Things I’ve Been Thinking About
Is is too early for me to be TOTALLY jaded about my career? I’m researching young adult librarianship for a class assignment (topic chosen by me, based on my own interests), and I’m reading all this stuff about how libraries NEED young adult librarians and they are CRUCIAL to the fabric of the world and blah blah blah.
And instead of thinking “Oh, yeah, awesome, we are needed and loved and someday if enough people continue to need and love YA librarians, I can get a job!” I’m thinking: “Um. That’s baloney. There’s no research saying we need and love YA librarians, or that kids need librarians at all, and the people who are saying ‘Yay, librarians for kids!’ are either A) Librarians for Kids B) Authors of children’s lit C) Publishers of children’s lit or D) Pining for the fjords their idyllic youth. Why aren’t there designated librarians for 25-30 year-olds? 60-90 year-olds? (They probably use the library a whole lot more anyway!)
I am SUCH A CYNIC I CAN’T STAND MYSELF!
Also, I’m never going to be gainfully employed. It seems the only activity I’m morally comfortable with is opening the library’s doors and pointing patrons toward a bookshelf or computer.
I remember when I was a kid, 10, 11, 12 years old, I just really wanted to be nice.
I didn’t want to be popular or exemplary or talented or well-liked or funny or good at sports or music.
I just wanted people to talk about me and say, “Oh, Jessica? She’s a nice girl.”
I wonder when that stopped being my central thesis of life.
It was a little confusing though, because when I was at school, I was Nice Jessica, but at home, my parents seemed to think I was fairly rude, selfish, and uncooperative.
Also, my sister told me I was manipulative the other day.
Yes, I can usually figure out how to get what I want in life, but that doesn’t seem manipulative. Especially given that my sisters use all the same tricks I do: they just think I’m the manipulative one because I’m the one who taught them.
At exactly what point does one become TOO self-absorbed to function?
It’s here. It’s cold.
What do I do in fall, again?
Put away my flip-flops?
Buy cold-weather clothes?
Pick apples for applesauce?
Waffle over/get ready for NaNoWriMo?
Look at leaves?
I can’t remember.
I am disappointed, all around, by reading this year. I’m disappointed by my own lack of reading motivation, and by the books available for me to read.
The only books I crave are old favorites I haven’t re-read TOO many times, usually dispensed by my iPod via audiobook.
It doesn’t help when I have 500+ page, 6 lb obscure 19th Century novels assigned for class, distracting me from literary enjoyment.
V. My Cat
I have Mondays off this semester. I realized, last week, that I haven’t had a full weekday off to do as I please since late April.
And boy howdy did I miss cuddling with my lovely kitty.
She’s just so dang cute!