The internet has been shaky since we went back to the Pacific Ocean a few days ago. Now we are heading north for the last half of the last Panama Canal cruise of the season. In a week, we will be in San Diego and getting ready to head up to Vancouver and begin the Alaska itinerary that I’m SO ready for! It’s hot and humid down here in Central America and although it’s no different than Missouri in August, I’m already quite sick of it. I’m ready for 50s, 60s, and 70s!!
However, I have been super busy transforming my library – bringing out books about Alaska or the North and putting back books about the Panama Canal, the Mayans, etc. Furthermore, I have been working to save the paperbacks and softcovers in my library. Many have curling covers, they were never reinforced with clear plastic adhesive labels like they should have, so I’m working to save the ones that are in bad shape and preventing more from also getting bad.
While I am working on the paperbacks and softcovers, I’m also working on an even bigger project to add keywords and LOC subject headers to my library’s online inventory. It will probably take the rest of my contract, but the hope is that it will help me to find books for guests when they ask for books by subject matter.
I should note that, despite the fact that most people gain weight on cruise ships, I have managed to lose 16 pounds in a little over 7 weeks. As someone who could stand to lose 50 pounds easily, it’s a great start to what I hope will be a solid year of losing weight, and then keeping it off for the rest of my life. I have to thank one particular person who has really helped me so far, the lifestylist aboard my ship. He, along with his girlfriend, the lead singer of the main band on the ship, has really encouraged me to eat differently and change up my workout regime and it’s worked thus far. He and I have had breakfast together every morning for the last two cruises and he is well liked by all the passengers on the ship. He’ll make a great personal trainer wherever he ends up.
Hope the internet is a bit more stable once I get to Alaska. I’ll write again soon!