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Heritage High School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Northern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University Library, Dane County Historical Records Center, Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, University of Wisconsin
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Stacey
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Sycamore, Illinois, United States · Member since August 2012
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Hi! I'm Stacey, and I'm a librarian. Don't the spectacles kind of give it away? Yeah, I thought so. I work at a university, and live in a little brick house with my 2 cats, Streaky and Orbit. I was brought up in a very small town, but spent many summers on roadtrips around the U.S. with my parents. I try to combine work trips with pleasure trips now as much as possible! I tend to be somewhat of a whimsical traveler. I try to research vacation destinations a lot before arrival; I would be a terrible librarian if I didn't feel that I had sufficiently scoped a place out! But my research usually ends up being a large list of possibilities - a jumping off point more than a strict itinerary. I do feel comforted knowing that my accommodation bases are covered, however!

I am a very open-minded and easygoing person, and my tastes tend to be very eclectic and quirky. I'm vegetarian, but have an adventurous palate, and I love trying new types of food. I'm a complete Snow White type around animals; I love them, and they just seemingly flock to me. I would love to find some Airbnb crash spots that have some new animal pals for me to meet!

I consider myself conscientious and considerate. I write thank you notes, put my cart in the corral at the grocery store, and clean up after myself at restaurants. I vote, recycle, have a garden, and mow my yard with a reel mower. I try to fix problems by myself before asking for help. I'm not sure if this is a result of a blue collar upbringing, my exposure to the DIY ethic of punk subculture, or just my own stubbornness. I have found, without fail, that I get a real feeling of accomplishment in solving my own problems and in helping others. Even if I'm having a bad day, I'm polite to all people I encounter, as it usually makes me feel better. I will respect your property, privacy, and will be effusively grateful for your hospitality.