ceitfianna: (Maeve)
The weather took a turn to full on summer yesterday into humidity and heat. I think that's why I had trouble sleeping last night plus rereading War for the Oaks. Since I didn't sleep the night before last the day was strange, I had a sort of nap in the morning and then walked around town being amazed at summer arriving.

One of the nicest things was I was able to just sit and finish reading To Say Nothing of the Dog, which I want to reread now that I know what happens. It also got me rereading Gaudy Night, which isn't my favorite Peter Wimsey but To Say Nothing of the Dog is clearly inspired by it that I felt like going back to it. The things that make me unsure about it are some of the class roles that are portrayed but I enjoy that the characters so much.

Tomorrow my brother is visiting as he's going to a conference in Chicago and so is hopping a flight to see me. This is the brother who normally lives in France and is getting married at the end of August, so this is great extra visit. Life is good and I'm nearing the point where I feel ready to start the next step of applying for jobs, which is finding them and sending out applications. I've seen this around my flist and really like the idea behind it so here's a link to my thread of the You're Beautiful meme.

ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I've lately been reading and watching a couple of wonderful things and I want to write about them. As I was having lunch with Rick after seeing Thor, I realized that lately I've been encountering a number of retellings of tales that are much older. This is something I love, as a storyteller, I know there's such power is finding a new way to look at a story. The tales that we as different cultures keep telling our selves hold such amazing secrets as they show what we hold dear and what we're scared of.

Thor is the story of two brothers trying to please their father and learn how to be men. Deathless is the tale of Marya who is learning what she wants for herself. War for the Oaks is about Eddi deciding what is important to her and where her power is. Within each of these works are older stories that sometimes have not been changed terribly much in terms of what happens when, but how and why things happen and what's going on does shift.

I've lately been thinking about my failed masters thesis on the Greek poet Pindar who wrote odes for athletic victors and used myths as a way to honor them and their families without causing hubris. One of my favorite lines in Pindar is where he says that Homer told a particular myth in this way but Pindar is choosing to tell it this way. I'm going to post a link to my Milliways' paper soon and I'm wondering if anyone would also be curious to see the start of my thesis.

Creators who can see and understand the bones of these old tales and then take them apart in such a way that we see them new again amaze me. I hope that in some small way I might be able to do that some day. In the meantime, I recommend seeing Thor and reading Deathless, the first is the perfect superhero movie to start the summer and the second is a complex reworking of Russian fairy tales.

Tomorrow I begin my summer class and I'm taking today as a wonderful omen, the weather was fantastic, I saw a fun movie and talked for a long time with a good friend.
ceitfianna: (Pirate King adulation)
I checked and my grades came out today and they make me really happy so I'm going to share them here.

Database Applications-B+ this is a nicer grade than I expected but my group work was really solid. And I think overall I did do good work and the things I messed up didn't count as much as I feared.

Professional Practice-A this feels right to me as I did good work. I always appreciate As from this professor as she sets a high standard.

Outcome Based Evaluation-A+ She kept calling my group the Lakers of the class so I'm just going to laugh and say thank you to her.

InfoCulture-A- I'm not surprised by this, I had a hard time with some of the concepts but I had a great time in this course. Also I'm not a sociologist and I know a number of people in the class had that background.

Life is wonderful, Spring is on the way, my pantry is stocked and I just feel hopeful. This afternoon I spent almost two hours just talking with [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier and feeling lazy. I keep being surprised that I don't have work or classwork to do. I'm enjoying my decompression phase and will slowly go into summer mode of looking for job, work and my class.
ceitfianna: (Jane thoughts consume me)
Last night my group's presentation went incredibly well. Four of our clients showed up and were really into what we were saying. I had a touch of nerves that I think helped since I had those fun jitters I get during a performance I love. Then our professor who is the lady I complained about before said she'd take us out to drinks. Out of the entire class, only six of us went with her and then her husband joined us. It was quite surreal but I got free beer and a tasty duck dish as I was the only one who thought to order food. Then I realized another reason I really don't like this prof and that her husband is the same one.

