Monthly Archives: January 2013

So This is What a Calling Feels Like…

A lot can happen in a year. Time brings changes, good and bad. 2012 was a good year, between getting married to The Mathematician, adopting the Furry Orange Yarn Menace (to keep The Queen company), and what was that other change…?

Oh yes. Beginning at the library, or more accurately, beginning to get paid for the work I was happily doing for free on a volunteer basis. Today marks the anniversary of my first day on the job, the first day of the best job I’ve had so far.

I love my work at the library. I love being surrounded by books. I love seeing that children still adore a certain big red dog, still seek out a certain mischievous cat, and see the library as a fun place to go. I love that when someone asks me to help them find, for example, poetry, I can show them exactly where to find it, and if I go back a few minutes later, I’ll see them thumbing through books, lost in the words. I love the click of recognition when a patron asks for a specific book, seeing their delight when they realize you’ve read it too. I love that I have a shelf of my own staff picks; you must understand, that had been a life goal. I love seeing evidence around me, every day, that leisure reading is most emphatically not dead. I love working in a place that serves such a vital role in the community. I even love the hectic mornings when everyone is trying to get on top of the workload, and even working as a team, we can’t quite get ahead, but it’s still an adrenaline rush to try. And here’s another secret confession: I love alphabetizing and putting things in their places.

This is where I was meant to be.

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New Year’s Goals

Yarn-related goals:

  • Explore the possibilities of Tunisian crochet further.
  • Expand my knitting skills. This means actually learning how to purl because garter stitch is going to get boring after a while.
  • Work from stash for budget and space reasons, as well as to keep the furry orange menace from antagonizing my stash.
  • Make a fitted garment. Shawls are wonderful, but it’s time to attempt a cardigan again after that failed attempt a few years ago.
  • Finish up the slew of WIPs (works in progress). To make this more concrete in terms, all items in my Ravelry projects that were in-progress at the year’s beginning must be complete by Dec. 31, 2013.
  • Give more of my crochet time to charity, whether that’s preemie hats or cat beds or afghan squares.

Book and library-related goals:

  • Read at least 50 books this year.
  • Among them must be at least two classics. At present, I believe the contenders are Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo and Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.
  • Expand reading into other genres, or at least, taste a sampling of the ones I’m less acquainted with, like thrillers, mysteries, and romance novels.
  • Read at least the first George R. R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire novel. If they’re as amazing as I’ve been led to believe, the rest will follow suit.
  • Read at least five books that have been sitting on my bookshelves but were never read. Good books will be kept, the rest sold back to Half Price Books.
  • Post reviews of my reading, here and perhaps as submissions to the library’s staff picks blog if I can work up the courage.
  • I love being a page, but it’s time to start applying to higher-level positions at the library. Ideally, this will result in the gaining of said position, but right now, I’m not getting anywhere without applying. Time to change that and at least gain some interviewing experience.

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