Thursday, July 30, 2015

What I'll Miss About The Naw (And What I Won't)

After three years and 11 months, it's time to say goodbye to the Naw. My roommates and I are all going our separate ways this summer, to new cities, new jobs, and new apartments. I'm sad to leave the place I've called home for several reasons, and I sincerely hope that whoever lives here in the years to come truly appreciates what a gem The Naw is. And yet, there are also a few things that I'm okay with leaving behind as I create a new home with Jesus a little further north on the Blue Line.

I Will Miss:
  1. Three words: In. Unit. Laundry.
  2. A bathtub so big I could have naval battles in it (or just really awesome baths).
  3. All the dark wood trim.
  4. The Hutch.
  5. Living so close to the 606.
  6. Having a big kitchen to cook in...
  7. And a big dining room to entertain in.
I Will Not Miss:
  1. The way the whole apartment is slightly off-level, so that a ball placed on the north side of a room rolls to the opposite wall with no initial nudge whatsoever.
  2. A bathtub that someone deemed necessary to coat in lead-based paint, so that I've had to bathe at my own risk.
  3. Not having my own closet/having to use the hall closet.
  4. That one outlet by the porch that doesn't work.
  5. Sleeping within listening distance of my neighbor's dining room.
  6. When the ceiling leaks during heavy storms.
  7. Knowing when my neighbor is on his porch smoking, thanks to southerly winds and open windows.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The 8 Stages of Packing

Between work (summer school and community service projects!) and moving prep (packing, cleaning, anxiously awaiting our keys!), I don't have a lot of brain space for much else. Over the past month, or at least during the small amount of time I was actually home, it's been a whole lot of this train of thought:
  1. I don't have that much stuff.
  2. OMG I have so much stuff.
  3. Will I need this winter coat/extra bar of soap/thesaurus in the next month?
  4. Where did all this stuff come from?
  5. I need more bubble wrap.
  6. Maybe I should just sell all my possessions.
  7. Except this shirt. I forgot about this shirt!
  8. I hope I remember where I packed my underwear.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsLet's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sum it up in a sentence (or two): If you've read David Sedaris, you know the drill: short stories on topics ranging from body issues to relationships to childhood trauma.

First thoughts: My first first thought (every time I went to read) was "Did someone spray cologne on this book?" It seriously smelled like walking into a Hollister. My other first thought was that the stories were hit and miss. I know I'm comparing LEDWO to Sedaris's other books, but this one was a little disappointing.

Favorite quotes:
"Their house had read hard cover books in it, and you often saw them lying open on the sofa, the words still warm from being read." -p60, "Loggerheads"

"It's not lost on me that I'm so busy recording life, I don't have time to really live it....Even if what I'm recording is of no consequence, I've got to put it down on paper." -p233, "Day In, Day Out"

Final thoughts: Though there were a few stand out stories and lines that made me chuckle, overall I felt meh.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Most Likely to Succeed

Very quickly: if you get the chance, watch Most Likely to Succeed. It's a documentary about the way education works (or doesn't work) in this country, along with an inside look at a new way to think about how we teach our kids. Basically, do we want them to go far in life, or do we want them to get good grades? And furthermore, is there a way to get both?

We watched this film tonight as a large group (myself and the rest of my fellow first year Teaching Fellows) and naturally, had lots to discuss afterwards. I personally loved the feeling of my heart and calling intersecting with the work that I'm doing. It's been a while since I've had that and I truly appreciate it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

East Coast, Here I (We) Come

[Vacation, Briefly: Our time in Lake Geneva was restful, relaxed, leisurely, food-filled, and recharging. Happy Birthdays were said/sung, pools were lounged at, and multiple board and card games were played. I enjoyed the quiet of little to no phone service and can't wait to make these mini-retreats a tradition!]

I was back in the city for a few hours, but now I'm off again, headed east for Citizen Schools's Summer Institute. I hope to learn a lot, meet some more coworkers/future friends, and prepare myself for a successful school year. Once again, I'm not sure what internet or free time will look like, so posting isn't guaranteed.

I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts eventually, but bear with me and my hectic schedule during these next few weeks!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

This Book Is Overdue!

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us AllThis Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sum it up in a sentence (or two): I think the subtitle says a lot: "How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All," but this was also very broad look at all the services a library provides and the ways they've been challenged in the Age of Technology.

First Thoughts: This was less a riveting read about the future of libraries than an interesting reference book and history of library technology and advancements. I found certain chapters more entertaining than others, and I'm sure librarians themselves would also have favorite sections. The non-librarian/non-bibliophile would probably pass on this book.

Future Plans: I may or may not have decided to read this book based on my childhood dream of becoming a librarian. Recently I've thought about the possibility once again, and this book made the job seem more real.

Favorite Quote: "Good librarians are natural intelligence operatives. They possess all of the skills and characteristics required for that work: curiosity, wide-ranging knowledge, good memories, organizational and analytical aptitude, and discretion." -p6 (It's my favorite quote because, helloooo, that describes me.)

Final Thoughts: Some sections got a little too technical even for this bibliophile. While I was marginally interested in the topics of every chapter, I wasn't as interested as the depth of each chapter warranted. I still love libraries/librarians!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Citizen Schools set aside the rest of this week for Teaching Fellow Relocation - getting settled in to new apartments or a new city, finding an apartment, or just enjoying a few days before Summer Institute in Boston. Since I spent last week apartment hunting (and lease signing), I'm taking these days to relocate a few hours north, in Lake Geneva.

Internet and cell service aren't guaranteed (or heartily welcomed) on vacation, so this space will stay quiet. You can find me on Instagram, though, where I'll post whenever I do have service!