If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting once again in my local coffee shop. It’s busy for a Sunday–but, then again, Sundays have been more and more busy lately. Don’t worry about finding me–I’m the girl by the window with the laptop.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined in the coffee share. I’ve been neglecting WordPress lately… I don’t think I’ve even opened the site in over a week. How is everyone doing?
This weekend is our annual summer festival in Lindstrom, one of my hometowns. Karl Oscar Days is one of the highlights of the warm months. The festival is named for the protagonist of a book series about Swedish immigrants by the author Vilhelm Moberg, who stayed in our area while writing the book. The community is obsessed with its Scandinavian heritage. Downtown Lindstrom is peppered with Swedish flags and dala horses. I’m half Scandinavian, so I find it quirky and charming.
Anyways, I had a friend come up from the cities and we joined in the festivities. We wandered all around town, exploring the vendor booths, and chatting with people. The town is perched between two lakes, so we borrowed some kayaks from a family friend and spent a few hours going around the lake. In the evening, we lined up for the annual parade. We ended up walking away with an enormous mound of candy, courtesy of our screaming at every float that came by.
While I’m now very tired from yesterday, I don’t want to spend my whole day at home. So, as I told my barista when I got here, my plan is to introvert away from home by going thrifting. When I finish writing this post, I’m going to head to every thrift store I can find and enjoy my current audiobook (A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab) in the process.
In the meantime, the library continues to keep me busy. Summer reading program is flying by–I can’t believe we only have three weeks left! This week, I’m leading a Stuffed Animal Sleepover program. Kids can come in their pajamas and, after I read them a few stories, will leave their stuffed animals in the library overnight. While they’re gone, I will pose the animals doing fun things (using the computers, looking for books, causing mischief, etc.). I will then print little photo books for the kids to find when the come back to pick up their animals.
I’ve also picked up another temporary job. I ended up saying yes to my local Chamber of Commerce, who is in between staff at the moment. It’s a bit of a drag, working on my days off, but it’s only for a short period of time and it felt like the right thing to do. On my days off the library, I’ve been doing administrative work for the Chamber. This week, I’m meeting with their new hire and helping them get acclimated. Training someone to do a job I held for three months two years ago should be interesting… but I’m up for the challenge.
Well, I should probably wrap this up and be on my way. How has your week been? What would you share over coffee?