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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Watch This Space March 25, 2018

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Hi folks. Big announcement tomorrow, but the ducks must be in their row first.

A quiet week. We had a tea party at work on Monday. Our Teen Guru is moving up to a new position at another building. All the tasty treats and finger foods.

Speaking of tasty… I tried out a couple P.F. Changs’ meals in a frozen bag this week, and they were quite good. Not as good as in the restaurant, of course, because frozen, but good enough for my cooking. I had Chang’s Chicken and Mongolian Beef with sting beans (I also added snow peas, cuz mmm greens).

Mongolian Beef with beans and peas

I hope everyone had a nice Palm Sunday, and will have a nice Holy Week. I streamed the service from my favorite local church. And got a Good Friday service… they’re doing a series and for whatever reason, it timed out that way.

In audio books, I finished Black Prism, and listened to The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. Now, I’m listening to American Gods, because the show was good. I also pre-ordered Brief Cases by Jim Butcher, which is coming out in June, and bought the audio for A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss. The latter is only a few minutes long, so I’ll be listening to it later today.

Baking Week February 18, 2018

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One of our Youth Services staff is back from a job swap, so we had a potluck and I made tasty brownies. Later in the week, I had a Valentines dinner with friends and made tasty Dash Chef’s Bread for the first time by myself. I also made Malaysian Pineapple Pizza last weekend, and may do it again tonight, with chicken. MMmmm tasty food… gotta work on tasty Healthy food though.

Today, after all that cooking, is Clean All the Things day. I’m half-way through laundry, all the way through over a week’s worth of dishes, and three trips to the complex dumpster.  Also working on cleaning off flat surfaces in the living room. Sometime soon, I should clean up my office filing cabinet. Also airing out the townhouse with open windows because my last trip upstairs knocked open the gas line to one stove burner for a couple minutes.

I went to inline skating class again yesterday, with helmet and elbow pads added in. Only fell once (accidentally) this time. Getting better at standing up, scissoring, and lean turns and mostly learned a T-stop.

I also went to the eye doctor Thursday. Everything looks fine, my eyes are a little worse, of course. But when I asked how much new lenses are, without insurance coverage, I was told $400. So… Yeah… Hoping my interview turns into a job.

Still working on Ship of Destiny, but it’s really good. 🙂

 

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.

 

Happy New Year January 1, 2018

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Happy New Year to Everyone!

I gamed with friends all weekend. First Rifts and then a handful of board/card/dice games.  Now, I am finishing the night watching football in front of the fireplace.

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I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, and healthy 2018.