AZ School Librarian

Reflections on the events and happenings of a new librarian, veteran teacher, and soon to retire educator in Arizona. I've been a music teacher, computer lab teacher (VIC 20, Apple IIe, C-64, MacPlus, and PC), curriculum integration specialist, and am about to add Library Media Specialist to the list. My interests include photography, 4 wheeling (in a Jeep Unlimited), hiking, technology, and renovating my house.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Getting Ready

I'm at home, getting over some sort of histamine reaction to dust. I picked up my laptop from out IT department this week (our equipment gets re-formatted with updates for the new year every summer).

I'm always suprised at the number of things that I have added to my laptop that make life simpler for me. SnagIt, Photoshop Elements, various templates and boilerplate files I use for all kinds of things, bookmarks (stored back on the network server - so I'll get those later), Quicktime, drivers for expternal DVD burner, scanner, cameras (still and video). It takes several hours to get it back up to speed, installing, updating, re-entering valudation codes and looking up registration codes.

I always find myself wondering what little item I forgot - knowing that I'll be in some sort of pickle before I figure it out.

And my question is - why do I think that all these bits and bytes of software make it easier for me? The sheer number of things I seem to think I need just gets larger all the time!

In some ways it reminds me of other hobbies I have. They each seem to come with a new set of tools, magazines to peruse and subscribe to, new language to learn, new people to meet, new stores to find and spend money in.

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