My Current Bookshelf, Or Why I Haven’t Blogged Lately

March 24, 2011

Currently Reading:

*Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Michael Burlingame

Public History: Essays from the Field

Mickey Mouse History by Michael Wallace

Museums and the Public Sphere by Jennifer Barrett

Museums and Memory edited by Susan Crane

Defining Memory edited by Amy Levin

Memorial Museums: The Global Rush to Commemorate Atrocities by Paul Williams

Lincoln and Black Freedom by LaWanda Cox

Books completed since the semester started in January:

A Cabinet of Curiosities

*Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography by William Lee Miller

*President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman by William Lee Miller

Nearby History by David Kyvig and Myron Marty

From Tape to Type

*Vindicating Lincoln by Thomas Krannawitter

Museum Masters by Edward P. Alexander

Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926 by Steven Conn

Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln by Douglas L. Wilson

The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln by Kenneth Winkle

*The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln by Michael Burlingame

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine

* indicates books I especially recommend

So that’s why I have not been around much. And there will be lots more to come because I’ve barely started work on my two big papers for the semester.


Back in the Springfield Groove

January 26, 2011

That doesn’t have quite the same ring as New York Groove, but it’s all I’ve got.

I’ve been back for a week now and things are already starting to pick up with my own classes. Work is still rather slow; I don’t have my first appointments until next week.

Last semester was all about writing; this one looks to be all about reading. I still have a fair amount of writing to accomplish by the end of the semester, but the amount of weekly reading could be quite overwhelming if I thought about it too much. Instead, I just take it one book at a time, one day at a time. Focusing on the day-to-day keeps me from freaking out about the big picture. This week I had 622 pages to read for my Wednesday class. I wondered how I’d finish it on time, but instead I finished Monday evening, giving me all day today to read for another class. Somehow, it all gets done.

It would be easy for me to say that I got it all read so quickly because I did nothing else, but that would not be true either. In the past five days I’ve gone to the gym four times, baked pizza crust and cinnamon rolls, gone shopping, and stayed current with my tv shows. Oh, and let’s not forget I’ve also kept up with washing dishes, which is where I usually fall behind first.

All in all, a good start to the semester.


Finally A New Outfit Post!

December 11, 2010

I haven’t done an outfit post in months, but I was happy with this one I put together this afternoon, so I thought I should share.

I am so. close. to being done with this semester. I have four papers due this coming week. Two are completely finished, printed out, and ready to be turned in. The third I revised today and I’m waiting for others eyes to look over it before I print it out.

That leaves the final paper, which I’ve been trying to work on tonight. It’s supposed to be 15 pages. I know what I’m writing about. I’ve read all of my sources. I just made my outline. But I am still a little concerned over whether or not I can get 15 pages out of it. As soon as I finish with this post I am going to write the introduction and hopefully come up with a thesis. If I can get that done tonight, I will feel a lot better about the whole thing.

I’ve had Bones on tonight while working on my paper. It usually doesn’t distract me too much since I know it so well. However, tonight I probably shouldn’t have chosen “The Woman in Limbo.” It is distracting me. Love that episode!

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and baking lately, and I have some pictures and recipes to share with you soon. 


So Close to the End

December 1, 2010

I have 5 papers and 1 presentation until the end of the semester. The presentation is tonight and 3 of the papers are finished except for minor revisions and proofing.

Almost there! Two weeks from today it will all be done.


Cross It Off The List

November 18, 2010

So that book review I mentioned in my post last night? Yep, just finished it!

Maybe I’m regaining momentum for the final stretch.


What Happened to My Motivation?

November 18, 2010

Since finishing that big paper last week, I haven’t been able to recapture my sense of urgency. Granted, I did turn in three things this week, and, as I’ve shown on this blog, I was productive last weekend. But during the week I keep accomplishing very little. It’s because I don’t have weekly reading anymore. That’s making me lazy.

Here’s what I still have to do this semester. Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything. In no particular order:

  • 15 minute presentation on my historiographical essay
  • The final version of that essay (fortunately the revisions are not too extensive)
  • Museum budget assignment
  • Essay #3 for the museum class
  • Book review of an indeterminate length (I just now wrote the introduction and thesis for this, so maybe . . . I can finish it before I go home for Thanksgiving. Wishful thinking?)
  • 15 page essay on some museum problem of my choosing (I’ve picked my topic and found some of my sources. I’m actually pretty excited about this one. Wish it was only 10 pages though.)
  • 3-5 page essay covering a theme from my course on the US from 1890-1945. (I was not expecting this assignment to be so short.)

The good news is I’m not particularly worried about any of these things. Perhaps that’s also the bad news–and the reason why I can’t get up the motivation to work on any of it. Out of all of those, the one I am most concerned about is the presentation. Not because I have to speak–this semester I’ve gotten used to speaking to my own students, so presenting will be no problem. No, what I’m worried about is dragging my presentation out to 15 minutes. I tend to be pretty concise and to-the-point. I know it’s a good thing to be concise, but I find that means I sometimes have trouble filling time. We’ll see how it goes!


Work Gets Busy

November 16, 2010

I succeeded in meeting all of my goals over the weekend. Success! Tonight I turn in one paper and give one presentation. After tonight, I will only have one assignment left in this class.

Things are beginning to wind down in my own classes, but really picking up at work. I am booked solid with appointments for the rest of this week. I’m even working two extra hours on Friday so I can fit in more appointments and I’ve had to be creative about when I schedule things so I can maximize my availability. This is all happening at the perfect time for me though. I’m not stressed about being busy at work because I have such a good handle on my own homework. I don’t feel like being there takes away from anything.