They're academics/business people who think the way to fix education is to reinvent the wheel according to their plan. The husband's a historian and has some ideas for history simulations and getting students into the primary sources, but he has the problem that I've known game runners to have, he has his idea and things should fit it. A brilliant student might think of something unexpected but that shouldn't be planned or allowed for and they didn't seem to acknowledge that there are some good public schools out there. Trust teachers, they don't like how things are either and snooty academics aren't going to make them happy. This is what made me grumble when I got back because I knew they didn't really hear me at all. She's writing a book about helping to create a school of the future so I honestly didn't have a shot. It just made me so sad, because they don't get it. Teaching is hard and requires the teacher to change and shift for their students. Because this professor didn't do that once this semester, she's going to be amazed at how harsh her evaluations are. She's a nice woman and her husband is interesting but they've got a lot to learn about teaching but I don't think they know it. I keep realizing that most of the professors I grew up around at Swarthmore and ones I knew at Randy-Mac were just so good. Whenever I meet professors who don't get teaching, it surprises me as I grew up around teachers. One things I'm so grateful to SI for teaching me is how much I still have to learn and how much I want to learn. As a librarian, I'm in a place where I can and I plan on it. I don't know what kind of library or job I'm going to end up with but I will do what I can to learn and learn and foster learning.

My lease stuff for the end of the summer still isn't sorted but I'm going to stop in at the office on Friday and talk to them. I slept in deliciously late and then as I was getting dressed was called by them going so are you reupping? That didn't help, I've made it quite clear why I'm stuck to them and they've yet to provide a good compromise. Either I have a weird four month lease and my rent goes up by more than half or I sign another yearly lease. I don't know what my job prospects will be in August but damn it, I'm going to my brother's wedding and that requires me to not be moving out on August 25th.

Tomorrow's probably going to be my last full day working at America Reads as I tie up some loose ends and I'm looking forward to it. The weather actually feels more like Spring, it keeps raining but its in the 50s and 60s. Life is moving forward and I think I'm going to be ready for it. I get to have a little breath this weekend as I don't work on Sunday, have class on Monday or I think work on Tuesday. Oh and in annoying news, it turns out I missed my chance to see the National Theater's Frankenstein, it played on April 6th. I found this out by picking up a brochure at the theater where it had played and reading it. That's annoying but there are movies coming out I want to see and I do have time to now.

Later tonight or tomorrow I might put up a prompt meme as I'm in the mood to write, but I haven't found the right one yet. Also I will be posting my Milliways' paper soon, I just need to figure out the best way to do it.

Loose Ends

Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:17 pm
ceitfianna: (Hatter is bemused)
My paper is going along, I'm oddly not stressed about it at that point. I'm sure that will change at some point but for now, I know the bones of it are good and I just need to fill out and unpack. People who I shared it with, you're going to be getting an email from me because I need to make sure its making sense to people who aren't me.

Spring is finally here, its in the 60s today and it took so much willpower not to stay in a sunny cafe and finish my reread of An Artificial Night but soon.

Oddly enough everything is falling into place except that my lease for the very end of the summer is being an utter pain. My brother is getting married at the end of August and I first arranged to pull my lease from the start of August to the end before realizing that wouldn't make sense. It turns out that I either have to do a weird four month thing where my rent may go up by 500 dollars or so because they can never lease places during September or October or sign another year long one. I'm sure it'll get figured out but so far its making me kind of bothered as I don't want to buy plane tickets for the end of August until I'm sure. Also somewhere around that time I hope to have found a job. That's what's worrying me, all the stuff that comes after getting through this summer not as much what's going on now.

I have time to write this paper and the reflection for Tuesday and then I can enjoy the nice weather.
ceitfianna: (feathered face)
Today went pretty well even though it started off rather bumpy. I woke up at the right time and then went back to sleep and woke up right when I was meant to be at work. Since I drive to work it was fine and I finished all the things I needed to. I'll go back to America Reads next week to wrap some things up, but I'm pretty much done there.

