Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provides a topic, and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
Work: This one is probably obvious, but while I do spend all my time around books, I unfortunately, am not reading them. Even though I work in a library, I don’t get to read the books I’m around. Sad, I know! However, I do have a really great boss (and boss’s boss) who don’t mind if I listen to anything while I’m working (as long as I get my tasks done, of course), so I’m trying to get into audiobooks. I don’t mind them, but my mind tends to wander and then I missed the last few pages of what’s been read. Side note: If anyone has audiobook recommendations, I’d gladly take them.
TV Shows and Movies: Last fall I moved in with my grandma, which has been really great to have this time with her, especially since her husband died in Nov. 2021. Anyways, my entire life my grandparents (mostly my grandpa) really looked down on television and watching movies at home. It’s fine if it’s not your cup of tea, but you’re not superior to anyone else. But since I’ve been living there and have all my streaming hooked up to her TV, she’s started watching things and asked to start shows from the beginning. She’s also wanted to see shows and movies that she would’ve missed when she was working and traveling (after retirement). I really love this time I get to have with her sharing stories.
House chores: The general stuff you have to do to keep a home in order and it not be considered a hazard. Boring, but it’s got to get done at some point.
ADHD: Not formally diagnosed but I’m 90% sure I have it. There’s just sometimes where my mind is too wired or I go down a rabbit hole of research and I’ve lost hours.
Arts & Crafts: I do have a book journal that I use for tracking my reading. I’m also getting into bookbinding (rebinding my own books), which has been so much fun and interesting. Anything to keep my hands distracted because I’m positive who ever said “idle hands are the devil’s playthings” was talking about me.
Job Searches/Applications: While I love what I do and my coworkers, I am looking for another place to work. Two reasons for this: one, the job I’m in is a staff job not a librarian position, and I do want more responsibility; two, I work in a conservative place and would like to leave and work where I can be myself and use my appropriate pronouns and not my dead name.
Mental Health: I mean see above. I’ve been really discouraged lately with the lack of movement on my job searches and frustrated with how far I get in the process and then am not offered the job. I know something will come along (I’m trying not to catastrophise but it’s really difficult), but I’m truly losing positivity.