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End of Year Survey 2015 [31 Dec 2015|10:49am]
So, it's been FIVE YEARS since I filled this out last.  Let's do it again :)

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Thanks to Anna [28 Dec 2010|07:57pm]

I yet again remembered to do this.  Here's to 2010, a year of vast change.


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Things that are neat [08 Jun 2010|12:06pm]
1.  Book-It is hiring me full-time year-round with medical benefits.  This is good, although I shouldn't get too comfortable or I'll NEVER get a job at a library.  Which is very much the ultimate goal.

2.  I am done with grad school.  My portfolio just passed today, and I am simply awaiting my final grade in my Children's Materials class.  I graduate officially on Thursday, and get to wear ridiculous academic regalia which is full of unnecessary pointy parts.

3.  I'm house sitting in Wallingford for the next three weeks or so -- and I have a car as a result, and I get to play with a cat. 

4.  I'm going to ALA Annual in Washington, D.C. on June 24th -- and I'll be leaving for New York on June 29th.  Home by the Seattle International Beer Festival and the 4th of July!

5.  It is lots of awesome people's birthdays this month.


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Things [28 May 2010|12:35pm]
Things I need to do before I am done with school FOREVER:

By the end of today:
-Finish The Circus of Dr. Lao
-Write a Reader's Shelf Article for Library Journal/Nancy Pearl's Class
-Finish my journal for Nancy Pearl's class

By the end of tomorrow:
-Last Nancy Pearl Saturday class

By the end of Wednesday:
-Post my program/mediography for my storytime for Children's Materials

By the end of next Thursday:
-Finish planning/presenting my ghost story storytime for Children's Materials
-Have my last class of school EVER

By the end of next Saturday:
-Finish my portfolio final draft
-Peer critique my group members for my portfolio class
-Edit my book review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret
-Write a recap of my ghost story storytime

-GRADUATION PARTY with my parents and friends

The following Thursday:
-Actually walk in the iSchool graduation

I am so.  close. 


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[14 May 2010|12:50am]
Despite possible uplifting mood of last post, I'm in a really shitty mood.

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Whoa [13 May 2010|11:38pm]
I haven't posted in awhile, have I? Here's what's going on:

1. I graduate from grad school in exactly one month -- and my last day of class ever is in exactly three weeks. I am so ready to not be in school anymore.

2. I should probably start applying for library jobs -- a lot of my classmates seem to already be doing this, and I honestly don't know how they find time -- I've barely been sleeping.

3. My hours at Book-It have gone up, so I'm at work a lot more often, which is good for money but bad for having time to do stuff.

4. I'm taking a class with Nancy Pearl! Which is basically just 27 book nerds sitting around and talking about books for five hours on Saturdays in May. It's a very good way to end my school career :)

5. CHEESE FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND!!! I'm going Sunday, who's coming?

6. Hmmmmmm, what else. Thing are good. Too busy, but good. I can't wait to have time for myself again. I'm house sitting for my boss in June, so I'll have a car, which is nice. Also, I'm going to the American Library Assocation conference in Washington, D.C. at the end of June! To celebrate further, I'm going to New York City for a few days afterward! It's gonna be a busy summmer...but I'm ready. For it to be summer, that is.


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Is it over? [02 Mar 2010|11:51pm]
I am really really stressed out about school. Is it two weeks from now yet?


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Blogs [26 Jan 2010|11:34pm]
For those of you who are interested in what I'm doing this quarter, I'm pretty much way too busy to update here, but here are the links to the blogs I AM updating!

My Internship Blog

My Intellectual Freedom Blog

Very exciting stuff. I actually am really loving my internship and have lots of fun stuff to say about it.


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2009 in Review [29 Dec 2009|06:24pm]
Here's 2009, thanks Anna!

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Merry Jesus's birthday and Jesus's birthday eve [26 Dec 2009|10:54am]
It's been a good few days with Seth and Krishna and my sister (and Dylan there at the end).

