Grown Up Status

I HAVE ENTERED THE 21ST CENTURY. I HAVE INTERNET IN MY APARTMENT. I HAVE WATCHED 9 HOURS OF NETFLIX IN 3 DAYS. LIFE IS GOOD.

 

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.)

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xx.ls

New Year, Same Quotes

Every year I buy a new journal in my attempt to keep a resolution to write at least three times a week. On the first page I list the year and my resolutions, and after that I write quotes from authors (from their works or from interviews) I find inspirational to not only start the new year, but to return to throughout the passing months.

These are most of the quotes that make their way to my pages:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

“Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture. Everything is blooming. Everything is flying. Everything is screaming, choking on its screams. Laughter. Running. Let-down hair. That is all there is to life.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“Whatever our destiny is or may be, we have made it ourselves, and we do not complain of it.” – Leo Tolstoy

“No, I must keep to my style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.” – Jane Austen

“We all have different desires and needs, but if we don’t discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled.” – Bill Watterson

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

“I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

“It doesn’t matter if one man fights or ten thousand; if the one man sees he has no option but to fight, then he will fight, whether he has others on his side or not.” – Hans Fallada

And this is one of my favorites – this photo was taken in Berlin at the East Side Gallery in September 2010:

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Do you have any quotes that get you through a year, or just a hard work day? A quote that makes you happy no matter how many times you read it? Share below!

Literary Resolutions

It’s the end of 2013 and as I’m finalizing my resolutions for 2014 I couldn’t help but think about this time last year when I decided to add reading resolutions for the first time.

In December 2012 I had just finished my first semester of grad school and was embarrassed that I was a library student who hadn’t read a novel since school had started almost four months prior! Don’t get me wrong, I was reading, but it was mandatory library and information science-related readings. It had felt like ages since I could get lost in a book’s story… in a way that wouldn’t affect my grades. I decided to take action.

For 2013 I made a resolution to read at least two non-school books a month. The good news? I succeeded! The bad news? I kind of cheated. Out of the 28 books I ended up reading this year, I had already read 14 of them. Every year I try to make a point to read Pride and Prejudice and I read Jane Eyre every winter. I started to reread Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia because I love both of the series and hadn’t read them in a few years, and the rest of the books I reread were just because I’m the kind of person who doesn’t have a limit on that sort of thing when it comes to books I enjoy – especially if I see them everyday on my shelf.

Although I’m happy I technically fulfilled a resolution, I don’t feel much accomplishment from it because of all the repeats. This year I’ve decided to challenge myself harder, particularly because I won’t be balancing grad school at the same time. I present to you:

2014 Literary Resolutions:

1. I will read at least 30 books I have never read before.

2. I will make a book club with friends. 

3. I will read all of the works of Hans Fallada currently available in english print.

4. I will write at least “a line a day” following a writing prompt from the book “A Writer’s Book of Days” by Judy Reeves. (This will be separate from my yearly resolution to journal at least three times a week.)

Here’s hoping for a successful 2014!