It was sunny today and after work, I drove out to Borders and was able to snag a Deathly Hallows DVD and the newest novel by Catherynne Valente. I probably spent more than I should have but I've heard great things about this novel and I didn't have a coupon so I just went with it.

Then I came home and finished up one last blog post on my wordpress blog for my Professional Practice class. Now that class is completely done, which is a nice feeling. I meant to do some writing on my Milliways' paper but it hasn't happened. I have all the ideas in my head, they just need to get on paper. Thank you so much to everyone who's taken the time to fill out the survey. Tomorrow at work in the morning, I'm going to try and do some writing. My part of my group presentation for Tuesday is looking good, I just need to get my self-evaluation done at some point.

Also I got my summer work schedule and its really nice, work early Sunday evening, class Monday afternoon, work Tuesday night, work Wednesday early afternoon and then done. That will leave me a couple of days to myself. I'm trying to pick either a class or a routine to try during the summer, maybe couch to 3K or try one of the many dance/yoga studios around me. Its a nice thing to plan.

In the meantime, here's a nice little meme that's been going around my flist. Last seen on [livejournal.com profile] mm_spinelstar and [livejournal.com profile] viridian.

Give me a character and I will tell you...

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character -
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.

All my characters can be found over in my profile here and if you're curious about a canon you know I like, just ask.

Still Here

Apr. 13th, 2011 08:19 pm
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
I just realized its been almost a week since I posted which is long for me. The end of the semester is nearing and things are getting done. Today I was part of a presentation about a database and accompanying applications that I helped worked on. I've discovered that I can do HTML coding without a problem but PHP makes me feel like an idiot. Luckily the other two people in my group were able to figure it out and I just helped whenever I could. My other big group project write up is also going along really well and will be done by Tuesday then we have our presentation on the 26th. The other thing I have is my paper for InfoCulture and I'm going to write about the DDOS attacks and how they bleed the offline/online worlds on livejournal. I have to do a little write up of it and talk for Monday but I'm really not worried.

My summer is coming into focus, I'll have one class on Monday afternoons and I don't know my work schedule at this point. It looks like I won't actually be doing anything at America Reads this summer as my part of their library will be done for now. My parents are making plans to come visit me in June and I'm going to buy a shiny new Mac for my birthday in June. At the end of August my brother is getting married in Sonoma and I get to go to that too.

In between those things, I'll be looking for a job and hopefully making road trips to see people or having visitors. I will actually have time that is my own again in about two weeks and I'm ready for it. I'm planning to go see Sucker Punch soon, maybe this weekend or next week depending on how timing with [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier works out.

Today Spring actually feels like its arrived, the weather has been beautiful in the 50s and sunny, there's still a bit of a breeze but nothing horrible. I was even able to wear this pretty rosy cardigan I have that's just right for this weather. Also I feel so much more awake thanks to the sun and almost being done and knowing I will graduate at the end of this summer.
ceitfianna: (taking wing)
Today at America Reads started off strange before ending in an amazing place. I want to write about it as I'm still processing it. At this point the majority of the books have been cataloged, which I find amazing. There are books I missed and late donations and odd balls but the collection is ready.

The next step is going into the records and adding ways for the tutors to search them with particular terms to do with teaching literacy. I don't know these terms terribly well since I've never done work with literacy. For the last few weeks, I was helping by trying to add these terms to some specific phonics' books. Today I found out that actually I didn't need to do that and went in and took the work out I did, which went quickly. I had a moment of going well I feel stupid, but it didn't last long. I've set up the system well enough that the tutors can actually enter the key terms and will keep doing that.

At this point, I'm not sure if they'll be able to pay me for the summer but if not, I'll be able to finish what I started. I'm going to go in and add images for some books and fill in a few blanks. Then the big thing I'll be working on is creating instruction material; screencasts, a few handouts and showing my boss out to do the cataloging. Its going to keep me busy and be satisfying work. I might end up doing inventory too but that's more up in the air. Sometimes when I'm down in the basement, I've worried that my role has been forgotten. Today was a reminder that people know the work I've done and its to a point where soon I can leave and things will continue.

