THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Well, hello. This week has been full of ideas and realizations. I’ve applied for a few jobs and not even gotten an interview, so I’m stuck in this sad place where my resume makes me look overly-skilled, but my present status as a college student on summer break means I’m not applying for a full-time job. There are opportunities for students to do internships, but that’s not what I need, and some jobs even say they’re looking for undergrads. That’s not me, either. I feel like I need some cleats to get me across the land.
Resigning myself to not really fitting what the world is looking for, I decided to seek out volunteer opportunities. Okay, that sounds dreary — “resigning” — but it’s how I feel. I had a long conversation with a person who has a PhD and used teach, like me, who doesn’t have a full-time job, and they mentioned that some of their academic friends leave their master’s degrees off their resumes because no one calls for interviews. What we are on paper doesn’t always fit with what we’re looking for at a certain point in our lives.
To reframe things, I need to remember that volunteering is not only an opportunity to do good in the community, I can also make connections, gain future references, and perhaps learn more about myself in the process. I signed up with my local library to volunteer at the Friends of the Library weekly book sale. The manager was truly nice and so grateful to have me. Although it stings because I’ve applied for many jobs at that library and mostly just been sent a “sorry, no” letter, I’m also happy to uplift this manager, who is new in her role and feeling a bit wobbly.
Then, I signed up to be a companion/office helper at a hospice place only half a mile from the new house. That manager was also incredibly pleased to have me, largely because most of her volunteers have graduated and moved back home out of state. My family has always supported hospice, we’ve used hospice, and now I’m volunteering at one. One element that applies to my ASL interpreting program is that I will continue to practice my confidentiality and ethics skills.
Oh, and I joined two virtual horror movie clubs, one out of Ottawa and one in Alabama, for which we watch a movie on our own and then discuss it as a group. These are loads of fun and giving me such life right now. Plus, it’s fun to hear how both groups sound (literally) so different compared to my Midwest self. Lastly, I joined a horror book club, and the novel they have us reading, Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman, is riveting and terrifying. I think I’m figuring out what’s up with “those across the river,” and it’s something I’ve never read before!
You may be wondering, how does Melanie have all this time for reading and movies and volunteering. Just remember, that’s all I’m doing! I’m not a titan of doing. I put my bra on one boob at a time, like everyone else, and I have neither a job nor children. Plus, you all voiced that you’re more comfortable with two blog posts per week instead of three, so that leaves me time to read more books that don’t appear on Grab the Lapels.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier certainly caught everyone’s attention, revealing to me just how much we all love pirates and du Maurier. OMG, WHY DO WE LOVE PIRATES??? Remember when real pirates from Somali were all over the news? Those pirates were not fun. And then that Tom Hanks movie with the pirates came out, the one based on a true story, and everyone was sad? What is wrong with us?? I know why we all love du Maurier. I even suffered through Joan Fontaine’s very “meh” autobiography — in which she barely writes about being in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca!!! — because I love du Maurier so much.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
You’ll get an inside look and follow around a couple of interesting students at a Deaf school in New York when I share my thoughts about Train Go Sorry by Leah Hager Cohen. In case you haven’t noticed, when I’m interested in or passionate about something, I read about it until I can’t see straight. My hope is that you are noticing the differences in each nonfiction and fiction work I share by or about the D/deaf community. That you’re not having an “oh, this again” experience. If you’re not, let me know so I can do better.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 181
Owned Books on TBR Today: 181
Thanks to Karissa @ Karissa Reads Books for her recommendation!