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Books, Books and More Books

13 Jan

When I was an undergrad studying literature, probably about 8 times out of 10 I got asked if I wanted to be a teacher. I would smile politely and say, “no. I’m not too sure yet. I just like books.” That has been a constant through out my life. I’ve always liked books.

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Even in my early schooling, when teachers insisted on teaching grammar and whatnot, all I wanted was to analyze books and talk about them. Grammar is important but I remember those classes as the teacher trying to herd cats. They would try, but we weren’t buying it.

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Everyone would tell me to wait until college, I could take all the Lit classes I want (and not have to deal with pesky things like math). And that’s exactly what I did.

So when I decided to go to grad school for Library Science, I was faced with the same question. “Do you want to be a librarian?” And again I politely smile and say, “nope. I just like books.” It’s still the most honest answer I can give. But it is a relief to know that a lot of the grad students in the Library Science program don’t want to work the Reference desk. There are so many other options to choose from.

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I have found my niche in Rare Books Specialization and am among other wonderful book nerds. One of the books I am reading is called A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes. While it is filled with facts and dates, it’s not as dry as I anticipated. It has started to cover why people collect books, the “addiction” and how far some people have gone in history to get the perfect first edition.

“I have known men to hazard their fortunes, go long journeys halfway about the world, forget friendships, even lie, cheat and steal, all for the gain of a book” (Basbanes p.18).

Why libraries?

Because I like books.

{All pics courtesy of Pinterest}

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19 Oct

Hey Guys,

I’ve been wanting to post for a while now, but inspiration has been majorly lacking. So, I thought I’d just catch you up on what’s going on. Classes have been going full steam ahead lately and I’m definitely going into “power through”/ “tunnel vision” mode to get through the semester. In a way, it’s kinda nice to have something to focus on and challenge myself again. I got too complacent during my unemployment phase, and now I’m really beginning to thrive in an academic environment again. But, that’s not to say academia doesn’t come with it’s challenges, and that brings me to my new best friend: coffee.

  • I’ve always been a bit of a coffee sissy. I’m the type that loved the smell, but could never really stomach it. I would always reach for the “frou frou” drinks as my dad calls them, kind of coffee drinks but mostly milk and cream. I finally found a blend that works for me, the Blonde roast. I still need it with milk and splenda, but it does the trick to keep me awake and ready for my early class.

  • Pretty Little Liars: Ok, bear with me on this one. I am slightly embarrassed that I like this show so much. But, you’re just gonna have to trust me on this one. It’s a mix between a soap opera and murder mystery, and it’s well acted with great writing (and for the most part that’s hard to come by in TV lately). It definitely fits the “guilty pleasure” category, but it’s fun and keeps you guessing.

  • Ed Sheeran: I stumbled onto his music by accident this week. A song of his caught my attention on the radio and I was instantly hooked. I would categorize it for the most part as a alternative, but he has a wonderful smooth voice that I could listen to all day.

Happy Friday! Hope you have a great weekend :)

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Gettin’ It Together

27 Sep

Hello lovlies,

I just wanted to have a quick note here. Quite frankly, the universe has sent some interesting obstacles in my way the last couple weeks. (This pic will explain a lot). Bummer, right?

 

But all is well now and I feel even stronger than before. My last post was the push I needed to get me over the last little slump. I needed to get it together, and I truly believe I have. Working on my projects, taking care of myself and feeling really great about it. And to top is all off, it’s even close to the weekend. And everybody loves a Friday! Especially Corgis :)

 

“Did someone say Friday?!”

Happy Thursday!

 

Newbie

1 Sep

I made it! I’ve hit the 3 week mark and I’m finally starting to feel at ease. During my latest transition, I’ve had a bit of trouble. For some reason I’ve been hit with homesickness mighty hard and just couldn’t shake it. Some days I would be feelin’ good, making progress and then, bam! Not feelin’ so great.

Honestly, I’m kinda embarrassed by this. I pride myself on being able to move about, adjust as necessary and blend. So, while I’m moping about, wanting to go home, I’m also super mad at myself for feeling that way. Crazy, right? Yup. Definitely.

But this week, I’ve think I’ve turned a corner. No surprise that when I finally eased up on myself, the homesickness eased up as well. And I’m finally on my way :)

And this quote has helped immensely: 

Happy Sunday!

25

28 Jun

I turn 25 in less than a month.

Geez.

That’s just crazy talk.

But, it’s true and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I guess it comes down to both excited and nervous. Excited, because of the old adage “celebrate growing older because it’s a privilege denied to many.” And quite frankly I used to be a bit snobby about getting older. I didn’t understand the vanity of botox or lying about age to seem younger. Granted, I have a bit of a baby face and often get thought of being younger than I am (which until recently, drove me absolutely crazy.) But with the development of my first grey hair, let’s just say my opinions are a lot less harsh.

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And nervous because I dread the inevitable question, “so what are you doing now?” that seems to follow getting older. After spending a year at home with off and on work, this question makes my heart race like a hummingbird. Somehow telling people I spent 3 hours teaching myself to french braid doesn’t seem to hold the same weight as spending the day in an office.  And trust me, I desperately want to be in that office. But, instead I’m going to Grad School. I’m actually getting really excited about it but it’s not really what I thought I would be doing at 25. When it comes to my future, I’ve always been a big picture person. I imagined myself working in a publishing house or a museum or traveling, but I hadn’t really given much thought to how I would get there…and turns out that’s a crucial step.

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But I have course corrected and am now on the right track, so in a way 25 is arriving at just the right time. I came across an article by Sarah Shanfield, “What It Means To Be 25 Today”  from the Huff Post New York that was also perfect timing.The pressure we feel to have life figured out by 25  is in a way self given, a make believe do or die situation.When in fact, just like anything else it’s a journey that is so different for each person.

I’m inclined to believe her and walk through my invisible 25 threshold with my head held high.

Happy Thursday!