Also I've downloaded Firefox 4 and like it so far. I'm having to reorient myself but I like it. The semester is nearing an end and I keep checking things off, which is a wonderful feeling.

And I made beautiful banana nut muffins!
ceitfianna: (Maeve)
This is a small thing to be unhappy about but its still hard.

It turns out that I won't be able to take any sort of humanities course this summer. Instead I'll probably end up taking grant writing, which will be incredibly useful. No one wanted to work with me in doing translation and none of the undergrad things would fit my interests. Also none of the various humanities departments even do graduate courses during the summer, not history, English or Classics.

I don't understand this, it doesn't seem like the smartest thing for the university to do. That's just me though, I just wanted to take something fun since I was going to do something for the summer. Okay, this is my whine about it. I've found a course I can take, its only three hours every week and it will let me graduate. That's the part that counts.
ceitfianna: (Titanic-silent hurt)
I didn't sleep well and that's made my entire day just awful. For some reason, I keep having trouble getting to sleep on Monday nights, I think its due to working the late shift at the library. Yet these past two Mondays, I haven't, so I don't know.

Last night I couldn't get to sleep until almost 6 am and then woke up at my alarm and again when I normally go work. I hauled myself out of bed enough to email my internship and say, I'm sick, I can't make it. Now I haven't missed a lot of full days so I figure I'm allowed to have a quieter week.

Then my girl parts started hurting and I couldn't find the stuff I like for them, which was annoying, but its that kind of day.

So I decided, I will bake and feel better, but I don't have baking powder or baking soda. I have every other thing for this recipe but those two. I trot off to Trader Joe's and apparently baking powder is a seasonal item, I could have stopped someplace on the way home, but I wasn't up to it. I did at least get myself something tasty for dinner and I will make muffins tomorrow after work.

The prompts from my last entry are really wonderfully distracting and that entry is still open for more.

Now to get through this evening and probably fall into bed early, because I will enjoy this last week before classes start and my early mornings hit me hard.

Edit for a good thing, I've discovered that my tastes have changed and I do like Earl Grey tea. It makes the most wonderful iced tea so I picked some up at Trader Joe's.
ceitfianna: (Tom on the banister)
I figured something out on Thursday that keeps surprising me whenever I think about it.

That's the fact that while my internship may end this semester, America Reads has hired me for all of next year. Somehow I've ended up becoming their librarian and the woman who hired me is now the director.

Classes start a week from next Tuesday and its going to be a busy year, but a good one. The thing about America Reads that keeps making me stop and go, wow is that I really am a librarian.

I mean I knew I was a student reference librarian, but this is something completely different. It shows me that without a doubt, I'm in the right place and the right profession, which is a rather wonderful realization.
ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
I will post more pictures possibly tonight. For now I'm just feeling happy after spending an hour or so at a nice cafe finishing a book by a favorite author outside of their normal genre, The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold. I really enjoyed it since she looks at history with a touch of magic and the idea of church sanctioned magic. It was quite helpful to me since it dealt with metalworking, which will be useful for Sameth and the idea of imbuing things within metal.

Recently I watched The Young Victoria for the first time and adored it, I watched it twice before I sent it back. I've always had a great fondness for beautifully done costume drama and that was one. The feel of the romance and the politics was perfect for me. I liked that in Bujold's book too, the romance and interactions felt real and messy.

In cooking news, the weird cherry pitter that my parents bought for me actually works really well. I think this weekend I might investigate cherry and banana bread recipes, hopefully this isn't a weird combination but I think it should work. I just set to steeping a pot of peach iced tea for some homemade iced tea so my house smells of peaches.

