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Semester Break August 13, 2018

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Semester Break starts today at Columbus State. I’ve had a busy couple weeks playing with the Archive sites. And going to a ContentDM User Group meeting where I learned a lot of cool new things. Including how to make a Timeline.

This past weekend, I went Pokemoning again for an Evee Community Day with friends.

Then we had dinner on swings at a cantina.

In books, I am now on Mira’s Last Dance, having finished Penric’s Demon and Penric’s Mission.

See you later this week for more summer birthday wishes!

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What a Great Weekend July 30, 2018

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My brother’s wedding was really very nice and included quite a bit about not just bride and groom, but the families becoming one. They had some very nice music and the kids all looked adorable. A very large number of his parishioners came out to support them, as well. More than they ever planned on. Very nice, indeed. And was great to see my parents, aunt, uncle, and cousin. 🙂

Cedar Point was a great day as well. Tried out the Valraven and the Rougarou, both were were fun, but the former very short. Did not make it on Steel Vengeance as the line was very long, and we were making a short day of it. Also rode Millennium Force and the Maverick. The new harness on the Mav is very nicely padded. Did the Gemini, the SkyHawk, the Power Tower (down), and the super high swings and Cedar Downs. Oh, and in the middle of all that, we did take a ride on Snake River Falls, which they have deepened the water since I last rode it. Tiffy took a picture after and captioned it “You won’t get that wet, she said” in which I look like drowned rat. 😉 But hey, we got to watch a nice lady make a glass turtle after, while we tried to dry off in the heat of her forge.

At work, I finished scanning and uploading all the items for our mini archives. I am still waiting on word back from a few places about space for a bigger archive. It’s about to be finals time, and then semester break and when we get back in September, I’ll be officially starting the Use and Usability study.

In reading, I finished Skin Game and Side Jobs, and am still working on Penric’s Demon.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, as well, my friends. 🙂

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. 😉

Families Belong Together July 1, 2018

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I went to my first protest this weekend, to protest to the cruel separation of parents and children and their subsequent treatment in Texas. I went to protest the way ICE has been empowered to treat anyone who they even suspect of not being a citizen. I went because this is a country created by immigration, and we are supposed to be a country of freedom. These are a few of the signs:

Sign: Voldemort called... He said to take it down a notch!

Protest signs: Vote in November, Stop the Hate, No cCages No walls No border wall

Free the Children sign

Changes Keep on Coming June 17, 2018

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Happy Father’s Day!!!

I hope all the Dads, Grandpas, and Father figures out there have a great day and get all the love they deserve.

It’s time to get serious about my weight. I have joined a weight loss program called Real Appeal. It focuses on Nutrition, Exercise, and Motivation. Here is what they send us when we attend our first group webchat:

Weight loss kit with food scale, bathroom scale, and resistance band.

I’m also working on better sleep, so I went with a friend’s recommendation and got a Casper bed. It’s Heavy, so I haven’t got it set up, yet. Hoping to tonight.

Bed in two boxes

Celebrated Columbus Pride this weekend with my friends and chosen family at parties both Friday and Saturday night. Unfortunately, sleep kept me from the parade.

I have stalled on Mirror, Mirror because I realized my car plays data discs, so now I’m listening to White Knight.

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.

New Car June 4, 2018

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Finished a very busy May with a camping trip with over 160 friends. We had good food, great fun, and rocking music. We only had rain one night, but oh what a night. And about 100 of us took over a small town theater to see Solo.

The rest of my week was consumed with getting a new car and selling the old one.

Blue Prius C Four

I have also started on a weight loss program through my health insurance: Real Appeal. We will see how that goes.

In books, I finished Proven Guilty. Now I listening to Magical Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.

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.

Week 1 @ CSCC April 8, 2018

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I had a great first week, though I’d appreciate my brain calming down so I can sleep this coming week. 😉  I was so tired by the end of the week that I fell asleep as soon as I sat down on the couch Friday evening. As a result, I didn’t end up doing half the things I planned this weekend. Ah well, it was still a great first week, and all my coworkers are super friendly and helpful.

I got my own desk: My Desk at work

I had a full day of orientation with benefits explanations, policies, and department presentations. I observed 8 instructional sessions. One of which was for 3d printing software: Tinkercad. (Photo of my created object coming next week.) I toured the building a few times, and wandered around campus during a couple lunches. I got my logins, listservs, and swipe access set up. I read a lot of documentation, and I even helped out at the Reference Desk.

Favorite point of the week: one of my coworkers came over and asked me if I could write a program/script to dedup the student list she had been sent. And I was able to write it in about ten minutes. Hurray for random Python class I took for free from UofM a few summers ago.

Other highlights: Pitabilities is the best food truck, though it’s only there on Fridays. Sometimes they bribe faculty to come to presentations with chocolate. I am already signed up for a handful of conferences and webinars. Some I wanted to go to before I started working here, and a few were suggested by coworkers.  There’s an adorable cleaning set in the breakroom, because we are responsible for its cleanliness:

Clean your dishes

In reading news, I did finish American Gods. I have not, however, decided what’s next, or how I’m even going to find the time. Though I think maybe books instead of Netflix might be a good option, so I don’t just couch potato when I’m not at work.