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Ketchup Day.

First, I would like to apologize for the massive lack in posts for the past two days. Every night that I’ve gotten home I’ve been too busy and/or tired to post, so here’s some highlights of the past few days:


– Went to the library as usual,and had a jolly time doing my work. I then attended a historical meeting of sorts afterwards.

– Studied some Japanese.


– Went to work my first day at the bookstore. I restocked the Science Fiction section, mailed an online order for my boss, met the guy that owns Blue Whale Books, and cleaned off some shelves. It was actually lots of fun! 🙂

– Ate a tasty ham and cheese sandwich washed down with a massive strawberry milkshake at the locally famous historical landmark, Timberlake’s Drug Store. I also explored the Pedestrian Mall a little bit.

– Went grocery shopping and forgot to buy chicken, paperclips, and laundry detergent. Whoops. 😛


Moving on to today, I once again headed over to the bookstore for work this morning. I cleaned all of the outdoor bookcarts and restocked a lot of the fiction section. When it was time for lunch, I once again went out to explore the mall and headed into Five Guys, which was a highly recommended burger joint. It definitely lived up to expectations, but I think that I’ll be heading back to Timberlake’s next week. 😛

So all in all, it wasn’t TOO much of an eventful weekend (although I did have the bejeezus scared out of me when I came home from work and was face to face with a MASSIVE  wolf spider on my closet door). Starting my fun new job was pretty exciting, but now that my week has ended it is time to kickback, relax, toss in a couple loads of laundry, and maybe even sleep in tomorrow (that is, Charlie permitting 😛 ). My first full week here in Charlottesville has been pretty amazing, but also very demanding at  the same time. There is so much that I want to do and so little time, and I hope that I can spare a few moments to squeeze it all in.

Picture of the Day (once again, a delectable two-fer!):

This one is for Lisa - The Great Wall of Mystery.

This one is for Lisa - The Great Wall of Mystery.

In an unfortunate turn of events for us at the Jefferson Library, apparently there will be no Pie allowed in Charlottesville. :'(

In an unfortunate turn of events for us at the Jefferson Library, apparently there is no Pie allowed in Charlottesville. :'(


June 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm 2 comments

Some Interesting Finds, Sprinkled with a Few Thunderstorms.

Today pretty much started out as usual, as I headed over to the library and immediately dug into my tasty research. I had FINALLY finished reading and taking notes on the chapters that I had selected from the Dumas Malone book, which is awesome. What did I learn from Dumas Malone, you ask? Well first of all, I learned that my partner in crime Scott “Feets” Wilson is a lot more like TJ than I would like to admit (or actually, maybe I would…). Secondly, I learned a great deal more about TJ’s younger years when he was floating from Shadwell to Williamsburg every now and then learning law (and a little bit about the classics as well) under the respectable George Wythe. I also didn’t know that from time to time that he had played violin for, and I think sometimes with, Governor Fauquier.

As far as tasty tidbits go,  I particularly liked this quote from Euripides that Jefferson had included in his literary notebook after he was basically snubbed by his love interest, Miss Rebecca Burwell:

“Nothing is better than  a reliable friend, not riches, not absolute sovereignty. Nay more, the crowd is not to be reckoned with, in exchange for a noble friend” (found on page 85 of the first volume of the Dumas Malone series, if you’re interested).

Very touching, I’d say. Malone continued to note that Jefferson made an effort to say very little, if anything at all about “individual women” after that, but continued to reminisce fondly of dear friends of his. However, on a side note, if I were TJ after being snubbed by the girl of my dreams, I’d be quoting something by Aeschylus in my literary notebook. But thats just me. 😛

As the afternoon rolled in, I then dove into the first volume of the highly recommended Marie Kimball set. I didn’t have much time left at the library at that point, so I only had managed to write maybe a page  of notes before I skidaddled out of there for the day.

One final note: It storms A LOT in Charlottesville during the summer, apparently.

Picture of the Day (a two-fer, as promised! :)):

The Elegant Front Entranceway of the Jefferson Library.

The Elegant Front Entrance of the Jefferson Library/Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Hehe Charlie Peekin.

Hehe Charlie Peekin.

June 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm 4 comments

Learning How to Do History, One Baby Step at a Time.

Today was my second full day at the library, and to be honest it flew by before I even could sit down to do research for more than 5 minutes (in a good and rather productive way!). First, I sat in for about two hours on the weekly staff meeting. It was very interesting to hear about everything that was happening at the library, but it was also great to get a larger sense of the group dynamic and how everyone interacts. For something that is usually supposed to be something people dread coming to each week, ESPECIALLY on a Monday morning on about five hours of sleep, I actually enjoyed it.

After the meeting, I had my lunch and then went to the reading room to wait for Anna to give me her take on the library and what I should know. It turns out that I had already knew quite a bit about using databases and whatnot, but she certainly helped immensely by filling me in on things that my experiences had missed. She then showed me around the stacks, giving me excellent pointers on what authors and works to trust in terms of scholasticism and reliability. The Princeton-edited series of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson is the best in this case; with the worst being a set by a guy whose name I can’t remember but he slashed portions out of  and personally rewrote some parts of the letters organized in his little published series of Jefferson writings.

The tour went on throughout the whole library, and before we knew it, it was four o’ clock. Quittin’ time. I mused for a few moments about whether or not I should hang around and do some work, but I then remembered that I had to pick up some paperwork from my apartment complex’s leasing office and also to tend to some other odds n’ ends of errands. Nothing too exciting.

I also realized that I hadn’t made a post for yesterday, so here are some of the highlights:

– The Comcast man came by and installed a modem for internet usage, so now I can quit leeching from whoever setup that open wireless connection!

– Started making my Kanji flashcards for this week.

– Charlie was a real jerk cat and peed all over my duffel bag full of clean clothes, so I did laundry.

– Moved some of the furniture from the living room into my room, making it seem much more cozy to relax or work in.

Also, a two-fer Picture of the Day:

The new room set-up! :)

The new room set-up! 🙂

A pooped little Charlie cat.

A pooped little Charlie cat.

June 1, 2009 at 5:05 pm 3 comments

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