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!

13 comments:

Roberta Warshaw said...

Glad to see you are back and doing what you love! I look forward to meeting you some day when i move to my new place inTucson!

Andrea said...

Hi! It's been ages since I've caught up with you. Sounds like you've been busy! Congrats on getting to the last stages of your diss. I start mine in about a year. Crazy how fast it goes by. So glad to hear things are going well. I miss our days at UofA and Frost. :)

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

I got a job at a library which is why I haven't been on my blog either! I have my MLS and work at the UofA library now, and I have to say I prefer college students to little kids (I volunteered in an elementary school library for a while). Kids just tire me out! So it sounds like we are both in the right place.

Ps. I am definitely planning on buying one of those library totes!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That's excellent news! So great to have a job you love and good luck with finishing your PhD :)

Bobbypin Bandit said...

@Roberta Warshaw Thank you so much! I hope you have a safe move to Tucson!

Bobbypin Bandit said...

@Andrea Hi lovely lady! It's been too long! I hope you are well! I miss you and our chats! I send you a big hug!

Bobbypin Bandit said...

@Buccaneers and Ball Gowns
I have a few friends that work at the UA library, and one who works there and is finishing up her MLS degree! What a coincidence. It might be that I love being around kids, because I still feel like I am a kid! Tee hee.. ;)

Andrea said...

Big hug right back darling! I'm doing well. About to run away to Oxford for the summer do start my comps/diss research. Maybe I'll finally start updating my blog again. Following you on Instagram now too. :)

Molly Nelson said...

I'm so happy you're working as a librarian! It really was the best job. Besos!

Kathy said...

You are one busy lady! Good that you are still keeping up with your pretty embroideries. I used to work the circulation desk at our local library and loved it. Especially when the little school kids came in to learn about the library, get their first card, and pick out a book. Always so cute.

Renee said...

You sound so busy. I loved looking through your instagram pictures of all the embroidery you have done. I've been cross stitching and doing embroidery again after way too long away from it. Good luck on finishing your degree.

Amy Morinaka said...

Working with kids and books sound like the best combination! You're an amazing lady to keep up with your lovely stitcheries despite your busy-ness💕 Good luck and I will continue to admire and adore your work!!

Clara (Clover&Violet) said...

Wow!! That is so amazing and what a wonderful thing you are doing for those students! I will come read your blog more often. Thank you for sharing on Instagram too!!