Tomorrow I get my internship stuff sorted for the end of the summer and next semester. I would love it if I could have a day or a few days off before the semester truly starts, but that probably won't happen. So I'll find my pleasures in food, books, good things to watch and wonderful people. Now to go write my tag on the current Sameth OOM as I finally feel properly awake and relaxed today.
ceitfianna: (pocket watch)
I didn't want to get out of bed this morning, because last night felt so productive. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] saphyria, I realized that there is a middle ground for Sameth canon and it helps that he doesn't have that much. I can condense and actually have stuff all pre-threaded so that when I take him out, I know when he's coming back in.

Work seemed to just get started slow today, there were more books that I had to sort and add into the collection. Also this work is interesting, but sort, sticker, search for record put on shelf, rinse and repeat gets tiring. My semester is starting to come together and I'm also feeling kind of lumpish. To get the most time at work I've been driving in, its just simpler since its such a long walk, but I miss my walk. I think tonight when I get home, I'll do some exercise.

Also all the really good lunch places are on the other side of campus and not reachable in a decent stretch of time. At least I have the basement to myself and can turn on my music to get going.
ceitfianna: (beach scene)
Yesterday I went shopping with my mother and picked up two good pairs of pants, a cute top, good shoes and lots of nice underwear. It was a true adventure and reminded me just how weird shopping for clothing really is. Though I'm happy to say that I didn't let it get me down. My body's not where I want it to be, but my focus is school and I have clothing that makes me feel pretty which is a start. I decided before we went yesterday that I wasn't going to let myself feel hurt, because clothing didn't fit. That just creates unhappiness and doesn't really get anywhere. So I'm trying to go with the advice of an amazing woman who said, dress the body you have and I did. It was just so strange to wander from stores like Ann Taylor to Orvis to Eddie Bauer to Lane Bryant, they all have their own specific audiences and I can find things that work in all of them. Yet as stores, they also share common problems where they tend to have a certain way things are cut and the chaos of what size are you in this store today? I think that's why shopping is so wearing, it's really a search to find things that work consistently. My mother and I kept talking about the weirdness of clothing and sizing as we were shopping, which made the day go quicker. We still spent about six hours shopping, which was far too much.

Not too long ago I finished a book called The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee that was recommended on one of the book blogs I follow. Its set in an alternate world that has a steampunk and kind of empire feel combined with the American West. The story is told through two characters, a woman who's pretty much an Inuit and a cavalry captain, they get pulled into a complicated scheme by the Captain's father who's a general. Most of the story is about them trying to understand each other and the world around them. Sadly I found the ending a let down, because the story seemed to be pushing towards a major change in the status quo, yet when it finally ended, yes, things had changed for them but not as much as I had hoped for. The author does a wonderful job of showing all of the complicated feelings and reactions on all sides when land and power is at stake and then spirituality and almost magic get pushed in too. The main reason that I'd recommend it is that its a book that I'd like to talk about since it left me wanting more.

My plans for next semester are coming together, my fourth class is going to be about Online Searching and Databases and is taught by a good professor. The only annoying thing is that its at 8:30 in the morning, but I'll have all my classes in the middle of the week. I hope that I can then set aside at least one night just for myself like I did last semester. Having my internship along with my job will make things trickier, but I think I can manage it. I hope so. Today I connected with the librarian in Lewes that mentored me before I went to Michigan, it was such a pleasure to talk to her. Also to find out that we follow and read a lot of the same people, I just love knowing that I'm going in the right direction.

I'm also starting to actually relax a little more which is nice. The wonderful prompt filled Daily Entertainment was just great to start the day with and come back to. My thread is over here.
ceitfianna: (Inception-look sideways)
Life is feeling rather chaotic at the moment, but on my walk over I had a great girly moment. I've been liking my new hair more and more as its grown out and when I go to Delaware the awesome hairdresser I know there is going to give it a look. I think the woman who cut it had some of the layers just a little bit off and that's why its been bothering me. Back to the story, there's a huge Urban Outfitters in Ann Arbor and I wander into it sometimes since they have beautiful clothes, jewelery and home stuff. So far all I've bought there was a pretty notebook with birds on it since most of their things are highly overpriced and I'd rather not try on something pretty and discover just how much it isn't cut for my body size and shape.

