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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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Vacation! August 9, 2015

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3 out of 4 parts of my vacation complete. Fourth part starts in about a half an hour when my parents arrive. It’s been a great time, so far.  Great to relax for a few days after finishing all my grad school exams. Wonderful to see high school friends again, and share their joy. And fun to see my nieces and nephew for birthday celebrations yesterday. Before I get back to the final grind at B&N, I also get to spend a couple days with my parents. 🙂 Who have made grad school possible. So grateful!

As promised, my Webdesign Final Project: http://www.CatesCreativeDesign.com

More content to come if I have time this month, and certainly this fall with my internships.

Time to finish cleaning before the parents arrive. 😉

Final Finals Week July 30, 2015

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This is my last finals week, ever! Yay!  One final is done, all but for replying to any questions my classmates have. The other has a good amount of work left to do. All the tricky stuff, of course. But it’ll hopefully be pretty when I’m done. Well, as pretty as a non-graphic designer can make it. 😉

Next week is vacation, and I got work all sorted out – they wanted me to come back and work on Friday – so I have the entire week off. Yay! Vacation!  Means I get all my PTO before I quit. Still need to write That letter, though they know it’s happening.

Eeks wants to take me to a Krav class while I’m up in Michigan. That should be interesting. Other than that, planning on lots of relaxing in AC. 😉

Back to work now.

Welcome to November November 2, 2014

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Sorry about the late post, folks.  This past week has been crazy busy.

Final week of Intro to Digital Preservation has been completed. Final project has been turned in. I fully expect an A in this class. And I actually had a great time doing the group project. My group members all worked really hard and were more than willing to take on responsibilities. My only complaints were nothing to do with the project, having to wait for discussion posts so I could reply to them. One more month of Digital Libraries to go. And then I have just over a month off for the holidays. Spring classes are set and ready to go. Including the workshop I wanted to take. <fingers crossed>

Had a great Halloween weekend with friends. Our three-night party was spectacular, if exhausting. I slept for twelve hours today, and still had to force myself out of bed this evening. Last week’s party was great, too, and Much more relaxing. Next week’s party should be more of the same, though a bit more work as my group here in town is hosting.

Still haven’t escaped the store, so holiday season 14 is beginning. With extra insanity, and tons of new faces. I just keep plugging away, doing my job, and applying to everything I can find in the library-sphere. The main Kent campus had a job fair recently. Really wish we were having one down here, too, like last year. But I haven’t heard anything to that affect.

Life is good. The challenges just keep me on my toes.

Hunger Games, etc. May 17, 2012

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I just finished reading Hunger Games. I got it free when I bought my nook Simple Touch. I found it to be excellent. I’ve always been one for survivalist kids books, and we meet Katniss heading out to the woods to hunt. So, I was at home immediately. Told in first person narrative, it draws you in, makes you identify with this young woman fighting to keep her family alive, even when she’s fighting for her own life, she is still worried about her family at home. Set in a dystopian future, where children are forced to fight to the death to prove the districts are powerless over the Capitol, the book is the start of a story of overreaching governmental power and the resulting inevitable rebellion.  I hope Suzanne Collins keeps up the good work and Catching Fire and Mockingjay are just as good. I am also curious how Hollywood played the story, might have to catch it at the dollar theater.

I also recently finished Promise of the Witch King by R.A. Salvatore. A Jarlaxle and Entreri story which takes the two to the northern wilds of Vaasa. Their interactions are incredibly entertaining as always. And Entreri starts to learn more about himself, letting the reader in on more of the private world of this enigmatic assassin. Next up, the finale of their trilogy – Road of the Patriarch.

Since last week, Rich and I have made our summer plans. We have a place to sleep at WorldCon, tickets to Boise for the week of July 4th and the weekend following it, and a plan for our Maine trip in August. Still working on the smaller stuff.