I got a job at a library! I start tomorrow as a part time desk assistant in the youth services department. I'm SO EXCITED, you guys. I've been feeling really anxious, because I graduated in January and have been sending out resume after resume and even getting some interviews, and the response has been overwhelmingly "We really, really like you, but...there are more qualified applicants for us to choose from." It was extremely discouraging, because I've known for a while that the fact that I wasn't able to be working part time while I was in school would hurt me post-graduation - it's why I've been applying to a lot of positions that say they're for current MLIS students. There's a really terrible catch-22 inherent in the job market right now, in that I can't get a library job without a diploma - but I couldn't intern or work part-time while I was in school because I had to pay my bills with my full-time office job - but the diploma is actually pretty secondary in the job market to experience - which I haven't been able to get. I think it's a problem a lot of people are having right now, this ridiculous argument between education and experience, what makes you qualified and what you actually need to get a job.
TL:DR, I have a job that gets my foot in the door! Racking up resume experience is what I need right now, and I finally feel like I'm moving forward in my field instead being in a rut post-graduation. Hooray!
I am a complete failure at internetting this year - after the decent success I had last year of keeping up with my book and movie blogs, and setting and keeping the goals I had, I started in January with such lofty resolutions. I would see two movies a month in the theater, and write about them. I would read more nonfiction and historical fiction (I'm most mad at myself about that one, because I should know by now that what I read next is largely driven by what's handy, and if I plan ahead enough to go to the library then I can keep on track like that - but usually it's just "this exists on my shelf and I haven't read it, guess what's coming on the train with me." So.) I would write other posts about movies and books in general. I would be prolific and attract readers and continue strengthening my web presence.
And then I did NONE OF THOSE THINGS.
I don't even KNOW how long it's been since I wrote in my livejournal, which I guess is one of the reasons I'm writing this on DreamWidth and crossposting to LJ. I WANT to be journaling, but for some reason I have found it incredibly difficult to find the motivation to do so.
Gotta start somewhere, I guess.
THESE ARE THE THINGS I WANT TO TALK ABOUT( Comix ChatCollapse )
It's amazing that my dreams haven't been more fucked up, I guess is what I'm saying.
I have additional thoughts on NBC's new (awesome) (fabulous) (amazing) show Hannibal
, and also on some movies I've seen recently, but I think I'll leave this here for now. Breaking the blogging ice, as it were.
I just posted my new year's resolutions for next year; let's see how I did last year!
1. Keep in touch with people better. Um, I think so? Maybe not. I still chat with people on twitter and I got to see lots of folks at Lissy's wedding.
2. Work out regularly. Yes and no. Recently I've been really good, but I had bad weeks.
3. Get out of the house more. Little bit. But I also haven't been unhappy with my social scene, so I'll call it square.
4. Stop biting my nails. Nope. I'm still working on this one.
5. Be more assertive. I actually feel like I have been better about this!
6. Paint more. I have! I mean, I'm still not getting A LOT done, but I have been doing more than last year.
7. Game more. Some. Not as much as I want to. But I have an army I'm excited about, and a couple of matches lined up.
8. Learn to cook one really complicated dish. I roasted a chicken for the first time, does that count? It also turned out REALLY well.
9. Go easier on myself at work. Definitely have. I was not as stressed this year as last year, and it has helped my mental health.
New Year's Resolution!
1. Get back into counting points for Weight Watchers. I haven't gained any weight in the last year, but I haven't lost any, either, and it's because I've really fallen off with tracking points. When I count points, I lose weight. So I'm going to get back on the wagon with this.
2. Keep running, and get my speed up to a 10-minute mile. I've recently gotten into running, and even though I really hate it, it's already making a difference in how I look and feel. In the past, I've given it up in frustration when I didn't make progress as quickly as I wanted to, but my resolution this year is to keep with it and my short-term goal is that 10-minute mile. Right now I run a 12 minute mile.
3. Read 25 books I've never read before. This is to discourage me from re-reading things (though I do enjoy that) and because I really enjoyed all the new stuff I read for my YA lit class. Watch me track my goal on shelfari!
4. Post on my movie blog at least twice a month. I've been inconsistently good about this recently, and I enjoy that I get more hits when I post regularly (imagine that!).
5. Hobby more. This was one of my resolutions last year, painting and playing more, and I'm rolling it up into one. I painted and played more last year than I did the year before, and I'd like to keep up with my upward trend.
