So This Happened Today

Today about an hour before my shift ended I returned a missed call I had received, only to find out that it was a den leader asking (yet telling) me to give his troop a library tour and lesson on Thursday night because if I don’t then they won’t get a communicator badge and graduate to Boy Scouts.



Grown Up Status



Well! It feels strange to write again, but I reckon that if I don’t start now then I never will. I’ve basically been M.I.A. since last spring/summer so let’s do a life recap, shall we?

  1. I spent the entire summer of 2014 walking an average of 30 miles per week in my neighborhood, according to the Map My Walk app. I continued to eat garbage 50% of the time. I did not lose weight.
  2. I spent the entire autumn of 2014 going the the UC Rec Center to work out in an official place. I continued to eat garbage 50% of the time. I did not lose weight.
  3. I got promoted a couple days before Thanksgiving to a Teen Librarian position at a new branch. (!!!!) I had excitement, stress, nerves, and all the feels. I continued to eat garbage 50% of the time. I did not lose weight.

That about covers it, I think.

In all seriousness, I am very excited to have a full-time job for a career I went to school for. I underestimated how stressful it would be to be a librarian – besides a dozen or so other things, one thing I’m learning how to be better at is thinking long-term while also being on top of what needs to be done in the present. I had no idea going into this that I would need to plan several programs and book displays at least three months in advance. That seems fine enough until you add on everything else that needs to be done now: making schedules for student shelvers, outreach, patron issues, reference questions, implementing the current programs, etc. It’s no cakewalk being a teen librarian. Children librarians get a lot of visits from local schools and parents who want their toddlers and babies to interact with others before starting preschool or kindergarten. Adult services librarians get a lot of retirees. Teen librarians have to realize that most kids who know how to drive think they’re too old to spend time in a  library, and we remain at the mercy of kids who can’t drive and have to ask their parents to bring them to a program.

Other than work, one thing I have been doing is trying to keep up with my new year’s resolutions. I will share them all at another time, but one thing I’m going to try a lot harder with this year is learning german. For Christmas my mom got me a set of Rosetta Stone and I’m going to give that a go just so I can see what it’s all about. I know it’s not the “only” or “best” way to learn, but the program has seriously good reviews AND seriously bad reviews, meaning I need to find out for myself. I definitely wish I was still a student and could take an official course for next-to-nothing, but this has got to help at  least a little. I was wanting to try to have enough saved up to go on a trip in October but I don’t know how realistic that is at this point with new fun terrible things to pay for like health insurance and retirement. Mmmm. Adulthood.

Why I want to learn german:

  1. If I could live in Berlin/Germany, I would. Since I “can’t”, I plan on visiting as often as I can afford to. It would be nice to be able to speak and understand the language.
  2. It would be cool to have the accomplishment of being bilingual.
  3. I just really want to know what Casper and Cro are rapping about in their songs. I love them already, but I might even love them more if I understood more than 20% of their lyrics.

Tonight I worked on it for an hour after work. You have to wear a headset that makes you look like a receptionist/call center employee.

Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam.

(yes, that s a fathead poster of Evgeni Malkin.)