Most of my waking hours today were taken up doing one of the optional readings I skipped over, last semester (recommended if we had interests in Cataloging or Metadata). I…am continually amazed at the state of information transfer I’ve experienced in, particularly, the last five years. The text I was reading was actually fully online (yes, the entire book) and accessible through my library. The text which linked to it is in itself electronic.
But why did I do this? Well, I was sitting here staring at a blank page and trying to decide what and whether to write, when I realized that I had options. I’ve recently been trying to read more so that I have something of substance to write about, when I do write. I…am also finding something interesting happening with the way it feels when I’m reading something with which I have to pay full attention to keep up. (and yes, I did take notes.)
I think it is something I’ve been missing, since classes let out. Maybe it’s one of those things where my mind has to have something to work on or else it starts to implode…
Right now I’m trying to figure out how much more work towards my career I want to do over vacation, and how much I want to invest in that work as well, given that my sickness over the holidays — well, my sickness plus the holidays — means that I am not going to get paid very much, this time around. (I ran out of sickleave and do not get paid vacation.) Not that this should severely impact me…but I just worry about money as it is.
I should still make a date to go back to the career development pages I know about…
Next date for the Vocational program meeting is this coming Wednesday. I tried to reschedule, but it was a Friday afternoon when I called in, and I haven’t been recontacted yet. Apparently it’s convenient to the person I’m seeing if I come in on Wednesday mornings, but Mondays and Wednesdays are the most problematic days for me to meet — especially in the early morning. Not only this, but the past three meetings have been aborted because one or both of us have been sick. So I will have to either call in late on Wednesday morning to work, or reschedule: problem is that if I go in late on Wednesday, this is becoming a pattern.
Also a problem: my completion of my “homework” for this program is also relatively spotty; I didn’t go out with one of my friends as I was told to; I’m on Chapter 7 of the book I was assigned to read (although that’s better than not reading it at all); I was told by my mental health team that I didn’t need a psychologist as my counselor wanted; I tried to make contact with an Art Librarian and was not contacted back. I then realized that I probably should be aiming more for Cataloging as a more hands-on activity and less a service one, and so didn’t follow up with either of the people who didn’t write back to me (I read only to try to elicit a response twice, and didn’t want to use up my second prompt). I have records of what I think my counselor wants, but I am relatively uncertain as to what she meant by “class registration” (this terminology is not used currently at my University, unless I overlooked something).
Yeah, I guess this is frustrating, which explains why I haven’t been paying attention to it. Problem also? If I get kicked out of this program, I get kicked out for life. This is not a low-stress thing for me. And it’s been going on since last semester, when I realized too late that I only had 90 days to make an intake appointment. The Wednesday thing had caused my counselor not to make an appointment for me, but I didn’t realize until two weeks before the end of my 90 days that I only had 90 days.
So what else is going on? I managed to almost entirely forget about painting, today. I got up for breakfast, ate, took meds, went back to bed, woke up at 4:30 PM and thought it was 4:30 AM until I realized that the sun doesn’t come up that early.
Okay, yes, writing this is irritating me. I should go and read some more…