Dec. 24th:
1. Breakfast at Mecca
2. Avatar in IMAX 3D (which was very awesome.)
3. My sister made us tartiflette, which is a French dish from the Savoie region (it involves lots of cheese and potatoes).

Dec. 25th:
1. Dim sum
2. Tried to go see Sherlock Holmes at Northgate, but it was sold out until 4 PM. What the hell? I thought movies were for the Jews on Christmas, and there are DEFINITELY not enough Jews in Seattle to fill up two showings of Sherlock Holmes.
3. Ended up seeing Sherlock Holmes at the Cinebarre.
4. Made lasagna
5. Made cookies
6. Dylan showed up and we went to the Baranof and sang karaoke.

It's a Christmas miracle!!


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Life Things [16 Nov 2009|03:18pm]
1. Ready for this quarter to be over. I have a great group, but I still would rather do things individually than in group project mode. Ready to maybe do a directed fieldwork at the Ballard Library next quarter and probably take all my classes online.

2. Ready for Thanksgiving!! KC and Karl are coming over, which should be fun, as well as sister and Grandpa. I miss turkey. Time for turkey. If only I didn't have a 20 page paper due the day before Thanksgiving, and a presentation the Monday after...

3. Apparently Anna and Dylan and Jon K. and I look like a band, according to a crazy dude at the bus stop. We should get on this, and move on from being solely a guitar hero band.

4. I want to see a good movie in the near future. Preferably in theatres. Any suggestions?

5. I have been reading SO MANY GOOD BOOKS. Among them: The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, When You Reach Me, Percy Jackson & The Olympians (currently through book 3). I'm probably not going to beat Krishna, but I'm pretty proud of myself, as I have read more this year than I probably have since middle school.

6. I've been seeing a lot of great theatre -- my mom's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was great, ECS's Fiction was awesome, August: Osage County was also brilliant. Basically, somehow with all my grad school crap that I need to do, I have managed to read more and see more theatre than I have in FOREVER. How did this happen?

7. The iSchool student group I'm an officer for, iYouth, has been doing awesome things. We're currently planning a conference for YA and Children's librarians that is probably going to sell out. Nancy Pearl is our keynote speaker, and we've got multiple authors coming to speak (Carl Deuker, Sundee Frazier, etc.)! Basically we're awesome.

OK, that's about all that's goin' on, thought I'd write an update. See y'all soon.


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Perfect Weekend [10 Oct 2009|06:23pm]
Sleep 'til 11.

Volunteer at the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Store (826 Seattle).

Waving hello to the bartender at Pig 'n' Whistle on the way to Greenwood Market for food supplies and movie rental.

Currently listening to King Dork on tape while waiting for homemade Chicken Parmesan-Dijon to cook. Soon, mashed potatoes and green beans will be prepared.

Going to watch Adventureland.

Hopefully hanging out with friends after food and movie.

Tomorrow, dim sum at 11:30, Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair with KC, Rock 'n' Roll by Tom Stoppard at ACT with my parents in the evening.

Perfect weekend before the full weight of all the homework I have due hits me in the face.


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[30 Sep 2009|12:24am]
Tomorrow should be my very last first day of school for the year ever. Weird.

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Holy shit. [25 Sep 2009|03:07am]
Well done, Paranormal Activity.....well done.

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[05 Sep 2009|12:32am]
The best thing about YA lit is how giddy it makes me. CATCHING FIRE WAS AMAZING. When's the third one, Suzanne Collins? You better have it already have written or I may die of anticipation.


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Cool things [28 Aug 2009|01:48pm]
1. Challah French Toast with orange zest last night and Project Runway
2. Going to see Inglourious Basterds tonight
3. Seeing Harvey Danger's last show tomorrow evening

Uncool things:
1. Have to clean old apartment tomorrow. Blech.

That's pretty much the only uncool thing.

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Hello [20 Aug 2009|03:58pm]
I just realized that I haven't actually posted in here since I was in Europe -- errr oops. Anyway, here I am, and here are some updates, in case you're interested.

