If we were having coffee, we’d be meeting in my library. I’d be sitting at my usual perch behind the circulation desk blinking sleepily at you over a my Shakespeare mug, which is filled with lemon ginger tea. Work is quiet today–the usual patrons are settled and happy on the public computers–so I have time to chat.
Can you believe it’s already July?! Summer is going by WAY too quickly!
On Tuesday, I lead a Marshmallow Engineering STEM activity at the library. I got to work obnoxiously early that morning, giving me time to run around town picking up last minute supplies. I had no idea how many people to expect. In the end, there were around fifteen kids and their parents. I lead them through some basic exercises and challenges before giving them free reign to build anything they wanted with marshmallows and toothpicks. It was so much fun! Everyone had an absolute blast and, when the event wrapped up, all came into the library to do the various scavenger hunts and games I have set up. It’s days like this one where I can’t believe how lucky I am–I get paid to play with kids! I get paid to load them up with marshmallows and send them home to their parents all sugared up.
Life has been busy lately. It’s strawberry season in Minnesota! My family runs a pick-your-own patch, so it’s all hands on deck at home. I haven’t had a proper day off in over two weeks now–I’ve been working the patch on my days off from the library. One of my brothers has been coming home regularly to help as well. So it’s been a full house, lots of work, and not much time to sleep. We’re finally at the end of the season–depending on the weather, we could be done any day.
Yesterday, I got a call with an offer for another job. My local Chamber of Commerce recently let their Executive Director go and they are in desperate need of some help until they can hire someone new. I spent a few months as their interim ED several years ago and they’d like me to help out again. It would be easy work–picking up the mail, sending out the weekly newsletter, etc. I still have to call them back. Because I work full time at the library, I’d only be able to do chamber work one day a week. It would be nice to make some extra money, but I’m not sure I want to take on the added workload.
I have a long weekend because of the Fourth of July holiday. I don’t have to go back to work until next Wednesday! Sadly, I don’t have any big plans. My family doesn’t care for crowds and rowdiness, so we usually don’t go to see any fireworks. It’s my mom’s birthday on the Fourth, so we’ll probably go out to a nice restaurant for dinner. Last summer, we went canoeing to celebrate… that’s probably not going to happen this year. Still, I’m excited for the break.
What are you up to this weekend? Do you have any big Fourth of July plans? What would you share over coffee?