Monday, May 12, 2014

*dusts off ye olde blog*



Hi, friends. It’s been a while, so I thought I’d pop in to offer a few life updates.

I completed the first two semesters of my masters program in library science at the University of Texas – Austin. As Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy can testify, grad students are the worst. But school itself is kind of the best. I love being a student. I had a moment of panic the other day when I realized that in a year, I wouldn’t get to be a student anymore. On the plus side, I am convinced now more than ever that I want to be a librarian.

In the past year, I have learned to embrace audiobooks and the natural wave in my hair. I feel more self assured and more like an adult and at the same time, I feel totally clueless and have frequent moments of panic where I don’t know what I’m doing. I have been told that never really goes away. But I’m at peace with that fact…most of the time.

Grad school has killed most of my hobbies. The summer before school started, I was cooking, writing, taking photos, and playing more music. Over Christmas break last year, I picked up calligraphy. I’m looking forward to getting back into those.  

I’m reading a ton more than I have in years past. My goodreads goal for the year was 75 books, but since I’ve already hit 50 books, I’m gonna aim for 100 books. (Side note: Graphic novels, you guys! So good!) I don’t watch as much television as I used to—see above, re: hobbies—but I will say that the best 22 minutes of my week are usually spent watching Bob’s Burgers.

There was a relationship that did not go entirely how I had anticipated. Nearly twenty-seven years of life and my most challenging lesson has been and always will be that expectations and reality are two very different things. 

I have a lot going on with my church congregation, as per usual. I currently teach Sunday School once a month and coordinate trips down to the temple in San Antonio. I'm also the president of our Institute council. (Institute is the education organization for single adults.) In a lot of ways, that last one feels like my Moses calling. I'm all, "Are you sure, God? You really want ME to do this? I'm, like, the least natural fit for this position." It's been an interesting run so far.

This summer, I’ll continue my internship at the library. I love it a whole lot. I’m also going to be a social media intern at the new children’s museum in town. I’ll be using that opportunity as part of my individual studies credit. I’m also gonna work somewhere else part-time, to be determined. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a couple of potential options. I was talking to my brother recently and he declared it “The Summer of Gretchen.” (Just like “The Summer of George” from Seinfeld.) Yeah, let’s go with that.

I’ll be taking the midnight train to Georgia (a.k.a the midday flight to Georgia) next week to see my folks. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this trip. I don’t even know why. I just am. 

My three-year love affair with Austin is going strong. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I am incredibly fortunate to have friends in my life who have supported me through the hard times. I don’t even care how inanely cheesy that sounds—it is one hundred percent true.

Okay, I think that brings us up to date. Good chat, guys.


Trust me, even though I don’t blog as much, I still spend way too much time on the internet. You can find me at these places.

The Harry Potter Medicinal Re-Read (The project is over, but it’s well worth your time to go back and read the posts. You can find all of my posts here.)
Tumblr (This is my shiny new librarian-specific tumblr. I’m currently working on getting it up and running, but I thought I’d throw the link out there.)
One Season and a Movie (AKA the best thing I have ever done with my life, bar none.)

5 comments:

Feisty Harriet said...

Gorgeous photos!!

And, happy 2 semesters of grad school!

xox

Q said...

YES GRETCHEN IS BLOGGING AGAIN!

heatherhoyt said...

Hooray! Sometimes I randomly go to your blog in hope that there is something new even though I've subscribe to it in Feedly.

Your photos are awesome.

(I still don't get tumblr, but it's because of my love affair with Wordpress and the fact that I am chronically uncool.)

I love Marvel universe and once blew through a whole bunch of Ultimate Spider-Man, but my current library system does not understand graphic novels yet. (I do understand that graphic novels are not just for superheroes, but I love superheroes.)

I once was called as a relief society president of a single's ward which was so out of my element, but I realized God saw me a little differently than I saw myself, so I tried to be more of the person he saw me to be. And it helped a lot.

Libraries are awesome. I live in a little town with a very tiny library, but it has the best selection. I was roving the young adult section to see a new release (Cress) just chilling on the shelves, waiting for me to check it out and bring it home.

Sara said...

Well. This was a pleasant surprise. I'd been waiting for you to update, and just when I needed it most, you did. :)

The Summer of Gretchen. I like it. :)

P.S. Say hello to my beloved Georgia for me. :)

Jane said...

Thanks for the update. I always love coming over and posting a comment (unlike in Soviet Russia...).

I sometimes go to the Children's Museum with my daughter. I promise to try not to be totally creepy if I see you there and it's all The Internet In Real Life.