Well, they have this amazing collection of hair things, headbands have been in for a while now and I used to wear them when I was younger. So just on a whim, I tried on a pretty one with feathers and I discovered that simple headbands look really good with this hair cut. Now I'm not going to spend twenty dollars on a headband when I can make something just as pretty, but I know it looks good. It was a great moment of I feel pretty and this is something that can dress me up and add a bit of happy bird to my look. So making myself a headband is going to be a project, there will be beads and feathers and it will be jewelery for my hair.

In other news, I'm flying back to Delaware on Wednesday and I'm so ready for it. Tomorrow is going to be long and busy. My list consists of working for at least five hours, selling my books at Dawn Treader and trying not to acquire too many new ones, seeing if I can turn in my timesheet before I leave and doing laundry. I'm sure there will be other things, but this is what counts. I've realized just how much I need this vacation since this summer has been all over the place. My internship is fascinating but I still have so much to figure out before the semester starts and I think its going to be a crazy semester. I'm halfway through my program here at Michigan and it feels like I'm still just starting out.
ceitfianna: (long road)
This week has been so long, full of good and bad in almost equal measure. I think in the final reckoning, there's more good than bad though. I'm going to try and review it but I have a feeling that I'm going to be going off on tangents a lot since I feel rather sore and scattered.

To begin with, really last weekend is the place to start, on Saturday, I went all over Ann Arbor with [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier and [livejournal.com profile] rushin_doll, we saw Inception and searched for food. The fact that the power was out on Rick's side of town made this rather more exciting. I really enjoyed Inception and my biggest complaint is that Nolan didn't push things as far as he could have. He seems to have a very logical mind, but he's not willing to go into the surreal territory that someone like Terry Gilliam or Tim Burton is used to. The Prestige is still my favorite of his movies, because it walks that wonderful edge between fantasy and reality. I feel like Inception flirted with that edge but didn't dare to go deep enough into it. Part of this might be my own bias, because I love the world of Changeling the Dreaming and urban fantasy, my idea of dreams is strange and wild. Perhaps when I'm home for vacation, I'll take my parents to see it and watch it another time. According to everyone on my flist, it seems to improve on the second watching. I do love the characters and the set up, really I just wanted more.

After that, Sunday and Monday were work and nothing too special, trying to figure out my bills with my parents. I'm currently online talking to Comcast to sort out the jump in my bill. Tuesday I went to work and in the evening [livejournal.com profile] moofoot and [livejournal.com profile] sardonicynic arrived. I made them a delicious stir fry with tofu and other goodies from my fridge and pantry. Also I got to meet the new puppy, who is a mini sheep and so sweet. I'll be eating that with Zingerman's bread for dinner tonight.

Wednesday ended up being all over the place and I think I'm still recovering from it. It began with all of us getting told to move the van by the people in the office building next to my apartment. There is a space of parking spaces that aren't marked as reserved so that's where I tell visitors to park. It turns out they threatened to tow the van. In the end, they parked the van in residents' parking and that worked. So one thing that began sort of, then I had a nice lunch with my mentor. We were both feeling kind of harried since my internship is stretching into the Fall and I need to sort it out. Then at work, I finished the inventory, which was an amazing feeling. I realized that I still had a lot more books to sort and things to do, but I had guests and Punch Brothers that night. So I went to say that I was leaving early. I discovered that they were also figuring out the Fall and I would get work study money, and they were wondering about my hours. Of course this brought up the fact that so far my hours have been less than I expected. I explained that I plan to pack in a lot more hours in August but it left me feeling worried that I was letting them down. Also at this point in time, this huge storm was battering Ann Arbor. While talking, it blew hugely and finally blew over. So I walked to the cafe where Ali and Crys were and then we headed back to my place. We were in line for a while and then changed for the show and waited outside for the Ark to open. Our seats were amazing and I was in photographer mood during it. I'm not sure why, but I kept wanting to capture the energy of the Punch Brothers. It was one of the best concerts I've ever seen and will upload tons of pictures later. What sucked was as we were leaving our seats, a guy came up to me and said I know you like taking pictures but it ruins it for other people. So I wanted to shrink down and die, I had tried to not be distracting and was on this wonderful high and felt not good enough again. I know I shouldn't have let him bother me, but it had been a day full of people criticizing me or at least I felt like it. Next good part was that I got my ticket stub from the last show of theirs I saw, signed. I'll take a picture of it and include it in my next picture post. They're just incredibly nice guys to actually be there for people after what must have been an almost two hour show. Then we went off to one of my favorite pubs in town, Arbor Brewery where we all had fish and chips and some of the Punch Brothers ended up there too. We didn't talk to them, but they were in the booth behind us and that was enough.

