Since my life is more than shoes...

I thought I'd share it with you

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I forgot to mention

The girl with $95,000 in debt just interviewed for a job to shampoo dogs. Thank goodness I worked in the library in college so I have some job skills. Oh yeah, and working for a land surveyor. Keep this in mind, kids - your summer job DOES matter, so don't just goof off, or you, too will be washing dogs with your liberal arts degree.


Ok so I completely underestimated the whole travel time thing when I thought about working and going to school. I spend 2 hours on the train going to and from school, but I also have to leave time to walk to and from the train station. Let's make it an even 2.5 hours. Add to that 3 hours in class (usually more - can't liberal arts majors tell time?), and you've got 5.5 hours. That doesn't include time in the library for reserve reading. I know LUC has e-reserves. Let's get on this, people.

As a result, I feel like I am drowning in work and a lack of time. Once Monday comes, any homework time is out the window until Thursday morning, although by this point, I'm ready for a break. Unfortunately then I have to take the aforementioned 5.5 hours for school.

On a positive note, my local history class is fascinating. Who knew that the Chicago river used to flow into Lake Michigan and now flows out of Lake Michigan? I didn't even know you could change the direction of a river. Ok, probably people who live here knew about the river thing, but still. Fascinating. I also convinced my professor to let me do my historiography paper about Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Although I might have preferred someone a little more closely tied to dining rooms, those authors haven't written enough books. Fortunately, Ulrich has written just enough (3) to allow me to write about her writing. I definitely would have quit school right then and there if I had to write about some old man's theories of economic history. At least I've already read one of Ulrich's books, and I used part of another for my dining room project. 17th and 18th century New England, here I come!

By the way, don't expect much posting this semester. I might only have to go to school for one class next semester, so maybe I'll have more time...

Friday, September 02, 2005

What's going on?

Well, let me tell you. LOTS of things. I have successfully navigated the "El" by myself during rush hour to get to school. I have discovered that I will be reading a whole bunch of books that I have either already read or partially read in previous classes. I have met a girl with $95,000 in debt from undergrad who came to grad school to study Public History without a TA (she's looking for a job). [let's veer away from me for a second to talk about this girl - i just want to shake her - why not put off grad school until you can go for free, instead of adding on another $20,000? It's not like public history is some gold mine field where you'll make $70,000 a year when you're done. ok back to me] I have spent 2 weeks at my new job with really fun, nice people. Close your ears, I'll be singing in storytime in just 1 1/2 weeks. I have my own desk space. Mine and nobody else's. They gave me a basket of candy when I arrived. I have my own tape dispenser, scissors, post-its, drawers, could life be any better? I have discovered the joys of a huge library system: I can check out books from almost 100 libraries, which so far means that I have only had to buy 1 school book. Now I don't have to cherish "The Great Cat Massacre" for years to come (or try to convince someone to buy it from me).