Stuff in my life is pretty much awesome, so I thought it'd be a good time to update my LJ.
I'm almost done with my first summer school class, after which I will be done with my core classes and can start taking the good stuff. I'm on track to graduate a year from this winter, which is both thrilling and terrifying - but mostly AWESOME. I'm still volunteering at the OPPL, and they love me. The entire children's department staff was super disappointed when I said I couldn't apply for one of the summer reading program internships, which means I'll have an even better chance of getting the position next summer when I can reduce my hours at the law firm to part time more easily.
I got a new phone on Friday! The screen on my old one totally died - it had been flickering on and off for a while, going red and/or pixelated, and then it just...went white. I could get calls, and presumably text messages, but since I couldn't see anything on the screen I couldn't send or make calls which really sucked, I felt horribly disconnected. But now I have a shiny new smartphone, and a new contract with T-Mobile, and it's pretty much the best thing. I can finally play Words with Friends! (My name is magicalmartha, hit me up.)
My blog is doing pretty well, too, I actually get comments from people I don't know IRL and I've got almost 3k page hits. I imagine it helps now that I'm posting more often than once every other month. (Shameless plug time, click here to read
My parents are leaving to visit and then retrieve my sister from Australia on Thursday, so I'm house-sitting for them for two weeks. I kinda wish I could go, but a.) I can't afford it and b.) I don't want to take off that many vacation days, so I'm not too disappointed. Plus I appreciate that I won't have to pay for my own food or fight another tenant for the laundry machines for two whole weeks.
I have some things to tell you!
First, I spent last weekend in New Orleans with Billy and my parents. We went down for the first weekend of Jazz Fest, and it was SO AWESOME. Seriously, I can't really articulate how much fun I had, or how good the music was, or how delicious the food was. Even the food at the fairgrounds, which I would normally expect to be only ok, was good enough that I would not have been disappointed to eat it at a cafe.( TL; DR I loved New OrleansCollapse )
Any way. Other things!
I'm done with my first semester at Dominican and I think it went pretty well! I'm looking forward to my summer classes, although I wish I got a bit of time in between (my first one starts next Monday). There were lots of summer internships that I really would have loved to apply for, but at the moment I just can't spend that much time not at my full time job. Next summer, though - next summer it will be much more feasible!
And you should all go join my and daffodelias
' comm thosebooks
, because we're reading Artemis Fowl this month and it is the Best Thing.
Sunday is also my birthday. And mother's day! I will be 24, which my mom is apparently having difficulties with. I'm saving mine for when I turn 25.
We will see how long I am able to do this since I don't actually own a digital camera. But, clemsblueruins requested more photos of me, and so I shall oblige!
Day 1: A picture of yourself with ten facts
1. If I am taking a photo from my sofa, the bird will probably be in it. She likes to climb around on me, and I find this adorable!
2. My perfect job would be planning literacy/library events for teenagers. Like book clubs or workshops or summer programs.
3. The last thing I cooked for dinner was tuna noodle casserole, which is also my favorite.
4. I'm going to New Orleans in two weeks, for the first time EVER.
5. My favorite Pokemon from the new games are Whimsicott
6. It breaks my heart a little to know that my parents don't see the beauty in my tattoos (or any tattoos).
7. I would kind of like to own doves, they sound like delightful pets.
8. The saddest thing about being on Weight Watchers is how fewer sandwiches I eat now. I miss sandwiches. :(
9. I have always (still do) wanted to sing professionally.
10. Supernatural is my favorite show currently on television, although I am almost a full season behind since I only watch it on DVD.
I've been feeling a little lost lately, like I'm in a bit of a rut. I'm stuck in a plateau on Weight Watchers, the newness of school has worn off and now it just feels like forever until I can start looking for jobs I actually want to have, and it feels like every time I start a project I either lose interest or it just falls by the wayside. So. I've implemented some new procedures, because I'm SUCH a Taurean that I need stability in my life, not this wavering earth shit.
- I'm making myself track points again, and I promised myself that I'm not skipping any more WW meetings or weigh-ins just because I'm sure I won't like the number on the scale. At some point I stopped participating in the program, which means it hasn't been working - so I have to make myself participate again. My mom and I rededicated ourselves on Monday, and so far I feel good about this week.
- I am putting something on my blog at least once a week, because seeing how many hits I get after a post makes me feel good about it. I feel like people actually care about what I'm saying, even if they're only going to laugh at how terrible my writing is.
