Out of Office
I'm taking a little time off writing for the holidays. Normal posts will resume the first week of January.
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The Weekly Wrap: December 18, 2022
My colleagues and I were chatting last week about how we've entered the "meh" time of the year.
In academia, the time between semesters is a mixed bag. As librarians, we are finally free to focus solely on our own priorities. Our space is so empty we are only "on call" for reference work, no one is asking for classes, and most teaching faculty skedaddle after they turn in their grades. Our calendars are a lot emptier. But, we constantly wrestle with the mental exhaustion and general "eh, do I have to?" feeling that comes after the semester ends.
Knowing that we are sliding into the holidays, I try to be mindful of my energy levels. Instead of cramming in all the things, I try to complete one major priority and then just tie up loose ends. On my last day in the office - which happens to be tomorrow since I'm using up vacation days - I generally watch some webinars while I clean up my cubicle and write out a to do list for the new year.
Sure it's not "real" productivity, but at least it's progress.
How do you wrap up work for the year?
Just Good Things #66
It rained all day yesterday. A cold, dreary downpour the entire day. It was gross and I didn't like it. Today, it may be rather cold, but the sun is shining brilliantly. I'm excited that the days will start getting longer soon.
Here's what else made me happy this week:
The Now: December 14, 2022
My colleagues and I were chatting today about how we've entered the malaise weeks. Technically the holidays are not here, but the semester is over and our drive to focus on work is gone. We moved a meeting to comments over email because none of us could be bothered. I'm glad we're a team on this.
Here's what little focus I have left is going towards:
Now on My TBR
A friend and I went to see poet Rupi Kaur live and now I want to read all her work. Plus one other title.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
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The Weekly Wrap: December 11, 2022
Friday morning, I wrapped up an optometrist appointment and quick pop in of my favorite stationery store when my plans got a little more complicated. It was gloriously sunny out and I decided to walk the 2 miles home. Stupidly, I was checking my phone as I stepped off a curb and landed awkwardly in a small pothole.
I crumpled immediately but caught myself with my hand. I felt several pops in my left ankle but didn't hear any cracks or feel searing pain. There was a small seating area a few steps away so I hobbled there and assessed. After the initial shock subsided, I tested my ankle and found it could bear some weight - albeit uncomfortably.
Luckily for me, the metro station was right across the street. I limped my way over, took the train one stop, and then limped the rest of the way home. Once home, my husband helped me set up shop at my desk with an ice pack and chair to prop up my leg.
Then began the Googling. I checked various websites to find the difference between an ankle sprain and a break. This is one of those injuries where many of the symptoms overlap. Both are painful, both swell, both cause the inability to bear weight on the joint. The one key difference seems to be where the sight of the pain occurs. For me, nothing was excruciating and, when I poked around, it was only the soft spots that really hurt. I diagnosed myself with a sprain and decided to wait it out.
As of right now, I'm doing okay. The joint is stiff and I have limited range of motion, but I can control the swelling with ice and the uncomfortable pain with some Advil.
But it never fails, just when you're at your busiest (this was supposed to the main prep/baking weekend before our holiday party), life puts something in the way to force you to slow down.
Just Good Things #65
Sometimes, adrenaline is a good thing. I was walking home from an optometrist appointment today when I stepped off the curb into a pothole. Next thing I know, I'm catching myself with my hand on the ground as I roll my ankle. I hobbled over to a nearby bench to make an assessment. After a few minutes, I began my limp to the metro where I did manage to make it home. Right now, I'm not sure if this is a sprain or something worse, but I'm glad I am home. At least here my husband can help me.
Here's what else was good in my week:
The Dazzling Heights
My current read is the second in McGee's series about a bunch of teens living in a super skyscraper. The last hundred pages of The Thousandth Floor turned out great! I finished them in rapid succession and immediately requested the other two books in the trilogy from the library. I just started this book a few days ago. It’s, once again, heavy with the character introductions but at least I’m used to the world.
While I was waiting for those books to arrive, I read the graphic novelization of The Adventure Zone’s The Crystal Kingdom. (Love that podcast.) I forgot so many parts of this story! It was a lot of fun. The illustrator has a way with facial expressions that exude emotion and comedy.
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The Now: December 7, 2022
One thing I am not doing right now is filling in my bullet journal for this month. The regular monthly pages are all there, but I keep procrastinating filling in events and to do items. Maybe I'll get around to it tonight...
Here's what I am working on:
Tuesday Tips: Quote Me
One of my go to search tricks is using quotation marks.
Putting quotation marks around a keyword phrase when you enter it into the search box—for example, by typing “climate change” or “global warming”—allows you to search for an exact phrase. That is, your search results will contain items that have the words you put in quotation marks right next to each other and not items that have one word in one place and another word in another, possibly unrelated place.
Quotation marks can be very helpful when you are searching for a concept that isn’t expressed with only one word. Plus, they work on almost every search tool, including Google.