A note on my mom -- on the 4th anniversary

Four years ago today, my mom passed away. She fought an incredible battle against terminal lung cancer for two full years. Usually on the anniversary of her death, I shy away from saying anything. It feels like such a private event, a time when I really bask in all that she was to me and all that I miss about her not being around. My brain goes through the timeline and I find myself transported to 2010-2012 and all the various events around her sickness. The feeling of going home, of seeing her change, of seeing myself and my family wrestle with this news. Then I think of all the wonderful things about her and all the ways she made me better. It’s a day of mixed emotions to say the least.

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Moving, new apartment, new job, and loads of updates

For those who know more personally, you know that July has been a busy time for me. I finished up six and a half weeks of digital literacy with the kids of Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center (UNCC) and packed all my belongings for a trek to Pennsylvania. The move was due to my new (and first "adult, full-time" job) as a reference and instruction librarian at Penn State in State College, PA. I'm two days in and figured it was time for an overdue.

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Graduate School is Wrapping Up

Hello all! It's been a while so I thought an update post would be in order. I just finished my last semester of graduate school! As I've been telling everyone, it was definitely an anti-climatic finish. My three classes did not have any final projects or big papers -- everything was manageable. Now I have a week off where I'll sleep in a bit, finish up my job at the residence hall libraries, and get ready to graduate. 

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Why I Do What I Do

The past couple of weeks have gone by in a blur. Things have not always gone as planned (like a laptop that wouldn't turn out and a lock that dropped a pin making it impossible to leave my apartment). I've done some really exciting things (went on some interviews) but then have also felt burned out from other responsibilities that eat up my time. I'm tired but it seems that my life is moving ahead 110% and I'm just trying to keep up.

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