- I'm entering a writing contest that Columbia is holding. I'm working on a short story, and actually plugging along - I feel good
about this one in a way I haven't felt about my writing in a while. I think my problem has been scope; I envision these novel-length works, when the reality is that I have too much going on in my life right now to dedicate myself to a novel. Finishing a short story will be good for sparking my enthusiasm for writing again, I think. Plus if I win, I get $1,000, and that would be AWESOME.
- I haven't been doing so good on my hobbying, so I entered a painting/display contest at the Games Workshop. The contest is on June 25th, so I have a deadline to get my models together. I'm still not seeing the kind of progress I would prefer, but it's moving faster than my previously glacially-paced work. I'm still feeling good about it.
- Maybe you haven't heard, but daffodelias
and I are starting a book club. The first read-along starts tomorrow, in fact! Check it out at thosebooks
. This is tremendously exciting for me, not just because I'll get to read more, but because it keeps me talking to people I don't get to see every day. I miss you guys, it's true, and I'm trying to be better about keeping in touch with y'all.
- As far as school goes, I really need to just suck it up and get over it. My program is not that long. I'm combating ennui by getting through homework and planning my summer school schedule, and also by sticking with the volunteering. As inconvenient as it is to keep in my schedule, it keeps me in the heads of the library staff at the OPPL and keeps me involved in the library comings-and-goings. And it is only a two year program.
Otherwise, I'm enjoying my every day life. I really, really wish the weather would get warmer, but the sunshine is nice regardless.
ABC Meme, stolen from my other LJ pals. Also I haven't updated in a LONG time.
Bed size: Queen! I schemed and plotted to be able to take this mattress with me when I moved out of my parents' house, and then my mom was just like, "Do you want this?" I love my bed.
Chore you hate: Laundry. The woman downstairs ALWAYS has stuff in the machines, and I hate going up and down the stairs, and the dryer never dries on one cycle. It ends up taking forever.
Dogs: Luther and Sophie, my parents' rescue dogs.
Esssential start to your day: A shower, especially now that I have shorter hair.
Favorite color: Blues and greens and purples; cooler colors.
Gold or silver: Silver
Instruments I play: I used to play trumpet, piano, and French horn, but I haven't played much of anything for about 4 years.
Job title: Legal assistant
Kids: Can be pretty cute, but I'm happy not to have any right now.
Live: Oak Park
Mom's name: Sara
Nicknames: I don't actually have any at the moment.
Overnight hospital stays: Never
Pet peeve: People who cross the street when I have a left turn arrow, tags sticking out the back of peoples' shirts, people walking in front of me who are going too slow when I can't pass them
Quote from a movie: "Why would God make us all so different if He wanted us to be the same?"
Right or left handed: Right
Siblings: Lizzie, who's off soaking up sun and beer in Australia
Time you wake up: 6:45, unless I'm going to the gym. Then it's 6:00.
Underwear: Right now, black with pink piping
Vegetables you dislike: Raw broccoli, lettuce, peppers
What makes you run late: Finding socks
X-rays you've had: Just dental
Yummy food you make: Macaroni and cheese, broccoli risotto, lots of stuff. I'm making corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day next week.
Zoo: I haven't been in TOO long. I like looking at the big cats, and the birds.
I wrote a thing about Christopher Nolan and the Academy Awards, just like every other movie blogger out there. You should read it.
In other, less derivative news, I'm two weeks into my GSLIS classes and still totally excited about them. Well, totally excited about my Intro class - my professor is a really, really smart woman who specializes in youth and children literature. I think she and I will get along just fine. My other class is about being a reference librarian, which is less exciting but extremely useful. We're learning all about search tools and organizing information and things like that.
The one thing that's not so fun is that I have much, much less free time now - duh, I know, because suddenly I have two 3-hour classes a week, but I didn't imagine it would impact how I schedule things this much. Case in point: I haven't had time to go to the gym this week after work ever, even though I get to leave an hour earlier than I did before. So, this morning I woke up stupid early and went before work. (Although I feel pretty great now) And scheduling my volunteer stuff is becoming a pain, but that's really not something I can stop doing at this point, since I think I would love to work at the Oak Park Public Library once I'm done with school. So. I'll manage, but I'll be pretty tired for a while.
Not much else going on. I hope everyone is having a good January - mostly I'm excited to start getting to warmer weather. I'm tired of wind and gray days and being cold all the time.