Saturday, July 12, 2008

Not a blogger...

Ok, I've decided that, aside from not being particularly good at it, I'm not cut out to blog--at least not without a work-related reason. Especially considering how my life runs right now, it takes too much time away from other things I'd rather do. So I'm going to stop blogging for now--if I decide to come back to it in a few months or so, I'll need to have a better purpose in mind. It was a good idea for giving updates to those interested in my library school career and for classes, but now is basically defunct. Still, it was a fun chance to learn how blogging works! Now back to real life!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Job Searching and Gregor

Only have time for a quick post. Job searching for part-time jobs is a little complicated since I want to work part-time at certain hours. Still, I've turned in several applications and had a good (I think) interview this week...I'll try to write more later.

I just read the second book in the Gregor the Overlander series--it's been over a year since I read the first, and I forgot how much I enjoyed that world:

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (The Underland Chronicles: Book 2) Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love Gregor as a low-key hero and I love his love for Boots (his sister) and his determination to do the right thing--now I want to go back and read the original.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Book Review trial

Attempting to include my most recent Goodreads review--of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz:

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Excellent portrayal of the Middle Ages--made me cry at some parts even though I don't think that's her aim. I think nerdy kids like me would like it and a lot of kids would like it if they got to play the parts, but not one of those that most kids will pick up from the shelves on their own.

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Graduation and Other News from the Last 6 Months

So, I haven't posted in 6 months (doesn't truly matter, since I don't think I have any readers!). I've now graduated from library school. I am currently not employed (more in a minute). I don't have any glorious revelations about either libraries or life. However...I don't want to give up on this blog just yet, partly because I like playing around on the computer when I should be doing other things, partly because I like the idea of blogs well done--and practice makes perfect.

My last semester was good but busy, especially considering I was only taking two classes along with my master's paper. The biggest recent news, though, is not from library school, but the fact that my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world. We've decided that he doesn't need any sort of Internet life until he's old enough to do it himself (probably with arguments over what he's allowed to do himself), so I won't be sharing any pictures of him here. He's exceedingly adorable, and you'll just have to take my word for it! So, with his arrival in late April, the most notable aspect of the end of my library school career was finishing!

N decided to start making his appearance on the day of my last class, and did so in an amusingly library-related way. I had attended my very last class (YA Lit), then went to the library where I was working part-time to do my last desk-shift, with my last storytime scheduled for the following day. While at the desk, my water broke (several weeks before it was expected to)! My friend/colleague/fellow student had the presence of mind to call 911 before our branch manager (my first concern was that she couldn't staff the place alone--aren't I committed?--or maybe I should be!). Apparently, I gave the branch the most excitement it's had in months by going to the hospital via ambulance. Luckily, everything proceeded smoothly after that, and baby's early arrival made it possible for both him and his mother to attend SILS graduation two weeks later!

Now it's July and I am in the job search process. It's a little more complicated than my previous job searches, because I need to earn a decent amount of money (as in, more than minimum wage), but need to work at hours when my husband is not. We are not willing or able to do regular daycare, so we are trying to figure out how to pass the baby between our two schedules. I actually have an interview for next week, and several more applications out. In the meantime, I've gotten to be (and will be until employed) a stay-at-home mom, which is awesome and frightening at the same time. Awesome because I get to be with N all the time and frightening for the same reason--especially when I can't calm him down, as happened yesterday. Also frightening because I don't get much housework done, I'm not contributing economically the household, and the days just seem to slip by before my eyes (of course, wasting time online probably doesn't help...). Overall, though, I like that our son is always with either me or my husband in his first months of life.

One of the things I do a surprising amount of is reading, since there's not a lot else I can do while nursing, and this kid can eat a lot!! For my next post, I'm going to try to import on of my book reviews from my Goodreads account--so there will still be some library-related stuff in this blog after all!