Here is something I want to remember 

Most nights, I rock Julian to sleep. Usually he fights, arching his back, grabbing his pacifier and throwing it away, and screaming at the top of his little lungs until his face turns red. Sometimes I can get him to calm down if I hold him tight, put my face very close to his and give him kisses on the cheek. 

This doesn’t always work, but some nights, it does. And on the nights that it does, after I have given him a few kisses, I can feel him using his little body to reach his face up closer to mine for a few more. That little stretch, his snuggles and reaching for kisses with his eyes closed…I know he’ll be too big soon. Sooner than I’d like. So I want to hang on to that feeling. There are so many little moments and habits that I know I’ll forget, but this one I’d like to remember. 

Summer Plans!

Hey! Happy Thursday!

School’s out! Summer is really, truly, finally HERE! My June class is over, I don’t go back to work until August, and I’m ready to do something creative and productive with my summer time! Also, I’ve got a one-year-old (how is that possible?) who wakes me up every morning between 5:30 and 6:00 (how is this my kid?), so I’ve got time on my hands during those peak creative productive hours each day. My solution: I’m reviving the blog.

I’m really excited to get back to writing and creating! Book videos, life posts, health/wellness updates, and lots of miscellaneous content will be popping up in this space in the coming months. It’s gonna be great.

What Else Is New?

shameIt’s been a while. Let’s catch up!

Shame. Shame. Shame.
VEDA was a spectacular fail. I made it to Day 8 before I found myself tired, uninspired, quagmired…I think this year I learned my lesson that daily video deadlines are just not my style. I’ll happily leave it to the Amys and the Evelyns of the world – they’re doing an excellent job and seem to be enjoying it way more than I ever did.

Back to School
I have officially signed on for a spot in the Fall 2016 Online MLIS Cohort at the University of Alabama! I’ve been itching to pursue my Masters degree for years, and I am SO excited to be back in school. The program is a great fit – well reviewed, ALA-accredited, fully online. The timing is, admittedly, a little tricky.

For one, I’m going to be hauling a husband and a newborn with me to orientation in August. Being the obsessive, Type-A google stalker that I am, I’ve been trying to find anyone on Twitter or in the blogosphere who has been through orientation recently and can give me the run down. For their part, the team at Alabama has been very accommodating with my questions (Hi, so excited to join the cohort, cool if I bring my baby to our orientation sessions? Kthxbye.). I’ve been assured that I will be able to feed the baby as needed, and I know we’ll make it work however we have to, but I’d feel much better if someone who has been through the program could give me an idea of what to expect. I’ll be sure to fully document my own experience so that future students in my shoes (unlikely though they  may be) won’t have to recreate my own fruitless googling experience. I’ll be your google fruit, future MLIS students!

Beyond posts about the general life of a librarian/mom/grad student, it seems (from aforementioned googling) that I’ll need to have a blog set up for specific classes and projects. I set up a tumblr back when I was applying for my current librarian job, and I’ve converted that into a space for MLIS program-specific posts. So if you’re dying to read up on the nuts and bolts (and assigned posts) of library school, you can follow along at libraryand.tumblr.com.

Still Pregnant
While I will be attending orientation with a bouncing baby boy in tow, that baby boy is still growing in my belly at this very moment. I’m 32 weeks along, measuring a little big, and really feeling the weight of the third trimester. I don’t sleep for longer than 2 or 3 hours at a time, I’ve got heartburn, none of my clothes fit, I can’t sit OR stand for very long. They tell you the second time around is different, and they’re right. Way less magical discovery of the miracle of life, way more cankles and ill-fitting pants and napping with your mouth wide open after work…basically just a beautiful, glowing vision of pregnant resplendence. Isn’t it magnificent?

I Miss This
I’ve been feeling really nostalgic about the days when I used to post regular photos and snippets from my life. So let them tell us blogging is dying – I think it’s fun, and I want to get back into the swing. I was looking through my flickr earlier today, and I’m so glad that I have those memories saved. I want to get back into that documentation habit, if only because it’s fun to scroll through and reminisce years down the line. You’re welcome, future Corley.

That’s all I have for now. The year is winding down at school, and I’m busy trying to prep for baby’s arrival, sleep when I can, sniff out fellow MLIS students-who-blog, and plan baby’s first cross-country excursion to Tuscaloosa in August.

