So, what’s up?

by michelle on October 16, 2014 · 0 comments


Let’s talk a little about life!

Here’s what’s up: I began work on my master’s in Library and Information Science last fall.

I started my first library job this week. Today is my second day, and I’m still doing things like getting familiar with the library website and what databases they have to offer, learning where everything is in the library, how to check out books for people, and general library things. It’s been fun so far, but it’s only day 2. So Who knows. My work computer doesn’t connect to the internet yet, and it’s a windows computer, and I don’t even know if I still know how to use a non-mac computer. I’ve been a mac user for a decade.

Everyone has been so nice. The library is quiet, and in a small town. My job is going to be coming up with new adult programming – book groups and what not. I’ve been asked to try to find ways to engage younger adults as the current book groups are for blue-hairs. So, that’s exciting. I’m thinking maybe a “mom’s night out” book group, and read a book that will appeal to moms of whatever age, but probably of younger kids. Who knows. The world is apparently my oyster.

I’m enjoying the process of getting ready in the mornings, but I guess it’s going to take more than 2 days to get accustomed to doing more than just the bare minimum. Who knows how long it will take.

Last night, I drove home, about a 35 minute drive, ate some dinner that Chris brought home for me (queso!), put Jonas to bed, and then went to bed myself. My clock was cooked. I have a feeling that will be the case tonight as well, because until I am used to all of this, I don’t see much else being done at home. Oye.

Transitioning to this working and momming stuff is going well so far, except when Jonas says “It’s hard to be away from your mommy and daddy all day.” And I say “I know, but this is good for all of us.” And then he says “I’ll just have to think about the good times.” And then I have to force myself not to cry so that I don’t wash all my mascara away.


  • The semester started late last week, and it’s clear that it’s going to be a lot more serious than last semester. I’m learning a boat load of new terminology and methodologies. My classes are titled “Introduction to Information Retrieval” and “Introduction to Instructional Design”. I didn’t even understand half of the words in the title of my first assignment in Introduction to Info Retrieval. Lots and lots of studying ahead for me. 
  • The house is coming along ok. There are still boxes all over the place, and I’m really not sure I like where I’ve put everything in the kitchen, but it’s starting to feel like home. A little bit at a time. When I walk into the old house, I feel a little bit nostalgic. It was our first house. We brought Jonas home to it. There are so many memories in that little house. (Nostalgia can shut it. That sucker needs to sell.)
  • Age 3 is no joke. I’m finding my patience tested daily. Oh, and my personal space is tested daily. I’m just trying to be understanding and pick my battles. But what if I pick the wrong battle and he’s ruined forever? I ended up buying “Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids” by Dr. Laura Markham. I like her advice on her website. So we’ll see if I get anything out of her book.
  • This crazy weather has made my skin go bananas. It is seriously so dry and itchy, and there are rough patches on my face. I used to have seriously oily skin, so dryness is really new to me. I have zero products in my arsenal to combat dry skin. I have numerous things to combat the oil slick that my face used to be. I’ve even put straight up cetaphil cream on my face – and honestly, that was so foreign to me. That stuff is HEAVY and I’d have laughed in your face if you’d told me I’d ever slap that cream on heavily.
  • Yesterday, I had some serious sinus congestion that ended up in my ears. That’s never happened to me before, and it was really strange. I felt like a bubble head all day! Late in the afternoon the pressure in my ears turned to pain, and it kept getting worse. I took all kinds of medicine, and poor Jonas was being parented by multiple episodes of Word World while I put my ears on a heating pad to help the pain and pressure. I eventually just had to go to bed when Chris got home. I’ve never felt pain like that before. I don’t remember ever having any ear infections as a kid, though I’m sure I had them. I just don’t remember. So this was a completely new realm of pain and suffering. And now I know why kids are complete assholes when they have ear infections. That pain SUCKS. And then I think about how Chris had crazy ear infections when he was a kid that sometimes went untreated for a long time and it breaks my heart so much. And my nephew had a really hard time with ear infections, too, and omg if they had that kind of pain regularly or even daily, well, my heart hurts for them. Because ouch.


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Bonus points for recognizing the lyric reference in the title. Ginger had a nice prompt the other day, about your top 10 life songs. This is HARD. HARD HARD HARD because music was my lifeline through adolescence, and I associate certain songs, sometimes entire albums, and in one case, the entirety of one band’s music [...]

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Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

September 12, 2013

Earlier today, there was some awesome conversation happening on twitter and also on Not Raising Brats about the rerelease of The Little Mermaid and how Michelle was hesitant to take her daughters to see it because Ariel is not exactly a great role model. She makes a VERY valid point – Ariel gives up her voice [...]

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Brain dump regarding that post that went viral today.

September 4, 2013

This will be a brain dump. And probably not the most well written thing I’ve ever produced, either. When I was a teenager, I went without a bra as much as I possibily could. I hated bras. They were confining. They weren’t comfortable. And I identified with hippies and liberation and decided that since I [...]

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Life updates

July 30, 2013

So, there’s a lot going on in my life right now. Really there’s too much for one post, but here it is! Class starts soon. I’m sort of nervous tummy about class starting. Graduate school! I love school. I hope I continue to love school during grad school.   Jonas turns 3 about the same [...]

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It really goes by so fast.

May 16, 2013

Today was the last day of Jonas’s first year of preschool. I realize that it was just a little two day a week program, but, I say this like all parents, time is going so fast. When he was a tiny baby, I felt like time stood still. And when people said, “it goes by [...]

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My most favorite makeup type products right now

April 14, 2013

Clinique Super City Block Sheer – This product was discontinued for awhile, and my friend Alex and I cried a little. She introduced me to this product years ago, and it was perfect. It’s basically just a nice face sunscreen. It’s slightly tinted and evens out my skin-tone, like a tinted moisturizer. But it’s really [...]

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Easy avocado pasta sauce – Toddler Eats!

April 12, 2013

I saw someone mention an avocado “alfredo” sauce on twitter a while ago, and the idea stuck with me. I did a search one day when I had a ripe avocado on hand, and the first google hit was from a big favorite, Oh She Glows. I’ve tried a few recipes from there and have [...]

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Fortuna favet fortibus

April 3, 2013

Fortuna favet fortibus – an old Latin saying that means “fortune favors the brave”. I’ve done two very crazy, and probably brave things, this week. I wrote about one already, applying to graduate school for a Masters in Library Science. The second is probably even more outside my comfort zone. I registered and paid for [...]

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