Election Day

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The day consisted of sweet sayonara with David. Then I worked out, voted, and prepped for my pilgrimage to Syracuse and the New York Library Association Conference in Rochester.

I attended online class from private study room at Bird Library, crashed an election watch party for food, recovered food from Sadler Dining Hall for a local woman’s shelter, and then made my way to Allison’s apartment. I crawled into bed and monitored library-related election results with the EveryLibrary team.

Assorted Updates

First, let’s check in on married life (since that’s the theme of this 100 day stretch):
Married life is good.

Next up a series of disjointed thoughts:
– Mid-term elections are tomorrow.
– I’m enjoying reading Anne of Avonlea (the second book in the Anne of Green Gables series). Check out my review for Anne of Green Gables and be my friend on GoodReads.
– I’m leaving for Syracuse and the New York Library Association conference tomorrow.
– I’m looking forward to voting in the morning. Here’s the sample ballot for my neighborhood.
– I want to write a little more for National Novel Writing Month. I was thinking about ideas, concepts, characters during my train rides. I wish I wrote down my thoughts on paper. I don’t remember my conclusions.
– Bloating. Why do I feel bloated?
– I think back on my holiday postcard design for EveryLibrary’s lapsed donors.
– I have homework due tomorrow that I actually need to get done.

I decide to research my ballot instead. David does more work-work on the computer beside me.

Dataaaaa & Day Recap

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Plans:

  • Upload data file at the end of the 100 days
  • Create hyperlinked index of posts from each week

Highlights from the day:

  • Morning phone retrieval mission in the Bronx with the hubby (for Anya)
  • Relaxing late morning – early afternoon (cuddling and cold pizza from Bleecker St.)
  • Novel drafting, squats and late lunch
  • Bike ride along the Harlem River Greenway
  • Picnic, book swap and quality girl-time with Ashley
  • Night ride home
  • Exercise time with David (yoga and weights)
  • Writing sprint with Pauline and Allison

Bio

Guys, I wrote a bio! Also, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Approximately 937 words so far (thanks to early AM, post-dream sessions). I’m thinking novel-la. Anyhow, I wrote a bio for the NaNoWriMo site – and had a little too much fun with it.

Here’s the bio:

Born in Rockville, Connecticut in 1993, Samantha is a librarian, political activist, proud wife-sister-daughter-cousin-niece-etc. Her mother, Anna – now retired for health reasons – was a bus driver and nail technician. Her father is a technician who specializes in gas pump repair.

Mairson loves book club meetings, Anne of Green Gablesdiscussing the merits of higher education, organizing, managing her finances, and getting in a good workout. She still dreams of touching The Great Wall of China, painting a room orange, and helping build the world’s Great Gaming Library. For misbehavior, Sam looks to ice cream, sex, and day-to-day miscommunications.

Mairson briefly attended Elon University in North Carolina after graduating high school, where she dropped out in Spring of 2011 for financial reasons. She took two gap years in which she traveled the country visiting friends, began couchsurfing in Asheville, NC, and joined 2 back-to-back AmeriCorps programs. From May 2012 to September 2012, Samantha worked in the California Conservation Corps Backcountry Trails Program. She was the only 18-year-old woman admitted to the program at the time. Sam described this experience as one of the “best and most formative of her life”. She learned to backpack and live in backcountry wilderness settings, skills which she would later use to hike the North Carolina-to-Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail. Her trail name was “Connecticut Girl” and later, “Noodles”.

After the Backcountry Trails Program, Mairson served on a wildland firefighting team in the AmeriCorps NCCC program based out of Denver, Colorado. During her stint in NCCC, Mairson also worked at a Boys and Girls Club and public library in Farmington, New Mexico, and at 2 state parks in Arkansas.

At the end of her AmeriCorps service, she backpacked through Europe with her older brother, Zachary. When she returned to the states, she applied and was admitted to Black Mountain SOLE (BMS). BMS was an experimental “Self-Organized Learning Environment” that promoted MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) learning. It was a YMCA campus-based higher education collective in Asheville, North Carolina. When it disbanded in April of the year Samantha arrived, she decided to hike back to Connecticut where she had been admitted to the University of Connecticut. “Noodles” walked a portion of the Appalachian Trail from May – August 2014 with Allie “David Bowie” MacDonald, her close friend from Elon.

The Gap Years

“Connecticut Girl” graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Design. She minored in Spanish and concentrated in Digital Humanities (what she liked to call “Digital Tools Applied to Research”). Mairson graduated from the Honors Program. She was particularly influenced by Assistant Professor Clarissa Ceglio, her thesis and research adviser. While going to school, Mairson worked for the UConn Library as a staff assistant and web development researcher. She also worked as a trip leader and marketing coordinator for UConn Recreation Outdoors Program. She interned for Hartford Public Library’s YouMedia space, the Charter Oak Cultural Center, and the American Antiquarian Society. She remains an active supporter of her hometown Tolland Public Library, where she first volunteered as an eighth grader. With the guidance of children’s librarian, Ginny, and the staff at TPL, Mairson discovered and fell in love with librarianship.

In August 2017, Mairson began her graduate studies in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University. She concentrated her electives and also earned a certificate in Information Security Management. She is currently finishing her last 6 credits online, and moved from Syracuse to New York City to start building a life with her husband, David.