Before you go, here’s a photo of vintage Corley enjoying a dinosaur during a work trip to NYC. Enjoy:

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Catching Up!

It’s been a while! Since I last posted, here’s what’s been going on:

  • I found out I’m pregnant! I’m due with a little boy in mid-June (perfect school timing, right?). I actually found out a couple of weeks before I went to Ohio for AASL – which should explain why I slept through all of the evening social activities and ordered the same meal for dinner three nights in a row. If you missed my AASL recap video, you can watch that here.
  • Winter break happened. Those two glorious weeks were full of family, food, and no work. Just the way it should be.
  • I came down with what can only be described as THE PLAGUE. It was horrible, it lasted forever, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I’m better now.
  • I ordered a bunch of the books from the 2015 Nerdies (thanks, Nerdy Book Club!) for our library. This blog is a great resource if you’re looking for a little inspiration in building your collection! I’m really looking forward to reading the books he lists in this post: Ten 2016 Books That I Think Are Pretty Great
  • Finally, at long last, I started filming Book of the Week again! You can check out the two most recent videos below:

I’m excited to be back in the swing of writing and recording for the new year. I’m hoping to continue to develop this blog into both a personal project and a professional sounding board – and I’m always open to suggestions!

Thanks for reading!

Madam Librarian...

And now for something completely different

This is going to be a post about a significant life change, so I’ll give you a second to buckle your seatbelt/put on your goggles/brace yourself in whatever manner you see fit. Just go ahead and continue reading when you’re ready.

Ready? OK. Here we go.

A long, long time ago, when Josh and I were wee college graduates just dipping our toes into the world of marriage and adulthood and career tracks, we talked about going to graduate school. Josh was confident in his plan – he wanted to get his Masters in Literature before he started teaching, and he had his acceptance letter in hand. I was considering different programs, mainly Literature and Library Science (and, for a hot minute, the Center for Cartoon Studies). Because I didn’t have a plan, and because we were broke newlyweds, we decided that I would work full-time while Josh was in school, and then I would take my turn after he finished.

look at those sweet, baby newlyweds
Just look at those sweet, baby newlyweds. Photo: The Schultzes

We moved to Asheville, and I hopped around to a couple of different jobs before landing at Earth Fare. Within three months, I was promoted from store employee to Web Manager – starting me in the direction of a career in web strategy, content, and digital marketing. I started out working for a great company, and each move I have made since signing on at Earth Fare has felt right and good – and yet there was always this mystery in my rearview mirror, the what if that I just couldn’t shake.

I’ve been at Providence Day School for three years, and I love it. Seriously. I’m young, but I was a serial job-hopper before I landed here, and now I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else. I love the campus, I am amazed by the students, I seriously like the people I work with. And this spring, I posted a job to the school website that brought the mystery in my rearview mirror back into clear focus.

The job? Middle School Librarian.

As soon as I saw the request to post the job, I felt a pang of preemptive jealousy toward whoever landed in that position. My reaction honestly surprised me – I didn’t know how badly I wanted this until I saw the faintest glimmer of a chance that it might be available. After some serious soul-searching, sleep-losing, and talking with Josh, I decided to go for it. I put together a tumblr with a few of my initial ideas, submitted my letter of interest, and went through the interview process.

And I got the job.

Madam Librarian...
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So, yes. Things are changing around here. Starting in August, I’m officially a librarian. I do want to start blogging again – but my content will probably have a more academic focus – think lesson ideas, book reviews, general commentary on libraries and librarian-y things, and reflection on my life as I finally pursue that Masters degree. Some things will stay the same – I’ll never stop posting Henry pictures. Some things will hopefully be brought back to life – looking at you, #ukulelewednesday. 

And mostly, I’ll be figuring things out as I go.

So I hope you’re with me! I think it’s going to be a fun ride. And if you or someone you know are a Charlotte local looking for work in the digital marketing field, drop me a line. I know a great place that’s hiring.

(PS – Just a housekeeping note – I’ve changed my blog URL to just www.corleymay.com, so if you’re following via feedly, bloglovin, or some other aggregator, you may need to adjust your feed settings. xoxo.)