Thursday was better, Crys drove me to work in the morning and I finished the sorting and cataloged all of A. Also I discovered a nice little cafe near the center to have lunch at. Then I was picked up from work and we had a completely lazy evening. [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier showed up and we ate pizza from Pizza House and watched a Punch Brothers' performance on DVD, which was so good. Then we watched Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, one of my utterly favorite movies, that [livejournal.com profile] moofoot and [livejournal.com profile] sardonicynic had never seen before. Oh and as a bonus, due to a little storm of Apollo chewing paper, my apartment is hugely neater, that was a great surprise.

This morning, they both disappeared far too early in the morning. I then slept late before heading off to a meeting with my boss for my reference librarian job. First I went to the wrong library, because I thought her office had changed. Finally I found her and we talked for over two hours. She was so helpful and wanted to know how I was. She commented that I didn't seem to smile a lot at work. This was good to know, I think my neutral expression at the moment is just tired, but I love my work. I told her about my internship and my crazy plans for next semester, but that I love my job. Also I think I have Comcast sorted, I've been doing an online chat and it sounds like I can get it all sorted so my bill is less and that I need a new remote. I'll pick it up tomorrow and then call the bill place on Monday.

In other news, I went into Borders on my way home and splurged on two things. I had a coupon and I find myself buying music when I'm there since I tend to take more chances on music. If I want to get books to try out, I have libraries and used bookstores. So I picked up a CD by Joshua Bell called At Home with Friends that seems to be made up of great duets. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World reminded me just how much I love his playing. Then in line, I picked up the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, which should be a wonderful book to bury myself in. Four days until I get to see the ocean, my family and eat soft shell crabs.

ETA Inception spoilers and discussion in the comments, be warned.
ceitfianna: (Tom on the banister)
Last night after spending the afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier and [livejournal.com profile] rushin_doll, I went to a small exhibit that the woman I'm working with for my internship was in. It was such a treat, she feels like someone that really is turning into a friend, which is a great surprise.

Tonight there will be sushi and Inception, which should be fun. [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier and [livejournal.com profile] rushin_doll will be fascinating to talk about it with. Then next week, Punch Brothers with [livejournal.com profile] sardonicynic and [livejournal.com profile] moofoot with accompanying puppy.

First meme from [livejournal.com profile] doihearawaltz and I love this one, because I love thinking about pairings and making things for people.

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request ~something~ of any pairing/character* of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal. If you absolutely can't write, you can offer drawings or icons or something instead (meta? picspams? reasons why that character/pairing rocks/doesn't rock?).

Second meme is another round of five questions from [livejournal.com profile] yakalskovich

If you want me to ask you five questions, then leave a comment saying 'Interview me!

1. I know you've stayed in many interesting places all over the world. Which was the one that you could least easily adapt to, and why?

The apartment that I lived in Athens, the city was wonderful, but this was one of the worst places I've lived. What made it so hard were the people I was sharing it with, I just never really clicked with them. My bed was incredibly uncomfortable, the room was horribly dark, I need natural light to sleep. Also the woman who was my roommate always had to go to be quickly and in darkness. Normally I read before I sleep, it helps me relax my mind, in that room, I was allowed to read maybe fifteen minutes at the maximum. So I had horrible nightmares while I lived there, literally wake up screaming nightmares. I never adjusted to that apartment even though I lived there for four months. The only benefit was that I spent so much time wandering Athens and falling in love with the city.

