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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. 😉

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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.

I am a Librarian! March 26, 2018

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I finished the HR paperwork today, and as of Monday, April 2nd, I will be the Electronic Resources Librarian at Columbus State Community College. This is a full-time staff position, with salary and full benefits, and normal business hours. I am SO Very Excited and Grateful for this new step in my journey.

::Happy Dance::

March Forth March 5, 2018

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It’s been a fairly quiet week. Helped with more flood clean-up. Got a bit further in our D&D game. And my Sunday shift at MLK. I also went skating yesterday, and thanks to trying to learn turn-stops, my legs are super angry at me. But other than a lot of accidental splits turn falls, it went pretty well.

Another step on the job trail. Fingers keeping crossed. Was hoping to go to a convention next weekend, but looks like it’s not happening, unless I just go for part of a day. But it’s a long drive.

Most of the way through Blood Rites. Added a few more things to my Want to Read list. But everything’s on Waitlist.

Lessons Learned February 11, 2018

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Well, I decided to start my study weekend with an Inline-Skating lesson at Skate 71. The teachers and other students were all very polite and kind. Even when I fell and knocked myself in the head… twice… But all in all, it was a good time, and after recovering from the second head bounce with some ice, I did do some laps for a while. And now, I’m the proud owner of this:

Silver Skating Helmet

As per usual, interview went well (I think), but I’ve got a while to wait to see how well. Meantime, MLK Library is getting ready for our Past, Present, and Future event, and we’re hoping to have a great panel discussion and photo scanning session with the community.

Valentine’s Party with friends this weekend. Good music, good chocolate, good conversations.

I Finally finished Mists of Avalon. It mostly annoyed me, a lot. Then I tried David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice. Which annoyed me far more.  So, I’m back to Robin Hobb and Ship of Destiny. Poor ships, they are not doing well.

 

6 More Weeks of Winter February 2, 2018

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January done, and February begun. One more rejection, and one more interview set to go. Today is day 12 in a row of working, so I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend… of studying. 😉

Library is pretty quiet now the kids are back in school. Still busy afternoons, of course, but I only see that on Friday/weekends. Did a lot of grocery shopping this week. Going to bowling tonight to celebrate a birthday, and my nephew’s is coming up, too.

Working on Mists of Avalon, still… it’s sooo long… Almost done, though. Lots of possibilities to listen to next. I’ve got a couple holds, and might just pick a series to continue instead.