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Week Three April 3, 2020

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Hi Friends and Family!

I hope Mom had a great birthday yesterday. I had a nice phonecall with her and Dad.

And then I couched all night. 🙂

We’re having a couple sunny days to end the week down here. So, that’s helping with the Stay at Home mood. I’ve now eaten the final jar of Mom’s tomato sauce, and fortunately have plenty of frozen food to get me through next week. I am craving pizza, though. 😉

Work has been crazy busy again this week, but I have a quiet day planned for Friday. Everything I have been working on goes live on Monday. New homepage, library-wide chat for students to get our help, and a dynamic FAQ system. I’m excited and exhausted.

Not much to report on the social scene. I’m home, alone, and video-chatting when I can. DnD, dinners, a wedding, and a party this weekend. Technology to keep us sane. For at least another month.

Be safe everyone, and stay home as much as you are able. And thank you to those who are still going to work everyday to keep us safe and fed.

Rainy Days March 28, 2020

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Work has been even busier this week, and the weather terrible. But we did have one shining day.

Not a lot to say what with staying at home by myself these days. Having Zoom and WebEx dinners with friends has been fun though. We’re even playing DnD through Hangouts. And I had therapy through a HIPAA approved version of Zoom.

I made bread, and then got much better bread in a drive-by drop off of flour for another friend.

My attempt at soda bread in the bread machine.
Properly baked wheat sandwich bread by Beth.

I may have also picked up WoW Classic again to entertain myself, even though I still have my regular work week. Just paid a single month, though.

I got refunded for the big convention I was planning on attending this weekend, so I may have also bought some fancy dice on sale and backed Kickstarters for two others.

Dark Blue Aluminum d20
Purple Striped Agate D20
Clear quartz d8
Malachite d10s
Snowflake obsidian d10
Tigerseye d12
Silver Ref Imperial Jasper Trustone d4
Bloodstone or Indian Agate d6

I’ve been consuming visual media instead of reading like I said I would. This is all very exhausting, I’m working harder from home than I was in the office trying to move the library to a completely virtual space.

Be safe out there friends and family! Love to you all.

Work From Home March 19, 2020

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My library is now physically closed and we are working to setup virtual supportfor our students when they return to online classes next week. This has meant learning new technology, and various tickets into our IT department for the things I could not troubleshoot myself. It’s been a hectic week, and chat hasn’t even been approved yet.

On the home (office) front, I’ve bought a seat cushion/lumbar support set. It arrived very quickly, and is certainly a step up from two pillows, and cheaper than a new chair.

We also ran our D&D game on Google Hangouts this week. A bit of lag here and there, but an overall success.

A lot of people are putting out free media online. From performances, to virtual conventions, to cooking lessons and exercise routines. My favorite came for Gail Simone over the weekend.

Starting on Friday, @GailSimone ran a comics writing bootcamp, she called #ComicsSchool. In six days, she helped over a thousand creatives, including myself, write a script for a 5-8 page comic. A Discord server was created by one of the attendees, as a place for us all to gather, socialize and give each other feedback and support. That community will keep going and growing. It even got a mention in the New York Times.

In book news, I’m listening to The Library of the Unwritten, but with self-quarantining, I have a lot less car time. I do, however, have all my comics to catch up on, and Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount showed up on Tuesday.

Be safe everyone!

New World March 11, 2020

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Covid-19 is all over the world, the news, the internet. What does it mean for me? Right as of this moment, it means our students are getting a two week spring break instead of just one. It means that, when classes do start back up on the 23rd, they will be mostly, if not entirely, online. It also means, we at the library are looking at all the ways we support distance learning and are kicking it up a notch. It’s a complicated time for our community college.

Personally, I’m just going about my normal introverted business. Finally picked up my comics from the store, and did my house cleaning on the weekend. Didn’t cook anything huge, just some banana-almond butter breakfast bars. I painted the miniature for my weekly DnD game and finished Yasha. I’m trying some things out and still need to get a miniscule brush for facial details. But I think she came out alright.

Miniature blonde woman in a blue dress.

I finished listening to Harry Potter, book one. Now, I’m nearly done with a dramatization of Carmilla by La Fanu. Next up is The Library of the Unwritten by Hackwith. Next week The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount comes out, so I’ll have a lot of physical reading to dive into!

Everyone be safe and take care of yourselves!

March In March 5, 2020

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Pot of Beef Noodle Soup

Started out my March with a big pot of Homemade Beef Noodle Soup. It is delicious. 🙂

Work has been busy this week. The Composition Reading Bank folk gave me their Table of Contents to add and has been sending me tiny edits all week. Getting ready for Spring Break next week. Which, for me, means bothering everyone to work on their research guides. And getting the new folk to take on research guides. I did get to publish an OER textbook for the English department. A collection of short stories, called Off The Shelf.

