Friday fives for next month #BlogJune

Yeah yeah I know I already did my final post for #BlogJune

But it’s Friday so it’s time for another list:

This one will be five things to blog about in July:

  1. Winter
  2. My fave book/author
  3. School holidays
  4. Group work
  5. USA

So there you go, something to look forward to next month.




The end of #BlogJune 2017

Well it’s the end of June 2017 so this wraps up #BlogJune for 2017.

I managed to post most days, but didn’t stress about missing the odd one or two, so that’s a win for me!

I have gained a few new followers, thank you and I hope you keep reading in the future. I have also found a few new blogs to follow, so will have to remind myself to take time to read and interact with those too.

That’s all for now.

See you next #BlogJune if not before

My first library job #BlogJune

Following on from JaneConnie and Andrew’s posts about their first library job, here’s mine. I mentioned in my recent post about my 20 year old self that I was working ‘afterschool’ in a library that morphed into a full-time(ish) job.

I started working in a public library in 1996 as a shelver on a Tuesday night, back when they were open on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8pm. This was a great job for a school or uni student, as I was at the time. This then grew into Tuesdays and Thursday nights when the Thursday person left, then adding on Saturday mornings and others too.

After the first year or so as a shelver I guess you could say I was noticed as good at answering customer questions, and so started being circulation desk trained. I really enjoyed working with the customers, helping them search the catalogue and shelves for the information they needed. I also started working in the workroom over the summer holidays doing new book processing and other tasks as required. I loved putting up xmas decorations, cleaning out the bird cage – not so much!

After a couple of years I left for about 6 months when I moved out of home and flatted closer to uni (as was no longer financially and time viable). However after unsuccessfully applying for about 100 teaching jobs at the end of the year, I was advised by my former supervisor (and pretty much best friend) to apply for a couple of vacancies that had come up over the Christmas holidays, and was successful in one of them. It was pretty much full time, 32 hours a week from Tuesday to Saturday, and I loved having Mondays off to avoid that mopey Monday feeling LOL

And the rest is history!

A few years later I had a couple of months off to be a camp counsellor in USA, then a year or so later I had a year off to be at home with mr13 when he was a baby. I changed roles within the same library a few times over the 16 years I worked there, my last being the Serials Library Assistant.
4 and a half years ago I left the public library to work in a similar role at the tertiary library down the road and here I am today. Now my job has changed again and my official title is now Circulation, Reference and Liaison Librarian.
What a mouthful,  the joys of working in a small team!



Fun tools #BlogJune

One of my fave new tools is Tagul, now known as Word .
If you haven’t played (I mean worked) with word art before, then you are in for a treat.

It is a word cloud generator that you can make any shape, colour, font, that you like.

I discovered it while wanting to make a poster of all of the things the library staff could help our students/staff with while our library building was out of action after the earthquake last November.

Here is one of my faves:

hole heart library words

I also discovered that as well as the hundreds of shape options they have available, there is also the option to upload a pic to use. So mr13 decided he wanted a dragon, as you do.

They are also super quick to make. I made this one during an orientation session with a new class of students:



So have a go, it’s fun 🙂



20 years #BlogJune

This was written after I had already written and scheduled my post on turning 40!

It was inspired by Kathryn’s post: “If you want to play #blogjune and have not, or are already playing …. and would like a topic for Wednesday 28 June, then please be part of my Time Travel Challenge and answer one or both of these questions … and post a link to Twitter with the #blogjune hashtag:

  1. If you could go back and tell your 20 year old self one thing that was going to happen to you between then and today, what would that be?
  2. In 20 years time (presuming the world gets better, not worse) what do you think will be the biggest technological difference between your life now and your life then ? “

Wow it’s almost 20 years since I was 20!

At 20 I was at uni, almost finished my BEd degree (which they no longer teach!) and planning on being a primary school teacher.
That #neverhappened.
Well the graduating part did, but I used to call the degree my expensive piece of wallpaper! I was working ‘afterschool’ and Saturdays at my local public library, and the next year that morphed into pretty much full-time work after graduation and applying for 100 teaching jobs and only getting one (unsuccessful) interview in the middle of Northland!

At 20 I still lived at home (a house with no TV) and I didn’t have a driver licence and never been overseas, etc. That was all soon to change! In the few months before I turned 21 I moved out of home into a flat with 4 other girls (yes it was noisy), bought a little TV for my room, and got my learners licence. I think back then the legal age for drinking in NZ was 20 so I probably had my first drink then too.

Anyway back to the point, what would I tell my 20 year old self?

Probably what I still tell myself today, to calm down and try not to take on all the worries of the world.


Life begins at 40? #BlogJune


This year my husband turns 40, next year I turn 40. Does life begin at 40?

Quora had 70 responses to “What is your greatest fear when you will reach that age?”
I no longer worry about turning 40, in fact I’m quite looking forward to it.
Stuff’s article is more positive.

I used to think that by 30, or 40 I should have achieved certain milestones in my life. So at almost 40 I am married, have a child, own a car, own most of a house, have a full-time job with reasonable pay and job satisfaction. My life is pretty happy and I can’t say I have too much to worry about.

I was inspired by a post I read recently (sorry I can’t find the link) that was a letter from a 23 year old to her 30 year old self. I thought about doing a 40 year old one, but as it is next year I don’t expect much to change. Maybe I’ll do a 50 year old one?

I just saw this video on getting older, and I want to be her when I grow up!





Compromise? #BlogJune

My life these days seems to involve a lot of compromising.
From the super easy of choosing pizza or fish and chips for dinner, to the difficulties of organising the team roster.
This may be a sign of maturity?

compromise tweet

From Twitter

Yesterday I had a mini-meltdown when I discovered there was no Milo left in our staff kitchen. I had already heated some milk so I thought about other options. I hunted in my locker for any remaining sachets of hot choc mix or the like, and happened upon a mini Moro bar. So I chopped it up and stirred it into the milk. Not bad, I must say.
Now this might seem like a minor event to you, but it was a major win for my mood on a Monday morning!

Does this count as compromising or is it just improvising (which I also do a lot of)?


The future of this blog #BlogJune



From CIE

So far this blog has been a random mix of family/work/hobbies, hence the name current obsession!

Is this interesting to you? Do I even care who reads it?

I have never been much of a diary/journal writer, so in some way I suppose this blog could serve as such for future generations. If it is still accessible by then!

What does the future of blogging look like to you? Quora had these responses to that question.

I have no interest into moving into vlogging (video blogs), although I might do one or two for the aforementioned future generations of minimes. I do now prefer using instagram to post pictures to social media as it auto-posts onto FB and Twitter for me.

Perhaps that will be the future of this blog.


#PoriruaRocks #BlogJune

How could I have not blogged about my my rockpainting hobby before?!

take one

From recent #WhitireiaRocks #Thekindnessrocksproject day in Whitireia library week.

Wow, I thought I had. Turns out it was mostly my Instagram posts!

My fave were my little monster rocks inspired by pics like this one:

From Feltmagnet 

Turns out they look more like a child made them, oh well they are for children to find anyway! And if you haven’t heard of the painted rock hunting, here’s some info for you:

Stuff story

Newshub story

Kiwi families story