Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My time as a library page is now over. I really loved that job. Sure, I would grumble and complain about having to get up and go somewhere for 8 hours, only to come home to be too tired to work my "main job" as illustrator. I would sometimes get really bored when we were all caught up with shelving and I had to find other things to keep myself busy. And my paycheck? Although the regularity of it was comforting, the amount of it was kind of a joke. But even still, I think it was one of the best, if not THE best, job I've ever had. At my last job, I was a retail manager, which meant lots of responsibility. But a page? Doesn't have a lot of responsibility. Sure, it's very important for the library books to be in the correct order. But I had little to no contact with patrons, which I enjoyed a great deal. Sorry, patrons. I helped you when I could, but since I do not have a masters in library science, I could only look up things in the catalog about as good as you could.

Here is a small snippet of a large spread I did for Ladybug magazine just a couple of weeks ago, for a story about a children's library. Appropriate? Yes.

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But now, after a year and a half, my time there is over. I can't really even believe it. Now I'm on to a new phase of life. As long as it is financially feasible for our family, I will be a stay-at-home-mom. And a work-from-home-mom. This is crazy, but exciting. It's something I've wanted for a long time, and now it's almost here. We've now entered the "waiting game." I want her to stay in there another couple of weeks, but I guess we'll see how it goes!

36 weeks 2
(We're almost ready for you, but not quite.)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Oh man, I can't get over these watches!! I pretty much love all of them, however this one is my favorite:

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I love that it looks small, even on a Japanese woman's wrist. I can't tell you how many times I've had people say, "Holy crap! You have such thin wrists!" I'm not sure if that is a compliment, or just an observation ... but I do know that having a smaller wrist circumference makes me more at risk for osteoporosis. Yay! Anyway, I also love that this watch involves embroidery. I thoroughly enjoy embroidery. Wish I could drop the $129 on it right now, but I guess I should probably save that money for my baby coming soon. However, if you bought it for me, I would love you forever! Also I would make you an equivalent amount of cat-erpillars, probably even one-of-a-kind cat-erpillars, to reward you with your generosity. Think it over.

This weekend I am going to the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago with my mom (and dad, who offered to drive us so we wouldn't have to take the train in from South Bend, and I wouldn't be surprised if one or two of my brothers decide they desperately need to follow us around and be bored ...). This is probably going to be the last little trip I take before the baby comes. Then next week is my last week to work at the library, and that Sunday my friends Sally and Sarah are throwing me a baby shower. I am excited for this! I kind of thought maybe no one would give me a shower, and I was sad. But now of course, because I am lame, I feel guilty to have a shower, because I hate making people feel like they have to buy me presents. You don't have to buy me presents! Just come and eat cake! Although presents are nice, of course.

Now I will sort some more baby laundry, and I guess pack some stuff for my trip. See you later!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Time is running out! I am 34 weeks, exactly.

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I have anywhere from 4 to 8 more weeks. Although it'd be nice to not be pregnant any more, I am hoping she takes her time. I have tons of work to get done between now and her arrival, and the more time I have to do it, the better!

Other things in my family life are continuing to get better and stay better. It's amazing how life can throw you for a huge loop, you seem to reach the end of the world, but suddenly you realize how that's the way things were supposed to go. You couldn't have predicted it, but things are better now than they've been in a very long time. I am very grateful for the people in my life, and the way events are unfolding before me. I'm sorry to be vague ... just know that I'm very happy these days.