There are already people I know I’m going to like at my new job, and some I will merely tolerate. Also looking forward to a few regular patrons based on their stories.

I don’t work 13+ hours tomorrow, so I promise I will have a less lame post.

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It’s what I feel. First day from 7:30-9 and I’m more than ready to hit the sack. I don’t really have anything to talk about, but this is an obligatory NaBloPoMo post. I barely remembered it at all. I promise to write something better tomorrow.

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This weekend, Doug and I went to the town of my old alma mater and caught a show performed by some fellow alumni, as well as the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was Doug’s first experience with Rocky Horror, and he didn’t run away screaming, which is a good thing (or horribly wrong, depending on your point of view).

For the entire day, we dressed as Arthur Dent and Trillian from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (most recent movie version). A lot of people had no clue who we were, but a couple did figure it out, and one guy at the winery knew immediately (we also stopped by Oliver Winery for a bit). Mostly we just got strange looks. One guy at the store asked if Doug just had to get something at the store immediately without changing (though he recognized who we were supposed to be after we told him). At any rate, we had a good time and were probably more comfortable in our costumes than most, and we got lots of use out of our towels, which Doug has carefully outlined on his Facebook.

Tomorrow starts my regular schedule with my old and new jobs, which will entail working from 7:30am to 9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Considering I’m not a morning person in the least, and since it’s getting dark so early, I think I’m going to have to pull out the S.A.D. light and get an early start on that this winter. Here’s to hoping that my first 13 hour day will go well!

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About a month and a half ago, I applied for a part-time
reference librarian position at a nearby public library.  A week later, I
received a call and participated in a phone interview. That seemed to go well,
and a week later I went in for an in-person interview.  That also went fairly well, and then I didn't hear anything for a long time.  A couple weeks later, I called to see if the position had been filled, but got no answer.  The next day I was informed the the H.R. person had had surgery the day after my interview, and was going to be out of the office for an indeterminate amount of time.  Another week went by, and I called them back, only to learn that the H.R. person had quit during the hiring process, and that they hoped they would be making a decision by the end of the week. They ended up getting ahold of me the next day and offering the reference position to me. I got the job.

Despite the clusterfuck of a hiring process (I was assured this was not how they usually run), I started my training this week.  I'll be splitting my hours between two different branches, both of which are about the same distance away from where I live. My schedule is fairly consistent, though there is this every third Friday and every third weekend (on different rotations) bit that is going to be tricky. Add to that the fact that I'm keeping my old community college library job, and I have a feeling I'm going to get very worn out, very quickly.  I'm thinking about taking up coffee-drinking. I've always preferred tea, but somehow I just don't think that's going to cut it when I have to work from 7am-9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Despite all, I think I'm going to really like this new job, and will probably detail exactly how much in future posts.

Onto the next order of business, I received a new car this week from my worrisome grandparents.  My old car (a '92 Chevy Lumina) breaks down all the time and takes about a half an hour to start in the winter if it starts at all. Add onto that the cracked windshield, no A/C in the summer, no cruise control, no bright lights, speakers that crack beyond belief, a leaky trunk, a dying differential, a back wheel that sounds something like a train chugging along, and a non-opening driver's side door, I had my hands full.  There was no way I could ever afford another vehicle on the salary I make.

Silver-impala (Note: Not my actual car, but one very nearly like it.)

Enter the '04 Chevy Impala, a nice silver color.  Not only does it improve on all of the unfortunate aspects of the Lumina, but it also has a cd player (score!), remote locks (OMG how did I ever live without them!?), and cupholders.  Also? Only about 64,000 miles on it.  It was only bought so cheaply (a few thousand) because the man who was selling it was out of a job and only had $300 to his name.  And while I feel slightly bad about having taken advantage of this man's situation, I am glad to not have to climb over the center console to get in and out of my car.  Words cannot truly express my joy.

Lastly, I'm sure the two readers I had are well aware that I haven't written anything in about a month and a half.  Knowing that if I didn't start up again, this blog would go the way of 98% of blogs in the world, I've decided to participate in NaBloPoMo this November.  Basically, it means I am going to post every day for the month of November in the hopes of jumpstarting my blogging again. I'm not signing up to officially be a member (they don't just do it for the month of November anymore), but nonetheless, I will be pushing myself to do the postings.  Some of these postings will inevitably be made from my Blackberry, so we'll see how that goes (I'm not sure if it will screw with the formatting or not).  At any rate, you can expect another post from me by Sunday night, at the latest.


…and still looking for a new job.

That is all.

