Today was one of those days where every activity was linear. No surprise requests, strange occurrences, or unexpected happenstances. The only event that would somewhat qualify in those categories would be the consumption of baked goods prepared by the head of the department, David Benjamin. Fueled by sugar, the uninterrupted focus on enumerating the folders of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection resulted in Boxes 26 through 33 successfully labeled.
As noted in past posts, the baked wonders created by Mr. Benjamin have been deliciously enjoyed by the archival staff. Today was no exception. Before I could resume my progress with the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection, Mr. Ogreten and Ms. Rubin asked me to clear the conference table in order to place Mr. Benjamin’s latest creation. This baked treat had either a fudge base or a base made from Oreo crumbs, chocolate frosting, chocolate chips, and Oreos embedded into the frosting. The container was still cold from being in a refrigerator and added another layer to this already scrumptious delight.
Mr. Ogreten warned this “cake” would probably not last the week as all the supervisors and colleagues of mine had a piece. In fact, some of us (including myself) had more than one piece. After throwing away the trash and washing my hands, I resumed my duties.
Starting from Box 26, I enumerated each folder until the last folder of Box 33. The only instances that I stopped were either to retrieve the next box in succession or the sharpen my pencils. Unfortunately, one of my pencils became too short to be sharpened. c’est la vie. As I continued enumerating folders, I mentally noted that I would need to gather new pencils as the others I had been using were being worn down, too.
As I noticed the time was 12:30 PM, a momentary panic set in: I was still enumerating folders in Box 33. In Box 33, there are forty-two folders relating to the Senate Bills that Senator George Stuart was involved with. Thankfully, I was able to beat the clock and finish all the folders before my shift ended. I returned Box 33 to its shelf and bid farewell to the staff as left for the day.
In review, I “sampled” Mr. Benjamin’s latest creation and enumerated folders in Boxes 26 through 33. Tomorrow, this process will continue with Box 34 and perhaps the Senate Files will be completed (maybe not). Until then, enjoy the afternoon and stay safe! Bye!