office work is nuts!
i spent the last 2 days working for my chiropractor, whose regular receptionist had out-of-town company. it is amazing to spend 8 hours in one place; the first day i only had one pee break, yet didn't really notice the hours passing as the phones were going crazy with people who wanted to come in as soon as possible.
this usually happens after a long weekend--the people who thought they'd be all right over the weekend find out that they weren't, and naturally they want relief. so it was very hectic yesterday. It was not nearly as much so today, but still, i will be relieved to go back to single-tasking in a room with one other person vs. being at the beck and call of the telephone, the doctor, and the many people coming in and out of the office.
i love my chiropractor and actually was his first receptionist when he opened his own practice nearly 20 years ago. i was fresh out of massage school and didn't have any real direction; he was in need of a person to answer the phone and schedule appointments and help set up his office. when the insurance companies and all the red tape got to be too confusing (which occurred approximately immediately), i realized that i didn't want to become any better at that job! he found his perfect assistant soon after, but i'm usually his preference if she is out of the office for any reason.
so i get to do this about twice a year for a day or two. it always serves as a timely reminder that i am lucky to love what i do as much as i do, and lucky to find employment and earn a living, doing something i love. it is quite a blessing!