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the last time i wrote in this journal was three years ago. in 2004, i was working part-time in the mental health field, going to library school part-time and i was the single mother of a two-year old who couldn't say "mommy".
i wondered if i was going to make it through grad school and i guess i did. LOL
three years later, i'm working full-time as the head librarian of a very small junior college library & learning center. i'm a single mother of a happy, talkative 5-year-old. the little guy can talk a lot now. he can say a lot of things like "mommy ... mommy ... mommy ... mommy" and tell his friends "my mommy's a ribrarian".
now that i'm not in grad school, i don't lie awake in bed thinking of assigned readings for class tomorrow. i lie awake thinking of what resources to add to my collection. i drift off to sleep thinking about WASC accreditation and my brand-spanking new library surveys. i dream about ... *gasp* deselection and dust gathering on unused books.
i'm happy to share that i love being a librarian & i'm still a bubbly book girl. the name stuck even after 6 years ... i was hoping i'd be less "bubbly" after all this time but i guess not!
i'll sign off now. thanks for reading my blog.
in the past year i found out that grad school is tough . . . i started out as a part-time student working full-time in health care and raising the little bambino who is now a preschooler . . . i literally lost some hair due to the stresses of juggling so much - dr. actually diagnosed alopecia areata - but since i quit my full-time job - the hair has grown back and i'm happy as can be - i'm in school full time and spending loads of time with the baby *ahem* toddler in tow.
this semester i'm much more involved in ala-sc, the web team and hopefully i'll be joining sla-asist soon - it's a blast spending time with my classmates - i help ala-sc with social events and fundraising - who can turn down happy hours and bake sales? sweets and . . . occasionally drinks and soon enough - ala-sc at the movies. life is good & i'm happy that i can bring the little guy to movies too - he loves my classmates - especially the girls lol. well - hopefully i'll be posting more often and things that are far more relevant to library science. i think we're doing blogs for my info technology class for librarians - so who knows - i might add those to this blog.
:S It's the middle of the semester. I thought the 'scary' projects were done. I was totally wrong. :O There are midterms!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. LOL I'll get back to reading ......... at this point I'm juggling school, work and the baby. School work continues, work is fine and the baby is officially 2 years old.
The fiancee finally understands the difficulties of juggling home work and school. He's really pitching in! That means I can take a short break when I get home. Yay!
Over the past month, I learned how to use powerpoint - very cool application. I'm still trying to learn HTML on my own - I couldn't go to all the workshops by the LIS Web Team at school - oh well - maybe I can attend them next semester.
Currently, in Intro to Information and Reference we just finished a search exercise on bibliographies. Our last exercise was on encyclopedias. Overall - really interesting and informative class.
time to read ....... :S or sleep LOL
First html workshop tonight ..... very informative ..... group activity went well and even got a chance to mingle a bit with the lis web team ..... hmmmmm maybe I'll mention this online journal thing at next week's workshop ...... eventually, i hope, my journal will discuss more technical computer kinda stuff instead of this stream of consciousness kind of writing/babbling :P
School, work and the baby ...... the juggling went well until the mini suv went caput :S i'll be shopping for a minivan this week ...... hmmmmm ..... this week is going to be a learning experience ...... i'm finishing my last week at my job, looking for the new mommy mobile, doing homework & entertaining the little bundle of joy .....hmmmmmm it doesn't look that bad written down.
Oh btw if anyone is interested my classmates and I are making pathfinders and doing 5 minute presentations on various topics. My topic is the Book of Hours.
I'm taking two classes - history of books and libraries and intro to info and ref services - both classes are tremendously interesting ..... I'll elaborate more when I have a bit more energy ..... the fiancee and I spent the day vehicle shopping .....the combination of that intense new car smell and the hot sun - whew - until next time. bai bai
The toughest part about going back to school is ....... waking up at the crack of dawn to join the morning rush into Honolulu. I would say 'beat the morning rush' but that would mean waking up at 3 in the morning. LOL I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon.
First day went pretty well. Saw some familiar faces. Got an extra long 5 hour break between classes to have lunch, chat with classmates, blah blah blah. LOL I have to be more focused during that gigantic break - I think I could have finished more than the first reading.
I promised myself that I would make the most out of that 5 hour break. My next little project is to break down my assignments into manageable pieces. I guess I'm micromanaging my time :S
Anyway, the first day of class went really well .... and I wasn't the only one sniffling and coughing throughout the day. Apparently there's something going around and I'm not the only sicko in the bunch. :)
Library school starts tomorrow. I have my notebooks, my pens, my lunch, my textbook (for some reason I only have one yet - go figure) and my cold care kit packed and ready to go.
You must be wondering what my cold care kit is ..... basically means I'm packin' my medicine cabinet in my backpack and I'm gonna be smellin' like menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus all through class. LOL
This is exactly how I imagined my first day of grad school. NOT!