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My name is Meaghan. I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
My parents divorced when I was quite young, and I lived most of my youth with my mother and my sister Amy. My maternal grandparents have also played a large role in my life; my grandmother passed away in 2003, but my grandfather is still around. Other family members include my father, brother-in-law Joe, a very small niece (and an even smaller dog nephew), three half-siblings and their families, father's long-term partner (a sort of unofficial stepmother, not at all evil), and assorted cousins, aunts, and uncles. These people live mostly around Canada, in Ontario and places further west.
I also lived for a while in a place further west: after spending the first quarter-century of my life in Ottawa, I relocated to Vancouver to do some graduate work at the University of British Columbia. I completed my program two years later, graduating with a Joint Master of Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies, at which time I moved back to Ottawa to embark upon my career as a librarian. At the moment, I'm lucky enough to work with rare books.
Hanging beside my UBC degrees are a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in English Literature. It was actually my literature background that got me my first library-related job: a wonderful archivist saw my degrees on my resume and thought I'd be qualified to work with literary records. In the past, I've worked in retail (Lush!), in archives, in office clerk type jobs, as a research assistant, and as a teaching assistant.
When I'm not at work, I spend most of my time consuming popular (and not so popular) culture. You can read more about my habits in that regard in the Favourite Things section of this site, and on my blog. Obviously, I enjoy building websites. I am also a hockey fan; my teams are the Ottawa Senators in the NHL and Team Canada in any international tournament. Another of my interests is sustainable and ethical living. I try not to consume without thinking, and to make decisions that reflect my respect for our planet and its inhabitants. I don't always do this as well as I could, but I try. This is something else I'll be writing about on this site's blog.
I'm not one of the world's most social people by any stretch of the imagination. While I enjoy spending time with my friends, I am also quite happy to spend my time doing things at home. I rarely get bored when left to my own devices. Generally, I'd say I'm a geek and a bit of a hermit.
Random Facts About Me
- The tip of my right ring finger is slightly misshapen: I broke it playing hockey. So far, it's the only bone I've ever broken (to my knowledge). My brother-in-law says I should tell people someone slashed me, but actually I just fell.
- I've been to every Canadian province. Newfoundland was the last one on my list; I visited there in June 2012.
- I love languages and grammar. Word origins fascinate me and I'm a naturally good speller. I started French immersion when I was 4, and I've also studied Spanish, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Hebrew. My French is pretty good (at least, so say my French co-workers), but the rest are sketchy.
- I used to have very bad social anxiety, but it seems to be gone now! Yay!
- I am disgusted by orange cheese. The colour is unnatural.