A note about the title: If you’ve been to a library in California, you’ve probably seen the poster campaign “Reading is FUNdamental.”
Students and parents tend to be curious about what file reading means. I thought about a few ways of showing you all how file reading happens:
1) An audio file of all the things I mutter as I read a file. This seemed passe and could easily be taken out of context. When I yell out “seriously” that could be a really good thing or a really bad one.
2) A video of me reading a file. This was easy to rule out. I’m not quite ready to be filmed in my pajamas. Yes, we sometimes read in our pajamas. Usually we are in our homes in pajamas.
3) A collection of photos and descriptions. I hope this satisfies your curiosity.
It takes a long time to get into a groove during file reading. We typically read for 8-10 hours a day, if not more. During file reading, you continue your normal office projects and responsibilities and read files along the way. The upside is that you often get to work from home.
My plan of staying home and going caffeine free gets foiled. I get tired and my back and neck started to hurt, so much for that better chair. I also got cabin fever.
I decide to leave my home and read elsewhere.
It’s really awesome when you find a coffee shop with reliable wi-fi. It makes connecting to HMC’s VPN smoother. I tried to do this at the library.
So I went home and drank from my trusty ARML coffee mug.
Today’s the first day of week 3. I’m getting lonely so I invited myself over to read with some graduate school friends. Hooray for PhD candidates who spend the bulk of their time reading too.
Sometimes I manage to make time to do something fun
Reading files can be taxing, sometimes I just want to have fun. To escape file reading, I decided to go to the bookstore. A little ironic, I know.
Upstairs is more awesome than downstairs. Each book is a dollar. That’s right just 4 quarters, 10 dimes, 2 half dollars, 100 pennies or 20 nickels, plus tax.
File reading is full of lessons. These are the ones I’ve remembered so far:
1) Stop writing long emails to coworkers. They don’t want to read more than they have to. (Sorry folks)
2) I love making a well argued point.
3) Nine years later, I still feel bad about voting deny.
4) Coffee does not equal energy. Instead I should work out.
5) On a related note, the gym is empty at 6 am and at 2 pm.
6) Last but not least, dogs have feelings too.
Note: I was due for a blog post last week but couldn’t resist waiting for a chance to take a picture of Gizmo.