I was ill over the weekend with sinus issues, so my creative forays got a bit stalled. Planning to pick back up on a few things this weekend. Ideas have been percolating.

I finally decided to listen to the first Harry Potter book recently, and it came through on my library holds. Still not fond of the narrator, but he’s not as annoying as I remember from my first attempt. I was going through all the trades (Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal) at work today, so my To Read list is growing again.

A quiet weekend ahead, but soon I start my Convention Season in earnest.

Leap Year February 27, 2020

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We get our extra day this month, so naturally, my friends are having a Quantum Leap party on Saturday. Should be fun. 🙂

Weather’s been nasty down here. Rainy snowy mixes so that the snow never lasts long enough to be pretty. More of that today, I believe. Looking forward to spring, but still looking for a proper winter snow day first.

I’ve been busy at work with a couple open textbook projects. Revising the Composition Reading Bank for clarity, and soon adding a table of contents and restricted access section. The history department has revised their two courses, so today I learned how to edit published course material on OhioLINK’s Open Course Content Library.

Nearly done with Our Harlem, by Marcus Samuelsson, which is him chatting and cooking with a bunch of Harlem’s finest. The history imparted is really interesting and important. I have another credit on Audible to spend, so not sure what is next. Though Explorer’s Guide to Wildmount comes out in a couple weeks, and two of my comic series are wrapping up, so I’ll actually be physically reading this month, too!

Snow, Snow, Snow February 13, 2020

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Of course, the day after my last post, it started snowing. And has been snowing off and on for a week. Slushy, rainy, snowy mess, mostly.

Quiet week at work. Starting investigations into chat for the library. Working on new videos and new video software. Glad to have the day off tomorrow for our shifted President’s Day.

A quiet weekend ahead. Might actually get some painting done. Going to be freezing tomorrow, else I would have planned an adventure.

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day!

February Rains? February 6, 2020

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Still no real winter down here. Just cold and rainy. So a slightly more miserable spring.

Two new librarians at work have shifted the burden a bit, but Wendy’s last day is tomorrow. So, still a bit busy for a while. I’ve been working on accessibility and formatting documents this week. Attended my first meeting of the Digital Accessibility Committee, as well. We are working on creating college-wide policy and procedures.

Had a great weekend with friends that had me forgetting to post last week. Dentist appointment went well. Got a flat tire this week, still need to find time this weekend to get that fixed, but I was home when I discovered it, so no big troubles.

Looking forward to more time with friends this weekend. Locke and Key premieres tomorrow! Also lots of Critical Role hype lately. So much cool!

The More Things Change… January 25, 2020

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Another colleague moving on. Work environment stress ratcheting up. Meeting to clarify spreading of duties just made it more muddy than before. I keep doing what I’m doing. Two new hires starting soon, then another round of sorting out job descriptions and interviews.

I’ve started a new thing in writing. I have a prompt that I’m going to respond to every day for at least four weeks. No word count requirements, just write what I feel that day. The prompt is:

Tell me how you crumble when
you hit the wall, the place you
cannot go beyond by the strength
of your own will. What carries you
to the other side of that wall,
to the fragile beauty
of your own humanness?
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Dance

After I finished Kushiel’s Chosen, I’m back on Benedict Jacka. Got through Chosen and now on Hidden. I also am working on Volume 6 of Locke & Key.

Getting Going January 16, 2020

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It’s always hardest to start.

The semester has begun. Students are pouring in and printing reems of paper, sometimes attempting entire textbooks. Professors are setting up instruction sessions, or discovering textbooks have disappeared from a database. I am throwing myself head first into accessibility of the documents on our website.

I also threw myself back into cardio tonight. I have goals this year, and I want to achieve them! It wasn’t as hard as the first time, it’s just pressing play that was the challenge. No weight loss this week, but I’m back to tracking my food, as well.

I’m deciding which creative project is next. It is really tempting to just keep painting, but I have new ideas for my writing projects, too. And a busy weekend ahead. I may just stick with jotting down ideas.

Usually, it would be DeCon weekend, but not this year. We’re doing fieldtrips instead. Heading to COSI for their After Dark series (adults only). The theme right now is Dangerous Science. There were tarantula photos on their Facebook. I’m a little nervous about that now. Plus Harry Potter and Pokemon events to boot.

Nearly done with Kushiel’s Chosen. The next issue of A Darkened Wish came out yesterday, so I have a comic store trip to make, as well. I finished volume four of Locke & Key, so I’ve started five.

Hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend, I’m planning to head over to Denison on Monday, since we’re off and they aren’t. 🙂