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Quote me Sundays…or Monday

Don’t let a bad day , make you feel like you have a bad life

-Unknown

I think this goes hand in hand with last week’s quote of not allowing your mood to dictate your manners. This reminds of a couple Saturdays ago where I allowed my mood to dictate my manners and in turn, made me get into a fight with my boyfriend about me feeling like my life is crap. Which it is not! Not even close. I really have to let go of things sometimes…all the time…more than I do.

I was late posting again because I was actually productive! I was writing cover letters for two jobs I am applying for at UF. I also applied for another job at UF as part of an OPS team. :Crossing fingers: This new job at the county library has made me realize how much I don’t like it. It has reaffirmed my decision to focus on academic libraries. But, I’ll stick with it, and who knows, maybe I’ll enjoy it a bit more than I do now. I blame it on waking up at 745am three mornings out of the week! And tomorrow, I have to BE at a meeting at 8am. What malarkey!

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Quote me Sundays…or Tuesday

Don’t let your mood dictate your manners.

-Unknown

I had a paper due on Sunday and completely forgot about Quote me Sunday. I had a slight meltdown at work, and I unfortunately allowed my emotions to take over; I basically acted like a Bee Eye Tee Cee H. So, this week, this quote will be my mantra.

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Shshshelving books

Started a new job this week…I am a page at a local library. I am not upset. I am excited…well kind of. I started on Monday, and everyone at this library is lovely. They are so nice to me and so helpful…I feel guilty that I am applying at other jobs. A couple positions opened up at the University of Florida, and I am applying to them. I did not get the other UF job because I did not have enough (or any) supervisory experience. Disappointment was an understatement. But, not this time! I’ll apply and keep going with this job. I also applied for a job that is a level or two higher than my current job. Also…being cautiously optimistic. At first, I thought it was just raining good fortune on me, so many job openings, I had to get at least one of them. And, I did. But, it was my last choice one. However, I cannot complain. I am learning things everyday. It does suck to have to wake up early three days a week, but it could be worse. It could be everyday…

So, what am I doing exactly? I am shelving books…all day everyday. It’s not too bad. For right now, I’m focused on the juvenile part of the library; which is probably a good thing. If I had the YA section, I would be checking out more books than shelving them. I also find books for holds, which is a lot more fun than shelving. It’s much easier to find a book, than putting away a lot of books. I think of it as a game. I want to empty my section’s shelves before I leave. And, I did today. At least tomorrow, I can come in later. Woot.

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An update of sorts?

Hey friends, life has been the same for me.  School started.  I am taking Marketing (LIS 5602) and Information Organization (LIS 5703).  LIS 5703 is a required core class and LIS 5602 is a part of the leadership and management track I’m following.  It seems that LIS 5703 will be the most difficult class.  It is very labor and reading intensive.  And, it seems that there is not a lot of group work going on.  However, the professor is very nice and very helpful.  He seems to want you to succeed and will help you as much as he can.  LIS 5602 does not meet at all.  All the work is through discussion boards and assignments.  However, we have groups. And, one of my group mates from last semester is in it with me; so it might be a little easier for me, hopefully.

I had my evaluation at work the other day.  I was worried I would get worked up and start crying.  I was thinking back to teacher-parent conferences and I would ALWAYS cry.  I don’t like it when people are disappointed in me.  This evaluation, on the other hand, wasn’t so bad.  I’m not gonna lie, it made me want to try again; to actually make myself a better employee.  I guess that’s what evaluations are supposed to be.  I do realize that I am somewhat harsher and harder on people I don’t like it.  I am trying to move past that.  I have to keep on reminding myself that my standards aren’t the same as everyone else’s (even though I wish very much) and that this is just a job and not a career.

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Had a mini melt down

I don’t know what’s going on with me lately. On Wednesday, I was at work, nothing much going on. You know, doing my thing. I had a 20 top wait a while for their table. A couple of ladies were taking their time. One person from said 20 top walks over to them and tells them to hurry up because they were waiting a long time. I got little scolded at. I wanted to go home to vent to the SO, he wasn’t there. I got a little upset which then snowballed to super crying upset. Then the conversation moved onto what am I do with my life, etc. Told him my mom wanted to buy a house in Orlando and I would move to get a job there. He thinks it’s silly because why would I move if I haven’t even gotten one interview (point well made). I blame my craziness and crying to a change of birth control. Hopefully, my body will get used to it…SOON. So, to make myself feel better, I baked.

I baked these cinnamon rolls. I made cinnamon rolls before, but they were a lot of work (because of the yeast) and they weren’t even that good. So, when I came across a different set of rolls via tastespotting, I knew I had to try them. And, they were delicious and they didn’t even have cream cheese frosting, which I’m not a huge fan. Sorry, I didn’t take pictures. I can’t seem to find my camera. Maybe I’ll save up and get a new one! OoO. I’ll look out for it on Black Friday.

