April 27, 2007
here comes the rain again
Well, we made it through the storm alright. No one I know was hurt, and only a couple of people I know suffered any water damage. Present company included. I dropped my library book (Jim Butcher's latest, White Night) and my phone in the water. Of course I grabbed the book up first. And for those playing along at home, this is the third phone I've dropped in something. This time I couldn't get it replaced, so I bought a new phone last night. A cute little Katana. And because I couldn't get my old phone to turn on, I lost all my contacts and other information. The phone still has internet access, but the screen is much smaller than the Windows PC phone I had. The new phone, however, has GPS capability. I am debating turning it on.
Anyone else have any weather-related tales of woe or otherwise?
August 26, 2006
when's rush week?
I have now passed the second stage of the admission process. The School of Library Science has admitted me provisionally. I can go to school this semester as long as I get my GRE taken and the scores to them before the second semester. Only one problem. The classes I need to take are full. So I call the School of Graduate Studies, have them push my admission to the spring semester, and I go take my GRE in the meantime.
I'm still tickled pink about it all. :)
August 17, 2006
I'm in! Well, I have been accepted by the School of Graduate Studies. Now they have forwarded my application to the Dept of Library Sciences and they decide if I get in now or later or at all.
August 15, 2006
higher education here I come
I turned in all my applications for grad school. I don't know if I will be accepted in time to go this fall. If not, there's the spring. I'm very excited! Now I just wait to hear back.
In other changes, I started the South Beach diet a week ago. I didn't realize how hard it is to eat a certain way when you don't allow much time for anything. Breakfast sucks now. It used to be easy, a SlimFast and hop in the car. Now I have to find something like eggs or cottage cheese. I am not out of the induction period yet, but I realize also that what I thought was allowed in it isn't. Like the brisket I had for lunch yesterday, lean as it was. So I'll probably extend the induction another week. *sigh* At least I have lost some weight already and have had no pastas, breads, or other starches to speak of. That's a feat all on its own. Once I get past the induction I can add fruit and whole grains back in. Whole wheat pasta is so much better tasting in my opinion than the regular. Yum!
February 14, 2006
Happy Valentine's Day
It's been real busy around here between work and trying to fix up the house a bit. I am also still writing for the magazine and am working on getting into graduate school soon. STRESS! I haven't even gotten to read much lately, which is a crime in and of itself. :)
On the library track, I am looking into the possibility of specializing in sequential art cataloging and preservation. For the layman, it's a fancy way to say I'll collect comics. :) There are two universities with sequential art (comics) libraries, so there is precedent. Of course I probably won't get to exercise the specialty that much, but it's worth a shot. :)
December 01, 2005
are you being served?
In some ways it's like working at the skating rink again - accomodating others, helping them have a good time as unobtrusively as possible. Being there to help out, to guide and direct but then to leave alone. Today I taught a kid that Excel is a better spreadsheet than Word and about the joys of saving his work and being able to pull it back up when the software glitches, so he doesn't lose all the work he did.
Life is good.
working working working
True, true, I have been remiss in posting like I said I would. My schedule is such that I feel I don't have a lot of time to get online right now. However I have a break this morning, so here's a bit about the new job. I love it. I work days some days, afternoons and evenings on other days, and some weekend days. This weekend is my first weekend day work, I work Sunday. Boring, mundane stuff, eh?
The best thing about working in a library is I get to see a lot of variations of personalities and get to witness human nature up close. We get kids in who want on the internet to play games, adults who have been laid off or fired and want to send out resumes, older people who have varying degrees of computer knowledge. And many Spanish speakers, so I get to brush up on my Español. I work with a woman who is so eager to learn and so curious, it is wonderful. We both also are looking for the best ways to do things, and just switched our desks around so it made more sense. I am working on documenting procedures in my spare time and creating an excel spreadsheet to track our patron stats. I love it!
The other side of human nature rears its ugly head too. I come across people who will cheat the system with no care for how it affects others. People who become helpless when anyone is there to do a thing for them. Have met teachers who are otherwise capable people (I hope) who can't figure out simple things on a web site. I completely understand not knowing how to navigate on a computer or how to know what to click on. I guess I expect someone who teaches other people to know that MA is Massachusettes and not Maine. Of be able to look it up. And there are some people who go in just lonely. I don't mind giving them attention when I can, but not at the expense of others who really need my help. Most of all I expect people to be considerate of others, be aware of their surroundings and just be conscientious humans. I don't think that's too much to ask.
more library talk as I learn more. I promise. :)
November 16, 2005
I loved my first day at the new job, and am heading to my second day soon here. More later when I have time to breathe. Thank you all for your great comments! Now I just need to learn to manage my non-work time efficiently so I can catch up on tribe and blogs and such. :)
November 14, 2005
the wheel of fortune keeps turning
Here's the deal :)
Because the City of [Censored, alas] waited till Friday to give me my drug test (what fun that was!) I won't start work till Tuesday. It takes 24 hours for the results to get back from the lab confirming I haven't even thought about illicit drugs ever and then I become part of the library family. Yay! So expect a report Tuesday night on my first day as a library assistant.
In other news, my troupe danced again Saturday night and had a great time. The guest troupe, Visions in Dance, is the most fabulous set of ladies I have ever had the pleasure to watch and to dance with. They are amazing and we will be dancing with them soon. They loved our set, we loved theirs. Anyway....my troupe has been asked by one of the local bellydance matriarchs to perform for her gig on New Year's Eve and get paid for it. Usually that is the night we have a birthday party for a pair of my dear friends, so I don't know if we will be dancing or not, but I hope we end up getting to dance AND have the birthday party. I have made tips before while dancing, but this is a bit different. Now I wonder how many sets she expects...
Anyway, seems like everything is going swimmingly. I'll report back about how my first day goes and then maybe I'll start having something of substance to say around here more often.
November 07, 2005
I have a job! I start Monday the 14th. It's at a library, I am a library assistant. I help people use the computers and find books and movies. I probably shelve them as well (the books and movies, not the people). I do not tell people to shush.