I have a very interesting job. And, trying to explain what I do is not always easy.
By training, I am a medical librarian and work at a major academic medical center. I also have a degree in public health. My official title is Health Knowledge Information Specialist. I relish in the fact that I have the opportunity to be involved in so many different types of projects at my job and the bulk of what I do on a day-to-day basis is project-based work. There are so many ways to to provide information science and knowledge management in a health sciences environment and we do many interesting and innovative activities – including conducting major research initiatives.Conventional, we are not.
We have a recently published paper in the Journal of the Medical Library Association that describes how we strategically align our work to the core missions of our medical center. I love this mandala my Director created that visually shows how we focus our work around what the medical center is striving to accomplish. Click on the image to see it larger.
We had another visit to the Adventure Science Center today. Kid admission was free all day today and there was a Mini Maker Faire on the premises. I was not familiar with the Maker Faire before – it was cool – a day of “creative making” and various projects. We learned a lot from our visit.
Yesterday, Kaleya and Q and I took a trip over to Fannie Mae Dees Park (aka Dragon Park b/c there is a big dragon sculpture on the playground to play on) to celebrate the 7th birthday of a family friend. We are a single car family and since Kalonji had to report for reserve duty this weekend, we took the bus. I had not realized it, but this was Kaleya’s first time riding the bus – she was so excited about it! We had a fun day!
I also captured a video of Q rolling down a hill – loved hearing his giggle as he came down.
Oh boy – this is great! ManageWP posted a list of 34 ways you know that you’re a WordPress addict. I would say I qualify since I’m a hardcore WP evangelist and rock it as much as I can for my genealogy purposes. I’ve done webinars about it – with another talk coming up in October. Here is their list, with the ones I can admit to bolded. #17 in particular gets in my craw! (as Kalonji would say…)
Your RSS feed has more WordPress blogs in it than any other.
You have Chrome Sniffer installed just to see if websites you visit are running on WordPress.
The last thing you check before you go to bed is your WordPress dashboard (complete with comments and analytics).
The first thing you check in the morning is your WordPress dashboard (complete with comments and analytics).
Whew! It’s done! I’ve just finished planning Miles’ curriculum for this year. He’s now in the 11th grade. For the most part, I’ve gone with curriculum that’s already put together from the upcoming Time4Learning High School classes, along with a few Coursera courses thrown in. Also, this coming Spring we are aiming to have him take his first class at our local community college to start introducing him to engineering principles since he wants to be an engineer.
I’ve not ever publicly posted our homeschooling plans, but I’m in a sharing mood so here goes….
English (1 credit)
We will use the new Time4Learning High School curriculum for his English. More details on their website. This is the first year that Time4Learning is doing high school, but we’ve used their materials for the younger kids in the past so are very interested in what they’ll do for HS. We will also have Miles do extensive reading throughout the year of non-fiction and fiction books, as well as grammar review throughout the year to supplement.
For nutrition, which will provide Physical Wellness credits, we have chosen two Coursera courses. One starts in September; the other can be done at any time. They are “Economic Issues, Food Choices & You” – which is a 10-week course and then “Nutrition & Physical Activity for Health,” a 7-week course. Miles had followed along with part of a Coursera offering before, so he will be familiar with the overall format and structure.
Fine Arts (.5 credit)
We will have Miles do two more Coursera offerings and these are just cool! The first one is “Online Games: Literature, New Media and Narrative.” This is a 7-week course that is about multiplayer online games. I’m personally excited about this because it’s taught by Vanderbilt professor Jay Clayton. I work at Vanderbilt and read an article about his in real life course several years ago and how popular it was amongst the students. This should be fun! Miles will also take “Comic Books and Graphic Novels” – a course that surveys the history of American comics and graphic novels. These should provide a fun diversion to his more routine subjects.
Web Design (.5 credit)
I will be ensuring that Miles learns HTML, CSS and WordPress this year and is able to create websites using WordPress. I’m a huge WP fangirl and have used it already for more than 80+ websites. So.. his instructor will be ME. :-). And, we already have two real-life projects identified for him to work on that will give him practical experience. Then, I may have him help me with some of my genealogy sites as extra practice (evil grin).
Technical Graphics (.5 credit)
Because we think it will be good for him to start exercising more independence, we really want to enroll him in Nashville State Community College courses. Tentatively we have one identified that teaches computer drawing skills — something that could come in handy in engineering right? Then, next year, we can have him do more there.
In addition to these, we’re going to make sure he gets plenty of standardized testing practice in, as well as the real tests. These will include the ACT, SAT, the PSAT, and SAT Subject Tests. Given his homeschooling, I’m a little unsure how colleges will consider him, so we want to position him well so that he has at least those under his belt. Plus, the state of Tennessee gives free money for going to a TN state school with certain score requirements on the ACT (which Miles already meets).
Of course some of this will get refined throughout the year, but I am very glad to have mapped out the bigger picture. Here we go with another busy school year!
On Sunday, July 14th, Kaleya and I took our next travel journey during our vacation and made our way down to Florida. We left bright and early (6 am) to start our trip.
On the way down through NC and SC to get to I-95, we drove through several small towns. If I’d had time, I would have particularly liked to have stopped in Bennettsville, SC. I drove right past the county courthouse.
After getting onto I-95, I unfortunately hit several spots of hard rain, but the rest of the trip to Jacksonville was fine. I wanted to stop in Savannah to take Kaleya to the Juliette Gordon Lowe birthplace since she joined the GIrl Scouts this year, but the Savannah area was one that was struck by heavy rain so I nixed that.
I’ve only been to Jacksonville once before, back at least 10 years ago when Kalonji had a Navy culinary school to attend in St. Augustine. In Jacksonville, I stopped to visit with cousins of mine whom I’d never met and I spent the night with a friend of mine whom I haven’t seen in 14 years! On the way into town, I crossed a beautiful bridge, the Dames Point Bridge.
My cousin is an avid photographer and of course he snapped some pics of us. He also has a lot of family photos so we talked about the family and we went through some of the pictures. He and his wife were so nice – they treated Kaleya and I to lunch – and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I have some info now to send them on how they can work on their family tree and archive their pictures.
After visiting with them, I went over to my friend’s house and rested up. Of course we had to take a group pic of her with her two kids!
Then, Monday morning we departed on the road again to get down to Spring Hill, FL where my Mommy lives. On the way down, my cousin warned me that Highway 301 was a speed trap and sure enough it was. I saw no less than 6 Sheriff cars pulling people over. There is even a sign to warn you – I thought that was hilarious! But, apparently, Lawty has many years of history with the AAA as a speed trap area.
I heeded all speed limit signs and made it down to Spring Hill w/o incident. Yeah!
Over the course of these two days we traveled 543 miles (ignore the blip at the top – a location artifact from Google Latitude)