This is where I work! This is the front circulation desk at the Bevier Engineering Library at the University of Pittsburgh. I sit here three days and about 13.5 hours a week, checking materials in and out, answering questions from nervous freshmen, smelling burnt bagels from the Einstein Bros. next door, and frequently doing my own school work. Sometimes I shelve or find materials for Interlibrary Loan or do the aforementioned shelf reading which all happen downstairs. I also do research, look up citation counts (so glamorous!), and sometimes make things like this research LibGuide on Health Systems Engineering (whee!).
Handwritin’. This be mine, on my big desk calendar. Yesterday’s photo was pretty fitting, also.
I couldn’t think of anything I absolutely hate to do, at least nothing I could take a photo of today. The thing that comes closest is going to the dentist. I really don’t like going to the dentist. But I didn’t have to go to the dentist today nor did I pass any dentists’ offices of which I could snap a photo.
Here’s another thing I greatly dislike – shelf reading. I have to scan the shelves down in the Engineering Library stacks and make sure all the call numbers are in order. If anything is out of place, I’m to reshelve it properly. This is the clipboard where we write down what call number we start and end with.
The other student employees have to do it as well so I’m not the only one, and thank goodness I’m no longer the newest student employee – they usually get stuck doing it more often than the more veteran student library workers.
Drink. This guy pictured here and I went to Arsenal Cider House today and picked up a gallon of various ciders and mead. On the left is their mead and on the right is the Fredonia Cider.
I don’t know why but these photos on my wall seemed especially fitting with today’s topic of time. There were some other photos I had, of various clocks and piles of books (representative of my lack of time) and even a clock tower. But I like this best.
The top is of my brothers when they were small, probably about 3 and 10 years old, respectively. I love the photo because the expressions on their faces pretty much sum up who they are, even now as adults, with Ethan looking concerned about something and Ian looking totally chill.
The middle is of me and my mom when I was about 7 or 8. You may not be able to tell but we’re making the same face. According to my mom, she was mimicking my little kid fake “I’m not going to show any teeth” smile, apparently. I always thought I was trying to smile like her.
The bottom is of Lorna and Leon, my grandparents on my mom’s side, taken when they were newlyweds. Leon was recovering from pneumonia when these were taken but I think he looks as handsome as ever. Of course, Lorna looks pretty great herself. Isn’t the moon and stars backdrop great? Oh, the 1930s.
Yeah, nearly two days have gone by and no new photos from me. Yeah… I know. My only excuse is that I had an enormous midterm paper due at midnight last night and it took me forever to finish it.
I took this (very blurry) photo of the keypad/directory/buzzer thing on my apartment last night for yesterday’s theme – phone. I looked for a good old-fashioned pay phone around campus but couldn’t find one. I didn’t want to take a picture of my not-exciting cell phone either.
Today I looked for something new to fulfill today’s theme. There were so many things I could have taken pictures of but most of them had to do with other people’s apparel where my reaction was “Hmm, that’s… something new, alright” but I didn’t think I could get away with going around taking close-up photos of completely random strangers without their noticing or thinking me a crazy person.
I ate some delicious pumpkin/carrot bread and do not believe I’ve ever had the combination before but didn’t think to take a picture of it. There are many buildings going up around campus as well as in the neighborhood I walk through on my way home; I thought about taking a photo of one of those, like the house where they’re building an addition but the addition is pretty much like an entirely new house and one that is probably bigger than the one I grew up in. Sigh. I also got completely hooked on Hark, A Vagrant (a hilarious web comic which I would link to if I could but it’s not loading for me right now) while I was at work and thought about taking a photo of it but it probably would have had to be a screenshot and I was concerned about violating copyright.
In the end it came down to a small, lovely new thing that I spied growing in a yard I passed by on my walk home.