September and Fall Goals

New month, new music

I like September for multiple reasons. September is: my birthday month, the month school traditionally starts in the Mid-Atlantic (Hello, back to school supplies), and the month when pumpkins start popping up. In the spirit of a new school year, I am in a goal-setting. Here are my goals for September and the Fall season (September-November): 

September Goals

  • Plan East Coast trip + prepare for K+J’s wedding
  • Implement cleaning strategy
  • Implement new blog schedule (x3 per week)
  • Attend the Carpinteria Culinary Crawl
  • Enter the library’s picnic entry competition (long story)
  • Read 2 books
  • Celebrate Birthday!
  • Get a manicure/pedicure
  • Finish work plan (for work)

Fall Goals

Happy September!


My New Employer Requested a Few Introductory Sentences to Distribute to the Staff – So this is what I wrote:

“Hello! I was born and raised in the New Jersey and am now trading in the Atlantic Ocean for the Pacific. I have worked in a variety of libraries for the last 10 years in a variety of capacities across Pennsylvania and New Jersey – one of which made a cameo in a movie. I love coffee, running, cozy mysteries, podcasts, and apps (both the food kind and the digital kind). I believe that patience is essential when interacting with technology, and I look forward to getting to know all of you and the Santa Barbara community.”

TBT – To Walk Or Not To Walk

This is an old post I found in my drafts – a blast from the past. Spoiler alert: I walked in my graduate commencement and I am happy that I did.

Lately, I have been going back and forth about walking at my graduate school’s commencement. Since I graduated in December (or January 2014 says my transcript and diploma) and there is no ceremony then, I have the option to walk at the university-wide ceremony in May. In the football stadium. Robed and regaliaed — the whole nine yards.

Do I want that?

With walking at commencement comes the changing of work schedules (of course I am scheduled to work THAT Sunday), inviting family, and buying regalia on a post-grad budget. Most of the librarians I work with didn’t walk for theirs’, for reasons like work, family, or indifference. For me, I am weighing what the trip and the process of getting to graduation will be like the heaviest. There is one road in and one road out for a graduation from a Big Ten* university. I can already hear my mother arguing with the GPS already…

But, I am a person of pomp and circumstance. I like beginnings and endings, and I would love to walk with all of my classmates who are graduating this semester (or did so last semester with me.) My college graduation went by so quickly and I don’t feel a particular affinity for my program, but seeing them again would be excellent.

I polled the Tumblrians about this as well. They are great for anecdote-based points. Their stories were as colorful as my coworkers, but were similar in the conclusion that it is all up to me. Lemon Yellow is my favorite color…

Did you walk at any of your graduations? Would you change your choice?

*Utilizing this term to fully describe the magnitude of the university-wide graduation.

What I Read Last Week 12/19

The World Is… – Invalid Litter Dept. (ATDI Cover)