amalthia: (Marvel)
If you're ever in San Diego and go to the Fashion Valley mall and have to eat at the food court, I recommend skipping the gourmet salad/sandwich place. It sucked. I hate when I go to a place and pay way too much money for mediocre food. I'm not a big fan of food court food to begin with but there aren't a lot of options for food at the resort.

I don't think I got food poisoning, but I regret not going for soup and salad at the bakery on level 1. My husband isn't helping either, he's like why did you order so much??? But I didn't realize I had ordered that much until the food came out. Seriously, I hate these kind of places. I like to sit down, browse the menu, review the prices, and then order and have someone bring the food to me. I feel way too much pressure when there is a line of people behind me wanting to order. It's awkward. :(

California Pizza Kitchen and the bakery place on the first level have had the best food. My husband does not want to try Cheesecake Factory, I found out tonight that he thought all they served was cheesecake. I got a good laugh out of that one. But I think he got it into this head to avoid this place so not sure we'll be eating there this week.
amalthia: (Loki)
I joined my husband in San Diego for the 2017 U.S. Go Congress. I feel like all the comic con conference reports always fail to mention just how awesome the weather is in this area. It's August, but it's not hotter than 75 and at night it's in the low 70s high 60s, which coming from Alaska feels great!
more about San Diego below the cut )
amalthia: (Stargate Atlantis Sheppard 2)
Hello everyone, due to recent changes to LJ, I've decided to no longer cross-post to the site. I'm going to keep my LJ for now, mostly for the communities. But I no longer want to support the site with new content.
amalthia: (Nightwing)
My friend just released her newest book on Amazon. For anyone following the series, here is the link to the author's page: Oliver & Jack: On The Isle Of Dogs

I really enjoyed the first few books in the series. I haven't read the rest because I'm waiting until the series is complete. The reviews are overall positive. If you like historical fiction, Charles Dickens, and hurt/comfort then this is the story for you.
amalthia: (Stargate Atlantis Weir 2)
Guys, I just realized that the married couple in Godzilla (Ford Brody/Elle Brody) Are played by the same actor/actresses that played Wanda and Pietro in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tumlr gifsets make so much more sense now!!!
amalthia: (Default)
Hi

I don't suppose anyone on my flist is at this conference? It seems like the conference that would attract fan people because it's a library tech conference.
amalthia: (Stargate Atlantis Ring)
Today at work I kind of spoiled the movie for a co-worker (I did ask if he minded spoilers, he said no) but I'm not sure if knowing what happened in the comics truly counts as a spoiler because so far the MCU has been putting a spin on every movie they've made. Though I'm sure some things will remain.

I kind of almost felt guilty about giving the spoiler because my co-worker did seem quite shocked at what I had said. For myself, the spoiler I told him only makes me want to see the movie even more. I'm not sure if other people would have the same reaction. In any case the phone rang and we had to return to work so I couldn't double check with him on this matter.
amalthia: (Angel)
Hi,

I was hoping for advice on whether or not I should pay 157 dollars for a dentist custom fit night guard or try an off the shelf night guard? Has anyone on my flist had experience with either?

I'd appreciate any and all help,
Thanks!
amalthia: (Merlin Morgana)
At my workplace if you're faculty status you have to use up all your vacation/take-off days before June 30th (which is the end of our fiscal year) I didn't know this until March! I had about 10 days left and no where to go. So for the last two months I've been taking off every Friday. I think I'm going to miss 4 day work weeks after June 30th.

Rest of post under the cut, this was much longer than anticipated )
amalthia: (Nightwing)
Okay this is my first post about my life that I've made in a while. I'm making this post in hopes that maybe someone would have advice on how to overcome what I'm going through, or if not that, at least writing out the problem may help me clarify what I'm feeling/thinking.

Here is the lowdown: When I have conversations with people at work about non-work related stuff which happens from time to time, even for a cataloger, I become anxious and second guess the entire conversation within minutes after the conversation ends. It's always worse when I'm tired from sleeping poorly so I know I need to sleep well to mitigate these effects.

I'm just not sure when this started? I think at some point I must have internalized that my real personality is horrible and I have to hide it at all costs, especially at work, and when I slip up I go into hyper-worry mode. Or I don't want anyone there to think I'm immature and sometimes scattered brained.

No one has said anything negative about me. In the limited amount of time I've gotten to know my co-workers and people in other departments, I can say that they all seem rather awesome and fun people. Everyone seems to have a healthy sense of humor and are nice. I've also received paperwork that laid out my job duties for the upcoming fiscal year and my yearly review was positive. At the state job I had temporarily (the one that was pretty good but short term) they all said I was a great team player, and got along well with others, and my contributions to the project were above expectations. It's like when things go well I become more anxious, waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I feel safe at my current job which is why I'm so puzzled as why I feel anxious after conversations, and it's not just one person that's the causing the anxiety it's everyone I talk to!

I cannot pinpoint the source of my anxiety. Then I feel this overwhelming need to double check with the person to make sure I didn't offend them. Today I stopped myself because I figured if the person leaves with a smile from a conversation (a real smile) then all is probably well. Though to be fair the person did end the conversation kind of quickly and went in another direction. To be fair he was headed in the direction of the bathrooms and we had just been in an meeting that lasted an hour. I know this logically, but emotionally I worry that I had said something wrong and I'll be ostracized like I was at my last work place.

I also don't want people to think I'm insecure so I can't get the reassurance I feel like I need. It's horrible.

