuming, but I eventually had seemingly sorted them appropriately. During this process, I decided the dividing point would point would be between 1981 and 1983 (there were no expenses from 1982, for some reason). Then, tragedy struck.

As I was preparing the move the contents in to the first folder, some the contents that I painstakingly sorted had slipped out from my grip. The only option available was to watch as my hard work spill across my desk. Frustrated, I did a brief sorting to make sure my original division was loosely maintained but the experience left me with the impression of trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together. Thoughts of how this waste of time could have been spent relabeling folders and possible have more boxes completed than the intended ones. But, not all hope was lost.

Despite such an impediment, both Boxes 26 and 27 were completed. While I was relabeling folders in Box 27, Mr. Ogreten informed me that he had shuffled all the shelved boxes for more room for the new boxes. I thanked him as that was what I was planning to do after finishing Box 27, so some time was saved. Instead, I began retrieving folders for Box 28.

Using the same printed list I had given Courtney from the day before, all the folders on the list were placed in Box 28. However, there was still some room leftover. Rather retrieving more folders, I decided to start relabeling them to give me a head start for tomorrow. Though I had reached the same box that Courtney left off from, there was no significant advantage gained. While I was hoping to get more accomplished, the time for my departure rapidly approached.

As 1:00 PM came to pass, I gave everyone a farewell after cleaning my workspace. With the report concluded, enjoy the rest of evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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