Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that last night I went to my nephew’s Boy Scout Troop’s Spaghetti Dinner. It was a fun event and good to see the boys (and one girl) in uniform serving food and selling raffle tickets it looks like everyone had a good time and the scouts and their parents worked hard for a successful event.

Yesterday, despite some snowfall, the library was super busy and we had lots of time consuming questions and problems to solve. We’re glad to help and the time flew by. It was my first weekend at this branch and though I’m new I was the Librarian-in-Charge. So glad there weren’t any emergencies to handle. As it was, we were surprised that no one working that day knew the alarm code, which is needed at closing. I realized this midday so we did manage to find it.

I loved Northwestern’s production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, which I’d read in school. I’m lucky to live near a university with a strong drama department so I can get inexpensive tickets to see great acting and direction.

I had lunch last Monday with a dear friend Kasia from high school. She introduced me to Polish cuisine. Though she’s half Polish, growing up she didn’t often eat Polish food. Now she and her husband have taken to exploring different cuisines. She thought that Ewa’s Pierogi was better than the place out by her house.

Wednesday my cousin and I had lunch at Venus Szechuen & Mandarin Restaurant in Park Ridge. It’s a Chinese restaurant, which used to be her favorite. I have high standards for Chinese fare and always thought it was average. This was the second time she came and they said their credit card machine wasn’t working. This inconvenienced us and the other customers. Most people expect to easily pay with a card. We’ve decided to take Venus off our list. It was odd that this happened twice.

I’m signed up to start an online course on Managing Information Systems through my community college. I was going to drop it if there was a group project. I’ve worked for years and have done many group projects for grad school so it’s not like I need to learn how to work with people. Gladly, there isn’t one. I’ll go over to campus and flip through the book. The syllabus makes it look like I already know a lot about the topic. If you’re guessing I’m on the fence about staying with this, you’re right.

41YzEFJi9tL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_As for books, I’m thoroughly enjoying Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives’ Tale. It’s a 19th century novel with wit. Bennett looks at the foibles of small town life. I’m also reading Zola’s Money (L’Argent), which I love, but don’t have as much time as I’d like for.

I’ve had a tough time finding or making time to write. I plan to revise Act I of my play this week. So no lunches with friends and no giving other chores precedence.

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New Job

I started a new job at a small library near me. They’ve recently renovated and have a snazzy automated system for returning and checking out books. When you use the self-check out, you can put 8 books (or CDs or DVDs, what have you) on the check out machine and they’re all detected. I met a lot of my new colleagues and they’re quite cheery and helpful. One went to junior high and high school with my nephew and another is well acquainted with my sister-in-law, who’s third place is the library.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d urge you to see Seven Samurai. Maybe you’ve never seen a Japanese film or have any idea who Kurosawa is, I’d tell you I was in your shoes too and regret not branching out to Japanese or other foreign films. This film blew me away in terms of fast pacing, action, a wide range of characters. Your library should have it. I advise getting the Criterion Collection DVD with commentary.

I’ve become so caught up in learning Illustrator to create computer graphics. It’s an amazing program,  but like any tool could take decades to master. I love developing a new creative outlet, but am mindful of not having as much time in day or life to develop all the talents and skills I’d like to.

I’d say my novel is chugging along. I’m taking a girls’ adventure film script I wrote and am adapting it into a novel. I try to write 5 pages a day, but usually get 3 done. I keep finding more to add and questioning what I’m doing. I sure wish I was making more progress.

I’ve got a second job interview on Tuesday. Fingers crossed that it’s a good match. I’ve got a lot of preparation as far as developing a model lesson and completing a proposal for a new class they should develop.