Samantha and David met at the University of Connecticut in October of 2014 at Peter Singer philosophy lecture on food ethics. They married in Vergennes, Vermont on September 15, 2018.

Mairson currently works for EveryLibrary, a national political action committee (PAC) that fights for voter support of libraries throughout the country. Mairson began work there as an intern in August 2018. She is a web developer, social media manager, campaign assistant and, perhaps above all – political librarian.


Can you say: copy+paste? Wikipedia here I come.

Cathartic

Scene 1

I am at work. I am talking with Patrick and I use the word cathartic in a sentence. I like the way it comes out of my mouth, and I compliment the word. I dub it my word of the day.

Word of the day:

Cathartic

ca·thar·tic
/kəˈTHärdik/

Adjective

Catharsis and cathartic both trace to the Greek word kathairein, meaning “to cleanse, purge.” Catharsis entered English as a medical term having to do with purging the body—and especially the bowels—of unwanted material. The adjective cathartic centered English with a meaning descriptive of such a physically cleansing purge. It didn’t take long for people to start using these words figuratively in reference to emotional release and spiritual cleansing.

Scene 2

Work is progressing.

I use a quote design website to create some shareable, post-able social media content. The quote content is sourced from the recent New York Times article “12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love“.

 

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Scene 3

After work, I go to the gym. I return home from the gym and empty the contents of the fridge into my digestive system.

When Anya arrives home, she and I have a reflective talk about identity and marginalization. The conversation begins when she compares the vibes given off by two people who spoke with her Julliard class.

Scene 4

I fill in the husbometer spreadsheet with today’s data and observe that the average is stable. David – fresh from the shower – takes a look at the data with me.

Week Average of Score
1 0.62
2 0.57
3 0.54
4 0.55
5 0.55
6 0.56
7 0.56
Grand Total 0.56

– END –

Turn Around

Had a hard time leaving Mom. Tried to start my drive back to NYC too early in the day. Mom looked sad to see me leave. She watched me from the doorway. She withheld tears. I started driving and felt pulled to stay. So I pulled over, called a few people, and then turned around to be with her again.

Dad worked through his birthday (today). I called him on the phone and he told be about this Dilbert comic:

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I hung out with mom by the fireplace until around 6pm, when my restlessness became too much.

Returning to David was bliss. He met me on the sidewalk.

Olivia

Quick

Oh, hello there. Me here popping in for a quick entry.

Mom’s first time out of the house today since the surgery. We went to the Smilow Cancer Hospital for her post-op check-up. We managed to forget paperwork and lose a canteen, but otherwise smooth sailing.

We came home with yummy takeouts from Tolland Pizza and Big Y. The postman came by with two boxes of chocolate-covered strawberries from the Fronings! Mom got emotional reading the note. I’m really proud of her strength.

Husbometer is quiet today. Excited to return to David in time for the weekend.

I am sneaking in a few visits with family and friends tonight and tomorrow morning. Eager to visit with Olivia for the first time since the wedding! Mom is relaxing by the fireplace with Chloe.

Life

I slept well last night.

While I spend time with my mom, David and I are still apart. We’ve returned to our middle distance relationship habit of communicating via Google Chat.

Mom is doing better. Her walking improved and the wound-draining slowed.

I filled my day with mini projects from work, school and life around me.

Today’s work-related Google searches:

“learn to love social media scheduling”

“how to have a regular relationship with social media for your business”

“how to post regularly on social media and enjoy it”

“hate doing social media scheduling?”

My current class is challenging me to think about library planning, marketing and assessment – and how that can be applied to my current political action work for libraries.

Other items on the highlights reel:

  • making marshmallows in the fireplace
  • driving old blue and hiking in the UConn Forest
  • attending online synchronous class session
  • veggies burgers and spaghetti
  • finally starting laundry from the California trip

I liked hearing the sound of UConn marching band rehearsal through the woods during my hike. I messaged with David about career and family planning.

Plugging along with husbometer data from a distance. I guess I should leave categories blank when we’re doing distance?

Sex (Quantity, Quality) 10/23/18 6
Communication 10/23/18 0.6 6
Chores 10/23/18 6
Fitness & Health 10/23/18 6
Cashflow 10/23/18 6
Friendship 10/23/18 0.6 6
Dealing w/ Everybody Else 10/23/18 0.6 6
Food 10/23/18 6
Little things 10/23/18 0.5 6

It causes me to realize that my husbometer categories are flawed. Reality may necessarily cause us to break from reporting in some of these categories. It also challenges me to consider management of my own expectations. What would happen if I ranked these categories in terms of importance to me? Why would I rank them that way?

  1. Communication
  2. Fitness and health
  3. Friendship

The “little things” and “friendship” categories are similar, I’m realizing. In recording data, I’ve also noted a relationship between the friendship and communication categories.

Communication is increasingly important to me. So much revolves around communication: emotions, trust, sense of friendship, support, self, and future direction.

Fitness and health comes next. We lose a lot without some steady investment in that category. Sex is related to this category, and I think I take it for granted that this category consistently skews above-average…

My criteria for rating each category is a little willy-nilly. It’s based on memory and instinct.