Thursday, December 20, 2012

So long and thanks for all the fish, 2012

Haiku by Sunit by Dan Matutina
Night day, night day, night day, and suddenly, poof.  2012 is nearly over.

This year I...
  • Helped build a community garden, then took on the role of Co-Steward
  • Graduated with a Master of Library Science degree
  • Wrote theater reviews for RVANews
  • Started a Tumblr project for offbeat-y infertility people (related: went through a bunch of procedures for infertility which failed, so 2012 = a bust there)
  • Joined a summer kickball team that approved of drinking beer on the field
  • Went white-water rafting on the James
  • Went camping in a treehouse 
  • Was re-elected as a leader in a Virginia Library Association round-table (note to self, work on that blog!)
  • Quit my job and started working as a Community Technology Librarian in southwest Virginia with an awesome library
  • Moved away from Richmond/my husband/my house to live by myself with my dog for said job
  • Read (or listened to via audiobook) 54 books.  I'll hit 57 by the end of the year if all goes well.  BEHOLD THE MASTER LIST, favorites to least-favorites:
Five Stars (FAVORITE favorites bolded...links lead to GoodReads pages)

Four Stars

Three Stars

Two Stars

One Star
Cloud Atlas* (*did not finish reading because I just couldn't make myself do it)

Still in Progress

2012 was rough, from a personal standpoint (anybody reading this blog is probably tired of that broken record, right?).  Looking over my list and all the books I managed to read, I feel like more was accomplished than it feels like.  So many things feel incredibly inconsequential, even though those things are actually really big (fancypants degree, new job).  This stuff has a way of crowding out everything else important so that it clouds your view and plays with perception versus reality.  On paper, 2012 looks like it was pretty damn productive, yet so often my perception is simply "Well, this year was pointless and stupid-hard." I did stuff.  I got out of my hermit crab shell and did things and accomplished stuff.  So maybe that's something that needs to be done more often -- a tallying of hey, remember, you did this stuff, even if there's other stuff that you can't do.  I'm not normally a rah-rah-GO-GIRL type of person.  But hey.  If it works.  A lot of 2012 still feels pointless and stupid-hard, but a lot of good things were accomplished in the midst of said stupid-hardness, so I'm going to take a moment and revel in that with a glass of well-earned eggnog.


  1. Wow, that is a very long list of books, I am assuming you do not buy all of those? Or do you have a Kindle (as a librarian, what is your opinion of e-readers? I love the touch of books and can succumb to the promised practicality of technology).
    Anyhow, I also feel like *nothing* happened this year, and that is why I was not looking forward to the holidays this year (I have managed to get in the mood, but yeah)
    Congratulations on the degree, the job and camping on a tree house :) IT is a lot of important stuff. And as long as we keep walking, we will get there. We will. There will be light.

    1. For me, I like books -- I like the tactical experience of reading a book, I like having book-cases full of pretty spines in my living room, and I like certain types of cover-material (non-gloss soft-cover > glossy paperback, etc). But, as a librarian, my main love is the information and the act of reading. I own a Kindle and I love that I can have many books to carry around with me at once. I think back to the books that made me fall in love with reading as a kid (Narnia and "The Giver") and I think had I read them on a tablet, I still would have been in awe at the power of the story, the way The Giver totally, totally struck me in ways other books hadn't before. I think the end result would have been the same -- I would have been totally smitten with storytelling. As a librarian, a huge part of my job is trying to further access to information, and so while I like physical books, I love the content -- to me, the content is everything. I'm not particularly worried about physical books completely disappearing any time soon -- as humans, we like to gather objects, and I think everyone *likes* having a physical collection of something, so while we may have moved to mostly-digital for movies, those are a different user experience (you don't curl up with a DVD anyway -- whether you have a physical disc or a Netflix account, the experience is still screen-based either way)...I DO think libraries are going to change. But I think I'm more in favor of preserving access to information than I am with keeping around paperbacks. (I know. I KNOW. I'm a librarian and I'm seemingly brushing off the books. I love the books. I love my collection of paperbacks. My copy of LOTR from when I was a teenager is precious to me. Physical books can hold memories that a digital eBook simply can't. I totally get that.)

      As for the books I read, a ton were borrowed from the library. Some I bought on my Kindle, a few I bought in physical form for myself.

      And thank you! I hope you get light soon, too.

  2. Oops I meant can not succumb to the practicality offered by technology.

  3. You did accomplish a lot this year - and now it's almost over. 2012 can keep all its stupid-hardness, so that 2013 can fill up on AWESOME. You are due for some awesome.

    1. Thank you! Wishing you good things for the coming year too. :)

  4. catching up - you kicked ass this year lady. dealing with stupid hard stuff without letting it destroy your life/relationships is a major accomplishment too. You are such a strong talented smart lady, and I am in awe of you. For reals.