- My name is Amy, and I live in a suburb of Chicago.
- In my life, I moved 18 times. I’ve lived in 5 different states, and 11 different cities.
- The states I’ve lived in are: Michigan, California, New York, Connecticut, and Illinois.
- I have an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Middle School Education (I’m qualified to teach self contained K-9th with endorsements in language arts, social science, and Spanish), and a Master’s of Library and Information Studies.
- I’m a librarian who manages a branch library in the suburbs of Chicago.
- My son Logan was born on 09.09.89 and is 23 years old. When we go places together, people often think we’re brother and sister
- My husband Todd and I were married on 09.10.11. We picked that day because the numbers are in a row. You can read all about it at Amy & Todd Got Married!
- When the three of us go out to eat, waitstaff offer to split our checks because they think we’re three friends going out to eat.
- I have three pets: Karma is a black cat born on 06.22.2002, Mina is a Labrador Retriever mix born on 07.04.2003, and Zuzu is a Chihuahua born on 05.18.2009.
- My favorite color is green, and I still remember the exact moment in the 1970s when I decided that green would be my favorite color.
- Although green is my favorite color (maybe because of longevity), robin’s egg blue is a color I adore and surround myself in.
- I was once kissed by a killer whale at Sea World on my 8th grade class trip to St. Louis.
- In regard to #10, I am often the person picked out of the crowd to be a “volunteer.” I think it must be because I try to look interested, even when I’m not, and performers hone in on that.
A coworker is going to be moving away next week, and I wanted to do something special for Mary so that she would always remember us. Since we’re librarians, I thought that using the Sublime Stitching pattern would be appropriate.
I couldn’t wait until her last day to give it to her, so she got it early.
We’re only 18 days into this new year, and it’s already proven to be one of massive change. Your Craft Assassins haven’t made a post for a while, but our lives have been turned topsy-turvy, and we’ve been thrown a big curve ball.
Amy’s former employer had been talking about layoffs since May 2009, and the axe finally fell last week. Amy thought she was safe from the impending layoffs, but it turned out that her lack of seniority (six years of service) wasn’t enough to save her in the end, and she was laid off. Things had gotten pretty tense, and she was in a near constant state of panic on a daily basis. It’s been quite a curve ball thrown our way, one that we were blind sided by, but we’re going to make it through. We are trying very hard to believe that everything happens for a reason, and we will rise from this in a better place than we were before. Amy used this past week to navigate through the unemployment process, and to wallow in a little bit of self pity, but she’s coming back strong. She only has this semester left at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before finishing her Master’s in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree. At that point, she’ll have the degree (with an awesome GPA) and experience (six years managing various areas of a mid-sized urban library) to make her marketable to any number of libraries around the country.
Through everything, Todd has remained a rock of support, love, and understanding. He’s helped Amy to realize that there’s nothing wrong with her for being laid off. He’s also kept himself busy by embroidering some of his shirts to jazz them up. As you know, he’s a HUGE fan of the argyle. He jazzed up a striped shirt he got from Kohl’s with his argyle pattern. While embroidering the shirt, he even stepped outside of his color comfort level by buying a green shirt (Amy’s favorite color, his is blue) and using orange and purple as the argyle pattern colors. He also has started on a fun Western-style shirt he got from Burlington Coat Factory by adding “Zombietini” patterns to each space above the pockets. He has another idea for some lettering across the back, and we’ll report more on that when it’s finished.
Today was a very sad day for the Craft Assassins as Amy’s family’s dog Annabelle was put to sleep. She was a 15 1/2 year old Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie), who provided her family with 15 1/2 years of love, devotion, and companionship. She was given to Amy’s son Logan on his 5th birthday back in 1994 because, as Amy’s mom Linda reasoned, “Every boy needs a dog.” The past year, and last several months had been particularly hard on Annabelle and the family. She lost a significant amount of weight because she didn’t want to eat anymore, and her hearing and sight were pretty much gone. Logan and Amy’s parents just couldn’t prolong Annabelle’s suffering anymore. We hope she’s in a better place, running around, being the cutie she is.
In May of 2010 I will graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS). This means that I will be a real, live, OFFICIAL librarian. Many people mistakenly think that anyone who works at a library, or anyone who sits at a reference desk is a librarian – not true. In order to become a librarian with the title, you need a bachelor’s degree in either library science or a related field and then a master’s degree in library science, library studies, or library and information studies.
Below are some pictures of a lovely lady I stitched for myself on a plain white shirt I got from Wal-Mart. The pattern is from the Sexy Librarian group of patterns from Sublime Stitching. I like this shirt a lot, for obvious reasons, and I get many compliments from strangers when I wear it. I also included a picture of the earrings I made for myself. They are super simple to make, but look like they’re hard to make.