And Behold, There Was Joy

I get pretty excited about most things.

I eagerly anticipate vacations for months ahead time, telling Bart over and over and over how much I can’t wait to leave.

I spent days saying “I got in to grad school!” last fall.

I am so delighted when anyone comes to visit us; my Dad and Landen’s recent visit was the highlight of my month, as was my parents and Crawford’s the month before.

So, it was a pretty big deal when last night Bart said I was the most excited he had ever seen me.

About a week ago, an email was sent to the iSchool listserv saying that the American Library Association was looking for a student blogger to write for a new blog they’re starting for the READ campaign (you know, those posters in every library with a famous person reading some book like Anne of Green Gables or The Cat in the Hat). They asked for a brief bio, including background and interests.

I thought it sounded pretty interesting and I sent my blurb along with a link to one of my book reviews on here (Bridge to Terebithia, should you be wondering, which I know you were).

I got an email back saying thanks, there had already been a number of interested people, and I’d find out by Friday.

Last night, I got an email and I could tell from the teaser in Gmail that I hadn’t gotten it – it said thanks for all your interest, a lot of people had applied and it was a difficult. . . . .

So I opened it and then my name leaped out at me. It said “I’ve selected Janssen ________. I believe her enthusiasm for the mission of the READ program, combined with her dedication as a blogger makes her an ideal candidate for increasing the visibility and buzz of the READ program.”

Well, there was much screaming and leaping around and being so ridiculously ecstatic it was embarassing.

And I know it’s not really that huge of a deal; it’s only one or two articles a month and it’s un-paid, but wow, I had no idea how much I’d wanted it until I got the email saying I had.

The blog isn’t live yet, but they’re hoping to have it up and running before the national convention this summer, so it can’t be too long.

I’m basically beside myself with joy.

(Also, I’m beside myself with joy because I got my social security card all fixed and last night, just five minutes before the email about blogging came along, I found out I got about $1900 of financial aid. Free money! Woo-hoo!)

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  • Reply Justin May 16, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations, Janssen!!! That’s fantastic news.

  • Reply Sheyenne May 16, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Yay for Janssen! You are the perfect person for that job. They selected wisely. And yay for free money!

  • Reply RA May 16, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! That so cool to hear. Also, that financial aid can’t hurt, huh?

    Have fun with that new gig!

  • Reply Noelle May 16, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Congratulations!!! What a tricky way to announce it. I agree with Sheyenne, you are the perfect person for that job. :)I can’t wait to see the new blog!! (I’m guessing this is the exciting news that Bart was referring to….)

  • Reply Lexiloo May 16, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Congrats! That is super exciting! The ALA is kind of like my Heaven and their DC office is two blocks from mine…I walk by it twice a day! I actually sent them my resume recently for a job that I would love and adore, as well as be fabulous at. I’ll be looking for your blog!

  • Reply TheMoncurs May 16, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Dude, your life is GOOD right now

  • Reply Carly Jane May 16, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    So exciting! Congrats. You will do fantastic. I am sure you will post the URL on your blog once it is up and running. We will all add it to our google readers and be able to partake of your goodness even more 🙂 Hooray!

    And Happy Friday!

  • Reply Gretchen May 16, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    That’s awesome! You ARE so perfect for the job!

    YAY, YAY, YAY!

  • Reply Heather May 16, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Sounds PERFECT! I know they couldn’t have found a better fit. Congrats! Oh, and the free money sounds nice too.

  • Reply Terri B. May 16, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    And this will look very very very good on your resume/CV. Congratulations! Are you going to the convention in Anaheim? I’ll be there since it is just down the road.

    Again, congrats!

  • Reply chelon:) May 16, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    congrats, girl! that is so exciting. i love reading your stuff. you are very entertaining!

  • Reply Megan B. May 16, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I’ve been reading it for a while now, especially once I found out you were in grad school to become a librarian. I work at a library in SLC, and as soon as I am done with my Bachelors degree I plan on getting my MLS. Anyways, congrats! I love reading your book reviews, so I am sure you will do great.

  • Reply Amber May 16, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    That is fantastic! 🙂 Congrats on all the fabulous events!

  • Reply Merrick May 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Whoa, congratulations! What a perfect job for you!

  • Reply Douglas Carl May 17, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Janssen, I’m impressed with them for figuring out how good you really are. Congratulations! This is the first of many things like this to come into your life.

  • Reply Meleah May 17, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Wow, congratulations!!! That is great! I can’t wait to see it.

  • Reply Packrat May 17, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Congratulations. It is so fortunate you didn’t just delete the message without looking at it! I have been following your book reviews; I think you will do a great job. As to the financial aid – every little bit helps.

  • Reply Melanie May 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Wow, congratulations Janssen!

  • Reply canyouhearme? May 18, 2008 at 2:30 am

    WOW! What amazing news! Happy! I hope you guys celebrated!!!! Congrats!

  • Reply Jen May 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! You’ll have to let us know when you start posting so we can go check it out!

  • Reply janet May 18, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Congrats!!! That is very cool. I would have chosen you too. Obviously!

  • Reply Ben May 19, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Congrats, Janssen! That’s awesome! 🙂

  • Reply Jeanelle May 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Janssen, that is AWESOME! I’m so thrilled for you. Congrats on your recent windfall as well — maybe you should celebrate by seeing a matinee at the “regular” theater?!?! 😉

  • Reply Jen Robinson May 20, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Congratulations, Janssen!! That is so great. I am certain that you’ll do a wonderful job.

  • Reply Lisa May 20, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Wow. VERY cool.

  • Reply Julie T May 28, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    “Enthusiasm”. To be inspired by the gods. You got it. They knew it. Story over. It’s also very contagious! Can’t wait for some of it to rub off on me! (noelle’s mom)

  • Reply Le Petit Chic June 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Wow! Congraulations, Janssen! How wonderful!

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