Saturday, May 2, 2015

Where have I been?...

I suppose the time has come for me to apologize for not updating my blog as much as I should... er... as much as I would like to. It thrills me that anyone would stop by to read my blog, and so for those of you who might be wondering where I have been, this is where and why...

I promise, the reason for my absence here, is a good one. 

If you have read my "about" section, or have been following my blog or instagram, you know that I am a graduate student. I am finishing my PhD, and desperately trying to use up my words to complete the last two chapters of my dissertation. Funding, at this stage in my process doesn't come easy, so in addition to teaching university and college courses (which I've done for 8 years), I had to tap into some of my other work experience in order to secure more permanent work. 

While I was living in Albuquerque, completing my doctoral coursework at the University of New Mexico, I had a job in the main library. I helped catalogue and digitize new acquisitions into the library collections. You can see one of the collections I helped build and digitize here. I loved that job... LOVED. When I made the decision to move back home to Tucson and write my dissertation here, leaving that job was the most difficult. 

Needless to say, I am back in a library again. In addition to teaching traditional and online university courses (online classes seem to be the big thing right now), I have been working as an elementary school librarian since January, and IT... IS... AMAZING!

This is why you haven't heard much from me the last few months. I spend the majority of my time working with young students in the library, then writing my dissertation, and teaching college courses. I stitch and sew in the evenings, and share the majority of that work over on Instagram.

"I left my Heart in the Library" totes available in my shop.

So, that's where I have been, working with pre-school through 5th grade students. Don't tell anyone I said so, but they are way better than college students ;)

All that being said, I have made a commitment to myself to get back to sharing consistently on my blog. Even though I am busy with working in the library, writing, or teaching, I would be lying if I said there wasn't stitching and making going on around here. 

Personally, I thought this was a good reason for my absence around here lately. I hope you do, too!

Until next time!