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I’ve Been a Busy Lil’ Bee.

Alright, so most of you have by now noticed that I’ve been ‘a slackin in my daily postings. There IS a good reason for this, I assure you. I’ve been having some major problems with misunderstandings and whatnot with the woman who I’ve been subleasing from, but all of that has FINALLY been resolved today. All is now very well in the land of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (and sometimes James  Monroe too!). I’ve also been very, very busy with my daily Japanese lessons as well. They’ve been taking up a considerable chunk of time as well, but not nearly as much as the first thing.

As you can tell by now, this week  was really stressful. It began with frantically trying to solve the leasor/rent problem, then onto solving the problem of my housemate’s puppy having an accident (twice!) on my bed. Thankfully I sleep on an air-mattress and laundry doesn’t cost too much to do. On Thursday this problem was solved by Susan from the Library, who is loaning me a fantastic wooden baby gate to keep the little leaky puppy out of my room. Awesome! 🙂

As for my research (oh yeah, I remember that! :P), in spite of all the shenanigans, it’s been going very well. I’ve been getting a lot of work done researching and taking notes on the people in TJ’s life while he was in Williamsburg and while he was being tutored in his earlier years as well. It’s pretty fun and interesting stuff, but it’s also hard work as well.

This weekend so far has been fantastic. I had two very wonderful and productive days at the bookstore, and I even got to leave 1 1/2 hours early today since I did such an awesome job in restocking shelves. I even got paid for those 1 1/2 hours! What can I say, I love my job. 🙂

On to the juicier bits – the Pictures of the Day that I’ve missed for the past few days.

Comfy Campeachy chairs inside the Jefferson Library.

Comfy Campeachy chairs inside the Jefferson Library. TJ had a few of these made for himself, he liked them so much. He also liked to give them as gifts as well, if my memory serves me right.

The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Reading Room at Jefferson Library, where all the magic happens.

The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Reading Room at Jefferson Library, where all the magic happens.

An Interactive Monument to the First Amendment at the Charlottesville Pedestrian Mall. Unfortunately I had no chalk at the time, so I couldn't write a huge I <3 Scott Wilson or I <3 TJ on it. :'(

An Interactive Monument to the First Amendment at the Charlottesville Pedestrian Mall. Unfortunately I had no chalk at the time, so I couldn't write a huge I ❤ Scott Wilson or I ❤ TJ on it. :'(

The other half of the First Amendment Monument.

The other half of the First Amendment Monument.

The Big Three of Charlottesville: TJ, J-Mads, and President Monroe.

The Big Three of Charlottesville: J-Mads, TJ, and President Monroe. Presidents Monument on the side of City Hall in Downtown Charlottesville.

Lastly, for good measure, a healthy dose of cute in the form of a Charlie nap. :P

Lastly, for good measure, a healthy dose of cute in the form of a Charlie nap. 😛

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June 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm 2 comments

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:

Thursday

– 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.

Friday

– 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. 😛

Today

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

More Fanciful and Fun Research; Plus, a Job Interview!

Today has been, for the most part, business as usual. I arrived at the library this morning on time, and everything had been going fairly smoothly. I’ve finally finished skimming the early life portions of Henry S. Randall’s The Life of Thomas Jefferson, and I’ve moved on to the more well-known work of Mr. Dumas Malone called Jefferson the Virginian. Malone’s book is the first of a multi-volume series which many of the library staff deemed a highly recommended read. I plan to finish skimming and taking notes on the early life portions of this work by the end of the day today, so then I can get a move on with the first volumes of the Marie Kimball and Paul Leicester Ford sets. Aww Yeah! 🙂

I also ended up leaving the library about 30 min early so that I could go in to the bookstore on the downtown pedestrian mall for an interview. As I was driving to get there,  I ended up daydreaming at a traffic light and made a turn that launched me into a giant circle, which cost me an extra 5 minutes but it was alright. I made it to the bookstore just in the nick of time, and the owner had me sit down for a nice five-minute chat.

He asked me a few questions, gave me the lowdown on the store and what hours I’d be working, etc. etc., and then he handed me the usual hiring paperwork and like magic I was done! Done and basically hired! 🙂

Unfortunately, I do not have a Picture of the Day for today. However, don’t get TOO upset because that does mean that tomorrow’s post will definitely be a two-fer! 🙂

June 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm 5 comments

The Joy of Finding a Part-time Job.

This morning I dragged my carcass out of bed at the ripe hour of 10 to begin expanding on my job search, in the event that the job offer at Barnes and Noble falls though. Since I had forgotten to post on Wednesday, I neglected to mention that I went to good ol’ BN for a job interview that went very well, minus the part about having to check with corporate(?) to see if they could take a new hire. So things are looking great now in terms of fitting in with the BN crew once more, however if they can’t afford to hire me then I’m in some deep,  serious trouble.

I decided that today, at the recommendation of my supervisor Jack, I would start with cafés and bookshops in the downtown pedestrian mall. I was pretty excited at this prospect, because the downtown mall is a fabulous place with lots of neat shops and fantastic people watching. So I parked my car at the Water St. garage (since the city market was taking place in the outdoor metered lot), and off I went.

My first stop was a little bookshop called Blue Whale Books. I went in to inquire for a job, and I was immediately brushed aside with a simple “no”. So I was then off to find greener pastures, and made a stop at one of my favorite restaurants called Revolutionary Soup. They are like a piece of Amherst, but slightly more punk rock and less Joan Baez. They offer all kinds of locally grown and baked goodies, and I’m pretty sure they’re vegetarian friendly too.  Unfortunately they weren’t hiring either, but at least they would accept my resume just in case.

FLASH: I was just going to type about the rest of my job hunting adventure, but I have just received a call for an interview from one of the bookshops that I had applied at! 🙂 It’s all set for Tuesday, and I hope that this job will work out nicely as I have a feeling that BN may have jumped the gun with me and may not work out. So with two great offers now on the table, I hope that at least one of them works out so I can continue eating this summer. 😛

Picture of the Day:

One of my favorite downtown Charlottesville restaurants, Revolutionary Soup.

May 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm 1 comment


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