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December Thoughts December 8, 2018

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Well, it’s definitely winter down here in Ohio. Temperatures have plummeted, and frost and snow keep covering the cars and ground. Nothing serious, yet, but just enough to remind us of the season.

At work, I’ve finished the Guided Interviews of my Usability Study, and next week I try to tempt random volunteers for a card sort exercise. It’ll be finals week, so I don’t know if I’ll get any, but it’s worth a try. Then we have a month-long break between semesters, including an entire week+ off between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. That will be awesome, first time ever, for me. Have already started planning family visits and gaming marathons.

Along the gaming lines, I’ve had a spectacular few weeks, having successfully completed our Marathon and finished off two campaigns. All by defeating super-powerful entities that people/cultists/dragons were trying to bring in/rise up/free to take over the world. Huzzah!

On the reading front, I’m still making my way through City of Brass, but I have quite a few thing waiting in the wings, thanks to reading Publisher’s Weekly at work. I’m still trying to make my way through Campaign 1 of Critical Role, and have made it through Episode 47 so far.

On the writing front, I’ve started writing holiday letters to people, typing up my marathon notes as though being told by the character I played, and an ever-growing backstory for my next marathon character. I’ll have another character backstory to write on Tuesday, as well. I’m still journaling, and pondering the next few scenes for my NaNo piece, too.

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Creativity October 15, 2018

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Work was pretty slow this past week. Getting ready for the usability study, but that’s a lot of hurry up and wait. More to do this week.

In creativity news, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo next month and have started to work on characters. I’ve also started a handwritten daily journal. My mind has been so cluttered, I need to get back to writing. I even worked on characters at the RenFest this weekend. It was Barbarian Invasion weekend, and the horses showed up in force.

In audio, I’m up to episode 14 of Vox Machina. I spent a good deal of time this weekend on old movies: Angels with Dirty Faces, Chinatown, Brazil… And as if the last wasn’t odd enough, finished off with a newer oddity, The Fountain.

Hocking Hills Weekend October 7, 2018

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We had a great weekend at a cabin in the Hocking Hills. Playing board games and D&D. Last weekend I went to the RenFaire again, and watched three jousts, three mud shows, a couple pirate shows and bits and pieces of other shows.

At work I’ve gotten my survey results and made lots of pretty pie charts. Now, I’m working on getting the Usability Study organized and running.

In the audio world, I’ve caught up on Season two of Critical Role and I’ve started Season one. It was really fun to watch their live show at NY ComicCon and I’ve been watching a lot of random related videos on Geek and Sundry, as well. Since the last post, I’ve finished Dread Nation and also listened to Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. On the writing side, I’ve pickup up an old gifted journal to get my creative brain rolling again.

ORen September 9, 2018

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It was a very rainy week, the weekend even more so. I finished the guide I was working on for The Power of Words. Working with a professor, I also created a couple new course guides for Social and Human Services. Coming up this week, is the next OhioDIG Meeting and the rescheduled Week of Welcome events. Will they get rained out again, we shall see.

On the fun side of thing, both D&D campaigns this week. Fun was had, near-death experiences, and things going epically wrong. I swear, it wasn’t All my fault. 😉

I also went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival today, in the chilly rain. But I dressed for it and the shows were fun as always. Finally got to see the Dante’s Inferno mud show! Found a tiny pewter moth for my collection. Had a beef stew bread bowl and saw a few friends. 10k+ steps to boot.

On the health front, joints are holding stable, maybe a slight up turn. Not great, but not terrible test results on other things. And a new (to me) stationary bike now in my living room.

I need to take a break from Critical Role, but am loving it so much! I have three books that’ll expire if I don’t listen to them soon, though.

Mid July Already? July 16, 2018

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July is a busy month for my family. Last Sunday was Dad’s Birthday. Mine is coming soon. (And a wedding after that.) This weekend was a mini Denison Reunion. And yesterday I went to my fleet chapter’s annual meeting. Busy busy busy. Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this.

Work is awesome. I will be launching my usability study soon. Today, I started scans for a small archival test collection. Also today, I will be teaching my first batch of Freshmen about the library and how to verify a website.

Pictures from Denison visit:

Bookwise, I am up to Cold Days by Butcher. And listened to Ready Player One. I’ve picked up a few random things for later in the year from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, so expect less Dresden in the coming months. 😉

June Days June 10, 2018

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Classes back in session, and the library is busy again. I had a Code4Lib conference. Got to meet lots of folks and learn a lot of new things. I even have a GitHub account now.