2. What do you see when you look out of your window?

I see a strip of green and a fence with plants growing over it. Over that fence is a park and so many times, animals will wander by my window.

3. Do you have a favourite place in Ann Arbor? And do you have a picture of it?

This is tricky, because there are so many wonderful places from cafes to just beautiful spots. I"m not sure if I can really trick. Currently the Law Quad is one of my favorites and that was the vaguely medieval one from one of my past picture posts.

4. Which was your favourite book when you were 13, and why?

Oh, this is really tricky, because I have no idea. I don't tend to think about books in terms of what age I was when I read them at all.

5. A Dream Vacation, or one place you'd like to visit in the course of your life.

I want to go to Hawaii, its a place that has a connection to my grandmother since she used to there on vacation almost every year. My parents have been there and its in the Pacific, which I've been missing so much.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I've slept through my alarm every single day this week, which is just disappointing. I keep wanting to get in long hours at my internship but I end up with not too long yet enough to get stuff done. Each day, I've just woken up and felt tired and then it takes a while to really wake up. Its a pain, but next week will be better. My instinct is that I'm going to have another internship for actually cataloging the library and training students. So hopefully with two little internships from the same place, I can have enough credits.

Now I have things to look forward to, I'm going to buy the Punch Brothers' tickets. Though I really wish that the Ark's box office opened in the afternoon since the extra cost for buying tickets online is far too much. I'd prefer to not have to walk to the union to get tickets, but I'll get them. Also I have plans to go home at the start of August, which will do me a lot of good. I miss my family, I miss the ocean and I miss the amazing seafood of the East Coast.

Since I've been home today, so far I've tried to do some things for next semester and found out that I need to register for another class but can't. This is confusing and I'll get it sorted it out.

I've been reading an interesting memoir that I'll probably finish today and write about called Chinese Cinderella, the author's story makes me think a lot about perspective while also wanting to read variations on the Cinderella story.

Last night, I made a really wonderful beef stew that is currently in my fridge and is going to be even better in leftover form as all the flavors settle. Now to go out and feel more awake before coming back and putting together some EPs in Milliways and Mixed Muses.
ceitfianna: (Tom on the banister)
Today is a good day and its not even over yet. I woke up and with my mom sorted all my loans and things from the government. Then it was time to work on my internship and I called up two companies that deal with catalog systems for small libraries. I think that I know which one will be the best choice, but tomorrow is for testing demos with the woman who runs the program.

After that I went out and discovered that it had been raining. Also while just walking around, I was complimented three times on my skirt, which made me smile so much.

So now that I have time, I'm going do one of the music memes that's been floating around. I'm thinking about maybe doing some prompts this weekend, since I'm feeling creative.

I have this idea for a long fic about how Sameth went from just looking into the forge in Belisaere to having his own workroom. Part of the problem is that I don't have a good idea of how things went so I need to bounce ideas around.

The Music Meme!

1: Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2:List (and upload, if you feel like it or are able to do so) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3: Post them to your journal with these instructions

[livejournal.com profile] dynastessa gave me S.

Gomez See The World
Into The Woods Stay With Me
Blackhawk Stone By Stone
Bombay Dreams Salaam Bombay
Phil Vassar Somewhere In Between

Links are to box.net.

A Meme

Jul. 7th, 2010 03:19 pm
ceitfianna: (stars in a tree)
Its incredibly hot outside and I'm glad to be taking a small shift so I can enjoy the powerful AC of Hatcher. Also I'm feeling productive with my internship stuff and liking my hair quite a bit. I think I'm going to try and get a picture of it when I get home.

Now its the right length and just looks pretty. In the meantime, I'm going to do that one word meme, which is everywhere on my flist today.

USING ONLY ONE WORD, not as easy as you might think! Change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

One Word Me )


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