Rather than a memorial table at our wedding, we opted to create a gallery wall using wedding photos from family members of generations past. Since my family is a lot bigger than his, this was a way to honor our loved ones without making it seem disproportionately skewed in my family’s favor. I added in several […]
At a few librarian meetings in our top-secret underground librarian lair, I mentioned that I use our automation system, Mandarin, to monitor attendance in our library. After that, a few colleagues contacted me and asked for the specifics of my system. I realize that this explanation is lengthy, but I promise that it’s not as […]
I work in a small rural school district that serves predominantly low-income families. Our drama club has 15-20 members, with a few extra students who join us the week or so before the production to help with crew responsibilities, hair and makeup, and the like. Funding for the drama club comes solely though fundraising. In […]
It’s not that I’ve forgotten about this little corner of the Internet, even though it’s been increasingly obscured from view by slowly settling dust and cobwebs. No, I’m reminded regularly by commenters, spam bots and human bots who post generic compliments with links to debt burden websites and nice things about how I need to […]
At the end of another shift, I sat in the manager’s office, closing out my checks for the day. Six weeks in, she inquired about my intentions: am I planning on sticking around, or am I actively seeking another job? I explained that, yes, I am actively seeking another job. While the lunch restaurant at […]
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole month since my life looked like this: Everything I owned was jammed precariously into a “small” moving truck (as if such a thing exists!), and I was pretending that I wasn’t crippled by the terror that accompanied the thought of driving that monstrous vehicle over seven […]
Yesterday, karen the librarian turned two, which means that I started my WordPress adventure shortly before officially starting grad school. I wrote my introductory post with all the enthusiasm and optimism that this brand-new life journey merited, and casually speculated on what exciting opportunities the future would have in store for me. In six days, […]
Thanks for coming to hang out, and I apologize for the mess. I’m working on a super site for k.t.l., and you’ve caught me in between coats of primer. In the meantime, get your fill of my lesson plans and anecdotes over at the comfortingly familiar k.t.l. wordpress site. See you soon!