Working on some Use and Usability this week. Getting a proposal ready for the bosses.

We had our first big summer picnic this weekend. Lots of tasty smoked meat and homemade desserts. Also got to play a new game: Jamaica, and some rounds of Zombie Dice and a chapter of a Zombiecide campaign.

Read Magical Misfits and Proven Guilty. Now, I am working on Mirror, Mirror. Also watched the first season of Handmaid’s Tale.

May Days May 20, 2018

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May is always a busy month, and this month is no different. First weekend I went up to visit my Parents, Nieces, Brother, and his Fiancée and her kids. Second weekend was MarCon. This weekend was a Pokemon Community Day, Deadpool 2, and lots of cleaning to get ready for next weekend. Next weekend is Barfleet’s annual camping trip. For which, I’ve been busy punching 160+ personalized dogtags, with a very old and cranky machine.

Work is going great. I’m loving all the things I get to do, and my lovely coworkers. I had a great time at Innovate 2018 at OSU, and an ALAO conference called Actively Inclusive. Currently creating a Use and Usability study for our Research Guides.

On the reading front, I finished Dead Beat and listened to The Magician. New Butcher book coming next month, and a buy two for one credit sale on Audible right now. Haven’t looked at it yet, but my credit just came through.

Also, there’s a new baby kitty outside.

What a Weekend April 29, 2018

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Hi Readers! (No spoilers contained within.)

I’ve spent the last three days playing a MechWarrior marathon with my gaming group, and it was amazing. I really love my gaming group, and often, even when I don’t want to leave the house, going to gaming always cheers me up. This weekend, we went to see Infinity War together on Thursday and then played Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. We had a ton of laughs, tables of junk food, a lot of firefights, some arguing, a few big surprises, some moving moments, and a whole lot of heroics. In the end, we accomplished our mission, slowed down the enemy, and kept each other alive, though missing a few limbs. And every one of us is ready for the next installment.

In the regular world. My job is fantastic. My obsessive attention to detail is helping to improve our Research Guides, and has started a jargon discussion within the team. I’ve helped out a few students with their research and computer skills. We’re going to be checking out a new database on Monday. I’m pulling together statistics for our next Fiscal Year’s budget decisions. And I’m learning a lot about CSCC and its library.

April comes to a close with my first paycheck. And May begins with all my health benefits kicking in. I will also be upgrading my phone, and possibly my bed (some research required). May is going to be a very busy. First up, my parents are coming down, and I’m still working out if I’ve got time to drive up to my brother’s to see them. Second is MarCon on Mother’s Day weekend. Then we finish out the month with a big Memorial Weekend camping trip. I’ve also got at least two small conferences to attend for the library.

I did manage to start listening to Dead Beat on my drive to and from work, and on lunches. And The Magician came through from the library for my next book.

Great Times April 22, 2018

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Forgot to post last week. So busy with the new job and last weekend was a party and board games. Played a new awesome one: Mansions of Madness 2nd edition with app integration.

Job is going great. Went to Ohio IR day and learned about some really interesting projects. Had a In Service day at work and got to learn about some really good programs we run. Including a new art-based preschool pilot this fall. My newest project has been making the research guides dynamically compliant with all browser sizes.

I went to skating class both last and this weekend, but there was no blades class. Last week I joined the lvl two class and worked on balance. This week I joined the adult class and actually used quads and worked on single foot glides.

Downloaded Golden Fool and put a few others on hold, but haven’t had the energy for Robin Hobb, or much time.

Happy Easter! April 1, 2018

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I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. My exciting weekend included lots of clothes shopping, skating, and a flat tire due to pothole. Friends came and rescued me from the flat tire, so I didn’t have to wait on a tow truck, then invited me for Easter Dinner with their extended family. I got about a 30% discount from my road hazard warranty (it’s been three years). And I even bought some pants across the parking lot while I was waiting.

I am very much looking forward to my first day at CSCC tomorrow. Orientation and all that, including lunch with HR, fellow new hires, and our supervisors. I had a great time working at Whitehall and MLK branches of CML, but on to new adventures.

I’m still listening to American Gods, though I think I have to borrow it from Hoopla again so I can finish. Not sure where I’m going to fit in listening/reading time with the new job, so book updates may slow down for awhile.