Cinnamon Rolls by Craving Chronicles
Ingredients
DOUGH
2 cups 2% milk (I didn’t have 2% milk, the SO bought fat free…EW. I put in 1 3/4 cups of fat free milk and 1/4 cup of heavy cream)
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup canola oil (I used vegetable oil)
1 package (2 1/4 Teaspoons) active dry yeast
4 cups + ½ cup flour, divided
1½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon (scant) baking soda
½ teaspoon (heaping) baking powder
Cooking spray

FILLING
1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
raisins (optional)
nuts (I used crushed pecans for one batch)
long strand of unflavored waxed dental floss (NOT mint)

ICING
3 cups of powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
8-10 teaspoons of milk
2 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions
Make ahead: Combine milk, 1/2 cup sugar and oil in a large pot over medium heat. Heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, until just before boiling. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about an hour or until lukewarm (between 105° – 115°F; use a thermometer to check). Sprinkle the yeast into the warm milk mixture and allow to sit for a few minutes. Add 4 cups of flour and stir together until a sticky dough forms. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise somewhere warm for about an hour. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ½ cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to dough and combine thoroughly to form an elastic dough. Spray the inside of a large bowl with cooking spray. Put dough in the bowl, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator overnight, or up to a day.

Assembly: Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Generously flour a clean, dry surface. Place half the dough on the floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll out into a large rectangle. Gently spread ¾ cup of softened butter over the dough with a butter knife. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of brown sugar over the buttered dough. Add any raisins, nuts or other fillings.

Starting on the longer side of the rectangle, roll dough in a tight spiral toward the other end and pinch the seam shut. Slide a strand of dental floss under the rolled dough 1-1½ inches from the end. Cross the ends of the floss over the top of the roll and pull in opposite directions, slicing off a section of dough. Repeat with the rest of the dough, placing buns in the prepared pan. You will have space between the buns.

Repeat with the second half of the dough. (If you only want to make one batch of buns, you can tightly wrap and freeze the other half at this point. In that case, use half the amount of the ingredients for the glaze.)

Set aside to rise for 30-45 minutes. Bake in 350°F oven for 15-18 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.

To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, butter, 6 teaspoons of milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Continue adding milk one teaspoon at a time until you get a thick frosting. (It will thin when spread on the warm buns.)

It was great! The SO took it to work and everyone gobbled it up. This is definitely the go-to recipe for cinnamon rolls. And, I loved how she gave suggestions for freezing the batch. Some recipes don’t give you that options and just stuck with too many baked goods.

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Relevations

It was my birthday last Monday. When a birthday comes around, it is a time of reflection. How has this year different from last year? Have I made any personal achievements? Have I bettered myself in any way. I think it is on the “no” side. I am where I was last year, financially, well, maybe worse because now I have car payments. The SO and I are better I suppose. We’re still together and that is more than I can say for most people I know. We love each other and every year, it just deepens.

For my birthday, we went to eat at Dragonfly. It was delicious, scrumptious, and all those synonyms for tasty. Then we went to see Avenue Q. It was great! I think the SO liked it a little but more than I did. It is basically Sesame Street for adults. We came home and had my favorite ice cream cake. At the restaurant, one the servers made me a birthday cake! It was a surprise and everyone came out and sang happy birthday. I have to confess, I got a little teary eyed. I felt special.

I did go to the Women’s Career Expo on Friday. It was tailored to older women, more like displaced homemakers. I did take advantage of the resume critique and mock interview. Hopefully, this will help me land that hard-to-find grown up job. I keep on trying to be optimistic, but it is difficult in these financial times.

Next week, I have four days off in a row. There is going to be a lot of baking. Sugar cookies are on the list. I don’t know what else I should make.

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I haven’t worked the last 2 days. It’s been kind of rough. I don’t know what to do with my time. I’ve baked everyday that I had off. On Sunday, I baked these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They were a little too cakey for my taste. But, the SO and his kids at worked loved it. On Monday, I made brownies from the Hershey’s recipe. One word: DIVINE. On Tuesday, I made carrot cake. I’m not a fan of carrot cake, but the SO loved it. One thing from next time, remember to put more frosting between the layers! I was in this mode for putting the crumb layer on and totally forgot about putting on more frosting! Today, I wanted to make peanut brittle, but I don’t have enough peanuts. Maybe when I head over to the farmer’s market, I’ll stop and get some peanuts.
This not working a lot situation is really bring the morale down. I was getting better with the whole negativity thing. I was used to working about 30 hours a week and now I’m lucky if I get 25. Sad. I feel bad because the SO is basically fronting everything again. I just bake and hope that it makes up for the financial problems. I went running for the first time on Monday. It was kind of not fun. The regimen was: I run for 2 min and walk for 4 min repeat 5 times for a total of 30 min. I’m still hurting, but I’m gonna do it again today. I ran up and down the street. I didn’t wanna run a mile away and realize that I couldn’t run back. That would be embarrassing. The SO may run with me too. Next Friday, in Gainesville,they’re having a woman’s career fair. The SO said I should go and see what it’s like.
He’s amazing. He’s the most understanding and supportive person in the world. I contemplated finding a job ANYWHERE and doing the long distance thing. But, I find that a little too difficult right now because I don’t want to or have a reason to distance myself from him. I just hope that I can find a job in Gainesville and be a true equal partner with him.

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