Monthly Archives: July 2010

It’s the final countdown

[Watch at your own risk. Via Mike.]

Well, folks. I have finished my classes, and already gotten back my final grade, so it’s official. I can now tack on four extra letters after my name: Liza Harrington, MLIS. Master of library and information science.

I will be leaving my workplace in…30 minutes. It’s my last day (although I will be back to train my replacement). Oof.

I booked myself a mini-vacation in Chicago as a graduation present to myself. I’m hoping it will delay the holy-shit-what-did-I-just-do jitters, as well as give me some time to process what has happened over the last two years before I jump into the next thing (i.e. packing up my apartment, brushing up on Spanish, applying for jobs, etc.). I plan on seeing some friends, drinking some beers, and hopefully getting some quality time to journal and to sleep.

See y’all on the other side.


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Today I had a fun realization about honesty and walking the talk from the same event.

I bought a solar lantern from (d light brand, seems like a cool company btw) and the wrong model was shipped. The first thing I did was email the company and then later I contacted Amazon. The kind folks at Amazon were nice and immediately re-sent the product. Later, I checked my email and the company had replied with an apology and said they would send out one from their warehouse immediately if I would only confirm the shipping address. So I had a choice, confirm the address and probably get two lanterns for the price of one, or tell the facts (that a new one was already shipping).

I decided to be honest. I thought to myself, honesty is good for karma, this will come back to me.

Now, to linking this story to ‘walking the talk’

As a preschool teacher I notice that teachers often offer incentives for good or correct behavior. Stickers, small toys, line leader duty etc… After a time, their attitude shifts to ‘if i’m good what do I get’. Being a awfully mean teacher I give them nothing for being kind (although I always try to recognize them/their good actions verbally), I expect it as the norm.

Now, here I am. All grown up with all the answers telling people not to expect something in return for merely doing the right thing, and what am I doing? Oppps.

I had to laugh at myself when I processed all this. Now I am wondering how many other lessons I try to impart that I don’t fully embody, always room for improvement!

Also, I love the poster that Liza posted.

Until soon,


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Welcome, Mike! And other stuff.

So my boyfriend, Mike, that will be moving to Mexico with me, is going to be a blog contributor, as well! Yay! I am excited for him to be sharing his thoughts here – he knows much, much more about agriculture and food systems than I do (and has spent the last 4? 5? summers working on a farm). He should have a unique perspective in that way. Also, he is an educator and this experience will also relate to his professional life. Writing will hopefully help both of us to sort through the emotions and ideas we get from our everyday experiences. See his classroom blog from last year here. (It’s the cutest. I highly recommend this video.)

We haven’t quite figured out a way for the posts to clearly show authorship yet but we’ll get to it. In the meantime, he says you can tell because I will have punctuation, correct grammar, and no spelling mistakes, and he won’t. We’ll see. His first post is already posted below. See if you can pick it out.

He also donated the photo for the new header. It is from our trip to the Grand Tetons 2 summers ago. That’s the Grand Teton itself, with the moon hovering over it (when Mike becomes a big folk-ukulele star, his first hit will be titled “Day Sky Moon”).

But enough about Mike. He’ll tell his own story.

Today my coworkers threw a going away party for me. I was super nervous leading up to it – I really hate being the center of attention (says the girl with the totally self-centered blog. Oops.) – and they way outdid themselves. The library director and assistant director brought in blenders and made fruit smoothies for everyone (!) and they got an ice cream cake (!!). It was nice to celebrate the end of the summer and to see everyone socially one last time. I will really miss my coworkers – the law library is a phenomenal place and I am lucky to have worked there.

But the best part is the gift they gave me. I felt a little uncomfortable opening the card in front of everyone (it’s just too much attention) but what was inside was totally unexpected. Everyone pooled money and made a very significant donation to the San Juan del Sur biblioteca, where I volunteered for a week this past March. So, so touching. It was so thoughtful and nice, I was moved to tears.

Tomorrow I will be totally finished with library school. Only two days left of work, as well, and most of tomorrow will be spent at a law school function for students that have just finished taking the bar (and good luck to those folks). So it goes!


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Care of the National Agricultural Library

This poster from 1917 looks remarkably similar to the philosophy of a one Mr. Michael Pollan…


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Im new here

dear blogosphere,

When considering a ball  ( or any  spherical object really), I wonder, where does it start and where does it end? Do these points exist? Now, considering a blogosphere, which really is not spherical at all, and not spelled the same way, the bafflement continues.

Also if I start a blog, It will be named “The bafflement continues”

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