1. Anna and I are moving in with Dylan, and moving to Greenwood -- hooray! We will officially be in our new home on Sunday. It's a sweet house with a giant basement that Dylan's going to use for sound/recording thingies. We shall hopefully be watching Dante's Peak as a housewarming party. Yes. Dante's Peak.

2. Startin' my second year of grad school in a month or so. Taking pretty uneventful classes -- two cores (teaching methods and research methods...ugh), and one actually interesting class (Collection Development). I'm also the co-publicity/marketing chair for iYouth (the youth services student group), so it seems I shall be busy.

3. On Wednesdays, I'm going to be volunteering at the Broadview Branch SPL to be a homework helper -- I am super excited to work with kids. I also went to a volunteer orientation at 826 Seattle, and hopefully will at least be helping them with something.

4. Went camping last weekend to welcome David back from the Navy --- yay!! Congrats David!

5. Going to Pullman in mid-September to visit my sister -- she's a senior and I've literally never visited, I am a bad sister. That shall now be remedied.

Summer's goin' along, all is well, life is good. :)


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The Netherlands [16 Jun 2009|08:59am]
Hey hey, I am in Amsterdam! Our couchsurfer is named Jaap, and he is super awesome. Last night he made us lasagna. My sister says "You can tell Dutch people are tall when you're in the bathroom and you can't even see the mirror." We haven't really been into the city yet, but that's the plan for today even though it is rainy. At least we're used to it :) My goal for today is to eat a cone of fries covered in mayonnaise. Yum. Anyhoo, I hope all is well in Seattle! I will try to update again.

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I am here! [14 Jun 2009|03:46pm]
Speed livejournal update because I literally have 6 minutes of internet time. We are in Geneva trying to keep KC from falling asleep so he doesn't wake up at 2 AM :) Hope everything is well in Seattle!!

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Such is life [01 Jun 2009|12:40am]
Hooray, went to Amy's birthday party extravaganza on Saturday and it was a very good time. Happy birthday Amy!

School is winding down, finally. I have to give five book talks in class tomorrow, and then I will be done with two out of my three classes. The third class is XML (which means that the next two weeks will consist of a lot of yelling at my computer and throwing things across the room), but at least I have two weeks to JUST concentrate on that.

Anna and Dylan and KC and Karl and I barbecued yet again tonight -- Seattle has been strangely glorious, and it's supposed to be in the 80s for the rest of the week. This will be good, except for the fact that the sun usually makes me really lethargic. I look forward to a delightful summer of hanging out with my friends, hopefully getting patio furniture with Anna, and sitting in the sun.

I officially read ten YA books this quarter for my YA materials class -- here's a list of all of them. The ones I particularly recommend I put a star next to, in case anyone might be interested in some good books to read over the summer.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie * (Totally amazing as usual, Sherman Alexie)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan (it was about zombies, but I didn't like it very much -- there was like negative character development)
Slow Storm, by Danica Novgorodoff (a decent graphic novel about an illegal alien and a female fire-fighter with gorgeous illustrations)
All We Know of Love, by Nora Raleigh Baskin (it was ok...not my style - a story about a girl who goes on a greyhound bus trip to find her mother in Florida)
King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography, by Chris Crutcher *(I really loved this book -- a really funny anecdotal autobiography by a great YA author)
The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer *(really good dystopian fiction, up there with the best)
Genesis Alpha, by Rune Michaels *(a really interesting psychological thriller about a kid whose brother is accused of murder)
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan * (anyone who loves Greek mythology will like this book)
Slam!, by Nick Hornby (not Nick Hornby's best, but a really good story about a teenager who gets his girlfriend pregnant accidentally)
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins * (this book is the next big thing -- it's basically Battle Royale, but not Japanese...and totally totally awesome)

I am so excited that eventually my job is going to be reading young adult lit and writing up lists like the one I just wrote.

KC and I leave for Europe in slightly less than two weeks! So...excited. Now, it is time for bed.


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