Tag! I’m it…

by Sally J.

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10 Years Ago I..

  1. Hand coded my first website.
  2. Received my Master’s in Library Science with a Specialization in Archives Management.
  3. Began my job as Assistant Corporate Archivist / Image Researcher at American Girl.
  4. Turned thirty.
  5. Married the love of my life.

Five Things on Today’s To-Do List

  1. Wake up my kids, make them breakfast and pack lunches for them, walk with them to the bus stop.
  2. Shower, make myself breakfast, pack my lunch, and catch the city bus to my day job.
  3. While waiting for the bus, call my Mom to figure out what we’re doing about Thanksgiving since the usual family hosts are escaping to Australia this year.
  4. Write this post and (finally) update my Practical Archivist blog.
  5. Find an open reel machine that plays 1/4 inch tape — both 1/2 track and 1/4 track. (Figuring out exactly what that means was on my To Do list earlier this week. So was learning that nobody manufactures machines like this anymore.)

Five Snacks I Enjoy

  1. Curry chips
  2. (Very) dark chocolate
  3. Nicoise olives
  4. Salami and cheese
  5. Homemade popcorn …the best thing about not replacing our broken microwave!

Five Places I’ve Lived

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Glencoe, IL
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Arlington, VA
  5. Dublin, Ireland

Five Jobs I’ve Had

  1. Short Order Cook (a.k.a. hamburger flipper)
  2. Pasta Maker
  3. Staple Puller*
  4. Historical Image Researcher
  5. Audio Archivist

*Worst. Job. Ever.

Five Blogs I Tag

  1. Family Matters (Denise Olson)
  2. Family Oral History (Susan Kitchens)
  3. Tracing the Tribe (Schelly Talalay Dardashti)
  4. Shades of the Departed (footnote Maven)
  5. Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing (Sharon Lippincott)

Assuming tag-backs aren’t allowed, I want to be sure to mention two of my favorite bloggers, Lisa of Genealogy Gems and Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective. Thanks for tagging me and getting me out of blogging retirement!

Sally J. October 19, 2008 at 4:48 pm

You guys are the best, thanks to all of you for your warm welcome on my return!

Sara and Amy…being the archivist was not the most interesting part of the job. Tracking down historically accurate and visually appealing images was the fun (and challenging) part. One of my favorite tasks was sourcing antiques and setting up photo shoots…sometimes long distance. Contemporary photos are a great way to introduce color to a layout.


Lois Mackin October 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm

So glad you’re back!

Amy October 19, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I agree with Apple and Sara. It’s great to see you posting again and I think it would be very cool to be the archivist at American Girl!

I’ve enjoyed your blog. I’m planning on pursuing an MLS and it’s been interesting to read about the archival side of things. Thank you for the effort you put into The Practical Archivist!

Sara October 19, 2008 at 2:12 pm

You were the archivist at American Girl? Am I the only one that thinks that’s one of the coolest jobs ever?

Apple October 18, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Happy to see a new post here! You’ve been missed.

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