For those of you who occasionally read my blog just to see what's up with me, this will  be incredibly boring and you'll probably want to skip it (I promise I'll update with something normal soon).  I was reading through a friend's note on the great Book of Face concerning the proposed health care reform bill, and just had to comment (line by line) on one of the comments. For those who want to read, catch it below the jump.  I apologize for the wacky formatting…typepad is crazy sometimes.

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I went to my first ever librarian conference a couple weeks ago. It was overwhelming.


Bought this shirt @ the Unshelved booth at ALA (that is not me in the picture).  I also went to some programs and stuff, but we'll speak no more of that.  What this shirt DID get me was no fewer than 10 librarians swarming me at the Broad Ripple Brew Fest this past weekend wondering where I got the shirt.

After my conference goings-on, I did this:

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From the top of the Sears Willis Tower. You can see the curvature of the earth. Crazy.

And this…

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I might be crazy. That's 103 stories straight down.

And again, in case you didn't get it the first time:

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A view from one box to another:

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And after the 4 hours it took to get up and down the tower, I got to dip my feet in the water here for approx. 5 seconds, followed by a stiff drink at the bar by the water:

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And still no decent pictures of my hair.  I guess you're gonna have to wait until I get it cut again.


This weekend, I went to the symphony two nights in a row. I'm so very cultured ; )

The first night, I was helping a friend who works for an advertising agency hand out some stuff, and we listened to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra play music by Led Zeppelin in the background.

The next night, that same friend and I (+ 1) went to hear the same symphony, but this time at Connor Prairie for Symphony on the Prairie. Basically everyone who attends brings a picnic dinner, and it is a fantastic time.  I brought Korbel, a nice pinot noir, tabouli and hummus in pita, cheese and crackers, and strawberries and Nutella.  And that's just what came in my basket- my friends brought along lots of goodies as well!

For this particular evening, the orchestra was playing the music from Harry Potter, making it all the more magical as the sun set over the field.  Children were running around everywhere with wands, dueling, and we picked out all the characters from among them.  Here's Harry:


And OMG isn't he the cutest? There was a squirrelly little blonde boy (who kept trying to pick fights with him) that was clearly Malfoy, but it was hard to get a picture of him.

The music was no less magical than when in the theatre, and I still got goosebumps, as if I was starting on a grand adventure. In all, it was a lovely evening.  The rest of my weekend consisted of lying around the pool and generally being lazy, which was also obviously lovely, but I don't have pictures of that. Also? I don't have pictures of my hair yet. But probably I'll get some before it grows out again, so fear not.

Ooh, I almost forgot, I asked the universe for a sign last week that I'm still supposed to move to Chicago, and the next day, a man gave me a free bicycle (which would be one of my main modes of transportation there). And it's a pretty good bike, too.

Sometimes, I win at life.

I got my hair cut. Really short. And I'm totally in love with it. But because I live in a house full of bad photographers, I do not yet have a picture to share.  So for now, you get a list of the 25 songs my iPod tells me I play most often.

1. Chicago Bound – Jimmy Rogers
2. Fever – Peggy Lee
3. Back to Chicago – Styx
4. Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
5. Roxie – from the Chicago soundtrack
6. Happy – Lit
7. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
8. Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind
9. Criminal – Fiona Apple
10. Honey I Been Thinking About You – Jackie Greene
11. Sweet Home Chicago – Johnny Shines
12. Beat It – Michael Jackson
13. Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
14. Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes – Taj Mahal
15. Good Riddance (The Time of Your Life) – Green Day
16. Blue Alert – Madeleine Peyroux
17. Hayley – Roderick Watt
18. Com On-A My House – Rosemary Clooney
19. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes – Taj Mahal (a different version)
20. Top of the World – The Carpenters
21. Addicted – Lit
22. Shake It – Metro Station
23. Deep Inside of You – Third Eye Blind
24. Don't Stop Believin' – Journey
25. Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest

From this, you might say that clearly I'm obsessed with moving to my new city, except that I almost always listen to my iPod on shuffle (I find it's more like a radio station where you like all the songs), so that's not a logical conclusion.  Even though I am. The only songs on this list I take the time to seek out and play are 10, 13, 16, 24, and 25.  And there's a glitch on my iPod that prevents a few of those songs from playing for more than a couple of second.  But I absolutely love about 20 of the songs, which sort of makes me think that my iPod must be plugged into my brain waves somehow.  I'm joking, of course (mostly). 

So tell me, if you have an mp3 player or music player on your computer that tells you which songs you listen to most often, how accurate is that in regards to your favorites?  Do you listen to shuffle all the time like me?