Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately - it's going to be a busy spring for me, and I'm afraid that I'm going to be spending less time blogging than I'd like. Don't you hate when life interferes like that? First of all, I'm entering the final semester of my library program. I'll be doing a practicum at some school libraries, which will be in addition to my normal working hours at my public library. I'm excited about that, because while I've volunteered at my children's school library and have a fairly good idea what happens on the elementary school level, I am looking forward to gaining some experience in a high school library, which I know will be very different from the library I had in high school back when mammoths roamed the earth.

In addition to the practicum, there are comprehensive exams coming up at the end of March. Big scary ones with sharp teeth and claws that have an uncanny ability to loom in the shadows when I'm least expecting it. So I have a lot of reviewing to do, especially given the fact that I started this program in 2004 and have been taking only one course at a time, because it was all that I could manage. Five years ago is a long time - I'm afraid I'm going to have to learn everything all over again!

I'm going to try to keep up with the reviews and, of course, everything you all are doing and reading and talking about on your blogs, but time will be limited. I keep trying to write shorter reviews, but there's always so much to say! I suppose having less time for recreational reading will mean that the stack of books to review will not pile up as quickly, but that's pretty cold comfort. At least I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!


  1. Happy New Year to you too Darla!! I remember my last semester of grad school (and might I say, it's not too fondly) and it could be rough! I have no doubt that you'll manage everything fine though. I'll send some extra energy and luck to you this semester ;)

  2. Happy New Year! I wish you luck with your PRacticums and the library work. I'm sure you will do great! Keep us updated as much as you can!

  3. Happy New Year! We'll miss you, but you have very good reasons to be more absent. Good luck with everything! I'm sure you'll kick ass.

  4. Hooray for lights at the end of the tunnel! It seems I have tons of friends and family making One Last Big Push this spring. I'll be thinking of you as you finish up. Go, go, go!

  5. I wish you all the best for the last semester,and don't worry about not blogging much, you should focus and what's important now,we won't forget you!!:D
    good luck!

  6. Happy New Year! Best Wishes!
    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse
    Ch. 1 is online!

  7. Thank you so much for your good wishes and kind words, everyone! I'm still working on finding a balance - I wish someone would invent something to add a few hours to every day (just for me, of course). Then I could really be productive! :-)

  8. crossed fingers and toes for you!


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