Wheee! I don't care what anyone says - citation analysis is just good clean fun. Also: Scopus totally pwns Web of Science.

I have a job!

So the job interview yesterday went really well and I now have a job with the young adult department at Allen County Public Library. I'll be covering the reference desk and also helping to coordinate their Homework Help program - working to set things up with the adult tutors who come in, keeping stats, etc. It's only for 15 hours a week, but with a strong possibility of more hours eventually becoming available after I graduate. They want me to start right away, and luckily the hours they need me and the hours that I'm available worked out well enough that I'm planning to spend Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Fort Wayne working at ACPL, and the rest of the week in Bloomington finishing up my last semester of library school. It'll be kind of awkward, but it's manageable, and it's only for the three months until I graduate. Then, once I officially have my MLA, my pay will go up by about a third - nice! Plus not having to pay big bucks in gas money, of course. I'm also under no obligation to stay if I find a full-time job elsewhere before they're able to offer me more hours, although ideally I'd love to stay within the ACPL system if it's at all possible. So overall, it looks like it's going to work out really well for all involved, and I'm excited!

So...I got a call from the Allen County Public Library yesterday asking me if I was available for an interview on Thursday morning for the position I applied for. For those who aren't up-to-date, this is the 15-hour-a-week position in the same young adult department that I interned in this summer. The job would be perfect if it were just full-time. Still, I applied, because it'd be a foot in the door and hopefully more hours would come along sooner rather than later. We'll see - that's some of what we're going to talk about in the interview. So I'm heading back to Fort Wayne tomorrow night. I've got Fridays off this semester, so I'm planning on just spending a long weekend with my parents before coming back down to Bloomington. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

This weekend I spent a bit more money than I was intending to do (not to mention, I royally screwed up my attempted diet). Friday, Kate, Terra, Jesse and I met for brunch at the Runcible Spoon, which is one of my favorite restaurants here in Bloomington - I love their breakfasts. I had a huge and decidedly not low-fat meal including eggs, homefries, and French toast. Then Friday night I went out for milkshakes with Annie and Elissa and finally got to see Sweeney Todd. I really enjoyed the movie - it's one of my favorite musicals anyway, and I can't think of a director better suited to the show than Burton. I was pleasantly surprised by Johnny Depp's singing ability - his voice isn't anywhere near as strong as the various stage Sweeneys, but I think he did it justice. And Alan Rickman! They tried their hardest to make him repulsive, but you just can't take the sex out of Alan Rickman. His and Depp's duet on Pretty Women was probably the high point for me. You could tell the whole theater was really involved in the story, too - in fact, when Anthony burst in on Sweeney about to kill the judge, someone down in the front row yelled "OH SHIT!" I'd definitely recommend Sweeney Todd to anyone who likes beautiful music, creepy atmosphere, and doesn't mind liberal amounts of ridiculously over-the-top blood and gore. Heh.

On Saturday Kate and Sarah and I went to see a completely different type of film - Atonement. It's a beautiful film - I thought the cinematography was gorgeous, and I liked the way that ambient sounds were used in the score. Also, James McAvoy is kind of Hot, at least in this movie. But dear lord was the ending depressing. I even teared up a little, and I'm not typically the type that cries at movies. I can't imagine it's not going to be getting Oscars. Otherwise, there aren't too many movies out right now that look that interesting to me. I still kind of want to see Juno, but it's been so hyped that I'm afraid it'll be disappointing. Besides, with all the money I spent this weekend, I should probably go low-key for a while. I guess I'll just snuggle up at home with my Flight of the Conchords DVD and my knitting.

On Hillary's "tears".

Hillary Clinton is not my top candidate by any means - although I still think I'd prefer her to any of the ridiculous choices the Republicans are fielding this election - but the sexist slams the media and even the other candidates are throwing at her are just getting ridiculous.

Also, is Rudy "September 11" Giuliani just becoming a parody of himself now?

Another year

Well, it's 2008, and I haven't updated in a while. Christmas break is almost over - I head back to Bloomington tomorrow for work, and start classes again on Monday. It's been a nice, mostly uneventful three weeks. Rich and Amy visited, which was great. We watched our traditional holiday movies, White Christmas, Elf, and of course, A Christmas Story. Lots and lots of food was eaten, and I'm deliberately not thinking about the weight I likely gained. I knitted three scarves for Christmas presents but neglected to take pictures of any of them before they were sent off to their new homes. Oh, and I finally broke down and bought an ipod using some Christmas gift cards, and am already wondering how I survived without one so long.

As far as the new year goes, I have made a couple of resolutions, first and foremost being to lose weight and get in shape. To that end, I have entirely given up drinking soda, at least for this month, and if I start up again in February my intake is going to be drastically reduced. I'm also going to cut way down on fast food runs and quickie frozen dinners. It's so easy to fall into that trap when you're a busy grad student, but it's been horrible for me and I vow to do better about actually cooking this year. We'll see how it goes!

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