I’d urge you to read C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, which I finished this week. It’s a great guide for modern Christians. One point that’s stayed with me is how Lewis points out that modern people — like me — tend to view time as theirs. So when something happens and their schedule changes they often get resentful and perturbed as if “their time” has been stolen. In fact, time doesn’t belong to them. It’s God’s and he’s given it to you. Click here to get the book. It’s one I’ll read again and again. Click to get it on Amazon: The Screwtape Letters Study Guide: A Bible Study on the C.S. Lewis Book The Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis Study Series)
I’d ask what’s new with you? How has your week gone? Join this challenge and link to me so I’m sure to read about your week.

 

 

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Tell Me Something Good

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Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

  • Finally, today we’re getting the rain we need!
  • I’ve got a Skype interview for a library job on Wednesday afternoon. Today I had another interview for a part time job, just for extra spending money and am mulling over whether to take it.
  • I’ve been able to make progress on a novel that’s a girls’ adventure story. I hope to soon put the first few chapters on Amazon.com for free.
  • Quote to start your week: There is nothing on the earth more to be prized than true friendship. Thomas Aquinas

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

 

Tell Me Something Good

monday-morning-inspiration-quotes-e1442491467149
Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

  • I’m thoroughly enjoying my work at the library as an instructional designer. Each day the course I’m working on gets in better shape and it’s almost finished.
  • I’ve seen a couple jobs for down the road that I’ve applied to and they seem like good moves – more on that should things move ahead. You just never know.
  • I connected a friend to a job that’s increased his income by y $20,000. (Yeah, I do wish I could do the same for myself.)
  • Over the weekend, I got to meet up with two friends I rarely see.
  • We’ve had what I consider perfect weather for the summer sun and temps in the 70s F.
  • Six of the 12 kids trapped in the cave in Thailand have been rescued!

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments.

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 3.09.01 PMScott Adams’ book How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life feels like a friendly mentor sharing tips for success and life experiences. The tone is conversational and the content wise and helpful.

Adams describes how he formed habits that aided his success. He didn’t grow up with parents who had stellar professional careers. In fact, no one in his hometown did. He didn’t have a checklist of goals for year 5, 10, 15. Actually, Adams asserts that “goals are for losers.” Instead, he advocates systems. When you have a goal, most of the time you’re dissatisfied as you’re not there yet. For a short time you glory in achieving a goal or are bummed about failing. Then you’ll probably find a new goal and will return to feeling insufficient. Most of the time, you sure aren’t riding high.

With systems, like being active or learning as much as one can, most of the time you’re in the zone you want to be in. Eventually, this sort of broader challenge will result in the success a goal promises, but along the way, it’s easier to stay positive.

Adams did not have an easy way to the top. No nepotism was available and he wasn’t stellar at any of his corporate jobs. In fact, he admits, he isn’t an excellent artist or masterful writer, but he is good enough. He advises acquiring as many skills as you can because the more skills you have that put you in the competent range, the better. (You need to be able to do these things in a job, but you don’t have to be among the 1% of those in your field.)

I found Adams’ suggestions made sense and are something I’ll apply. Also, I thought the chapters where he chronicles how he had a rare voice condition that made conversation impossible and thereby hurt his speech-giving career, authentic and helpful as far as coping and searching for a solution to a problem that experts say has none was illustrative and heroic.

The book addresses diet and fitness as well as career success. If you’ve got no energy or are sick are you really that successful? Adams is clear that he’s not a doctor or dietician and that his approach to systems rather than goals worked for him. He doesn’t tell you what you should eat or what activities you need to do. Instead he offers new ways of thinking about your daily diet and fitness routines.

Whether you’re starting out or midway through your career, Scott Adam’s How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life is worth a read.

Attitude Helper for Job Hunting

Yesterday I was lucky to meet with the Dean of a prominent university near me. I was blown away when I checked out her resume to prepare for this meeting. It was beyond impressive.

I was a bit nervous about meeting her, however, she was so helpful and approachable. At one point she advised me to remember that when looking at someone’s resume or c.v. to keep in mind that while it shows say three director positions at top workplaces, it doesn’t show the 15 other director positions that the person did not get.

That’s a helpful reminder that everyone gets turned down for jobs or falters in an interview.