I wish I knew how to navigate the world with more confidence or at least go back to how I was in my early twenties in which I gave no fucks as to what people thought about me or what I said in public. Not that I went out of my way to offend people but I don't recall worrying this much. Maybe this is just a result of working for money and needing to please people so I can keep getting paid.

That's it for tonight, I'm going to go and watch Arrow and try to relax.
amalthia: (MLP Fluttershy happy)
Everything is going well in my neck of the woods. The biggest event/change is that I've began taking downhill skiing lessons. Today I went on my own to the beginner hill in Anchorage called Hilltop. A rather boring hill according to just about everyone, but it's perfect for me, since I'm still working on turns, controlling my speed, and stopping. The hardest part is having the courage to just go.

My sense of self preservation has had 32 years to develop. It's tough not to be scared of seriously injuring myself or hurting someone else when I look down the hill.

I did look up some stats and it looks like the odds of dying while skiing are rather slim, especially since I'm not doing tricks on skis. My main concern I think is hurting my knees. I love walking, swimming, hiking, and not being in pain. Having said all that downhill skiing is exciting and fun.

I'm currently on Lesson 3 and plan to stay there until the instructor says I'm ready for Lesson 4, though I suspect I may hold myself back until I feel comfortable with my skill level. I don't want to go further up the mountain until I've truly mastered the basics.

In fandom news: I'm really enjoying Teen Wolf and all the marvel related fandoms. I look forward to season3 starting, but don't want to get my hopes up too high. I feel burned by Supernatural changing it's tone after season 2. The show is still okay but it's not the show I fell in love with.

I'm also enjoying Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, and Young Justice. I'm watching Arrow but it's not "can't miss TV" for me.

Yesterday, I saw "The Impossible" with [personal profile] mimbulusmimbletonia and I was on the edge of my seat. Salon did a review that explained some of my conflicting feelings about the movie being told from the pov of the tourists, however I will say Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor did a great job. The oldest son also knocked it out of the ballpark. I had a hard time falling asleep last night because I couldn't get the movie images out of my head.

Conventions this year: I plan to attend Escapade and I look forward to seeing my friends there and hopefully make some new friends. :)

Ski proof or it didn't happen )
amalthia: (Default)
Hi,

This question is for anyone on my flist that may have experience with cataloging using the Library of Congress system.

Three months ago I accepted a job offer as a cataloging librarian for a university that has about 22k students. I'm responsible for cataloging new materials and assigning call numbers and subject headings to new items.

My main concern/question is how do I know if I'm doing a good job? I'm the only cataloger in the department so I can't really measure my efforts against anyone else because everyone has different jobs. Basically, I'm averaging about 8-10 items a day (for call number maintenance mainly) when I'm doing original cataloging I'm at about 5 items. I'm also cataloging a mix of materials, so books, dvds/cds, maps, charts, and etc...Last month I processed just over 80 items (which according to my calculator is about 5.3 items a day)

I'm also not sure if I should even be counting the numbers and tracking my progress? I'm just not sure how to tell if I'm doing okay absent feedback from co-workers/boss. I also didn't want to ask them because I don't want to undermine myself at work.

I'd appreciate any and all advice,
Thanks!

Depression

Jul. 30th, 2012 08:36 pm
amalthia: (Default)
I think after two weeks of feeling anxious, insecure, lonely, sad, and loss of appetite I can safely conclude I may be depressed.

I'm not sure exactly what's causing these symptoms because nothing out of the ordinary has happened. My husband went on a brief vacation back to his home country but he's done that before and I was fine. I enjoyed having the place to myself for a few days. When my husband is home I feel like I can hold things together better but when it's just me...

I was able to read fic, watch TV, spend time with friends, and basically enjoy myself. Now I have panic attacks and then spend an hour crying uncontrollably in bed. I want to feel like myself again and I don't know what to do that I haven't already tried. I exercise, eat healthy, don't drink too much tea (1 cup of day), I call my family and friends to talk about my feelings, I go to bed on time. I'm not drinking or doing drugs and yet my moods go up and down.

I keep hoping the next day I'll feel like myself again and it's just not happening. I'm really hoping that maybe I got a bad batch of birth control pills because these last two weeks have been difficult.
amalthia: (Last Unicorn Butterfly)
It's a beautiful sunny Saturday morning/afternoon and I'm currently stuck inside working on a resume and cover letter to apply for a job. I still have six months left on the contract which does not help my motivation. I hate applying for jobs. Every place has a different set of rules and instructions and requirements and a lot of it feels like more barriers to finding a job.

I suppose if it were raining and windy it would be less painful. Sigh. I know myself well enough to know that I can't do this type of work after working all day so I need to apply over the weekend.

It's times like this I wish I had a magic wand I could wave that would update my resume and create an awesome sounding cover letter. Or better yet, that all job postings would have the exact same procedures for applying. Though I suppose if I truly had magic I'd skip all the job stuff and just conjure up my own money and not worry about working ever again.

I just wonder how other people manage to be so productive? At that is what is seems like when I read my flist. Or maybe everyone has that moment of "this sucks" and they buckle down and plow through the problem and then eat ice cream as a reward after they've finished an unpleasant/boring task???

Anyways, to make up for this post my plan is to post recs tomorrow. (that may help me feel somewhat productive). I guess summer time is when I'm out and about spending as much time outdoors as possible. I've also been reading a lot of Avengers fan fiction and preparing my computer for a complete reformat. (I've been having serious reboot issues lately and I haven't been able to solve the problem because it takes my computer over an hour to reboot) :(

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