Tuesday, January 1, 2013
2012 Wrap-Up and Predictions for 2013
I'd like to provide a list of "highlights" from the past year, but one of the effects of stress, I've read, is memory loss, and my usual absentmindedness has taken a turn for the worse this year. I tend to be very responsible as far as work and family obligations, but if you ask me if I mailed the electric bill or what I wore yesterday, I'd probably give you a blank stare. (But of course I mailed it and also wore matching socks.) So not much comes back to me from 2012; it was mostly a blur of run-here-do-this-hurriedly-practice-that-accompaniment-where-is-my-scarf-mom-i-need-$5-don't-forget-there's-practice-after-school-look-someone-is-following-me-on-Twitter. A few things do stand out:
> I temporarily took over handbell-directing duties at church in the late spring and then, after having a talented young college student as interim director for the summer, I officially became director of the group this fall. It's not a huge obligation, but I was surprised by two things: I enjoy directing more than I thought I would, but I also really miss playing with the group (and miss our former director, too).
> I left my secretarial duties mid-year in order to take on more library responsibilities. I now travel to another campus one day a week. So while I am closer to full-time (but still not quite), my itinerant ways make me feel a little more like the "freelance" person I despaired I would be when I started this blog. I can't say I enjoy the long trip (my very old car guarantees that I maintain an active prayer life at least one day a week), but I have enjoyed listening to some great books on CD. I love building up the library. And I've met a whole new group of teachers and students. Of course I barely remember which names go with which faces from week to week.
> I had some surgery in the middle of the summer from which I've fully recovered, but which means you'll always see me wearing a scarf or, in temperatures under 70 degrees, a turtleneck.
> I actually learned (or relearned? there's that memory issue) two Bach preludes (WTC II). Alas, no fugues. Yes, that's incredibly puny for a whole year. But it's a 200% increase from 2011.
> I got a really nice compliment from a student and another one from a fellow librarian. I don't think either one knows how much their kind words meant to me. To be honest, these moments were probably the highlight of my year, and I count them among just a few such times in my entire life.
> I won an employee-recognition award last month for my work in the libraries. I felt very honored and grateful, but I guess I'm more grateful for getting to do what I do every day. Really.
Predictions or hopes for 2013?
> As my eyesight worsens, I predict that I will become one of those librarians with glasses on a chain. (I was doing the bun thing back in 1986, so I've paid my dues on that one.)
> I hope to get a new(er) car. Or petition the state for a trans-city bus system.
> I hope to finish some of the books I never finished in 2012, finally making it to the end of The Pale King. I might even dump some books that never paid off. (I'm looking at you, One Hundred Years of Solitude.)
> I must, somehow, maintain a better practice schedule. I don't have much hope of being at the organ more frequently in really cold weather, but I want to finish all the music I started learning this year and feel more confident overall in whatever I play. It's so hard to find time to learn music other than what I need for my job, but time at the keyboard is never wasted.
> I have a lot of projects I want to take on for my professional development as a librarian -- learning more about Dewey number building, doing some screen casts for instruction, continuing to update the catalog, and learning RDA -- and I hope to write about them here.
Wishing everyone all the best in this New Year!
Posted by Michelene Orteza at 9:35 AM