If we were having coffee, we’d be at the Caribou Coffee by Target on the edge of the Minneapolis suburbs–you know the one? You’d take a seat opposite me and I’d scramble to make room for you. You see, my laptop and lunch are taking up the whole table. I’d offer to share my cucumbers and carrots while messily trying to keep my chicken caesar wrap from falling to bits.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined in the coffee share. How have you been lately? I’ve missed you. I’ve been suffering from writer’s block and even the thought of drafting a casual post was was enough to send me scrambling away from my computer. But I’m back!
March has been a very relaxing month so far. Aside from a weekend trip to Rochester to visit my brother and some friends, I haven’t been doing much. My weekends have been spent reading, watching all the Oscar-nominated movies that are finally coming my way via the library, and hanging out with my parents. I went on a five-mile solo hike last weekend in a nearby state park, which was fantastic.
I did go out with some friends earlier in the weekend… and wished I hadn’t. Being an introvert, social gatherings are sometimes hit or miss. I’m super awkward around large groups of unfamiliar people. There were only three people at the party I knew, so I hung out with them most of the time. I was really tired from getting up before dawn to go to work and my introversion was kicking in–when tired, I retreat within myself and shut down emotionally. I fake a smile and go through the motions until I can remove myself from the situation. I genuinely liked hanging out with the people I knew, but the whole situation was frustrating. Does anyone else feel like this sometimes?
Work has been going well. The warm season is quickly approaching and I’ve been busy developing my library’s summer reading program. It’s my first time planning one and it’s definitely a learning-curve. I’m doing a modest program this year to get a feel for the process. I’d rather do something small and solid than bite off more than I can chew. Once I have a year under my belt, I’ll go bigger.
I’ve also been getting lots of affirmation in how well I’m doing my job. My boss visited me a couple of weeks ago for my performance review and it went very, very well. Several of my patrons have also recently commented on how I’m the best librarian they’ve had in a long time, which is very encouraging! It’s great to know that, even though some days I feel young and unqualified, I’m on the right track.
My April is shaping up to be very busy! This coming week, one of my best friends is moving back to Minnesota after two years teaching English in Japan. I organized a welcome-home gathering for her next weekend, which I’m super excited for. It sucks having your favorite people on the other side of the world.
In a few weeks, I’m taking time off work to spend a long weekend in Nashville. A friend and I will be driving to visit a family that we met while at L’Abri in England last year. I was good friends with a couple of their kids–girls of 10 and 11. I can’t wait get out of the state for a few days and spend time with them!
Well, my lunch is almost gone, so I better wrap it up… (get it? Wrap it up? I’m eating a chicken caesar wrap? Okay, that was a really bad attempt at a pun…) I’m heading deeper into the cities today for some shopping. My plan is to hit up every thrift store I can on the way to the mall, then scope out laptops at the Apple Store. You’re welcome to come along, if you’d like.
What would you share over coffee?
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up, now hosted by Nerd in the Brain.