If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting on a blanket in the grass soaking in the sunshine. Even though it’s August now, it’s not unbearably hot and I am loving it. The air is fresh, the sky is blue, and the company is good! What is better?
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I GOT A JOB! The hunt has ended and my first foray into post-college employment is beginning. I’m the new librarian at a tiny public library in a small town located an hour from where I live. Although I’ve been working in libraries in some shape or form since the age of eighteen, I don’t have experience being behind the helm, so there is a lot to learn. Although the location itself isn’t super ideal, I’m excited about the opportunity. This is a very solid career move. I can spend the next few years doing online grad school and, when done, I’ll not only have a Masters in Library Science, but three years of on-the-ground experience.
I hope to come out with a post sometime this week with my thoughts about my job search, my new position, and goals for the future. Stay tuned for that!
If we were having coffee, I’d also gush about getting to see my friend Jenny today. We’ve been close friends since our freshman year of college and, after a few months working, decided to become an elementary school English teacher in Japan. So, despite frequent Facebook messages and occasional Skype calls, I haven’t seen her in two years!
Because she’s only home for a short while, we planned a meet-up with several of our other college friends. We ended up spending most of the day together. We started at this place called the Tii Cup, which has all kinds of interesting teas and international drinks. After a few hours, we migrated to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. Then, we spent an hour wandering around a second hand shop, and finished the day at Jenny’s house. It was so good to be with friends.
If we were having coffee, I’d talk about the Olympics! The opening and closing ceremonies are always a highlight for me. We live in such a messed up world filled with so much violence, conflict, and hate. But then, there’s the Olympic Games where, for a few short weeks, the world comes together to compete. I don’t really like sports, but love the symbolism. Watching the athletes enter in the Parade of Nations last night, I was deeply moved. I see the Olympics as a celebration of what it means to be human–how, despite all our differences, there is so much that we all have in common. I know that these games have been very controversial with all the political upheaval in Brazil, but beautiful diversity of our shared humanity is still there. Despite not being a sports fan, I’m excited to watch the competition over the next few weeks. During the summer games, I love watching swimming, beach volleyball, and gymnastics.
It’s time to turn things over to you. How was your week? What is going on in your life? What is your favorite Olympic sport?
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster