Archive for January, 2009

January 25, 2009


I am always so critical of myself, and for the most part I know that I shouldn’t be. I am good at what I do, right? I should have more confidence in it. I’ve been working really hard on that and have been succeeding, especially since I took this TSCPL internship and am proving myself in a real position of a fast-paced environment. It’s done so much for my small insecurities as well as turning some of the large insecurities into small ones. (It’s just my luck that I would get this internship when the great book debacle is happening, eh? But that makes the PR jobs even more exciting!)

One aspect that has greatly improved is my photography. The above picture was featured on today’s “The Daily Click” on the Shutter Sisters website, which I credit for giving me many instances of inspiration over the past year and teaching me more about photography than I ever imagined a website could. I have always been shy about taking my camera out in public and snapping too many pictures, but slowly I am coming out of that shell. People (usually) are flattered when you want to photograph them, as long as they know about it. Being sneaky is what freaks them out, I have found.

This experience has made me feel that I have matured more in the past month than I have over my entire college career. There is something that makes being dressed up and wearing an official TSCPL badge that feels very important and sophisticated.

And I like that.

(Sorry for all the talk of my internship/job, but it’s still the excitement in my life right now.)

January 23, 2009


I am probably the most boring person on the face of the Earth. Life has revolved around work, school, and sleep lately. I spent some time the other day at work and rolled around the library, taking random pictures. I’m going to post them here, mostly because I don’t have anything else to post.


Child’s toy

Child’s toy


Puzzle again

January 17, 2009

flowing freely.

Self-portrait, January 17, 2009

I’ve been in a creative swing for the past few days and have finally gotten back into using my camera on a regular basis. I have missed having a creative outlet with everything else that has been going on. The self-portrait above is exactly how I feel about my life right now. Some of it is in focus, while the rest isn’t. It’s somewhat colorful, some close and some far away. All mixed up and distracting while I am sharp and clear on what I am doing. It fits well, for right now.

I am officially booked to photograph Nicol and Bobby’s wedding on June 20. Honestly, I am petrified of doing it. I don’t want to be the one responsible for something that can’t be reproduced again. Nicol reassured me tonight that it’ll be fine, and that she trusts me, so I just have to have faith in myself. I’m sure I’ll get more nervous as the time gets closer.

My library job is going great. My boss and the program director both liked my Candidate School booklet, which was handed out today for participants in that program. I’m anxious to find out how that went. Diana actually said that she was vey impressed at how I took control of that project and ended up with something very strong for the program to give out. That was a huge confidence booster for me. I also finished the media release for February’s program schedule. Talk about a tedious task! It’s took me nearly 2 hours of cutting and pasting from the ConnectNow booklet to finish. I might just start on the March one on Monday to have it done. Other than that, my days there are filled with meetings. Strategic planning, ConnectNow planning, program planning, and sporadic ones with the different sections of the library like Youth Services, Young Adult, etc. I didn’t anticipate so many meetings, but I actually like them because they break up the work hours that are spent in my cubicle designing, etc. I am the type of person who needs a break in between or lots of things happening at the same time to keep my focus in check. I don’t like growing bored with just one thing to think about or finish.

School starts on Tuesday, and life is going to be a lot more hectic. At least I’ll have more to blog about here though. I feel like I have been neglecting this site. I’m going to try to work on that.

January 13, 2009

Ah, how sweet.

They finally did it. They’re legally married, and soon both Ashley and Tink (when the adoption finally goes through) will have the same last name as the rest of us.

It was a short and beautiful little ceremony at the courthouse, and of course, she teared. And of course, that made the rest of us girls tear up.

I cannot believe my baby brother is a married man!

January 7, 2009

Found it.

So I’m exhausted.

Waking up at 6 a.m. and having to be at work by 8 a.m. severely sucks.  Just take my word for it.

But if your job is as great as mine is (technically it’s an internship, I know.  But job is easier to type and say) then it’s not too big of a problem.  I went in at 8 yesterday morning, expecting an orientation and “shadowing” day.  That’s not what happened.  By 9:15 a.m., I had a project thrown to me, to take total design/content control over.  I seriously had to swallow a lump in my throat because I was so nervous.  I think the fear of messing it up on the first day was overwhelming at first, but after a bit I figured out just what I was going to do with my booklet and I eased up.

My cubicle is so cute.  I know, I am a huge nerd, but that’s fine with me.  Diana and I went to central supply and toted all kinds of goodies up for me to use.  I never knew office supplies could be so fun.  Plus I have my own badge, TSCPL email, voicemail, and soon a brand-new G5 Mac to use.

I took some pictures today, but they all turned out really blurry because I was trying to be quiet so I was taking pictures without a flash (4 other people are working  in my area).  So maybe I’ll try again tomorrow or next Tuesday.

For now, I am going to bed.  Lots to do tomorrow too.  I am going to fill out the application for a degree at school.  Yay.  Yearbook stories are also waiting.

January 5, 2009


Tomorrow is the big day. The first day of real work at the library.

I am nervous and scared and completely overflowing with excitement. I hope everything goes as well as I want it to.