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where I’ve been/not been

It isn’t that I don’t have things to write about.  It is more like I’ve been writing them in my head and then when I have a moment to actually write none of it comes out.  This is coupled with the fact that I’ve been quite busy lately, which seems strange because school JUST started and I haven’t had homework for the last few weeks.  And, as of Tuesday, made the decision to cut back from 3 to 2 classes, making it official that I’m a part-time student.

This decision comes after last semester’s constant feeling of being stretched too thin and floating through classes without getting much more out of them than what was brought to class discussions.  Realizing that paying for classes and not actually doing much with them is stupid, on top of the fact that the cooler KJ has really inspired me to publish and/or present at conferences and/or create podcasts and/or blog about being a librarian, I decided to take a deep breath and stay on for an added semester with the wiggle-room to actually read the assigned articles and perhaps even write one of my own.  Or, *gasp* read something of my choosing.

Right now I’m finishing up a John Bingham book about running.  He gets me, you know?  We run much the same.  Slow but steady finishes the race.   I’m also half-way through a Tolkein, though I suspect it to take me a bit longer now that I’ve started the semester.

Lastly, outside of traveling to Pennsylvania twice over break, I’ve been working like crazy downtown and loving it more than ever.  I’ve been getting a lot more responsibility and it adds pressure, but I also feel like I’m really helping the office function.  I pretty much open all the mail now–a job that sounds silly, but this means that I also process everything that goes with it too.  And I love it.

Half-marathon training starts on Saturday.  I hope you’re ready to run.  I even bought the tights.

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grabbing at the air

I went to my hometown library this past week and couldn’t believe how small the space was. It is interesting to visit such places, as I now look at them with a different eye and wonder what type of budget they’re under. The place isn’t anything special, but it is certainly active, which is key.

I was infinitely disturbed to find the book You Can’t Have Him, He’s Mine: A Woman’s Guide to Affair-Proofing Her Relationship on the “new books” shelf. Seriously? Seriously. Come on people. Is this what our lives have come to? Even better, when you look it up on Amazon.com it suggests you buy it in conjunction with Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages, a book a actually think has value. It is concerned more about love than grabbing at something and keeping the other woman away.

I am so biased. Please don’t put me in charge of collection development.

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Libraries are more than just books

I’m in my Intro to LIS course and we’re discussing Library 2.0. Sitting here with my Mac and shaking my head in agreement as we discuss communities, tagging, facebook, flikr, blogs, etc.

Library school has made me realize how much techi-er I am than I ever thought.  Few other people in my class could recite the wireless hotspots in town.  I had to defend the usability of google documents and the point of an everyman’s blog.  In a group project we’re collaborating on a paper and I suggested using google documents–I had no idea how difficult it would end up being.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being a teacher, but I just assumed that people using email would find google documents intuitive.   Part of it is frustrating because I’m not being challenged, but part of me finds it terribly exciting.

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I love Tine Fey and Books

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This Girl: Was ecstatic when her required text, the APA Manual (spiral-bound), arrived in the mail today.

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Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?

I went to my new school today to finish handing in forms and clear up the massive amounts of confusion I’ve been experiencing with financial aid. Afterward I found the university bookstore and went in, as I always to, to write down ISBN numbers before running home to buy the books. It was strange entering the lone bookstore on campus that contained only a few aisles.

It was standing there in front of the shelves that I realized I had no idea where I was. I mean, buying books is all so familiar, but I was no longer at the University of Illinois. I was somewhere completely new–somewhere totally unfamiliar. It was in this moment that I nearly cried. It was Sandy’s first day of school today. I wondered what she was doing, how she was feeling, in school…but yet in a place that neither of us consider home. Until now my existence at this school could manifest itself only in paperwork…something about buying books made it a complete reality.

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“She once told Ives, while they walked along the boardwalk of Coney Island, that, in her opinion the troubles in life were started by people who never looked into their own souls.  He walked along holding her hand and nodding.  He was astounded, a woman nearly as introspective as himself, who loved him.”

Mr. Ives’ Christmas, Oscar Hijuelos

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